Despite tornado warnings and impending severe weather, two governors from opposite sides of the world joined with other local and foreign dignitaries and invited guests here on Monday, February 28, to celebrate completion of the first phase of construction of Sany America's North American headquarters and assembly building. Final completion is due later this year.
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, China Hunan Province Governor Qiang Zhou, SANY Group Chairman Wengen Liang, Sany America Chairman Fugui Zhou, Consul General Yanping Gao of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Houston, TX, and other dignitaries praised Sany America for its completion of the company’s main infrastructure at the Fayette County plant.
“We are very pleased that Sany is creating jobs and investment in Georgia, and we look forward to watching the company thrive in the years to come,” said Governor Deal.
“The completion of Sany America’s facility signifies a new milestone in Sany’s globalization initiative. This will bring Sany’s philosophy of 'Quality Changes the World' to the next level. The new facility will enable the company to provide the North American market and the other global customers with superior products and services,” said Wengen Liang, chairman of Sany Group Ltd.
“Sany America is the first and still remains the largest Chinese investment of its size in Georgia,” said Sam A. Williams, president of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. “Sany’s choice to build its North American headquarters and manufacturing center here demonstrates metro Atlanta’s attractiveness to international companies and Georgia’s commitment to strengthening our ties with China.”
The dignitaries all took part in unveiling the facility’s Sany America name and logo on the new building's exterior before touring the 420,000-square-foot plant. Once inside, Governor Deal enthusiastically climbed inside the operator cab of a brand new SANY rough terrain crane, which is the first North American-specific product developed through a collaborative design effort between its parent company (Sany Group Ltd.) and SANY North America.
Once completed, the Peachtree City facility will handle assembly of five types of construction machinery including the rough terrain ("RT") cranes, crawler cranes, excavators, motor graders and concrete pump trucks.
Plans for assembly and production are scheduled to begin later this year. The Peachtree City Sany America facility will also serve as the company's U.S. headquarters and will also include R&D, sales, service, and distribution operations as well.
Phase One construction of the facility began in June 2010, and officials estimate a total investment to-date of $60 million. Sany America is the first U.S. branch of parent company SANY Group Co. Ltd., and currently employs 108 people and expects to double its staff by the end of 2012.
Headquartered in Hunan Province, China, Sany Group Co. Ltd., is the largest concrete-pumping equipment company in China.