North Alabama has proven to be a successful location for over 60 automotive supply companies. As the original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s) have prospered in the Southeast they have fostered a substantial influx of supplier plants that need to be near the OEM facilities. North Alabama’s close proximity to OEM plants such as Mercedes, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Kia, VW and others insures component suppliers a strategic location to several potential customers
Recent Automotive Announcements Include:
- Topre Corporation, a Japanese-based automotive stamping supplier in Cullman AL, was recently recognized by Nissan North America as one of its top three suppliers in the U.S. Nissan has approximately 490 suppliers nationwide.
- Nucor Steel recently announced an expansion to add a steel galvanizing facility near the site of their mini-mill in Decatur. The $150 million expansion will add approximately 100 employees. The plant will have the ability to produce 72-inch wide zinc-coated steel sheets and is expected to start operation by mid-2008.
- Heil Environmental Industries is adding 95 jobs at their truck manufacturing facility. This operation in Fort Payne produces vehicle bodies for garbage trucks.
- North American Lighting, a Japanese-based automotive supplier announced a $22 million investment in Muscle Shoals to manufacture automotive signal lighting. The project announced in late-2005 is expected to employ 320.
- Rehau announced a $20 million expansion in January 2006, that will create up to 100 jobs. A 200,000 sq. ft. facility will be constructed next to the existing plant location in Cullman. Rehau produces plastic parts for the automotive industry.
- Toyota Motor Corporation has doubled the size of its Huntsville engine plant with a $250 million expansion in 2004 to supply all of Toyota’s planned V-8 engine needs for North America.
Alabama Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM's):