Kronospan Announces Major Expansion in Oxford, Alabama


Oxford, AL – The Calhoun County Economic Development Council (EDC) is pleased to announce the expansion of Kronospan in Oxford, AL.  This announcement represents a significant opportunity for the wood-based panel producer that has been operating in Oxford since 2008.  The expansion will consist of four projects:  (a) two laminate flooring and decorative paper impregnation lines; (b) a particleboard and thermally infused laminate line; (c) an expansion of the KronoChem resin plant; and (d) development of a furniture cluster.  Kronospan plans to make a $362 million capital investment in the expansion and also hire an additional 160 persons for its workforce.

“We sincerely appreciate the State of Alabama, acting through the Department of Commerce, the City of Oxford and Calhoun County for supporting our expansion project and making it a reality,” said Tim Pack, Chief Financial Officer of Kronospan.

“I’m honored and pleased to see Kronospan embark on an expansion in Oxford that will create good jobs for the citizens of Calhoun County,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “Job creation is my No. 1 priority because it means new opportunities for Alabama residents.”

“Kronospan is making a significant investment to expand its production center in Oxford, and we will work closely with the company to ensure that their project is successful,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “We look forward to building on the partnership we have developed with Kronospan since they began operations in Alabama around eight years ago.”

“The City of Oxford is delighted about the expansion of Kronospan and the significant economic impact this will have in our community,” said Steven Waits, Oxford City Council President.  “Kronospan has continued to be a generous corporate citizen for our city, and we are looking forward to their continued presence in Oxford for generations to come.”

Once the expansion is completed, Kronospan will have invested $650 million and will employ more than 270 workers at its Oxford operations.  That will make the company the largest private capital investor in the City of Oxford, said EDC Chairman Larry Deason, “And, it will be one of the largest employers in our area.”

Don Hudson, Calhoun County Commissioner, echoed the excitement from the EDC and the City of Oxford.  “We are so pleased to see such a significant industry in our community continue to invest in Calhoun County and create new jobs.  We are thrilled to witness the future impact this expansion with Kronospan will have in our community.”

Kronospan will utilize the services of the local Alabama Career Center to recruit for the expansion project.  Hiring for the expansions will be undertaken in phases.  A job fair will be conducted at the Career Center located at 1731 Coleman Road in Anniston.  An announcement concerning the date and time of the job fair will be made in the near future.

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About Kronospan

Kronospan is a leading manufacturer of wood-based panel products and related value-added products.  The Company is privately-owned, with more than 40 manufacturing and distribution sites throughout the world.  Kronospan is the top manufacturer globally of MDF, laminate flooring, particleboard and UF resins for wood-based panels; and is the top manufacturer in Europe of OSB.

In 2008, Kronospan started up operations at its Oxford, AL, facility, where it now manufactures MDF, HDF and resins.  Notwithstanding very difficult market conditions in the housing industry, Kronospan has maintained its level of employment at the Oxford facility since start-up.  Upon completion of the expansion project, Kronospan will represent the largest private capital investment in the City of Oxford and Calhoun County and will be one of the largest employers in the area.

In December 2015, Kronospan made another significant investment in the United States when it acquired Clarion Industries in Shippenville, PA.  Clarion Industries produces MDF, HDF and laminate flooring.  The Pennsylvania operations employ 320 persons.

For more information about Kronospan, visit www.kronospan-worldwide.com and for more information about Kronospan’s products, services and business concepts, visit www.kronospan-express.com and www.krono-original.com.

 


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/.

 

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