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Rural Alabama project pipeline sparks new growth — and optimism

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ROANOKE, Alabama — Bryant Whaley, the top economic developer for Randolph County, is riding the momentum. Despite the disruptions of a global pandemic, this rural county in eastern Alabama has seen three major corporate growth projects since August 2020, creating over 330 jobs. Whaley,

Written by Jerry Underwood

Bonnie Plants opens expanded greenhouse facilities after Alabama expansion

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UNION SPRINGS, Alabama — Bonnie Plants, the nation’s largest grower of vegetable and herb plants for home gardens, today unveiled a multimillion-dollar expansion and upgrade of the company’s greenhouse facilities in rural Bullock County. Opelika-based Bonnie Plants said the new growing and distribution facilities in...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Humminbird kicks off construction on expansion project at Alabama facility

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EUFAULA, Alabama — Humminbird, a leading maker of marine electronics products, officially launched construction work on a multimillion-dollar expansion project at its Eufaula facility to allow the company to meet strong consumer demand for its technologies. The expansion project will increase the production and...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Priester’s Pecans, landmark Alabama brand, plans to harvest future growth

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FORT DEPOSIT, Alabama – For more than 85 years, Priester’s Pecans has helped families across Alabama and beyond celebrate the holidays, and the Lowndes County company continues to write new chapters in its storied history. The pecan processor and handmade candy operation is in...

Written by Dawn Azok

Fill your holiday table with bounty from rural Alabama

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From juicy turkeys to decadent desserts, Alabama’s rural counties can help fill your holiday table with a tasty spread. Small farms, major food manufacturers and longtime family businesses contribute to the bounty, while also being key drivers of jobs, investment and economic growth in...

Written by Dawn Azok

Ferroglobe unit sets plan to restart silicon metal facility in Selma

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SELMA, Alabama -- Alabama officials announced today Globe Metallurgical Inc. (GMI),  a subsidiary of Ferroglobe PLC, a leading producer of silicon metal and specialty alloys, is moving forward with a plan to restart an idled silicon metal facility in Selma. The Dallas County facility...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Bet on rural tech jobs pays off with new Alabama HQ for Provalus

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BREWTON, Alabama – Provalus, an information technology services firm that seeks to tap talent in underserved communities, has opened a 55,000-square-foot headquarters in Brewton, a small city located in rural South Alabama. Governor Kay Ivey joined company leaders and local officials at a ceremony...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Donated Mercedes SUVs add horsepower to auto training programs

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VANCE, Alabama – As Mercedes-Benz U.S. International continues to expand its $6 billion Alabama auto assembly operation, the company is also investing in schools and training programs across the state, including those in rural counties. In turn, the schools and training programs are helping...

Written by Dawn Azok

Distillery spurs vibrancy, new development in downtown Headland

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HEADLAND, Alabama – When Lloyd Keel opened a distillery in Henry County three years ago, he envisioned a hobby business built on his longtime interest in making whiskey. As a boy growing up in rural Southeastern Alabama, Keel and his buddies sometimes ran across...

Written by Dawn Azok

Growth projects bringing 3,000 jobs to Alabama’s rural counties

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Economic development activity in Alabama’s rural counties ticked higher during the first half of 2021, building on growth projects that were launched in these areas last year despite the challenges of a pandemic. Preliminary, year-to-date results from the Alabama Department of Commerce show that...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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