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The Calhoun County Economic Development Council announced that Carlson Engineered Composites USA, Inc., a Canadian firm that manufactures fiberglass components, plans to expand its operations to Anniston, Alabama.
The project represents a capital investment of $3 million and will create 75 new jobs in Calhoun County.The company will be locating in an existing 67,000-square-foot building on electronics drive, which will be purchased by the EDC and leased to Carlson. Operations should begin in the first quarter of 2015, according to Don Hopper, Executive Director of the EDC.Carlson Engineered Composites USA is a subsidiary of the Carlson Group, and has a similar production facility in St. Cloud, Minnesota, that manufactures fiberglass composites for original equipment manufacturers in the transportation, agricultural, automotive, recreational, and food processing industries. One of the company’s largest automotive customers is New Flyer Industries, which also has a facility in Anniston.This announcement was the result of months of recruiting and negotiation on the part of the Calhoun County Economic Development Council.Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield said Calhoun County is a good fit for Carlson, which can pursue new business in the region’s thriving automotive manufacturing sector.The Carlson Group is composed of four companies: Carlson Commercial & Industrial Services Ltd., Carlson Engineered Composites, Inc., Carlson Engineered Composites USA Inc., and Carlson Truck Outfitters. Carlson has been serving different industries from their headquarters in Winnipeg since their inception in 1939.More information: www.carlsoncomposites.com - www.calhouncountyedc.org