Sewon America, Savannah Tech sign training partnership MOU
Rincon, Ga., –Leadership from Sewon America and Savannah Technical College (STC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for a training partnership at the College’s Effingham Campus (2890 Hwy 21 South, Rincon, GA 31326).
“We look forward to a long-lasting partnership with our new friends at Sewon America,” said Dr. Kathy Love, STC President. “This training partnership is a win-win for both business, industry and Savannah Technical College. We will work closely with them to make sure we are preparing people to qualify for the great jobs they are bringing to Effingham County.”
The training partnership MOU will include credit and non-credit training programs that could be offered at the College’s Effingham campus along with other campuses.
“I am very happy to have the honor of joining the future of Sewon America’s Rincon plant together with Savannah Technical College with the signing of this MOU,” said Sewon America Vice Chairman Eugene Kim. “Together we will prepare talented individuals, who will posses a deep understanding of manufacturing and our company.”
In February 2023, Sewon America, a subsidiary of Korean-based Sewon Precision Industry Co., announced that it will create 740 new jobs in Rincon and invest more than $300 million in a new Effingham County manufacturing facility. This project is the largest known private investment in the City of Rincon, to-date. This announcement also fulfills the commitment to create jobs and investment in all four of the Savannah Harbor Interstate-16 Joint Development Authority (JDA) counties as a result of Hyundai’s Metaplant location in Bryan County – the largest economic development project in state history. Suppliers for the Metaplant have now committed over $1.8 billion in investment, surpassing initial estimates by at least $800 million.
Effingham County Industrial Development Authority CEO Brandt Herndon, who is also vice chairman of the STC Board of Directors said: “I am so excited to see Sewon America and Savannah Technical College formalize their relationship with this MOU signing. We are certain that Savannah Tech can provide a pipeline of quality, trained employees for Sewon’s new facility in Effingham County.”
Sewon America operates one of the largest automobile body parts manufacturing plants in North America. The company opened a manufacturing facility in LaGrange in 2008, which has since doubled in size. Following the completion of the Rincon facility, Sewon is expected to support 1,600 jobs in Georgia.
On October 25, 2022, Hyundai Motor Group Metaplant America officially broke ground in neighboring Bryan County on its first fully dedicated EV and battery manufacturing facility. Building on the assets that make the automotive industry successful, Georgia is positioned as a hub for the electric mobility industry. Since 2020, more than 35 EV-related projects have announced more than $21 billion in investment and 26,700 jobs in Georgia.
About Sewon America
Sewon America was established in 2008 in LaGrange, as a Georgia company. Sewon primarily operates in the Motor Vehicles and Car Bodies industry within the Transportation Equipment sector, producing stamped body components. Sewon Group is celebrated for its high-quality automotive parts and will continue its tradition of excellence in the new Rincon facility.
Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.
Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).