Auto supplier picks Alabama for $37.9M investment, new jobs

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A German auto supplier will establish its first North American facility in Montgomery, which is expected to create 235 jobs.

Made in Alabama reports today that Gerhardi Kuntstofftechnik held a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday to announce its plan to invest $37.9 million in a new facility.

“This is a great opportunity for Gerhardi, and we are very excited,” Gerhardi Managing Director Reinhard Hoffman said in a statement. “Montgomery Industrial Park offers a great infrastructure, attractive support and is located close to many OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). These benefits convinced us that this is the best place for our new facility.”

Construction on the building will begin in 2017, and production is expected to finish in 2019.

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The announcement comes on the heels of several other economic development deals in recent months, including voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc.’s plan to occupy an existing 52,000-square-foot building at 260-A Lyon Lane near Birmingham’s Red Mountain Park, which should create 42 jobs.

Another large local deal, Project Sunrise, is expected to create more than 700 jobs in the Birmingham area.

Read more about Gerhardi Kuntstofftechnik at Made in Alabama.