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Southern Auto Manufacturers Alliance taps Sec. Canfield for Hall of Fame

Alabama auto industry

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — The Southern Automotive Manufacturers Alliance (SAMA), an organization representing one of the region’s most dynamic growth industries, today announced that Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield has been named to the SAMA Hall of Fame. Secretary Canfield, a key figure in the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Southern Automotive Conference shines spotlight on Alabama auto growth

Alabama auto industry

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Alabama’s expanding auto manufacturing sector will occupy center stage as industry leaders from across the region and beyond gather in Birmingham for the 14th installment of the Southern Automotive Conference, today through Friday. SAC 2021 is expected to draw more than...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mazda Toyota produces ‘Job 1’ vehicle at $2.3 billion Alabama plant

Alabama auto industry

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Mazda Toyota Manufacturing and its 2,000-plus team members today celebrated the production of the first dealer-ready vehicle – a 2022 Corolla Cross – to emerge from the partnership’s new factory in Huntsville. “This is the moment MTM and our North Alabama...

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Canada’s Li-Cycle plans EV battery recycling facility in Alabama

Alabama auto industry

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Canada-based Li-Cycle Holdings Corp., the leading lithium-ion battery recycler in North America, plans to build a recycling facility near the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Tuscaloosa County, providing new capabilities within Alabama’s auto industry. The Tuscaloosa location will become Li-Cycle’s fourth lithium-ion...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama ranks among top states for business in new site selectors survey

Alabama auto industry

National publication Area Development reports that a survey of site selection professionals once again ranked Alabama among the top states for business, citing a range of factors that contribute to an inviting growth environment. Alabama ranks No. 6 overall in the magazine’s 2021 “Top...

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Marking 25 years in Alabama, REHAU plans $50 million growth project in Cullman

Alabama auto industry

CULLMAN, Alabama – Germany-based REHAU on Tuesday announced plans to invest $50 million in expansion project that will create 125 jobs at its Cullman County facility, which recently secured a contract to build exterior polymer-based components for Mercedes-Benz’s Alabama-made SUV models. The growth plans...

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Milestone: Hyundai marks 5 million Alabama-built vehicles

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama’s leadership, team members, and special guests today celebrated a production milestone – the 5 millionth vehicle built at the Montgomery assembly plant. Hyundai reached the 5 million mark in a little more than 16 years, with the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

3 companies team for $40 million auto steel blanking plant in Alabama

Alabama auto industry

MADISON, Alabama – Three companies with more than a century of experience in the U.S. steel and auto industries are teaming in a joint venture called Madison Metal Processing that will operate a new, $40 million factory near Huntsville. The companies collaborating in the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama’s business climate scores near top in new rankings

Alabama auto industry

Business Facilities, a national economic development publication, ranked Alabama’s business climate among the top states in an analysis evaluating key economic categories. Alabama earned the No. 5 spot in the magazine’s flagship business climate ranking, while also earning high marks for workforce training, manufacturing...

Written by Jerry Underwood

‘Next’ campaign to showcase Alabama’s high-tech capabilities

Alabama auto industry

In case you’ve missed a headline or two, Alabama is moving in a next-level direction across multiple industries. Its aerospace engineers are building future generation rockets while its scientists are unraveling genetic mysteries. At the same time, ultra-modern Alabama factories are revolutionizing how products...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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