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Alabama exports regain momentum with 22% increase in 2021

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Alabama’s exports in 2021 surged more than 20% in value compared to the previous year, surpassing pre-pandemic levels and indicating the underlying resilience of the state’s economy. New federal government figures show that Alabama’s exports...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Commerce taps Christina Stimpson to lead international trade efforts

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — The Alabama Department of Commerce announced today that Christina Stimpson, an international business professional with experience in export promotion, foreign direct investment strategy and business recruitment, will take the helm of the department’s Office of International Trade later this month. Stimpson...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Commerce’s Lockhart retires after 24 years of helping Alabama firms go global

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Hilda Lockhart, the international business expert who helped countless Alabama companies explore new markets and opportunities in every corner of the globe, is retiring from her position at the Alabama Department of Commerce. For the past 24 years, Lockhart has served...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Airbus Alabama facility in line to build tanker aircraft with Lockheed Martin

MOBILE, Alabama — The Airbus manufacturing facility in Mobile is poised for potential growth thanks to plans announced today by the aerospace company and Lockheed Martin to collaborate on a refueling tanker aircraft if the partners win an Air Force competition. Outlined today at...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Dura opens high-tech factory in Muscle Shoals for EV battery enclosures

MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey joined officials with Dura Automotive Systems today to celebrate the formal unveiling of the company’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Muscle Shoals, which will produce electric vehicle battery enclosures. The 200,000-square-foot facility is expected to employ more...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing marks production launch of Mazda CX-50

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Mazda Toyota Manufacturing today marked the start of mass production of the all-new Mazda CX-50 sport utility at the joint venture assembly plant in Alabama, with cheers from the plant’s workforce. The launch ceremony featured guests and high-ranking Mazda executives, including...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama automakers gear up for new milestones in 2022

Alabama’s automakers are eyeing growth on many fronts in 2022, with plans for new models, additional employees and advanced technology that will help usher in the next era of vehicle manufacturing in the state. Mazda Toyota Manufacturing will continue to ramp up its auto...

Written by Dawn Azok

Fetch Rewards to create 200 jobs at new Alabama office and support hub

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Fetch Rewards, the nation’s fastest-growing consumer rewards app, plans to open an office facility and customer service hub in Birmingham, where it will create 200 full-time jobs. The project, which involves an investment totaling $1...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Publication names Landing HQ recruitment its Startup ‘Deal of the Year’

Business Facilities, a national publication focusing on economic development, has selected Alabama’s recruitment of Landing’s headquarters relocation project as one of its “Deals of the Year” in a new ranking. Landing, a company building a nationwide network of fully furnished apartments available in a...

Written by Jerry Underwood

HarbisonWalker to invest $25 million to restart Alabama plant with 50 workers

FAIRFIELD, Alabama — Pennsylvania-based HarbisonWalker International announced plans today to invest $25 million to convert its closed property near Birmingham into “Alabama One,” an advanced refractories manufacturing hub for steelmakers in the Southeast. Construction on the AL 1 facility in Fairfield during the first...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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