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In this issue:
AIAG Partners with Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association to Help Boost Alabama Automotive Supply Base
New name but same goal for business development group
Alabama's biotechnology industry to be represented at international convention
Airbus' largest logistical supplier, Kuehne + Nagel, opening Mobile office (updated)
Regional Review: Southern States Are Hub for Foreign Automakers & Suppliers
Alabama colleges to get $588K from ExxonMobile
Birding trail opening at Lake Lurleen
Boeing's first office at Redstone Gateway open and ready to help send America back to space
Conversation on livability here Thursday
Sequester and Economic Uncertainty Hold Statewide Business Confidence to 47.7

 


 

 

AIAG Partners with Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association to Help Boost Alabama Automotive Supply Base
April 17, 2013

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., -- AIAG, the not-for-profit, member-supported organization that helps automotive companies operate at peak performance, has joined forces with the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association (AAMA) to give Alabama automotive companies easier access to tools and training for educating their workforce, increasing quality and improving costs

 

. The collaboration grants a complimentary one-year membership in AIAG for AAMA members not currently affiliated with AIAG to help boost transformational quality and process improvement initiatives in the Alabama automotive supply chain.

 

"The automotive industry is greatly expanding its manufacturing footprint in Southern states like Alabama, and it is imperative that we provide this new generation of automotive companies access to the 'know-how' and 'know-who' they will need to be successful," said J. Scot Sharland, executive director of AIAG.

 

"AIAG brings benefits to the table that our members cannot get anywhere else, putting them in the best position to compete and grow in the global automotive market," said Lew Drummond, Executive Director of AAMA.

 

AIAG is in its fourth decade of bringing together automotive companies large and small to work collectively and collaboratively to improve industry standards, streamline processes and develop common business practices. A membership in AIAG allows companies to learn and adopt best practices and standards in the areas of corporate responsibility, supply chain management and quality. The value offered will help companies better meet a multinational corporation's performance expectations and serve the global market.

 

 

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[Wall Street Journal]

 


 


 


 

 


 

 

New name but same goal for business development group
By Kyle Mooty
April 17, 2013

Jonathan Tullos throws out statistics that make even the most seasoned native of the Wiregrass area pause. As executive director of the Wiregrass EDC (Economic Development Corp.) -- formerly known as the Enterprise Coffee Geneva Economic Development Corp. -- Tullos has the facts to backup his stats.

 

"There are 58,763 people within a five-mile radius of downtown Enterprise," Tullos said. "There are 86,791 within a 10-mile radius, and 152,096 within 20 miles, and that does not include Dothan. Enterprise is the third-largest town south of Montgomery."

All of this and much more can be found on the non-profit group's web site at www.wiregrassedc.com.

 

For the previous 10 years, Enterprise enjoyed a 13.8 percent spike in jobs, well ahead of the state's 5.9 percent increase and the national average of 7.9 percent.

 

Tullos and Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell recently visited South Korea on a business trip, and Tullos later visited Fort Worth, Texas, for a similar mission to bring more industry to the area.


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[Dothan Eagle]

 

 

 


 


 


 

 


 

Alabama's biotechnology industry to be represented at international convention
By Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com 
on April 16, 2013

A nonprofit group that represents the businesses and scientists that are a part of Alabama's biotechnology industry will represent their interests for the first time at the BIO 2013 International Convention in Chicago.

BioAlabama will debut a new state pavilion at the event, scheduled for April 22-25. The convention, which attracts more than 15,000 attendees each year, spotlights pressing issues, emerging trends and best practices for biotechnology companies.

 

"It is important for Alabama's growing life science industry to make sure its voice is heard on a national level," David Winwood, chairman of the board for BioAlabama, said in a statement.  "The BIO meeting will provide a great forum for the state to highlight recent successes while sending a global signal to the world that Alabama is serious about attracting, growing and developing a premier biotechnology industry."

 

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[al.com]

 


 


 


 

 


 

 

Airbus' largest logistical supplier, Kuehne + Nagel, opening Mobile office (updated)
By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com 
on April 16, 2013 

MOBILE, Alabama - Mobile will soon welcome its second Airbus-related supplier with Kuehne + Nagel North America announcing plans Tuesday to open an office in the Port City.

 

Mobile Mayor Sam Jones, who was in Atlanta Tuesday morning for the formal announcement, will brief reporters on specifics when his plane arrives at Mobile Regional Airport at 2 p.m.

 

Kuehne + Nagel, the world's largest logistic company, is the principal logistical supplier for Airbus' operations in Hamburg, Germany. The planemaker broke ground April 8 on a $600 million final assembly line at Mobile's Brookley Aeroplex that - like the Hamburg facility - will focus on production of A320 family aircraft.

