Fehrer Group has opened the extension at its Gadsden plant in Alabama.
The supplier has invested more than US$6m in the 200,000-square foot facility expansion, giving it a total of 500,000 square feet of space in Gadsden; quadruple the company’s footprint when it first opened a decade ago.
Fehrer Gadsden employs around 500 people, making it the second-largest foam plant in the Fehrer Group worldwide and one of the largest employers in Etowah County.
“While this expansion will only for now create 15 more jobs, for us more importantly, it frees up space in the original production site to bring more production… into Gadsden and create more opportunities,” said Fehrer Gadsden plant GM, Matthias Goetz.
“This investment shows the commitment from the Fehrer stakeholders and the owner group not just to its current employees, but also to the City of Gadsden as a strategic point worldwide.”
The Gadsden plant started by supplying Mercedes Benz in Tuscaloosa and Volkswagen in Chattanooga with two production lines.
During the last ten years, Fehrer has added five more production lines and more customers, including Tesla, BMW, a Mercedes Benz plant in Charleston, South Carolina and the Commercial Vehicle Group (CVG).
The acquisition of the new Mercedes electric SUV in Tuscaloosa and the Volkswagen electric vehicle in Chattanooga offers further future opportunities for Fehrer Gadsden, maintains the supplier.
“The add-on here in our facility in Gadsden fits in our picture,” added Fehrer Central Operational Services head, Thomas Mueller. “We will work hard to fill up the rest of the building with projects.”