HARTSELLE — A Hartselle doctor and his brother plan to reopen a door manufacturing plant that will bring 35 jobs to the area by September.
To help with the process, Dr. Russ Hulse and his brother Ron are asking the City Council to abate noneducation taxes for the $2.9 million investment.
“Basically what we’re planning to do is bring some jobs back to the area,” Dr. Hulse said.
The brothers and a group of local investors have purchased the Jeld-Wen building in the Hartselle-Morgan County Industrial Park. Oregon-based Jeld-Wen manufactured residential embossed doors in the Hartselle plant before the company closed about a year ago.
“They closed when the housing market went bad,” said Jeff Johnson, director of the city’s Department of Development.
The new company will be called Excel Interior Door. Ron Hulse has been in the industry about 30 years and managed Jeld-Wen’s Hartselle plant for 15 years before it closed.
“Ron knows the industry very well and we think we can make it,” Dr. Hulse said.
For the second time this year, city leaders agreed to abate noneducational taxes for business expansion in the industrial park along Thompson Road.
Morgan County Economic Development President Jeremy Nails said most of the $2.9 million investment will be in manufacturing machinery.
“Anytime we can do something to bring jobs to town, we need to do it,” Council President Kenny Thompson said.
Nails said Excel will put paychecks in people’s pocket. He said the abatement includes $28,000 in sales-and-use taxes during equipping and $10,000 annually in property taxes for 10 years.
For education, the investment will generate about $5,000 in sales taxes and $10,000 annually in property taxes.
Mayor Dwight Tankersley said he has been meeting with the company and supports the abatement.
In September, the council abated taxes for a $4.6 million expansion at Sonoco Products Co. When completed in September, the expansion will bring 28 jobs and a $1 million payroll. Sonoco is one of Hartselle’s largest employers with 258 employees at the industrial park site and 120 at the steel reel plant called Metco.