- Associated Press - Sunday, April 10, 2016

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - A South Korea-based automotive part manufacturer will bring a $19 million expanding its existing location in eastern Alabama.

Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller tells local news media report that Mando America Corp. will expand their North American headquarters in Opelika. As a result, 32 jobs will be created.

“We are extremely honored by Mando’s continued confidence in Opelika and the additional investment in our area. Mando is very important to Opelika,” Fuller said in a written statement. They are one of our largest manufacturing employers and we understand this continued investment is a testament to the success they have had in Opelika.”

Mando’s Opelika operations continue to produce brake corner modules, brake calipers, suspension modules and steering systems to support its customer base located throughout the U.S.

The expansion process should begin to take place over the next couple of weeks, Fuller said. The mayor made the announcement after the city council meeting Tuesday.

The council also granted Mando exemption from non-educational city ad valorem taxes for 15 years. The new investment will bring Mando’s total investment in Opelika to $220 million and more than 700 employees.

“Mando’s new expansion project in Opelika is a sign of the strong partnership bond that Alabama has developed with this international manufacturer. Creating good jobs for Alabamians is the top priority of my administration, and Mando’s continued growth in Opelika is a welcome development. We’re committed to helping this world-class company expand its Alabama base.”

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