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Global Shipping Company to Relocate North American HQ to Peachtree Corners

United Arab Shipping Company will move into a 50,000-square-foot facility on Spalding Drive, creating 160 jobs and millions in investments.

A Dubai-based shipping company is relocating its North American headquarters to Peachtree Corners, creating 160 jobs and investing “double-digit millions” to the area, according to a press release from Gov. Nathan Deal’s Office.

The Governor announced Tuesday United Arab Shipping Company will move into a 50,000-square-foot facility on Spalding Drive.

“The strength of our ports is attracting global logistics companies such as United Arab Shipping Company to increase their presence here,” Deal said in the press release. “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 company’s North American shipping logistics, accounting, finance, customer service and executive management will be housed in the new facility, which also will bring the company closer to 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, in the press release. “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.”

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

More from the press release:

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.

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.

Colleen Walsh Fong March 18, 2014 at 11:48 AM
This is an interesting development for Peachtree Corners! I'd love to know the location on Spalding Drive.
Robert J. Nebel March 19, 2014 at 07:32 AM
This is a great addition to Peachtree Corners. Here's hoping that more great organizations like United Arab Shipping Company will come to this thriving young city.

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