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Across rural Alabama, downtowns are making an energetic comeback

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Cities in rural Alabama are seeing a rebirth in their downtowns, with a blitz of new business openings, property renovations and multimillion-dollar investments. Pop-up shops, green spaces, art festivals and social media buzz are among the trends that are helping drive the efforts to...

Written by Dawn Azok

Tenax plans $1 million in upgrades, new jobs at rural Conecuh plant

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EVERGREEN, Alabama — Tenax Corp. plans to invest $1 million on improvements and new production machinery at its manufacturing facility in Evergreen, where it has operated for three decades, according to Conecuh County Economic Development. In addition, Tenax will create eight to 12 additional...

Written by Jerry Underwood

University programs put spotlight on rural Alabama communities 

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Universities across Alabama are engaged in a number of activities that offer promising developments for the state’s rural communities and the key industries that power their economies. For example, Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is the site of a new program that will...

Written by Dawn Azok

Rural Alabama project pipeline sparks new growth — and optimism

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ROANOKE, Alabama — Bryant Whaley, the top economic developer for Randolph County, is riding the momentum. Despite the disruptions of a global pandemic, this rural county in eastern Alabama has seen three major corporate growth projects since August 2020, creating over 330 jobs. Whaley,

Written by Jerry Underwood

Bonnie Plants opens expanded greenhouse facilities after Alabama expansion

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UNION SPRINGS, Alabama — Bonnie Plants, the nation’s largest grower of vegetable and herb plants for home gardens, today unveiled a multimillion-dollar expansion and upgrade of the company’s greenhouse facilities in rural Bullock County. Opelika-based Bonnie Plants said the new growing and distribution facilities in...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Humminbird kicks off construction on expansion project at Alabama facility

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EUFAULA, Alabama — Humminbird, a leading maker of marine electronics products, officially launched construction work on a multimillion-dollar expansion project at its Eufaula facility to allow the company to meet strong consumer demand for its technologies. The expansion project will increase the production and...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Priester’s Pecans, landmark Alabama brand, plans to harvest future growth

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FORT DEPOSIT, Alabama – For more than 85 years, Priester’s Pecans has helped families across Alabama and beyond celebrate the holidays, and the Lowndes County company continues to write new chapters in its storied history. The pecan processor and handmade candy operation is in...

Written by Dawn Azok

Fill your holiday table with bounty from rural Alabama

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From juicy turkeys to decadent desserts, Alabama’s rural counties can help fill your holiday table with a tasty spread. Small farms, major food manufacturers and longtime family businesses contribute to the bounty, while also being key drivers of jobs, investment and economic growth in...

Written by Dawn Azok

Ferroglobe unit sets plan to restart silicon metal facility in Selma

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SELMA, Alabama -- Alabama officials announced today Globe Metallurgical Inc. (GMI),  a subsidiary of Ferroglobe PLC, a leading producer of silicon metal and specialty alloys, is moving forward with a plan to restart an idled silicon metal facility in Selma. The Dallas County facility...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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