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Safran to open aerospace manufacturing facility at Mobile Aeroplex

MOBILE, Alabama — French aerospace giant Safran plans to open a manufacturing operation at Mobile Aeroplex — home to the Airbus A320 Family assembly line — and hire 20 employees over the next three years, according to the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. The...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Innovation Week to showcase Birmingham’s dynamic innovation ecosystem

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Birmingham’s rich entrepreneurial landscape will be in the spotlight this week, as inventors, investors and the new technologies they created are celebrated. Innovation Week Birmingham events include a solar eclipse viewing party, a panel discussion on how technology is changing Birmingham’s...

Written by Dawn Azok

INNOVATION: New UAB Accelerator to power startup growth

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – A new effort at the University of Alabama at Birmingham seeks to provide critical support for startups when they are in the earliest stages of development. The UAB Commercialization Accelerator will officially launch next week during Innovation Week Birmingham, an annual...

Written by Dawn Azok

World travelers: Alabama-made vehicles crisscross the globe as exports surge

From the deserts of the Middle East to urban centers across Asia and villages dotting the European countryside, vehicles made in Alabama are making a lasting impression. Exports of state-made automobiles continued to grow at an impressive rate in 2016, rising 13 percent to...

Written by Jerry Underwood

IT services firm Provalus to create 300 jobs at Alabama facility

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey announced that Provalus, a company specializing in business technology service and support, plans to invest $6.5 million to open a center in Brewton staffed with 300 workers. Atlanta-based Optomi, one of the nation’s fastest-growing tech-staff firms, launched Provalus...

Written by Jerry Underwood

‘Minnie Van’: Redesigned Alabama-built Odyssey makes memorable debut

The latest transformation of the Alabama-made Honda Odyssey is turning heads. The redesigned, 2018 edition of the top-selling minivan hit dealer lots this summer and is already earning high marks from reviewers for its performance, technology and other new and improved features. Adding to...

Written by Dawn Azok

Air Performance to add 18 jobs in Geneva County expansion

HARTFORD, Alabama – Air Performance, which fabricates a wide range of custom architectural products, announced plans today to invest more than $1 million to double the size of its Geneva County manufacturing operation. The project will initially create 18 jobs, with the potential for...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama forest products industry poised for gains after strong year

After a banner year for the forest products industry in Alabama, the sector is primed for even more growth and innovation. Last year, Alabama recorded forest products industry projects involving $1.2 billion in new investment and more than 1,000 anticipated jobs, according to the...

Written by Dawn Azok

Secretary Canfield: Alabama in running for projects with 11,000 jobs

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said the state is competing for economic development projects with more than 11,000 jobs in key industry sectors such as automotive, aerospace, forest products and technology. This promising pipeline of projects follows what has already been...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Business Facilities gives high rankings to Alabama, cities

Business Facilities magazine gives Alabama high rankings for its workforce training programs, auto manufacturing strength and overall manufacturing employment, while touting the economic growth potential of Mobile and Huntsville. In its 13th annual ranking report, the economic development-focused publication singled out Huntsville as the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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