PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Phenix City got an early Christmas present in the form of an automotive supplier company setting up shop at the industrial park.
The Phenix City Industrial Park is getting a new neighbor: Iljin Alabama, an automotive parts manufacturer based out of Korea.
Representative Lesley Vance told News Leader Nine, "It's one of the best Christmas gifts that any city can have this time of year and we're proud to have the company come here."
"We knew when they came in to visit and we did what we felt we needed to do to make it happen, and it happened," added J.W. Brannen, who works with the Phenix City Economic Development Department.
The company specializes in building wheel bearings and chassis which will be used in Kia and Hyundai vehicles.
Vance said, "Some of the plants have gone to other areas closer to the automobile plants, but we're glad they chose Phenix City. I know the people of Phenix City and I know they're glad."
But the good news for the area doesn't stop there… Iljin is estimated to bring in $4.5 million annually.
"Any time you can announce you're bringing in more than 100 new jobs, a $31 million investment in the community, anticipation of the new company being ready to expand almost before the time they even open, it's really wonderful," explained Phenix City Mayor Sonny Coulter.
Russell County residents can expect to be put to work by March 1st, when Iljin opens the first 108 jobs.
"We're already talking about some future expansion but the existing building is being retro-fitted for this equipment that's coming in. They feel, and I do too, they'll be ready to go when they want to crank up," added Brannen.
That start-up date is slated for July 2011, marking Russell County's first entry into the automotive world.
For more information on Iljin check out: http://www.iljin.com/