Gov. Brian Kemp speaks representatives of Sangsin Technology America, which is bringing 200 jobs to McDonough. PHOTO: OFFICE OF GOV. BRIAN KEMP

Korean manufacturer of brakes bringing 200 jobs to Henry County

Sangsin Technology America, a South Korean manufacturer of brakes, plans to open a $20 million plant in Henry County that will bring with it 200 jobs.

The company, which makes brake linings and pads for automobiles, will build the facility — which will cover 220,000 square feet — in McDonough. It will be Sangsin’s first U.S. manufacturing operation.

“When deciding where to establish a factory to support the growing U.S. commercial vehicle market, Georgia was the clear-cut winner,” Sangsin Chairman Hyoil Kim said in a release. “Sangsin Technology America is proud to be a part of the State of Georgia.”

Henry County Commission Chairwoman June Wood called the decision “indicative of our ongoing commitment to be a global destination for business.”

The south metro county has attracted a number of new manufacturing jobs over the past few years. In 2017, Illinois-based wholesaler S&S Activewear — which distributes T-shirts, coolers and aprons — announced it was bringing 300 jobs to the county. In January 2018, United States Cold Storage of Voorhees, N.J., said it it was adding more than 80 jobs to its refrigeration operations in McDonough.

That was followed in September by the $15 million expansion of Alabama-based frozen pancake producer De Wafelbakkers’ production facility in Henry and the addition of another 83 jobs.

Founded in 1975, Sangsin began as Sangsin Chemical Industrial Company, focused exclusively on manufacturing brake friction products, the company said. It manufactures friction products for companies in more than 90 countries.

Gov. Brian Kemp, who made the announcement of the new facility Wednesday, said, “More and more companies from across the globe are calling the Peach State home, and we are confident our state’s longstanding relationship with Korea will continue to bring significant job and investment opportunities to our state.”

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