More than 450 jobs are coming to Laurens County as auto parts company opens facility

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Laurens County will see nearly 500 new jobs come to the area after an international automotive parts company opens their new manufacturing facility.

Hwashin plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Dublin, which will create around 460 jobs and bring more than $176 million investment to Laurens County, according to a news release from Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s Office.

“Our goal to become the e-mobility capital of the nation is bringing opportunity to communities all across the state,” Kemp said, in the release. “Hwashin is the latest to join our growing ecosystem of companies bringing good jobs to hardworking Georgians in this industry.”

The new facility will be located at the Georgia Highway 257 Rail Served Site and is scheduled to start production in late 2025. The site is the first Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) Select site in the state, which took years of planning and months of work, according to a news release on Georgia.org.

“This is truly a great day for our entire community as we welcome Hwashin with open arms and they become the seventh international company to call Dublin and Laurens County home,” said Fred Williams, Chair of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority, in the release.

The new facility will mainly focus on manufacturing chassis components for original equipment manufacturers, such as Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America and Kia Georgia.

Hwashin, based in South Korea, is a Tier-1 supplier that specializes in producing chassis and body parts for automobile makers and has manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Asia and South America, according to the Governor’s Office release.

“The staff and board of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority did an excellent job showing Hwashin why Dublin-Laurens County is a great place to do business, and we’re excited to begin working with our new Korean partners. The company’s manufacturing facility in Dublin will become an economic engine for our region, leading to more employment opportunities and quality growth for our town,” said Dublin Mayor Joshua Kight, in the release.