Fontaine Trailer Company, a manufacturer of flatbed trailers headquartered in Jasper, Alabama, invested more than $5 million to expand its facility, with estimates of creating 150 jobs.
Fontaine established two new businesses in Jasper called Fontaine Intermodal and Fontaine Renew. It also purchased a warehouse and is expanding its parts and service division, along with its research and development complex in Beville Industrial Park.
"These expansions have already created about 50 jobs which have been filled and will create as many as 150 more jobs over the next several months here in Jasper, Alabama," says John Craig, group president of Marmon Highway Technologies, Fontaine's parent company. "Our local management team is excited about the opportunities we see for the future of Fontaine here in Jasper. The City of Jasper has been very helpful and cooperative to Fontaine since Fontaine started locating facilities here in 2005. We are very much appreciative of the efforts by our mayor and other leaders here in Jasper along with the Walker County Development Authority. The city leadership has been helpful and easy to deal with as we made the decision to invest here in Jasper."
"Fontaine's expansion in Walker County is a great compliment to the hard workers who've made the company successful," Governor Robert Bentley said. "Alabama has a strong workforce. We have a business-friendly climate. And we're committed to helping companies expand. I want to thank the leaders of Fontaine, the elected leaders from Walker County, our economic developers, and all others who worked together to make this expansion possible. Job creation remains my number-one priority, and Fontaine's expansion will mean more new jobs and more new opportunities for the people of this area."
Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said, "Fontaine's announcement and its plans to initiate new manufacturing capabilities to accommodate the needs of its customers is a perfect match for our state's economic development plan, Accelerate Alabama." While hiring incentives offered the firm were not immediately available, Canfield said, "We are pleased that the company continues to grow and hire additional Alabamians. We will be here to help Fontaine as it navigates new markets and establishes new product lines. "