Originally created 01/17/04

Car shipper adds jobs in Georgia, closes Florida operations



ATLANTA -- GLOVIS America, a company that ships Kia and Hyundai autos, will close its port operations in Jacksonville, Fla., and expand its business in the Georgia port of Brunswick.

The move will bring 378 jobs to Brunswick, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced Friday.

"This will double the business we've been doing," Perdue said of the Brunswick GLOVIS operation, which took in 65,000 cars last year and plans to import 130,000 cars through Georgia next year.

GLOVIS is consolidating its port operations, and Georgia was chosen over Florida.

"This was an all-or-nothing proposition, and we're very glad to be on the positive side of this today," said Doug Marchand, director of the Georgia Ports Authority.

The company's vice president, Marvin Baisden, said the Jacksonville operation would be shut down within 90 days but said he didn't know how many jobs that would mean. Baisden also didn't say whether the Florida workers will be offered jobs in Brunswick. The two ports are about 70 miles apart.