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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Alabama’s worker training efforts have helped build the state auto industry into a juggernaut, and the growth shows no signs of slowing.

Worker training agency AIDT’s success can be attributed to its talented staff, as well as state leaders who provide resources and flexibility for them to do their jobs well, said Ed Castile, AIDT director and deputy secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.

The agency also forms partnerships with the companies moving in and expanding here, said Castile, who is one of the speakers at this week’s Southern Automotive Conference, which has brought key industry leaders to Birmingham.

“Ever since Mercedes came, then Honda, Hyundai, Toyota and all the others, it’s a continuous expansion it seems. We just keep the balls in the air,” Castile said.

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