Wilcox County to Get the First of the Chinese CompanysMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: May 27 2014 3:43 PM
PINE HILL, Alabama -- The $100 million Chinese copper tubing factory that will officially open in Wilcox County Wednesday is significant in symbolism: It promises more than 300 new jobs in one of the country's poorest areas.
But the facility's physical size also is notable.
With 500,000 square feet under one roof, it is big enough to house nine football fields. And its 83.2 million pounds of concrete is sufficient to pave 82 miles of city sidewalks.
Birmingham's Hoar Construction was the general contractor on the project for GD Copper USA, part of Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tubing Group Inc. of China.
The project created 440 construction jobs at its peak. It also drew a group of about 45 Chinese engineers and technical advisers to the Pine Hill site, where they lived in a trailer compound.
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