Japan-based Manufacturer enters U.S. market with 170 new jobs

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) October 2, 2014 – Haso Ltd., a market leader in the development and manufacturing of high-quality hygiene and household cleaning products, from Tokyo, Japan, joined Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) to announce the open of its U.S. manufacturing operations in Gwinnett County, metro Atlanta. The announcement represents 170 new jobs and $7 million in capital investment for the community.

Haso Ltd. will lease a 100,000 square foot facility, located at 2850 Colonnades Court, in the City of Peachtree Corners. The Gwinnett County facility will house all U.S. production operations for the company as well as serve as the corporate office for president, senior staff, human resources, accounting, marketing and maintenance.

“This is a great win for the City of Peachtree Corners and marks the second big global announcement this year, adding more than 150 local jobs to our community,” said Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason. “I applaud Haso for its decision to grow here, a decision that will benefit our community.”

Haso’s strong focus on research and development and tradition of developing market defining technologies has enabled them to work with some of the largest supermarket retailers and consumer package goods companies in the world. The company is a leader in the private-label market and produces for some of the biggest brands in the industry.

Founded in Hong Kong in 2000, Haso is headquartered in Tokyo, with manufacturing facilities based in Taicang, China. With sales offices in Tokyo and Shanghai, the Gwinnett operation represents Haso’s first U.S. presence.

“In terms of choosing a location for our U.S. production facility, a large part of our decision to move to Metro Atlanta was based on the relationships we developed,” said Yuji Sogawa, President of Haso USA, Inc. “Yumiko Nakazono, GDEcD Managing Director in Tokyo, Joseph Huntemann, Project Manager on the international investment team at GDEcD, along with Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development, teamed together to help us realize the benefits of locating our facility in Gwinnett County. It made perfect sense for us to begin our U.S. operations here.”

“Gwinnett is proud to be home to more than 110 Japanese businesses. Haso’s expansion comes on the heels of our 2013 global trade mission trip to Japan and speaks to the success of our global recruitment efforts,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash. “I want to congratulate Haso on their decision to invest in Gwinnett County and welcome them as a new member of our international business community.”

GDEcD Project Manager Joseph Huntemann represented the State of Georgia on this project. Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett, worked to recruit Haso Ltd. to Gwinnett County. Yumiko Nakazono, GDEcD Managing Director in Tokyo, also assisted the company. Day Lancaster with NAI Brannen Goddard represented the company in the real estate transaction, and Pat Murphy, with CBRE at the time of the transaction and now with Cassidy Turley, represented the owners of 2850 Colonnades Court.

“The Partnership Gwinnett initiative leverages Gwinnett County’s global community and diversity to attract companies from around the world,” said Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager of Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “A specific area of recruitment focus has been Japan, so I am delighted that Haso decided to locate their first U.S. facility here, becoming the 115th business from this major manufacturing economy. I look forward to assisting them in their growth here.”

To learn more about Haso, please visit www.hasoltd.com.

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

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