Montgomery dignitaries give 'shout out' to existing businesses

Published: Sep. 30, 2011 at 11:28 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2011 at 11:29 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - From one stop to the next, Montgomery city council members, county commissioners and Chamber of Commerce leaders took a bus tour hitting up four different Montgomery industries--highlighting their recent expansions and added jobs.

The first stop was Mobis Alabama--where a recent $39-million dollar expansion added 130 new positions.

"If you're successful, Hyundai's successful, and Montgomery's successful," said Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange to Mobis President, Chulsoo Kim.

"Everyone is so friendly, and they are eager to support us...why not invest?" says Kim.

Then it was off to Allstate Beverage--where another recent expansion brought 20 new jobs to Montgomery.

"We've also increased our business. We have a lot of personnel, and a lot of suppliers come here and stay here in Montgomery," says Allstate Beverage Company Co-chair, Chuck Grant.

Next, they headed to J&P Khamken Industries.  It may be tucked off Lower Wetumpka Road, but it's a large supplier of missile cases for the U.S. Department of Defense.

It's also undergoing a nearly $1-million dollar expansion adding 25 jobs.

"We've got a nationally recognized company right here in Montgomery, Alabama," says Strange.

And finally, Jay R. Smith Industries--a company whose plumbing materials are known throughout the country. Their expansion is also bringing 20 new jobs.

"We have this great property here, it's economical. I mean, Montgomery's just a great place to have a business. It doesn't get much better," says Holly Roth with Jay R. Smith.

There were some businesses where the group couldn't physically stop, but the bus drove by them and explained their expansions and added jobs.  Those companies are Japan-based Thermalex, Shinsung Petrochemical, and another tier one Hyundai supplier--KyungShinLear.

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