Grant to Help Create New Jobs in Crenshaw County

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Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded a $230,099 grant that will enable a Crenshaw County manufacturer to expand and create at least 75 new jobs.

Bentley’s award to the Crenshaw County Commission will provide infrastructure improvements necessary for Dongwon Autopart Technology Alabama to construct a 90,000-square-foot addition to its plant near Highland Home. The company manufactures doorframes, roof moldings and side impact beams for Hyundai Alabama and General Motors.

The expansion will permit the company to manufacture additional components required to assemble Hyundai’s Sonata and Elantra vehicles.

“New jobs mean greater opportunities for the residents of Crenshaw and surrounding counties,” Bentley said. “This expansion by Dongwon and the continued growth of the automobile industry in Alabama are encouraging signs of an improving economy.”

The Community Development Block Grant will fund construction of an onsite sewage-treatment facility. The new plant is scheduled to be in operation by the end of 2013.

Bentley notified Commission Chairman Ricky McElwain of the grant's approval. The county is supplying local funding of $57,525.
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.

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