The new Fayette steelworks should create 70 jobs

Fayette landed a $5.5 million steel fabrication plant that will eventually lead to the creation of 70 full-time jobs, according to Alabama’s secretary of commerce.

O’Neal Manufacturing Services plans to open the 130,000 square foot plant in an existing building in Fayette, about 40 miles north of Tuscaloosa in Fayette County.

“O’Neal Manufacturing Services’ investment will bring advanced capabilities to its new manufacturing facility in Fayette,” Commerce Department Secretary Greg Canfield said in a news release Tuesday. “This is a positive development for the community, not only in terms of job creation, but also for the potential for future growth.

As a subsidiary of Birmingham-based O’Neal Industries, O’Neal Manufacturing Services supplies carbon steel and aluminum parts to customers who manufacture equipment for construction, agriculture, material handling, transportation and other industries.

O’Neal Industries is the nation’s largest family-owned network of metal service centers and component and tube manufacturing companies. Fayette’s new facility will bring the company’s total number of North American locations to 10.

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Fayette Mayor Rod Northam said he anticipates a successful partnership with O’Neal Manufacturing Services.

“With more than 100 years of presence in Alabama, we are happy to welcome them to Fayette and build on this proud heritage. We look forward to supporting their growth and appreciate their investment in our city and our citizens,” said Northam.

Brenda Tuck, rural development manager for the Alabama Department of Commerce, said O’Neal Manufacturing Services’ new plant will benefit from a motivated workforce in Fayette.

“Alabama’s rural communities can provide companies like OMS with many strategic advantages as well as an environment that enables companies to pursue ambitious goals,” Tuck said.

Kent Brown, president and CEO of O’Neal Manufacturing Services, said the company was “delighted” to acquire the Fayette plant.

“…and we are even more thrilled to have the skilled workers who were available in Fayette. People have always been our most valuable asset,” Brown said. “In this time of unprecedented unemployment and shortage of workforce across the country, good people have become even more valuable.”

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