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Niagara Bottling to invest $112 million in new Alabama production facility

OPELIKA, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Niagara Bottling LLC, one of the nation’s leading beverage manufacturers, plans to open a new production facility in Opelika with an investment estimated to reach $112 million. The bottling plant, located in the Northeast Opelika...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mercedes-Benz opens battery factory for Alabama-built electric vehicles

WOODSTOCK, Alabama — Mercedes-Benz today officially opened a new battery plant on the automaker’s Bibb County campus, a few months before the start of production of all-electric Mercedes-EQ vehicles at its Alabama manufacturing center. Mercedes will produce the EQS SUV and EQE SUV in...

Written by Jerry Underwood

BELLA+CANVAS plans high-tech Alabama facility with 557 jobs

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey announced today that BELLA+CANVAS, a fast-growing apparel manufacturer with a “Made in the U.S.A” focus, plans a major investment in Alabama to open an advanced fabric-cutting facility expected to create over 550 jobs in Wetumpka. Los Angeles-based BELLA+CANVAS...

Written by Jerry Underwood

University programs put spotlight on rural Alabama communities 

Universities across Alabama are engaged in a number of activities that offer promising developments for the state’s rural communities and the key industries that power their economies. For example, Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is the site of a new program that will...

Written by Dawn Azok

Kroger creating 160 jobs to launch grocery delivery service in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Kroger Co. announced plans today to hire 161 new employees in Birmingham as the national grocery chain rolls out its e-commerce grocery delivery service in the region. The BBA announced today that Kroger has leased a 50,000-square-foot facility at 30 West...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Real estate firms plan new Alabama headquarters, creating 400 jobs

HOOVER, Alabama — Lake Homes Realty and a sister company, RealSource Title Insurance and Real Estate Closing, plan to establish a new headquarters operation in Hoover, bringing 400 new jobs to the Birmingham suburb over the next five years. Lake Homes Realty, which calls...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Rural Alabama project pipeline sparks new growth — and optimism

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

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

Governor Ivey honors 7 Alabama companies for exporting success

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey today recognized seven Alabama companies for success in selling their goods and services in markets across the globe, helping to sustain robust export activities that create jobs and spark economic growth across the state. In addition, Governor Ivey...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Evonik plans to invest $176.5 million in Alabama expansion project

MOBILE, Alabama — German specialty chemicals company Evonik announced today that it is launching an expansion project at its Mobile area manufacturing facility that will bolster its animal nutrition business line while also reducing the site’s carbon footprint. Plans call for Evonik to build...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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