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Auto seat-maker breaks ground for new Ala. plant

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The U.S. subsidiary of a South Korean company broke ground Thursday on a plant that is expected to employ about 400 people in Montgomery.

Executives from DAS North America and elected leaders were on hand for a ceremony held at the Montgomery Industrial Park. The company makes seats for Kia and Hyundai vehicles. It's building a 300,000-square-foot plant in the capital city. The company has been temporarily operating at a 150,000-square-foot facility in Interstate Industrial Park.

The company already employs about 100 people at a temporary site, and 300 new jobs will be added.

"This is a joyous occasion for DAS as we venture into a new beginning of what we hope to be a long partnership with the city and county of Montgomery and the state of Alabama," DAS Corp. President and CEO Kyung Ho Kang said in a statement.

The $37 million project is supposed to be complete next year.

"DAS North America is a valued partner and we look forward to a long, long relationship," Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said in a statement. "It's always great news when an existing company announces a major expansion and we the city and the county will do everything we can to ensure a successful expansion."