Chinese 3D company to open Dothan plant

Published: Mar. 28, 2014 at 6:05 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 27, 2014 at 6:05 PM CDT
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Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz inks deal with Chinese company to bring Dothan 3D printing to the...
Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz inks deal with Chinese company to bring Dothan 3D printing to the Circle City.

News Release from SoZo Group

The newest hi-tech wave of manufacturing has landed in Dothan.

Ning Lian announced Friday afternoon that Nanjing Zijin-Lead Electronics is establishing a Unites States presence in Dothan. Ning, who is the company's general manger, made the announcement at the US-China Manufacturing Symposium in Dothan. The new US business will be called Dothan 3D.

Ning's four trips to Dothan within the last year – including this week's symposium - showed him 3D printing would succeed in Dothan.

"I am very honored today to make this announcement and thank the City of Dothan for providing us with such a great opportunity," Ning said. "I would like to thank Raymond Cheng and the SoZo Group for giving us this opportunity to bring our company to the United States.

My relationship with Mayor Mike Schmitz started last May. I was deeply impressed with the passion of Mayor Mike Schmitz. I am also attracted by the deep friendship with Mayor Mike Schmitz and Dothan."

"After meeting with Mayor Schmitz, the chamber and the schools in Dothan, we realized there is a great demand for our product in this region and the United States generally.  "Our decision is not only to bring our product to the state, but eventually we hope to bring our manufacturing to Dothan."

Nanjing's decision came after visiting multiple locations in the American South.

"I have met with five mayors from the US and visited other cities. Now that we are coming to Dothan we hope to continue to work with the other mayors and continue to build these bridges. If we succeed in Dothan, I'm convinced more Chinese companies will come to the U.S."

Mayor Schmitz welcomed Ning and Dothan 3D to Dothan.

"Having 3D printing in our community elevates us like the medical school, like commercial jet, and many other of our great companies," Schmitz said. "I believe it's the future of manufacturing.

"Hopefully we will be able to employ some of our young people in jobs that have a great future. I believe 3D allows our young people an opportunity to use their imagination to grow within an industry that's unlimited."

Ning visited Dothan last summer and donated two 3D printers to local schools - Wallace College and Dothan Technology Center.

SoZo Group is a Hong Kong-based corporate and economic development consulting company.