“This is an exciting moment for SMP, and a great day for Alabama and Tuscaloosa,” Governor Kay Ivey said. “SMP is an industry leader with a global manufacturing footprint, and the growing workforce at its new Alabama location will help the company reach new levels of excellence.”
The plant, when fully functional, is expected to employ over 1000 people. At present, the plant employs a workforce of 320. The plant is located on an approximately 100-acre plot, with a building area of approximately 700,000 square feet.
Present at the opening were representatives of the State of Alabama, the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA), Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. (MBUSI) and the management team of Samvardhana Motherson Group.
“We are excited about the opportunities that this new plant will bring us. Our focus on North America will continue as we explore new areas in which we can bring value to our customers,” said Vivek Chaand Sehgal, chairman of Samvardhana Motherson Group, SMP’s parent company.
The plant’s focus will be on the production of door panels, bumpers, claddings, roof spoilers and running boards and is currently set up for MBUSI.
“We are pleased to welcome SMP to the growing base of suppliers in West Alabama working with us to meet the strong customer demand for luxury SUVs,” said Jason Hoff, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. “These are exciting times for the automotive industry in Alabama and suppliers like SMP are important partners for us. I’m confident that they will find that Alabama is a great place to do business.”