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Project agreement clears way for Enviva to build Sumter County wood pellet plant

Rural Development

LIVINGSTON, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey joined executives with Enviva and local leaders today to announce that the company expects to invest approximately $175 million to construct a wood pellet production plant in Sumter County that would provide an economic boost to West Alabama.

Written by Jerry Underwood

Officials mark opening of Henry County sawmill after $40 million investment

Rural Development

ABBEVILLE, Alabama — State and local leaders on Tuesday marked the official opening of Abbeville Fiber LLC, a state-of-the-art sawmill that will employ 115 people in Henry County once the facility is fully staffed. The project represents the largest economic development project in the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Commerce taps Brenda Tuck as first rural development manager

Rural Development

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, today announced that Brenda Tuck has been hired as the department’s first rural development manager to assist rural counties and communities better compete for job-creating projects. Tuck previously served in Commerce’s Workforce...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Georgia-Pacific to invest $120 million in Choctaw County mill

Rural Development

NAHEOLA, Alabama -- Georgia-Pacific today announced plans to invest more than $120 million to add a new tissue machine and roll storage building at its mill in Choctaw County, the latest substantial investment in the facility. The new projects continue Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific's modernization of the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Ag equipment maker AGCO expands in Alabama with 50 jobs at new line

Rural Development

BREMEN, Alabama – Agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO Corp. announced plans today to invest $5.7 million to relocate production of its Farmer Automatic Aviary Systems to Cullman County as part of a project that will create 50 jobs. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey joined company officials...

Written by Jerry Underwood

GD Copper USA to add 40 jobs at Wilcox County manufacturing facility

Rural Development

PINE HILL, Alabama -- GD Copper USA announced plans today to invest $3.5 million in its Alabama precision copper products manufacturing facility and create between 30 and 40 new jobs in Wilcox County. GD Copper USA, which operates a $100 million plant in the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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

Homecoming: Wickles Pickles returning production to Alabama

Rural Development

BRUNDIDGE, Alabama -- Wickles Pickles, the tangy Southern treats produced by a pair of Alabama-born brothers, are returning to their roots. Sims Food Inc., the company behind the popular pickles that are sold across the U.S., is moving production from North Carolina back to...

Written by Dawn Azok

Westervelt Co. plans Clarke County lumber mill with 125 jobs

Rural Development

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey and officials of Tuscaloosa-based Westervelt Co. today announced that the company will build a new lumber mill in Clarke County, creating 125 jobs. The 134-year-old Alabama company is expanding its wood products manufacturing business through the construction of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

New Alabama lumber manufacturing facility will create 110 jobs

Rural Development

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Rex Lumber Co. plans to build a state-of-the-art lumber manufacturing facility in Pike County, creating more than 110 jobs and providing a significant economic boost to the region’s forest products industry. Rex Lumber projects the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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