International shipping company to create hundreds of jobs in Gwinnett

By Tyler Estep

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (center) shakes hands with Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash as Uffe Ostergaard, the president of Hapag-Lloyd's North America region, looks on. TYLER ESTEP / TYLER.ESTEP@AJC.COM

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (center) shakes hands with Gwinnett County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash as Uffe Ostergaard, the president of Hapag-Lloyd's North America region, looks on. TYLER ESTEP / TYLER.ESTEP@AJC.COM

An international shipping company will expand its Gwinnett County operations, creating more than 350 new jobs, officials announced Tuesday.

Officials from the city of Peachtree Corners broke the news regarding Hapag-Lloyd’s consolidation and expansion prior to a press conference held by Gov. Nathan Deal, Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash and others at the state Capitol.

German-based Hapag-Lloyd merged with United Arab Shipping Company in 2017 and is consolidating operations at its offices on Spalding Drive in Peachtree Corners, officials said. According to the news release from Peachtree Corners, the company plans to invest $5.5 million over the next two years and create 363 new jobs.

Transit’s role

Gwinnett has been dealt a few blows in its own right in recent years, with businesses like technology giant NCR and paper company WestRock moving all or parts of their operations out of the suburban county and into areas closer to mass transit.

But Gwinnett is set to have a public referendum in March on joining MARTA and greatly expanding its transit services — and the mere prospect of that referendum succeeding appears to already be paying dividends.

Uffe Ostergaard, the president of Hapag-Lloyd's North America region, said Tuesday that the potential for more transit options was “something that really helped” with the decision to expand in Peachtree Corners.

Molly Bloom