At least 300 new jobs coming to Selma, Black Belt region
Cullmam, Ala. — Alabama-based HomTex Inc. announced their expansion to Selma to develop personal protective equipment (PPE). Using over $10 million from the federal CARES Act, HomTex’s new operation in Selma will create 300 to 325 new jobs as it will make FDA approved Level 1, 2 and 3 surgical masks and N95 masks.
In a statement, Governor Ivey said that “HomTex has made Alabama proud by stepping up during the COVID-19 pandemic to shift their production to create critical PPE supplies. Their ability to be flexible in order to remain operational is the exact intent of the CARES Act funds. I appreciate their commitment to the economy and Alabama workers by providing needed jobs in Dallas County and thank HomTex for being a great corporate partner with the state of Alabama.”
Alabama’s Black Belt region has long struggled due to a lack of investment from rural broadband, infrastructure, and poor schools. Many counties in the Black Belt are losing population to larger metropolitan areas due to lack of job opportunities in the region. The jobless rate in Lowndes, Wilcox, Perry and Dallas counties all have the highest jobless rates in Alabama.
Officials are optimistic though that the Black Belt can be turned around with more companies like HomTex growing into their area.
State Senator Malika Sanders-Fortier (D-Selma) said in a statement, “I must first thank God for these 320 new jobs in the Black Belt of Alabama. I am so appreciative of Governor’s Ivey’s decision and work to make this happen for the people of the Black Belt. It is a major step in our goal to help people help themselves out of poverty in Senator Singleton’s and my district. I am humbled by the bi-partisanship cooperation that made this all possible. This is how we build the Beloved Community. I believe this is a first step that can breathe new hope into the people of the Black Belt for much more economic development to come.”