Athens City Council authorizes contract with manufacturing company that will bring 170 jobs

Published: Oct. 9, 2015 at 1:15 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 6, 2015 at 2:15 PM CST
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LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A special meeting was called Friday morning at 9 a.m. in the City Council Chamber for the City of Athens to discuss a Michigan-based manufacturing company opening a facility in Athens that could bring 170 jobs to the city.

The company is called Shape and it manufactures injection molded plastics and metal stamping/rollforming.

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The Athens City Council and Limestone County Commission met to go through the project and incentives. The Athens City Council authoritzed Mayor Ronnie Marks to enter into a contract with Shape Corporation for the $24 million facility that will bring 170 jobs.

Governor Robert Bentley released a statement on the investment:

"I am honored that Shape Corp. has selected Alabama as the home of their new manufacturing facility, and I am proud of our state's resources that helped secure this exciting new company," Governor Robert Bentley said. "Alabama's Robotics Technology Park and AIDT's workforce training services were two key factors in securing Shape's commitment to a long term partnership with our state. Alabama's existing workforce, workforce training capabilities and pro-business infrastructure are all critical components in my endeavor to bring new jobs to Alabama."

Shape Corp. serves industries such as automotive, office furniture, medical, agricultural, and several others.

"The Shape project will bring 170 jobs to our community," Marks said. "This $24-million investment by Shape Corp shows that Athens continues to be attractive to industries. I appreciate the Athens City Council for its efforts to support job growth in our city."

Governor Bentley's office said Shape Corp. plans to begin construction on the new manufacturing facility at Breeding Industrial Park  in late October 2015 and be operational by late summer 2016.

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