The area was mentioned in a positive light by Jeff Fliegel, vice president of purchasing and director of sales for Amtex, during an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” morning show.
During the interview, which aired around 5:45 a.m. Thursday, Fliegel said the company was impressed with Jasper and Walker County.
“Certainly the state of Alabama, the county of Walker and the city of Jasper rolled out the red carpet for us,” Fliegel said.
David Knight, executive director of the Walker County Economic and Industrial Development Authority, said the exposure was priceless.
“We can’t buy that kind of exposure,” he said. “One of the best selling tools for a community for industrial development is having happy existing industry. This was a newly located business on national television saying their experience with our city and county has been good. That is incredible for us.”
Jasper Mayor Sonny Posey said the statements speak to the hard work of many people.
“This type of publicity is great for our city and county,” he said. “This shows the type of relationships we build with our businesses, and I appreciate the kind words he spoke about us to a national audience.”
David O’Mary, chairman of the Jasper Industrial Development Board, said the words by Fliegel are “unprecedented.”
“To have a company the caliber of Amtex speak that positively about us has tremendous value for the future,” he said. “This is unprecedented in the history of this city and county when it comes to industrial development.”
Amtex is an international manufacturer of products used in automobile assembly plants. The announcement of the company’s plans to locate in Jasper was announced in late 2010. Amtex is a Tier 1 automotive supplier for Toyota, Honda and Nissan. Fliegel said during the interview that Jasper’s centralized location to those plants in Mississippi and Alabama was also a determining factor in Amtex coming to the city. Once the plant begins operations in Jasper, it will employ 50 people in its first year and 60 by the end of its second year.
“I think we have only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Amtex and Walker County,” Posey said. “This will be a partnership for years that will benefit us all.”