O’Neal Manufacturing Services plans steel fab center in Fayette; will create 70 jobs
FAYETTE, Ala. (WBRC) - O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS) plans to invest in a steel fabrication facility in West Alabama creating 70 full-time jobs, said Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield.
OMS plans to invest $5.5 million to open a 130,000-square-foot steel fabrication facility in Fayette.
Canfield said the project will create 70 full-time jobs within three years after operations commence.
OMS provides carbon steel and aluminum parts for customers that manufacture equipment for construction, agriculture, materials handling, transportation, and other industries.
The company’s custom steel fabrication center in Fayette will feature robotic and manual welding stations, a beam-cutting line, wet paint booth, press brakes, plasma cutting, and saw cutting capabilities to support medium- to heavy-gauge steel fabrication.
“O’Neal Manufacturing Services’ investment will bring advanced capabilities to its new fabrication facility in Fayette,” Secretary Canfield said.
“This is a positive development for the community not only in terms of job creation but also for growth potential in the future.”
OMS is a subsidiary of Birmingham-based O’Neal Industries, the nation’s largest family-owned network of metal service centers and component and tube manufacturing businesses.
The new Fayette facility, located in an existing building, brings the company’s total North American locations to 10.
Fayette Mayor Northam welcomed OMS’ growth plans in the small town in rural Northwest Alabama.
“With over a hundred-year presence in Alabama, we are happy to welcome them to Fayette and build upon this proud legacy. We look forward to supporting their growth and appreciate their investment in our city and in our citizens,” he said.
Brenda Tuck, Rural Development Manager for the Alabama Department of Commerce, said O’Neal Manufacturing Services’ new venture will benefit from a motivated workforce in Fayette.
“Alabama’s rural communities can offer companies like OMS many strategic advantages as well as an environment that allows companies to pursue ambitious goals,” Tuck said.
“The business world is discovering that rural Alabama has it all.”
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