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Alabama wins Gold Shovel Award for 2020 economic development

Alabama auto industry

MONTGOMERY -- Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Area Development, a prominent national business publication, has selected Alabama for its Gold Shovel Award, recognizing the state’s economic development success in the manufacturing sector during a challenging 2020. The honor follows a year of strong results...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing unveils first Alabama production model

Alabama auto industry

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (MTM) today announced the first vehicle in the production lineup at its Alabama manufacturing plant – the all-new Corolla Cross – following on the heels of a Toyota announcement this morning. The joint venture partnership between Mazda Motor...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Hyundai debuts new Santa Cruz ahead of Alabama production launch

Alabama auto industry

Hyundai’s newest production model — the highly anticipated 2022 Santa Cruz sport adventure vehicle — made its worldwide debut today as the automaker’s Alabama plant readies to launch its assembly. The Santa Cruz, which combines the versatile open bed of a pickup with the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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

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