BIBB COUNTY, Ala.—German automotive supplier MollerTech will invest $46.3 million to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bibb County, Alabama, and plans to hire 222 associates, the company said in a press release.
MollerTech plans to construct a 150,000-square-foot facility in the Scott G. Davis Industrial Park, near Interstate 20/59 in northern Bibb County. It will manufacture interior parts for Mercedes-Benz’s next-generation SUVs, to be produced at the automaker’s Alabama assembly plant after a $1.3 billion expansion.
“After many months visiting various states, as well as numerous counties in Alabama, we are pleased to settle in Bibb County,” said MollerTech North American President/CEO Steve Jordan, in a company release. “Our Moller Culture is very much centered on people and local communities and, because of that, we find that there is ‘a good fit’ between MollerTech and Bibb County.”
Bibb County provided the company with 20 acres of land in the Scott G. Davis Industrial Park for the facility, as well as an abatement of non-educational sales and use and property taxes. The state provided jobs and investment credits and AIDT workforce training, all valued at $12.3 million over a 15-year period.
“Attracting investment and new jobs to Alabama’s rural counties is a key priority in our overall economic development strategy, and MollerTech’s manufacturing facility in Bibb County represents the kind of project that we have been targeting,” said Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, in a statement.
The firm, which is the automotive arm of Germany-based Moller Group, has U.S. facilities in Elberton, Georgia, and Shelby Township, Michigan. The company hopes the Alabama facility — located just six miles from the Mercedes plant in Vance — will be at full production by the end of 2019.
MollerTech President and CEO Steve Jordan said the Bibb County facility will serve as the company’s flagship U.S. manufacturing facility, incorporating new ideas and best practices from other operations in the company’s manufacturing footprint.
Source: Area Development Online (www.areadevelopment.com)