German auto supplier Gerhardi opens first U.S. plant in Alabama

At the grand opening this week, Fredy Franke, CEO of Gerhardi Inc., recalls breaking ground in Montgomery two years ago on a hot and humid day in July. That day he promised himself that the grand opening would be a more pleasant affair. He fulfilled that promise on Wednesday, inside their beautiful and colorful air conditioned facility; the facility is the result of a $41.5 million investment that is expected to create 235 jobs.

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