Riley joins officials to welcome auto plant

VANCE, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley joined officials from an automotive supplier company in central Alabama on Thursday to celebrate a $15 million plant slated to open there.

Faurecia North America will hire about 200 workers for the Tuscaloosa County facility to make seats for Mercedes-Benz vehicles produced in nearby Vance. The plant will be at the Cedar Cove Technology Park just south of the Interstate 20/59 state rest stop between Cottondale and Vance. At peak volume, the plant will produce more than 500 seats per day. Faurecia North America is part of a French company that is one of the world's largest automotive suppliers. Its major products are seats, vehicle interiors, front ends and exhaust systems in 32 countries. The company has about 30 plants in the United States.

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