Leadership Calhoun County Industry Day

Leadership Calhoun County Industry Day

            The Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce created the Leadership Calhoun County (LCC) program as a tool to better prepare and build upon leadership resources within the county; each class contains emerging leaders from the northeast Alabama region. For the month of October, the LCC class was introduced to numerous industrial and manufacturing industries as part of the LCC Industry Day. Lindsay Ward, the Director of Business Development for the Calhoun County Economic Development Council, chaired the LCC Industry Day and organized plant tours for the LCC class to learn about the role manufacturing plays in our community.


The LCC group, led by Lisa Morales, began the day with a presentation from Brian McVeigh, the District Attorney for Calhoun County, who discussed his personal path to leadership. After the leadership series discussion, the LCC group then heard about the economic development initiatives that are taking place with the McClellan Development Authority (MDA). Robin Scott, Executive Director of MDA, discussed the role economic development and industry has played in the life of the former fort and what we can expect to see in its future. Following the discussion around MDA, the class then heard from Don Hopper, the Executive Director for the Calhoun County Economic Development Council (EDC). Mr. Hopper discussed the EDC’s position in recruiting industry to Calhoun County and went into further detail regarding the success of the programs with the new and expanding industries for our region.

Once the LCC class finished the morning discussion revolving around economic development, they then dispersed into smaller groups to tour different industries in our community and to see first-hand the impact of manufacturing. The LCC groups were able to tour the following industries throughout our area: Changer & Dresser; Gnutti Carlo, USA; Carmin Industries; TapeCraft; Aerospace Coatings International; Eastman; Southern Custom Exhibits; Doncasters-Southern Tool; BAE Systems; Lee Brass; Auto Custom Carpets; The Supply Room; Civilian Marksmanship Program; B.R. Williams Trucking; FITCO; Tyler Union; International Automotive Components; and Federal Mogul. For more information on the Leadership Calhoun County Program contact Lisa Morales with the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce at 256-237-3536 or at LisaM@CalhounChamber.com.


EMSCO Expansion



September 16, 2015



Anniston, AL – The Calhoun County Economic Development Council (EDC) is pleased to announce that local existing industry, EMSCO, will be expanding their Anniston operations.

EMSCO has been serving foundries all over the United States from their Anniston location for over 30 years. Founded in 1977 as Electric Melting Service Company, EMSCO services and installs induction equipment produced by any OEM. Known as the Melting Industry’s First Responder, EMSCO operates on the principle that foundries choose suppliers that understand their needs and have established core principles of quick customer response and dedicated customer service that their customers have come to depend on.

The $4 million expansion to their existing facility will expand their current workforce with the addition of 14 new jobs. The new development at EMSCO will allow for the company to begin production on a new initiative known as HyprCool® Hybrid Process Cooling Systems; this new process will use hybrid adiabatic technology to use less water to cool heating towers that are used for metal-working. This process will prevent overheating during the summer and freezing during the winter season.

EMSO President Jim Dyer stated, “We have been very pleased with the quality workforce that has run our Southern Operations for three decades. It became an easy choice to expand our operations in Anniston.”


Over the past year and a half, the EDC has worked diligently with EMSCO to see their expansion to fruition. “We are thrilled to have EMSCO expanding their operations at their current facility in Anniston,” stated Larry Deason, Chairman of the Calhoun County Economic Development Council. “This is an industry that we have developed a strong relationship and worked with to make sure that their expansion needs are met and the best possible scenario is reached.”

“We look forward to furthering our footprint within both Anniston and Calhoun County as the expansion plans take off and turn into reality,” stated Jimmy Horton, Vice President and General Manager of Southern Operations at EMSCO. Horton also said that estimated completion date will be May 2016.


Founded in 1977 as Electric Melting Service Company, EMSCO has developed a reputation as the Melting Industry’s First Responder. EMSCO, Inc. has four locations in the United States: EMSCO North in Massillon, OH; EMSCO South in Anniston, AL; EMSCO Installations in Rancocas, NJ; and EMSCO West in Pico Rivera, CA. For more details on EMSCO, please visit www.emsco.com .