AdvanTec, a Vancouver, Canada-based manufacturer, recently announced plans to open a new facility in Robertsdale in April. The 40,000-square-foot manufacturing plant will add 46 new local jobs with over $2.4 million in annual payroll to Baldwin County during its first three years, according to a news release.

AdvanTec specializes in marine closure manufacturing as well as industrial pipe bending in the oil and gas sector, working with companies producing a wide variety of products for marine and industrial applications throughout the world. The global firm has manufacturing facilities in Langley, British Columbia; Gold Beach, Oregon; Chilliwack, British Columbia; Maple Ridge, British Columbia; and Calgary, Alberta, as well as sales facilities in Langley, British Columbia and Lynnwood, Washington.

“As the first of our plants in this region, this location will allow us to better serve our clients in the greater Gulf of Mexico and southeastern United States, as well as access a skilled labor market with deep experience in marine metal manufacturing,” Andrew Mund, operations director for AdvanTec in Robertsdale said.

AdvanTec is the parent brand to AdvanTec Marine and AdvanTec Industrial. AdvanTec Marine specializes in design, engineering and manufacturing of specialty marine application closures and cranes, and AdvanTec Industrial creates products for commercial and industrial applications throughout the world.

AdvanTec’s industries range from clean tech, mining and construction to oil and gas, petrochemical and power utilities. AdvanTec is a collaboration of brands, each brand with a long history of service to marine and industrial clients from around the globe.

“The City of Robertsdale welcomes the arrival of AdvanTec to our Industrial Park, this is a great opportunity for all,” Robertsdale Mayor Charles Murphy said. “We want to convey our appreciation to AdvanTec for their investment in our city, along with the Robertsdale Industrial Board and the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance for making this opportunity possible.”

Lee Lawson, president and CEO of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, said this announcement is another example of the continued growth in Baldwin County, which continues to attract international investment and create new jobs. For two years in a row, SmartAsset has ranked Baldwin County first in the state of Alabama for incoming business investment. Emsi, a leading labor market analytics firm, also recently ranked Baldwin County first in the state for workforce talent attraction.

The company is currently looking to fill positions. Those interested in applying can visit the careers site at

Rouses opening in Orange Beach

Rouses Markets CEO, Donny Rouse, recently confirmed a Rouses Market will soon inhabit the site of a former Winn-Dixie located at 25405 Perdido Beach Blvd. The new 40,000-square foot store will be the Thibodaux, Louisiana-based company’s seventh location in the local area. Current Orange Beach Winn-Dixie employees will also be offered the opportunity to apply at Rouses.

Rouses is expected to acquire Winn-Dixie in late April and will begin remodeling the property for a reopening in late May with an expanded products selection. A full makeover of the site will begin after the summer season so as not to disrupt customers, per a news release.

The company recently introduced online grocery shopping and same-day delivery to the majority of its stores. It partnered with popular app-based service Instacart to handle delivery for its stores in South Alabama. Rouses has a nearby store Gulf Shores and is opening a second location in Mobile next month situated at 7765 Airport Blvd.

Commercial real estate moves

A developer has purchased a 30,000 square foot site situated on U.S. Route 31 and adjacent to the CVS Pharmacy located at 9917-A Spanish Fort Blvd. in Spanish Fort. The developer paid $650,000 and will soon start construction of a 7,200 square foot O’Reilly’s Auto Parts retailer. The sale was handled by Christmas Properties and John P. Vallas Jr. with Vallas Realty, Inc.

A new Bojangles eatery is currently under construction and scheduled to open early this summer. Bojangles’ franchisee, Angle, Inc., will own and operate the new restaurant. This franchise group plans to bring multiple Bojangles’ locations to the Mobile area over the next several years, according to Cliff Cermak, media news relations manager for Bojangles Restaurants Inc.

John Delchamps, associate broker with the Merrill P. Thomas Co. Inc. recently facilitated the lease of a 1,575 square foot donut shop located the corner of U.S Route 90 and Bellingrath Road.

Local investors purchased 4333 Boulevard Park N., a 4,260 square foot office building in Boulevard Executive Park located off University Boulevard for $253,000. The property will now be the new office for Thompson Wealth Management and Life Planning. John E. Thompson CFP, CLU, CES, CFS (A Certified Financial Planner and Financial Advisor) is the new owner. Sharon Wright, CCIM, with White-Spunner Realty handled the transaction.

Amazon donates $10,000 to JROTC

Seattle, Washington-based Amazon recently donated $10,000 to Mobile County Public School’s JROTC STEM Leadership Academy. The contribution will help support the JROTC’s 2018 summer program, creating additional opportunities for hands-on STEM experiences for 9th and 10th grade cadets.

Per a news release, Amazon reportedly employs thousands of military veterans spanning all of their locations nationally, and last year pledged to hire and train an additional 25,000 military veterans and military spouses over the next five years.

Amazon recently opened a new $30 million distribution center in Theodore, the first in the state, and an official commemoration ceremony was conducted last week by several local dignitaries, including Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson.

Nichols joins South Baldwin Medical Group

South Baldwin Medical Group recently announced that Willis Nichols, MD has joined their affiliate clinic South Baldwin Surgical Associates.

Nichols earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed his residency and internship at Spartanburg Medical Center. Nichols is experienced in a wide range of general surgery procedures and techniques, including robotic-assisted and minimally invasive surgery. He performs surgery for a wide range of illnesses and injuries, including cancer, hernias, thyroid, gallbladder disease and more.

Nichols and his wife, Jennifer currently live in Orange Beach with their two sons. Hobbies include fishing, gardening, carpentry and spending time with his family.

South Baldwin Surgical Associates is located at 1711 N. McKenzie St., Suite 201 in Foley. The clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information visit their website.