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By M.J. Ellington
mjellington@decaturdaily.com (334) 262-1104

MONTGOMERY — A parts supplier for Honda will open a plant in Cullman by November, bringing more than 230 jobs close to potential workers in southern Morgan County.

A state senator involved in recruiting the company to Cullman's industrial park said hundreds of other jobs could follow if the company expands.

Gov. Bob Riley said Wednesday that Ohio-based Cardington Yutaka Technologies would manufacture torque converters and parts for exhaust systems for the Honda plant in Lincoln.

Cardington Yutaka Technologies began construction of the 168,000-square-foot, $50 million building last month, but the groundbreaking ceremony at the 75-acre site was Wednesday.

Sen. Zeb Little, D-Cullman, said CYT is a metal-stamping company with great employment potential not only for Cullman, but also other parts of North Alabama.

The plant's name will be Alabama Cullman Yutaka Technologies.

"We are happy to have them here," Little said after the groundbreaking. "This is a tier-one supplier, a major supplier for Honda. Our experience with other tier-one suppliers is that they expand rapidly. That could mean hundreds of jobs later on."

Training

Little said Wallace State Community College in Hanceville will provide training for the plant's workers as part of an incentive package the state offered CYT.

Little said he did not know other details of the state's commitment to the company.

Riley said the state's work force helps draw companies to the state.

"Alabama's workers are the best recruiting tool we have, and our continuing success in economic development is because of their strong work ethic," Riley said.

CYT's other North American plants are in Ohio and South Carolina.

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