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European auto supplier opening first US facility in Alabama


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A logistics operator has completed work on a new 127,000-square-foot production facility in Tuscaloosa County. It's a project where two Birmingham companies – Graham & Co. and Cooper Construction – played major roles. Truck & Wheel Group will cut the ribbon on its new wheel assembly plant in Vance today. The operator supplies industrial tires and sequencing for the region's automakers.

As we reported, the move is calculated to create more than 70 jobs in the facility that will assemble, sequence and balance wheels for delivery to automotive production lines.

The project was developed by Graham & Co., which also owns the property, and Cooper Construction served as general contractor.

“We are excited to deliver this new project for Truck & Wheel. It has been a great team effort,” said Mike Graham, of Graham & Co. “We hope to continue to develop out the adjacent 75 acres for future projects seeking to serve Mercedes-Benz.”

Truck & Wheel Group was formed in 1998 and has 26 branches in Spain, France, Germany, Portugal and Mexico.

“Truck & Wheel Group is introducing advanced automation technology that is new to our region,” Dara Longgrear, executive director of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority, had said. “They will make a good addition to our automotive cluster and our international community.”





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The Truck and Wheel group held its grand opening of its new production plant in Vance Friday afternoon. WVUA 23's Olivia Whitmire was at the celebration and has the story.

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Jim Cooper Engineer Alumni Award

Jim Cooper Alumni Award

Recently, Jim Cooper, President of Cooper Construction, received the Outstanding Alumni Departmental Award for Civil Engineering from the College of Engineering Dean, Chris Roberts.
The Auburn Alumni Engineering Council (AAEC) is a group of Auburn Engineering alumni who work together to support the vision and goals of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.  Council members are an active and valued component of the College of Engineering family.
They demonstrate a continuing commitment to move the college to new levels of excellence and take its place among the nation’s premier engineering institutions.  The council provides leadership and participation in areas such as academics, development, governmental affairs and public relations.
Dean Chris Roberts stated “Jim Cooper has been an extremely valuable member of the Auburn Engineering family, and has been active in moving our programs forward, particularly as they relate to the Department of Civil Engineering.  Jim has been involved with the College of Engineering’s Alumni Engineering Council as well.  Its charge is to assist the Dean’s office as a voice from industry, which enables us to meet the challenges of the evolving engineering workplace.  He has been a great contributor to these efforts.”

Cooper Welcomes Erik Oxford

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May 15, 2017

Erik Oxford has joined Cooper Construction as Project Manager where he will be responsible for providing the overall management and coordination of construction projects.
Before joining the Cooper, Erik has enjoyed a successful 17 year career in the heavy civil and commercial construction industry as Superintendent, Estimator, and Project Manager. "I am thrilled to be part of the Cooper team. My entire career has been spent in the construction industry and I look forward to continuing it by “Building Relationships and Delivering Success” to Cooper’s current and future customers."

Away from work, Erik enjoys spending time with his wife, Becky, and their 3 children, Erik, Mary Beth and Ann Carlton as well as coaching youth sports.

First Look: See inside The Waites, the $16.5-million apartment and retail project on Southside

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The Waites, a mixed-use development in Southside, will include Farm Burger, Blaze Pizza, and Smoothie King.

Three retailers to take space in Southside development

March 21, 2017

Brent Godwin
Commercial Real Estate Reporter
Birmingham Business Journal

Developer Retail Specialists said its mixeduse development at the corner of Seventh Avenue South and Richard Arrington Boulevard will include future tenants Farm Burger, Blaze Pizza and Smoothie King.

The project on Birmingham's Southside will break ground April 27 at 4:30 p.m.

The Waites Apartments in Birmingham's Southside begins pre-leasing

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The Waites, a 45-unit apartment complex and retail development, is under construction in Birmingham's Southside. (The Waites)

March 15, 2017

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The Waites Apartments, located at the corner of 7th Avenue South and 21st Street South in Birmingham's Southside, is starting the pre-leasing of 45 units.

"The prime location of The Waites makes it an ideal residence for anyone looking to relocate downtown or for students, residents, interns, physicians, professors and young professionals attending, working or living near UAB," said property manager Lauren Watts. "We encourage anyone looking for a new home to stop by and see all that The Waites has to offer."

Cooper Welcomes Jimmy Wren to the Team

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March 1, 2017

Jimmy is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He earned his B.S. in Building Science from Auburn University in 2000. Prior to Cooper Construction, Jimmy worked sixteen years in Pre-Construction for BL Harbert International. “I enjoy the fast paced nature estimating projects entail, especially the adrenaline rush on bid day.”

Jimmy is married to Alison, his wife of thirteen years and has two daughters – ages 12 and 10. He enjoys family outings - especially fishing, anything related to history, and traveling to new places.

Birmingham Business Journal - Behind the Parisian Building renovation in downtown Birmingham

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By Brent Godwin Commercial Real Estate Reporter Birmingham Business Journal

The Pizitz isn't the only former department store property in the city of Birmingham that has been undergoing extensive redevelopment. Work is finishing up on a project to renovate the former Parisian store property, also on Second Avenue North, located next door to the Paramount b'ar and restaurant. Inside the renovated Parisian department store building on Second Avenue North. Shannon Waltchack and Ladd Real Estate teamed up to turn the historic retail building into office space for Action Resources and a yet-to-be-determined tenant on the first floor. Cooper Construction served as general contractor, and Justin Rogers was the architect. Taylor Brown with Cooper Construction was the project manager. Ladd Tucker of Ladd Real Estate represented the property owner, and Andrew Patterson of Shannon Waltchack led the development team. The project is one of a series of renovations that have turned Second Avenue into a key growth corridor for downtown.

Gardner Denver Nash-Moody, AL 1/19/17 BBJ, 1/26/17 St Clair News, 2/24/17 Bham Commercial Realtors Council

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Cooper Construction is proud to be building a new state of the art service, repair and test center for developer Graham and Company. Gardner Denver Nash, a subsidiary of Gardner Denver, will open in a new $10 million, 52,000-square-foot greenfield facility on A.E. Moore Road in Moody., Alabama.

Gardner Denver Nash, a subsidiary of Gardner Denver, a global provider of high quality industrial equipment, services, and technology will lease a new 52,000 square foot facility from Graham & Company. The Gardner Denver Nash facility will be a high-bay, world class service, repair, and test center.

52,000-square-foot greenfield facility on A.E. Moore Road in Moody. The St. Clair County Economic Development Council, the city of Moody, and developer Graham & Co. broke ground on the project on Thursday.


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Three Retailers to Take Space in Southside Development

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April 26, 2016

The Waites, a new upscale mixed-use development in Birmingham's Southside, is pre-leasing. The development is still under construction with plans for apartments to be ready to move in this June. It is located at the intersection of 7th Ave S & Richard Arrington Jr Blvd S. (Tamika Moore/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)