Eismann Automotive North America announced Wednesday that its Pell City manufacturing plant will hire trainees for several new positions resulting from increased production at the Mercedes plant in Vance. Eismann supplies interior components for the luxury automaker.
Further evidence of Mercedes’s upturn was a celebration Thursday of a new plant to open next year in Tuscaloosa County to produce seats for Mercedes. While the 198 jobs that Faurecia North America expects to create are on the other side of the state, expansion of work at Mercedes means increased demand for Eismann’s products.
Meanwhile, back on this side of the state, Oerlikon Balzers VST says the time may have come to implement a planned expansion of its production line with the addition of another pulse plasma diffusion machine, a gigantic device for stamping dies and tools for the automotive industry. A spokesman for the company said production was up 33 percent over last year.
Not all of the new business is automobile manufacturing.
IKO Industries plans to start construction later this year of a state-of-the-art plant to manufacture roofing shingles in Sylacauga. The approximately 150,000 sq. ft. plant will employ around 50 when it opens in late 2011, in addition to the construction jobs necessary to build the facility.
Sylacauga also has two new restaurants, Café 205 and Finchers, and several new services including On ’Que payroll and data processing, Coosa Valley Home Care, providing in-home health care; Accounting Advantage; All About You Home Care, providing non-medical assistance and companionship; and Josie’s Crochet & Designs.
Childersburg has seen at least four new businesses open this year, $.99 Store, Happy Nails & Spa, Roadking Leather and Tattoo Jungle.
Sunrise on the Circle, a new assisted-living facility is opening May 1 in Pell City. The 17,000 sq. ft. facility will offer 20 private rooms and four suites, and will provide jobs for 15 people.
In Talladega, Citi Trends dress shop opened in February, OMG Donuts opened Friday, and Big Mama’s Kitchen is set to open this week.
Salon 78 Family Hair Care opened in late March in Lincoln.
These are representative examples, and this list is by no means exhaustive. Overall, though, the list is encouraging. It shows a mix of large and small businesses — some opening, some expanding — across Talladega and into St. Clair County.
National reports tell us that the economy is improving, but national statistics mean little if they are not felt at home. That’s why every new business in our area and every job created is good news.