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Rural Development

Developer: How rural Chambers County’s comeback offers lessons

Rural Development

Few people understand the mechanics of rural economic development better than Valerie Gray, the executive director of the Chambers County Development Authority. After all, she and her team helped engineer a reversal of the county’s fortunes after its traditional industry imploded. Gray has led...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Aircraft maintenance company plans operation at Selma’s Craig Field

Rural Development

SELMA, Alabama -- Craig Field Executive Director Jim Corrigan announced that City Jet/Turbine Worx plans to open an aircraft maintenance operation and dispatch facility on Craig Field, a public airport and industrial facility. With the newly signed lease agreement, City Jet/Turbine Worx will operate...

Written by Jerry Underwood

SHOWA glove factory’s growth plans find perfect fit in Fayette

Rural Development

FAYETTE, Alabama – For Mike Kimple, director of manufacturing at the SHOWA Group  factory in this northwest Alabama city, the mission is clear for the nation’s only domestic producer of single-use nitrile gloves. “We’re just trying to get every single glove we can out...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Commerce launches ‘RurAL’ campaign to promote rural Alabama

Rural Development

The Alabama Department of Commerce is launching a new digital marketing campaign, including an online site, that focuses on rural Alabama as a great place for doing business and the source of valuable products in demand around the world. The centerpiece of the “RurAL”

Written by Jerry Underwood

Foreign investment sparks growth in rural Alabama communities

Rural Development

Many folks may be unaware of the advantages of doing business in Alabama’s rural counties, but corporate decision-makers from around the world are fully tuned in to the possibilities. Foreign direct investment has been a vital ingredient in Alabama’s economic growth in recent years...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Visionary industrial park spurs 1,300 new jobs in rural Bibb County

Rural Development

WOODSTOCK, Alabama – Bibb County is adding hundreds of new jobs, significant capital investment and next-generation automotive industry technology, thanks to the vision of a local timber magnate. More than a decade ago, Scott G. Davis began working to build the 564-acre industrial park...

Written by Dawn Azok

Resource Fiber plans groundbreaking bamboo products plant in Alabama

Rural Development

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Resource Fiber, a national leader in efforts to manufacture commercial bamboo products, plans to establish its first full-scale production plant in Alabama as part of a project that will create 111 jobs in Sulligent. Resource...

Written by Jerry Underwood

SteelFab Inc. to invest $23.6 million in Alabama growth plans

Rural Development

ROANOKE, Alabama – SteelFab Inc. plans to expand its structural steel facility in east Alabama with a $23.6 million project that will create over 30 jobs and position the plant for future growth, according to the Randolph County Economic Development Authority. The company, one...

Written by Jerry Underwood

With CARES funding, HomTex plans Selma PPE factory, creating 300 jobs

Rural Development

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- HomTex Inc. plans to open a manufacturing plant in Selma that will produce personal protective equipment and will create over 300 jobs, made possible by $10.5 million in funding from the CARES Act. In an announcement this morning, Governor Kay Ivey...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Golden Boy Foods to expand Alabama manufacturing operation

Rural Development

 MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Golden Boy Foods, a leading manufacturer of private label food products, plans to invest more than $13 million in an expansion project at its production facility in Troy, creating 67 full-time jobs. To expand peanut...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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