MONTGOMERY— Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $350,000 grant to help a Cullman manufacturer expand and provide 125 jobs in the city.
The city will use the Community Development Block Grant to provide road improvements and improve traffic safety to a main thoroughfare to REHAU Inc. The company produces plastic-injection products that are used in the manufacturing of Alabama-built vehicles, including Mercedes, as well as for construction and other industries.
The grant is the second CDBG awarded to the city of Cullman by Gov. Ivey within the past week that will help provide jobs. The governor on Feb. 4 announced a $500,000 grant to help in the expansion of Reliance Worldwide Corp.
“Expansions by two companies in the same city within the same timeframe do not just happen. It takes a dedicated effort to bring these jobs to the Cullman area,” Gov. Ivey said. “REHAU and Reliance Worldwide are companies that produce excellent products and they are to be congratulated on their growth. I must also commend local officials who work with these companies to facilitate expansions, and I have high praise for the Alabama workers whose work ethic is second to none.”
The grant will result in the rehabilitation and resurfacing of 24th Street which leads into the industrial park where REHAU is located. The two-mile project will be from Alabama 69 to U.S. 31 and will benefit other local industries. The city of Cullman is providing $100,000 in local funds for the project.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“Gov. Ivey is dedicated to help Alabama companies flourish and provide new jobs for Alabamians,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said. “ADECA is pleased to play a role in Gov. Ivey’s vision and helping Alabama companies and their employees succeed.”
Gov. Ivey notified Mayor Woody Jacobs that the grant had been approved.
ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, water resource management and recreation development.