German Manufacturer Plans U.S. Headquarters in Dale County, Alabama
OZARK, Ala. (September 4, 2012) – The Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corp. (ODEC) announced today that Brielmaier Motor Mower of Friedrichshafen, Germany, will locate its U.S. headquarters in Pinckard, Ala., co-locating with the only other German manufacturer located in Southeast Alabama, according to Eric Basinger, ODEC executive director.
“The co-location of Brielmaier Motor Mower with MAHA USA reflects the power of our partnership with local existing businesses to recruit additional manufacturing jobs to Dale County,” Basinger said. “Brielmaier is also benefitting from our one-stop service that helps international businesses navigate the administrative and regulatory requirements for establishing an operation in the United States.”
Brielmaier (www.brielmaier.com) designs and manufactures industrial mowers with a patented design that prevents roll-over on steep inclines, Basinger said. The mower, which is primarily used for roadside and agricultural mowing, also may be operated remotely, providing an added level of safety for the operator. The company will launch its North American sales and manufacturing effort from Dale County.
“We investigated many locations in the Southeast U.S. The staff at ODEC, along with Dale County officials, were instrumental in connecting us to the right location and a cooperative partner for establishing a base of operations in Alabama and introducing our product to the U.S. market,” said Martin Brielmaier, President at Brielmaier.
ODEC hosted a demonstration of the technology recently for business and government representatives whose organizations may benefit from the equipment. ODEC also introduced Brielmaier to Wolfgang Raffler, Chief Operating Officer at Germany based manufacturer MAHA USA, which already is manufacturing in Pinckard. MAHA makes vehicle lifts for the automotive industry. The company’s precision metal work dovetails with an essential part of Brielmaier’s manufacturing process.
“This was an excellent fit for us to create a cooperative venture with another German manufacturer seeking to become established in the U.S. market,” Raffler said. “We have the available space in our facility to accommodate Brielmaier’s launch, and we look forward to working with them as they grow in Dale County.” Brielmaier will be leasing space from MAHA.
Initially, Brielmaier’s staffing needs will be minimal, with a handful of key employees coming from Germany and some support being provided by MAHA USA. As the company’s product grows in North America, local jobs will be created and a separate facility for Brielmaier is contemplated, Basinger noted.
“In addition to cooperating with MAHA, we will be able to accelerate our entry into the United States with assistance from the Economic Development Corporation’s International One-Stop Program,” Brielmaier said. “We are receiving excellent assistance in the administrative, regulatory and permitting details associated with bringing an internationally owned business to the states.”
“The Town of Pinckard and Dale County’s ability to attract a second German manufacturing firm demonstrates the region’s viability as a location for international businesses that want to be in a business-friendly environment in the Southeastern U.S.,” said Town of Pinckard Mayor Fred McNabb. “We look forward to continuing to partner with Brielmaier, MAHA, and ODEC to provide key resources to smooth the way for Brielmaier’s entry into the U.S. market.”
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Eric Basinger, Executive Director, ODEC