German auto supplier MöllerTech cut the ribbon today on its $46.3 million plant in Woodstock, with a promise of eventually hiring 222 employees.
The opening came about almost 16 months after the company announced it would build in Bibb County. Since then, Mercedes-Benz began its own projects next door at the Scott G. Davis Industrial Park. The auto maker is building a new Global Logistics Center and an after-sales North American hub in the park.
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International CEO Jason Hoff was one of those today who welcomed his company’s “neighbor,” calling attention to the brightly-lit, white interior of the new plant.
“This is a beautiful facility, and as a customer, when you walk in and get a first impression, it’s a very favorable impression,” he said.
MöllerTech’s parent company MöllerGroup, has been in business for three centuries, and has had a business relationship with Mercedes since the 1950s. The current contract with MöllerTech totals $270 billion. The company also develops interior parts for Audi, BMW, Daimler, GM, Honda, Porche, Rolls-Royce and Toyota.
Steve Jordan, President of MöllerTech’s North American division, said the plant currently employs about 50 but looks to have its full employment target of 222 employees by end of 2019.
“There’s been a lot of energy among our early hires, which is very encouraging,” he said. “Some have already grown into new positions early on which is very encouraging.”
Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said something echoed by local officials – that locating the auto supplier in rural Bibb County could transform the community.
“The impact here will be felt for many years to come,” he said.
MöllerGroup CEO Gunther Schmidt said the opening made for a “joyful day.”
“I feel very confident that the U.S. chapter of Möller will have a very bright future,” he said.