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Here is today's summary of economic development news, a free service of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, representing Alabama's private sector investment in economic development.  If you enjoy NewsFlash, thank an EDPA Partner


In this issue:
Second German manufacturer headquarters locates in Pinckard
Foley Beach Express Industrial Park receives AdvantageSite designation
Airbus raises 20-year global production forecast 5 percent
Cullman County's next step for economic upswing
Alabama-made auto sales rise 14 percent in August



Second German manufacturer headquarters locates to Pinckard

By: Ebony Horton | Dothan Eagle
Published: September 04, 2012


The second German company in southeast Alabama has located in the same area as the first - Pinckard.


Eric Basinger, executive director of the Ozark Dale County Economic Development Corp., confirmed Brielmaier Motor Mower of Friedrichshafen, Germany, has located its U.S. headquarters in Pinckard. Basinger said the company designs and manufactures industrial mowers with a patented design that prevents roll-over on steep inclines.


The company is on the same premises as MAHA USA, which manufactures vehicle lifts for the automotive industry. MAHA USA's precision metal work dovetails with an essential part of Brielmaier's manufacturing process, according to Basinger.


Basinger said in a press release that a separate facility for Brielmaier has been contemplated, though initial staffing needs will be minimal because the company will locate a handful of key employees from Germany and have some support from MAHA USA.


Basinger said the co-location reflects the power of ODEC's partnership with local existing businesses to recruit additional manufacturing jobs to Dale County.


"Brielmaier is also benefitting from our one-stop service that helps international businesses navigate the administrative and regulatory requirements for establishing an operation in the United States," Basinger said.




[Dothan Eagle


Foley Beach Express Industrial Park receives AdvantageSite designation


BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 4 - Foley Beach Express Industrial Park in Foley, Al, has received an

Alabama AdvantageSite designation.


The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama's AdvantageSite program awards designations to

community development organizations that successfully complete a comprehensive site documentation

process. Required documentation is specific to a proposed industrial site and requires data related to

ownership/control, environmental and geotechnical conditions, as well as infrastructure status. Sites must

also meet size, zoning and accessibility requirements.


Joe Bullock- Chairman of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance

"The Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance is excited to have partnered with the Alabama

Advantage Site committee in certification of the Foley Beach Express Industrial Park. The site certification

will be a great recruiting tool for us and we will join Alabama Department of Commerce, The Economic

Development Partnership of Alabama, The Baldwin County Commission, and the City of Foley in

marketing the property to both national and international businesses."


John Konair- Mayor of Foley, AL

"On behalf of the City Council and the City of Foley, we are grateful for the opportunity for our Foley

Beach Express Industrial Park to be granted the Advantage Site designation. We are committed to making Foley a great place to live, and this allows us to afford our citizens the potential for great paying jobs in our hometown."







Airbus raises 20-year global production forecast 5 percent

Published: Tuesday, September 04, 2012, 10:20 AM    

By Kelli Dugan, Press-Register 


Citing opportunities for healthy long-term growth, Airbus officials have increased the plane maker's 20-year production forecast by 5 percent to more than 28,000 aircraft.

Reuters is reporting the decision comes after the company's annual industry survey revealed robust growth in global aviation demand as airlines seek to offset rising fuel costs and capitalize fully on servicing emerging markets.

According to the Reuters report, Airbus estimates a $4 trillion investment by airlines in new aircraft over the next two decades. Of the 28,200 planes the company expects produced globally during that time, some 850 will be freighters, and the remaining 27,350 will be passenger jets. 

Airbus announced plans in July to construct a $600 million assembly plant at Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, a move expected to generate as many as 3,000 direct and indirect jobs by the time production begins in 2016. The plant, the company's first in the United States and only its second off European soil, will produce aircraft in the Airbus A320 family.

Read the full Reuters report.


Cullman County's next step for economic upswing

The Cullman Times


CULLMAN - A long-anticipated interchange at Interstate 65 and County Road 222 may be finding new life in the coming months.

Area officials recently met with Alabama Department of Transportation Director John Harris to discuss the project. While they walked away without a scheduled time for breaking ground, the issue of money may soon be resolved.

Matching funds from the county, City of Cullman, and Good Hope could soon be in place, which would clear the way for Gov. Robert Bentley to authorize the project in December. If that's the case, work could start next summer on this vital road development.

When Topre arrived in Cullman County some 10 years ago, a plan was put in place to develop the interchange and provide better traffic flow for area residents and the company, which is in the midst of a major expansion. The safety factor alone should be enough to move this work forward.

County Road 222 and Alabama Highway 69 are heavily traveled. The interchange would relieve some traffic pressure in the area. The project would also open up a new door of business opportunity for the area. 


[Cullman Times]


Alabama-made auto sales rise 14 percent in August

Published: Tuesday, September 04, 2012, 3:02 PM

By Dawn Kent -- The Birmingham News


U.S. sales of vehicles built in Alabama rose 14 percent in August, led by strong growth for the Honda Odyssey minivan and the Hyundai Elantra compact.

Last month's combined sales of the eight models assembled in the state totaled 65,671, compared to 57,629 in August 2011, according to automaker reports issued today.

Sales of the Odyssey were 12,750, up 61 percent from a year ago, while sales of the Elantra increased 19.5 percent to 17,989.

For a look at how the products of each individual plant fared in August:


[Birmingham News]  

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