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‘Minnie Van’: Redesigned Alabama-built Odyssey makes memorable debut

Alabama auto industry

The latest transformation of the Alabama-made Honda Odyssey is turning heads. The redesigned, 2018 edition of the top-selling minivan hit dealer lots this summer and is already earning high marks from reviewers for its performance, technology and other new and improved features. Adding to...

Written by Dawn Azok

Secretary Canfield: Alabama in running for projects with 11,000 jobs

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said the state is competing for economic development projects with more than 11,000 jobs in key industry sectors such as automotive, aerospace, forest products and technology. This promising pipeline of projects follows what has already been...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Business Facilities gives high rankings to Alabama, cities

Alabama auto industry

Business Facilities magazine gives Alabama high rankings for its workforce training programs, auto manufacturing strength and overall manufacturing employment, while touting the economic growth potential of Mobile and Huntsville. In its 13th annual ranking report, the economic development-focused publication singled out Huntsville as the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama auto sector primed for growth with $1 billion in new investment

Alabama auto industry

Alabama’s auto industry continues to thrive, racking up new jobs and investments in communities across the state. Last year, there were at least 68 auto projects, for an estimated total of 3,848 jobs and $907.1 million in new capital investment, according to an analysis...

Written by Dawn Azok

Bolta marks opening of $49 million Alabama auto parts plant

Alabama auto industry

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Global auto parts supplier Bolta Group today announced the opening of its new $48.7 million production facility at the Tuscaloosa County Airport Industrial Park, which will employ 350 people by the end of 2018. State and local officials joined members of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Tuscaloosa County auto supplier on track to open high-tech facility

Alabama auto industry

VANCE, Alabama -- A Spanish auto supplier is moving forward with a $30 million wheel assembly factory in Tuscaloosa County, a project that will create more than 70 jobs. Truck & Wheel Group plans a 127,000-square-foot, highly automated facility in Vance that will assemble,

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama wins Silver Shovel award for economic development

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Area Development, an economic developed-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...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama foreign investment tops $1.5 billion in 2016, creating 3,250 jobs

Alabama auto industry

Businesses based in countries around the globe continue to find a welcoming home in Alabama, as the state’s foreign direct investment (FDI) reached $1.57 billion last year, driving job growth in several industries. Expansions accounted for the vast majority of the 79 FDI projects...

Written by Dawn Azok

Scorecard: Alabama recruited more than 14,700 jobs in 2016

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Companies announced plans for more than 14,700 new jobs and nearly $4.2 billion in capital investment in Alabama during 2016, according to an analysis prepared by the Alabama Department of Commerce that chronicles wide-ranging economic development activity across the state last...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Honda racetrack job fair inspires workers of the future

Alabama auto industry

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Honda Manufacturing of Alabama is gearing up for an annual event that offers an inside look at the state’s booming automotive industry and has inspired a new generation of workers to pursue the high-tech careers it offers. This weekend, for the...

Written by Dawn Azok

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