BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A major company will soon expand into central Alabama, bringing 750 jobs and over $1 billion in capital investment.
On Thursday, the Jefferson County Commission announced that J.M. Smucker Co. will build a new manufacturing facility at the JeffMet Industrial Park in McCalla to support its Smucker’s “Uncrustables” line. County leaders said this is the biggest economic development project in the history of the region.
“It’s so vitally important that we all work together as a team and we did. And we can come up with great results when we work together,” County Commissioner Steve Ammons said.
“With a capital investment of $1.1 billion, this is one of the largest economic development projects in Alabama,” said Commissioner Steve Ammons, chair of the economic development committee. “It’s important for us to recognize the previous commission and their forethought to add acreage to the JeffMet Industrial Complex. The McCalla area is hot right now due to useable land availability, interstate access, and growth potential. We are excited for the continued momentum of job creation for the citizens of Jeff CO and the region as a whole.”
The project will bring 750 new jobs to Jefferson County.
“You are looking at what kind of employment, employers, and most of all, the give back to the residents of Jefferson County. I think that today is a great day,” County Commissioner Lashunda Scales said.
“Because the J.M Smucker Co. is one of America’s leading consumer packaged goods companies in the food sector, its decision to make a significant investment in Jefferson County represents a powerful endorsement of Alabama’s inviting business environment,” Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement. “Not only will the company’s growth project create a large number of jobs in McCalla, but it will also permit us to build a long-standing relationship with a top consumer brand.”
Following Smucker’s purchase of approximately 225 acres, Jefferson County will have up to 300 acres remaining at the industrial complex.
“And you know, the growth that we’ve seen with Amazon, with Carvana, with the distribution centers that have come and more yet to come, show us the quality of the workforce in that part of the county,” Ron Kitchens with Birmingham Business Alliance said.
Projects that recently located in the park include AMR Capital, Norfolk Southern, and Gulf Distributing, which are all currently under construction.
Construction is set to begin no later than January with production starting in 2025.