Governor Riley Fulfills Promise To Tallassee Company

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The national anthem, the governor and bar-b-que. Happy campers today at GKN Aerospace of Tallassee, a company that produces components for commercial and military aircraft.

"We're a force to be reckoned with," said company CEO Paul Cocker.

Cocker says GKN has gone from $60 million a year in sales to $200 million and doubled its workforce from 500 to more than 1,000 in 5 years. That's why we found Governor Bob Riley and Speaker of the House Seth Hammett dishing up lunch for GKN employees, serving out a promise to do just this if GKN expanded. GKN delivered, a promise fulfilled.

"We have good hourly wages and our workforce is exceptional," said Cocker.

And the news just gets even better for Cocker on a personal level.  The British native is days away from becoming an American citizen.

"I started the process 5 years ago and now I'm waiting to get sworn in. I have my family here with 3 children. I love Alabama and we'll stay here," Cocker said.

Stay here and try to grow the company even more.

That means another cookout courtesy of Governor Riley if GKN reaches another milestone; 1,500 employees.

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