International shipping company relocates headquarter operations and brings 160 new jobs to the City of Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County, Metro Atlanta Georgia

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) October 3, 2014 – United Arab Shipping Company, in partnership with Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development , Georgia Department of Economic Development, Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Power celebrated the relocation of its North American headquarters to Gwinnett County and the City of Peachtree Corners, investing more $10 million and creating 160 new jobs.

UASC is a global shipping company that offers containerized and conventional cargo transportation, temperature-controlled cargo and value-added services to a diversified global client base, covering the Middle East, Europe, Mediterranean, Indian Sub-continent, Far East, Australia, West Africa and The Americas. The company purchased a 50,000 square foot building on Spalding Drive in the City of Peachtree Corners, Gwinnett County.

“The primary factors that we considered in our decision to relocate in Gwinnett were real estate cost and quality of inventory, access to a diverse and highly-qualified workforce, and the world class logistics infrastructure including Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and the Port of Savannah, where UASC has been a regular caller for over three decades,” said Dr. Anil Vitarana, President of United Arab Shipping Company North America.

This strategic relocation in Gwinnett represents a consolidation of offices in Cranford, NJ; Baltimore, MD; Norfolk, VA; and Savannah, GA. The Peachtree Corners facility will house executive management for the company’s North American operations, shipping logistics, accounting, finance and customer service activities.

“Companies like United Arab Shipping keep our state a leader in the global marketplace and strengthen our import/export infrastructure,” said Tom Croteau, Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Deputy Commissioner of Global Commerce. “UASC is a perfect addition to our network of cargo service providers. I have no doubt that our skilled workforce and thriving business climate will help this company flourish in North America.”

“We are thrilled to welcome UASC to the growing list of global companies choosing to make Gwinnett County their home,” said Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Lynette Howard. “Gwinnett is an ideal location for corporations seeking a strong economic climate and a talented global workforce, and we know UASC will fit right in.”

“This is a truly exciting day for Peachtree Corners,” Mayor Mike Mason said. “We would like to commend Partnership Gwinnett’s efforts, along with the collaboration between state, Georgia Power and regional organizations, in bringing this headquarters to the City. This addition to our corporate community speaks volumes about our business-focused climate and vast assets. We are thrilled to welcome UASC and look forward to a long-term partnership with this outstanding company.”

UASC just announced the formation of an alliance with two other major ocean carriers CMA CGM and China Shipping Container Lines. The “Ocean Three” Alliance will operate some of the world’s biggest container vessels on the major east-west liner trade routes and will set the stage for future growth and development of UASC’s services globally.

“In addition to incredible access to the high quality regional workforce and major interstates, Peachtree Corners offers restaurant and retail amenities that are valuable to headquarter operations like UASC.” said Bryan Heller, Senior Vice President, CBRE.

Bob Misdon, Principal with Cresa Atlanta, further explained, “The new space provides an opportunity for expansion in the future.” He stated, “We searched across Metro Atlanta for a high quality office building on ‘main and main’ with excellent exposure and access to amenities, essential to corporate headquarter operations, and 5515 Spalding fit all of these unique requirements.”

“United Arab Shipping Company is a welcome addition to our community, as headquarters and professional services are target industries for Gwinnett County’s future growth,” said Kellie Brownlow, Director of Economic Development for Gwinnett Chamber and Partnership Gwinnett.”UASC’s investment in their new headquarters facility truly highlights the resources and workforce base available in this community and further solidifies Gwinnett’s reputation as a hub for corporate headquarter operations. “

Lauren Lambiase, Senior Project Manager with Georgia Department of Economic Development, Brenda Robbins, Senior Project Manager with Georgia Power, Gregg Simon, Senior Director of Project Management with Metro Atlanta Chamber and the Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development team, collaborated on this project.

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 “linking the middle east to 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.

To learn more about the United Arab Shipping Company, please visit www.uasc.net.

For more information, or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.