Ateliers de la Haute Garonne, known as AHG, is a private family-owned business founded over a century ago near Toulouse, France. The company designs, manufactures and sells fastening systems for the aerospace industry.
“The availability of skilled workforce and proximity to Boeing were important factors in our decision to select this strategic location,” said Francoise Montsarrat, AHG executive vice president, in a news release. “Not only is Charleston ideally suited as a distribution hub for both domestic and overseas customers, the business-friendly climate, the support from the regional economic development authorities and other partners have been extremely welcoming.”
The company will open its U.S. business operations, led by CEO Bruno Ferrand, at Office Evolution, located at 460 King St. in Charleston. The company will focus on sales, business development and growth, as well as customer support. AHG has already begun initial hiring for a sales representative, according to the release.
AHG is the sixth company to locate in the Lowcountry as part of S.C. Commerce’s and Charleston Regional Development Alliance’s Landing Pad program, which is designed to support global companies as they enter the U.S. market.
“We’ve been talking with AHG for some time about the competitive advantages the Charleston region offers,” said Charleston Regional Development Alliance board Chairman Robert Pratt in a statement. “We welcome them to our community and are pleased the region’s available talent and business-friendly climate made all the difference.”