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Hartselle Enquirer

BUSCHE acquires Copeland plant, bringing 200 jobs to Hartselle

BUSCHE finalized negotiations with CR Compressors LLC, a company in Emerson Electric’s Climate Technologies business segment Monday for a large manufacturing complex which includes a 263,000-square-foot building located on 48 acres in Hartselle at the I-65 Thompson Road exit.

The plant expected to employ more than 200 employees. BUSCHE will retain former Emerson employees on the BUSCHE Alabama team to help make this a seamless transition.

BUSCHE purchased the complex and will do value added long-term machining contract Work at the Alabama facility. According to a press release Monday, Nick A. Busche, CEO/President of BUSCHE, said he saw this move as a win-win situation for both BUSCHE and BUSCHE’s customers logistically.

Alabama is positioned with numerous major automotive manufacturing facilities located close by. BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes Benz, Mando and Volkswagen.

The trend of many OEM’s (Original Equipment Manufacturers) in recent years has been to build and expand in die Southern regions. This purchase positions BUSCHE with a northern and southern solution for its customers. The Alabama location is close to several suppliers of intricate raw castings and forging requiring the complex machining capabilities BUSCHE provides. The new location will allow BUSCHE to offer a more competitive answer to growing freight Costs.

“Within the next three years, BUSCHE will he a major contributor to Alabama’s economic prosperity,” said Gov. Robert Bentley. “We appreciate the fact that they chose Alabama for this plant and look forward to working with them in the future.”

Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, thanked the company for its decision to locate in Alabama.

“With Alabama rapidly on the way to becoming the third largest automotive producing state in the country, we welcome BUSCHE as our latest supplier and thank them for the confidence they have shown in Alabama’s business climate,” Canfield said.

BUSCHE is a computer numerical control production machining organization employing over 600 skilled employees at their nine production facilities located in Northeast Indiana and North Alabama.