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Toyota Alabama — ‘engine capital of the world’ — marks 15 years

Manufacturing

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Long known for rocket engine production, Huntsville is on its way to earning the title of “engine capital of the world,” thanks to the presence of Toyota over the past 15 years. During that time, the Japanese automaker’s Alabama workers have...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auto supplier voestalpine to invest $11 million in Alabama facility

Manufacturing

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Austrian automotive supplier voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. announced plans today to open an $11.1 million Birmingham facility that’s expected to create 42 jobs. Voestalpine will produce a variety of automotive components, including stamped and hot formed parts, at an existing...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Hyundai Alabama to launch Santa Fe Sport SUV after $52M project

Manufacturing

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Hyundai’s Alabama plant will start mass production of the Santa Fe Sport SUV this week, adding a third vehicle to the automaker’s busy Montgomery assembly lines. The launch is set for Wednesday, and the move will allow Hyundai to meet growing...

Written by Jerry Underwood

GE Aviation kicks off work on unique materials factories in Alabama

Manufacturing

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – GE Aviation executives joined Governor Robert Bentley today to formal launch a $200 million project to build two factories in Alabama that are critical to the company’s plans to produce revolutionary ultra-lightweight parts for jet engines. Leading state and local officials...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Eissmann Automotive to expand Alabama operation with 200 new jobs

Manufacturing

PELL CITY, Alabama – German auto supplier Eissmann Automotive will invest $14.5 million to expand its St. Clair County facility with a 130,000-square-foot building and advanced manufacturing equipment for a new production line, officials said today. Eissmann, which has expanded its Pell City facility...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Panasonic Avionics to join growing Mobile aerospace cluster

Manufacturing

MOBILE, Alabama – The Mobile Airport Authority announced today that Panasonic Avionics Corp. will open an office at Mobile Aeroplex, adding another prominent industry player to the aerospace cluster growing around the Airbus final assembly plant. Panasonic Avionics is a leading supplier of inflight...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Buckle Up: Alabama auto industry accelerates growth (Video)

Manufacturing

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...

Written by Jerry Underwood

American Airlines gets its first Alabama-made Airbus A321

Manufacturing

MOBILE, Alabama — American Airlines today claimed its first Alabama-made Airbus A321 passenger jet after a ceremony at the manufacturer’s production facility at Mobile Aeroplex. The A321 sporting American’s logo and colors is the second aircraft to leave the assembly line at Airbus’ new...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Austal launches USS Manchester (LCS 14) at Alabama shipyard

Manufacturing

MOBILE, Alabama – Austal USA launched the future USS Manchester – an advanced, high-speed aluminum warship – at its Alabama shipyard today, documenting the milestone with a series of images on social media. The tri-hull Manchester (LCS 14) is the fifth littoral combat ship...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Launch Party: Honda starts Ridgeline mass production

Manufacturing

LINCOLN, Alabama -- The redesigned, Alabama-built Honda Ridgeline pickup is now rolling on the automaker’s Talladega County assembly lines. The 4,500-worker plant today officially marked the start of production for the 2017 model, with a lineoff celebration that featured more than 1,500 cheering employees.

Written by Dawn Azok

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