- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) - A South Korean auto parts manufacturer intends to hire 23 more employees over the next year as part of a $16.5 million expansion at its plant in eastern Alabama.

The Phenix City Council on Tuesday approved a plan to give ILJIN Alabama Corp. tax abatements and up to $150,000 in incentives for the expansion of its plant in Phenix City. The facility opened in 2010 in the city just across the Chattahoochee River from Columbus, Ga.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/1qTG4wc) that the company manufactures wheel bearings for companies such as Kia, Hyundai, Chrysler and General Motors. It currently employs 62 people in its Phenix City operation.

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Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com