Germany-based auto supplier Eissmann Automotive will invest $14.5 million to expand its manufacturing complex in St. Clair County, Alabama. The expansion will include the addition of a 130,000-square-foot building and advanced manufacturing equipment for a new production line.
The company specializes in car interiors, built-to-print trim components, shifter modules and other parts for automakers that include Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Jeep, Tesla, Porsche and Volkswagen.
Eissmann plans to hire 200 additional associates as part of its expansion project. It will also introduce a new manufacturing process that is currently performed only at Eissmann facilities in Slovakia and China.
“We have been very pleased with our experience working with the City of Pell City, the St. Clair County Commission, and Alabama’s Department of Commerce,” said Michal Vozak, Managing Director of Eissmann Automotive.
“They have been wonderful partners as we continue to invest in Pell City to provide quality service and products to our valued customers.”
“Alabama’s superior business climate continues to attract new investment, which creates new jobs and fuels economic growth,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “Eissmann has launched several expansion projects in Alabama, and I welcome the company’s decision to add new jobs and introduce new manufacturing technologies with another project in Pell City. Creating good jobs for Alabama citizens will always be my top priority.”
“Eissmann is making another significant investment in its Alabama operation, expanding its Pell City workforce and introducing new technology at its manufacturing facility,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.
During the last decade, Eissmann has grown to be the largest industrial employer in St. Clair County. Starting out with 85 employees in its first phase, the company’s Alabama operation has grown to have 650 today, according to the St. Clair County Economic Development Council.
“It is always beneficial to both our community and the company when higher paying jobs with more advanced technology are announced,” said Paul Manning, Chairman of the St. Clair County Commission. “This is a testament both to the company’s ability to produce a great product and the faith they have in St. Clair County’s workforce.”