Autocar selects Birmingham for assembly plant

Source: MGN

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WTOK) - Hagerstown, Indiana-based Autocar will invest $120 million to expand and open a manufacturing plant in Jefferson County.

According to the Wednesday announcement, the project will create as many as 746 jobs for the manufacture of heavy-duty cab-over-engine trucks in an existing one million-square-foot complex located in both Center Point and Birmingham.

Gov. Kay Ivey said Autocar’s plant will bring a new dimension to Alabama’s strong automotive sector, which is already home to Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and numerous suppliers.

“Autocar carefully considered locations across the country and selected Birmingham for many reasons. Among them are access to a great business environment, strong state and local governmental partners, a skilled workforce, and proximity to our customers and suppliers,” Autocar Chairman Andrew Taitz said.

Autocar says it has hired some employees to begin production. The company is currently hiring assembly team members, team leaders, material handlers, fabricators and maintenance technicians.