Calhoun County Expanding Industries
September 22, 2014
In partnership with the Calhoun County Economic Development Council, this year’s Salute to Industry luncheon will showcase and honor existing area industries that have expanded in the last year.
Over the past 18 months, Calhoun County has been extremely fortunate to witness the substantial growth of our existing industries with the creation of 900+ new jobs. The growth of the existing industry sector demonstrates our region’s resiliency and ability to rebound after one of the worst economic recessions our country has ever experienced.
These six existing industries will be honored for their exceptional growth and support of our region.
• Kronospan is the world’s largest manufacturer of wood panel products and laminate flooring. Beginning in 1897 as a sawmill in Austria, their location in Oxford is the company’s first in the United States. At the Oxford facility, Kronospan manufactures medium density fiberboard and high density fiberboard which can be used in a wide variety of applications including furniture, laminate flooring, store fixtures, moldings, doors and other architectural applications. Kronospan is in the process of completing a state of the art, resin manufacturing facility. This plant will produce the resin used in the manufacture of Kronospan’s medium and high density fiberboard products. Taking to heart the Chamber’s message of Buy Local, many of the contractors partnering with Kronospan in this project are locally owned and operated.
1 Kronospan Way, Eastaboga – http://www.kronospanusa.com
• Shelco Foundries, a division of Gnutti Carlo USA located in Jacksonville, is a modern, high volume ductile and grey iron foundry that produces iron engine components for OEM manufacturers. The detailed castings created at their facility measure to both the ASTM and SAE standards. When Shelco was purchased by Gnutti in 2013, they grew from 55 employees to their current 135 employees. They have begun upgrades to their facilities, and their current machine shop expansion will include a new 60,000 square-foot building.
1310 West Francis Street, Jacksonville – http://www.gnutticarlo.com
• Tyler Union, which is a division of McWane Inc., previously known as Union Foundry in Anniston, manufactures ductile iron utility fittings. Since they began operating in Anniston in 1911, Tyler Union has continued to be a staple for our community. Tyler Union has reduced the amount of waste sand hauled to the landfill by 33%. Each year, they recycle the equivalent of 50,000 cars as part of their environmental responsibility program. Through their expansion of a new production line, Tyler Union will be able to manufacture and supply valves, joints, restraints and gaskets more effectively.
1501 West 17th St, Anniston – http://www.tylerunion.com
• Bear & Son Cutlery in Jacksonville recently celebrated the grand opening of their new facility located across from their existing manufacturing site. Bear & Son Cutlery manufactures high-quality knives by completing every step of their process in-house, including their own tooling, pressings, heat-treat, grinding, finishing and assembly. With the increased interest in U.S.A. made products, they recently announced a licensing agreement with Remington Outdoor Company to manufacture a new line of collectible and functional cutlery products. Their ongoing commitment is to make knives in America and make them affordable. Their website reads, “We want everyone to be able to afford what we are proud to make!”
1111 Bear Blvd SW, Jacksonville – http://www.bearandsoncutlery.com
• International Automotive Components (IAC) is the third largest automotive interior components supplier in the world by market share and the only global supplier with a singular focus on interiors, segmenting their manufacturing into geographic regions: Europe, Asia, and North America. Their location in Anniston injects plastic into molds to create automotive parts. Their broad manufacturing capabilities and technologies provide an array of solutions that meet a variety of customer design and cost requirements. At the McClellan facility, IAC is in the process of expanding their current building by 127,000 square-feet.
318 Pappy Dunn Blvd, Anniston – http://www.iacgroup.com
• Bridgewater Interiors has experienced considerable growth since their initial location in Oxford. Bridgewater Interiors is a leading automotive seating, interiors, and electronics supplier to Honda. Their website boasts the slogan, “close proximity to our customers,” with locations in the U.S. located near their largest customers. Bridgewater Interiors continues to support our region with their continuous growth; they currently employ over 450 people.
1 Bridgewater Drive, Eastaboga – http://www.bridgewater-interiors.com