New auto supplier in Gadsden

By Dixon Hayes

GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) - A new automotive supplier in Gadsden is employing 160 people, and company officials plan to add to that number.
Fehrer Automotive is based in Germany, and uses its Brooke Avenue facility to make car seats for the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga and the Mercedes Plant in Vance.   The company is located in the former home of the Advance Auto Parts distribution center.
Fehrer CEO Bernd Welzer tells Fox6 News he expects to expand.  He says the Volkswagen plant is just getting underway and the Mercedes plant just added the C Class to its line, and hopes to get work in turn from both of those expansions.
Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton was among the local officials on hand Tuesday as company officials cut the ribbon on the new plant.  They then gave tours of the new facility.
Guyton says Gadsden's business climate--a system of vocational and technical education leading to a ready workforce--means business is doing in Gadsden despite the economy.
In fact, a few plant employees told Fox6 News they were unemployed when they were hired by Fehrer.

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