Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
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April 30, 2010 For Immediate Release
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – BYD Company Limited, one of China’s fastest growing auto manufacturers, today announced it will establish the U.S. headquarters of three separate operating divisions in Los Angeles County, which has the potential to create up to 2,000 jobs for over the next three years.
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, his wife Christine Hu, and Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Bill Allen met with BYD’s 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.
LAEDC’s subsidiary corporation, the World Trade Center Association Center Association, Los Angeles-Long Beach, also led a delegation of local experts to visit BYD’s China headquarters as part of their attraction efforts. WTCA President Vance Baugham has managed the attraction project for the past 18 months.
(Pictured from left to right: Vance Baugham, President, World Trade Center Association Los Angeles—Long Beach; Christine Hu, wife of Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich; Bill Allen, President and CEO, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation; Wang Chuanfu, Chairman, BYD; and Stella Lee, BYD)