Canada-based AdvanTec, a leader in marine manufacturing, announced plans to open a facility in Baldwin County, creating 46 jobs with an annual payroll of $2.4 million in its first three years.
AdvanTec specializes in marine closure manufacturing, as well as industrial pipe bending for oil and gas applications, serving clients in a range of industries. The 40,000-square-foot facility in Robertsdale will open next month.
“As the first of our plants in this region, this location will allow us to better serve our clients in the greater Gulf of Mexico and Southeastern United States, as well as access a skilled labor market with deep experience in marine metal manufacturing,” said Andrew Mund, operations director for AdvanTec in Robertsdale.
The Alabama location adds to the Vancouver-based company’s operating footprint. AdvanTec operates manufacturing facilities in Langley, Maple Rocket and Chilliwick, all in British Columbia; Calgary, Alberta; and Gold Beach, Oregon. It has sales facilities in British Columbia and Washington.
“The City of Robertsdale welcomes the arrival of AdvanTec to our Industrial Park — this is a great opportunity for all,” Robertsdale Mayor Charles Murphy said. “We will assist and provide AdvanTec with a presence in the Gulf of Mexico, so their business unit can grow and prosper, provide meaningful employment to those in our area, and create benefit for our community.”
Lee Lawson, president and CEO of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, said AdvanTec’s announcement is another example of growth in Baldwin County, which continues to attract international investment and create new jobs. Baldwin has ranked high in analyses of incoming business investment and workforce talent attraction.
“AdvanTec’s decision to locate in Baldwin County further proves that our county is a preferred destination for businesses looking to grow their operations in the Southeast,” said Chris Elliott, a Baldwin County commissioner.
AdvanTec is the parent brand to AdvanTec Marine and AdvanTec Industrial. AdvanTec Marine specializes in design, engineering and manufacturing of specialty marine application closures and cranes, while AdvanTec Industrial creates products for commercial and industrial applications throughout the world.
AdvanTec’s industries range from clean tech, mining and construction to oil and gas, petrochemical and power utilities.
This story originally appeared on the Alabama Department of Commerce’s Made in Alabama website.