By Mike Brown| August 27, 2012 at 7:50 PM CDT - Updated June 28 at 5:03 AM
TUSCUMBIA, AL (WAFF)
Firestone Building Products has announced that their workforce will nearly double in the coming years.
The Tuscumbia plant currently has just over 50 employees, and Monday morning, officials announced plans to add 40 more.
Before the new jobs come, there will be some remodeling done to the facility. A 150,000 square foot expansion was also announced at Monday's news conference.
"Today's expansion is a great compliment to the hard workers who've made Firestone successful in the Shoals," Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said in a prepared release. "Alabama offers the best workforce you can find. And on the state and local levels, we are committed to helping our companies succeed and grow. I want to thank the leaders of Firestone, the economic developers, and all others who worked together to make this expansion possible. Job creation remains my number-one priority, and Firestone's plans will mean more new jobs and more new opportunities for the people of this area."
"Expansion to the Firestone Shoals plant will allow us to gain some much-needed warehouse space for the short term and increase our manufacturing capabilities to meet customer demand in the future," said Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products. "Firestone has been part of the Shoals community since 2006, and we are happy to be able to continue that relationship and grow our business. The State of Alabama and the local community offered us a competitive package that made this a good investment."
Forrest Wright, president of the Shoals Economic Development Authority, stated, ""The initial investment chose the Shoals, in part, because of the innovative efforts of community and economic development leaders. Firestone Building Products has chosen to expand in the Shoals because of the progressive local leadership and the presence of a very efficient and productive workforce that continues to set high standards in the Firestone family of companies."
The new jobs should be in place and filled by mid-2015.