Hanwha Cimarron Launches Project to Open Manufacturing Plant in Alabama

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OPELIKA, Alabama – Hanwha Cimarron LLC, a manufacturer of carbon fiber wrapped high pressure storage tanks, today officially launched a $ 130 million project to build a manufacturing facility at Opelika that will employ 261 people.

Hanwha Cimarron inaugurated this morning the installation, located in the industrial park of the northeast of Opelika.

“At Hanwha Cimarron, we are excited about what the future holds,” said CEO David Jeon. “Today we are innovating for our new manufacturing plant which will be located here in Opelika.

“This new facility will continue the growth of our business in the carbon overwrapped pressure vessel industry, meeting the needs of aerospace, drone, defense, maritime, rail, on-board, gas transportation and storage solutions. sol, ”he added.

Hanwha Cimarron is working with AIDT, Alabama’s premier workforce development agency, to fill leadership positions for the facility.

General hiring is expected to begin in spring 2022, with a focus on applicants with strong production / manufacturing background and experience in operating machinery.

“I am delighted to see Hanwha Cimarron bring this exciting new business to Alabama and create well-paying jobs for hard-working Opelika citizens,” Governor Kay Ivey said.

“Our partnership with Hanwha Cimarron symbolically begins today with a groundbreaking ceremony, but I know this relationship will grow and prosper in the future as the company moves into Sweet Home Alabama.”

Mayor Gary Fuller applauded the company’s decision to invest in the eastern Alabama city.

“We are honored to welcome another world class company to Opelika,” he said.

GROWTH POTENTIAL

In December 2020, South Korea-based Hanwha Solutions Corp. acquired Cimarron Composites of Huntsville as part of a strategic expansion in the hydrogen energy sector.

Cimarron, founded in 2008 by a former NASA researcher, produced rocket tanks. Its products also have potential implications for hydrogen cars and charging stations.

In August, Hanwha Cimarron signed a 10-year, $ 260 million contract with Texas-based Sunbelt Services for compressed natural gas storage tanks.

“Hanwha Cimmaron will find the skilled workforce and the support she needs to build a high performance operation at Opelika,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

“By working together, I know we can find all the ingredients that will allow the company’s new manufacturing facility to thrive and grow in the future,” he added.

(Courtesy of Made in Alabama)


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