MORE THAN 1,000 NEW JOBS COMING TO TUSCALOOSA COUNTY
By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Ashlyn Irons
TUSCALOOSA – More than 1,000 jobs are coming to Tuscaloosa County in the next two years.
This is the result of the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International expansion under way right now.
Once the expansion is complete, Mercedes will offer 300 more jobs, Lear Corporation will have 650 more openings, and the opening of a new automobile part manufacturing plant, Samvardhana Motherson Peguform, or S.M.P. for short, will also create 650 new positions.
S.M.P. is one of the world’s largest automotive parts suppliers, and the Tuscaloosa area plant will be the first S.M.P. plant in the United States.
S.M.P. Director of Human Resources Greta Wages said Tuscaloosa’s current automobile industry caught the international corporation’s eye.
“We have a very robust automotive manufacturing community in Tuscaloosa,” Wages said. “That was the key thing that brought S.M.P. to Alabama.”
S.M.P. will work alongside Mercedes instead of competing with it, making parts for cars manufactured down the road at Mercedes.
The $154 million, 700,000 square-foot facility will be completed in 2018, and official construction begins this summer.
The facility will be located in Cedar Cove Technology Park in Cottondale.
S.M.P. is already hiring team members for the Tuscaloosa plant, and expects to have 70 to 100 salaried employees on board before the end of the year.