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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -
Governor Robert Bentley joined officials from Indorama Polymers on Friday in Decatur to unveil the company's plans for expansion.
AlphaPet, a subsidiary of Indorama Polymers, will build a new $190-million facility in Decatur next to the current AlphaPet manufacturing plant.
The plan is to break ground as early as later this year, and open by late 2015 or early 2016, bringing in 75 new full-time jobs.
AlphaPet makes materials used in plastic beverage containers.
Company officials say the site search came down to two cities: Decatur and Spartanburg, South Carolina. They said a big factor is picking Decatur was the workforce they've seen in action at the current plant.
"In so many parts of the country in parts of the world, plants are moving out. So when you see a plant expanding like this, it's great for this plant, and it's great for the state of Alabama," Bentley said.
The Morgan County Economic Development Board worked closely with the company through the site selection process.
"I think it shows Decatur/Morgan County is a great place to do business since they chose us for a second location to double their expansion," said Jeremy Nails with the development board.
AlphaPet officials said a major reason why they chose to expand here is because of the working relationship they have with BP. The operation is located at BP's petrochemicals complex, and BP supplies AlphaPet with materials needed for their production.