On the heels of the announcement of a major expansion at UTC Aerospace Systems in Foley, the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance (BCEDA) announced Friday that Morganton Pressure Vessels, an international compressed-air system manufacturer, will invest at least $1.5 million for a facility in Bay Minette. The facility will create 30 jobs initially, with an expected 70 employees at full production in the near future.
Morganton Pressure Vessels is the North American subset of parent company Baglioni Group SPA, a compressed-air systems manufacturing group based in Novara, Italy. The company has 11 locations and 800 employees worldwide. Its Bay Minette facility is located on State Highway 31 at the former Citation Aluminum site.
Baglioni President and CEO Franco Tartaglino said the company chose Bay Minette because of the wealth of information the BCEDA and President Lee Lawson were able to provide about Baldwin County.
“We were looking for a location around this part of the country, so we tried to get some information,” Tartaglino said. “I have to say that Lee Lawson, with the (BCEDA), really impressed us with his efficiency. The BCEDA gave us a lot of information that we needed almost immediately.”
Tartaglino said the company’s employees will be doing a lot of welding because it buys steel, then molds it into compressed air tanks, from 60 to 120 gallons. Other tanks will be shipped in from Baglioni’s other United States subsidiary in North Carolina to be sold here. The facility will serve the company’s North American consumers in the compressed air and the oil and gas industries.
According to Tartaglino, Bay Minette’s proximity to main sea ports, as well as some of the company’s petrochemical industry customers, make the city an ideal location logistically.
The Baglioni Group produces vessels, special pressure equipment, cryogenics, and oil and gas. Its products are certified to meet all pressure-containing-vessel regulatory standards, both domestic and international, according to the BCEDA.
“Morganton Pressure Vessels and its parent company Baglioni Group choosing Bay Minette for their next North American facility shows that Bay Minette and Baldwin County are great places for foreign direct investment,” Lawson said. “We appreciate Mr. Tartaglino and Baglioni’s confidence in Baldwin County and we know that this facility with proximity to a great workforce and a growing customer base will pay dividends to this company for years to come.”
Bay Minette Mayor Bob Wills said Morganton has been in the city for a few weeks already, converting the former Citation Aluminum facility for its own needs.
“We are excited to have them here and for the new industry they are going to bring here,” Wills said. “Approximately 70 new jobs are going to be created. We hope they can have great success here and expand in the future.”
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