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A Chinese company will build an automotive glass-making plant in southwest Ohio, creating about 800 jobs and revitalizing a former General Motors factory site, officials said Friday.
    
The chairman of the Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co. and the owner of the site signed an agreement at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. The company is making a $200 million investment at the site in Moraine, near Dayton.
    
Ohio officials said it's the biggest Chinese investment yet in Ohio. The plant is expected to begin operations late next year, employing about 800 people within three years. The General Motors assembly plant employed 1,100 workers when it closed in late 2008.
    
"Ohio has been through some difficult times, but we are doing better," Ohio Gov. John Kasich told Fuyao's chairman, Cao Dewang.
    
Kasich said the deal reaffirms the state's leadership role in the automotive industry.
    
Fuyao plans to buy more than 1 million square feet of space in a deal worked out with the state's private development arm, JobsOhio, with involvement by local and regional development officials. Details of incentives offered the company have not been finalized and were not immediately disclosed. Ohio said other Midwestern states and some in the South also completed for the plant.

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