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The Talladega County Commission on Monday approved a 10-year tax abatement for Nemak USA, Inc., regarding the facility’s internal expansion project that will hire 67 new employees over three years.

“They have been great neighbors to us in the past, and I believe this will greatly benefit the county,” Commissioner Malley Limbaugh said.

Nemak produces aluminum automotive parts, which are used in electric BMW models.

“There will be 21 new workers initially, and an additional 23 will be added within the first year,” Talladega Economic Development Authority Director Calvin Miller said. “The remaining employees will be hired in the second and third years.”

The project has a capital investment of over $34 million, Miller said.

The commission voted to give Nemak an abatement from the county property tax, and sales and use tax, excluding educational taxes, to offset the cost of new equipment and inside construction expenses.

“Education monies will not be affected,” Miller said.  

The facility is at 2100 Old Sylacauga Highway in Sylacauga.

In other business, the commission:

• Appointed commissioner Kelvin Cunningham as rotating chairman for fiscal year 2018;

• Set a public hearing on a vacate easement for properties on Hilltop Lane for Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 5:30 p.m.;

• Approved Gonzalez-Strength as engineer on the industrial access grant project for improvements to Ironaton Cutoff Road regarding the new Georgia Pacific Plant;

• Entered into an agreement with Municipal Consultants Inc. for professional services related to structural improvements at the Talladega/Shelby Water Treatment Plant;

• Renewed the standard service contract agreement with Montgomery Technology Systems, LLC for electronic maintenance until Sept. 30, 2018;

• Approved a professional services contract with G-Squared, LLC Mapping Services;

• Approved the third renewal of a lease agreement for the Oxford revenue office;

• Approved 2018 ACCA annual calendar of events, School Resource Officers conference and the Alabama Association of Black County Officials conference;

• Approved the following conference requests: three employees from the Road Department to attend a bridge refresher course in Tuscaloosa County; and two employees from the Reappraisal Department to attend an introduction to property tax administration class;

• Authorized a catastrophic leave request for an employee in the Sheriff’s Office;

• Approved expenditures in the amount of $898,213.44;

• Approved a resolution requesting amendments to the unit road system agreement, relating to the county engineer’s place of residence;

• Heard from attorney Brad Ponder, who spoke about the effects of the opioid epidemic on county resources;

• Announced all county offices will be closed Nov. 23-24 for Thanksgiving; and

• Announced the next commission meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m., in the commission courtroom.