O'Neal Manufacturing Services is investing $5.5 million to open a steel fabrication facility in Fayette that will bring 70 full-time job opportunities within three years, according to an announcement by Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield Monday.

The 130,000 square-foot facility "will feature robotic and manual welding stations, a beam-cutting line, wet paint booth, press brakes, plasma cutting, and saw cutting capabilities to support medium- to heavy-gauge steel fabrication."

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Canfield said the investment will bring advanced capabilities to the new facility and will yield positive, long-term results.

“This is a positive development for the community not only in terms of job creation but also for growth potential in the future,” Canfield said.

OMS president and CEO Kent Brown said the company is thrilled to have acquired the new facility and are excited to have the skilled workers that are available in Fayette.

"People have always been our most valuable asset,” Brown said. "In this time of unprecedented low unemployment and worker shortages across the country, good people have become even more valuable."

Mayor Rod Northam said the city is excited to welcome OMS to Fayette.

"We look forward to supporting their growth and appreciate their investment in our city and in our citizens,” Northam said.

OMS is a subsidiary of Birmingham-based O’Neal Industries, which is described as "the nation’s largest family-owned network of metal service centers and component and tube manufacturing businesses."

The addition of the Fayette facility brings the total locations for the company to 10.

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