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A Chinese copper tubing company opened a plant in Alabama's Wilcox County recently, giving residents of the poorest county in the US hopes for a better life, Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday.
The county, which is located in the southwestern part of Alabama and had no major industry for nearly half a century, traditionally led the southern US state in unemployment.
However, all this changed after the opening of the $100 million plant, GD Copper USA, which is expected to bring 500 jobs to the region.
"I've been waiting for this for three years," Alabama Governor Robert Bentley told a reporter from Chinese newspaper People's Daily Wednesday.
"The Golden Dragon Group brings us important opportunities, as some 500 families in America's poorest county now have the chances to start a better life," he said.
US Congressman Terri Sewell said at the plant's opening ceremony that the plant's start of operation marked an important day in Alabama.
The economy of Wilcox County had lagged behind due to a lack of good resources and opportunities, but now it has both, Sewell noted, urging the employees of GD Copper USA to work hard so as to help the plant achieve a big success.
GD Copper USA was built by Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tubing Group, which is located in Xinxiang in Central China's Henan Province.
It makes copper tubing for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
The opening of the plant is described by some as "one of the largest economic development events" in the county's history.
GD Copper USA is the third and also the biggest Chinese plant operating in Alabama.