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REHAU opens Alabama technical center to serve automotive industry

Alabama auto industry

CULLMAN, Alabama – European auto parts maker REHAU formally opened its first North American technical center at the company's manufacturing facility in Cullman, creating a U.S. site to handle research and development functions that had been conducted primarily in Germany. REHAU said the ultra-modern technical...

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Mercedes supplier SMP to open $150 million Alabama facility, creating 650 jobs

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Mercedes-Benz supplier Samvardhana Motherson Group plans to open a $150 million manufacturing facility in Tuscaloosa County, creating 650 jobs by the fourth year of operation, officials announced today. The new venture, called SMP Automotive Systems Alabama Inc., will manufacture various exterior...

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Auto supplier Kamtek to invest $530 million in Alabama expansion, creating 350 jobs

Alabama auto industry

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Auto supplier Kamtek announced plans today to invest $530 million in an expansion of its Alabama operation that includes opening a new aluminum casting facility to meet automaker demands for lighter parts. Kamtek, whose parent company is Canada-based Magna International, says...

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Hyundai’s Alabama economic impact: $4.82 billion in 2014

Alabama auto industry

Hyundai’s Alabama auto assembly plant and its supplier network generated a total impact approaching $5 billion in 2014 while also accounting for more than 12,600 direct jobs across the state, according to an analysis released today. The new study by M. Keivan Deravi, dean...

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Hyundai marks 10 years of production in Alabama

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Exactly 10 years ago today, former President George H.W. Bush took the stage at Hyundai’s new Alabama plant for a splashy grand opening ceremony. Chairman M.K. Chung was on hand for the celebration, along with top state officials. At one point,

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Honda launches new automated engine assembly line in Alabama

Alabama auto industry

LINCOLN, Alabama – A new $71.4 million engine assembly facility at Honda’s Alabama plant is so advanced that its 250 workers and 92 robots can turn out 1,500 V-6 engines per day, thanks to automated systems that can handle tasks such as assembling and...

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Secretary Canfield to deliver keynote at Alabama Auto Show dinner

Alabama auto industry

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield will deliver the keynote address at the Alabama Auto Show Industry Dinner on April 30 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. [caption id="attachment_10113" align="alignright" width="240"] Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield[/caption] The dinner is meant to signify the important role...

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Honda debuts redesigned Alabama-made Pilot at Chicago Auto Show

Alabama auto industry

CHICAGO – Honda showed off its redesigned Alabama-made Pilot family SUV this morning at the Chicago Auto Show. Entering its third generation, the Pilot has received a complete makeover. Honda said the 2016 model has been totally re-engineered and redesigned to offer new technology,

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Alabama auto facilities add green projects to line-up

Alabama auto industry

LINCOLN, Alabama – Since the first dealer-ready Odyssey rolled down the assembly line at Honda’s Alabama plant on Nov. 14, 2001, the automaker’s facility has produced more than 3.2 million vehicles and engines. In the past 13 years, the $2 billion plant that sprawls...

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Alabama auto industry provides backdrop for regional conference

Alabama auto industry

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – For the Alabama auto industry, the needle has been moving toward rapid growth, with production gains, new and redesigned models, job growth, and additional investment. Consider these facts: More than new 6,600 jobs in Alabama’s auto industry have been announced since...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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