Chinese Manufacturer Opens Operation In Columbus

The partnership Columbus has had with the city of Ningde was one reason Sunjoy decided to expand to Columbus.

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Photo: Columbus Economic Development Board

The Columbus Economic Development Board and the cities mayors have been meeting with Chinese officials annually since 2005.

A Chinese manufacturer of gasoline and diesel generators will open its first U.S. operations center in Columbus.

Sunjoy Power Machinery Company announced plans to create a facility to promote the company in the U.S., with plans later to add logistics and subassembly operations.

“Columbus is a natural fit for us given its convenient location to U.S. customers and its impressive workforce strengths,” Sunjoy CEO Tingyao Shen said in a press release.

Sunjoy is headquartered in the Ningde, a city that entered into a “Friendship City” agreement with Columbus in 2010 when then Mayor Fred Armstrong and representatives from the Columbus Economic Development Board met with Chinese officials there.

“Over time, we hope to see those investments grow exponentially as has been the case with most of our foreign-owned enterprises that have found Columbus to be an ideal setting for their U.S. operations,” Jason Hester, executive director of the Columbus Economic Development Board, said in a statement.

The Columbus Economic Development Board said in a press release that the company had been in discussions with current Columbus Mayor Kristen Brown before the announcement.

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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