SYLACAUGA – Nemak Alabama plans on introducing approximately 85 to 100 new jobs, including salaried, direct and indirect labor between 2017 and 2020. The majority of these positions will be filled in 2017 and 2018.
According to a press release issued late Tuesday afternoon, these new jobs are the result of new programs awarded to Nemak Alabama, which are planned to launch this year with production starting between 2018 and 2019.
In part, these programs will support Nemak in entering the structural components business and developing innovative technological solutions for automotive lightweighting.
Nemak Alabama with its new technology is converting the former process of Lost Foam operations into a secondary High Pressure Die Casting (HPDC) operation, creating new opportunities.
The company late last summer and fall laid off more than 200 employees. At that time, associates and officials were told that the two remaining products in the company’s Alabama Lost Foam Facility Plant 1 were cut due to changes in customers’ technology expectations. As with new programs, requirements were shifted to different casting processes.
One of the products phased out is being replaced by a new generation of engines.
Products Nemak produces include aluminum engine heads and cylinders.
Nemak Alabama will provide training programs for employees it will be hiring to learn the new equipment and systems, with the assistance and support of Alabama Industrial Development and Training (AIDT).
Nemak Alabama officials said they appreciated the continuous support from the community, including support from Mayor Jim Heigl, AIDT, the state of Alabama, the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce and the Talladega County Economic Development Authority.
The press release concluded by saying, “Nemak Alabama is excited about this new opportunity and looks forward to future growth and success in Sylacauga.”
Nemak Alabama, originally Teksid Automotive Components, announced plans to build a plant in Sylacauga in late 1999. The company opened the plant in 2002, with its initial investment of $75 million. Several expansions of the operation have occurred over the years.
Today, the company employs more than 450.
As of 2015, the company employed more than 20,000 people at 36 facilities worldwide and generated revenues of $4.5 billion in U.S. dollars.