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Germany-Based Gerhardi Opens First U.S. Plant in Montgomery, Alabama

German auto supplier Gerhardi Inc. opened its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Montgomery, Alabama. The company will invest $41.6 million and employ up to 235 employees.

Gerhardi Managing Director Rienhard Hoffman said the company is excited to launch operations at the state-of-the-art injection molding, electroplating and assembly plant in Alabama’s capital city. “Montgomery has proven itself as the perfect location for Gerhardi to introduce our processes and product to the automotive world in the U.S.,” Hoffman said. “As Alabama continues to grow and develop as one of the leading areas in automotive manufacturing, Gerhardi Inc. looks forward to the many opportunities for growth in the future.”

Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, said Gerhardi is a world-class addition to the state’s robust network of auto suppliers.

“We look forward to forging a strong and lasting partnership with Gerhardi and hope to see them grow in Montgomery as Alabama’s auto industry continues to expand its footprint across the state,” he said.

“This is a company that has both a rich history and a solid reputation for being on the cutting edge of the future. Their investment in the River Region speaks volumes about what we have to offer,” said Elton N. Dean Sr., Chairman of the Montgomery County Commission.

Mayor Todd Strange said it’s significant that Gerhardi could have picked any location for its first U.S. manufacturing location but selected Montgomery.

“This shows that we are not only excelling nationally, but we are also continuing to boost our global presence. Gerhardi has seen that great things happen when you do business in Montgomery.”

“It is certainly exciting to know that we are part of an organization so firmly rooted in the future,” said Willie Durham, Chairman of the Montgomery Chamber.

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