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In Marion County, teamwork pays off with I-22 Gateway Industrial Park

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MARION COUNTY, Alabama – A 462-acre industrial park off the future Interstate 22 stands as a symbol of cooperation in this northwest Alabama county, and officials believe that this teamwork approach will help the region along the state’s newest superhighway land new jobs and...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Knauf Insulation CEO: Why we picked Alabama for our project

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LANETT, Alabama – In commentary published on AL.com, Knauf Insulation CEO Mark Andrews outlined reasons the Indiana-based company recently decided to restart and upgrade operations at a mothballed Alabama factory. On Jan. 24, Andrews was on hand at a ceremony to mark the re-opening...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Brown-Forman Stevenson mill project finds ‘natural fit’ in Northeast Alabama

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STEVENSON, Alabama – Almost two years ago, Brown-Forman Cooperage, a subsidiary of the company that makes Jack Daniel whiskey, opened a mill in Stevenson to produce oak staves for the whiskey barrels that help give the liquor its distinctive taste. Since that time, Bob...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Elba: Small Alabama town sets sights on growth

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ELBA, Alabama – In this small town in south Alabama’s Coffee County, companies and people are doing big things. Take INZI Controls, a South Korea-based manufacturer of injection and blow molded automotive parts that supplies the Hyundai automotive manufacturing facility in Montgomery.  Since 2009,

Written by Jerry Underwood

Knauf Insulation re-opens Alabama plant, citing relationships, support

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LANETT, Alabama – At a ceremony today to mark the re-opening of Knauf Insulation’s mothballed Chambers County plant, CEO Mark Andrews said relationships played a major role in the company’s decision to restart operations in Alabama rather than seek a new location. “At every...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Macon County industrial sites position area for economic development

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SHORTER, Alabama – Officials in Macon County believe their county is poised for growth thanks to its strategic location along Interstate 85 and a roster of industrial sites that have strong logistical advantages including rail access. In fact, Macon County last year became the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Central location, workforce pave way for Cullman expansion projects

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CULLMAN, Alabama – The way Garlan Gudger Jr. sees it, Cullman’s vitality and business-friendly atmosphere make the city an ideal spot to live and work. A string of business expansions and new economic development projects in the community serves to confirm his belief. “Cullman...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Rural Alabama economic development gets new push with team approach

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Job-creation efforts in rural Alabama are gaining momentum from an increased level of cooperation between economic developers at state and local levels and a regional approach that has helped sharpen strategic thinking and build alliances. Wayne Vardaman, executive director of the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Chambers County trades spindles for suppliers as Alabama auto industry rises

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LANETT, Alabama – In East Alabama’s Chambers County, the textile industry facilities are all gone, many of the last survivors wiped away in one brutal year of rapid-fire plant closings. In their place have come a string of companies that use plastic injection molding...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auto supplier HTNA adds new Alabama production facility, 100 jobs

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JASPER, Alabama – HTNA, a tier-one auto supplier that manufactures carpet and interior trim components for Honda, Toyota and other automakers, plans to hire 100 workers after constructing a new Alabama production facility. The company said its new, state-of-the-art plant is located in the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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