March 19, 2021
Economic development officials announced two big projects for Mobile on Thursday, a $48 million investment from a Coca-Cola bottler and a manufacturing expansion that could bring nearly 100 new jobs.
According to information provided by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Chart Industries plans to expand operations at a former Worthington Industries facility that it bought in October. The plant in Theodore builds hydrogen trailers and cryogenic trailers used in the industrial gas market.
According to information provided by the Chamber, Chart will invest $2.5 million “to enhance and introduce new product lines.” The work will include improvements, the construction of a new building and the purchase of new equipment. “The Project is expected to more than double the manufacturing capacity of hydrogen transport trailers at this location and introduce the capability of producing hydrogen bulk storage tanks at the company’s second U.S. location,” said Thursday’s announcement.
David Rodgers, vice president of economic development for the Chamber, said a non-educational sales and use tax abatement for construction work on the project had an estimated value of $59,000. The deal does not include any property tax abatements. Rodgers said the estimated net benefit to the community is $9.4 million over 20 years.
“When a business down sizes or vacates an area, there is a negative the community has to adjust to,” said County Commissioner Randall Dueitt. “So, I am relieved and thrilled that Chart Industries purchased the industrial products portion of Worthington Industries in Theodore. Chart will retain 41 of the current positions and create roughly 94 jobs in the future. Economic development and support is a priority of mine.”