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Alabama Office of Apprenticeship plans for growth with fresh funding

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Alabama’s apprenticeship effort is primed for additional growth after the U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday awarded the state a $450,000 grant to expand registered apprenticeship programs. The funding will allow the Alabama Office of Apprenticeship to enhance its activities in...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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

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

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

Macon County organic farmer cultivates ambitions with ag startup

TUSKEGEE, Alabama – A startup, minority-owned organic farm in Macon County is expanding its crops and customer base, fueled by an ambitious vision to carry on the region’s rich history of agricultural innovation. Lifetime Natural Organic Farm, which includes about 25 acres of raised-bed...

Written by Dawn Azok

Alabama Launchpad funding fuels growth plans for tech startup MOXIE

The founders of MOXIE, which specializes in cutting-edge Internet of Things (IoT) solutions for industrial companies, say the Birmingham startup is preparing for growth after securing funding in an Alabama Launchpad competition. MOXIE earned a $100,000 seed-stage award in Launchpad’s recent 2020 Cycle 2...

Written by Jerry Underwood

One-of-a-kind culinary science center rising on Auburn University campus

AUBURN, Alabama – Construction is moving forward on a groundbreaking building on Auburn University’s campus that will become home to a learning environment that blends a luxury boutique hotel, restaurant and food hall. Located at the corner of East Thach Avenue and South College...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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

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

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

5 ways Alabama is making a difference in the battle against COVID-19

The coronavirus crisis has brought unimagined challenges, but businesses across Alabama have answered the call to help health care workers and their communities through these difficult times. Alabama businesses, from large-scale manufacturers to small family-owned enterprises, have shown a willingness to go the extra...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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