Medical products and cabinet makers expand in Alabama


In Alabama, Global Resources International (GRI) and its subsidiary Advanced Products Solutions (APS) will add 100 workers to the APS Medical Manufacturing Center in Dothan and expand into the nearby Columbia community with 10 new jobs. GRI, based in Georgia, specializes in the design, manufacture, sterilization and distribution of products for the healthcare, industrial and animal care markets.

Less than two years ago, GRI announced plans for the APS facility in Dothan, which produces personal protective equipment, engineered fabrics and injection-molded medical products. The $9.5 million investment was to create 70 jobs. The latest expansion of the Dothan facility will allow APS to increase its focus on its medical product line, focusing on the human and animal health markets.

Global Resources International and its subsidiary Advanced Products Solutions will add 110 workers to their operations in Dothan and Columbia in Houston County, AL. (Image: GRI-APS)

In Colombia, APS will invest more than $1.8 million in an operation that largely focuses on the sterilization of medical products.

The 110 additional jobs in Houston County will increase over the next 90 days, according to Mark Fellows, vice president of GRI-APS.

“These growth plans for Global Resources International and Advanced Product Solutions represent a significant development for the Wiregrass region,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “This expansion will enhance domestic production of much-needed products for Alabama and nationwide customers, while strengthening GRI-APS’ presence in Wiregrass.”

Calling the GRI-APS project a “breath of fresh air,” Columbia Mayor Cas Haddock said, “We are grateful they chose Columbia, Alabama for this sophisticated operation.”

Wellborn Cabinet grows in Oxford

Wellborn Cabinet Inc. plans to invest nearly $17 million in an expansion project in Alabama that will create 415 jobs over five years. The Ashland-based manufacturer will build and outfit a 250,000 square foot factory in Oxford to begin production of a new kitchen and bathroom cabinet product.

“As we looked for areas of expansion opportunities, we wanted to continue our growth in the State of Alabama,” said Chairman and CEO Paul Wellborn. “Oxford was very accommodating and helpful throughout the process. The new location will be close to Interstate 20 and a broader workforce, both of which are critical to our success.

Wellborn Cabinet employs 1,336 manufacturing workers in Alabama. The company’s growth plans come at a time when demand for its products is increasing. Last year, the company announced plans for a $15 million expansion at its Ashland campus to add a planing plant, paint facility, healthcare and expansion of manufacturing facilities for its workforce.

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Wellborn Cabinet Inc., a family-owned manufacturer, plans to invest nearly $17 million in a new facility in the Oxford West Industrial Park. (Images above and below: Alabama Department of Commerce)

Firm Wellborn Alabama

“It’s always great news when a successful Alabama company like Wellborn Cabinet decides to launch a major growth project right here at home,” Canfield said. “Wellborn has long been a flagship business in eastern Alabama, and I am thrilled that the business continues to grow and thrive.”

Wellborn Cabinet is the largest industrial employer in rural Clay County. Its new 60-acre location in the Oxford West Industrial Park in Talladega County will expand its presence in eastern Alabama. Construction of the project is expected to begin in the spring of 2023 and start of operations in the fall of 2024.

“Wellborn Cabinet’s decision to choose Oxford as the next location for a production facility demonstrates the level of commitment of the City of Oxford and the Economic Development Board to bringing world-class business to our new industrial park,” said said Mayor Alton. Arts and crafts. “Our citizens will benefit from the economic impact that accompanies the arrival of Mr. Wellborn and his company here for many generations. Our workforce efforts continue to explode here, and we’re now on everyone’s radar. Oxford is the place to be.

“Our partnership with the City of Oxford, the Talladega County Commission, the State of Alabama and our local industries continues to be one of our greatest assets,” said Larry Deason, Council Chairman. Economic Development of Calhoun County. “Thank you to the leaders of Wellborn for their continued partnership and support of our efforts to develop our region.

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