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In this issue:
Mobile County commissioners eager to build relationships, learn about Airbus while in Germany
Legislation limiting Airbus liability passes House with minor changes
The States Leading the U.S. Manufacturing Resurgence
Mtgy. Downtown Development Creates 100 Jobs
NASA in Huntsville puts new eye on the Earth with Pathfinder telescope

 


 

 

Mobile County commissioners eager to build relationships, learn about Airbus while in Germany
By Michael Dumas | mdumas@al.com 
on March 15, 2013 

MOBILE, Alabama - When the Mobile County Commission boards a plane for Hamburg, Germany, on Friday to tour a major Airbus assembly plant, the 3 commissioners say they will focus on two major goals: building relationships and learning the ins, outs and impact of aircraft assembly.

 

They, along with several city and state officials - as well as representatives from the Mobile Airport Authority - have been invited by the global aerospace company on a 4-day trip to tour the final assembly plant for its A320 family of aircraft.

 

The facility is comparable to that of the $600 million plant to be built at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, which will also assemble A320s.

 

The commissioners say the trip gives them the opportunity to foster the relationships that have existed throughout the decade-long process of courting a major aircraft manufacturer to the county, as well as building new ones that could lead to more jobs in the future once ground is broken on April 8.


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Legislation limiting Airbus liability passes House with minor changes
By Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com 
on March 14, 2013

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Legislation that would put time limits on lawsuits against Airbus arising from accidents involving planes built at the aerospace giant's new Mobile plant is moving closer to Gov. Robert Bentley's desk.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, and Vivian Davis Figures, D-Mobile, has passed the Alabama House with minor changes. It now goes back to the state Senate.

"I expect the Senate to concur on Tuesday afternoon, and the governor has said he will sign it right away," Ward said today.

 

The changes are due to a drafting error that happened when the bill left the Senate, Ward said.



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The States Leading the U.S. Manufacturing Resurgence
Exhibiting know-how and innovation, U.S. manufacturers are adding to their payrolls and economic growth across the nation. We have identified 19 states where manufacturing is leading the way...
Mark Crawford (Q1 / Winter 2013)

Manufacturing is the backbone of America. It's in our blood. Americans know how to build - it's how we forged a nation, won two world wars, put men on the moon, and shaped the "new economy." American workers are among the most productive in the world. With new advances in technology, lean manufacturing techniques, and best practices, American manufacturing is becoming cost-competitive with offshore locations, resulting in more companies bringing their operations back to the United States (or near-shoring to Mexico).

According to the Institute of Supply Management (ISM), American manufacturing continues to improve. The ISM recently reported that manufacturing activity expanded in January 2013 for the second consecutive month and that the overall national economy grew for the 44th consecutive month. The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) registered 53.1 percent, an increase of 2.9 percent from December's value of 50.2 percent. All five PMI component indices registered above 50 percent in January - including employment, one of the most critical indicators.

The PMI employment index jumped from 51.9 percent to 54.0 percent in January 2013. This is especially significant because manufacturing companies learned how to be incredibly efficient during the Great Recession, doing more with far less - this means manufacturers are reaching their limits and must hire more to keep up with new orders.

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Mtgy. Downtown Development Creates 100 Jobs
 By Jessica Gertler 
March 14

Montgomery's downtown development is moving at full speed creating 100 new jobs in the capital city.

"This is going to be the fourteenth location in the River Region," says Mayor Todd Strange.

A new Waffle House is set to open early this summer. It's the first in the nation that meets SmartCode, which means it will be pedestrian friendly.

Regional Vice President Michael Clements says they will hire 40 people.

"We are glad to bring scattered, smothered, covered to downtown Montgomery," he says. "We look forward to seeing all you all in the restaurant."

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NASA in Huntsville puts new eye on the Earth with Pathfinder telescope
By Lee Roop | lroop@al.com 
on March 14, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- NASA researchers in Huntsville are excitedly pouring over new images of Earth beaming down from a camera installed in the Earth-facing window of the International Space Station earlier this year. "Ecstatic," project manager Yancy Young said this week of the results so far.  

 

The first images, including the view above of the Rio San Pablo emptying into a bay in Panama, were taken by Pathfinder, a commercial camera and telescope combination mounted in the space station's Destiny module -- the same place from which astronauts have taken thousands of photos of Earth from space. Ultimately, NASA hopes Pathfinder will help nations and service organizations respond to natural disasters and environmental changes.

 

"We are very happy we got this particular site on the Pacific coast of Panama," ISERV principal investigator Burgess Howell said of the key wetland that provides habitat for animals and nesting areas for water birds. "It's one of our primary areas of interest, being in Central America."



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