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Alabama-Germany partnership shows new strength after decades of growth

Alabama auto industry; Mercedes-Benz

German companies have invested $8.4 billion and created nearly 15,500 jobs in Alabama over the past two decades, and the prosperous relationship is poised to grow even stronger. State exports to the European nation are on the rise, and at the same time, Germany’s...

Written by Dawn Azok

Mercedes held keys to start Alabama auto industry boom

Alabama auto industry; Mercedes-Benz

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – In the 20 years since Mercedes-Benz began producing the M-Class SUV in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama’s auto industry has roared to life in communities across the state. Vehicle production has steadily risen to make Alabama one of the Top 5 auto-producing states...

Written by Dawn Azok

MollerTech project shows momentum for rural development (video)

Alabama auto industry; Mercedes-Benz

WOODSTOCK, Alabama – Global auto supplier MollerTech on Tuesday officially launched work on a $46.3 million manufacturing facility near this tiny Bibb County community, a project that will create more than 220 jobs and spur growth in this rural region. MollerTech’s selection of the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

MollerTech plans $46M Alabama auto parts plant with 222 jobs

Alabama auto industry; Mercedes-Benz

CENTREVILLE, Alabama -- German automotive supplier MollerTech announced today that it will invest $46.3 million to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bibb County, creating 222 jobs in Alabama’s growing auto sector. “Attracting investment and new jobs to Alabama’s rural counties is a key...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Ernst & Young: Alabama ranks in Top 5 for investment

Alabama auto industry; Mercedes-Benz

Global consulting firm Ernst & Young says companies from around the world poured more than $5 billion into capital projects in Alabama last year, earning the state a place near the top of its investment rankings. Ernst & Young’s closely watched “US Investment Monitor”

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama claims Silver Shovel Award for 2015 projects

Alabama auto industry; Mercedes-Benz

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Alabama’s economic development team earned a Silver Shovel Award from Area Development magazine for its strong performance in 2015, keeping alive a winning streak that dates back a decade. The publication, which targets economic developers and site selection experts, announced the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Blockbuster 2015 sets stage for Alabama growth (video)

Alabama auto industry; Mercedes-Benz

From Airbus launching aircraft assembly in Mobile to Google selecting Jackson County for a major data center project, it’s been a massive year for Alabama and its economic development team. In fact, 2015 looks like a year for Alabama’s record books, with game-changing developments...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Commerce, allies target Alabama auto sector growth

Alabama auto industry; Mercedes-Benz

Alabama’s auto sector is charging forward, with record-setting production and new expansion activity that’s adding more muscle to the state’s prominent position in a global industry. [caption id="attachment_10113" align="alignright" width="240"] Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield[/caption] Just this week, a new analysis showed that Honda’s Alabama...

Written by Jerry Underwood

2016 Honda Pilot joins ranks of new Alabama-made autos

Alabama auto industry; Mercedes-Benz

LINCOLN, Alabama – Amid the cheers of celebrating workers, Honda launched mass production of its redesigned 2016 Pilot sport utility at the company’s Alabama plant – the latest in a flurry of new or re-engineered models emerging from the state’s automakers. “It’s an exciting...

Written by Jerry Underwood

‘Job 1’ marks GLE Coupé launch at Mercedes Alabama plant

Alabama auto industry; Mercedes-Benz

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Workers at Mercedes-Benz’s sprawling Alabama assembly plant celebrated “Job 1” today, signaling the start of mass production of the all-new GLE Coupé at the $4.5 billion facility. Mercedes has called 2015 “The Year of the SUV” for the brand, with the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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