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World travelers: Alabama-made vehicles crisscross the globe as exports surge

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From the deserts of the Middle East to urban centers across Asia and villages dotting the European countryside, vehicles made in Alabama are making a lasting impression. Exports of state-made automobiles continued to grow at an impressive rate in 2016, rising 13 percent to...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama auto sector primed for growth with $1 billion in new investment

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Alabama’s auto industry continues to thrive, racking up new jobs and investments in communities across the state. Last year, there were at least 68 auto projects, for an estimated total of 3,848 jobs and $907.1 million in new capital investment, according to an analysis...

Written by Dawn Azok

Bolta marks opening of $49 million Alabama auto parts plant

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Global auto parts supplier Bolta Group today announced the opening of its new $48.7 million production facility at the Tuscaloosa County Airport Industrial Park, which will employ 350 people by the end of 2018. State and local officials joined members of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Tuscaloosa County auto supplier on track to open high-tech facility

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VANCE, Alabama -- A Spanish auto supplier is moving forward with a $30 million wheel assembly factory in Tuscaloosa County, a project that will create more than 70 jobs. Truck & Wheel Group plans a 127,000-square-foot, highly automated facility in Vance that will assemble,

Written by Dawn Azok

Steyr Arms to add manufacturing at Alabama operation in $2.9M expansion

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 BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Steyr Arms announced today it will invest $2.9 million to add a manufacturing component to its Alabama facility, a key assembly and distribution hub for the firearms maker. The project will create up to 10 jobs, according to the Birmingham Business Alliance.

Written by Jerry Underwood

Recruiters to showcase Alabama craft beer at investment summit

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Alabama’s craft beer boom will be showcased next week at a conference that is expected to attract investors from across the globe. State business recruiters will be working the SelectUSA Investment Summit, which promotes foreign direct investment in the U.S. During the summit, held...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama wins Silver Shovel award for economic development

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Area Development, an economic developed-focused publication, awarded Alabama a Silver Shovel for solid business recruitment and support in 2016, keeping alive a winning streak stretching back a decade. In announcing the award, Area Development noted that Alabama’s economic development team continues...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama foreign investment tops $1.5 billion in 2016, creating 3,250 jobs

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Businesses based in countries around the globe continue to find a welcoming home in Alabama, as the state’s foreign direct investment (FDI) reached $1.57 billion last year, driving job growth in several industries. Expansions accounted for the vast majority of the 79 FDI projects...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama team embarks on Canada trade mission

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Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield is leading a trade mission to Canada this week that aims to build on already strong ties with the state’s strongest international trade partner. The Alabama trade and business development mission kicks off Wednesday in Montréal, then shifts...

Written by Jerry Underwood

James Hardie to open $220M Alabama building products plant

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PRATTVILLE, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey announced today that James Hardie Building Products plans to invest up to $220 million to open an advanced fiber-cement building products manufacturing plant in Prattville, creating 205 jobs. James Hardie, whose corporate roots go back more than a...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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