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GD Copper opens in Wilcox County

WILCOX COUNTY, AL (WSFA) -

After three years of planning and construction, GD Copper opened its first American manufacturing facility in Sunny South, in rural Wilcox County Wednesday.

"This is a great day for Alabama," said Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, a native of Camden, just 20 miles away.

GD Copper was the first company that Gov. Robert Bentley recruited. The process started on just his second day in office.

"This is personal for me," the governor told reporters. "To see a project like this come to fruition, and to see these workers get good paying jobs for their families means a lot to me."

"We like to say that all of this started day two," said Keith Weil, GD Copper's Executive Vice President. "I say day two because that was the day that we started talking with the State of Alabama."

Overall, the GD Copper plant will employ more than 300 people. There are currently about 150 employees, many of whom commute 60 miles to work.

Issac Moody lives in nearby Camden and is one of the first new workers at GD Copper.

"It feels good to be a part of something that the governor has brought here to Alabama and to be one of the first ones to work here, it's very exciting," Moody said.

The Chinese company picked Wilcox County over a site in Arkansas and Georgia before they settled on the plot of land in Sunny South, which is adjacent to Pine Hill and a short drive from Thomasville. The plant will manufacture wide varieties of copper tubing ranging in size and weight.

"This will be the most state of the art and technologically advanced copper tubing plant in the world," Weil promised.

The completed plant is just the first phase, company executives added. At least two more phases of expansion are planned for the Wilcox County site.

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