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in this issue:
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley rides Airbus momentum in Europe
Airbus and Alcoa ink $1.4 billion deal for aircraft materials
Small business Avans gets a big boost for its space business
More work at AAD will keep employees busy into early 2013
Axis chemical maker adds 10 jobs, expands cotton defoliant production
3,000 turn out for M-Tek job fair
Railroad job fair at Clanton draws big crowd

 


Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley rides Airbus momentum in Europe

Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

By George Talbot Press-Register  

 

 

LONDON - Gov. Robert Bentley was tired.

He piled into the back of a cab early Wednesday for the ride out to Heathrow Airport, accompanied by a reporter; his wife, First Lady Dianne Bentley; his chief of staff, David Perry; and a pair of security guards.

 

He'd left Alabama eight days before, traveling nearly 6,000 miles from Montgomery to Hamburg and Stuttgart, Germany, then on to London for the Farnborough International Air Show.

 

 

His voice was hoarse and his suit was rumpled. In the past two days alone, he met with 24 individual companies at the air show, conducted a dozen or more interviews and delivered half as many speeches. In between, he fought the London gridlock, kept up with state issues back home and managed a couple of hours of sleep at night.

 

"I feel like a first-year resident, back in med school," said Bentley, 69, who was a practicing dermatologist in Tuscaloosa before his election as governor in 2010. "If I sound tired, I am."

It was a good kind of fatigue, he added. Bentley soared into Europe on the heels of arguably the biggest accomplishment in his 18-month tenure as governor: Airbus announced July 2 that it would construct a $600 million, 1,000-worker aircraft assembly plant in Mobile, giving the European company its first production site on U.S. soil and Bentley a signature win for his administration.

 

"It's been a good week," he said, as the car lurched into traffic. "There is nothing more important - nothing - than creating jobs for the people of Alabama. That's why we're here. We came to work hard, we came to meet companies and we came to meet people."

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[Press-Register] 

 

 

 


Airbus and Alcoa ink $1.4 billion deal for aircraft materials

Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012

 By Debbie M. Lord, Press-Register

 

 

The Wall Street Journal's Marketwatch is reporting that Alcoa, the world's leading producer of fabricated aluminum, has signed a $1.4 billion deal with Airbus to furnish aluminum sheet, plate and hard-alloy extruded products.

The deal was signed Wednesday, according to the story, at the Farnborough International Air Show.  

 

Olivier Jarrault, group president of Alcoa's engineered products and solutions division, was quoted in the story as saying, "...The Alabama plant is a very good move for Airbus. In 2030, 40 percent of the single-aisle market will be in North America."

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[Press-Register]

 

 


Small business Avans gets a big boost for its space business

Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

By Budd McLaughlin, The Huntsville Times

 

HYTOP, Alabama -- Jackson County is apparently becoming the preferred site for space-related businesses to set up and to expand.

 

The latest to join the growth was Avans Machine which held a ribbon-cutting and open house today at its Hytop facility.

 

"This is a stepping stone for us to the next level in expertise in the machining world," said Project Manager Brad Martin. "This puts us in line to be a preferred space machining shop."

The company as been in business since 1989 and Wednesday's event, which was attended by officials from the Marshall Space Flight Center and Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, celebrated its expansion from 25,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet.

 

"They've been doing defense work for some time and has some parts on the space station," said Dus Rogers, the president and CEO of the Jackson County Economic Development Authority. "They're a good example of good employees in a rural area.

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[The Huntsville Times]

 

 


More work at AAD will keep employees busy into early 2013.

by Patrick McCreless, Anniston Star

Jul 12, 2012

Hundreds of Anniston Army Depot employees will keep their jobs at least six more months to handle an expected workload increase at the facility.

In a press release Wednesday, depot officials announced projected workload changes for the next fiscal year will mean 386 temporary employees will keep their jobs through March. Those workers' contracts had been scheduled to expire in September.

