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

Mercedes-Benz

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

Southern Automotive Conference brings industry leaders to Alabama

Mercedes-Benz

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Key auto industry decision makers from across the Southeastern U.S. and beyond will be in Alabama this week to learn about new innovations, share solid business practices and build stronger relationships with their colleagues. The Southern Automotive Conference, which kicks off...

Written by Dawn Azok

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

Mercedes-Benz

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

Mercedes-Benz

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

HISTORY: Alabama auto production races past 10 million mark

Mercedes-Benz

There’s no question 2016 was a banner year for Alabama's auto industry, in more ways than one. For one thing, workers at the Alabama facilities of Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Hyundai combined to build more than 1 million vehicles for the second consecutive year and...

Written by Dawn Azok

RECORD YEAR: Alabama auto production accelerates to all-time high in 2016

Mercedes-Benz

Alabama’s auto production climbed to a new record high in 2016, as workers at the state’s three auto assembly plants kept up a brisk pace of building SUVs, pickups and sedans for markets around the world. The Alabama factories of Honda, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz...

Written by Dawn Azok

Made (and tested) in Alabama: State-built cars first get test track workouts

Mercedes-Benz

Before Alabama-made vehicles hit city streets and neighborhood roads, they get a workout on the test tracks at the state's three auto assembly plants. Banked curves, bumpy asphalt, smooth straightaways and skid pads are just some of the features that help put the models...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama auto industry adds jobs, investment in communities big and small

Mercedes-Benz

Alabama’s auto industry continues to power new investment and jobs across the state. Over the past year, auto suppliers have announced new facilities and expansions worth at least $924 million and more than 2,500 new jobs in activities ranging from precision machining to engineering.

Written by Dawn Azok

Commerce chief Canfield: Alabama team building on 2015 successes

Mercedes-Benz

ORANGE BEACH, Alabama – While Alabama’s economic development team registered a record-setting year in 2015, the state's leading industrial recruiter says the team continues to target game-changing projects. Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, spoke to the Alabama NewsCenter after a...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Buckle Up: Alabama auto industry accelerates growth (Video)

Mercedes-Benz

Alabama’s auto industry is on a hot streak, with record production numbers, rising investment, expanded hiring, and redesigned models rolling off the assembly lines. Last year alone, the auto industry added around 6,500 jobs and $3 billion in new investment in the state, according...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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