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

GD Copper USA adding 40 jobs at Alabama manufacturing facility

Rural Development

THOMASVILLE, Alabama -- GD Copper USA, the first U.S. manufacturing facility operated by China’s Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group, said today that it is adding as many as 40 workers at its plant in Wilcox County. GD Copper’s facility in the Pine Hill...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auto supplier Grupo Antolin to open Alabama facility with 150 jobs

Manufacturing

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Governor Robert Bentley announced today that global auto supplier Grupo Antolin plans to invest nearly $10.4 million to establish a manufacturing facility in Jefferson County that will employ 150 people by 2020. The Birmingham area location will add to Spain-based Grupo...

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...

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Gallup: Alabama has nation’s most engaged workforce

Workforce

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – A new Gallup poll finds that Alabama has the nation’s highest percentage of “engaged” workers who are enthusiastic about their jobs. Gallup’s survey found that 37 percent of Alabama workers are engaged, ahead of Delaware, Kentucky and Louisiana at 36 percent...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Hyundai marks 5 million Alabama-built engines — and counting

Manufacturing

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Hyundai today celebrated the production of its 5 millionth Alabama-made engine, a key milestone for the company’s Montgomery auto operations. The event comes less than 12 years after the plant assembled its first Lambda six-cylinder engine in May 2005. Hyundai says...

Written by Dawn Azok

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

Study: Toyota engine plant supports 9,700 Alabama jobs

Manufacturing

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Global automaker Toyota is a key contributor to Alabama’s economy, supporting an estimated 9,700 jobs at its Huntsville engine factory and its suppliers and spinoff operations. Those findings are part of a new study by the Center for Automotive Research, which...

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

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