Source: Birmingham News

A South Carolina-based company is investing $1.5 million to set up a manufacturing operation in Alabaster that will create as many as 15 jobs in its first year.

Supreme Cores Alabama Inc. will operate in a 21,000-square­ foot industrial building on a 10-acre site where it will produce mold cores made of sand and res­ins to foundries in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.

The company is an expansion of Lancaster, S.C.-based Supreme Cores of the Carolinas Inc. Christopher Grossmann, who is establishing the Alabama opera­tion, said Supreme Cores already supplies several companies here and the new facility will allow it to do more for them and add new customers.

“We’ve got a customer base al­ready established and there are other opportunities for us in the area,” Grossmann said in an inter­view. “The product we manufac­ture is somewhat fragile, so it be­comes a selling issue because customers are concerned about what could happen to some products shipped from South Carolina. We feel like there has been a reluctance to do more business with us because of that, so we think we can add to our business with an operation here.”

Grossmann said produc­tion is slated to begin in mid-February, and Su­preme Cores plans to oper­ate one shift and expand to 15 employees in the first year.

The company was formed 11 years ago in South Carolina and contin­ues to grow, he said.

April Gray was project manager with the Alabama Development Office who worked with Supreme Cores along with James Dedes, executive director of the Shelby County Eco­nomic & Industrial Devel­opment Authority.

Jack Brown of Graham & Co. brokered the lease with Supreme Cores Alabama. Lumpkin Development owns the building, which is on Shelby County 87, and is completing the work to add offices and finish the inte­rior for the company.

Brown said the company had several requirements for a site with flat land to add the silos it needs for the materials it uses in pro­ducing the cores. He said being located near Shelby County was also important because executives who are moving here plan to live in that area.

“I’m glad we were able to find the right space,” he said. “This will be a good addition to the area.”

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