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Alabama team returns home after productive talks in Japan

Alabama auto industry

TOKYO, Japan – Governor Kay Ivey said today that meetings with high-level executives from Mazda, Toyota and Honda in Japan helped to fortify the state’s relationships with the global automakers and will facilitate their growth plans in Alabama. Governor Ivey, Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield...

Written by Jerry Underwood

2017 Scorecard: Birmingham projects mean 3,000-plus new jobs

Alabama auto industry

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The Birmingham Business Alliance today reported that economic development activity in the seven-county Birmingham region generated more than 3,000 anticipated jobs and nearly $575 million in new capital investment in 2017. The results were announced at the BBA’s annual Regional Economic...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Governor Ivey leads Alabama team in talks with Japanese automakers

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey is leading a small team of Alabama economic development specialists on a business development mission to Japan for high-level meetings with leaders of global automakers Toyota, Mazda and Honda. The Alabama delegation is departing for Japan today and...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Autocar opens $120 million heavy-duty truck factory in Alabama

Alabama auto industry

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Indiana-based Autocar today marked the official opening of a $120 million heavy-duty work truck assembly plant in Birmingham that adds a new dimension to Alabama’s growing vehicle manufacturing industry. Governor Kay Ivey joined top Autocar executives and local leaders at a...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Port of Mobile taps partners to develop $60M auto export facility

Alabama auto industry

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The Port of Mobile is poised to become a major hub of auto export activity, with a new facility that will allow vehicles to be driven directly onto cargo ships bound for markets around the world. On Tuesday, representatives of...

Written by Dawn Azok

Industry growth spurt drives opportunities for Alabama auto workers

Alabama auto industry

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Alabama’s robust auto industry has transformed the state economy over the past two decades, as well as communities scattered from the Tennessee Valley to the Gulf Coast. But perhaps nowhere has the industry’s prosperity been more acutely felt than in the...

Written by Dawn Azok

Auto supplier Yorozu opens Jasper plant growing toward 300 jobs

Alabama auto industry

JASPER, Alabama – Auto parts maker Yorozu on Tuesday marked the grand opening of its $110 million manufacturing plant in Walker County, where hiring has been ramping up and will continue to grow. A grand opening ceremony at the Yorozu facility included a ribbon...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auto supplier MöllerTech opens $46.3 million Alabama plant

Alabama auto industry

WOODSTOCK, Alabama — Auto supplier MöllerTech has completed work on a $46.3 million Alabama manufacturing facility that will create 222 jobs and serve as a flagship plant for a company with operations around the world. Top MöllerTech executives joined state and local leaders for a...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Truck & Wheel Group opens $30 million Alabama wheel assembly plant

Alabama auto industry

VANCE, Alabama – Spain-based auto supplier Truck & Wheel Group today marked the opening of a new 127,000-square-foot manufacturing facility that will supply wheel assemblies for automakers in the Southeast. The company’s executive management team joined Gov. Kay Ivey, Mercedes-Benz's Alabama operations chief Jason...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama ranks No. 3 for auto exports, with shipments to 88 nations in 2017

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Alabama’s auto industry continues to dominate on the international stage, as state-built models were shipped to 88 countries around the globe last year. Motor vehicle exports topped $7.75 billion in 2017, according to the latest trade data reviewed by the Alabama...

Written by Dawn Azok

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