MONTGOMERY - Governor Bob Riley on Tuesday congratulated the city of Opelika on a major economic expansion.
Auto parts manufacturer Mando America Corporation announced it will grow its Opelika operation by another 200 jobs, invest another $25 million and build a 400,000 square foot facility directly across from its existing 325,000 square foot building in the Northeast Opelika Industrial Park. With this latest expansion, Mando's employment level in Opelika will reach more than 600.
"Mando's remarkable growth in a short amount of time is a testament to the company's leadership, their workforce and the community they call home," said Governor Riley. "I congratulate the company and Opelika on yet another great economic success story."
In April 2003, Governor Riley announced Mando was locating its first North American manufacturing operation in Opelika. The project represented an investment of $30 million and the creation of 150 new jobs. Construction of the 150,000 square foot facility was completed in June 2004. Just a month later, in July 2004, Mando announced it was relocating its North American headquarters from Detroit to Opelika, adding 175 new jobs and expanding its operation by an additional 175,000 square feet. In September 2007, the company announced it was adding 77 new jobs to its Opelika operation.
Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller expressed his appreciation for Mando's continued investment in Opelika. "We are extremely honored that Mando continues to invest in Opelika and grow their business here. With this new expansion, Mando will become one of Opelika's largest employers. They have always been an exemplary corporate citizen and we appreciate the partnership we have with them." said Mayor Fuller. "Mando's continued growth and expansion in Opelika is a validation of this successful business partnership between a world class company and a community that provides a high quality labor force and a commitment to help them succeed."
Neal Wade, Director of the Alabama Development Office, also congratulated Mando on this announcement. "Alabama is open for business and it is so important that our existing businesses are able to grow and be successful. It is a testament to the work ethic and abilities of the Alabama worker when these companies choose to locate in Alabama and then experience this type success."