Groundbreaking Held for New Wheel Assembly Factory in Vance

11 Apr 2017
Groundbreaking Held for New Wheel Assembly Factory in Vance Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA)

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Truck & Wheel Group in Vance on April 11, with members of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA) and Graham & Company real estate company on hand. Construction on the new 127,000-square-foot, $35-million wheel assembly factory is underway. It is expected to open in 2018, creating approximately 70-75 new jobs.

Truck & Wheel Group will be the supplier for wheel assemblies – industrial tires and sequencing for automotive manufacturers in the region. This is Spanish company’s first U.S. operation.

Vance Mayor Keith Mahaffey said in a press release that it’s great a new company is locating in the town.

“To have another supplier locate here and provide the job opportunities for our citizens is great,” Mahaffey said. “The automotive industry continues to be a great economic driver by adding more industry and jobs for not only our citizens, but for this area as a whole.”

In 2018, T&W will begin utilizing the plant’s multi-million dollar robotic equipment to assemble, sequence and balance wheels for delivery to automotive production lines.

Dean McClure, Vice Chairman of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA) said he is excited about welcoming Truck & Wheel Group to Tuscaloosa.

“This partnership is a great next step forward for Tuscaloosa County to continue to grow and prosper.”

The project is being developed by Graham & Company, an Alabama real estate firm.

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