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Auto supplier BOCAR to invest $115M in Alabama plant with 300-plus jobs

Alabama auto industry

HUNTSVILE, Alabama -- BOCAR, a Tier 1 automotive supplier, announced plans today to invest $115 million in a new plant in Alabama, creating more than 300 jobs in a project that adds to the state’s booming automotive manufacturing sector. BOCAR leaders made the announcement...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Royal Technologies kicks off $14 million, 25-job expansion in Cullman

Alabama auto industry

CULLMAN, Alabama – Royal Technologies Corp. today announced a $14 million expansion of its Cullman manufacturing operation, a project that will create 25 jobs. The company produces polymer products, primarily plastic and foam, for the automotive, furniture and consumer goods industries. The 176,000-square-foot expansion...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama community colleges to offer manufacturing credentials

Alabama auto industry

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Governor Kay Ivey announced today that the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) will begin offering nationally recognized credentials in manufacturing skills at all its colleges this spring. The program, in partnership with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), will make Alabama...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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

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