Auburn's Technology Park West is now home to the North American headquarters for the automotive supplier, Kemmerich USA.
"We have a very good economic development team here, Auburn University, and we have great workers in this area. It's one of the parts of the state that I'm very proud of. It's a part of the state that is easy to recruit industry to," explains Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.
Kemmerich plans to invest over $12 million into the new 60,000 square foot facility that will create up to 160 jobs locally within the next five years.
The Auburn plant is an important milestone in a globalization strategy for Kemmerich, which already employs over 1,000 people in Europe.
"Kemmerich is a very dynamic group. We are well settled already in Europe and now we would like to enter the American market. This is exciting on one hand and on the other we have the newest technology in place, really interesting process that we drive on a daily basis, fully automatic assembly lines, very impressive and I think it's something that is interesting for anybody looking for a nice job opportunity," says Kemmerich CEO, Thomas Bergen.
Over 100 years old, Kemmerich has a long tradition of metal work and their plant in Auburn will allow them to better serve its customers including BMW, Ford, GM, Mercedes and Volkswagen.
The company underwent an intensive site selection process, considering several states in the southeast before picking Auburn and officials couldn't be happier for the opportunities it will bring to citizens.
"Many countries are represented in our parks and the success they are having in providing excellent jobs to the citizens of east Alabama and west Georgia. It's a very positive thing." explains Auburn Mayor, Bill Ham.
The plant in Auburn is scheduled to start operating in August.