MidWest Acoust-A-Fiber located in the Huguley Industrial Park announced last week that they were ceasing their manufacturing operations in the facility. The loss of a primary contract with a large automotive supplier was cited as the reason for the closing.
“Obviously, the Chambers County Development Authority was saddened to learn of MWAAF’s decision to cease operations in our area and understands that there were circumstances beyond control involved,” CCDA Executive Director Valerie Gray said. “When companies locate to our area, they become like family to us. They not only impact the CCDA but also the lives of our friends, family and citizens of Chambers County.”
In a release by MWAAF announcing the closure, Vice President of Operations Walter J. Rice left the door open for a return to operations. “Should business conditions change MidWest Acoust-A-Fiber would certainly consider returning to the area,” he said.
“We hope to continue our professional relationship with MWAAF,” Gray added, “and we will continue to work hard to attract quality companies in Chambers County, Alabama.”
MidWest Acoust-A-Fiber announced plans to locate in the Huguley Industrial Park in July of this year, reportedly bringing as many as 35 new jobs to the county. The company was located in an existing section of Knauf Insulation in the park. No incentives were given to MWAAF when they located in the county, though they were given partial tax abatements on machinery and equipment.
“MidWest Acoust-A-Fiber would like to thank the state of Alabama, Chambers County Development Authority, AIDT and many others who facilitated the opening of its Lanett operation,” Rice said in the release. “MidWest Acoust-A-Fiber has nothing but praise for their cooperation and support.
“MidWest would also like to thank the employees who served as our starting base of operations. Their efforts speak highly of an engaging employment work force that any company would be proud to have on their roster.”
Gray noted that authorities with the Alabama Department of Revenue, the Chambers County Commission and the Chambers County Revenue Commissioner’s office have been notified.