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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...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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

Alabama auto industry

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

Alabama auto industry

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

Alabama mayors share 2016 growth priorities

Alabama auto industry

Made In Alabama checked in with the mayors of the state’s four largest cities to get an idea of their 2016 economic development priorities and how their growth strategies paid off last year. Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange believes Alabama’s capital is primed for growth...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Honda shows off Alabama-made Ridgeline in Detroit

Alabama auto industry

DETROIT – The next Alabama-made vehicle made its debut today at the North American International Auto Show – the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup, which is joining the production lineup at the automaker’s Lincoln assembly plant. Appearing in dealer showrooms in the spring, the...

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Alabama 2015 auto production tops 1 million, setting record

Alabama auto industry

Alabama’s three global automakers combined to produce more than 1 million vehicles in 2015, the first time the state’s annual output has reached that big-league milestone. Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Hyundai produced a total of at least 1,033,095 vehicles last year, according to the Economic...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Hyundai to add Santa Fe Sport to Alabama production lineup

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Hyundai said today it plans to add the Santa Fe Sport SUV to the production lineup at its Alabama plant, diversifying the product mix at a facility that turns out the automaker’s top-selling U.S. sedans. Hyundai will invest $52 million to...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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