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Commerce taps Brenda Tuck as first rural development manager

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, today announced that Brenda Tuck has been hired as the department’s first rural development manager to assist rural counties and communities better compete for job-creating projects. Tuck previously served in Commerce’s Workforce...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama earns No. 3 spot in magazine’s new business climate rankings

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Business Facilities, a national publication that focuses on economic development, ranked Alabama’s business climate among the top states in a new analysis that evaluated a range of key economic categories. Alabama earned the No. 3 spot in the magazine’s flagship business climate ranking, while...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Georgia-Pacific to invest $120 million in Choctaw County mill

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NAHEOLA, Alabama -- Georgia-Pacific today announced plans to invest more than $120 million to add a new tissue machine and roll storage building at its mill in Choctaw County, the latest substantial investment in the facility. The new projects continue Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific's modernization of the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Ag equipment maker AGCO expands in Alabama with 50 jobs at new line

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BREMEN, Alabama – Agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO Corp. announced plans today to invest $5.7 million to relocate production of its Farmer Automatic Aviary Systems to Cullman County as part of a project that will create 50 jobs. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey joined company officials...

Written by Jerry Underwood

GD Copper USA to add 40 jobs at Wilcox County manufacturing facility

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PINE HILL, Alabama -- GD Copper USA announced plans today to invest $3.5 million in its Alabama precision copper products manufacturing facility and create between 30 and 40 new jobs in Wilcox County. GD Copper USA, which operates a $100 million plant in the...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Commerce creating specialist post to assist rural Alabama on projects

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The Alabama Department of Commerce is adding a rural development manager to work with rural communities and counties across the state to enhance their competitiveness in the economic development process and better prepare them for projects. Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama makes strides in bringing high speed Internet to rural communities

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Fiber infrastructure is a key tool in attracting new and expanding businesses across Alabama, and local providers are actively working to install innovative internet technologies, particularly in the state’s rural areas. In recent years, AT&T has invested nearly $1.2 billion in Alabama to enhance...

Written by Dawn Azok

Cullman ranks as a top ‘micropolitan’ for economic development

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CULLMAN, Alabama – Site Selection magazine placed Alabama among the top states in a new measure of economic development success, while Cullman ranked No. 2 in the publication’s ranking of top U.S. small cities. Cullman ranked behind only Findlay, Ohio, in the Site Selection...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Knauf Insulation to expand Alabama plant, create 100 jobs

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LANETT, Alabama – Knauf Insulation plans to double production at its Alabama plant, adding as many as 100 new workers in an expansion project that will make the Chambers County facility one of the nation’s largest insulation factories. Knauf Insulation Senior Vice President Jon...

Written by Jerry Underwood

GD Copper project showcases Alabama economic development support system

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PINE HILL, Alabama – A $100 million, ultra-modern manufacturing facility near this small Wilcox County town has begun turning out copper tubing for heating and cooling systems, appliances, refrigeration units and plumbing. The GD Copper USA plant also is responsible for a completely different...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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