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Chen remains committed to Barnesville plant

General Protect president Wusheng Chen was in Barnesville last month and assured local officials he remains committed to the huge project his company plans for a site off Highway 41 South in Barnesville. ’He spent 30 minutes talking about the economy. We were on edge,’ IDA executive director Missy Kendrick said. Chen noted he is very interested in President-elect Barack Obama’s stimulus package as he has diversified into manufacturing low- and high-voltage cabling for the housing industry. ’He did not tell us he was stopping the project. He assured us he very much intends to move forward and he authorized us to move forward with the offsite water and sewer infrastructure for the project which will require considerable capital investment on his part,’ Kendrick said. Planning for the water and sewer work is expected to take 30-60 days and pipe installation could begin in 90 days. Chen also invited Kendrick, Barnesville city manager/IDA chairman Kenny Roberts, county commission chairman Jay Matthews and Barnesville mayor Peter Banks to China in the coming months. For more on General Protecht, go to” To read further, go to

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