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Ivey announces Motus will bring 90 new jobs to Gadsden


Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Motus Integrated Technologies, a Tier 1 supplier of automotive interior products to the world’s automakers, will open a new factory in Gadsden. Motus is investing $15 million in its new manufacturing facility. Motus will create 90 new jobs at the facility, which will manufacture interior automotive parts and headliners.

“Motus is a premier global automotive supplier and we are thrilled that they have selected the State of Alabama and Gadsden as the site for their new facility,” Ivey said. “We’re excited to partner with the company as they invest millions into a new manufacturing plant in Gadsden and create 90 new jobs. This is yet another example of how Alabama continues to lead the way in growing manufacturing here at home.”

Economic developer Nicole Jones said, “Motus, a Tier 1 automotive supplier, will invest over $15 million in its facility in Etowah County. The project will create 90 manufacturing jobs at the facility with an average wage of over $20 per hour.”

Motus will bring its “Safety First” culture to the plant, along with state-of-the-art headliner forming, injection molding and assembly operations.

Construction of the facility is scheduled to start in the coming weeks and is anticipated to be concluded in mid-2020.

“The primary mission of Alabama’s economic development team is to help high-caliber companies like Motus grow and create jobs in the state,” said Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield. “Motus’ decision to locate a manufacturing plant in Gadsden is great news for the community and for the state’s expanding auto sector.”

Motus’ plans for the new Alabama facility build upon powerful growth trends in the state’s auto industry.

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“This is a great day for Gadsden, and we are proud to be able to recruit high-paying jobs and welcome an innovative company like Motus to our community and our state,” said Gadsden Mayor Sherman Guyton. “This is confirmation that our ongoing investment in infrastructure, education, and the Gadsden-Etowah Industrial Development Authority, has enabled us to compete with other areas to land this important worldwide automotive supplier.”

Motus is a leading provider of headliners, automotive interior door and console armrests to the world’s leading Original Equipment Manufacturers and Tier 1’s. It has one of the industry’s broadest and most technologically advanced product portfolios.

“It was clear from the beginning of our process to find a location for this new facility that Governor Ivey, Secretary Canfield, the State of Alabama and the leaders in Gadsden wanted Motus to call their community home, and we are excited to make that happen,” said Shannon White, chief executive officer of Motus. “Motus prides itself on ensuring the safety of our team each day, the superior quality of our products, the partnership with our community and the outstanding service we provide to our customers. This new plant will allow for each of those principles to be achieved. We cannot wait to welcome new colleagues and get to work in Gadsden.”

“This makes two automotive supplier announcements in one week, which further demonstrates that Alabama has positioned itself as a leader nationally and globally in the automotive industry,” Jones said. “Motus’s decision to locate in Gadsden is an important part of the supply chain and a testament to the creation of an environment conducive for business.”

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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