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Gov. Ivey announces company expansion creates jobs in 'Black belt'

WVTM 13 Birmingham logo WVTM 13 Birmingham 11/23/2020
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Gov. Ivey announces HomTex Inc. to receive CARES Act money to expand operations in Selma.

The company will make Personal Protective Equipment.

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The new Dallas County manufacturing location is expected to create 300 to 325 new jobs.

“HomTex has made Alabama proud by stepping up during the COVID-19 pandemic to shift their production to create critical PPE supplies,” said Governor Ivey.

In a partnership with the state of Alabama and Wallace Community College in Selma, HomTex will establish an operation to produce General Purpose and FDA approved Level 1, 2 and 3 Surgical Masks and N95 masks.

“The coronavirus pandemic has clearly demonstrated that our country needs a dependable domestic production pipeline for PPE, and Cullman-based HomTex has stepped up to fill a portion of that critical need,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, HomTex shifted it's production at the Cullman plant from bed linens to disposable medical grade masks as well as reusable, washable cotton masks.

I am so appreciative of Governor's Ivey's decision and work to make this happen for the people of the Black Belt. It is a major step in our goal to help people help themselves out of poverty in Senator Singleton's and my district,” state Senator Malika Sanders-Fortier said.

HomTex, Inc. was founded in 1987 by Jerry Wootten in Vinemont and now has its headquarters in Cullman. In addition to its Vinemont and Cullman locations, HomTex has production and distribution facilities in Sylva, NC; Belton, SC; and Leoma, TN.

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