Los Angeles, CA ‹ BYD Company Limited, one of China¹s fastest growing auto manufacturers, today announced it will establish the U.S. headquarters of three separate operating divisions in the City of Los Angeles, which has the potential to create up to 2,000 jobs for the region over the next three years, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) reports.
Company officials estimate its new offices would create 50 to 100 jobs initially with plans to increase its work force to up to 2,000 employees over the next three years. The automotive industry has a rich multiplier effect, so such a development could result in numerous additional jobs being created in the County. L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and LAEDC President and CEO Bill Allen were instrumental in attracting BYD to L.A. County. Antonovich and Allen met with BYD¹s leadership multiple times in the U.S. and in China over the last two year to solicit their commitment to choose Los Angeles County as their gateway to the North American market.
LAEDC¹s subsidiary corporation, the World Trade Center Association Center Association, Los Angeles-Long Beach, also led a delegation of local experts to visit BYD¹s China headquarters as part of their attraction efforts. WTCA President Vance Baugham has managed the attraction project for the past 18 months.
In addition to being North America¹s largest consumer market for electric vehicles, Southern California was seen as a strategic outpost for BYD because of its proximity to major infrastructure including Los Angeles International Airport, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and several railways, and is home to major operations of other car companies such as Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, Suzuki, and Mitsubishi.
In 2009, BYD sold over 430,000 automobiles to become one of the largest domestic auto manufacturers in China. This sales performance was more than double their 2008 sales.
³As one of China¹s leading manufacturers of hybrid and electric vehicles, BYD¹s investment in L.A. County represents a huge win for our region,² said Allen. ³Not only does it validate the fact that many international companies want to establish their North American toehold in the clean technology space right here in L.A. County, but BYD¹s presence could be a catalyst for the creation of thousands of jobs at time when we so desperately need them.²
³We congratulate the City of Los Angeles, Mayor Villaraigosa and First Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner for their diligence, creativity and success in winning BYD¹s headquarters location in a competition that involved more than a hundred sites we showed BYD in many different cities across L.A. County,² said Allen.
BYD started in 1995 in Shenzhen as a rechargeable battery maker, and has developed rapidly as a result of its technology to become one of the world¹s largest rechargeable battery manufacturers. In 2003,
BYD¹s Chairman Wang Chuanfu made the bold decision to step into the automobile industry. After entering the auto market for only seven years, BYD is already seen by many analysts as an emerging world leader in electric car technology. The company also gained significant attention when investor Warren Buffett¹s company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., bought a 9.8 percent stake in 2008.
About the LAEDC
The LAEDC, the region¹s premier business leadership organization, is a private, non-profit organization established in 1981 under section 501(c) (3). Its mission is to attract, retain, and grow business and jobs for the regions of Los Angeles County. Since 1996, the LAEDC has helped retain or attract more than 156,000 jobs, providing $7.5 billion in direct economic impact from salaries and
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