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The Decatur Daily - Morin Repair to add 20 jobs in Decatur
Posted: Saturday, September 14, 2013 12:00 am
By Cody Muzio Staff Writer
What started as a small repair shop with eight employees in 2008 now is a nationally recognized industrial maintenance center that nearly tripled its staff this year.
Now, Morin Repair Services owner Danny Morin said he intends to add at least 20 more jobs in the next 12 months.
“I started in June of 2007 in Birmingham selling new equipment,” he said. “The next year, we started the repair side in Decatur.”
Morin said he has sales offices scattered across the state and the company headquarters in Birmingham, but Morin Repair Services in Decatur has become his “flagship facility” and is the only repair shop.
“We have trucks that will travel to Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio and everywhere in between,” he said.
The company’s expansion has included 14 workers and a new building the shop moved into this year. Morin said by the end of next year, he’s looking to double the staff of 22 while expanding services.
The shop specializes in repairs of rotating equipment, including pumps, blowers and gearboxes, of all manufacturers, and serves companies in the general industrial, chemical, steel, power, paper, coal and food processing industries. Morin said he hopes to add vibration analysis and other new features to the list.
The current expansion is only the first of many, he said.
“We are just babies getting started,” he said. “This facility is on the first rung of a 20-rung ladder. It’s rapidly growing and changing, but it’s a controlled growth. You can grow so fast you lose what people are coming to you for, and that’s not what we want.”
He said industries come to his company because he has all the necessary equipment under one roof, which allows for better quality control and a faster repair time than competitors.
The area’s workforce, he said, is another reason for the expansion, and why he chose Decatur as the site.
“North Alabama and Decatur in particular has a very good pool of talented workers,” he said.
He hopes to offer jobs to several employees at the closing International Paper plant in Courtland.
Morgan County Economic Development Association president Jeremy Nails said development of a skilled workforce is a top priority in the county and Morin’s growth is proof.
“There’s a huge variety of training programs out there for people to get involved in, get certified and get good jobs,” he said. “We are one of the highest concentrations of manufacturing and advanced manufacturing in the state, and our workforce classification is above the national average.”
Nails said the growth in Morin’s business points to the success of others.
“With every large project or expansion, you’ve got the multiplier effect that trickles down into other aspects of the economy,” he said. He said services like Morin’s are dependent on larger industries. When one does well, the other benefits.
Morin said he always is looking for new workers, particularly skilled workers such as machinists and rotating equipment technicians, but he’s also willing to send employees to school for training and certification.
“We are continually interviewing, and as we find the right people, we’re hiring them as soon as we can find them,” he said.
Cody Muzio can be reached at 256-340-2443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.