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Alabama auto industry drives into new era with brainpower jobs, deeper skills

Alabama auto industry

As Alabama’s auto industry has grown over the past two decades, so have the jobs and the sophisticated skill sets required to keep production humming. The majority of the positions at the state’s three auto assembly plants are in production, but the automakers have...

Written by Dawn Azok

Honda Alabama hosts students for National Manufacturing Day

Alabama auto industry

LINCOLN, Alabama -- Alabama high school students got a behind-the-scenes look at Honda's Talladega County auto assembly plant this week, part of an event designed to spark young people's interest in highly-skilled manufacturing jobs. More than 200 students from 20 area schools spent Thursday...

Written by Dawn Azok

Made (and tested) in Alabama: State-built cars first get test track workouts

Alabama auto industry

Before Alabama-made vehicles hit city streets and neighborhood roads, they get a workout on the test tracks at the state's three auto assembly plants. Banked curves, bumpy asphalt, smooth straightaways and skid pads are just some of the features that help put the models...

Written by Dawn Azok

MILESTONE: Honda produces 4 millionth Alabama-made vehicle

Alabama auto industry

LINCOLN, Alabama -- If you line up all the Honda vehicles that have been built at the automaker's Talladega County plant since it opened 15 years ago, they would stretch across the U.S., from New York to Los Angeles, more than four times. That's...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama leaders seek to strengthen bonds at SEUS Japan 39

Alabama auto industry

Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield will join Alabama business leaders in a delegation representing the state in Japan next week at a high-level forum that aims to strengthen cultural and economic ties. More than 30 Alabama government officials, economic development professionals and others who work...

Written by Jerry Underwood

LABOR DAY: Alabama jobs rising in manufacturing, bioscience fields

Alabama auto industry

With three busy vehicle assembly factories, a major engine plant and a vast supplier network that stretches across the state, it’s no surprise that a large part of Alabama’s recent job growth has been driven by the auto industry. The state’s durable goods manufacturing...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama auto industry adds jobs, investment in communities big and small

Alabama auto industry

Alabama’s auto industry continues to power new investment and jobs across the state. Over the past year, auto suppliers have announced new facilities and expansions worth at least $924 million and more than 2,500 new jobs in activities ranging from precision machining to engineering.

Written by Dawn Azok

Site selection publication awards high marks to Alabama, Huntsville

Alabama auto industry

Business Facilities magazine rated Alabama among the top states for workforce training programs, auto manufacturing strength, and foreign direct investment in its 2016 rankings. In addition, the economic development-focused publication rated Huntsville No. 1 among U.S. cities for STEM job growth, and No. 3...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Honda’s humanoid robot makes a stop in Alabama

Alabama auto industry

LINCOLN, Alabama – Honda’s innovative humanoid robot, ASIMO, visited the automaker’s Talladega County plant this week, part of an effort to encourage STEM education among local students and celebrate the advanced technology found throughout the facility. ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Toyota Alabama engine plant marks 15 years of growth

Alabama auto industry

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – The Toyota Alabama engine plant is marking its 15th anniversary this week, celebrating an era that has brought great growth in size, skill and significance for the Huntsville facility and its workforce. The $864 million plant has expanded four times since...

Written by Dawn Azok

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