BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — ThyssenKrupp Materials North America Inc. said today that it will invest $13 million to build a materials processing and distribution center in Woodstock, Ala.

Construction of the new facility, which initially will employ 20 people and as many as 45 within five years, is scheduled to begin this month. Hiring for positions that include machine operations, material handling, logistics and sales is scheduled to begin early next year.

“This project is extremely important for the Birmingham region and Alabama. ThyssenKrupp Materials is an internationally recognized company and is especially recognizable here in Alabama,” said Brian Hilson, CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance. “It’s also significant because of the jobs and capital investment and because this development is in Bibb County. This can generate more attention for Bibb County as a future business location for other companies.”

Southfield, Mich.-based ThyssenKrupp Materials North America processes and distributes a full line of aluminum, stainless, copper, brass, specialty metals, steel and plastics products that are used in the production of automobiles, commercial food equipment, HVAC equipment and more. The Alabama center will be operated by the company’s Coil Processing Group.

The facility in Woodstock’s 565-acre Scott G. Davis Industrial Park will support the operations of the company’s Ken-Mac Metals and ThyssenKrupp Steel Services divisions. Ohio-based Ken-Mac Metals offers nonferrous and stainless steel flat rolled products, while ThyssenKrupp Steel Services, based in South Carolina, supplies hot and cold rolled carbon steel to customers in the southeastern United States.

The 100,000-square-foot craned building will have four lines for processing materials such as carbon steel, aluminum and stainless steel, the company said. The plant in Woodstock, which straddles Tuscaloosa and Bibb counties, can be expanded by an additional 150,000 square feet.

“The decision to locate our Coil Processing Group’s newest processing and distribution center in Alabama reflects the economic vitality and extensive opportunities that exist in the Southern United States,” said Hans-Josef Hoss, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Materials North America.

Ogden Deaton of Graham & Co. represented ThyssenKrupp Materials in the site selection and development.

ThyssenKrupp also operates a vast steel plant near Mobile.

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