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GD Copper project showcases Alabama economic development support system

PINE HILL, Alabama – A $100 million, ultra-modern manufacturing facility near this small Wilcox County town has begun turning out copper tubing for heating and cooling systems, appliances, refrigeration units and plumbing. The GD Copper USA plant also is responsible for a completely different kind of product – renewed optimism in one of Alabama’s most economically distressed counties.

How GD Copper USA – part of the China-based Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group – landed on a pine-covered 100-acre tract in Wilcox County is a story that illustrates how Alabama communities and agencies can work in unison to bring an economic development project to a successful conclusion.

DCOM-Ag-SnipeThe project returned to the spotlight this week as Golden Dragon Chairman Li Changjie joined Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and other officials at a grand opening event at the plant, which will employ more than 300 people once full production is reached.

At first glance, Wilcox County, an area with around 12,000 residents and no direct interstate access, appears a long shot for international investment. Before GD Copper came along, concedes George Alford, manager of the Wilcox County Industrial Development Authority, the county hadn’t had an industrial announcement in more than 35 years.

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