U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby stopped by Chilton County Monday afternoon to tour
O-Flex, the latest in his statewide tour.
“I am here because I am interested to learn how you do things,” Shelby told
those in attendance. “I have traveled the state and visited different counties
and want to figure out how I can help you. I want to hear about this company and
see how everything works.”
Since 1987, the beginning of Shelby’s first term in the U.S. Senate, he has
held more than 1,800 county visits in Alabama.
His stop in Chilton County was his 64th visit to counties across Alabama this
O-Flex Plant Manager Troy Thompson explained that O-Flex is a Japanese-owned
company that first opened in 1926 in Tokyo.
The business is located off of Pinedale Road in Clanton and near the Chilton
O-Flex has offices in Murfreesboro, Tenn. and Chilton County as well as
locations in Japan and China.
Thompson said O-Flex in Clanton offers metal finishing and post metal
finishing value-added services for both aluminum and brass.
“The decorative rails for running boards on vehicles you see are made here,”
Thompson said. “85 percent of our business is automotive.”
The company also makes the shiny, silver roof rails for vehicles such as the
Shelby asked Thompson how many people the facility in Clanton employs.
“Currently, we have 117 employees at this facility,” Thompson said.
O-Flex Production Manager Jeff Revland led the group of about 30 individuals
through the Clanton facility explaining different portions of business.
The Clanton facility ships products to places such as Spain, Thailand,
Europe, and Mississippi, Tennessee and locally to Pell City.
An example Revland showed during the tour is a bed rail Nissan uses, made at
the Clanton facility.
“It is amazing,” Shelby said.
Some of the automotive companies O-Flex works with include Ford, Mercedes,
Nissan, General Motors, Honda and Subaru.
O-Flex Senior Human Resources Manager Kathy Farris said the recent work to
expand services at the Chilton County Airport will also help the Clanton
facility of O-Flex.
“We will be able to benefit from the work being done at the airport because
it will also help in increasing opportunities for this location,” Farris
Revland said he was encouraged by Shelby’s visit because of his work in
helping other businesses across Alabama expand.
“He has been very instrumental in the past with different areas he has
visited,” Revland said.
For more information about O-Flex, visit www.oflex.com.