Thursday’s announcement could be one of the biggest economic boosts to south Alabama in years: an automotive plant bringing 5,000 jobs to Baldwin County.
Governor Bob Riley announced Thursday that a group of Chinese investors plans to build a large-scale hybrid automobile manufacturing plant north of Bay Minette. The plant would actually be located in Rabun, which is an unincorporated, rural community in north Baldwin County.
The company HK Motors is expected to begin operations around 2013. HK stands for hybrid kinetics. HK Motors CEO C.T. Wang stood next to Riley and top state leaders as the announcement was made in Montgomery.