Engineered Plastic Components is investing $8.05 million in a 125,000-square-foot facility in Bessemer, Alabama. The thermoplastics and thermoset products manufacturer produces automotive instrument panels, medical products and more.
EPC acquired the facility in Bessemer from INOAC in September, 2020, and plans to add 10 injection molding machines ranging in size from 200 tons to 3,000 tons, and adding 75 people for skilled technical jobs to the 100 workers the facility already employs.
The company also has a location in Leeds, Alabama, where it has served the automotive and consumer products industries since 2014. It doubled in size at this location in 2018.
“Alabama is attractive because of the automotive OEM and other customers in the area,” said Reza Kargarzadeh, president and CEO of EPC. “We are expanding to provide the most efficient injection molding and thermoset processes to all automotive OEMs in the area.”
Alabama is home to automotive OEMs Honda in Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz in Tuscaloosa, Hyundai in Montgomery, Toyota in Huntsville and a soon-to-be-operational Mazda Toyota plant, also in Huntsville.
“Since locating within our region in 2014, Engineered Plastic Components has been a key member of our business community and its growth in our area has created a large number of quality jobs,” said Jeff Traywick, Birmingham Business Alliance vice president of economic development. “We are excited to see the company continue that success with its second facility to be located in Bessemer.”
EPC was founded in Iowa in 1994 and has 17 locations across North America. Other facilities in the Southern Automotive Alliance readership area are Lebanon, Kentucky, and Anderson, South Carolina.