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Major announcement slated for next Wednesday

Editor's note: The Greenville Advocate will hold its Wednesday, May 21, edition and deliver it on Thursday, May 22, so we can provide in-depth coverage of this important industrial announcement.

It looks as though Greenville will play host to another major industrial announcement next Wednesday when city, county and state officials will gather first in Montgomery, then in Greenville to announce what is expected to be another Tier One Hyundai supplier.

While officials are tight-lipped about specifics, it is believed that another Korean company has decided to establish a manufacturing facility in Greenville.

This comes on the heels of an announcement March 19, that Hwashin America Corporation will locate its $70 million manufacturing facility in Greenville and employ 400 people.

Hwashin will manufacture chassis and other auto body parts for Hyundai's Santa Fe and Sonata vehicles, which will be built at Hyundai's first North American automotive plant in Hope Hull. The Hyundai plant is slated to begin full production in mid 2005.

Ricky McLaney, Executive Director for the Butler County Commission for Economic Development said, like the Hwashin announcement, next Wednesday's announcement will be historic for the city and the county.

&uot;I can't really give specifics on the number of jobs involved and what the company does, but they will be an excellent company that will fit well into our plan to grow our industrial base in Butler County,&uot; he said. &uot;Similar to the Hwashin announcement, this company will make a significant investment in Butler County.&uot;

McLaney said there will actually be two announcements for this particular industry with the first happening in Montgomery at 1 p.m. at the capital with Governor Bob Riley on hand and the second in Greenville at 4 p.m. at the Greenville High School auditorium.

While Governor Bob Riley will not be able to make the announcement in Greenville due to other commitments, Lt. Governor Lucy Baxley, along with numerous other state and local dignitaries, will be on hand in &uot;The City of Smiles&uot; to welcome Butler County's newest industry to Greenville.

Although invitations were sent to many people in the community, McLaney said everyone is encouraged to attend the announcement at the auditorium, especially given its importance to the people of Greenville and Butler County.

&uot;Just like the Hwashin announcement, this will have a very positive impact on the people of Greenville,&uot; he said. &uot;It's important that we give this company a proper welcome and show them we are happy they are coming.&uot;