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With CARES funding, HomTex plans Selma PPE factory, creating 300 jobs

COVID-19

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- HomTex Inc. plans to open a manufacturing plant in Selma that will produce personal protective equipment and will create over 300 jobs, made possible by $10.5 million in funding from the CARES Act. In an announcement this morning, Governor Kay Ivey...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Gov. Ivey announces $200M Revive Plus program to support small businesses

COVID-19

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey today announced Revive Plus, a $200 million grant program to support small businesses, non-profits and faith-based organizations in Alabama that have been impacted by COVID-19. Revive Plus is the second wave of funding for these organizations with 50...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Gov. Ivey launches $100M small business grant program ‘Revive Alabama’

COVID-19

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced the Revive Alabama grant program to support small businesses in Alabama that have been impacted by COVID-19. Revive Alabama will reimburse small businesses up to a combined $100 million for expenses they have incurred due to...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auburn’s SiO2 plans $163M expansion to ramp up production of vaccine vials

COVID-19

AUBURN, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey announced today that SiO2 Materials Science plans to invest $163 million in an expansion at its Auburn facility after securing a major contract to supply the federal government with vials to support the COVID-19 vaccine effort. The project...

Written by Jerry Underwood

South Alabama manufacturers switch gears to aid health care workers

COVID-19

Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of South Alabama’s largest industrial employers swung into action, adjusting their manufacturing efforts to produce medical supplies for local hospitals, health care centers, and first responders. Wendy Bedsole, executive director of the Medical Society of Mobile County, sent...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Cullman’s JELCO adds new dimension with health care PPE production

COVID-19

CULLMAN, Alabama – JELCO, a Cullman manufacturer that typically produces fall-protection gear for utility workers, is expanding its workforce and adding equipment as it ventures into a new product line – personal protective equipment for health care workers. Philip Clemmons, president and CEO of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama automakers adopt COVID-19 safety measures as production ramps up

COVID-19

Alabama automakers have been ramping up production following the COVID-19 outbreak, with strict new protocols in place to prevent the spread of the virus. Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz all are implementing similar measures as employees return to work, including temperature checks, staggered shifts,

Written by Dawn Azok

5 ways Alabama is making a difference in the battle against COVID-19

COVID-19

The coronavirus crisis has brought unimagined challenges, but businesses across Alabama have answered the call to help health care workers and their communities through these difficult times. Alabama businesses, from large-scale manufacturers to small family-owned enterprises, have shown a willingness to go the extra...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Partnership to 3-D print face shields grows into network delivering impact

COVID-19

An impromptu mission to produce much-needed protective equipment for Alabama health care workers started with two 3-D printers in a home workshop running around the clock. It’s grown into a coordinated network of partners that includes motivated volunteers, three local high schools and companies...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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