$1.2 Million Coming to Jasper for Yorozu Work Site Preparation

By Greg Reed

JASPER, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Transportation, through the Industrial Access Road and Bridge Corporation, has approved $1.2 million in funding for improvements to Whitehouse Road in Jasper. The allocation will aid site preparation for Yorozu, which is projected to employ over 300 hundred people once at full capacity.

“This crucial funding will accelerate the timeline for bringing the Yorozu plant fully online, and that means jobs will come to the Walker County area faster,” Reed said. “I appreciate the tremendous work that Rep. Connie Rowe and Rep. Tim Wadsworth put in as we worked together to bring these funds to Walker County.”

Under terms of the allocation, the City of Jasper will be responsible for preliminary engineering costs, right-of-way, utility costs, and any project overruns.

“We owe a gratitude of thanks to our legislative delegation for all of their efforts with our recruitment and build-out process,” Mayor Sonny Posey said. “It never ceases to amaze me how far cooperation at the state, county and city level can take these projects.”

Yorozu is a global Tier 1 automotive supplier and its Jasper plant will produce high-quality suspension parts for automakers around the world.

“Teamwork has been the key to our success in recruiting new industries like Yorozu,” David Knight, Executive Director of the Walker County Development Authority, said. “Ease and quality of access to buildings and sites is one of the top priorities during the site selection process. The state Industrial Access program has played a critical role helping us fund the improvements required to close the deal.”

“Industrial development benefits our community. In addition to the hundreds of good jobs to be provided for citizens of Jasper and Walker County and the contributions of Yorozu to our tax base, this development has also led directly to the investment of over a million dollars of state funds into our community,” Jasper Industrial Board Chairman Russell Robertson said.

Greg Reed is the Alabama Senate Majority Leader and represents Senate District 5, which is comprised of all or parts of Winston, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, and Fayette counties.