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$350K grant ‘a big help’ with auto expansion

Published 6:59pm Friday, December 27, 2013

City of Dadeville nets grant to assist in sewer improvements for KwangSung’s new facility

The City of Dadeville was awarded a $350,000 grant by Gov. Robert Bentley to assist the expansion of auto parts maker KwangSung at the William T. Thweatt Industrial Park.

The Community Development Block Grant will help the city make improvements to the sewer system to assist the company’s planned $9 million expansion. The expansion will include construction of a new 100,000-square-foot facility.

“We’re just proud the governor is letting us have (the grant funding),” Dadeville Mayor Joe L. Smith said. “It will be a big help to the City of Dadeville and Tallapoosa County. We’re ready to get started on it just as soon as the funds are released.”

KwangSung Corp., which has operated in Dadeville since 2006, uses a blow molding process to produce components that include door panels and sun visors for Kia and Hyundai vehicles made in the region.

Currently the company employs 334 people at the industrial park along U.S. Highway 280. They will hire 100 new local employees after the expansion.

“The success of automobile manufacturers in the Southeast depends on high quality parts producers like KwangSung and their skilled Alabama workforce,” Bentley said. “I commend KwangSung for its expansion, and I am delighted to contribute to the development of new jobs for our residents.”

The city is funding the sewer expansion, while the Water and Sewer Board will fund expansion of water service to the site. The city announced earlier it had received an industrial access grant to fund extending the road to the site.

CDBG funding will be used to provide sewer services for the new facility located on a 25-acre site in the industrial park.

Dadeville is supplying $33,000 as a match for the grant.

Previously, a $600,000 grant awarded by ADECA helped KwangSung to locate in the area, and ADECA funding also assisted another automobile components manufacturer to locate and expand in the industrial park.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocates CDBG funds to Alabama. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs reviews grant applications and determines which projects to recommend to the governor for approval.

ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, economic development, workforce development, recreation, energy conservation and water resource management.