The Port of Brunswick is one of Glynn County’s key economic assets. It is the nation’s third busiest port for roll-on/roll-off cargo, much of which is automotive imports.

That means big business for automotive processing companies like International Auto Processors, IAP, as well.

The facility has been operating in the Port of Brunswick for more than 30 years, since 1986, providing processing services for new vehicle manufactures that import and export vehicles through the Port of Brunswick. The facility, which operates at the port, has seen major gains recently, including processing its 6 millionth import on July 7.

The company is also expanding its footprint at the port by more than 30 percent. By the end of the year, IAP will operate on 390 acres compared to 256 acres at the start of 2017.

Don Asdell, who took the reins as president from Bob Miller in January, said the past two years have been quite strong.

“Through the first half of the year, IAP has already received over 215,000 vehicles and we have experienced growth from multiple customers. IAP marked an important milestone on July 7th with the arrival of the 6 millionth vehicle on the Asian Parade,” Asdell said.

For the relatively new president, the successes prove to be a source of pride. Asdell touts the partnerships that the company has established with a number of national and international brands as part of the reason for the recent milestone.

“This achievement could not have been realized without the hard work and dedication of all of the IAP team members and our valued customers: Glovis, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen,” he said.

Asdell joined the company in 2015 as the vice president and chief commercial officer. He feels Miller, who retired but remains a board member, forged a steady path for the future.

“I am excited about the growth of IAP that will allow us to handle the current needs of our customers and future land requirements,” he said.