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Sweet Grown initiative connects Alabama farmers to local groceries

Rural Development

Sweet Grown Alabama has launched a new effort to help the state’s farmers sell more of their produce in local grocery stores. The nonprofit foundation, which promotes Alabama’s farming industry, is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and...

Written by Dawn Azok

Westwater Resources plans first U.S. graphite processing plant in Alabama

Rural Development

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Westwater Resources Inc. announced plans today to build a first-of-its-kind advanced graphite processing plant in Coosa County, putting Alabama at the forefront in the production of an essential material in batteries that power electrical vehicles, electronics and other green energy products...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Ashland’s Williams Fire launches $1 million expansion as growth sparks

Rural Development

ASHLAND, Alabama – When the emergency call comes in, the fire trucks must be well-equipped and always ready to roll. For many communities in Alabama and Georgia, Matt Williams is the guy who helps make sure the fire rigs are prepared for the job.

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mohawk Industries plans to add 130 jobs, yarn production at Alabama plant

Rural Development

ROANOKE, Alabama -- Mohawk Industries plans to introduce yarn production at its Roanoke manufacturing facility, creating 130 jobs in the Randolph County community and expanding the company’s investment in the region. “Our yarn facilities are very important, as they start our carpet manufacturing process,”

Written by Jerry Underwood

Trachte plans expansion at Alabama facility, creating 70 jobs in Vernon

Rural Development

VERNON, Alabama -- Trachte Building Systems, an industry-leading manufacturer of steel self-storage systems, announced plans to expand its Roof Mart facility in Northwest Alabama with a project that will create 70 jobs in Vernon over the next three years. Sun Prairie, Wisconsin-based Trachte (pronounced...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Andalusia airport gives lift to Southeast Alabama aerospace hub

Rural Development

ANDALUSIA, Alabama – Covington County’s South Alabama Regional Airport has become a busy hub for aviators traveling throughout the Southeastern U.S. The airport has a heliport that provides hot and cold refueling services to civilian and military helicopters, as well as an airfield café

Written by Jerry Underwood

In rural Alabama’s workshops and plants, quality products spring to life

Rural Development

Alabama’s rural counties are the source of some of the state’s most distinctive products, from handcrafted, all-natural items for health and home to innovative technologies that are charting the future for business and industry. “Rural Alabama is making a remarkable impression both at home...

Written by Dawn Azok

CGI marks 10 years of growth at its IT Delivery Center in Troy

Rural Development

TROY, Alabama – Canada-based CGI is marking the 10th anniversary of the opening the company’s IT Delivery Center in Pike County, which through collaboration with state and local agencies and academic institutions has grown to employ 285 local professionals. In an announcement today, CGI...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Bonnie Plants plans greenhouse projects, e-commerce upgrades in Alabama

Rural Development

UNION SPRINGS, Alabama -- Bonnie Plants, the nation’s largest grower of vegetable and herb plants for home gardens, announced plans today to upgrade and expand its greenhouse facilities in Bullock County with a multimillion-dollar project that will improve production and strengthen its e-commerce operations.

Written by Jerry Underwood

Economic development report card shows $4.8 billion in 2020 investment

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MONTGOMERY -- Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, economic development activity across Alabama in 2020 generated close to $5 billion in new capital investment and almost 10,000 job commitments, Governor Kay Ivey announced today. With significant growth projects recorded in key strategic...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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