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Magazine taps Alabama Department of Commerce for award, citing Airbus

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- The Alabama Department of Commerce has received a "Top Five Award of Excellence" from Expansion Solutions  Magazine for successfully recruiting, retaining and assisting growing companies in the aerospace and defense industries in 2012. The magazine, launched in 2002 and designed to...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mercedes-Benz adding Alabama logistics facility with 500 jobs, Tuscaloosa News says

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The Mercedes-Benz Alabama unit plans to build a 900,000-square-foot logistics facility at the German automaker’s assembly plant in Vance, creating 500 jobs, according to a report in The Tuscaloosa News. Site preparation already has begun, and Mercedes-Benz officials told the newspaper...

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Indorama Ventures to invest $190 million in new Alabama PET resin plant

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DECATUR, Alabama – Governor Robert Bentley announced today that Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, the world’s leading manufacturer of PET resins, will invest $190 million to build a new manufacturing plant adjacent to its current site near the Tennessee River in Decatur operated by...

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Alabama’s Rescue ONE secures 75-boat order from Thai government

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MADISON, Alabama --  Rescue ONE, which makes specially designed police, fire and rescue boats, announced today that it has secured an order for 75 rescue boats for the government of Thailand, a country that has been plagued by deadly floods. Madison-based Rescue ONE said...

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Department of Commerce unveils Made in Alabama brand at press event

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- The Alabama Department of Commerce this morning launched a new branding campaign – Made in Alabama – designed to build on the economic development momentum that has created more than 38,000 jobs in the past two years. Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield...

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Alabama bioscience industry targeted for growth

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The Alabama bioscience industry already has strengths, but officials in the field have a strategy to expand the sector’s reach, just as state officials once did to nurture a fledgling automotive manufacturing industry into a top producer. Alabama’s current bioscience palette...

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Southern Research Institute attacks cancer, environmental challenges and more

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – At Southern Research Institute, scientists are researching novel cancer therapies, testing advanced materials at temperatures up to 5,000 degrees and developing solutions to daunting environmental challenges. The not-for-profit research organization, whose main campus stands close to the University of Alabama at...

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Alabama STEM education initiative gets worldwide attention

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Six-year-old Blake examines three small wheat seeds under a magnifying glass and then documents what he has observed. He pinches together a piece of paper towel until it fits into a straw. The student deposits his seeds in the straw and...

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HudsonAlpha Institute builds base in Huntsville for biotech research

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- A biotechnology park – the brainchild of the successful Huntsville entrepreneurs behind the HudsonAlpha Institute – showcases the promise of biotechnology in Alabama. Entrepreneur Lonnie McMillian co-founded ADTRAN, the second largest supplier of telecommunications equipment in the U.S. Jim Hudson Jr. created...

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AIDT training programs give Alabama advantage in industrial recruiting

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – In just about every corner of Alabama, AIDT, the state’s top-ranked job-training agency, is helping companies assemble workforces and upgrading worker skill sets. AIDT training programs are preparing workers to build “Made-in-Alabama” products such as next-generation warships for the U.S. Navy...

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