Alabama governor, other dignitaries speak at Provalus ribbon cutting

Published 10:59 am Thursday, December 9, 2021

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Laura Chevalier, President of Provalus opened ceremonies Wednesday as a ribbon cutting officiall opened the new Brewton facility of the company.

“Brewton is the foundation of seeing what is possible,” Chevalier said. “Given the rest of the country, Brewton gives a new propsective on what is possible.”

Four years in the making, the new facility will house as many as 400 employees for the company.

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Alabama Govenornor Kay Ivey spoke to the crowd gathered for the occasion.

“Thank you for choosing to pur your company’s roots in Brewton,” Ivey said to Provalus leaders. “Bringing jobs to rural Alabama is not done by politics alone. With the company in our state, this is going to change the lives of people in Brewton and surrounding communities. This just proves that talent exists here and that’s what we’ve known all along. Rural Alabama has more than agriculture and timberland to offer.”

Will Ruzic, vice-president of Facilities and Operations at Provalus, said the project is one that has had the heart of Brewton at its base.

“We knew this was not going to be easy,” Ruzic said. “Making a decision of this nature is hard, but the pride in this community is exactly why Provalus is here.”

Ruzic said the choice of location for the facility was an easy one for company leaders to make.

“Why downtown?” Ruzic asked. “Downtown is the heart of our rural community. We came here to revialitize the area. We are here to make an impact. I will wake up every day fighting for the future of the community.”

For more on the ceremony, including photos, see the Wednesday, Dec. 15 edition of The Brewton Standard.