AGCO Corp. plans to invest $5.7 million in its Cullman County operations, moving production of its Farmer Automatic Aviary Systems and creating 50 jobs.
Gov. Kay Ivey was at the facility in Bremen for a ceremony at the 32,000-square-foot expansion that will house the new production line. She called the move “a significant step for…all of rural Alabama.” Employees, wearing “Made in Alabama” T-shirts, presented Ivey with one.
An agricultural equipment manufacturer, AGCO is moving its Farmer Automatic production line from Laer, Germany. It offers pullet rearing technology that employs automation.
AGCO began operations in Cullman County 10 years ago, and has gone that long without a work stop accident.
Hans Lehmann, vice president and general manager of AGCO Grain & Protein North & South America, said the company is excited about the expansion. “We like to say our products are ‘Proven and Dependable.’ The same can certainly be said about Cullman County,” he said. “The fact we’ve not had one lost time safety incident speaks volumes to the quality of the workforce in the county.”
Cullman Economic Development Agency Director Dale Greer said the expansion was made possible through cooperation between state, county and city leaders.
“We are very fortunate to be able to work with our state and county leadership to keep a great company growing in Cullman County,” Greer said. “It’s a big advantage to have the ability to ensure companies succeed in the rural parts of the county the same way they succeed in more urban areas.”
Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said state economic development officials are taking steps to raise the profile of the state’s rural areas for opportunity. This month, the Commerce Department announced it will create a position to speed economic development for Alabama’s non-urban areas.
“While we have had success in facilitating rural economic development, we want to continue to improve and do more to help the state’s rural counties and small towns and cities,” Canfield said. “We’re committed to providing additional resources to stimulate rural development, and the creation of the rural development manager position will move that effort forward.”
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