Vulcan, Inc. is an employee-owned company located on the Alabama Gulf Coast in Foley. The firm operates one of the only completely vertically integrated aluminum processing plants in the country, in which raw aluminum bars are heated into a molten form, then rolled into coils.
The project included the addition of a state-of-the-art, 24,000 sq. ft. building to the existing facility as well as installing a new Annealing Furnace, Water Cooling System and Melting Furnace, which raised production capacity to 110 million pounds per year. Modifications to the Mill and mill-associated equipment were also performed to enhance speed and efficiency.
US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) was quoted as saying of the project, “This expansion is terrific news for Vulcan Inc., the community of Foley and for the workers of our state. Manufacturing makes our economy and our country stronger, and the expansion of this Alabama plant will help add jobs to our economy.”
There were 227 construction jobs created in the course of this expansion. The expanded plant employs an additional 22 full-time employees in addition to the existing 275 existing employees. All employees have generous health coverage, employer paid life insurance as well as participate in the company’s ESOP program that provides 100% employee paid deferred income benefits. Vulcan has also added employees to its sales and supervisory staff.
The Vulcan plant expansion derived a crucial benefit from the New Markets Tax Credit financing. A $22.5 million Federal allocation was paired with a $10 million Alabama state allocation, generating a subsidy enabling Vulcan to upgrade the equipment purchases for the expanded plant. This has given the facility cutting-edge capabilities, engendering greater employment opportunities and operational success in the long-run.
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