FAYETTE, Alabama (WBRC) – O’Neal Manufacturing Services (WHO) plans to invest in a steel fabrication plant in western Alabama, creating 70 full-time jobs, Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said.
OMS plans to invest $5.5 million to open a 130,000 square foot steel fabrication plant in Fayette.
Canfield said the project will create 70 full-time jobs within three years of commencing operations.
OMS supplies carbon steel and aluminum parts to customers who manufacture equipment for construction, agriculture, material handling, transportation and other industries.
The company’s custom steel fabrication center in Fayette will include robotic and manual welding stations, a beam cutting line, a wet paint booth, press brakes, plasma cutting and die cutting capabilities. the saw to support the fabrication of medium to heavy gauge steel.
“O’Neal Manufacturing Services’ investment will bring advanced capabilities to its new manufacturing facility in Fayette,” Secretary Canfield said.
“This is a positive development for the community, not only in terms of job creation, but also growth potential in the future.
OMS is a Birmingham subsidiary based in O’Neal Industriesthe nation’s largest family-owned network of metal service centers and component and tube manufacturing companies.
The new Fayette facility, located in an existing building, brings the company’s total number of North American locations to 10.
Fayette Mayor Northam hailed OMS’s plans for growth in the small rural town in northwest Alabama.
“With over a hundred years of presence in Alabama, we are pleased to welcome them to Fayette and build on this proud heritage. We look forward to supporting their growth and appreciate their investment in our city and our citizens,” he said.
Brenda Tuck, rural development manager for the Alabama Department of Commerce, said O’Neal Manufacturing Services’ new venture will benefit from a motivated workforce in Fayette.
“Alabama’s rural communities can provide companies like OMS with many strategic advantages as well as an environment that enables companies to pursue ambitious goals,” Tuck said.
“The business world is discovering that rural Alabama has it all.”
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