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Knauf Insulation to expand Alabama plant, create 100 jobs

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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

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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...

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

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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

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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...

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

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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...

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Macon County industrial sites position area for economic development

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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

Central location, workforce pave way for Cullman expansion projects

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CULLMAN, Alabama – The way Garlan Gudger Jr. sees it, Cullman’s vitality and business-friendly atmosphere make the city an ideal spot to live and work. A string of business expansions and new economic development projects in the community serves to confirm his belief. “Cullman...

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Rural Alabama economic development gets new push with team approach

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Job-creation efforts in rural Alabama are gaining momentum from an increased level of cooperation between economic developers at state and local levels and a regional approach that has helped sharpen strategic thinking and build alliances. Wayne Vardaman, executive director of the...

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Chambers County trades spindles for suppliers as Alabama auto industry rises

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LANETT, Alabama – In East Alabama’s Chambers County, the textile industry facilities are all gone, many of the last survivors wiped away in one brutal year of rapid-fire plant closings. In their place have come a string of companies that use plastic injection molding...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auto supplier HTNA adds new Alabama production facility, 100 jobs

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JASPER, Alabama – HTNA, a tier-one auto supplier that manufactures carpet and interior trim components for Honda, Toyota and other automakers, plans to hire 100 workers after constructing a new Alabama production facility. The company said its new, state-of-the-art plant is located in the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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