BELLA+CANVAS to Take Over Shuttered Alabama Textile Plant
Los Angeles-based BELLA+CANVAS is planning to take over part of a shuttered Alabama textile plant, a move that will create at least 557 jobs.
Gov. Kay Ivey’s office said last week that the state is leasing a part of an 890,000-square-foot building in Wetumpka to BELLA that’s been vacant since Russell Brands left in 2013, The Montgomery Advertiser originally reported. In the story picked up by the Associated Press and shared via U.S. News, the company plans to use the space for what Ivey’s office called an “advanced fabric cutting facility,” investing $11.9 million and creating at least 557 jobs.
They also plan to model the facility after the company’s current location in Los Angeles, which uses proprietary software and tables to cut about 3 million garments a week while employing 1,000 workers. “After a comprehensive search, we ultimately concluded that our new location in Wetumpka, Alabama, was not only optimal to enhance our manufacturing footprint and technologically advanced operations levels, but also ideal in terms of support from the local government and access to great new team members,” BELLA+CANVAS President Chris Blakeslee said in a statement.
The gamut of jobs created will run a wide spread, including general cutting laborers, forklift operators, and shipping and receiving clerks. The Associated Press reports that the state job training agency AIDT is helping the company with training and onboarding workers.
At the time of writing, an opening date for the plant has not been announced.