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Across rural Alabama, downtowns are making an energetic comeback

Cities in rural Alabama are seeing a rebirth in their downtowns, with a blitz of new business openings, property renovations and multimillion-dollar investments. Pop-up shops, green spaces, art festivals and social media buzz are among the trends that are helping drive the efforts to...

Written by Dawn Azok

$120 million AUBix data center opens in Auburn as high-tech catalyst

AUBURN, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey joined company leaders, local officials and others at a grand opening ceremony today for AUBix, a $120 million data center in Auburn that will give businesses and public entities across Alabama a technological edge and enhanced access to...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama researchers focus on peanut genome to improve harvests

Peanuts are an important part of rural Alabama’s economy, and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is doing innovative research aimed at producing healthier harvests. Scientists at the Huntsville facility have partnered with the state’s farmers and agricultural industry leaders on genomic projects involving peanuts.

Written by Dawn Azok

FAA, Army turn to Auburn University additive center for 3-D printing research

AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn University’s additive manufacturing research center is teaming with federal aviation authorities to improve commercial air travel by raising the reliability of 3-D printed metal aircraft components. The researchers at Auburn’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence — NCAME, for short...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Koch Foods begins operations at new $60 million Alabama facility

ATTALLA, Alabama — Representatives of Koch Foods joined state and local leaders in Etowah County on Thursday to formally open the company’s state-of-the-art grain storage and distribution facility in Attalla. Koch Foods (pronounced “Cook”) said the new poultry feed-mill will create 32 new jobs...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Tenax plans $1 million in upgrades, new jobs at rural Conecuh plant

EVERGREEN, Alabama — Tenax Corp. plans to invest $1 million on improvements and new production machinery at its manufacturing facility in Evergreen, where it has operated for three decades, according to Conecuh County Economic Development. In addition, Tenax will create eight to 12 additional...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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

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