CULLMAN, Ala. (WHNT) - Some great economic news tonight out of Cullman. REHAU broke ground on a 115-million dollar project that will create some 200 jobs. It's another giant leap for Alabama into the auto industry.
Although the expansion was first announced last summer, it didn't dampen the spirits of those on hand for the ceremonial groundbreaking of REHAU's newest facility. REHAU has landed a new contract with Mercedes-Benz to develop and produce bumper assemblies for the company's C-Class and M-Class vehicles. It amounts to the construction of a 110-thousand square foot facility adjoining REHAU's existing facility in Cullman, and the hiring of some 200 new workers over the next year and a half.
"If I had to pick one thing as far as the selling point for the State of Alabama it would be the workers in the State of Alabama and I am very proud of them," Governor Robert Bentley told those gathered for the ceremony.
REHAU managers echoed that sentiment saying it's the work force in this state that keeps the company profitable.
"They're hard working, they're dedicated to support in whatever way, it's not only how they work is but the City of Cullman, the community and the county," says Niklas Braun, COO of REHAU Automotive.
Production of the new REHAU bumper assemblies will begin later this year, and will be included on the 2015 model Mercedes vehicles. The company also plans to add new injection molding equpiment, fabrication devices and the conversion of an existing paint line to a more enviromnmentally friendly water-borne paint system.
REHAU managers say information about upcoming job opening will be posted to their web site, www.rehau.com.