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With roots in family farm, growth blooms for Moulton’s Red Land Cotton

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MOULTON, Alabama – Red Land Cotton is expanding its home base in Lawrence County, as demand is surging for its heirloom-inspired linens. The company completed construction of a 25,000-square-foot warehouse, distribution center and storefront in December and officially began operations there earlier this year.

Written by Dawn Azok

Packaging Corp. of America plans $440 million project at Alabama mill

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JACKSON, Alabama – Packaging Corp. of America (PCA) plans to launch a three-year, $440 million project to permanently convert a paper machine at its mill in Clarke County to produce linerboard used for corrugated packaging. Lake Forest, Illinois-based PCA announced that it discontinued the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Department of Defense launches aerospace research center at Tuskegee University

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TUSKEGEE, Alabama -- The U.S. Department of Defense has launched an Aerospace Education Research and Innovation Center (AERIC) at Alabama’s Tuskegee University, enhancing research in critical areas and expanding the future technical talent pipeline for the industry. In an announcement, the DOD said Tuskegee’s...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Developer: How rural Chambers County’s comeback offers lessons

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Few people understand the mechanics of rural economic development better than Valerie Gray, the executive director of the Chambers County Development Authority. After all, she and her team helped engineer a reversal of the county’s fortunes after its traditional industry imploded. Gray has led...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Aircraft maintenance company plans operation at Selma’s Craig Field

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SELMA, Alabama -- Craig Field Executive Director Jim Corrigan announced that City Jet/Turbine Worx plans to open an aircraft maintenance operation and dispatch facility on Craig Field, a public airport and industrial facility. With the newly signed lease agreement, City Jet/Turbine Worx will operate...

Written by Jerry Underwood

SHOWA glove factory’s growth plans find perfect fit in Fayette

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FAYETTE, Alabama – For Mike Kimple, director of manufacturing at the SHOWA Group  factory in this northwest Alabama city, the mission is clear for the nation’s only domestic producer of single-use nitrile gloves. “We’re just trying to get every single glove we can out...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Commerce launches ‘RurAL’ campaign to promote rural Alabama

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The Alabama Department of Commerce is launching a new digital marketing campaign, including an online site, that focuses on rural Alabama as a great place for doing business and the source of valuable products in demand around the world. The centerpiece of the “RurAL”

Written by Jerry Underwood

Foreign investment sparks growth in rural Alabama communities

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Many folks may be unaware of the advantages of doing business in Alabama’s rural counties, but corporate decision-makers from around the world are fully tuned in to the possibilities. Foreign direct investment has been a vital ingredient in Alabama’s economic growth in recent years...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Visionary industrial park spurs 1,300 new jobs in rural Bibb County

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WOODSTOCK, Alabama – Bibb County is adding hundreds of new jobs, significant capital investment and next-generation automotive industry technology, thanks to the vision of a local timber magnate. More than a decade ago, Scott G. Davis began working to build the 564-acre industrial park...

Written by Dawn Azok

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