October 2019: Frontier Spinning Mills announces it will close its Wetumpka plant in Elmore County, laying off all 148 employees by the end of 2019. Two years ago, it invested $6 million for a new warehouse and equipment at the plant.
October 2019: Woody Hydrick joins the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce, in Autauga County, as its economic development director.
October 2019: Medical billing and practice management firm Professional Billing Inc. announces it will relocate from Montgomery to Prattville, bringing 60 jobs to Autauga County.
September 2019: The Elmore County Commission opens Bicentennial Park in downtown Wetumpka. The commission received a grant from the Alabama 200 Bicentennial Commission in April 2018 to help make improvements to the green space. It offers views of the Coosa River, Bibb Graves Bridge and downtown.
August 2019: Kinedyne, which makes cargo tie-down, stabilizing equipment for the transportation industry, opens a consolidated distribution operation in Prattville, with nearly 300 employees.
August 2019: Central Access begins work on a high-speed internet system in Wetumpka in Elmore County. The first elements of the $20 million project are slated to go live in early 2020.
March 2019: GKN Aerospace, Elmore County’s largest manufacturer, broke ground on a new 20,000-square-foot, $700,000 storage depot for the company. GKN Aerospace plans more growth in the next two years.
March 2019: Ivy Creek Healthcare begins work on One Oak Medical, slated to open in May 2020 and offer primary and specialty health care.
October 2018: Construction is underway on the James Hardie Building Products manufacturing facility in Prattville’s South Industrial Park. It’s slated to open in spring 2020. Also underway is a $6 million city-county access road project.