KB Autosys to Build First U.S. Plant in Georgia

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LONE OAK, Ga. – South Korean automotive supplier KB Autosys announced it will build its first U.S. plant in Lone Oak, Ga. to produce brake products for its North American customers.

Headquartered in Chungcheongnam-do, Korea, KB Autosys has grown into a global supplier of brake pads and linings. By opening a brand-new 108,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing facility in Lone Oak, KB Autosys will be able to better serve their customers throughout the region, including several located within miles of the plant.

The facility, scheduled to employ 180, will manufacture components for customers in the region like General Motors, Hyundai and Kia Motors.

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“We are very excited to be locating our first U.S. manufacturing operation in Meriwether County. In our search for a U.S. location, we visited several communities across the Southeast and met many good people. We learned a lot about each community and especially appreciated the southern hospitality that welcomed us,” said Richard A. Kaatz, vice president of KB Autosys America. “In the end, we believe Meriwether County is the best fit for KB Autosys, and we would like to thank the county officials and the State of Georgia for their extraordinary support. We hope to be a good and upstanding member of the business community in Meriwether County.”

In 2020, the State of Georgia’s strong international relationships helped facilitate more than $1.3 billion in investment and more than 2,700 jobs from South Korean companies. Georgia remains a national leader in advanced manufacturing and continues to attract business from all over the world.

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About KB Autosys

Established in 1985, KB Autosys has strived to set the standard in quality and performance of brake pad manufacturers for the automotive industry. With leading technology and employee engagement, the company has emerged as Korea’s brake pad specialist. With years of accumulated knowledge in brake pad development and manufacturing, the company has become a leader in knowledge-based management and plant operation. The company is focused on customer satisfaction and safety. The company is dedicated to grow globally and compete with the most advanced companies in the world.

Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.