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Mercedes decision lifted Alabama international business profile

Alabama auto manufacturing

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – When automaker Mercedes-Benz announced in 1993 that it had picked a 966-acre tract of land near Vance, Ala. – population 300 – to house its first assembly facility outside of Germany, the news instantly raised Alabama’s profile in the international business...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mercedes-Benz set foundation for Alabama auto industry growth

Alabama auto manufacturing

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The three-pointed star of Mercedes-Benz is still casting a glow over Alabama 20 years after the global automotive giant picked the state for its first U.S. passenger car factory. Mercedes’ decision, announced in Tuscaloosa on Sept. 30, 1993, represents the moment...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama used teamwork, training and trust to win landmark Mercedes-Benz plant

Alabama auto manufacturing

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Alabama’s pursuit of Mercedes-Benz’s first U.S. auto plant featured code names, clandestine meetings and plenty of behind-the-scenes drama, but it was teamwork, training and trust that landed the groundbreaking project, according to leaders who were involved in the recruitment. Next week,

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama scores high in Business Facilities ranking as ‘rising automotive powerhouse’

Alabama auto manufacturing

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Expanding production in Alabama’s auto industry means the state is “coming on strong as a rising automotive powerhouse,” according to a new Business Facilities ranking. The publication, which targets site consultants and economic developers, ranked Alabama No. 2 in its annual...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Supplier Donghee America to open $48 million Auburn manufacturing plant

Alabama auto manufacturing

AUBURN, Alabama – Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said today that auto supplier Donghee America Inc. plans to invest $48 million to open an Auburn manufacturing plant, creating 80 jobs. “Alabama has a strong workforce and a positive business climate, and that helps us recruit...

Written by Jerry Underwood

DAS North America project means 300 new jobs in Montgomery

Alabama auto manufacturing

MONTGOMERY, Alabama –  DAS North America’s turning of the dirt here today was more than a groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s new 300,000-square-foot facility. Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said the project is a testament to the growing automotive industry in Alabama,  which may soon be...

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Toyota investing $150 million on Alabama engine plant upgrades

Alabama auto manufacturing

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Inc. said today it is investing $150 million to boost machining capacity and the production of V-6 engine parts at its Alabama engine plant. “Toyota Alabama continues to play a key role in our...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama auto industry grows as expanding parts suppliers add nearly 500 jobs

Alabama auto manufacturing

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – The rapidly growing Alabama auto industry is finding a higher gear as three expanding parts suppliers are beefing up their operations in the state and adding a combined 467 jobs. “Alabama is ideally situated in the center of the Southeast auto...

Written by Jerry Underwood

HS Automotive Alabama to invest $12 million in expansion creating 100 jobs

Alabama auto manufacturing

ENTERPRISE, Alabama – Governor Robert Bentley joined officials of HS Automotive Alabama Inc. today to announce that the company will invest $12 million to expand its facility in Enterprise and add 100 new jobs for the area. The company is a Tier I automotive...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Hyundai’s Alabama plant aims for record production output in 2013

Alabama auto manufacturing

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- It was just two short years ago that Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama announced its annual economic impact on Montgomery County and the State of Alabama. That annual economic impact was $1.5 billion in the county and $2.8 billion in the state, and...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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