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Deal: Global shipping company creates 160 jobs in Gwinnett County

March 18, 2014

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that United Arab Shipping Company (UASC) will relocate its North American headquarters to Gwinnett County, investing double-digit millions and creating 160 jobs.

“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.

The UASC project was a collaborative effort between the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

“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,” said Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We are excited to add another firm to the ranks of more than 500 internationally based businesses that already call Gwinnett home.”

“We are pleased that United Arab Shipping Company is relocating to metro Atlanta,” said vice president of global commerce for the Metro Atlanta Chamber Jorge Fernandez. “Our region is recognized as a global logistics hub and offers one of the best interconnected networks for rail, road, air and cargo. Home to the world’s busiest airport and more than 70 foreign consulates, metro Atlanta provides companies with opportunities to connect to markets all over the world. Having UAS located here also provides a great link between Atlanta and markets in the Middle East.”

Lauren Salas Lambiase, corporate solutions and data centers senior project manager at the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), assisted the company on behalf of the state of Georgia.

“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.”

About United Arab Shipping Company

Originally established in Kuwait with its corporate headquarters now in Dubai, UASC serves Asia from Singapore, Northern Europe from Hamburg, the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent from Dubai, the Mediterranean and North Africa from Istanbul, and the Americas from Cranford, N.J.

After more than 37 years of reliable service, UASC has earned its name as a market leader by being one of the most prominent carriers both in terms of liner cargo as well as port coverage.