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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

Alabama plant stars in Mercedes Brand Experience

Mercedes-Benz

Alabama isn’t just the center of manufacturing for Mercedes-Benz in the U.S., it’s also become the destination for thousands of the company’s employees on a mission to learn more about the brand. The Mercedes-Benz Brand Immersion Experience kicked off in September 2014, and since...

Written by Jerry Underwood

World Stage: 2015 foreign investment reaches $3.4 billion

Mercedes-Benz

Foreign direct investment in Alabama topped $3.4 billion in 2015, as companies based in 18 different countries extended their reach into the state. The vast majority of the 95 FDI projects were expansions, including a major addition to the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa County.

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama 2015 scorecard: Project investment tops $7 billion

Mercedes-Benz

Alabama attracted more than $7 billion in capital investment in 2015, along with nearly 20,000 new and future jobs, as the state’s economic development team secured high-caliber projects in key growth sectors such as technology, aerospace and automotive. At a press conference at the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Game-changing Alabama projects claim investment awards

Mercedes-Benz

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – A national trade publication selected three 2015 Alabama economic development projects, valued at a combined $2 billion, for its elite investment awards, reflecting the powerful impact of these collaborative recruitment efforts. Editors at Trade & Industry Development magazine evaluated hundreds of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama 2015 auto production tops 1 million, setting record

Mercedes-Benz

Alabama’s three global automakers combined to produce more than 1 million vehicles in 2015, the first time the state’s annual output has reached that big-league milestone. Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Hyundai produced a total of at least 1,033,095 vehicles last year, according to the Economic...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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