The City of Dadeville, AL, was awarded a $350,000 grant by Gov. Robert Bentley to assist the expansion of auto parts maker KwangSung at the William T. Thweatt Industrial Park. The Community Development Block Grant will help the city make improvements to the sewer system to assist the company’s planned $9 million expansion.
The expansion will include construction of a new 100,000-square-foot facility. Dadeville Mayor Joe L. Smith said, “It will be a big help to the City of Dadeville and Tallapoosa County. We’re ready to get started on it just as soon as the funds are released.” KwangSung Corp., which has operated in Dadeville since 2006, uses a blow molding process to produce components that include door panels and sun visors for Kia and Hyundai vehicles made in the region. Currently the company employs 334 people at the industrial park along U.S. Highway 280. They will hire 100 new local employees after the expansion. “The success of automobile manufacturers in the Southeast depends on high quality parts producers like KwangSung and their skilled Alabama workforce,” Bentley said.