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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:
Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier: 'Thanks to Mobile, the sun will never set on Airbus'
Alabama Hyundai Supplier Finishes Expansion, Hope To Launch Next Expansion Fall 2013
Mercedes-Benz details hiring process for new jobs at Alabama plant
Safran Engineering Services, first Alabama Airbus supplier, marks opening in Mobile
Closing the Skills Gap Leaders in education, business and government are partnering to make Alabama's future workforce more career ready

 


 

Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier: 'Thanks to Mobile, the sun will never set on Airbus'
By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com 
on April 08, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama - The significance of Airbus' investment in Mobile took center stage Monday as a who's who of the aviation industry broke ground on a $600 million final assembly line at Brookley Aeroplex.

 

"This represents the real transformation of Airbus into a truly global company," Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer Fabrice Bregier told the crowd of dignitaries gathered under a sprawling tent on the tarmac alongside a JetBlue A320.

 

With production facilities in Europe, Asia and now the United States, Airbus enjoyed a milestone of its own as ceremonial shovels turned Alabama's red clay, Bregier said.

 

"Thanks to Mobile, the sun will never set on Airbus," he told the cheering crowd, reinforcing the integral role the Mobile facility will play in helping the Toulouse, France-based planemaker execute its long-term growth strategy.

 

 

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Alabama Hyundai Supplier Finishes Expansion, Hope To Launch Next Expansion Fall 2013
By Catalina Trivino
April 9, 2013

In Luverne, one Hyundai supplier has finished it's third expansion in less than six years and plant managers tell us they plan to get even bigger in the near future.

 

SMART Alabama has recently wrapped up an expansion, where they've put in a new addition to the plant. And they're not stopping there... in a few months, they'll have another expansion.

 

Crenshaw County's biggest manufacturing employer is getting even bigger. SMART Alabama is one of Hyundai's stamping and body assembly suppliers and it's just finished a 30,000 square foot addition to the plant.

 

It's about a $1.5 million investment. and with the recent news of record sales for Hyundai, General Manager of Administration for SMART, Gary Sport, says they had to keep up with demand.

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[wncftv.com]

 


 


 


 

 


 

Mercedes-Benz details hiring process for new jobs at Alabama plant
Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com 
on April 08, 2013 

The Mercedes-Benz auto plant in Tuscaloosa County is moving forward with its plan to fill the bulk of 1,000 new jobs tied to the addition of the C-Class sedan to its assembly lines.
 

Ads with details about the application process began running last week in newspapers across central and western Alabama.

 

The state's worker training agency, AIDT, will screen the applicants. Those interested in jobs are to go through AIDT's website, www.aidt.edu/jobs, to apply. Click on the link for Mercedes-Benz U.S. International production jobs.

 

There's also a link for maintenance positions for those who qualify.

The majority of the hiring from this pool of candidates will happen late this year and early next year to coincide with the C-Class launch, said Felyicia Jerald, a spokeswoman for the Mercedes plant.


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Safran Engineering Services, first Alabama Airbus supplier, marks opening in Mobile

 April 8, 2013

 

MOBILE, Alabama -- The first Airbus supplier to land in Mobile Brookley Aeroplex, Safran Engineering Services, did some celebrating of its own today before the aviation giant staged a groundbreaking ceremony at the site whereit will produce the A320 family of passenger jets.

 

 At a grand-opening ceremony this morning, Bruno Bernard, chief executive of Safran Engineering Services, said his firm wanted to place its new operation in close proximity to Airbus' first U.S. manufacturing facility. The sentiment was cheered by Alabama officials courting Airbus suppliers to come to the state.

 

France-based Safran is a major aerospace company that works as a partner with Airbus and other industry players. Safran Engineering Services' Mobile Brookley Aeroplex office is expected to employ 50 highly skilled workers - positions that Bernard said his firm can fill thanks to help of AIDT, Alabama's top-rated worker training program.

With events like the Safran grand opening and Airbus groundbreaking on the same day, Bernard said Mobile and Alabama are creating the kind of moments that signify accelerate momentum in the aerospace industry. "It's the work and the networking we do that will ultimately determine our success," he said.

 

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[madeinalabama.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


Closing the Skills Gap Leaders in education, business and government are partnering to make Alabama's future workforce more career ready, with critical decision making and problem solving skills at the top of the agenda.
GAIL ALLYN SHORT

Even with an unemployment rate hovering at around 7.9 percent, many U.S. industry leaders say that one of their toughest challenges is finding employees who possess the skills they need for their businesses.

 

This frustration was reflected in the 2012 annual ManpowerGroup Talent Shortage Survey that found that 49 percent of employers polled admitted having problems finding skilled workers. The 1,300 U.S. employers surveyed reported that the hardest workers to find and hire were skilled tradesmen, as well as mechanics, machinists and machine operators, IT staff and sales representatives.

 

"This skills mismatch has major ramifications on employment and business success in the United States and around the globe," said the president of ManpowerGroup of the Americas, Jonas Prising. "Wise corporate leaders are doing something about it, and we increasingly see that they are developing workforce strategies and partnerships with local educational institutions to train their next generation of workers."

 

To help close the "skills gap" in Alabama, Gov. Robert Bentley, in January, signed an executive order establishing a College and Career Ready Task Force made up of representatives from K-12, two- and four-year colleges and universities and members of the business community. The group plans to meet routinely to discuss the kinds of skills needed in today's workplace. Educators from K-12 schools and two- and four-year colleges and universities will use the feedback they gain from business and industry leaders, along with their own expertise, to develop new programs aimed at teaching students the skills sought by today's employers. The goal, says Bentley, echoed by other officials, is to help students move "seamlessly from high school to college and eventually the workforce."


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[BusinessAlabama.com]

 

 

 




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