Calcium carbonate is an important component of a wide variety of products, including those Atlas plans to make at the new plant, so their new location near Sylacauga’s marble quarries made the location a good fit.
Barely 30 years old, Atlas began operations in Meridian, Miss., with a plant making roofing shingles. The company bought four more shingle plants in the 1990s and saw more opportunities to expand and diversify. Today the company has four divisions with 17 plants across North America serving the building trades, roofing industry, automotive industry, packaging industry and furniture industry.
Atlas will join IKO as new employers in town, both located near the quarries just off the Sylacauga-Fayetteville highway. IKO plans to manufacture roofing supplies. Both companies will be using calcium carbonate from local marble for their products.
Talladega’s County Commission welcomed the new company by approving a 10-year tax abatement, a pro-business incentive in the $650,000-$700,000 range. Atlas hopes to begin production in a little over a year with 32 employees to start, and the possibility of adding a dozen more in the next three years.
The Talladega County Economic Development Authority has worked with Atlas for three years to help put a workable plan together, and it looks like construction will be underway before the year’s end.
It takes a sustained and cooperative effort to help bring in new job-creating enterprises, and everyone involved is to be commended for their part bringing Atlas to town.