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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

5 trends powering Alabama’s economic recovery and growth in 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic threw a monkey wrench in Alabama’s economy last year, interrupting a golden period of substantial growth and casting doubt on whether the momentum could be regained. Fortunately for Alabama, the economic foundation built over the past several years looks resilient. Plus,

Written by Jerry Underwood

Resource Fiber plans groundbreaking bamboo products plant in Alabama

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Resource Fiber, a national leader in efforts to manufacture commercial bamboo products, plans to establish its first full-scale production plant in Alabama as part of a project that will create 111 jobs in Sulligent. Resource...

Written by Jerry Underwood

SteelFab Inc. to invest $23.6 million in Alabama growth plans

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ROANOKE, Alabama – SteelFab Inc. plans to expand its structural steel facility in east Alabama with a $23.6 million project that will create over 30 jobs and position the plant for future growth, according to the Randolph County Economic Development Authority. The company, one...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Geneva County targets manufacturers with new spec building

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HARTFORD, Alabama – Officials in rural Geneva County believe their job-creation efforts will receive a major boost from a new 45,000-square-foot speculative building that’s ideal for a manufacturing operation. A ceremonial groundbreaking for the building in the Geneva County Industrial Park was held this...

Written by Jerry Underwood

JELD-WEN adds product line at Alabama facility, creating 40 jobs

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WEDOWEE, Alabama – Charlotte, North Carolina-based JELD-WEN Inc., one of the world’s largest door and window manufacturers, plans to expand production at its plant in Randolph County, creating up to 40 new jobs at the facility, officials announced today. The expansion at the Alabama...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Chambers County’s Gray wins top Alabama economic development honor

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Valerie Gray, executive director of the Chambers County Development Authority (CCDA), has been named the 2019 recipient of the David R. Echols Distinguished Service Award for exemplary service in economic development. The award, presented by the Alabama Department of Commerce, represents...

Written by Jerry Underwood

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

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