Our view: Amtex announcement
by Daily Mountain Eagle
Aug 05, 2012 | 1027 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
More jobs to Jasper.

That was the headline across Friday’s edition of the Daily Mountain Eagle, and that’s a headline that we enjoyed placing on the page.

Any time the Eagle can announce new jobs are coming to Walker County, it’s a good thing.

Amtex, a tier one supplier for automotive parts to Japanese and domestic manufacturers, announced Thursday that it will establish a new facility in Jasper. The company manufactures carpet and interior trim components for the automotive industry.

The new plant will be on 60 acres the company recently purchased in the Bevill Industrial Park. Phase one of the expansion will include a new 145,000 square foot facility, which will be three times the size of its current building in Jasper. The new plant is expected to be completed by March 2013.

Capital investment in the new facility is expected to be $27 million and Amtex plans to hire an additional 110 employees as a result of the expansion. The company currently employs 58 people at its Jasper location.

Payroll at full employment is expected to be $4 million per year. Most of the money will go to paychecks for Walker County workers. That’s a significant economic boost to the area.

Amtex officials announced this was phase one of the expansion. No specifics were given for any other phases, but some city officials have said they expect three phases to the expansion. Two more phases would bring even more jobs to the area.

With those possibilities out there, the Amtex announcement was more than just a good thing for Jasper and Walker County — it was a great thing.

Gov. Robert Bentley seemed to think that while he was in town for the expansion announcement Thursday.

“Walker County is poised for great things,” Bentley said. “This is a great part of our state. I’m very familiar with Walker County, and I love to come here. I can’t wait to see the growth this area is going to experience in the coming years.”

The Eagle can’t wait to see that growth either.

- Daily Mountain Eagle