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Carowinds plans $50 million expansion

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(AP) - The Ohio company that owns Carowinds says it will spend $50 million to expand the theme park on the North Carolina-South Carolina state line.

Cedar Fair Entertainment officials told the Charlotte Chamber on Monday the company will add rides and attractions, upgrade food locations and make infrastructure improvements.

Chief operating officer Richard Zimmerman did not go into details about the expansion.

Cedar Fair announced in 2011 that it had bought 61 acres of vacant land next to Carowinds' parking lots and near interstate 77.

Zimmerman said work will begin next year and will take several years to complete. The expansion will create 15 permanent jobs and 270 additional jobs.

Carowinds is 40 years old and has 13 roller coasters.

Cedar Fair owns 11 amusement parks.

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