LONE OAK, GA—KB Autosys, a manufacturer of brake pads, will invest $38 million to build its first U.S. assembly plant here, creating 180 jobs.

The 108,000-square-foot factory will supply several automotive OEMs, including GM, Hyundai, and Kia Motors.

“We are very excited to be locating our first U.S. manufacturing operation in Meriwether County,” says Richard A. Kaatz, vice president of KB Autosys America.

Headquartered in Chungcheongnam-do, Korea, KB Autosys has grown into a global supplier of brake pads and linings.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome KB Autosys to our growing roster of advanced manufacturing and international companies in Georgia,” says Pat Wilson, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Georgia is home to the No. 1 workforce training program in the nation and more than 200 automotive-related facilities. I’m confident KB Autosys will find continued success in Georgia.”