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Mercedes held keys to start Alabama auto industry boom

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – In the 20 years since Mercedes-Benz began producing the M-Class SUV in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama’s auto industry has roared to life in communities across the state. Vehicle production has steadily risen to make Alabama one of the Top 5 auto-producing states...

Written by Dawn Azok

20 years ago, Alabama’s auto industry started rolling with first M-Class

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Twenty years ago today, the first customer-ready M-Class SUVs began rolling off the Mercedes-Benz auto assembly line in Tuscaloosa County, launching new eras for both the automaker and the state of Alabama. For Mercedes, the M-Class was the first mass market...

Written by Dawn Azok

Honda’s redesigned Alabama-made Odyssey takes center stage at Detroit auto show

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DETROIT, Michigan -- Honda today introduced the world to the latest version of its Odyssey minivan, a top-selling model that is produced at the company’s Alabama factory. The redesigned 2018 Odyssey, unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, raises the stakes...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama-built Honda Ridgeline wins 2017 ‘Truck of the Year’ award

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DETROIT, Michigan -- The Alabama-built Honda Ridgeline pickup has been named the 2017 North American Truck of the Year. The award was announced this morning at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Ridgeline bested two other finalists: the Ford F-series Super Duty and the Nissan...

Written by Dawn Azok

RECORD YEAR: Alabama auto production accelerates to all-time high in 2016

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Alabama’s auto production climbed to a new record high in 2016, as workers at the state’s three auto assembly plants kept up a brisk pace of building SUVs, pickups and sedans for markets around the world. The Alabama factories of Honda, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama auto industry drives into new era with brainpower jobs, deeper skills

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As Alabama’s auto industry has grown over the past two decades, so have the jobs and the sophisticated skill sets required to keep production humming. The majority of the positions at the state’s three auto assembly plants are in production, but the automakers have...

Written by Dawn Azok

Lenzing Alabama expansion: $293M investment, 163 jobs

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MOBILE, Alabama – Austria-based Lenzing AG announced plans today to invest $293 million to expand production at its Alabama fibers plant, creating 163 new and permanent positions over three years. The Mobile County factory was the first commercial operation in the world to produce...

Written by Jerry Underwood

TEAM PLAYER: Alabama-made Airbus A321 to make Iron Bowl flyover

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MOBILE, Alabama -- Airbus said today that an Alabama-built A321 will perform a flyover at Saturday's Iron Bowl match-up in Tuscaloosa. The aircraft, destined for delivery to Delta Air Lines next month, is scheduled to fly over Bryant-Denny Stadium following the National Anthem and...

Written by Jerry Underwood

BASF to expand capacity at Alabama plant

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MCINTOSH, Alabama – German chemical manufacturer BASF plans to spend more than $200 million to boost its worldwide plastic additives business, with a portion of the investment slated for the company’s plant in southwestern Alabama. At the Washington County facility in McIntosh, BASF will...

Written by Jerry Underwood

CEO: Polaris Alabama project ‘transformational’ for company

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  HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – At a ceremony marking the grand opening of Polaris Industries’ new Alabama manufacturing facility today, CEO Scott Wine called the investment in the new Huntsville production center “transformational” for the company. [caption id="attachment_15724" align="alignright" width="225"] The first Alabama-built Polaris vehicle,

Written by Jerry Underwood

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