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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:
Alabama-made Mercedes-Benz M-Class sets global sales record in September
Alabama industry report: New jobs on the way to Bessemer, Auburn; Volkswagen's sales rise
Bentley touts Amendment 2 as a job creator for Alabama
Pre-Airbus aerospace industry already packs powerful Gulf states punch


 

 

 

 

 

Alabama-made Mercedes-Benz M-Class sets global sales record in September

Published: Monday, October 08, 2012
By Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com

The Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV, which is produced at the German automaker's Tuscaloosa County plant, registered a global sales record in September.

Mercedes parent Daimler said sales of the M-Class, which got a minor facelift for the 2013 model year, rose nearly 58 percent last month, compared to September 2011.

In the U.S. alone, sales of the M-Class fell slightly, by 1.5 percent from a year ago, Mercedes reported last week.
But global demand helped push the SUV to its best September ever.

Mercedes' also set a record with its overall global sales last month, driven by popularity of the M-Class, A-Class, B-Class and GLK.



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[al.com]


 

Alabama industry report: New jobs on the way to Bessemer, Auburn; Volkswagen's sales rise

 

 

Published: Monday, October 08, 2012

By Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com

 


New and expanding industries in Alabama are adding to the state's employment rolls.

In Bessemer, Dayjon Inc. is planning a $2.8 million expansion that will create up to 50 jobs over the next two years.

The company is moving beyond its core business of supplying refurbished conveyor systems to the coal mining industry. It has a a new contract with Kraft Foods to redesign and build a conveyor system for a plant in Norfolk, Va.

In Auburn, GE Aviation continues to move ahead with its plans for a new plant that will employ 300 to 400 people. The Opelika-Auburn News says the company held a meeting for prospective small business suppliers last week.


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[al.com]

 


Bentley touts Amendment 2 as a job creator for Alabama

By Phillip Rawls
The Associated Press
Published: Monday, October 8, 2012

MONTGOMERY | Fresh off getting voters to approve a $437 million constitutional amendment, Gov. Robert Bentley is crisscrossing the state to seek support for a much smaller amendment that could determine whether he keeps his campaign promise to reduce unemployment.

 

Bentley tells audiences that they need to approve Amendment 2 on Nov. 6 because paychecks are at stake.

 

"The bottom line is this will give our state a new avenue for providing economic development incentives, and that will help us create more new jobs," he said at a stop in Birmingham.

 

The proposed amendment cleared the Legislature in May with only three negative votes. Since then, there has been no organized campaign against it.

 

 

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Pre-Airbus aerospace industry already packs powerful Gulf states punch, excitement builds

Published: Friday, October 05, 2012
By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com

MOBILE, Alabama - With the October issue of "Gulf Coast Business" magazine less than one week off the presses, we know readers have brought themselves up to speed on the rapid growth of the region's aerospace corridor and delved deeper than they ever imagined into the anticipated supply chain surrounding Airbus' entry into the local market.

 

What they missed, however, were some of the nifty tidbits we simply didn't have the space to include, most of which center on the Interstate-10 aerospace corridor's claim to be the fourth largest in the world.

 

In case you missed it, Airbus unveiled plans July 2 to construct its first U.S. final assembly plant on 116 acres of Mobile's 1,700-acre Brookley Aeroplex. The plant is expected to produce between 40 and 50 aircraft annually by 2017, while creating an estimated 3,200 construction jobs, 1,000 direct plant jobs and as many as 4,000 additional indirect jobs.

 

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[al.com





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