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Auburn’s SiO2 plans $163M expansion to ramp up production of vaccine vials

Manufacturing

AUBURN, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey announced today that SiO2 Materials Science plans to invest $163 million in an expansion at its Auburn facility after securing a major contract to supply the federal government with vials to support the COVID-19 vaccine effort. The project...

Written by Jerry Underwood

South Alabama manufacturers switch gears to aid health care workers

Manufacturing

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of South Alabama’s largest industrial employers swung into action, adjusting their manufacturing efforts to produce medical supplies for local hospitals, health care centers, and first responders. Wendy Bedsole, executive director of the Medical Society of Mobile County, sent...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Cullman’s JELCO adds new dimension with health care PPE production

Manufacturing

CULLMAN, Alabama – JELCO, a Cullman manufacturer that typically produces fall-protection gear for utility workers, is expanding its workforce and adding equipment as it ventures into a new product line – personal protective equipment for health care workers. Philip Clemmons, president and CEO of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama automakers adopt COVID-19 safety measures as production ramps up

Manufacturing

Alabama automakers have been ramping up production following the COVID-19 outbreak, with strict new protocols in place to prevent the spread of the virus. Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz all are implementing similar measures as employees return to work, including temperature checks, staggered shifts,

Written by Dawn Azok

Airbus launches A220 production on new Alabama assembly line

Manufacturing

MOBILE, Alabama -- Airbus said today that it has officially launched production of A220 aircraft at its newly constructed Final Assembly Line hangar at its Alabama manufacturing facility. Airbus also said its workforce in Mobile has begun production of the first U.S.-built A220 for...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Evonik opens advanced biomaterials facility in Birmingham with expansion

Manufacturing

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Evonik announced today that it has successfully commissioned an advanced biomaterials facility in Birmingham that will support global demand for the use of its RESOMER-brand bioresorbable polymers with implantable medical devices and parenteral drug products. The expansion will also allow Germany-based...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Warrior Met Coal plans Walker County barge facility amid major expansion

Manufacturing

JASPER, Alabama – Warrior Met Coal Inc. plans to invest $50 million to construct a barge load-out facility in Walker County to support its expanding metallurgical coal mining operation near Tuscaloosa, a project that will add 12 new high-paying jobs. Warrior Met Coal is...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mercedes resumes production in Alabama with new safety measures

Manufacturing

VANCE, Alabama – Mercedes-Benz is beginning to gradually ramp up production at its Alabama manufacturing plant after adopting robust safety measures to protect workers amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI), as its Alabama operation is known, said operations began Monday with one...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auto supplier HTNA expanding in Jasper to serve Mazda Toyota Manufacturing

Manufacturing

JASPER, Alabama -- Hayashi Telempu North America (HTNA), a Michigan-based supplier of automotive interior components, plans to expand its operations in Walker County with a $7 million project that will create 19 jobs. The announcement makes HTNA’s facility in Jasper the first outside of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Borbet to invest $24 million in Auburn expansion, creating 25 jobs

Manufacturing

AUBURN, Alabama – Manufacturer Borbet Alabama announced plans Tuesday to expand its Auburn operation with a $23.9 million project that will create 25 jobs over the next two years. The Germany-based company was founded in 1881 as a family-run business and has become a leading...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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