With only six employees, Fayette Fabrication is starting out small. But it has plans to grow and hire dozens of more employees during the next few years.
Organizers held a ribbon cutting ceremony in the Fayette Business Incubator Monday morning. Mark McClanahan, the company's CEO, says they're investing $1.5 million in equipment and inventory to grow the business.
"We're going to focus on automotive. The automotive makes you work. The automotive makes you work quickly. They make you work precisely. They make you do what you say you're going to do and that's good for all business," McClanahan said.
Over the next three years, McClanahan wants to hire up to 50 people.
Fayette Fabrication will build and refurbish racking systems, which are the containers used to ship car parts for automotive suppliers. McClanahan says the company is already working to fill purchase orders for some Mercedes Benz suppliers.
Hundreds of people attended the ribbon ceremony, including at least one Mercedes representative, Dara Longgrear, executive cirector of the Tuscaloosa County Development Authority, and Governor Robert Bentley.
Bentley says this start-up company will help replenish some of the manufacturing jobs lost in Fayette in the past decade.
"Fifty jobs to Fayette County is like a thousand jobs to Huntsville or Mobile. It really helps this area. That's fifty families that'll be fed," Governor Bentley said.
The bulk of the company's business could come offering support to Mercedes suppliers. But they will also likely be busy in other industries too.
"Also, there's the mining business. There's also business in the trucking business. So that'll be 20 per cent. Not the 80 per cent," McClanahan said.
For more information about Fayette Fabrication, visit http://fayettefabrication.com.
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