“We’re just thrilled,” CEO Bill Bowron said. “We’re now able to have all our employees back in one location. We’re thrilled about what we’re going to be able to do in terms of operation, and how effective we’re going to be in providing a new level of service for our customers.”
Bowron’s company moved to Moody officially in 2008, but its food distribution center remained at the original location, on Vanderbilt Road in Birmingham. Red Diamond broke ground for the new Moody facility in the spring.
“It’s a big day for the city,” Moody Mayor Joe Lee said. “It’s always a pleasure working with Bill. He’s fulfilled every promise he made, which was to bring his entire business to the city.
“Thirty percent of his workforce lives within a 10-mile radius of this building. We were told he was going to build a first-class facility, and he’s done what he said he was going to do.”
Red Diamond is yet another feather in the cap of the county’s Economic Development Council. Executive Director Don Smith said his office has seen “quite a few announcements” in 2011, despite troubled economic times.
“Having a quality company like Red Diamond coming to a community is priceless,” he said. “They are such strong corporate citizens, and they’ve provided the county and the city with a quality business.
“A number of citizens who live in St. Clair County go outside the county. This is great for the citizens, to be able to not have to fight unpleasant traffic that sometimes takes place in the mornings and afternoons. They can drive five minutes to get to work. I think you’ll find more people continuing to move to St. Clair County to take advantage of the ample opportunities here.”
Bowron wouldn’t say whether his company had anymore construction on the horizon.
“We’re going to take a breath,” he said. “Let’s just get over this one first.”
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