AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - This week the Auburn City Council approved multiple resolutions that will benefit the community and its economy.
Auburn's technology Park West will soon be home to the North American headquarters for the automotive supplier Kimmerich USA.
On Tuesday, the Council approved a tax abatement for the company that plans to hire 34 people and anticipates an $8 million investment locally.
"The program allows you to reduce portions of the sales and use tax and portions of the property tax for eligible investments," explains Auburn's Director of Industrial Development, Arndt Siepmann.
Kimmerich has a long tradition of medal work and employs over 1,000 people in Europe.
The Auburn plant is set to open its doors in 2015, and advertisements for employment are currently out.
"The company will do metal stamping, welding and assembly for automotive parts, so you will start to see in the fall as the equipment comes in to be installed at that time operators and other positions will open," says Siepmann.
The Council also approved an inter-local agreement with Lee County and Opelika for the creation of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Grant.
This grant will allocate about $28,000 for local law enforcement agencies to purchase necessary items.
"Generally we will divide the grant into thirds and each entity will decide how they want to use their portion of the grant," explains Public Safety Director, Bill James.
This year Auburn will administrator the funds.
"It will be something that is obviously police related, something that will help out police operations and functions. What we've bought in the past is radar units or bullet proof vests. We'll find something we'll either expand or replace," says James.
For more information on career opportunities with Kimmerich USA, visit www.kimmerich.de.