Logistics hub at Mercedes-Benz’s Alabama plant will create 600 jobs

Innovation

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – A new $70 million logistics hub at Mercedes-Benz’s Alabama plant will lead to 600 new jobs from the automaker and its contractors and service providers, officials said today. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley joined executives from Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, the official name...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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

Manufacturing

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

Tuskegee researchers’ discovery could protect food supply

Innovation

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

Innovation

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

Made in Alabama brand evolution brings new look to Commerce website

Enterprise

The Alabama Department of Commerce has launched an upgraded version of its Made in Alabama website as the strategic centerpiece in an all-encompassing evolution of the state’s economic development brand. The redesigned Made in Alabama site features a clean, modern look and incorporates new...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama makers help business recruiters tell state’s story in unique way

Innovation

When it comes to courting new and expanding companies, Alabama’s business recruiters don’t have to look far for help. They often turn to local artists, manufacturers and other makers when they want a special gift for company officials or international dignitaries, and they have...

Written by Dawn Azok

Santa Alert: Made In Alabama’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Entrepreneurship

Talent, creativity and innovation run deep in Alabama, and it’s not hard to wrap a bow around them this holiday season. Across the state, entrepreneurs, artists, bakers and other makers are selling their wares. Finding a special Alabama-made gift to fit any budget is...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama-built Honda Ridgeline wins 2017 ‘Truck of the Year’ award

Manufacturing

DETROIT, Michigan -- The Alabama-built Honda Ridgeline pickup has been named the 2017 North American Truck of the Year. The award was announced this morning at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Ridgeline bested two other finalists: the Ford F-series Super Duty and the Nissan...

Written by Dawn Azok

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

Rural Development

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

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

Enterprise

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

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