HARTSELLE — Busche Enterprises expects to bring 200 jobs to the Hartselle area within the next three years after purchasing the Emerson Climate Technologies plant in October.
The Hartselle City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday night to abate noneducation taxes for the $20 million site, located on 48 acres near Thompson Road and Interstate 65.
The Indiana-based company, which worked with CP Compressor to buy the 263,000-square-foot facility, will receive about $54,000 in property abatement during a 10-year period and a $475,000 break on sales tax during construction. Busche will pay about $500,000 in education taxes.
Hartselle Councilman Ken Doss said the new Busche plant is a significant gain for Hartselle after Emerson Climate Technologies, formerly known as Copeland, Inc., announced it was closing in February 2010 and dwindled to less than 30 employees.
“It’s very positive to get someone to actually take over the assets there,” he said. “Copeland was a thriving business for many years, and we lost a lot of jobs. Hopefully, Busche will provide more quality jobs out there.”
Busche, which absorbed 29 jobs from Emerson, expects to create 27 new positions at the facility by next year and another 150 jobs by 2015.
Emerson Climate Technologies, which made components for air-conditioning systems, cited the economic downturn, housing market, changes in construction and phasing out of the R-22 refrigerant, linked to ozone depletion and global warming, as reasons for its shutdown.
Jones said Busche, which has hired three former Emerson employees since Oct. 22, is renovating the facility and plans to move in new equipment this weekend.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to work with this community and provide a service to the customers in the region,” Jones said. “As we acquire new customers, our hiring plans are to start with the Emerson employees that have been laid off over the past year or two.”
The company will continue manufacturing air-conditioning compressors in the short term but plans to transition into an after-market automotive parts supplier, said state Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur.
Busche, a computer numerical production machining organization, employs more than 600 workers at nine locations in Alabama and Indiana.
Not registered? Click here
|High School Sports||@DecaturPreps|