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LCDA honors local industries, marks contributions to economy
Seohan Auto Georgia CEO Jung Kee Koo
Seohan Auto Georgia CEO Jung Kee Koo, center, sits with other Seohan employees, as well as Howmet Aerospace HR Manager Bien Nguyen at Thursday evening’s Industry Appreciation Reception. Photo provided

Three industries that have started work on facilities in Tradeport East Business Center since the first of the year were introduced at the Liberty County Development Authority’s spring Industry Appreciation Reception Thursday evening.

“They have a fascinating story,” LCDA Board Chairman Allen Brown said about the founders of Palatize, an e-commerce retail business. Palatize founders, brothers Jonathan and Marcus Stewart, started the business at home and are now listed among the top 300 sellers on Amazon.

Approximately 50 people attended the reception, which was hosted by Hooker Furnishings in its million square foot distribution center in the business center.

The other new industries introduced were Seohan Georgia Auto, a Tier One vendor to the Hyundai Motors mega site in Bryan County, and Creative Home Ideas, which deals in home goods, and plans to assemble and distribute pillows from its TPE facility.

Together, the three new industries plan to create nearly 300 new well-paying jobs.

Brown, who emceed a program during the reception, recognized Jung Kee Koo, CEO of Seohan, and Denise Palumbo, manager of the Creative Home Ideas project. The Stewart brothers were unable to attend.

“We get leaders of our industries and some of their employees together twice a year to thank them for the work they do.” LCDA CEO Ron Tolley said. “They not only bolster the county’s economy, they also improve the lives of thousands of area residents. We appreciate that they selected Liberty County to ‘Come Grow Global.’”

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