DADEVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Sejin America announced plans to spend $15 million on new machines and add 36 jobs to the payroll at its Dadeville facility.
This is a company that makes small automobile components for manufacturers such as Hyundia, Kia and Mercedes.
“It’s a good day in Tallapoosa County," said Lake Martin Area Economic Development Authority Executive Director Don McClellan.
That good day in Tallapoosa County really started more than 20 years ago. It was in the 1990s when Tallapoosa County Commission Chairman Bill Thweat, now deceased, had an idea for an industrial park. Even the chairman’s widow thought at the time he had “lost it.”
But soon the chairman had believers and here we are more than 20 years later, the park is well populated with large employers.
“He would be so pleased," Emmajean Thweat said.
What was then hunting land is now home to hundreds of millions of dollars worth of investments.
“Thanks to Sejin for partnering with us," Dadeville mayor Wayne Smith told the small gathering Tuesday at city hall.
It was all the more reason why Emmajean Thweat wanted to help celebrate Sejin’s big announcement Tuesday in Dadeville.
“You know after Russell closed he was adamant about getting this park built so we could get jobs here," she said.
Bill Thweat’s vision is a gift that keeps on giving. Today, the industrial park represents the entire one-third of the workforce in Dadeville, a town with a population of around 3,200.
“Overall in that park we have 1,200 employees there,” said McClellan.
“For a small town rural Alabama, that’s a pretty substantial investment,” said Tallapoosa County Commission Chairman T.C. Coley.
With Sejin’s move, Tallapoosa County’s economy just kicked into high gear and rolling.
Company leaders say the average pay for those new jobs will be around $14 an hour.