Governor Bentley announces new manufacturing facility for Athens, creates 170 jobs

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ATHENS, Ala. - Governor Robert Bentley announced this morning that Shape Corp. plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Limestone County. The $24 million facility will create 170 new jobs.

“I am honored that Shape Corp. has selected Alabama as the home of their new manufacturing facility, and I am proud of our state’s resources that helped secure this exciting new company,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “Alabama’s Robotics Technology Park and AIDT’s workforce training services were two key factors in securing Shape’s commitment to a long term partnership with our state. Alabama’s existing workforce, workforce training capabilities and pro-business infrastructure are all critical components in my endeavor to bring new jobs to Alabama.”

Shape Corp. has facilities around the globe, including U.S., Mexico, France, Czech Republic, China and Japan. It has been manufacturing in the field of injection molding and roll-forming operations.

Shape Corp. serves industries including automotive, office furniture, medical, agricultural and more. The Athens plant will provide design, engineering testing and manufacturing of metal and plastic solutions.

“The Shape project will bring 170 jobs to our community,” Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks said. “This $24-million investment by Shape Corp shows that Athens continues to be attractive to industries. I appreciate the Athens City Council for its efforts to support job growth in our city.”

Shape Corp. plans to begin construction on the new manufacturing facility at Breeding Industrial Park  in late October 2015 and be operational by late summer 2016.