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Commerce creating specialist post to assist rural Alabama on projects

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The Alabama Department of Commerce is adding a rural development manager to work with rural communities and counties across the state to enhance their competitiveness in the economic development process and better prepare them for projects. Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Homecoming: Wickles Pickles returning production to Alabama

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BRUNDIDGE, Alabama -- Wickles Pickles, the tangy Southern treats produced by a pair of Alabama-born brothers, are returning to their roots. Sims Food Inc., the company behind the popular pickles that are sold across the U.S., is moving production from North Carolina back to...

Written by Dawn Azok

Westervelt Co. plans Clarke County lumber mill with 125 jobs

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey and officials of Tuscaloosa-based Westervelt Co. today announced that the company will build a new lumber mill in Clarke County, creating 125 jobs. The 134-year-old Alabama company is expanding its wood products manufacturing business through the construction of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

New Alabama lumber manufacturing facility will create 110 jobs

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Rex Lumber Co. plans to build a state-of-the-art lumber manufacturing facility in Pike County, creating more than 110 jobs and providing a significant economic boost to the region’s forest products industry. Rex Lumber projects the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

International Paper to boost investment in Alabama mill to $522.7 million

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SELMA, Alabama – Memphis, Tennessee-based International Paper (IP) plans to increase a planned investment in its Riverdale Mill in Dallas County to $552.7 million as it optimizes the facility’s product mix and boosts productivity. In September 2017, IP announced plans to invest around $300...

Written by Jerry Underwood

John Soules Foods launches Alabama expansion creating 510 jobs

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VALLEY, Alabama — Texas-based John Soules Foods announced plans for a production facility in Chambers County with a three-phase project that involves a total investment of $110 million and the creation of 510 jobs. John Soules Foods said it has completed the purchase of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Wayne Farms launches $105 million Alabama expansion, creating 400 jobs

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ENTERPRISE, Alabama – Wayne Farms LLC today marked the official start of a major expansion project at its Enterprise Fresh Processing Facility that will significantly increase production and add 400 new jobs. The company’s $105 million expansion project is expected to be complete in...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Koch Foods to invest $40.5 million in Alabama feed mill

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ROANOKE, Alabama -- Koch Foods Inc. plans to invest nearly $40.5 million to build a feed mill in Randolph County that will produce prepared feeds and feeding ingredients to support the growth of a processing plant in nearby Pine Mountain, Georgia. Marilyn Lott, executive...

Written by Jerry Underwood

International Paper to invest $300 million in Alabama mill

Rural Development

SELMA, Alabama -- International Paper plans to invest around $300 million in its Riverdale Mill in Dallas County to expand the company's industrial packaging business, adding momentum to a significant growth spurt for the state's forest products industry. Memphis, Tennessee-based International Paper (IP) said the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mercedes kicks off project to build Bibb County global logistics hub

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WOODSTOCK, Alabama – Mercedes-Benz officially launched construction this morning on a Global Logistics Center and a North American parts hub based in Bibb County’s Scott G. Davis Industrial Park, a project that will give a massive boost to the rural area. The Bibb County...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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