Doowon Climate Control Invests $30M, Creates 200 Jobs in Candler County

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Doowon Climate Control America, Inc., a leading auto parts manufacturer, is set to invest over $30 million in a new manufacturing facility in Metter, Governor Brian Kemp announced today. The move will bring about 200 new job opportunities to Candler County, marking the second automotive supplier to choose this location in less than six months.

Governor Kemp emphasized Georgia’s growth as a national auto manufacturing leader, highlighting that over 80% of new jobs and more than $20 billion in investments in fiscal year 2023 were directed outside of metro Atlanta. Metter and Candler County stand to benefit from this success, with Doowon Climate Control America, Inc. being the latest addition to the community.

Founded in Korea in 1974, Doowon Group specializes in automotive climate control systems and will serve as a key supplier for Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (Kia Georgia) and Hyundai Motor Group. The company’s CEO, Ki Chun Sung, expressed optimism about the venture, citing the company’s technological expertise and commitment to supporting the local community.

The new manufacturing facility will be situated in the Metter-Candler County I-16 Industrial Park, with operations expected to commence in 2026. Job opportunities will span various fields, including technicians, operators, specialists, engineers, and management positions.

Local officials, including Metter Mayor Ed Boyd and Candler County Board of Commissioners Chairman Glyn Thrift, welcomed the investment, highlighting the positive impact on job creation and economic growth in the area.

Representatives from the Georgia Department of Economic Development, in collaboration with local authorities and industry partners, facilitated the project. GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson commended the intentional investments made by Metter and Candler County, which contributed to attracting Doowon Climate Control America, Inc. to Georgia.

Georgia’s commitment to fostering industry innovation and developing emerging technologies in the automotive sector has resulted in significant investments and job creation in recent years. With the electric vehicle market on the rise, the state continues to attract key players across the automotive supply chain, further solidifying its position as a hub for industry growth and development.