MARTIN, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Dong-A Hwa Sung Co., LTD. officials announced today that the company will locate its first U.S. operations, Dong-A USA, Inc., in Martin. The home appliance and automotive supplier will create approximately 220 jobs and invest $13 million in Weakley County, which represents the largest and only foreign direct investment in Weakley County’s history.
“Dong-A’s decision to locate its first U.S. facility in Weakley County and create more than 200 new jobs in Martin is another victory for our state,” Haslam said. “Tennessee continues to be a strong location for foreign direct investment, with more than 140,000 Tennesseans employed at foreign-owned companies. Because of significant investments like this, Tennessee will lead in the creation of high-quality jobs. I appreciate Dong-A for its investment in Weakley County and for its commitment to Tennessee.”
“We are most grateful that South Korea based Dong-A has made the decision to locate its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Weakley County,” Rolfe said. “South Korea continues to be a strong partner to Tennessee, with South Korean companies pledging to invest more than $1 billion in capital and create more than 4,000 jobs in our state since 2011. I thank Dong-A for making the largest foreign direct investment in Weakley County’s history and for creating more than 200 high-quality jobs in Martin.”
Dong-A Hwa Sung, established in 1974, is a South Korean supplier of rubber and plastic components for the home appliance and automotive sectors. The company’s customers include major automotive companies including Hyundai/Kia, Nissan and GM as well as home appliance manufacturers including LG Electronics and Samsung Electronics, among many others. The company currently has seven overseas operations.
“For our bright future in the U.S., we believe Martin is the best place to start our business."