BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Motion Industries Inc. held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its planned shop facility in Irondale, Alabama. The address is 2721 5th Avenue South.

In attendance were Randy Breaux, Motion president; Joe Limbaugh, Motion senior vice president of Distribution, Inventory, and Operations Support; Irondale’s mayor; and representatives from the Birmingham Business Alliance, Brasfield Gorrie, and Graham Co. The socially distanced event was held to officially kick off the first stages of construction, already underway.

When completed, the $11.2 million 104,000 square-foot building will house Motion’s area fluid power shop, hose and rubber shop, and engineering department. The building and the shops within will feature processes, equipment, and safety advantages. Capabilities will include fluid power component repair and fabrication, power unit fabrication, machining, hose kitting and assembly, and engineering design. The structure’s design was planned under the new Motion industrial design and décor standards, according to Limbaugh.

“This project continues our excellent partnership between Brasfield Gorrie and Graham Co.,” said Limbaugh. “These two companies also did a fantastic job with the recent headquarters renovation. At this property, we’re making excellent progress, and while it’s early, we’re ahead of schedule.”

“The main reason for the investment is to strengthen our position and provide the best customer service possible, as our customer base and our company grow,” said Breaux. “We’re looking forward to the positive impact this operation will have for our customers, our employees, and our community.”

Announced in October 2020, the project is estimated to be completed in the third quarter of 2021 and will create 15 new jobs while retaining 13.

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