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REHAU to open first U.S. research and development center in Cullman

Alabama auto manufacturing

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – REHAU Inc., a European company that produces components used in automotive manufacturing and other industries, has chosen Cullman, Ala., for the location of its first research and development facility outside of Germany, the Alabama Department of Commerce announced today. REHAU’s Alabama...

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Auto supplier DENSO will open first Alabama facility in Montgomery

Alabama auto manufacturing

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Global automotive supplier DENSO announced today that it will open a shipping plant  warehouse in Montgomery. The company’s first Alabama facility will employ at least 45 workers and represents a $2.2 million investment. DENSO supplies all the world’s major carmakers with advanced...

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Daimler executive: Alabama plant is ‘proud story of success for Mercedes-Benz’

Alabama auto manufacturing

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Economic development leaders, auto industry figures, corporate business executives and elected officials gathered in Tuscaloosa tonight, not to cheer on the national championship Crimson Tide team but to celebrate Alabama’s other claim to fame – Mercedes-Benz's Alabama automotive assembly plant, which last...

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Chambers County trades spindles for suppliers as Alabama auto industry rises

Alabama auto manufacturing

LANETT, Alabama – In East Alabama’s Chambers County, the textile industry facilities are all gone, many of the last survivors wiped away in one brutal year of rapid-fire plant closings. In their place have come a string of companies that use plastic injection molding...

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AIDT, Mercedes-Benz partnership going strong after two decades in Alabama

Alabama auto manufacturing

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – When the first production jobs at Mercedes-Benz’s new Alabama plant were advertised, an avalanche of applications followed – 63,000 to be precise. In stepped AIDT, the state’s workforce training agency, and a partnership was born. AIDT has been with Mercedes on...

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Industry reporter talks Mercedes impact, future of Alabama auto sector

Alabama auto manufacturing

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- For the past six years, Dawn Kent Azok, a reporter for the Alabama Media Group, has covered the twists and turns of the Alabama auto sector. Reporting on scores of events and interviewing people both in the drivers' seat and the executive...

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Alabama Mercedes worker: ‘This job has changed me as a person.’

Alabama auto manufacturing

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Tanya Cabiness was 22 when she stepped into the Mercedes-Benz plant back on July 7, 1997, not long after the first M-Class sport utility vehicle made in Alabama rolled off the factory’s assembly line. Cabiness had been to college and previously...

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Mercedes accelerating Alabama operation with two new models, workforce expansion

Alabama auto manufacturing

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – For Mercedes-Benz in Alabama, it all began with the M-Class, a groundbreaking automobile that’s credited with creating the premium SUV segment. Then the automaker added the GL-Class sport utility and the R-Class crossover to an Alabama line-up now being produced in...

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Alabama auto family: A look at the models produced in the state

Alabama auto manufacturing

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- In a generation, Alabama’s auto industry has gone from a production tally of zero to a total of nearly 7 million. Talk about some speedy growth. The first dealer-ready vehicle made in Alabama – a white Mercedes-Benz M-Class sport utility –

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Auto supplier HTNA adds new Alabama production facility, 100 jobs

Alabama auto manufacturing

JASPER, Alabama – HTNA, a tier-one auto supplier that manufactures carpet and interior trim components for Honda, Toyota and other automakers, plans to hire 100 workers after constructing a new Alabama production facility. The company said its new, state-of-the-art plant is located in the...

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