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Commerce Department Promotes Auto-Sector Job Growth in Andalusia, Alabama

WASHINGTON - U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1.5 million U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the Utilities Board of Andalusia, Ala., to make water system improvements to support automotive and other business development in Andalusia Industrial Park. The project is expected to create 150 jobs and generate $15 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates.

"The Obama administration is committed to providing communities with the resources they need to foster job creation and business growth," Locke said. "This EDA grant will provide the critical infrastructure needed to support existing businesses and attract new investment and jobs to the region."

The grant will build a water well, two wastewater pumping stations, and water and sewer lines to serve SaeHaeSung's new automotive parts manufacturing facility and other businesses in Andalusia Industrial Park. SaeHaeSung Alabama is a tier-two supplier of automotive parts to Hyundai and Kia Motors.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov):
This year, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) marks 45 years of public service, with a mission of leading the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce that partners with distressed communities throughout the United States to foster job creation, collaboration and innovation.