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‘Retooled’ Marshall County manufacturing base charts new era

Alabama auto industry

GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – Marshall County has a long history of successful manufacturing operations, and that legacy is helping to shape its future. Several of the northeastern Alabama county’s newer industrial residents have transformed buildings that were operated for decades by companies from another era.

Written by Dawn Azok

Honda Alabama expansion project launches with $85M first phase

Alabama auto industry

LINCOLN, Alabama -- Honda continues to build on its massive investment in Alabama and today announced a plan to spend an additional $85 million at its Talladega County auto manufacturing plant. The money will be used for the first of a multi-phase project to...

Written by Dawn Azok

Hyundai marks 5 million Alabama-built engines — and counting

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Hyundai today celebrated the production of its 5 millionth Alabama-made engine, a key milestone for the company’s Montgomery auto operations. The event comes less than 12 years after the plant assembled its first Lambda six-cylinder engine in May 2005. Hyundai says...

Written by Dawn Azok

Cullman ranks as a top ‘micropolitan’ for economic development

Alabama auto industry

CULLMAN, Alabama – Site Selection magazine placed Alabama among the top states in a new measure of economic development success, while Cullman ranked No. 2 in the publication’s ranking of top U.S. small cities. Cullman ranked behind only Findlay, Ohio, in the Site Selection...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auto supplier Grupo Antolin to open Alabama facility with 150 jobs

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Governor Robert Bentley announced today that global auto supplier Grupo Antolin plans to invest nearly $10.4 million to establish a manufacturing facility in Jefferson County that will employ 150 people by 2020. The Birmingham area location will add to Spain-based Grupo...

Written by Jerry Underwood

GLOBAL POWER: Alabama engine operations fill key role for automakers

Alabama auto industry

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Alabama is not only one of the top producers of vehicles in the U.S., it’s also a major source of the power under their hoods. Last year, state manufacturers combined to turn out more than 1.75 million engines, and those assembly...

Written by Dawn Azok

HISTORY: Alabama auto production races past 10 million mark

Alabama auto industry

There’s no question 2016 was a banner year for Alabama's auto industry, in more ways than one. For one thing, workers at the Alabama facilities of Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Hyundai combined to build more than 1 million vehicles for the second consecutive year and...

Written by Dawn Azok

20 years ago, Alabama’s auto industry started rolling with first M-Class

Alabama auto industry

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Twenty years ago today, the first customer-ready M-Class SUVs began rolling off the Mercedes-Benz auto assembly line in Tuscaloosa County, launching new eras for both the automaker and the state of Alabama. For Mercedes, the M-Class was the first mass market...

Written by Dawn Azok

Accelerate Alabama 2.0 updates state’s strategic growth plan

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Accelerate Alabama, the strategic economic development growth plan that has driven the creation of more than 75,000 jobs since its adoption, is being updated with refined targets and tactics. Accelerate Alabama 2.0, as it’s called, aims to amplify the success of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Chambers County 2016 scorecard: 119 new jobs, $171M investment

Alabama auto industry

LANETT, Alabama – Building on a solid period of rejuvenation, Alabama’s Chambers County attracted more than $171.3 million in new capital investment last year, spurring the creation of 119 new and future jobs, economic development officials said. In addition, the Chambers County Development Authority...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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