Germany-based Gerhardi Kuntstofftechnik, an auto supplier, will invest $37.9 million to create its first North American manufacturing facility in Montgomery Industrial Park. The company plans to create 235 jobs in Alabama.
“This is a great opportunity for Gerhardi, and we are very excited,” Gerhardi Managing Director Reinhard Hoffman said. “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.”
Governor Robert Bentley said. “This week, while I’m continuing Alabama’s aerospace mission in London, I’m honored to welcome Gerhardi’s first US automotive supplier plant to Montgomery. We look forward to forging a strong and lasting partnership with the company.
“Montgomery has assembled a robust network of Asian auto suppliers to service the Hyundai assembly operation,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “As a German company, Gerhardi adds another dimension to Montgomery’s auto supply chain, along with 235 new jobs.”
Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said landing Gerhardi’s first U.S. plant in a major victory for the city, which has developed a strong and expanding automotive manufacturing cluster.
“Gerhardi could have chosen any place in North America to locate this facility and they chose the ‘Capital of Dreams,’” Strange said. “This shows that we are not only excelling nationally, we are also continuing to boost our global presence.”