Global Resources to invest $9.5 million in Alabama medical manufacturing venture

Global Resources to invest $9.5 million in Alabama medical manufacturing venture
Alabama-based Eastern Technologies, a subsidiary of Global Resources International and maker of personal protective equipment for a range of industries, is helping fight the COVID-19 pandemic across the U.S. and in hard-hit regions around the world. (Eastern Technologies)

Global Resources International (GRI) announced plans to invest $9.5 million to open a medical manufacturing company in Dothan, creating 70 jobs and expanding local manufacturing capabilities.

Advanced Product Solutions will anchor GRI’s family of companies in the manufacturing of engineered fabrics, personal protective equipment (PPE) and injection-molded medical products in the United States.

Advanced Product Solutions intends to expand its capabilities in Dothan to include injection molding of nonmedical products and production of absorbent underpads for the human and animal health markets.

“We welcome the decision by Global Resources International to base its innovative new manufacturing center for PPE and other products in Southeast Alabama,” Gov. Kay Ivey said. “This is a great news for Dothan because it will create good jobs and provide a solid economic boost for the entire area.”

Growth plans

A long-time GRI subsidiary, Ashford-based Eastern Technologies Inc. will provide daily operational oversight over the newly formed Advanced Product Solutions in Houston County. ETI produces protective gear for workers in industries including nuclear power, chemicals and defense. (Read a story about ETI.)

“We are looking forward to this enhancement of our U.S.-based manufacturing to the greater Dothan area, and we’re looking forward to the future growth,” said Mark Fellows, vice president of ETI and Advanced Product Solutions.

GRI, headquartered in Flowery Branch, Georgia, is a privately held manufacturing and supply company specializing in the design, manufacture, sterilization and distribution of products for the health care, industrial and animal-care markets.

Besides the U.S., the company has manufacturing operations in the Dominican Republic, China, India and Vietnam to support worldwide sales.

“The GRI family of companies is a global leader in the development of high-performance protective equipment and technologies to keep workers safe in extreme environments,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “We’re thrilled that this globally focused company has selected Dothan as the home of its newest manufacturing venture and know it will find success there.”

Team effort

In a joint statement, Dothan Mayor Mark Saliba and Houston County Chairman Mark Culver said, “We are extremely appreciative of the GRI family’s investment in our area. This world-class company will strengthen the United States’ position on manufacturing essential personal protection and medical equipment. We appreciate the tremendous support from Gov. Kay Ivey and her state team and our local team in supporting this exciting project.”

A broad partnership of state and local agencies made the project possible. On the state level, these include the Governor’s Office, the Alabama Department of Commerce and AIDT, the state’s primary workforce development agency.

Joining the city of Dothan and the Houston County Commission on the local level were the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce-Grow Dothan, the Houston County Road and Bridge Department, Dothan’s Industrial Development Board, the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority, the Wiregrass legislative delegation, Southeast Gas, Southeast AlabamaWorks and Dothan Utilities.

This story originally appeared on the Alabama Department of Commerce’s Made in Alabama website.

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