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World Stage: 2015 foreign investment reaches $3.4 billion

Alabama aerospace industry

Foreign direct investment in Alabama topped $3.4 billion in 2015, as companies based in 18 different countries extended their reach into the state. The vast majority of the 95 FDI projects were expansions, including a major addition to the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa County.

Written by Jerry Underwood

First Alabama-made Airbus A321 ‘BluesMobile’ goes to JetBlue

Alabama aerospace industry

MOBILE, Alabama – Airbus marked a major milestone at its new Alabama manufacturing facility today as the aviation giant delivered its first U.S.-made A321 passenger jet to customer JetBlue. The plane, which flew for first time on March 21, was nicknamed “BluesMobile.” Workers from...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama 2015 scorecard: Project investment tops $7 billion

Alabama aerospace industry

Alabama attracted more than $7 billion in capital investment in 2015, along with nearly 20,000 new and future jobs, as the state’s economic development team secured high-caliber projects in key growth sectors such as technology, aerospace and automotive. At a press conference at the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Images: Airbus A321 completes test flight in Mobile

Alabama aerospace industry

MOBILE, Alabama -- The maiden flight of the first Alabama-made Airbus A321 lasted for less than four hours, but the dramatic images capturing the test mission will linger as a reminder of a pivotal moment in the future of the state's aerospace sector. Monday's...

Written by Jerry Underwood

First Alabama-made Airbus A321 makes initial test flight

Alabama aerospace industry

MOBILE, Alabama – Airbus test pilots this morning completed the maiden flight of the company’s first Alabama-made A321 passenger jet, carrying out on a three-hour mission designed to evaluate the plane’s performance and systems. The flight began shortly after 9:30 this morning from the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Huntsville high-tech startup RadioBro opens Germany office

Alabama aerospace industry

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – RadioBro Corp., a start-up firm that makes miniature electronics systems for airplanes and spacecraft, has opened an office in Bremen, Germany, as it targets connections in the European aerospace industry. Brothers Mark, Eric and Daniel Becnel founded RadioBro in Huntsville in...

Written by Jerry Underwood

First Alabama-made Airbus aircraft shows off JetBlue colors

Alabama aerospace industry

MOBILE, Alabama -- The first Alabama-made Airbus A321 is sporting JetBlue colors. Airbus said today that painting of its maiden U.S.-built passenger jet has been completed in its paintshop at the company’s new, $600 million facility at Mobile Aeroplex. The aircraft emerged wearing JetBlue...

Written by Jerry Underwood

First Alabama-made Airbus moves from production to paint

Alabama aerospace industry

MOBILE, Alabama – The Airbus assembly facility at Mobile Aeroplex reached another milestone this week when the first Alabama-made jetliner left the production floor at the new $600 million plant and entered the paint shop. Airbus announced the development at the Alabama facility on...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama mayors share 2016 growth priorities

Alabama aerospace industry

Made In Alabama checked in with the mayors of the state’s four largest cities to get an idea of their 2016 economic development priorities and how their growth strategies paid off last year. Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange believes Alabama’s capital is primed for growth...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Airbus Chairman: Alabama A320 factory shows commitment to U.S.

Alabama aerospace industry

Allan McArtor, the chairman and CEO of Airbus Group, says the company’s new manufacturing facility in Alabama shows Airbus’ strong commitment to producing aircraft in the United States. McArtor outlined how the facility at Mobile Aeroplex fits into the company’s global operating strategy in...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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