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Ecoplastic Corporation latest company to open $205M plant in Georgia

Grant Cameron
Ecoplastic Corporation latest company to open $205M plant in Georgia
COURTESY ECOPLASTIC CORP. — Ecoplastic Corporation, a South Korean-based firm, is building a $205-million plant at 4822 Highway 301 South Register near Statesboro, in Bulloch County northwest of Savannah.

Automobile parts manufacturer Ecoplastic Corporation, a South Korean-based firm, is the latest in a growing list of companies that are opening factories in Georgia to provide support for a massive, $5.54-billion Hyundai Motor Group electric vehicle plant that is being built in Bryan County near Savannah.

The company is building a $205-million plant at 4822 Highway 301 South Register near Statesboro, in Bulloch County northwest of Savannah.

Established in 1984, Ecoplastic is a tier-1 supplier for Hyundai and Kia and makes automotive interior and exterior plastic parts. The plant will have injection molding and printing capabilities, and produce automotive parts including bumpers, consoles and trim for electric vehicles produced by the Hyundai operation.

The company currently employs more than 770 employees. The new plant will create another 456 new jobs.

The plant is expected to take a year-and-a-half to build and the company expects to begin operations by October 2024.

The company will soon be hiring individuals for jobs in HR, finance, the parts development, quality control, maintenance, injection and paint production.

Billy Allen, chair of the Development Authority of Bulloch County, says “we are pleased that this important Hyundai supplier has chosen our community, and we’re confident that our location, workforce and quality of life will help them succeed here.”

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said in a statement the new plant is a welcome addition to the Peach State.

Indeed, Georgia’s prime location, major ports system, extensive infrastructure, skilled workforce and pro-business climate have been cited as factors that have positioned it as a hub for the electric transportation industry and made it a prime location for industries focused on creating a sustainable future.

Director of project implementation and supplier strategy Alyce Thornhill represented the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) global commerce team in partnership with the Development Authority of Bulloch County, Georgia Ports Authority, Georgia Quick Start, and Georgia Electrical Membership Corporation, in discussions with Ecoplastic.

GDEcD commissioner Pat Wilson says state officials are excited to welcome Ecoplastic to Georgia.

Since 2020, more than 30 EV-related projects have announced more than $21 billion in investment which will create more than 26,300 jobs in the state.

Last October, Hyundai broke ground in Bryan County for its first fully dedicated electric vehicle and battery manufacturing facility that will employ at least 8,100 workers. In addition to Hyundai’s direct contributions to the region, offsite suppliers connected to the project are expected to invest about $1 billion in other locations around the state. A series of projects have already been announced, exceeding those expectations.

Hyundai Motor Group and SK On are partnering to build a new battery manufacturing plant for electric vehicles at a site in Bartow County, northwest of Atlanta, that is expected to cost $4 to $5 billion and create more than 3,500 jobs.

Hyundai Mobis is investing $926 million in an electric vehicle power system plant in Bryan County that will eventually employ at least 1,500 people, and auto parts manufacturer Joon Georgia is investing $317 million in a new manufacturing facility at the Bruce Yawn Commerce Park near Statesboro in Bulloch County that will supply Hyundai and create 630 jobs.

Meanwhile, Freyer Battery, a developer of clean, next-generation battery cell production capacity, also announced it will invest $2.57 billion in a manufacturing facility in Cowetta County that will create more than 720 jobs.

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