Bolta US has invested nearly $50 million in the new manufacturing facility, and will employ 350 individuals by the end of 2018. For the Grand Opening, Bolta US invited customers, suppliers and employees to join the ceremony on-site at the production plant. In the presence of Rep. Robert B. Aderholt, US House of Representatives, and Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield, approximately 200 guests from the U.S. and European countries were welcomed by Bolta US Managing Director and Vice President Johannes Carl, the German executive management of the sister company Bolta in Germany, and representatives from the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA).
Dara Longgrear, executive director of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority, welcomed Bolta to the growing automotive community in Tuscaloosa.
“Bolta’s focus on technology, high quality and customer satisfaction is a wonderful fit for our existing international manufacturing community,” said Longgrear.
A member of the Purico Group since 1985, Bolta also welcomed representatives from its UK-based parent company. The Purico Group, founded in 1983, is named after its inspirational founder, Professor Nathu Puri CBE, who transformed a one-man consultancy into a global business spanning three continents. Bolta has advanced production facilities in Germany and Mexico. Due to the ongoing success, expansion plans for Bolta’s newest facility in Eastern Europe are in its final planning stages. Anil Puri, Chairman of the Purico Group, pointed out the importance of an increasing international approach.
“Internationalization is crucial to our development, since it is our ambition to be able to manufacture exactly where our customers need us,” Puri said. “This opening today is an important milestone for the company as a whole and will lead us to the next stages of our corporation’s history.”
Following a thorough selection process to decide on the best location for its NAFTA headquarters in 2014, Bolta’s goal is to increase its impact in the sector of components with advanced surface requirements.
"Alabama continues to grow its reputation as the new heart of American automotive production. This investment by Bolta into the Tuscaloosa and West Alabama economy solidifies and advances that reputation," said Rep. Aderholt.
“Companies like Bolta Werke are driving the robust growth that Alabama’s automotive manufacturing industry has been experiencing, which has created jobs and lifted communities across the state,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “We have forged a strong relationship with Bolta, and we’ll continue to assist this top-notch company and its growing Alabama workforce.”
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox was also on hand to welcome the company to the area.
“Tuscaloosa is honored to be the new home of Bolta US," Maddox said. "In the past few years, from Germany to England, we built meaningful relationships and friendships that will create high paying jobs and a higher quality of life for the people of our community.“
Bolta Group is dedicated to providing products with advanced surface requirements for the automotive industry. Core technologies comprise injection molding and electro-plating, from nameplates and decorative trims to complex assembled modules. Bolta US covers a comprehensive range of surface requirements with one of the largest and most advanced plating lines in the US.
With the comprehensive approach offered at Bolta US and under the leadership of Johannes Carl, the company will serve customers in the premium segment of automotive manufacturing. “We are absolutely delighted to be part of the innovative dynamics this segment has to offer,” shared Carl. “’High Performance Surface Technology’ is not only a wording we use, but the promise we give with each finished part that leaves this plant. We are a knowledge and technology based company. Our success depends on the skills and expertise of our employees. We have found an extremely dedicated workforce here in Tuscaloosa, willing and able to learn and apply these specialized skills. On the base of this strong workforce, Bolta US offers expertise as well as process and production capabilities for a wide range of surface requirements and creates innovative solutions you will see on tomorrow’s cars,” Carl explained.