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In this issue:
DHS Systems, a military shelter manufacturer, will expand Huntsville operations to add 110 jobs
Lockheed Martin to expand
Labor force rises in metro Shoals
Alabama AeroSupply offers potential Airbus suppliers one-stop online tool
Building a workforce
Red Sage founder named Alabama small business person

 


 

 

DHS Systems, a military shelter manufacturer, will expand Huntsville operations to add 110 jobs
By Kelly Kazek | kkazek@al.com 
on April 13, 2013 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - A company that manufactures military shelters will shift some of its operations to an expanded facility at its existing Limestone County site sometime this year, bringing 110 jobs to the area.

 

DHS Systems LLC, which has been operating in Huntsville since 2007 and facilities in New York and Florida, will move some of its operations to a new 130,000-square-foot facility in Huntsville-annexed Southpoint Industrial Park, according to a press release from Jerry McAbee, general manager of the local facility.

 

"The relocation of these activities and functions to North Alabama represents an opportunity to strengthen the foundation of our business through consolidation, increased coordination of our manufacturing activities, and the co-location of our research and development and business development activities with the production of our products," said Jon Prusmack, the founder, president and chief executive officer of DHS. "Since we opened our first facility in Huntsville six years ago, we have been very pleased with the high quality of the personnel we attracted and have appreciated the support of the state and local community."

 

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Lockheed Martin to expand
By Ebony Horton
April 14, 2013

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Pike County Operations is expected to expand, bringing an estimated 100 additional jobs over seven years for what one local representative said could benefit the retired military community.

 

According to Lockheed Martin spokeswoman Amanda Wiley, the company determined that an expansion of the Troy facility would provide capability to meet anticipated production schedules over the next decade. She said in a statement that the expansion would also allow for continued production of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM), as well as support for potential new production awards.

 

Wiley said building expansion efforts are already under way in a strategic phased effort over the next several years. Wiley said the Troy location, which currently employs about 360 workers, is expected to employ an additional 100 between this year and 2020 as a result of the expansion.

 

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[Dothan Eagle]

 

 


 


 


 

 


 

Labor force rises in metro Shoals
Staff reports
April 14, 2013

The Shoals available workforce has grown to the third largest level since 2000, based on data collected by the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations. There were 70,017 people in the civilian labor force in the Colbert-Lauderdale area in February, according to the data. That's 1,372 than in January and 813 more than February 2012.

 

The data also revealed 64,676 Shoals residents were working in February, which is 1,219 more than in January and 769 more than in the same month last year.

 

The Shoals metropolitan area's unemployment rate two months ago was 7.6 percent, ranking fifth among the state's 11 metro areas. Auburn-Opelika's unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, which was tops in the state among metro areas. Mobile's 6.8 percent was the state's highest unemployment rate.

 

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[Florence Times Daily]

 

 


 


 


 

 


 

 

Alabama AeroSupply offers potential Airbus suppliers one-stop online tool
By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com 
on April 15, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama - Aerospace suppliers interested in space near the Airbus final assembly line in Mobile now have a one-stop online tool to maximize property searches.

 

Alabama AeroSupply, a group of economic development organizations across the state, launched the website to give potential suppliers an introduction to Alabama's and the Mobile Bay region's assets.

 

Lee Lawson, president and chief executive officer of the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance, said those companies searching for prime real estate can find details and photos of available sites along Alabama's Gulf Coast as well as information on Alabama's workforce training, taxes, logistics and infrastructure.

 

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Building a workforce
By Lisa Tindell
April 13, 2013

Building a ready-to-work workforce is the job for educators and trainers around the country - if we want people ready to fill jobs being created in growing industries.

The Escambia-Brewton Career Technical Center is one institution that is tackling the job of educating and training high school students in career paths that should put them in a good position to land lucrative positions in the future.
David Lanier, principal at EBCTC, said many of the courses offered at the center are part of a growing industry that will continue to require a larger, technically skilled workforce.

"All of our programs here are certifiable courses," Lanier said. "Students who do well can be nationally certified in their fields. They have to meet certain standards to be able to take the test, but the certification can only help them achieve success in their job search."

Students from Flomaton, T.R. Miller and W.S. Neal high schools attend the Center and have a choice of several career fields to study, Lanier said.
 
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Red Sage founder named Alabama small business person
by Lucy Berry
The Decatur Daily

Red Sage founder and President Ellen Didier was recently named the 2013 Alabama Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

 

Nominated by the Women's Business Center of North Alabama in Huntsville, Didier opened Red Sage in March 2006 as an at-home business. The company employs eight workers at its downtown Decatur office.

 

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[Decatur Daily]



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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