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Production ramp-up at Airbus Alabama factory could add 600 jobs

MOBILE, Alabama – The Airbus Alabama manufacturing facility is in line for 600 new jobs, thanks to a planned second assembly line for the Bombardier C Series jetliner and a possible increase in the production of A320 Family aircraft. On Tuesday at Airbus’ Mobile...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Could patented golden kiwifruit be Alabama’s next export success?

REELTOWN, Alabama – A small community in eastern Alabama is home to the nation’s only commercial golden kiwifruit orchard, an innovative operation that could lead the way in establishing a new specialty crop for growers across the Southeastern U.S. The Southeast Kiwi Farming Cooperative,

Written by Dawn Azok

NAM’s 2018 ‘State of Manufacturing’ Tour stops in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The leader of the nation’s premier manufacturing trade group visited Birmingham’s Altec Inc. today to provide company leaders and key Alabama officials with a high-level briefing on the industry’s outlook. “It’s a great day to be in manufacturing, and it’s a...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama exports set new annual record in 2017, topping $21.7 billion

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Alabama exports totaled a record $21.7 billion in 2017, powered by rising overseas shipments of products such as automobiles, aircraft components, chemicals, paper, and minerals. New government trade figures show that exports of Alabama-made goods and services increased more than 6...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Steve Case’s ‘Rise of the Rest’ tour to showcase Birmingham start-ups

Birmingham’s technology start-up scene is poised to receive a substantial boost from an initiative led by Steve Case, the founder of America Online and a champion of supporting emerging innovation ecosystems across the U.S. Case will visit Birmingham on May 9 as part of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Topre America’s $80 million expansion to create 98 jobs in Cullman

CULLMAN, Alabama – Auto supplier Topre America Corp. plans an $80 million, 98-job expansion at its Cullman operations. The expansion will involve a new production line that will supply parts for the 2018 Nissan Altima being built at the automaker’s plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Written by Dawn Azok

Walker County’s David Knight receives top economic development award

David Knight, executive director of the Walker County Development Authority, remembers the day two decades ago when the Alabama Development Office’s David Echols gave county leaders some harsh truth. At a meeting, Walker County leaders questioned Echols, a senior project manager for ADO, about...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Preformed Windings to employ 85 at new Alabama facility

PELL CITY, Alabama -- Officials with Preformed Windings Inc. announced today that the company will locate a new manufacturing facility, its first in the United States, in Alabama. The new Pell City location will be dedicated to manufacturing HV coils for the North American...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Italian ambassador visits Tuskegee to support Leonardo T-100 project

TUSKEGEE, Alabama – Italian ambassador Armando Varricchio and Leonardo DRS Chief Executive William Lynn III on Monday visited the historic home of the Tuskegee Airmen, where the aerospace company wants to manufacture the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation trainer aircraft. If Leonardo’s T-100 jet trainer...

Written by Jerry Underwood

International Paper to boost investment in Alabama mill to $522.7 million

SELMA, Alabama – Memphis, Tennessee-based International Paper (IP) plans to increase a planned investment in its Riverdale Mill in Dallas County to $552.7 million as it optimizes the facility’s product mix and boosts productivity. In September 2017, IP announced plans to invest around $300...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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