ELBA -- A more than 100-year-old industry announced the addition of 50 new jobs at its Elba facility on Friday.
Dorsey Trailer has been a part of the Wiregrass since 1911. The trailer manufacturer has seen its ups and downs over the years, but has continued to maintain its presence in Elba.
State Sen. Jimmy Holley said the state, under the leadership of Gov. Robert Bentley, has focused on job creation and the Dorsey announcement is a part of that mission.
The company, Holley said, has a special place in his memory. It was where he had his first job after high school and it was the company that offered him the flexibility to work a split shift and attend school in the mornings before his shift.
“It allowed me working two more years here at Dorsey Trailer. I worked right over in that bay over there,” Holley said, pointing to his former workplace. “A lot of history here for a lot of us and our friends and family who all worked here.”
Bentley had planned to attend the celebration, however heavy area-wide fog prevented him from making the trip. Alabama Department of Transportation Director John Cooper attended in his place.
“I know that he would have wanted me to say that he takes pride in what is going on here and I know he feels as I do that it is so rewarding to see good things happening to good people,” he said.
Elba Mayor Mickey Murdock said the city is unique for its size because they have three industries that have been a part of the community for more than 65 years, the granddaddy being Dorsey Trailers.
“It’s very appropriate that job creation is being done by the industries that exist here,” he said. “I think if you go back and look, you’ll see that more jobs are created by existing industries than those that are coming in.”
Murdock said the addition of 50 new jobs means 50 new families coming to Elba, which could increase the city’s population by about 5 percent.
“That’s going to help our school system, our retailers and increase the vitality of the city of Elba,” he said. “We’re very excited.”