ThyssenKrupp has hand in Rockefeller Christmas tree

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The German steel company that will soon locate its first North American plant in Alabama is a major player when it comes to the Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree.

The nearly 800lb stainless steel star that tops the tree is a product of ThyssenKrupp's plant in Krefeld, Germany.

The star has 25,000 glittering crystals and was designed by German artist Michael Hammers.

The tree itself is a seven story spruce that overlooks Rockefeller Skating Rink and serves as the centerpiece to officially kick off the holiday season.

The star, first used in 2004, was assembled on site in mid-November and lifted to the top of the huge tree with a crane.

"Our customers expect the very highest quality. When it comes to meeting the most demanding aesthetic requirements, we put our faith in stainless steel," says Daniel Schulze-Wethmar, International Project Manager at the Michael Hammers Studios.

ThyssenKrupp is currently building a multi-billion dollar steel plant near Mobile and is expected to create nearly 3,000 high paying jobs.

The site should be operational by 2010.