Japanese Delegation Vists Calhoun County

The Southeast United States (SEUS) Japan Conference was recently held in Birmingham, Alabama. This conference was the 38th annual conference of the SEUS Japan Association and Japan SEUS Association. Each year, the conference held between these two organizations alternates between the United States and Japan. This is the first time the event has been hosted by the State of Alabama in fifteen years. The conference is a great opportunity to bring together top leadership from Japan and SEUS to provide the best occasion to discuss and learn more about current issues in investment, trade, and other topics that affect both organizations.

The Calhoun County Economic Development Council (EDC) was able to both attend the high-level forum and host a group of Japanese delegates as they learned more about the aerospace industry in Alabama. The EDC partnered with local Oxford industry, Aerospace Coatings International, to provide a glimpse into the manufacturing environment of Calhoun County and offer the delegates further insight into one of the largest targeted industry sectors for the State of Alabama. During their visit to the Aerospace Coatings facility, the Japanese delegates were able to tour the industry and meet with Pat McCartney, President of Aerospace  Coatings.



“This was an amazing opportunity for us to showcase Calhoun County and the aerospace industries located in our community. We were pleased to welcome the Japanese delegates to Northeast Alabama and look forward to the potential of working with them further in the future,” stated Don Hopper Executive Director of the Calhoun County Economic Development Council.




Aerospace Coatings International

Aerospace Coatings is a one-stop shop for piece-part repairs, working to deliver high-quality repairs at competitive rates in a timely and cost-effective manner. The organization significantly reduces the cost of fleet for commercial airlines, OEMS, military and personal aircraft by providing world-class component repairs. For more information on Aerospace Coatings International, visit: https://www.aerocoatings.com/index.asp .

Gnutti Carlo Expansion Ribbon Cutting

Gnutti Carlo USA of Jacksonville recently celebrated the ribbon cutting of their new 64,000 sq. ft. machine shop at the Jacksonville facility. The expansion in Jacksonville had been an 18 month-long process which saw their facility become the North American epicenter for Gnutti Carlo’s operations.

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Paolo Groff, CEO of Gnutti Carlo, stated at the ribbon cutting, “We have invested here in Alabama more than $9 million between the foundry and machine shop. We still believe this site has significant potential.”

Since 2013, the Calhoun County Economic Development Council (EDC), City of Jacksonville, and the Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) have partnered together to ensure the availability of qualified workforce for Gnutti Carlo’s needs. Previously known as Shelco Foundries, Gnutti Carlo has created 75 new positions over the past two years.

“Over the past two years the EDC has had the privilege of working with Gnutti Carlo to further establish their presence in Alabama. We are ecstatic to see those efforts into fruition with the ribbon cutting of their machine shop and the creation of 75 new jobs. We are looking forward to working with them further as their facility in Jacksonville fills their needs for their North American market,” said Don Hopper, the Executive Director of the Calhoun County Economic Development Council.

Gnutti Carlo in Jacksonville casts ductile iron components such as brackets, rocker arms, truck door hinges, and water pipe fittings. The company’s primary customers include major OEM manufacturers such as Caterpillar MTU, Navistar, Deutz, Ford Motor Company.

For more information on Gnutti Carlo USA, visit their website: http://www.gnutticarlo.com/en/.