DOTHAN, Ala. - Stephen R. Kerr, president and CEO of Cummings Incorporated, announced Thursday a major expansion of the company’s Dothan facility.
Kerr stated the addition of approximately 100,000 sq. ft. would allow Cummings to combine its Fort Deposit and Dothan, Ala. facilities into one campus in Dothan.
“This combination will allow Cummings to better serve its customers through reduced product handling, consolidation of freight and lower overall manufacturing cost,” Kerr emphasized.
He said the expansion would begin immediately with completion targeted for March 2009.
Larry Miller, senior vice president of manufacturing for Cummings, added the consolidation of the two factories that are 90-miles apart will significantly improve operating efficiency.
He stated that all 50 employees at the company’s Fort Deposit, Ala. factory would be offered “very attractive packages to stay employed with Cummings and relocate to Dothan.”
The packages include pay increases, transition bonuses and moving allowances.
With the combination of relocated and new employees, the company expects to add 100 new jobs in Dothan during 2009.
Kerr thanked the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Board of the City of Dothan, City of Dothan, the officials of Houston and Dale counties and the Dothan Warehouse for assisting with the expansion and personnel support.
“We appreciate the assistance provided by all of theses community leaders and we look forward to our continual growth and success,” he said.
Kerr went on to say that the change in the company’s manufacturing strategy “was prompted by the need to better align us with our national customers needs.
To that end, a component of this consolidation will be the expansion of our manufacturing operations in southern California.
As a result of these activities, Cummings will remain one of the industry’s largest and most automated sign, channel letter and branded building element manufacturers in the United States.”
In closing, Kerr thanked all of the employees and the families of the Cummings Fort Deposit manufacturing facility for their years of service and for their many successes. He noted that since 1996, the Fort Deposit factory had produced and shipped over $200-million dollars worth of sign product and that they should all be proud of such an accomplishment.
Cummings Incorporated is based in Nashville, Tenn.