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REHAU to open first U.S. research and development center in Cullman

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – REHAU Inc., a European company that produces components used in automotive manufacturing and other industries, has chosen Cullman, Ala., for the location of its first research and development facility outside of Germany, the Alabama Department of Commerce announced today.

REHAU’s Alabama Technical Center will serve as the training and conferencing center for its business divisions in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The $2.5 million, 20,000-square-foot technical center will employ an additional 140 people in Cullman within five years of operation. Included in that total is an estimated 45 engineers. The company’s other technical centers are located in the German cities of Rehau and Feuchtwangen. REHAU produces more than 40,000 polymer-based solutions used in construction, automotive and other industries.

“This new investment by REHAU will mean more good jobs for the people of Alabama,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “REHAU already has a significant presence in Cullman County, and the company’s continued growth is a testament to the dedicated, skilled workforce and the positive business climate we have in this state. I appreciate REHAU’s continued investment in Alabama.”

Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield added: “Having a high-tech company like REHAU choose Alabama for a U.S.-based research and development facility means new products will be born here in Alabama, which will lead to further growth of industry in our state.”

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