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Supplier chose well in picking Cullman

When Honda announced its plans in 1999 to build an assembly plant at Lincoln, company officials said the operation would employ about 1,500 people.

The initial $425 million investment turned into $1.2 billion in 2002 and now the American division of the Japanese automotive giant has 4,500 employees at the Talladega County plant.

Honda builds more than 300,000 Odyssey minivans, Honda Pilots and V-6 engines at the plant each year. As of last year, another 4,000 jobs came from companies started to supply the plantís insatiable appetite.

Thatís where Cardington Yutaka Technologies enters the picture. In Cullman on Wednesday, the Ohio-based company formally announced it is bringing 230 jobs to Morgan Countyís southern neighbor.

The plant, which will provide torque converters and parts for exhaust systems, is less than 100 miles from Honda, or about a 11/2-hour drive.

Like the Honda plant, the CYT plant could experience fast growth as one of its top-tier suppliers.

Cullman County isnít part of the state that gets its identity from the Tennessee Valley. Wedged between Birmingham and the Valley, Cullman built its identity. It is a growing and vital cog in the North Alabama economy.

CYT officials chose wisely when they picked Cullman for their plant.

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