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Alabama EV infrastructure grant program could provide model for nation

Mercedes-Benz

The Rebuild Alabama Infrastructure Plan could provide a significant spark for efforts to expand the network of charging stations available to drivers of electric vehicles across the state. That’s because a little noticed provision in Rebuild Alabama, approved in March to provide additional funding...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Eissmann expands Pell City facility with $14.5 million investment

Mercedes-Benz

PELL CITY, Alabama — Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield joined St. Clair County and Pell City officials today to help Eissmann Group Automotive LLC celebrate the completion of a $14.5 million expansion project at the auto supplier’s Pell City campus. Eissmann announced plans in June...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Mercedes launches construction of Alabama battery plant for EVs

Mercedes-Benz

WOODSTOCK, Alabama – At a groundbreaking ceremony today, Mercedes-Benz officials formally marked the start of construction on a sprawling plant in Bibb County that will supply battery packs for the automaker’s Alabama-made electric vehicles. At the event, Mercedes officials also said their Tuscaloosa County...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama wins Silver Shovel Award for economic development

Mercedes-Benz

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Area Development, a national publication, has selected Alabama for its Silver Shovel Award, a top honor recognizing the state’s economic development successes in 2017. In announcing the award, Area Development singled out several large-scale projects, including Mercedes-Benz’s plans to build a...

Written by Jerry Underwood

2 Alabama projects claim magazine’s top 2017 investment awards

Mercedes-Benz

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Trade & Industry Development, a national trade publication, selected two 2017 Alabama economic development projects for its elite investment awards, reflecting the powerful impact these collaborative recruitment efforts will have on their communities and the state. The magazine’s editors evaluated several...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Auto supplier SMP expands U.S. footprint at new Tuscaloosa plant

Mercedes-Benz

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Samvardhana Motherson Peguform (SMP) today marked the official opening of a 700,000-square-foot Alabama auto parts plant with optimism that hiring could surpass initial projections. Though SMP inaugurated the Tuscaloosa plant this afternoon, the facility already has a workforce of 320 people,

Written by Jerry Underwood

2017 Scorecard: Birmingham projects mean 3,000-plus new jobs

Mercedes-Benz

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – The Birmingham Business Alliance today reported that economic development activity in the seven-county Birmingham region generated more than 3,000 anticipated jobs and nearly $575 million in new capital investment in 2017. The results were announced at the BBA’s annual Regional Economic...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Industry growth spurt drives opportunities for Alabama auto workers

Mercedes-Benz

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Alabama’s robust auto industry has transformed the state economy over the past two decades, as well as communities scattered from the Tennessee Valley to the Gulf Coast. But perhaps nowhere has the industry’s prosperity been more acutely felt than in the...

Written by Dawn Azok

Auto supplier MöllerTech opens $46.3 million Alabama plant

Mercedes-Benz

WOODSTOCK, Alabama — Auto supplier MöllerTech has completed work on a $46.3 million Alabama manufacturing facility that will create 222 jobs and serve as a flagship plant for a company with operations around the world. Top MöllerTech executives joined state and local leaders for a...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama ranks No. 3 for auto exports, with shipments to 88 nations in 2017

Mercedes-Benz

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Alabama’s auto industry continues to dominate on the international stage, as state-built models were shipped to 88 countries around the globe last year. Motor vehicle exports topped $7.75 billion in 2017, according to the latest trade data reviewed by the Alabama...

Written by Dawn Azok

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