Railroad wheel company reopening, creating 160 new jobs

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Thanks to tax breaks from Jefferson County, a railroad wheel manufacturing company plans to reopen near Bessemer. Next week the Jefferson County Commission will vote on property tax breaks for Griffin Wheel Company. The plant shut down in 2001 because of a drop in business. Griffin Wheel hopes to bring back 160 jobs and a $6 million payroll.

"This is exciting news. It's the first 160 jobs out of 16,000," Commission President David Carrington said. Carrington says more economic announcements are expected in the near future.

The average salary is expected to be about $37,500 which is more than the average manufacturing salary in Jefferson County of about $32,000.

"That is on the outskirts of the Brighton community which is an area that needs economic redevelopment. This it first step I hope to bring economic redevelopment to that area," Carrington said.