DOTHAN, AL -- The US-China Manufacturing Symposium is designed to bring Chinese businesses to the Wiregrass. On the final day of the symposium, one business made the decision to open a new facility in Dothan.
Nanjing Zijin-Lead Electronics, China's largest printer manufacturer, announced it would open a 3D printer factory in Dothan. The new business will be called Dothan 3D.
Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz signed a contract with company executives on stage at the symposium to locate a factory in Dothan.
"We're honored to have them in this community to bring hi-tech, 3D printing to Dothan," Schmitz said. "It has unlimited potential."
While the facility will be small, Schmitz says the jobs coming to Dothan will be high-paying positions. Schmitz says the new factory will also bring new, cutting edge technology to the area.
Nanjing donated six 3D printers to the area last year, and the city of Dothan has been working for more than a year to secure a contract with the company. Although the new factory has only been announced, Nanjing has already held two training seminars in Dothan.
Several economic announcements were made on the final day of the symposium. Two other businesses are opening offices in Dothan in the near future, to facilitate possible relocation of Chinese businesses to Dothan.
Wipfli Spider Logic will open an office in Dothan. Wipfli helps businesses relocate or open new facilities in the US. Wipfli's slogan is, "Solutions now. Strategies for what lies ahead."
SOZO Group Founder Raymond Cheng also announced his company would be opening a full-time office in downtown Dothan in the old US Legal building. The new office will be called the Dothan SOZO Innovation Center.