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Alabama business leaders meet with Ambassador Lighthizer, key trade official

Alabama auto industry

VANCE, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey and a group of Alabama industrial leaders on Friday hosted Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative, at the Mercedes-Benz manufacturing complex for a high-level discussion on the Trump Administration’s trade and economic growth policies. Ambassador Lighthizer shared...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mercedes Alabama plant launches production of ultra-luxury Maybach

Alabama auto industry

VANCE, Alabama – Workers at Alabama’s Mercedes-Benz plant have produced an all-new model that the company calls the peak of SUV luxury. The first customer-ready Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 built in Alabama rolled off the assembly line at the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International facility in Tuscaloosa...

Written by Dawn Azok

Denmark’s Mountain Top Industries selects Alabama for its first U.S. plant

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Denmark-based Mountain Top Industries, which specializes in aluminum roll covers for pickup trucks, plans to open a 73,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Montgomery as the company expands into the U.S. market. Mountain Top Industries announced today that it will invest $13.3 million to...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Aftermarket wheel supplier Wheel Pros expands with Auburn facility

Alabama auto industry

AUBURN, Alabama – Wheel Pros, a U.S. aftermarket wheel supplier, has acquired the assets of an aluminum wheel manufacturing facility in Auburn and plans to open its second U.S. operation there. “We welcome Wheel Pros to Alabama and congratulate them on choosing Auburn to...

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Site consultants rank Alabama a top state in Area Development survey

Alabama auto industry

Site selection professionals surveyed by national publication Area Development once again ranked Alabama among the top states for doing business, citing a range of factors that underpin a business-friendly environment. Alabama ranks No. 6 overall in the magazine’s 2020 “Top States for Doing Business”

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DURA Automotive to produce EV battery trays at new Alabama facility

Alabama auto industry

MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama – Michigan-based DURA Automotive Systems announced plans today to invest $59 million to open a manufacturing facility in Muscle Shoals that will produce battery trays for electric vehicles. The project, which includes critical support from the Shoals Economic Development Authority, will...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing to boost Alabama investment by $830 million

Alabama auto industry

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (MTM), the joint venture between automakers Mazda Motor Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp., plans to make an additional $830 million investment in Alabama to incorporate new cutting-edge manufacturing technologies to its production lines and provide enhanced training to...

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Toyota Alabama installing 3.3-acre solar array in environmental push

Alabama auto industry

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – The Toyota engine plant in Huntsville is playing a key role in the automaker’s new solar energy plan, as part of a $9.3 million investment designed to cut the need for outside energy in its operations across three states. The company...

Written by Dawn Azok

Publication gives Alabama high marks for business climate, workforce training

Alabama auto industry

Alabama received high rankings for its workforce development programs and auto manufacturing strength in a new report from Business Facilities magazine, which also picked Birmingham and Huntsville as top cities for business climate. In the 16th installment of its Annual State and Metro Rankings...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Milestones bring Toyota Alabama closer to increased engine production

Alabama auto industry

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Toyota Alabama announced todady that it achieved two significant milestones this month as part of an ongoing expansion, a $288 million project originally announced in March 2019. The milestones include the start of production for the all-new, redesigned 4-cylinder engine at...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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