High tech manufacturer begins operations in Shoals

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An employee at Elite Medical pulls out a finished medical device from one of the companies CNC machines. (Carter Watkins - WHNT News 19)

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – In December, a joint effort by industrial recruiters to bring in high-tech jobs into northwest Alabama paid off with the announcement of Elite Medical moving to Florence.

And although it’s not a thousand jobs, the diversification it brings to the Shoals has recruiters celebrating.

With a show of hands Thursday morning, the Shoals Industrial Development Committee approved a $110,000 incentive package for Elite Medical. The company specializes is manufacturing orthopedic surgical instruments and devices such as implants for knees, hips, and the spine.

“These are the top-tier jobs,” stated owner Bryan Dowdy. “These are the jobs that men in the machining industry want. As you can see, they’re clean nice facilities. They are high-tech, high paying.”

Dowdy said they wanted to expand their operations in Memphis, but wanted to find an untapped work-force for the skilled positions they have to offer. He said the training programs in place at the University North Alabama and NorthWest Shoals Community College helped bring them to Alabama.

According to Dowdy, they started their operation last week with four employees and already have plans to add 14 to 15 employees this year.

“People have to leave the Shoals driving hours away, driving to Huntsville and places of that nature,” Dowdy explained. “We want to keep those people here and give them the opportunity to have these kinds of jobs here in the Shoals.”

And what got the attention of the Shoals Industrial Development Committee; most of the machinist jobs at Elite Medical start out at around $50,000.

If you are interested in the available CNC machinist jobs with Elite Medical you can contact their Florence facility at (256) 712-5239.