Sodecia Safety & Mobility Auburn, Inc., a Portugal-based stamping company, is investing $2.65 million in new equipment to expand production in Auburn and expects to create 19 new jobs.

“Sodecia plays a vital role in the automotive manufacturing ecosystem here in eastern Alabama, and we are proud that they chose to call Auburn home six years ago,” the mayor said. ‘Auburn, Ron Anders. “We look forward to seeing their continued success during this growing season.”

Sodecia came to Auburn in 2016 when it acquired German stamping company Kemmerich. The company is a leading supplier to the region’s automotive original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs. The city of Auburn is a strategic automotive location with 13 OEMs within a 325 mile radius, including BMW, Volkswagen, Volvo and Mercedes.

“This expansion will not only allow us to better serve our existing customers, but it will help us grow and diversify our customer base,” said Carlos Serra, project manager at Sodecia Safety & Mobility Auburn, Inc.

NAMI meeting on July 19

NAMI East Alabama, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, 714 East Glenn Avenue in Auburn.

NAMI supports families struggling with mental illness through mutual support, education and advocacy. There will be a sharing time. The public is invited.

APD reminder on thelow-speed vehicle regulations

Before you pull out your low-speed vehicle (LSV), the Auburn Police Department reminds you that there are specific regulations for operating these vehicles on city streets.

What is a LSV and what makes it street legal?

Standard unlicensed golf carts are prohibited on all streets in the city of Auburn. Low-speed vehicles differ from standard golf carts in that they have a 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO).

To travel on city streets, LSVs must:

Be tagged or registered by the DMV and be driven by a licensed and insured driver.

Have a minimum threshold of 20 MPH and a maximum speed of 25 MPH.

Have front and rear lights, front and rear turn signals and brake lights.

Have reflectors, including one red reflector on each side as far back as possible at the rear of the vehicle, and one red reflector at the rear of the vehicle.

Have a windshield (composition AS-1 or AS-5).

Have a lap belt or shoulder harness.

Where can I drive my LSV?

According to Alabama state law, LSVs cannot be driven on roads where they impede traffic. In Auburn, there are certain limitations where LSV taxis, which are used to transport passengers from one place to another, can operate. Read the guidelines for LSV taxis in the city code. LSVs cannot drive on sidewalks.

LSVs can only be driven by people who are old enough and licensed to drive a standard vehicle.

Drivers are reminded that LSVs are vehicles and should be handled as such. All traffic laws that apply to a standard vehicle also apply to LSVs.

Parks, recreational fall brochure available

The 2022 Auburn Parks and Recreation Fall Brochure is now available in print or online. Printed brochures are available at the Harris Center, the Auburn Public Library, and all Auburn Parks and Recreation facilities. Registration for the fall program will begin on Monday, August 1. Registration for fall youth sports now continues until Thursday, July 28.

All registrations are now done online. Visit to create an account to register for fall programs, fall youth sports or to reserve a park, pavilion or facility. For more information, call 334-501-2930.

Parks and Rec is accepting reservation requests

Auburn Parks and Recreation is now accepting facility and park reservation requests online. Those wishing to reserve a facility, sports facility or park pavilion can complete their application form using their online account.

Applications must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Head and Department Head. Please make all requests at least two weeks prior to your desired reservation date to allow time for the approval process.

Once approved, payments can be made online using a credit card or by cash or check in person at the Harris Center. Are available for reservations:

Dean Road Recreation Center

Frank Brown Recreation Center

Hubert and Grace Harris Senior Center

Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center

Yarbrough Tennis Center

Auburn Football Complex

Duck Samford Baseball Park

Duck Samford Stadium car park

Champ Margie Piper Bailey

Martin Luther King Park

Town Creek Playground Included

Submissions are open for the summer photoshoot

The Auburn Arts Association invites artists to submit two photographs in the Summer Photo Show: Pairs.

Photographs must be dissimilar in subject or technique, in color or black and white, in traditional or abstract compositions or in other creative ways. The two photographs will be exhibited together.

There should be no framed works. Entries must be individually lined with white mats or mounted on whiteboards.

Admission to this exhibition is free and all works must be presented to the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) by Friday, July 8. Applications are available at the JDCAC or online at

For more information about the Summer Photo Show: Pairs, please contact the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center at (334) 501-2963.

Sidewalk challenge in progress

The Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center’s Sidewalk Chalk Challenge continues through August 4.

All chalk designs must be inspired by a famous artist or architecture. The submission must also include three facts about the selected artist or architecture or three ways the artist or architecture inspired the completed chalk work.

No registration fee is required and registration is encouraged. Applications are available at All chalk creations must be submitted by Thursday August 4th. Winners will be announced Friday, August 5 at 5 p.m. on the Auburn Arts Association Facebook page. Prizes will be awarded.