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Alabama 2015 scorecard: Project investment tops $7 billion

Alabama auto industry

Alabama attracted more than $7 billion in capital investment in 2015, along with nearly 20,000 new and future jobs, as the state’s economic development team secured high-caliber projects in key growth sectors such as technology, aerospace and automotive. At a press conference at the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auto supplier Mando launching $19 million Alabama expansion

Alabama auto industry

OPELIKA, Alabama – Mando America Corp. plans to invest $19 million in its Alabama manufacturing operation and hire 32 new workers to support the expansion, officials said Tuesday night. South Korea-based Mando, one of the world’s largest auto parts suppliers, has based its North...

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Alabama firm unveils new high-performance pickups

Alabama auto industry

A Trussville-based specialty vehicle manufacturer has debuted the latest versions of an off-road, high-performance pickup that's a key part of its product lineup. SCA Performance is rolling out to dealers the redesigned 2016 Black Widow, which is built on both the Chevrolet Silverado and...

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Honda debuts redesigned Alabama-made Acura MDX

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Honda debuted a redesigned 2017 Acura MDX luxury sport utility at the New York International Auto Show, making it the latest in a string of new or updated models joining production lines in Alabama. The all-new MDX, which will be built at Honda’s manufacturing...

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Game-changing Alabama projects claim investment awards

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – A national trade publication selected three 2015 Alabama economic development projects, valued at a combined $2 billion, for its elite investment awards, reflecting the powerful impact of these collaborative recruitment efforts. Editors at Trade & Industry Development magazine evaluated hundreds of...

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Canadian auto supplier Kobay Enstel plans Alabama factory

Alabama auto industry

OXFORD, Alabama -- Canadian automotive supplier Kobay Enstel announced plans today to create at least 75 jobs over three years at a new facility in Calhoun County. The Calhoun County Economic Development Council said Kobay Enstel, which stamps metal parts for auto seats, is...

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Alabama auto exports span the globe to set record

Alabama auto industry

From the Far East to the Arabian Desert, Alabama-built vehicles continue to make their mark across the globe. The value of Alabama auto exports topped $7 billion last year, a record annual total and a 5.8 percent gain from 2014. Meanwhile, overseas shipments of...

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Alabama 2015 exports hover near record amid global struggles

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Despite headwinds in global markets, Alabama exports in 2015 held steady at near-record levels on growing overseas shipments of products such as transportation equipment, primary metals and machinery. Figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce show that Alabama exports totaled $19.37...

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Alabama-built Elantra stars in Hyundai Super Bowl 50 ads

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Hyundai is showcasing the features of its redesigned 2017 Alabama-built Elantra sedan in Super Bowl 50 commercials starring actor Ryan Reynolds and a pair of frightening but chatty bears. The two spots are part of a Super Bowl blitz by the automaker, which has...

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Alabama-made Ridgeline Super Bowl 50 spot leads the flock

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Honda is using a flock of sheep to sing the praises of the automaker’s all-new 2017 Alabama-made Ridgeline pickup in a 60-second commercial during Sunday’s Super Bowl 50. Honda this week offered a sneak peak of its “A New Truck to Love” spot featuring...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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