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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:
Mercedes to sign $1.6 million workforce development pact with Shelton State
Eaton closing in Decatur, 63 jobs los
Ozark aviation school to head state's first UAS maintenance program
Gardendale forms committee for economic development
BBA's Ceulemans wins national award
Elected officials explore role in economic development at Thomasville event
Wells Fargo to hire 90 bankers across Alabama
Mobile's Warren Adhesives only Alabama company ranked among industry's top 25 nationally

 


 

 

Mercedes to sign $1.6 million workforce development pact with Shelton State
 By Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com 
on January 29, 2013

VANCE, Alabama -- The Mercedes-Benz auto plant in Tuscaloosa County is looking to Shelton State Community College to support key workforce development needs.

The plant, the two-year college and the state of Alabama are entering into a $1.6 million joint venture. Under it, Shelton State will manage technical programs, including the existing Mercedes-Benz Automotive Technician and Mechatronics programs.

 

A signing cerermony marking the agreement will be held Wednesday at the school.

 

Mercedes plans a major hiring wave this year as it prepares to add production of the C-Class sedan in 2014.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Eaton closing in Decatur, 63 jobs lost

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 

 

DECATUR, Ala. (WAAY) - Eaton Manufacturing in Decatur will close its doors in April, eliminating 63 jobs in the city.

 

Plant Manager Jason Pickering says closing is due to a decrease in product demand but the national company does not have plans to close any other plants at this time. The Decatur location will close sometime between April 2nd and April 15th. Pickering says there was little warning for the dozens of machinists and engineers who work at the facility.

 

"You're never ready for news like this. It was a decision that got made and was deployed relatively quickly so there was very little warning," he explained.

 

Eaton is a power management solution provider with a wide range of specializations, including automotive, electrical and aerospace. In Decatur, the company manufactures hydraulic cylinders used for hydropower and in the oil and natural gas industry.

 

 

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[WAAY]

 

 

 


 

 

Ozark aviation school to head state's first UAS maintenance program
 By Ebony Horton
January 29, 2013

OZARK-Enterprise State Community College's Alabama Aviation Center in Ozark will be the first to implement an unmanned aircraft systems maintenance program in the state, officials announced Tuesday.

 

According to a joint statement from the Ozark Economic Development Corporation and ESCC, the school received a $360,000 grant from the state's Workforce Development office to develop and launch the first phase of a program that would certify technicians for both manned and unmanned systems.

 

A tentative start date for the program is January 2014.

 

According to information ODEC provided from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, 23,000 unmanned aircraft systems jobs could be created in the U.S. over the next 15 years. The U.S. Air Force trained more unmanned aircraft pilots in 2010 than manned fighter and bomber pilots and the Pentagon purchased more unmanned aircraft than manned aircraft, according to the association.

 
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[Dothan Eagle]

  

 


 

 

Gardendale forms committee for economic development
 By Sarah A. McCarty | smccarty@al.com 
on January 29, 2013
   

GARDENDALE, Alabama - The Gardendale City Council recently formed a new Economic Development Committee, which held its first meeting Monday night.

 

Councilman Blake Guinn, who chairs the committee, said there was already an economic development council in place formed of business leaders, business owners, citizens and developers in Gardendale, but that the city did not have its own committee just for economic development.

 

The City Council formed a three-member Economic Development Committee. In addition to Guinn, Council President Stan Hogeland and Councilman Greg Colvert sit on the committee.

 

Hogeland said the committee met last night with the members of the community already involved in Gardendale's economic development to discuss the city's future.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


 

 

BBA's Ceulemans wins national award
By The Birmingham News 
on January 29, 2013 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Steven Ceulemans, vice president of innovation and technology at the Birmingham Business Alliance, has been selected as a winner in the economic development industry's first "40 under 40" awards, BBA announced.

 

Winners were selected from a pool of more than 150 candidates. New York-based economic development marketing firm Development Counsellors International managed the awards. DCI represents the BBA in its marketing activities.

 

"The BBA is very proud to have Steve on our team and working for the advancement of businesses in the Birmingham region," Rick Davis, senior vice president of economic development for the BBA, said in a prepared statement. "He is a tremendous asset to our economic development team and we congratulate him on another well-deserved national honor."

 

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[al.com]

 


 

 

 


 

 

Elected officials explore role in economic development at Thomasville event 
By Ellen Mitchell | emitchell@al.com 
on January 29, 2013 

THOMASVILLE, Alabama -- The Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance today held an Elected Officials Economic Development Orientation at the Thomasville Civic Center in Clarke County.

 

About 45 elected officials and members of the CGEDA Board of Directors attended the event, sponsored by PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, to discuss the role of local elected officials in economic development.

 

"The purpose of this event is to ensure that our collective efforts as a region are consistent and complementary and create the best environment for accomplishing our common goal of creating jobs and prosperity for the citizens of the region and generations to come," Executive Director of CGEDA Jim Searcy said in a statement.

 

Speakers including Alabama Department of Commerce Assistant Director of Business Development Bob Smith, AIDT Director Ed Castile and Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Director Jim Byard, discussed such topics as incentives for new and existing industry, the importance of community planning for economic development, worker training and the necessity of a regional approach to economic development.

 
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Wells Fargo to hire 90 bankers across Alabama
By Alex Walsh | awalsh@al.com 

on January 30, 2013 


Wells Fargo will hire 90 bankers for its retail and mortgage banking operations across Alabama over the first half of 2013.

"Our company sees an opportunity in Alabama for growth," said George Trible, Birmingham area president for the bank.

 

Those growth opportunities include an uptick in activity in the state's housing market. The bank is seeing increased demand among homebuyers, said Charles Gerding, regional manager for Alabama for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Competitor downsizing is also creating mortgage opportunities for the San Francisco-based bank.

 

Additions on the retail banking side should help Wells provide additional services, like debt consolidation or insurance brokerage, to its existing customers, Trible said, as well as expand the bank's customer base.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


Mobile's Warren Adhesives only Alabama company ranked among industry's top 25 nationally
By Press-Register staff 
on January 29, 2013 

MOBILE, Alabama - Another day, another Mobile-based company making a national ranking honoring excellence in its industry.

 

Warren Adhesives has been ranked 25th on Adhesives & Sealants Industry magazine's "Top 25" manufacturers for the specialized sector.

 

Warren Adhesives, located on Zeigler Boulevard, is the only Alabama firm to make the annual ranking and one of only seven companies hailing from the southeast to do so.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 




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