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Hyundai debuts new Santa Cruz ahead of Alabama production launch

Hyundai’s newest production model — the highly anticipated 2022 Santa Cruz sport adventure vehicle — made its worldwide debut today as the automaker’s Alabama plant readies to launch its assembly. The Santa Cruz, which combines the versatile open bed of a pickup with the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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

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

New accelerator programs launching for North Alabama tech startups

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Technology startups in North Alabama have a new resource to speed their growth trajectory, thanks to a partnership announced today between national startup accelerator gener8tor and the MidCity Accelerator Foundation Inc. Starting in mid-2021, four annual programs for entrepreneurs will be...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Economic development report card shows $4.8 billion in 2020 investment

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

Alabama-grown: Chilton County farmer cultivates her dream

THORSBY, Alabama – Taylor Boozer Hatchett didn’t grow up on a farm, but she has a passion for tending the land and sharing its bounty like many who did. Her father, Bobby Boozer, worked with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University and...

Written by Dawn Azok

Austal USA’s Alabama shipyard eyes production of steel ships

MOBILE, Alabama -- Austal USA, a maker of aluminum vessels for the U.S. government, started construction Friday on a steel manufacturing line that positions the company to start steel production in April 2022. Austal USA said the addition of steel capability ensures that it...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Chart Industries plans Alabama growth project, creating 94 jobs

MOBILE, Alabama — Georgia-based Chart Industries, a leading maker of equipment used in the clean energy and industrial gas markets, plans a $2.5 million investment in an expansion project that will create 94 jobs at its Alabama facility, according to the Mobile Area Chamber.

Written by Jerry Underwood

Coca-Cola UNITED announces $48 million expansion at Mobile facility

MOBILE, Alabama -- Coca-Cola Bottling Co. UNITED plans to invest $48 million in its Mobile campus to grow its business along the Gulf Coast with a project to expand its existing warehouse, optimize distribution operations and install a state-of-the-art warehousing system. “With this larger...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Initiative aims to elevate Alabama as hub for tech, innovation

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – A proposal in the Alabama Legislature would establish the Alabama Innovation Corp. as a catalyst to spark economic growth, technology-focused innovation and job creation throughout the state. The Alabama Innovation Corp. would act as a public-private partnership to promote specific initiatives...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama team staging virtual trade mission to Israel in May

The Alabama Department of Commerce and the Export Alabama Alliance will host a virtual trade mission to Israel on May 10-12 in preparation for an in-person trade mission to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to take place later this year. Alabama companies already exporting to...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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