The Limestone County Commission, along with the State of Alabama and the City of Huntsville attended the ribbon cutting of the expansion of HDT Global on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.
From the New Courier Story by Adam Smith September 28, 2016
HDT Global announced Tuesday it would invest $4 million and hire 120 new workers as part of a move to a larger manufacturing facility in Tanner.
The company has been in operating in Huntsville-annexed Limestone County for more than eight years, though it was previously known as DHS Technologies LLC. DHS opened its Limestone facility in 2008 and was then purchased by HDT in January 2015.
To better meet its needs, HDT decided to transition its manufacturing operations from Buena Vista, Virginia, to an existing 206,500-square-foot facility in the SouthPoint Business Park, located off Bibb Garrett Road.
Kinney said not only are many of HDT’s customers in the Huntsville area, but he also praised the presence of a “highly skilled workforce.” He also took a moment to recognize the efforts of HDT’s current employees, many of which were in attendance at Tuesday’s announcement.
“I challenged our employees with one my favorite sayings — ‘You have to earn the right to grow,’ and they have,” Kinney said.
Jim Jones, director of operations for HDT, sounded a patriotic tone when talking about the company’s employees and how the products they manufacture will be utilized.
“We recognize the products we provide are for our soldiers who are protecting our nation,” he said. “We put a lot of pride in the quality and technology of the products we provide.”
HDT is currently hiring for the new positions and has about eight advertised through its website, HDTglobal.com. Those include integrated logistics support specialist, mechanical assembler, buyer and welder.
A number of state and local economic development officials were present for the announcement, including Gov. Robert Bentley, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Limestone County Commission Chairman Mark Yarbrough. As with previous announcements, officials touted teamwork and the pro-industry climate that exists in the Tennessee Valley.
Bentley acknowledged he visits the area more than any other parts of the state. The primary reason for his frequent trips, he said, is there’s simply “more going on here.” He praised HDT’s decision to expand and praised the work of local officials for fostering a business-friendly climate.
“I’m so proud companies choose Alabama … (but) incentives are down below the (list of reasons) why,” he said. “We have an environment in this state that’s second to none, workforce training that’s second to none and we certainly have people who are second to none.”
The city of Huntsville granted an abatement for the project, but Yarbrough said the expansion, “didn’t cost Limestone County a dime.”
“Having this kind of partnership … gives us a great opportunity for the future and better things to come,” he said.
Yarbrough took a moment to recognize Limestone County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tom Sisk and praise the school system’s commitment to technical education. That commitment, he said, is developing the next generation of workers for industries like HDT.
“If a four-year college is not what a child wants, we can train that child and produce a ready-made workforce,” he said. “That makes us attractive and we’re competing globally.”
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