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The Asian Herald

June 2014 (9)

South Korean Co. Opens Technical & Manufacturing Facility in Charlotte

Doodling Her Way to the Top

It did not take long for Providence Spring Elementary student Hailey Kim to decide how she would change the world. The third-grader recently entered the Doodle 4 Google competition, which challenges K-12 students in U.S. schools to create their own Google doodle. This year’s theme is “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place …” Hailey chose to doodle a Space Traveling Tunnel that could take her from one country to another in minutes. She is the state winner for the Google competition. “I want to see many things and family on the other side of the Earth,” said Hailey. “By inventing a space tunnel to travel quickly, many people can meet, talk, love and touch face to face.” On April 29, Google representatives (known as Googlers) visited Providence Spring to announce Hailey as North Carolina’s winner. According to the Googlers, Hailey beat thousands of doodle hopefuls. Only 50 students from the U.S. are chosen for the honor. Until May 9, viewers cast votes on the Doodle 4 Google page. The student with the most votes will win the national contest. The results of the voting come out June 9. Winners receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 education technology grant for her school. The winning animated doodle

will also be displayed on the Google homepage. “Once a year, we hand over a paintbrush to give students a chance to be Doodlers for Google,” said Googler Alanna Mobley. “We ask that students think big, think crazy and think about an idea that will help change the world.” Hailey said her travels to Korea led to her inspiration. She said it usually takes about 14 to 15 hours to get there and she wanted to get there faster than air travel. “I want to be able to connect to the world,” said Hailey. During Tuesday’s celebration, Principal Diane Adams encouraged her students to excel in whatever they choose in life. “If you do the bare minimum, you will get the bare minimum,” said Adams. “You have to use your talents to make the world a better place. It starts with an idea.” On May 21, the 50 state winners will travel to Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, for the final awards celebration and the announcement of the national winner. “I faced challenges when drawing the details of my doodle, especially the tunnel,” said Hailey. “But I am determined to win.” You can see Hailey Kim's doodle at www.Doodle4Google.com. Her work is displayed in the K-3 category.

YG-1 USA announced today that it is establishing a technical center and manufacturing facility in Charlotte. The facility, which will be the first of its kind for the South Korean company, will serve as a hub for the research, development, engineering and training of leading technologies in the cutting tool industry. High performance custom cutting tool solutions for the aerospace, medical and power generation industries will also be manufactured at the site located at 11001 Park Charlotte Blvd. “We chose Charlotte because of its optimistic growth and bright future business outlook both domestically and internationally. This makes Charlotte an ideal location for recruiting, retaining and discovering needed talent in our highly competitive sector,” said H.K. Song, chairman and president of YG-1 Korea. YG-1 USA expects to hire at least 53 skilled and professional employees within the next three years and the average annual salary will likely exceed $59,831, plus benefits. Total investment in the project is valued at $13,800,000. Its parent company, YG-1, was founded in 1981 and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. It is among the top five manufacturers of cutting tools in the world, with more than 5,000 employees across the globe that make it possible to export its products to 75 countries. “This is a great opportunity for the

city, county and region to continue to build on its international advanced manufacturing presence. We welcome YG-1 USA to the Queen City and look forward to a long and prosperous relationship as the company grows its business here,” said Bob Morgan, president and CEO of the Charlotte Chamber. “Charlotte is a location that not only brings distinct advantages to the YG-1 organization, but also offers our associates the quality of life we desire for each of them. Combining all of these advantages, with the benefits of lower business costs, convenient direct international and domestic transportation connections, and the proximity to a majority of our major U.S. markets, made Charlotte the ideal location for our U.S.-based technical center,” added Song. The project was made possible in part by awards from the One North Carolina Fund and CharlotteMecklenburg Business Investment Program (BIP). The Charlotte Chamber would like to thank the N.C. Department of Commerce, the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Central Piedmont Community College and Duke Energy for their support on the project. Mark J. Mayfield with Sperry Van Ness represented YG-1 USA on their site selection. Jon R. Jordan with Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. represented YG-1 USA in connection with the state and local incentives process.■

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