As reported yesterday on Alabama Today, Gov. Robert Bentley announced Thursday morning that auto parts maker Samvardhana Motherson Group will open a new plant in Tuscaloosa County to supply the state’s Mercedes-Benz plant, located in the nearby town of Vance.
The announcement came as welcome news as the state’s unemployment rate continues to lag behind national averages, though jobs numbers were up in July.
Bentley, speaking in front of the Old Capitol Building in Montgomery, said the decision by SMG to invest in Alabama was no accident – and that more good news might soon follow it.
“Alabama has a positive business climate and a skilled workforce that is second to none,” Bentley said Thursday. “We have worked hard to recruit well-paying jobs for the people of this state, and I am honored to see SMG expand to Alabama. In coming years, the company will provide 650 new jobs and produce even more products that are ‘Made in Alabama’.”
SMG Managing Director and Head of Corporate Office Europe and Americas Andreas Heuser, who was also on hand for the announcement, responded in kind.
“We would like to thank the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority and Alabama for all the support provided to our Group,” Heuser said.
“I can say that we feel very welcome and at home here in Tuscaloosa.”
Besides the investment firm’s business relationship with Daimler Mercedes-Benz, the international auto supplier has ties to Audi, VW, Porsche, Renault/Nissan and Ford, connections which could augur more good economic news for Alabama’s burgeoning manufacturing sector.
The proposed site of the new auto supplier is located in eastern Tuscaloosa. Construction is slated to begin by the end of 2015.