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WestRock plant in Lanett primed for growth with expansion

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LANETT, Alabama — The Chambers County Development Authority announced that WestRock Co. plans an investment in its manufacturing operation in Lanett that will increase the facility’s competitiveness and position the area for job growth. Atlanta-based WestRock, a provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions,

Written by Jerry Underwood

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

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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...

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Preformed Windings to employ 85 at new Alabama facility

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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...

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Alabama metro ranks No. 1 for manufacturing jobs, analysis says

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The Talladega-Sylacauga Micropolitan Statistical Area was rated the best place in the U.S. for manufacturing jobs in a detailed analysis by SmartAsset, a financial technology company that studied data on nearly 500 cities. SmartAsset singled out the high concentration of well-paying manufacturing jobs in...

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Alabama community colleges to offer manufacturing credentials

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Governor Kay Ivey announced today that the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) will begin offering nationally recognized credentials in manufacturing skills at all its colleges this spring. The program, in partnership with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), will make Alabama...

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Alabama wins Silver Shovel award for economic development

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Area Development, an economic development-focused publication, awarded Alabama a Silver Shovel for solid business recruitment and support in 2016, keeping alive a winning streak stretching back a decade. In announcing the award, Area Development noted that Alabama’s economic development team continues...

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James Hardie to open $220M Alabama building products plant

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PRATTVILLE, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey announced today that James Hardie Building Products plans to invest up to $220 million to open an advanced fiber-cement building products manufacturing plant in Prattville, creating 205 jobs. James Hardie, whose corporate roots go back more than a...

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Aerojet Rocketdyne to build AR1 rocket engine, add 800 Alabama jobs in expansion

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Aerojet Rocketdyne announced plans today to expand its presence in Huntsville with a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for the company’s AR1 rocket engine and the relocation of engineering, program management and other jobs. Altogether, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s overall growth plans for Huntsville calls for the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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