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Study: Toyota engine plant supports 9,700 Alabama jobs

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Global automaker Toyota is a key contributor to Alabama’s economy, supporting an estimated 9,700 jobs at its Huntsville engine factory and its suppliers and spinoff operations. Those findings are part of a new study by the Center for Automotive Research, which...

Written by Dawn Azok

GD Copper USA adding 40 jobs at Alabama manufacturing facility

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THOMASVILLE, Alabama -- GD Copper USA, the first U.S. manufacturing facility operated by China’s Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group, said today that it is adding as many as 40 workers at its plant in Wilcox County. GD Copper’s facility in the Pine Hill...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Cascades Sonoco to expand Alabama facility with $16M investment

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Canada-based Cascades Sonoco plans to invest $16 million to expand its Birmingham facility, creating 20 jobs. The investment will be made in water-based coating technology to provide coated paper and paperboard substrates using the company’s new FlexShield, FluteSHIELD and SurfSHIELD coatings.

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama exports accelerate to $20.6 billion in 2016, breaking record

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Alabama exports rose to a record level in 2016, topping $20 billion for the first time on gains from overseas shipments of Alabama-made products such as transportation equipment, chemicals and paper products. Figures from the U.S. Commerce Department show that Alabama exports totaled $20.55...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mercedes held keys to start Alabama auto industry boom

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – In the 20 years since Mercedes-Benz began producing the M-Class SUV in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama’s auto industry has roared to life in communities across the state. Vehicle production has steadily risen to make Alabama one of the Top 5 auto-producing states...

Written by Dawn Azok

Lenzing Alabama expansion: $293M investment, 163 jobs

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MOBILE, Alabama – Austria-based Lenzing AG announced plans today to invest $293 million to expand production at its Alabama fibers plant, creating 163 new and permanent positions over three years. The Mobile County factory was the first commercial operation in the world to produce...

Written by Jerry Underwood

BASF to expand capacity at Alabama plant

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MCINTOSH, Alabama – German chemical manufacturer BASF plans to spend more than $200 million to boost its worldwide plastic additives business, with a portion of the investment slated for the company’s plant in southwestern Alabama. At the Washington County facility in McIntosh, BASF will...

Written by Jerry Underwood

MöllerTech project shows momentum for rural development (video)

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WOODSTOCK, Alabama – Global auto supplier MöllerTech on Tuesday officially launched work on a $46.3 million manufacturing facility near this tiny Bibb County community, a project that will create more than 220 jobs and spur growth in this rural region. MöllerTech’s selection of the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama earns Top 10 spot in State Business Climate rankings

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Site Selection, an economic development-focused publication, ranked Alabama in the Top 10 in its annual State Business Climate survey, based largely on feedback from corporate real estate executives and project activity. [caption id="attachment_15351" align="alignright" width="184"] Alabama Commerce Sec. Greg Canfield[/caption] Alabama placed...

Written by Jerry Underwood

MöllerTech plans $46M Alabama auto parts plant with 222 jobs

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CENTREVILLE, Alabama -- German automotive supplier MöllerTech announced today that it will invest $46.3 million to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bibb County, creating 222 jobs in Alabama’s growing auto sector. “Attracting investment and new jobs to Alabama’s rural counties is a key priority...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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