Auto parts company bringing jobs to Cullman


An auto parts manufacturing company has announced plans to build a plant in northern Alabama and create 140 new jobs in its first five years of operation.Gov. Robert Bentley announced Thursday that Muri, Switzerland-based REHAU, Inc. is planning to open a research and development facility in Cullman.State officials say the company, which was founded in Germany, is spending about $2.5 million on the planned 20,000 square-foot facility.Officials say the plant will employ 45 engineers and will serve as the company's main training and conferencing center for the company's North American divisions.Bentley says REHAU, Inc. recently completed a $119 million expansion in the area, and state economic development officials say REHAU employs more than 700 people in Alabama.