More jobs are on their way to Auburn. A foreign company is set to begin manufacturing fuel tanks from Auburn next year.
Their construction site is the beginning of a $48 million capital investment in Auburn from Donghee America. They will create around 80 jobs.
"It's a Korean company," said Auburn Economic Development Director Phillip Dunlap. "The announcement was Donghee America. It is a company that will be involved in very sophisticated manufacturer of fuel tanks."
Donghee will be located in the Auburn Technology Park West. The company has lofty goals is moving fast.
The ground is broken for Donghee America in Auburn. While the building could be built by the end of the year, the city tells us that is not a strict deadline.
And the city of Auburn says they don't make specific predictions about when a business will open because of the many variables involved. The city says Donghee will fit in well in the Auburn community.
" It is a very sophisticated technology that will be used in the production of these tanks. It is a very advanced blow molding process. It is really unique to this area. We thought it was a good fit for us from a technology standpoint," Dunlap said.
Dunlap says one reason manufacturers choose Auburn is the location. It is pretty much halfway in between the KIA plant in West Point and the Hyundai plant in Montgomery. He also says there are more potential deals down the pipeline.
"We have a couple of companies that we are talking with. There is no timetable when those will occur," Dunlap said.
The city says they first started talks with Donghee last year.
The manufacturing plant will open some time next year. Many of the 80 jobs will require an engineering background.
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