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German Flooring Company Cuts Ribbon on New Plant in Dover

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Uzin Utz officially opened a new plant in Dover Friday (WBOC) Uzin Utz officially opened a new plant in Dover Friday (WBOC)

DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - A huge new manufacturing facility had its grand opening and ribbon cutting in Dover Friday.

A German company, Uzin Utz, chose the First State's capital for its first US production location.

Uzin Utz makes flooring installation products. It employs about 1000 people and has 14 manufacturing facilities worldwide.

Its newest plant is in Dover. Philipp Utz was the man who made that happen for the company.

"The entire manufacturing process is standardized all across our plants worldwide. We've basically taken that concept and transferred it to the US," he said.

Utz says he looked at many other states and cities before deciding on Dover and Delaware.

"Delaware is a very pro-business state," said Utz. "It's focusing on small and medium-sized companies that want to start up business in the US."

Many in state government, especially Republicans, have questioned how business-friendly Delaware actually is. They've pushed for things like Right to Work, which they say would encourage businesses to chose the first state.

A recent report from the Caesar Rodney Institute, a conservative think tank, said manufacturing had declined in Delaware over the past decade. WBOC asked Gov. Jack Markell about that.

"We had lost two pretty big car plants. That's a big blow," the governor said. "The manufacturing world is not what it once was for sure. We're excited a new company is getting going, others as well. We clearly have additional work to do."

The Uzin Utz 64,000-square-foot plant is part of Dover's Garrison Oak Technology Park, which also has a newly-operational natural gas power plant and a large solar farm in it. The city bought the land for the park years ago.

"I think we've been vindicated for the initial purchase," said Mayor Robin Christiansen. "And, as you can see, we're moving ahead. We're looking for jobs."

The new plant has 15 employees. Uzin Utz expects to add five more by adding a second shift next year.

?Uzin Utz says the new factory is a way to grow its us business. Previously it had to import products from overseas to America.

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