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Golden Dragon chooses Alabama's Wilcox County for copper tubing plant
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Sunday, 12 Feb 2012
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Golden Dragon Copper of China will build USD 100 million copper tubing plant in Pine Hill in Wilcox County with the potential of creating up to 500 jobs.

Governor Mr Robert Bentley said that he had signed an economic development agreement with the company to bring the plant to the Black Belt county. The plant will operate as GD Copper (USA) Inc with initial plans to hire 300 workers and the possibility of adding 200 more in the years ahead. AIDT the state's worker training program will handle hiring and training for the company.

GD Copper will be an application center for the most modern copper tube mill in the world, employing a state of the art cast and roll technology, processing methodology and equipment. The company will be the third Chinese manufacturer to locate in Alabama a country the state has focused on for foreign investment.

Mr Bentley said that "I am committed to putting Alabamians back to work, and this is welcome news for a part of the state that has long been in need of new jobs. This project shows how Alabama remains an attractive investment for international companies. Already, more than 65,000 people are employed by international companies that have operations in Alabama and we will continue to recruit international companies to Alabama."

The jobs are needed in Wilcox County, which has the highest unemployment rate in the state 16.3% in December 2011 more than twice the state average of 8.1%. The county had a rate of 19.7% in December 2010.

Mr George Alford manager of the Wilcox County Industrial Development Authority said that the project is one of the largest economic development events in the county's history. Recently we were named the 15th poorest county in the United States. We believe this project is the first major step in reducing our high unemployment and poverty rates.

Mr Greg Canfield director of ADO said that "We are glad that GD Copper (USA) Inc is joining us as corporate partners and we look forward to helping the company grow and prosper in Alabama. Wilcox County and the surrounding region came together cooperatively to make this project a reality and bring much needed jobs to the area."

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