Helping bring jobs to the Wiregrass

Handshakes from more than a decade ago are still putting hands to work today.

On Wednesday, Advanced Carrier Products (ACP) announced it was moving its North American headquarters from Georgia to Enterprise, Ala. The 25-30 jobs will follow the company’s new contract with HS Automotive, a tier one supplier with Hyundai, Kia, Chrysler and GM. HS Automotive will be ACP’s largest customer.

Signing the deal to bring ACP to Enterprise
Signing the deal to bring ACP to Enterprise
Hwaseung Automotive Alabama

“It’s a great story from the power company perspective,” said Jonathan Tullos, director of the Wiregrass Economic Development Corporation. “In the 2002-2003 time frame, Enterprise and the Economic Development Board decided to use the Alabama Power spec building program, and that 50,000-square foot building is what helped us land HS Automotive.”

Since that time, HS Automotive has flourished:

  • From 50,000 square feet to more than 300,000
  • From fewer than 50 employees to nearly 600
  • From $4-million revenue to more than $200-million.

“We now have tier two and tier three suppliers eager to co-locate,” Tullos said. “It’s just a great story to tell.”

A boost for southeast Alabama

Most of the incoming jobs are expected to average between $15 and $20 per hour, which is above the median for the area.

Jonathan Tullos
Jonathan Tullos

Tullos believes Alabama Power played a key role, both then and now.

“Alabama Power really stepped up to the plate, helping us meet this company’s power requirements, installing a transformer. Mayor Boswell, the Enterprise City council, the Coffee County commission, and Alabama Power – all played a role in making this recruitment a success.

“We are committed to making long term investment in the communities we serve – investments in time, effort and resources – to help everyone prosper and succeed,” said Alabama Power Southeast Division vice-president Richard Hutto. “This is the latest fruit of that investment, and we’re very proud to have played a role.”

Sound from Jonathan Tullos,
Executive Director of the Wiregrass Economic Development Corporation

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Sound from Richard Hutto,
Southeast division vice-president for Alabama Power

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