ANNISTON, Ala. (WBRC) - The International Automotive Components Group North America, Inc. (IAC) plans to invest over $55.9 million in expansion projects that will create 182 jobs at two Alabama facilities.
IAC committed $34.3 million in new capital investment to expand its new manufacturing facility in Tuscaloosa County. The facility will produce door panels and overhead systems for original equipment manufacturers.
The project will create 119 jobs.
In addition, IAC plans to invest $21.6 million at its manufacturing facility in the former Fort McClellan in Anniston. The investment will create 63 jobs.
Key components produced at the Anniston plant include door panels, trim systems, and instrument panels for original equipment manufacturers.
“International Automotive Components is a leading global auto supplier, and I am pleased that this world-class company is growing significantly in Alabama and creating good jobs in Cottondale and Anniston,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “IAC’s growth plans show that Alabama’s dynamic auto industry continues to expand despite today’s challenging environment.”
“Alabama was the logical choice due to its skilled workforce and proximity to the customer,” said Nick Skwiat, IAC executive vice president and president of IAC North America. “We are excited to see the continued growth of the automotive industry in Alabama and we plan to grow right along with it. We thank the Governor and Secretary Canfield for their leadership in this sector.”
Besides Alabama, IAC operates manufacturing facilities in seven other U.S. states.
Officials in Tuscaloosa and Calhoun counties welcomed the company’s expansion plans.
“International Automotive Components is a valued part of Tuscaloosa County’s automotive sector,” said Danielle Winningham, executive director of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority. “We are grateful for IAC’s investment in our community and the career opportunities available to our area workforce as a result of their investment.”
“The City of Anniston is excited that IAC has made the decision to expand here. I have enjoyed working with the leadership at IAC, the Calhoun County EDC, and the state of Alabama to get this project finalized,” Mayor Jack Draper said. “This is even further evidence that Anniston is indeed open for business.”