EUFAULA, Ala. (WTVM) – Hundreds of new jobs are coming to eastern Alabama. Production started today at a new factory in Eufaula.
Over time, the plant will primarily manufacture latex gloves, and the condoms are expected to create approximately 400 jobs in Barbour County.
The factory currently produces more than 9 million latex gloves per month from a single machine.
Three more football-field-sized machines are expected to be operational as they ramp up production. The minimum wage in Alabama is $7.25 an hour, but these jobs pay $14 and up.
Medical Industries of the Americas operates the plant that will produce natural rubber products including latex gloves, condoms, hot and cold packs, surgical scalpels and skin marking pens at the 15-acre site of the Eufaula industrial park.
Alabama Senator Bill Beasley pressed the button for the official launch of production.
“We have created jobs in Eufaula and Barbour County. It’s the most important thing we’re doing today,” Beasley said.
General manager Patrick Daniel said it was a juggling act to get the machine working properly.
“We’re so grateful to everyone who did this, because it got us to the point where we are today, where we can start production,” Daniel said.
“Get that production going and create jobs, and the jobs will create payrolls,” Beasley said.
Daniel says latex gloves are needed at an all time high with COVID cases continuing to rise and now the recent outbreak of monkeypox.
“There is a great need for gloves across the country and around the world. These jobs mean the world to people at a time when unemployment rates are so low that they are looking for that comfort,” Daniel said.
Daniel says that after filling all the necessary positions for this machine, they will continue to hire for the remaining three machines.
The company plans to expand its manufacturing capacity and offer more products in the future.
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