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Alabama-Japan partnership grows with new investment, jobs

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Alabama is attracting new investment and job-creating projects from Japanese manufacturers as the relationship between the Asian economic powerhouse and the state continues to grow. This week, Japan-based Asahi Kasei, which operates manufacturing facilities around the globe, held a groundbreaking ceremonyfor...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Consultants rank Alabama a top state for business, Area Development says

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Site selection consultants surveyed by national economic development publication Area Development ranked Alabama a top state for doing business and gave high marks to the state for its labor climate and business environment. Alabama placed No. 4 in Area Development’s 2014...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Sisters among first Mercedes Mechatronics graduating class

Alabama auto industry

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Sisters Stacey and Stephanie Dougherty are among the first Industrial Mechatronics graduating class at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. (MBUSI), the automaker's Alabama operation. They join their father, Scott Dougherty, a Logistics Group Leader with 17 years at the Alabama plant, as members...

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Business Facilities ranks Alabama No. 1 for auto manufacturing, gives high marks

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Business Facilities magazine today ranked Alabama the top state for automotive manufacturing strength, citing accelerated job growth and production gains for Alabama’s auto industry, as well as potential for additional expansion. In its “2014 Rankings Report,” Business Facilities, a publication that...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mercedes-Benz launches C-Class mass production in Alabama

Alabama auto industry

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Mercedes-Benz officially launched mass production of the C-Class sedan today at its Alabama production facility, marking the first time the automaker’s U.S. plant has produced a sedan. Meanwhile, media reports from Frankfurt, Germany said the automaker plans to significantly increase output...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Asahi Kasei Plastics plans Alabama production facility with up to 100 jobs

Alabama auto industry

ATHENS, Alabama – Asahi Kasei Plastics North America plans to invest more than $30 million to open its second U.S. production facility at a site in Limestone County, where the company plans to employ up to 100 people at full capacity, Governor Robert Bentley...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auto supplier Engineered Plastic Components plans $7.3 million facility in Leeds

Alabama auto industry

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Auto supplier Engineered Plastic Components Inc. said today that it plans to invest $7.3 million to open a manufacturing facility in Leeds with 110 jobs by the operation’s third year. The Grinnell, Iowa-based company has purchased a 75,000-square-foot office/warehouse facility in...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Hyundai showcases Alabama assembly plant at Sonata debut in New York (video)

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Hyundai showcased its Alabama assembly plant as the global automaker debuted the redesigned 2015 Sonata sedan with a splashy event today at the New York International Auto Show. With Hyundai Motor America President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Zuchowski on the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Toyota marks milestone 3-millionth Alabama-made engine

Alabama auto industry

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Toyota today celebrated the production of the 3-millionth Alabama-made engine since the global automaker’s Huntsville plant began production in 2003. A ceremony this morning at the facility to mark the milestone included speeches by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, U.S. Senators Jeff...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama exports approach record total in 2013, with autos leading way

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Powered by rising overseas shipments of vehicles and parts, Alabama exports held steady in 2013 with a total of $19.3 billion, just shy of the state’s all-time record, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Alabama companies shipped a...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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