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Gestamp ribbon-cutting slated for Monday

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, executives and employees of Gestamp and state, county and local leaders are scheduled to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Gestamp's South Charleston stamping plant on Monday.

The event will be at 11 a.m. at the plant, Tomblin's office said in a media advisory issued Thursday.

Among the dignitaries expected to join Tomblin: Craig Parsons, vice president of business development at Gestamp North America; U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin; Ray Park, chairman and chief executive officer of the Park Corp., which owns the stamping plant property; and South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens.

Gestamp is based in Spain. In April the company pledged to create hundreds of jobs and invest a minimum of $100 million in the stamping plant.

The company started small-scale production at the plant in August. Gestamp expects to have 100 to 120 employees at the plant by the end of the year, the West Virginia Department of Commerce has said.


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