By Harold Bearden
Thursday, February 18, 2010 | 12:00 PM
Crimson Casual, a new manufacturing facility is slated to open in the Boar Tush Industrial Park in March. Company officials plan to make an announcement soon, which will include hiring information. Crimson Casual will reportedly manufacture outdoor furniture to compete with the products manufactured by Winston Furniture.
Winston Furniture moved their manufacturing operation from Haleyville to Mexico seeking lower labor costs. Crimson Casual will be competing head on with companies presently building products with lower labor costs and no EPA standards. Crimson will be the second company in this area to compete with other NAFTA countries. Exxel Outdoors has been manufacturing sleeping bags for many years in Haleyville, successfully competing with similar products made in China.
Babcock Lumber, located near the Haleyville airport has recently called five people back to work and plans to call in more to fill overflow work from the Babcock facility in Champion, Pennsylvania. Babcock makes finished wood known as S4S (smooth on four sides), available at Home Depot.