Macon County Getting Much Needed Industry
New industry is coming to a part of Alabama that's been in desperate need of new jobs.
A Korean manufacturing company that will supply parts to Hyundai and Kia is on its way to Shorter.
This is the first major jobs announcement in Macon county since the closing of the Victoryland Casino.
The new site of Taesung Alabama is being built just around the corner from the still-closed Victoryland Casino.
Macon County lost about 2,000 jobs when the casino closed.
The new company is looking to hire about 70 people when it's up and running in 2015 and help get people in the area back to work.
"This is the type of job that we really need in this state. This is the type of job that's needed here in this area. These will be good high paying jobs. They're manufacturing jobs. We need manufacturing jobs," said Governor Bentley.
But Shorter Mayor Willie Mae Powell is hoping that this isn't the last jobs announcement she'll get to make.
"We just look for more of this to come and we hope this is opening the door for other companies to come and see that we have land available and we're here and ready to be a partnership with any other company that wants to come here," said Powell.
Alabama's booming auto industry is part of the reason why the company chose to come to the state.
"Actually the U.S. is the biggest automotive market. And now our company is aimed to move from home appliance to automotive parts. And I think it's a good chance to be here," said Taesung America CEO Jungmin Koh.
And it's a good chance for Macon County residents too. Sean Freeman is a student at ASU, but has family in Shorter. More development in the area means more chance to stay near his relatives when he graduates.
"It means a great deal. It means that Macon County is definitely on the move. It gives new life. Brings a better and more positive light to Macon County," said Freeman.