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Hyosung USA could help revive sister-city agreement

Thereís new life in Decaturís old Goodyear manufacturing plant. Opened in 1927 when yarn mills ruled the South, its sale to a Korea-based company late last year caused a bit of concern.

As Goodyear consolidated mills, the Decatur plant continued to make tire cord. Still, some experts wondered if the noose was drawing tighter around the aging plant that begin as Connecticut Mills.

Goodyear operated the mill beginning in 1933 until it sold to Hyosung USA.

Hyosung USA announced last week that Decatur will be its U.S headquarters for its four U.S. plants and individual plants in Brazil and Belgium. The announcement also means 10 corporate-level positions and 25 more manufacturing and maintenance people.

Being designated corporate headquarters is a big deal for any city. Aside from the prestige, it gives the local plant a greater degree of stability.

Yong K. Choun is corporate president. He, no doubt, will be interested to know that Decatur already has a connection with Korea. In 1988, Decatur and Bucheon City Chamber of Commerce signed a sister-city agreement to promote trade and culture between the two cities and to strengthen friendly relations between the U.S. and Korea.

While that partnership is dormant, perhaps Mr. Choun can be instrumental in helping to revive that special relationship.

Welcome to Decatur, Hyosung USA.

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