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Alabama team seeks stronger bonds at SEUS Japan 41 in Tokyo

Business leaders from across Alabama are participating in an international conference in Tokyo this week that aims to broaden economic and cultural ties between seven Southeastern states and Japan. The 41st annual joint meeting of the Southeast U.S.-Japan and the Japan-Southeast associations, known as...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama team talks future with Mazda, Toyota officials in Japan

HIROSHIMA, Japan – Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield and Huntsville area officials engaged in meetings this week with executives of Mazda and Toyota to expand relationships as the automakers prepare to officially launch construction on a $1.6 billion Alabama assembly plant. The mission began...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mercedes launches construction of Alabama battery plant for EVs

WOODSTOCK, Alabama – At a groundbreaking ceremony today, Mercedes-Benz officials formally marked the start of construction on a 2 million-square-foot plant in Bibb County that will supply battery packs for the automaker’s Alabama-made electric vehicles. At the event, Mercedes officials also said their Tuscaloosa...

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GE Aviation’s Alabama milestone: 30,000 additive fuel nozzles

AUBURN, Alabama -- GE Aviation's plant in Auburn achieved a milestone this week -- the 30,000th additively-manufactured fuel nozzle tip “grew” on a 3D printer at the facility, the industry’s first site for mass production using the additive manufacturing process. Employees at GE Aviation in...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Amazon kicks off construction of first Alabama fulfillment center

BESSEMER, Alabama -- Internet retail giant Amazon officially kicked off a construction project today for a technologically advanced fulfillment center in Bessemer that will employ 1,500 workers once the sprawling facility is fully operational next year. Amazon’s 855,000-square-foot facility is being constructed on 133...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Milestone: Toyota Alabama plant produces first next-gen engine

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Toyota’s Alabama plant produced its first next-generation 4-cylinder engine after a $106 million investment to prepare the Huntsville facility for advanced production. The milestone occurred this week, exactly one year after the automaker announced the investment in Alabama to build next-gen...

Written by Jerry Underwood

ULA selects Blue Origin engines for Vulcan rocket in boost for Alabama

United Launch Alliance announced today that it has selected Blue Origin’s BE-4 engine to power ULA’s next-generation Vulcan Centaur rocket, a development that boosts to Alabama’s growing aerospace industry and extends the state’s leadership position in rocketry. ULA, which produces Atlas V and Delta...

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MTC Logistics to open $58 million distribution facility at Alabama port

MOBILE, Alabama – Baltimore, Maryland-based MTC Logistics announced plans to build a $58 million cold storage facility on property owned by the Alabama State Port Authority, creating between 50 and 70 jobs and providing a boost to the port’s container operations. Company officials said...

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Alabama trade mission seeks opportunities in Southeastern Europe

BUCHAREST, Romania -- Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield is leading a team of state business leaders on a trade mission this week to Romania and Bulgaria, countries that offer new markets in Southeastern Europe and a potential gateway to opportunities in other regions. The...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Robotics Technology Park gets new leader to direct strategic upgrades

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – The Alabama Department of Commerce and AIDT announced today that Chuck Ernst, a former Honda manufacturing executive, has been appointed to lead Alabama Robotics Technology Park (RTP) as it embarks on a strategic plan to prepare the training facility for new...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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