German automotive supplier MöllerTech will build a new $46.3 million manufacturing facility in Bibb County that will create 222 jobs. Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield revealed MöllerTech’s plan to construct a 150,000-square-foot facility in the Scott G. Davis Insutrial Park near Interstate 20 in Bibb County at a press event at the Bibb County Board of Education on Monday afternoon.
The company will manufacture interior parts for Mercedes-Benz SUV’s as part of a $1.3 billion expansion. MöllerTech’s North American President and CEO Steve Jordan said the Bibb County facility will serve as the company’s flagship manufacturing facility.
“After many months visiting various states, as well as numerous counties in Alabama, we are pleased to settle in Bibb County,” said Jordan. “Our Möller Culture is very much centered on people and local communities and because of that we find that there is ‘a good fit’ between MöllerTech and Bibb County. The help that we received both financially as well as personally from the State and the County helped us in making this decision. So we would like to thank the State of Alabama as well as Bibb County in being patient and supporting us in this new venture of ours.”
MöllerTech has two U.S. facilities in Elberton, Ga., and Detroit, Mich. It hopes to be at full production in Bibb County by the end of 2019.
The Bibb County Commission, the Alabama Department of Commerce, the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, Alabama Power Co. and the Birmingham Business Alliance worked together closely to bring the project to the Birmingham region.
“This will be a great boost for Bibb County and its workforce,” said Bibb County Commissioner Ricky Hubbard. “MöllerTech will be the second largest manufacturing employer in the county and the third largest overall. We are excited that their investment will impact the lives of so many people here.”
MöllerTech represents the 18th German corporate investment in the seven-county Birmingham metropolitan area. Those 18 companies will employ approximately 1,700 people when MöllerTech is operational.
“As excited as we are for MöllerTech, Bibb County, the state and all of the entities involved in this project, we are even more excited about MöllerTech’s future workforce and the impact the 222 job opportunities will have on them and their families,” said Brian Hilson, president and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance.