"This is a new and exciting venture for Nebraska," Gov. Dave Heineman said. "Chinese investments have traditionally focused on acquisitions of U.S. companies rather than true expansions of Chinese companies into the U.S. marketplace. This project is evidence that our business development efforts span state and national borders. We are excited about the potential for growth."
Easyway's investment in Nebraska provides unfettered access to the North American market. "Easyway International's decision to make La Vista, Nebraska, its first new U.S. headquarters marks the beginning of an exciting global partnership that is sure to strengthen and expand through the years," said Gov. Heineman. "This project is an outstanding example of all the best capabilities and resources that this Chinese comglomerate and our state have to offer, all streamlined into a winning business strategy for all involved."
Joining the Governor for today's event were Wenliang Xu, majority owner and chief executive of Easyway-China, La Vista Mayor Douglas Kindig, Richard Baier, director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, and David Brown with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce.
Easyway International's services will include sea and inland transportation, and combined transportation of imported and exported projects. The company also will serve as a non-vessel operating common carrier.
According to Mr. Xu, the company selected La Vista for its central location, positive business climate, focus on logistics education, and proximity to headquarters of well-known transportation companies, such as Werner Enterprises, Crete Contract Carriers and Union Pacific Railroad.
"Nebraska is an ideal location for Easyway International's North American headquarters. The strategic central location, pro-business environment and good quality of life is of critical importance to our company, and other multinationals, as we implement our global strategy. Easyway International is pleased to call ourselves a Nebraska company," said Xu.
"Easyway is the area's first foreign investment from China, strengthening our position in the global marketplace. Our central U.S. location, at the intersection of Interstates 80 and 29, competitive cost of doing business and quality workforce, combined with our logistics education degree programs, make Greater Omaha the right fit for them," said David G. Brown, president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber.
Mr. Xu originally attended the 2008 Reverse Trade Mission at the invitation of the Governor as part of a sizeable delegation from China.
La Vista will loan $500,000 to Easyway International, LLC, for working capital costs associated with setting up business in Nebraska. The remaining $5,000 will go to La Vista for administrative expenses. Mr. Xu will match the funding, bringing the total project to $1 million.
"The city of La Vista is proud to welcome Easyway International Freight Company to our business community. Transportation companies continue to play a vital role globally and for La Vista to have the opportunity to be involved with international partners goes a long way toward ensuring our community's long-term economic viability," said Mayor Kindig. "The city of La Vista appreciates Easyway's investment in our workforce and in our community."
All U.S. business currently conducted through the Company headquarters will be transferred to Easyway in La Vista. In addition to its Shaanxi, China headquarters, the Company operates six strategically located branch offices in China, and is considered one of the top international freight forwarders by government clients and Chinese agencies responsible for oversight of its business.
Federal funds are made available to Nebraska from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's CDBG program, which assists with the development of businesses and communities throughout the state.
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