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Job training programs fuel growth of Alabama auto industry

Alabama auto industry

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Alabama’s worker training efforts have helped build the state auto industry into a juggernaut, and the growth shows no signs of slowing. Worker training agency AIDT’s success can be attributed to its talented staff, as well as state leaders who provide...

Written by Dawn Azok

Southern Automotive Conference brings industry leaders to Alabama

Alabama auto industry

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Key auto industry decision makers from across the Southeastern U.S. and beyond will be in Alabama this week to learn about new innovations, share solid business practices and build stronger relationships with their colleagues. The Southern Automotive Conference, which kicks off...

Written by Dawn Azok

Toyota to invest $106M in Alabama engine plant, add 50 jobs

Alabama auto industry

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Toyota today announced plans to invest $106 million and add 50 jobs at its Alabama engine plant, the latest expansion for the Huntsville facility that is a key part of the automaker’s global operations. The investment will provide for a complete...

Written by Dawn Azok

Mercedes to launch electric vehicle production in $1B Alabama project

Alabama auto industry

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Mercedes-Benz announced plans today to invest an additional $1 billion in its Alabama operation, where it will set up electric vehicle production and build a battery plant. In addition, the German automaker will also expand its logistics activities in the U.S.

Written by Jerry Underwood

Autocar chooses Alabama for $120 million truck assembly plant

Alabama auto industry

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Hagerstown, Indiana-based Autocar will invest $120 million launch a manufacturing operation plant in Alabama to produce heavy-duty cab-over-engine trucks. The project is expected to create 746 jobs. At a press conference this morning at the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

World travelers: Alabama-made vehicles crisscross the globe as exports surge

Alabama auto industry

From the deserts of the Middle East to urban centers across Asia and villages dotting the European countryside, vehicles made in Alabama are making a lasting impression. Exports of state-made automobiles continued to grow at an impressive rate in 2016, rising 13 percent to...

Written by Jerry Underwood

‘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

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