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German auto supplier Gerhardi picks Alabama for first U.S. plant

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – At a groundbreaking ceremony today, German auto supplier Gerhardi Kuntstofftechnik announced plans to invest $37.9 million and create 235 jobs in Montgomery to create its first North American manufacturing facility. “This is a great opportunity for Gerhardi, and we are very...

Written by Jerry Underwood

New Alabama-built Santa Fe Sport SUVs roll off Hyundai line

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Hyundai’s Alabama auto plant successfully launched mass production of the Santa Fe Sport on Wednesday. Workers built about 50 of the SUVs on the first day, and they will ramp up to possibly 200 per day next week, said Robert Burns,

Written by Jerry Underwood

Toyota Alabama — ‘engine capital of the world’ — marks 15 years

Alabama auto industry

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Long known for rocket engine production, Huntsville is on its way to earning the title of “engine capital of the world,” thanks to the presence of Toyota over the past 15 years. During that time, the Japanese automaker’s Alabama workers have...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auto supplier voestalpine to invest $11 million in Alabama facility

Alabama auto industry

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Austrian automotive supplier voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. announced plans today to open an $11.1 million Birmingham facility that’s expected to create 42 jobs. Voestalpine will produce a variety of automotive components, including stamped and hot formed parts, at an existing...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Eissmann Automotive to expand Alabama operation with 200 new jobs

Alabama auto industry

PELL CITY, Alabama – German auto supplier Eissmann Automotive will invest $14.5 million to expand its St. Clair County facility with a 130,000-square-foot building and advanced manufacturing equipment for a new production line, officials said today. Eissmann, which has expanded its Pell City facility...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Buckle Up: Alabama auto industry accelerates growth (Video)

Alabama auto industry

Alabama’s auto industry is on a hot streak, with record production numbers, rising investment, expanded hiring, and redesigned models rolling off the assembly lines. Last year alone, the auto industry added around 6,500 jobs and $3 billion in new investment in the state, according...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama plant stars in Mercedes Brand Experience

Alabama auto industry

Alabama isn’t just the center of manufacturing for Mercedes-Benz in the U.S., it’s also become the destination for thousands of the company’s employees on a mission to learn more about the brand. The Mercedes-Benz Brand Immersion Experience kicked off in September 2014, and since...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Launch Party: Honda starts Ridgeline mass production

Alabama auto industry

LINCOLN, Alabama -- The redesigned, Alabama-built Honda Ridgeline pickup is now rolling on the automaker’s Talladega County assembly lines. The 4,500-worker plant today officially marked the start of production for the 2017 model, with a lineoff celebration that featured more than 1,500 cheering employees.

Written by Dawn Azok

World Stage: 2015 foreign investment reaches $3.4 billion

Alabama auto industry

Foreign direct investment in Alabama topped $3.4 billion in 2015, as companies based in 18 different countries extended their reach into the state. The vast majority of the 95 FDI projects were expansions, including a major addition to the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa County.

Written by Jerry Underwood

Honda powers Alabama’s workforce with Barber racetrack event

Alabama auto industry

Alabama students got a hands-on look at the high-tech operations of the state’s manufacturers over the weekend, while Indy racecars sped by in the background. Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, along with many of its suppliers, area staffing firms, colleges and universities came together to...

Written by Dawn Azok

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