Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz spent 10 days in China to recruit Chinese business.
He strengthened relationships with many Chinese companies, but these deals don't happen overnight.
Take Mayor Sheldon day from Thomasville, Alabama.
He signed a deal for a 100 million dollar facility with Golden Dragon.
The copper manufacturer will employ 300 Alabamians, but that deal took three years.
Mayor Day says American companies aren't expanding because of a term called "globalization."
“Many American manufacturers are partnering with Chinese industries. They're partnering with industries around the world to open up new markets for themselves,” Mayor Sheldon Day.
Some Chinese companies require a national security review from Washington
However, that mainly applies to telecommunication companies.
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