ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
BOB RILEY JOHN D. HARRISON
STATE OF ALABAMA
For Immediate Release: Contact:
Thursday, May 27, 2004 Jerome Hand
Riley Awards $750,000 to Bring New Jobs to Central Alabama
Auto supplier to create 900 jobs in Montgomery
MONTGOMERY—Gov. Bob Riley has awarded $750,000 to the Montgomery County
Commission to help create 900 new jobs and spur economic development in central Alabama.
Community Development Block Grant funds will be used to improve water service and
enable Mobis Alabama to construct a manufacturing facility near the Lowndes County line. Water
lines along Mitchell Young Road in west Montgomery will be upgraded to provide adequate water
flow for the plant site and for fire protection.
The plant will manufacture automotive cockpit modules and front and rear chassis as a
major supplier to the Montgomery Hyundai manufacturing facility. Mobis will build a 422,000
square foot facility with an overall company investment of $125 million.
“I am pleased to support this effort to bring more jobs to Montgomery and central
Alabama,” Riley said. “I commend the efforts of the Montgomery County Commission to ensure
that adequate services are available to support economic growth.”
The project includes the installation of 19,500-feet of iron water lines to connect the plant
site to existing water mains along U.S. Highway 80 and Old Hayneville Road. The new lines will
also support the future development of other industrial property in the area.
Riley awarded the grant from funds made available to the state from the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development. He has designated the Alabama Department of Economic
and Community Affairs to administer the grant.
ADECA Director John Harrison notified commission chairman W.F. Joseph Jr. that the
grant had been approved. The county has committed $343,850 in matching funds for the project.