Motion Industries breaks ground on $11.2M facility in Irondale

Irondale-based Motion Industries just broke ground on a new facility. Photo via Motion Industries on Facebook

On December 15th, Irondale Mayor James D. Stewart, Jr. joined executives from Motion Industries to break ground on their new, $11.2M expansion project in the City of Irondale. We spoke with Mayor Stewart to learn more about what this means for Irondale!

A Birmingham Original Since 1946

Motion Industries was formerly known as the Owen-Richards Company, as shown in this 1954 photo of their old Birmingham location. Photo via Motion Industries

Headquartered in Irondale, Motion Industries is a distributor of industrial parts, with over 300,000 customers across the globe and 550+ locations across North America. Founded in Birmingham in 1946, Motion Industries moved to Irondale in 1972 and became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Genuine Parts Company.

Breaking Ground on a New Facility

In late 2020, Motion Industries announced that they would be consolidating two of its locations—a fluid power shop and a hose-and-rubber shop—into a brand-new facility in Irondale.

Then, on December 15th, Motion Industries officially broke ground on their new project. The company is investing $11.2M into the project, a 104,000-square-foot facility that will house Motion Industries’ fluid power shop, hose-and-rubber shop and its engineering department.

The site plan for Motion Industries’ new facility in Irondale. Site plan via B Group Architecture, Inc., originally published in the Birmingham Business Journal

In addition to combining the 13-person staff of both existing shops, the facility will bring 15 new jobs to Irondale.

Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie and Graham & Co. are taking on the construction portion of the project. The pair of companies collaborated on the recent renovation of Motion Industries headquarters.

Great News for Irondale

Irondale Mayor James D. Stewart, Jr. Photo via James Stewart Jr For Mayor of Irondale

I spoke with Irondale Mayor James D. Stewart, Jr., to hear his thoughts on the project.

“We are very glad to have Motion Industries in the City of Irondale. Motion is the largest employer in the City, and is expected to be a $5 billion dollar company this year. This new facility will continue to provide Irondale with a stable manufacturing company in the community, which in turn allows us to provide our citizens with the services they’ve come to expect.

I look forward to working with Motion Industries to make this project a success and show industry leaders how easy it is to do business in the City of Irondale.”

Irondale Mayor James D. Stewart, Jr.

Motion Industries expects the new facility to be complete by the end of 2021.

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