Start-ups, Expansions, Cut Backs

Firestone Building Products announced plans to double the size of its Tuscumbia plant, where it makes thermoplastic polyolefin roofing membranes.

Fontaine Trailer Co., of Jasper, announced plans for a $5 million expansion and the creation of two new companies, Fontaine Intermodal and Fontaine Renew.

Mercedes-Benz announced that it will begin assembling M-Class and GL-Class models in India, Thailand and Indonesia from kits made at the company’s plant in Vance.

Briggs & Stratton announced that it will limit its Auburn plant to two-cylinder engines, while other models will be made in China.

Reed Minerals, based in Jasper, has been acquired by a subsidiary of North American Coal Corp., based in Dallas, for $62.5 million.

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McWane, a Birmingham firm known for its cast iron pipe, has bought into Huntsville-based Synapse Wireless, looking to broaden its base.

German mower maker Breilmaier Motor Mower has announced plans for a U.S. headquarters in Pinckard.

Japanese auto parts supplier Tasus announced a new plant for Florence. The 135-employee plant will make lighting lenses.

Finally, in early September, Boysen, a German company that makes exhaust systems for Mercedes, announced plans for a $34 million plant. It’s expected to have about 100 employees.

By Nedra Bloom

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