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Having mastered auto, Tuscaloosa targets aerospace

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Twenty years after Tuscaloosa landed a Mercedes-Benz assembly plant that turned Alabama into an automotive powerhouse, the city is ramping up efforts to recruit another advanced manufacturing sector: aerospace.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walter Maddox and officials from the city and county will travel with the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA) and a larger Alabama delegation to next week’s Farnborough International Air Show to build relationships with aerospace and aviation companies in hopes of bringing in new jobs and capital investment.

Maddox, who attended the industry’s primary global trade show in 2010, said the Tuscaloosa team will hold meetings with a “narrow pool” of prospects at the London event and discuss the city’s capabilities in manufacturing and technology.

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