Auto industry keeps bringing growth
Aug 15, 2013 | 4080 views |  0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trinity Design Group’s announcement last week of its move to Pell City is yet another ripple in the wave of good economic news from the automotive sector that has swept across the state in the past 20 years.

One of Trinity’s largest customers is Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, and the desire to relocate closer to the HMA site played into the company’s decision.

Industrial recruitment efforts in St. Clair County helped pave the way for the move from Bessemer to the Pell City Industrial Park. The company plans to make a million dollar investment in its 32,000 square foot facility and expects to employ 70 people within three years.

The company provides HMA with reusable parts containers and is involved with a range of projects including design, repair and recycling of packaging. Trinity is also involved in waste stream management and produces environmentally friendly cleaning products. The company is not exclusively tied to the auto industry, but HMA is an important client.

In its application for a tax abatement, Trinity projects a million dollars in annual payroll and the company hopes to more than double that in two years.

When Alabama first announced the arrival of auto manufacturing, critics complained the state was spending too much in competition with other states to get them to locate here. It’s hard to imagine what our area’s business climate would be today without automotive manufacturing and its suppliers. The presence of Mercedes, Honda and Hyundai have breathed new life into the state’s business environment, and Business Facilities magazine recently named Alabama as the No. 2 state for automotive industry strength, just behind Tennessee. Alabama was rated No. 7 last year.

We’re pleased to see Trinity making the move to our part of the state.