TRINITY, AL (WAFF) - Governor Robert Bentley's office says a steel tubing and pipe manufacturing plant plans to create 100 news jobs in Lawrence County.
The plant will be located in Trinity in the Mallard Fox West Industrial Complex. IT-TRI LLC plans to invest $68 million to build the plant.
This comes after the county's major employer International Paper announced plans to shut down next year leaving more than 1000 people out of work.
Tony Stockton, executive director of the Lawrence County Industrial Development Board, said this will be a big boost to the area.
"The promise of 100 jobs is exciting, and the entire county will benefit from this excellent industry locating here," Stockton said. "Our industrial development team has worked extremely hard to make this project a reality, and we're anxious to have the facility operational in 2014. I also want to thank Representative Ken Johnson and Senator Paul Bussman for their dedicated support of economic development in Lawrence County and their leadership in helping us bring IT-TRI LLC to Mallard Fox West."
100 jobs is great news. But officials said if they keep working to lure 100 or 200 jobs here and there, it could perhaps get them back to the workforce level needed to sustain the area.
"We haven't stopped with our recruitment of other industries. We'll go after them just as hard as if IP never announced their closure. We feel a strong responsibility to the community, not only Lawrence County, but surrounding counties affected by the closure," said Stockton.
Company leaders said IT-TRI plans to break ground this fall, begin hiring in the first quarter of 2014, and open by the end of 2014.