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Alabama team returns home after productive talks in Japan

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TOKYO, Japan – Governor Kay Ivey said today that meetings with high-level executives from Mazda, Toyota and Honda in Japan helped to fortify the state’s relationships with the global automakers and will facilitate their growth plans in Alabama. Governor Ivey, Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Governor Ivey leads Alabama team in talks with Japanese automakers

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey is leading a small team of Alabama economic development specialists on a business development mission to Japan for high-level meetings with leaders of global automakers Toyota, Mazda and Honda. The Alabama delegation is departing for Japan today and...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Industry growth spurt drives opportunities for Alabama auto workers

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Alabama’s robust auto industry has transformed the state economy over the past two decades, as well as communities scattered from the Tennessee Valley to the Gulf Coast. But perhaps nowhere has the industry’s prosperity been more acutely felt than in the...

Written by Dawn Azok

Auto supplier Yorozu opens Jasper plant growing toward 300 jobs

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JASPER, Alabama – Auto parts maker Yorozu on Tuesday marked the grand opening of its $110 million manufacturing plant in Walker County, where hiring has been ramping up and will continue to grow. A grand opening ceremony at the Yorozu facility included a ribbon...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama ranks No. 3 for auto exports, with shipments to 88 nations in 2017

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Alabama’s auto industry continues to dominate on the international stage, as state-built models were shipped to 88 countries around the globe last year. Motor vehicle exports topped $7.75 billion in 2017, according to the latest trade data reviewed by the Alabama...

Written by Dawn Azok

Toyota-Mazda plant caps Alabama auto sector’s successful year

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Toyota-Mazda’s plans to build a $1.6 billion, 4,000-job auto assembly plant in Huntsville form the latest chapter in the story of Alabama’s robust auto industry, which just wrapped up another successful year. 2017 saw major investments and innovative plans for new technologies, as the...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama metro ranks No. 1 for manufacturing jobs, analysis says

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The Talladega-Sylacauga Micropolitan Statistical Area was rated the best place in the U.S. for manufacturing jobs in a detailed analysis by SmartAsset, a financial technology company that studied data on nearly 500 cities. SmartAsset singled out the high concentration of well-paying manufacturing jobs in...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama leaders seek to strengthen bonds at SEUS Japan 40

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GREENVILLE, South Carolina – Business leaders from across Alabama are participating in an international conference that seeks to strengthen economic and cultural ties between the Southeastern U.S. and the country of Japan. The 40th Annual Joint Meeting of the Southeast U.S.-Japan & Japan-U.S. Southeast...

Written by Dawn Azok

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

‘Minnie Van’: Redesigned Alabama-built Odyssey makes memorable debut

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The latest transformation of the Alabama-made Honda Odyssey is turning heads. The redesigned, 2018 edition of the top-selling minivan hit dealer lots this summer and is already earning high marks from reviewers for its performance, technology and other new and improved features. Adding to...

Written by Dawn Azok

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