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Henderson plant expanding means more jobs

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Wheel manufacturer, Accuride, announced on Friday that it will expand its Henderson plant and hire more workers.

It's a multi-million dollar project that Accuride says will create 30 new jobs, and keeps the plants current work force of nearly 200.

Accuride is going to invest nearly $6-million to install a brand-new coating line that will create 30 new jobs.

Accuride says the investment will stabilize the current employment level at the plant, that includes 160 existing jobs. They say the new coating line will utilize advanced technology to expand its powder-coating capacity.

State Senator Dorsey Ridley says the nation's growing economy has lead to Accuride's expansion, and Accuride CEO Rick Dauch expects many people will want one of these new jobs.

"These are good paying jobs. These are some of the best paying jobs in the region. Starting wage is around $21. With benefits, approaching $30 an hour," says Dauch. "My great grandfather use to work in a factory. And that's how our family started generating some wealth to invest in homes and buy cars and stuff like that, and I feel a real obligation to make sure we have the best paying jobs we can for the people here."

Accuride says the new coating line will be up and running by January 2014.

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