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HISTORY: Alabama auto production races past 10 million mark

There’s no question 2016 was a banner year for Alabama's auto industry, in more ways than one. For one thing, workers at the Alabama facilities of Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Hyundai combined to build more than 1 million vehicles for the second consecutive year and...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama exports accelerate to $20.6 billion in 2016, breaking record

Alabama exports rose to a record level in 2016, topping $20 billion for the first time on gains from overseas shipments of Alabama-made products such as transportation equipment, chemicals and paper products. Figures from the U.S. Commerce Department show that Alabama exports totaled $20.55...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mercedes held keys to start Alabama auto industry boom

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

Shoals’ Forrest Wright receives top Alabama economic development award

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – The Alabama Department of Commerce recognized Forrest Wright, president of the Shoals Economic Development Authority (SEDA), with the David R. Echols Distinguished Service Award for exemplary service in economic development. This award, presented annually at the Economic Development Association of Alabama...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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

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

Florence culinary incubator stirs entrepreneurship dreams

FLORENCE, Alabama – Entrepreneurs looking to break into the highly competitive food industry have found invaluable tools and support in northwest Alabama. The Florence-based Shoals Entrepreneurial Center is home to a culinary incubator that offers a fully equipped, FDA-approved commercial kitchen for fledgling startups...

Written by Dawn Azok

Tuskegee researchers’ discovery could protect food supply

TUSKEGEE, Alabama – Researchers at Tuskegee University’s College of Veterinary Medicine have been awarded a patent for a faster and more efficient way to detect live bacteria that could contaminate the nation’s food supply. U.S Patent No. 9434976 was issued for the rapid and...

Written by Dawn Azok

Accelerate Alabama 2.0 updates state’s strategic growth plan

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Accelerate Alabama, the strategic economic development growth plan that has driven the creation of more than 75,000 jobs since its adoption, is being updated with refined targets and tactics. Accelerate Alabama 2.0, as it’s called, aims to amplify the success of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Milestone: Airbus Engineering celebrates decade in Alabama

MOBILE, Alabama – Airbus today marked a major milestone in Alabama as it celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the engineering operation that was the forerunner to its aircraft manufacturing facility here. Employees of Airbus Engineering were joined by state and local leaders to recognize...

Written by Dawn Azok

Chambers County 2016 scorecard: 119 new jobs, $171M investment

LANETT, Alabama – Building on a solid period of rejuvenation, Alabama’s Chambers County attracted more than $171.3 million in new capital investment last year, spurring the creation of 119 new and future jobs, economic development officials said. In addition, the Chambers County Development Authority...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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