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Commerce creating specialist post to assist rural Alabama on projects

rural development

The Alabama Department of Commerce is adding a rural development manager to work with rural communities and counties across the state to enhance their competitiveness in the economic development process and better prepare them for projects. Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Koch Foods to invest $40.5 million in Alabama feed mill

rural development

ROANOKE, Alabama -- Koch Foods Inc. plans to invest nearly $40.5 million to build a feed mill in Randolph County that will produce prepared feeds and feeding ingredients to support the growth of a processing plant in nearby Pine Mountain, Georgia. Marilyn Lott, executive...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama makes strides in bringing high speed Internet to rural communities

rural development

Fiber infrastructure is a key tool in attracting new and expanding businesses across Alabama, and local providers are actively working to install innovative internet technologies, particularly in the state’s rural areas. In recent years, AT&T has invested nearly $1.2 billion in Alabama to enhance...

Written by Dawn Azok

Cullman ranks as a top ‘micropolitan’ for economic development

rural development

CULLMAN, Alabama – Site Selection magazine placed Alabama among the top states in a new measure of economic development success, while Cullman ranked No. 2 in the publication’s ranking of top U.S. small cities. Cullman ranked behind only Findlay, Ohio, in the Site Selection...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Knauf Insulation to expand Alabama plant, create 100 jobs

rural development

LANETT, Alabama – Knauf Insulation plans to double production at its Alabama plant, adding as many as 100 new workers in an expansion project that will make the Chambers County facility one of the nation’s largest insulation factories. Knauf Insulation Senior Vice President Jon...

Written by Jerry Underwood

GD Copper project showcases Alabama economic development support system

rural development

PINE HILL, Alabama – A $100 million, ultra-modern manufacturing facility near this small Wilcox County town has begun turning out copper tubing for heating and cooling systems, appliances, refrigeration units and plumbing. The GD Copper USA plant also is responsible for a completely different...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama officials welcome Golden Dragon’s first U.S. factory

rural development

PINE HILL, Alabama – Top Alabama officials today welcomed leaders of Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group at a ribbon cutting for the Chinese company’s first U.S. factory, a $100 million plant in Wilcox County that just started production but could soon be growing.

Written by Jerry Underwood

Brown-Forman Stevenson mill project finds ‘natural fit’ in Northeast Alabama

rural development

STEVENSON, Alabama – Almost two years ago, Brown-Forman Cooperage, a subsidiary of the company that makes Jack Daniel whiskey, opened a mill in Stevenson to produce oak staves for the whiskey barrels that help give the liquor its distinctive taste. Since that time, Bob...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Knauf Insulation re-opens Alabama plant, citing relationships, support

rural development

LANETT, Alabama – At a ceremony today to mark the re-opening of Knauf Insulation’s mothballed Chambers County plant, CEO Mark Andrews said relationships played a major role in the company’s decision to restart operations in Alabama rather than seek a new location. “At every...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Macon County industrial sites position area for economic development

rural development

SHORTER, Alabama – Officials in Macon County believe their county is poised for growth thanks to its strategic location along Interstate 85 and a roster of industrial sites that have strong logistical advantages including rail access. In fact, Macon County last year became the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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