By: Dorothy Sherman
AUBURN, AL - Several officials including AL Gov. Robert Bentley gathered at the Auburn Technology Park West for the grand opening of RAPA, an $18 million capitol investment in Auburn that will
create hundreds of jobs.
"Eventually there will be close to 200. At the moment we are at 25, by the end of the year probably around 60 or 70." Dr. Roman Pausch of Rausch & Pausch LP (RAPA) said.
RAPA is a German automotive supplier. At the 70,000 square foot facility in Auburn they'll produce automotive parts like a hydraulic accumulator. A component needed for the start stop button function in automatic ignitions.
"Creating jobs for Alabamians is my favorite thing, and we're making good progress," AL Gov. Robert Bentley said.
"It's a great day for Auburn, Lee County and east Alabama," Auburn Mayor Bill Ham, Jr said.
As the Auburn community continues to grow and more facilities come to their technology parks, Mayor Ham did weigh in on how new jobs may impact overcrowding issues within the city's school system.
"We know that only 30 percent of people the people that work at our parks actually live in Auburn," Mayor Ham said. "Thirty out of every 100 will be in our school, but you have to remember that our occupational tax, all of those people are paying that."
At the event Gov. Bentley said he spoke with Auburn City Schools' superintendent on how the state could help battle extreme growth with the school system.
"Growth areas struggle because of the influence of more students into the school. So, it's something that we need to look at it may be a little late in the process this year, but we can certainly look at it next year," Gov. Bentley said.
As for Mayor Ham, he said having new industries like RAPA creating jobs is a great scenario for Auburn.
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