United Arab Shipping Company invests multi-millions in City of Peachtree Corners

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) March 18, 2014 – Gov. Nathan Deal, in partnership with Georgia Department of Economic Development and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, announced today that United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) will relocate its North American headquarters to Gwinnett County and the City of Peachtree Corners, investing double-digit millions and creating 160 new jobs for the community.

“The strength of our ports is attracting global logistics companies such as United Arab Shipping Company to increase their presence here,” said Deal. “With our skilled workforce and solid logistics infrastructure, it is clear that this state-of-the-art company will continue to support the boom of the shipping industry.”

The 50,000-square-foot facility, located off of Spalding Drive in Peachtree Corners, will house shipping logistics, accounting, finance and customer service activities as well as executive management for the company’s North American operations. This new location will bring the company closer to skilled talent as well as its operations at the Port of Savannah.

“UASC believes that Atlanta is the ideal spot to house our North American Corporate office for a number of reasons,” said Dr. Anil Vitarana, president of United Arab Shipping – North America. “Traditionally we’ve had a strong presence in the South Atlantic market and we believe that the Metro Atlanta area will offer us access to a pool of skilled employees. The excellent global airline network and the quality of life that the area will provide our staff also factored in our decision. In addition, we are excited about the prospect of bringing more than 160 new jobs to the Atlanta area.”

UASC was formed jointly between the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Republic of Iraq, the State of Kuwait, the State of Qatar, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for the purpose of connecting the Middle East to the rest of the world. Today, UASC is a market leader and one of the most prominent carriers in terms of liner cargo as well as port coverage.

“This new headquarters in Gwinnett County underscores the pro-business assets that exist in Georgia,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “Our interconnected highways and waterways, combined with a ready-to-work community, create the ideal location for innovative companies like United Arab Shipping to relocate its headquarters.”

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash, stated, “As metro Atlanta’s premier location for international business, Gwinnett County welcomes this global leader in shipping, and its U.S. headquarters, to our community. We are excited to add another firm to the ranks of more than 500 internationally based businesses that already call Gwinnett home.”

“We are delighted to welcome United Arab Shipping Company to Peachtree Corners,” said Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason. “By recruiting United Arab Shipping’s U.S. headquarters to Gwinnett, we will add 160 high-wage jobs to our community. We look forward to helping our talented residents connect with the high-wage positions coming to our area.”

The UASC project was a collaborative effort between the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

“United Arab Shipping Company will add to a growing number of headquarters and logistics companies that have chosen to locate or expand their operations in Gwinnett County due to our skilled labor force, pro-business climate and exceptional infrastructure,” said Kellie Brownlow, Director of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “This relocation to Peachtree Corners is another win for our community and is evidence that Gwinnett County is a leading location for business in metro Atlanta and the Southeast.”

To learn more about the United Arab Shipping Company, please visit www.uasc.net.

For more information, or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.

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