German automotive supplier MollerTech will invest $46.3 million to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bibb County, AL. The 150,000-square-foot facility in the Scott G. Davis Industrial Park will create 222 jobs in Alabama’s growing auto sector.
MollerTech’s new facility will manufacture interior parts for Mercedes-Benz’s next-generation SUVs, which will be produced just six miles away at the automaker’s Vance, AL assembly plant after a $1.3 billion expansion. The Bibb County facility will serve as MollerTech’s flagship U.S. manufacturing facility, incorporating new ideas and best practices from other operations in the company’s manufacturing footprint. The company predicts the new facility will be at full production by the end of 2019.
“After many months visiting various states as well as numerous counties in Alabama, we are pleased to settle in Bibb County,” said MollerTech’s North American President and CEO Steve Jordan. “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.
“The help that we received both financially as well as personally from the state and the county helped us in making this decision,” he added. “So we would like to thank the State of Alabama as well as Bibb County in being patient and supporting us in this new venture of ours.”
The Birmingham region competed for the project – codenamed “Helios” — with other sites across the Southeast.
The Bibb County Commission, the Alabama Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, Alabama Power Co., and the Birmingham Business Alliance worked together to land the MollerTech project.
“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 Governor Robert Bentley. “We now have new tools to help rural counties overcome the obstacles they face in economic development. We’re committed to using them.”
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, and the state provided jobs and investment credits and AIDT workforce training, all valued at $12.3 million over a 15-year period.
Bibb County Commissioner Ricky Hubbard said MollerTech’s project will be a “great boost” for the county and its workforce.
“MollerTech will be the second largest manufacturing employer in the county and the third largest overall,” Hubbard said. “We are excited that they investment will impact the lives of so many people here.”
MollerTech is the 18th German corporate investment in the seven-county Birmingham metro area, according to the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA). Those 18 companies will employ approximately 1,700 people once MollerTech is operational.
“As excited as we are for MollerTech, Bibb County, the state and all of the entities involved in this project, we are even more excited about MollerTech’s future workforce and the impact the 222 job opportunities will have on them and their families,” said Brian Hilson, the BBA’s president and CEO.
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