AL: Governor Bentley Announces Thomasville as the Site for Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group Facility

29 Mar, 2011

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Governor Robert Bentley today joined officials from China and Clarke County to announce 300 new jobs coming to Thomasville. Golden Dragon Precise Copper, Inc has chosen Thomasville as the location for its $100 million copper manufacturing facility. The 400,000 square foot facility will be the first one located in the United States. Golden Dragon Precise Copper, Inc. is the leading supplier of precision copper products throughout the world.

“The State of Alabama welcomes Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group, Inc.’s first manufacturing facility in the United States to Thomasville,” said Governor Bentley. “The team at Golden Dragon will find the best and most dedicated workforce in Alabama ready and eager to partner with them. Welcome to Alabama, Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group, Inc.”

Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group, Inc. in Thomasville will be an application center for the most modern copper tube mill in the world, employing state of the art cast and roll technology, processing methodology and equipment. The processing equipment will have a closed loop recirculating system, and a water treatment center producing negligible water discharge in any form. The plant will have the capacity to transform more than 100 million pounds of copper per year using advanced proprietary continuous casting technologies capable of producing 100% NDT (non-destructive testing) certified products for the refrigeration and cooling industry. The company will provide its American customers with products produced in the new Thomasville plant.

"Our customer’s needs are our top priority. We are fortunate to have a high quality, loyal customer base in the United States,” said Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group, Inc.’s Chairman Li Changjie. “Our new facility in Thomasville, Ala. will allow Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group, Inc. to continue to provide the highest quality copper products available in the U.S. market. While we were fortunate to find many excellent sites for our first U.S. facility, Thomasville was the right fit for us."

Alabama Development Office Director Seth Hammett was also on hand for the announcement. “Alabama has a strong, growing base of international investment, but until today, we had no companies from China on that list that we had successfully recruited. I am proud that GD Copper will join us as an international partner in investment,” said Alabama Development Office Director Seth Hammett at today’s announcement. “I am also excited that Thomasville will be an application center for cutting edge research and development and glad that the city was the right fit for GD Copper. As one of Alabama’s newest corporate citizens, we stand ready to help your company prosper in our state.”

Golden Dragon Precise Copper will work with the Alabama Industrial Development Training Office for workforce development training for the new employees.

Construction on the new facility is expected to begin in May and should take 15 to 18 months for the facility to be completed.

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