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Buckle Up: Alabama auto industry accelerates growth (Video)

Alabama’s auto industry is on a hot streak, with record production numbers, rising investment, expanded hiring, and redesigned models rolling off the assembly lines.

Last year alone, the auto industry added around 6,500 jobs and $3 billion in new investment in the state, according to a preliminary analysis of data in the Alabama Department of Commerce’s 2015 New and Expanding Industry Report.

“We have an impressive story to tell about auto manufacturing in Alabama,” said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. “Less than 20 years ago, workers here produced zero vehicles, and now they’re building more than 1 million a year. And the automakers’ ongoing expansion plans point to even better days ahead.”

To help tell that story, Commerce has rolled out a new tool that will be used in recruiting more automotive companies to the state. A fast-paced video outlines the success of the Alabama auto industry overall, along with milestones of the individual companies that are a part of it.

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