Mando Plans Expansion at Opelika Plant

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Auto parts manufacturer Mando America Corporation has announced expansion plans for its Opelika location.

The company plans to invest $25 million to construct a building directly across from its current site in the Northeast Opelika Industrial Park. The expansion should add 200 jobs and bring total employment to more than 600.

The Korea-based company produces brake and steering systems for automakers, including Hyundai in Montgomery and Kia, which is currently building a plant in West Point, Ga.

Mando's current plant in Opelika was completed in June 2004. A month later, the company announced it was moving its North American headquarters from Detroit to Opelika.

The new expansion announced Tuesday will make Mando one of Opelika's largest employers.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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