Dadeville Mayor Wayne Smith has to like the idea of major expansions and new jobs in his community being announced so much recently.
Three weeks ago, the Sejin America plant in Dadeville announced a $15 million expansion and the creation of 36 jobs. Tuesday, Hellas Construction announced a third expansion in three years of its Dadeville factory, adding 30 jobs and $2.6 million in new equipment.
Sejin makes interior trim pieces for Hyundai and Kia automobiles. Hellas makes the material used on the artificial turf fields of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.
Dadeville and Tallapoosa County are fortunate to have these companies put down roots here especially after all the jobs lost in Russell Corp.’s collapse.
Hellas is on the cutting edge of artificial grass and director of manufacturing Ron Norsworthy expects his company’s growth in Dadeville to continue.
“We put in a field in Jasper 4½ years ago and after three years it looked like the day it was installed,” Norsworthy said. “The athletic director said, ‘You have no idea what is coming your way,’ and when I asked what he meant, he said, ‘We’ve got 16 schools in this district with artificial turf and the next field they get will be a Hellas field.’”
The Dadeville plant started three years ago with 37 employees and now has 72, Norsworthy said.
“Seventy to 80% of job growth comes from existing industries expanding, when they feel comfortable with the workforce and the local community,” Tallapoosa County Commissioner T.C. Coley said.
It’s obvious Sejin and Hellas like what they see and their success could attract other businesses here.