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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

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

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