"Our production numbers for fiscal year 2013 look promising," depot commander Col. Timothy Sullivan said in the press release. "The nature of this business forces us to remain flexible in order to meet mission requirements. We are hopeful that this tempo remains steady, which provides the possibility of further extensions."

When faced with budget cuts and the drawdown from the Iraq War, depot officials announced in January that 562 temporary employees' jobs would end once their contracts expired. Temporary workers are hired for short-term periods based on the Army's needs.

To date, 176 of those workers have been released as their contracts ended, they voluntarily resigned, or through veterans in temporary jobs moving to vacant permanent positions. Additionally, 320 permanent employees opted to retire under the Voluntary Early Retirement Authority/Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment program.

There are currently more than 3,000 civilian workers at the depot.
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Axis chemical maker adds 10 jobs, expands cotton defoliant production

Published: Thursday, July 12, 2012

 

By Ellen Mitchell, Press-Register

 

AXIS, Alabama -- AMVAC Chemical Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of agriculture products company American Vanguard Corp., recently began production at its new cotton defoliant unit at the company's plant in Axis.

 

AMVAC has added about 10 jobs at the plant based on the addition of the new unit, which will produce the defoliant Folex 6 EC. A defoliant is a chemical sprayed or dusted on plants to cause the leaves to fall off and is used in cotton production to aid harvesting.

 

AMVAC spokesman Bill Kuser said the new Folex unit will free capacity in the plant that is needed to make insecticide products for the U.S. corn market. Modifications have already begun on the previous Folex unit to begin producing corn insecticides and is expected to be finished later in the summer.

About 150 full-time and 30 part-time employees work at the plant, which manufactures about 10 major agriculture and farming chemicals and packages an additional six. AMVAC has added 60 jobs to the facility so far this year.

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[Press-Register

 

 

 


3,000 turn out for M-Tek job fair
by CHRIS NORWOOD The Daily Home
Jul 12, 2012
 
TALLADEGA - A crowd of approximately 3,000 people from all over eastern Alabama came to Talladega Wednesday for a career fair at the Alabama Career Center. Some of them were already standing in line at 6 a.m., three hours before the event began, according center manager Gwen Taylor.

"We're actually just offering the space," Taylor said. "Alliance Staffing is providing all the applications."

Alliance brought 1,000 blank applications with them, and were having to make additional copies by 10:30 a.m.

Talladega police were called in to direct traffic early on, and there was a shortage of parking, but otherwise, the morning went very smoothly, especially given the numbers involved, she added.

Alliance Staffing of Alexander City was handing out applications for potential employees at M-Tek Inc., which will have a site in the Coosa Valley Electrical Cooperative Industrial Park. Available positions include production techs, process engineers, process technicians, maintenance, quality technicians and supervisors.
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Railroad job fair at Clanton draws big crowd

Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

By Roy L. Williams -- The Birmingham News The Birmingham News
 

 

CLANTON, Alabama -- When Lee Taylor of Birmingham and two friends arrived at the Clanton Recreation Center for Boatright Companies' job fair Tuesday morning, they never imagined such a large crowd vying for 50 jobs at the new railroad cross-tie plant under construction in a nearby industrial park.

 

"I was shocked when I saw how many people were here when we got here," said Taylor, who along with his friends said they are seeking any open positions, from driving forklifts to en­try-level production positions at the plant.

More than 1,000 people attended the job fair, with some arriving at the recreation center on Alabama 145 at 3 a.m., six hours before the event started, said Hannah Black of the Wil­banks Agency, spokeswoman for Boatright Companies.

Alexa Boatright, wife of company owner and founder Shane Boatright, said they hoped to fill at least 50 open­ings at the plant, slated to open in Jan­uary 2013 in the Chilton County Industrial Park just off Alabama 145. She said Boatright has openings for man­agers and production workers, forklift operators and wheel loaders, and may fill some positions at a plant it owns in the neighboring Shelby County town of Montevallo.

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[The Birmingham News]





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