With the Christmas holiday just days away and the New Year quickly coming upon us, I wanted to take this time to wish all constituents of Auburn a safe and happy holiday. And before we ring in 2012, I want to reflect on some of the highlights of 2011.
Like the year before it, 2011 was an economically challenging year. But Auburn has weathered it better than many other cities. And, we saw many promising signs for recovery this past year—starting with Scot Industries.
In March of this year, Scot Industries, a manufacturer of steel tube and bar products, selected Auburn as the location of its new $34.7 million production facility. Scot Industries will add up to 65 jobs to the local economy over the next few years—not to mention give a boost to supporting industries and suppliers in the region. Development is moving ahead as planned, with the company breaking ground last month.
Many established Auburn-based businesses showed positive signs as well. In recent months, four companies announced plans to expand operations:
- Auburn Gear is adding new manufacturing equipment to expand operations—an enhancement that is projected to add 44 new jobs over the next five years.
- Messenger LLC is also adding equipment to expand its capabilities. While the new equipment only adds one job, it helps retain over 100 others.
- C&A Tool announced plans to expand its production capabilities at its Auburn facility, increasing employment by 50 positions over the next two years.
- Metal Technologies is planning on adding to their building footprint with new manufacturing equipment and an additional 40 employees.
In addition to these company expansions, we’re seeing signs of growth and future development through AES – the provider continues to expand products and service areas – as well as efforts to revitalize downtown to improve our community’s first impressions for visitors and potential business investors.
I think some good things happened in 2011—and that 2012 looks even brighter.