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Economic development report card shows $4.8 billion in 2020 investment

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY -- Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, economic development activity across Alabama in 2020 generated close to $5 billion in new capital investment and almost 10,000 job commitments, Governor Kay Ivey announced today. With significant growth projects recorded in key strategic...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auto supplier Valeo plans manufacturing site in Alabama with 70 jobs

Alabama auto industry

BESSEMER, Alabama -- Automotive supplier Valeo North America announced today that it will invest $5 million in a facility in Jefferson County, creating 70 jobs and providing another boost to the Birmingham region’s presence in the auto manufacturing industry. The Birmingham Business Alliance announced...

Written by Jerry Underwood

5 trends powering Alabama’s economic recovery and growth in 2021

Alabama auto industry

The COVID-19 pandemic threw a monkey wrench in Alabama’s economy last year, interrupting a golden period of substantial growth and casting doubt on whether the momentum could be regained. Fortunately for Alabama, the economic foundation built over the past several years looks resilient. Plus,

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama’s auto industry primes for growth milestones in 2021

Alabama auto industry

Alabama’s auto industry is poised for a stellar year in 2021, with plans to add thousands of new jobs along with highly-anticipated new products as companies deepen their roots in communities across the state. Automakers are in the midst of major new construction and...

Written by Dawn Azok

Germany’s Heiche plans Alabama manufacturing facility with 73 jobs

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Germany-based Heiche Surface Technologies plans a substantial investment to open an advanced metals coating facility in Jasper, creating at least 73 jobs and expanding Walker County’s footprint in Alabama’s auto industry. Heiche, whose customers include...

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Mazda Toyota Manufacturing to launch second wave of production hiring

Alabama auto industry

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, the joint-venture automotive plant between Mazda Motor Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp., plans to resume the hiring of production positions at its Huntsville assembly facility on Monday. The company will make its public announcement during a Facebook event...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Hyundai to add next-gen Tucson SUV to Alabama family of vehicles

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Hyundai announced plans today to expand the production lineup at its Alabama manufacturing plant to include the next-generation Tucson SUV, its best-selling U.S. model. During a virtual press event in Los Angeles, José Muñoz, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America,

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auto supplier Mobis to invest $15.8 million in new Alabama facility

Alabama auto industry

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Auto supplier Mobis US Alabama LLC, a subsidiary of South Korea’s Hyundai Mobis, plans to open a $15.8 million facility at the Jefferson County Metropolitan Industrial Park near Birmingham, creating 120 jobs within three years. The Birmingham Business Alliance said the...

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Auto supplier IAC plans Alabama expansions creating over 180 jobs

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey announced today that International Automotive Components Group North America Inc. (IAC) plans to invest over $55.9 million in expansion projects that will create 182 jobs at two Alabama facilities. IAC is committing $34.3 million in new capital investment...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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

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