Two hundred new jobs are
on the way to Valley, Alabama.
KMIN, USA announced plans
to invest more than $17 million into the community.
The auto supplier is revamping
part of the old Fairfaix textile mill and is set to begin production late this
News Leader 9's Elizabeth
White has more on how to apply for a job and why the auto industry is turning
around an area once devastated by textile layoffs.
This jobs announcement is
great news for Chambers County. The sounds of construction symbolize a rebirth at
the old Fairfax mill complex on Towel Drive.
Over the next five months,
the 300,000-square foot facility that used to produce textiles will be retooled
and renovated to make room for a new auto-supplier and jobs.
"The company's name is
KMIN USA, INC," said Valley mayor Leonard Riley. "This will be their first USA
plant, they are a tier 2 supplier and they will be investing $17 million into
one of the old mill complexes we have in Fairfax and will provide up to 200 new
jobs over a three-year period."
City leaders are pleased
KMIN decided to renovate the existing mill building that shut down when the
textile industry moved overseas, devastating the Chambers County economy.
At one point, textiles
employed 12,000 workers in the area, but by 2007, all the jobs were gone and
the area faced a 20 percent unemployment.
The auto industry has
breathed new life into the area. Dozens of auto suppliers helped chambers reach
a 6.3 unemployment.
The Mayor says city
leaders are dedicated to creating a business-friendly area by offering
incentive packages to KMIN and other businesses.
KMIN is on a fast track to
get production up and running by November.
They are searching for
skilled workers for stamping and welding manufacturing positions. You can apply by
contacting the Chambers County Development Authority at (334) 642-1412.