The new Bolta U.S. plant is coming to Tuscaloosa in 2015. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
Bolta company officials attended the press conference in Tuscaloosa. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
Gov. Bentley spoke at the press conference announcing the new Bolta plant. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
The press conference was held at the River Market in Tuscaloosa. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
Bolta CEO Christian Falk. Source: Kelvin Reynolds/WBRC
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -
A new Mercedes-Benz supplier is coming to Tuscaloosa in 2015, bringing more than 350 jobs to west Alabama.
Bolta, an automative supplier based in Germany, is investing $39.5 million to build its first U.S. plant in Tuscaloosa.
Bolta will build a 140,000 square foot facility to make plastic line and injection molding equipment for Mercedes-Benz and other automotive manufacturers in North America.
Gov. Robert Bentley is attending a press conference in Tuscaloosa on Monday morning for the new job announcement.
The governor welcomed Bolta company officials to Tuscaloosa when he spoke at the press conference. Bentley said Alabama is able to recruit jobs here by being keeping costs low for companies to come to the state.
"Alabama has a positive business climate and the best workforce you can find. I appreciate Bolta for making this investment. On the state and local levels, we are committed to helping Bolta succeed," Gov. Bentley said in a press release about Bolta's expansion.
Tuscaloosa County probate judge Hardy McCollum said Bolta is a "family owned" business that adds to the vitality of Tuscaloosa.
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox made the Bolta president an honorary Tuscaloosa firefighter at today's press conference.
Bolta's CEO, Christian Falk, said the company is looking for a long-term relationship in Alabama with Mercedes and Tuscaloosa. He said production will start in the fourth quarter of 2015.
A company official said the final decision to come to Tuscaloosa was made on Thursday.
The Bolta U.S. plant will be a sister company of Bolta Wekre GmbH, which was originally founded in 1921. It employs nearly 1,100 people and is based in Nuremburg, Baveria, Germany. It has been part of the Purico Group in the U.K. for almost 30 years, according to a release.