Cullman County, ALLocal Weather Alerts
There are currently no active weather alerts.

Topre America $21 Million Expansion Comes To Cullman

by | May 26, 2017 | Breaking News, Business, City News, County News, Cullman, Cullman City, Good Hope

Topre America $21 Million Expansion Comes To Cullman

Topre America Corporation will continue to invest heavily in the Cullman community.

Topre America Corporation is poised to embark on a massive $21,000,000+ expansion project at their County Road 222 facility.

The project includes the following:

• A new, 42,500 square foot building

• A new Hot Stamp Press Line

• 54 new job with an average annual salary of $52,000+

Total Investment In Cullman = $21,236,691

Established in 1935, Topre America Corporation has been advancing their core technology processes ever since. They are considered a worldwide leader in metal press forming technology and die design technology for automobiles, temperature controlled logistics, air conditioning systems, and electronic equipment.

Their Cullman automobile equipment factory was completed in June of 2004.

Dale Greer, the soon-to-be Director of the Cullman Economic Development Agency (CEDA), appeared before the Cullman County Commission this week working to secure a tax abatement on behalf of Topre America.

He presented a compelling case for the tax abatement proposal citing the profound positive effect of Topre America’s high velocity support of Cullman’s nationally prominent, sustained economic growth:

“Topre America committed to Alabama an investment of $200 million and 300 jobs when they came to Cullman. They now have invested $600 million, and their employee count is at 600. They are also a major partner in the ongoing growth of Cullman through their charitable contributions and significant funding input to our educational systems through their remittance of tax dollars.


People ask me about tax abatements all the time. They seem to think these abatements are corporate welfare with the community giving away tax revenue for no reason. That is NOT the case.


As an example, in this instance with Topre, they do NOT have to proceed with this expansion in Cullman. They have facilities in Missippi, Ohio, and Tennessee where they could do the same thing. This expansion is a new investment – new money, new jobs & new commerce – coming into Cullman and it will deliver approximately $644,344 into the educational system in Cullman over the 10-year term of the abatement.


Topre America has been a loyal business citizen to Cullman. A tax abatement facilitating and rewarding their expansion plans locally is a smart business action for the community.”

Associate Commissioners Kerry Watson and Garry Marchman unanimously approved the full tax abatement with the support of Cullman County Commission Chairman Kenneth Walker.

Stanley Kennedy of CEDA has done the hard math on the abatement. This action will save Topre $1,046,901 over the 10-year term of the agreement. With $2,808,000 in new employment income to Cullman residents, the $644,000 going to the school systems and the incalculable economic ancillary benefits to the community as a result of the abatement delivers a win-win partnership for all parties involved.

From a local perspective, securing the Topre America’s expansion in Cullman certainly beats the unappetizing alternative of new money and economic growth disappearing into distant locales with Cullman getting nothing.

Topre America Corporation

Most Recent Stories On Cullman Today

STRONG Cullman Unemployment Rate 2nd Lowest In Alabama

Cullman Unemployment Rate 2nd Lowest In Alabama ... Strong Performance, Even After Losing 325 Total Jobs in June The Alabama Department of Labor (Labor Market Information Division) is showing in their June 2017 Preliminary Unemployment rate statistics that Cullman has...
Read More

Garry Marchman Sues Monsanto Alleging Roundup Exposure Made Him Sick

Garry Marchman is suing the giant corporation known as Monsanto Company. Marchman filed a complaint July 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against the American multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation. His...
Read More

Cullman Homeowner + 3rd Party Assailant Killed North Of Cullman

Around 5:00 pm Monday, investigators with the Cullman County Sheriffs Office, members of Vinemont-Providence Fire Department and Cullman Regional Medical Services were called to a residence located at 2315 County Road 1301 just off Eva Road. This location is between...
Read More

Alabama Highway 69 18 Wheeler Collides With Passenger Truck

3:35 pm Update: Patient has departed the scene via medical helicopter. By direction of travel, it looks like the flight is headed to Huntsville Hospital. The severity and extent of injuries suffered is not publicly available, but impactful enough to require evaluation...
Read More

Visionary Fire Station Opens In West Point Saturday

"West Point Fire & Rescue sets very high standards high for most everything we do. We are very blessed the citizens of West Point appreciate and support for those standards." Saturday, July 15th, 2017, will go down as a truly memorable day in the history of the...
Read More

Superintendent Barnett Approves Long List of New County School Teachers

The Cullman County Board of Education met in regular session Thursday evening. The Board members had a lengthy agenda scheduled with employee and personnel matters front and center. Following the Pledge of Allegiance by Heath Allbright, Board President Kenny Brockman...
Read More
Topre America $21 Million Expansion Comes To Cullman

Timothy Collins

Originally from Asheville, NC, Timothy brings an insightful holistic perspective as well as a mountain man tenacity to his various roles at Cullman Today. You can reach him at and/or (256) 615-8260.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share With Friends

Share this post with your friends!