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					                                                                          ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC
 OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
                                                                               AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS

      BOB RILEY                                                                   JOHN D. HARRISON
       GOVERNOR
                                                                                        DIRECTOR
                                          STATE OF ALABAMA


For Immediate Release:                                                                   Contact:
Thursday, May 27, 2004                                                                   Jerome Hand
                                                                                         Larry Childers
                                                                                         (334) 242-5525




   Riley Awards $750,000 to Bring New Jobs to Central Alabama
                     Auto supplier to create 900 jobs in Montgomery
    MONTGOMERY—Gov. Bob Riley has awarded $750,000 to the Montgomery County
    Commission to help create 900 new jobs and spur economic development in central Alabama.
            Community Development Block Grant funds will be used to improve water service and
    enable Mobis Alabama to construct a manufacturing facility near the Lowndes County line. Water
    lines along Mitchell Young Road in west Montgomery will be upgraded to provide adequate water
    flow for the plant site and for fire protection.
            The plant will manufacture automotive cockpit modules and front and rear chassis as a
    major supplier to the Montgomery Hyundai manufacturing facility. Mobis will build a 422,000
    square foot facility with an overall company investment of $125 million.
            “I am pleased to support this effort to bring more jobs to Montgomery and central
    Alabama,” Riley said. “I commend the efforts of the Montgomery County Commission to ensure
    that adequate services are available to support economic growth.”
            The project includes the installation of 19,500-feet of iron water lines to connect the plant
    site to existing water mains along U.S. Highway 80 and Old Hayneville Road. The new lines will
    also support the future development of other industrial property in the area.
            Riley awarded the grant from funds made available to the state from the U.S. Department
    of Housing and Urban Development. He has designated the Alabama Department of Economic
    and Community Affairs to administer the grant.
            ADECA Director John Harrison notified commission chairman W.F. Joseph Jr. that the
    grant had been approved. The county has committed $343,850 in matching funds for the project.
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