 

According to a press release issued by Kuehne + Nagel, the Mobile office will "focus on offering logistics solutions to companies from the aerospace industry as well as from the oil and gas and marine sectors." Specifically, the company develops and implements customized solutions for companies in the field of maintenance, repair, overhaul, ground handling and in-flight services.


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[al.com]

 

 


 


 


 

 


 

 

Regional Review: Southern States Are Hub for Foreign Automakers & Suppliers
Beth Mattson-Teig
(Location USA / April 2013)

Over the past decade, the South has emerged as a manufacturing hub for big automakers. Major international firms such as Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and Volkswagen are just a few of the players that have a strong and growing presence in the South. As the auto industry continues to recover, that formidable industry cluster is fueling growth across Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Kentucky alone has seen more than $2.8 billion in total investment and more than 12,500 new jobs created in the automotive sector over the past three years (January 2010 through December 2012). "That accounts for more than one third of the new investment that was made in the state over that period," says Kentucky's Business Development Commissioner Erik Dunnigan. 

Toyota, for example, set up operations in Georgetown, Kentucky, in 1985. The facility is now the company's largest manufacturing facility outside of Japan, and it has played a key role in bolstering the state's automotive sector. The Georgetown facility currently employs 30,000 workers, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky employs and additional 7,000.

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[Area Development]

 


 

Alabama colleges to get $588K from ExxonMobile
Yann Ranaivo-Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Aprril 16, 2013

Global oil and gas giant ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) and its employees are donating $588,000 to Alabama universities and colleges, a company spokesman said.

 

ExxonMobil announced Monday that its philanthropic arm and employees are donating a total of $40 million to 871 U.S. colleges and universities.

 

Charlie Engelmann, an ExxonMobil spokesman, could not specify the exact amounts receiving Alabama universities and college will receive but provided a list of the schools slated to share the donation.

 

 Birmingham-based schools are Samford University and Birmingham Southern College, and one of the recipients listed is the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees, the governing body for the University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Alabama and University of Alabama in Huntsville.

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Birding trail opening at Lake Lurleen
Combined reports
Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 

TUSCALOOSA | Eight Alabama counties will join on April 26 to launch a gateway site for the West Alabama Birding Trail at an event in Lake Lurleen State Park in Coker.

 

The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development is providing project management and oversight for a statewide birding trails project funded by the Alabama Tourism Department.

 

The official trail launch begins at 9:30 a.m. April 26 at pavilion one at Lake Lurleen State Park. Visitors may bring a picnic lunch, lawn chairs and bicycles.

 

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[Tuscaloosa News]


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Boeing's first office at Redstone Gateway open and ready to help send America back to space
By Leada Gore | lgore@al.com 
on April 15, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Efforts to launch the next generation of the U.S. space program have a new home.

Boeing Corp. held ribbon cutting ceremonies at its new office at Redstone Gateway on Monday.

 

The building, 1000 Redstone Gateway, houses Boeing's Space Launch System operations, which is working with NASA to develop a heavy-launch vehicle set for launch in 2017. It is the first of three buildings the Chicago-based company will eventually occupy at the $1 billion mixed use development located just outside Redstone Arsenal's Gate 9.

 

The company will also maintain its existing location at the Jet Plex at Huntsville International Airport.

 

1000 Redstone Gateway is 121,000 square feet, part of Redstone Gateway's eventual 4.3 million square feet. Tony Jones, vice president and Boeing Huntsville site executive, said the new office complex puts the company closer to its customers and will consolidate several business locations.

 

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Conversation on livability here Thursday
The Randolph Leader
Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

 

As part of a series of comprehensive studies on livability, the East Alabama Partnership for Livable Communities, in conjunction with the Randolph Chamber of Commerce and the Randolph County Economic Development Authority (RCDEA), will host a County Conversation for residents of Randolph County to talk about livability in the county and how it affects their quality of life.

 

This conversation will be a two-way discussion for citizens to voice their opinion and give feedback on what makes Randolph County livable and where improvements are needed. The Randolph County Conversation will be held on Thursday, April 18, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Randolph County Board of Education Board Room at 182 Circle Drive in Wedowee.

 

"Livability can be anything from more transportation sources, safer streets, or increased employment opportunities in an area. It is a catalyst for reinvesting in and revitalizing rural areas or small towns," said Cotina Terry, executive director of RCEDA. "The need for reliable, safe access to jobs, education, health care and goods and services is just as important in a rural area as it is an urban area. This project stems from a desire to make these things a reality in Randolph County. The goal is really to improve the quality of life for citizens."

 

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[The Randolph Leader


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sequester and Economic Uncertainty Hold Statewide Business Confidence to 47.7
By UA CBER 
on April 16, 2013 

The federal budget sequester and continuing uncertainty about fiscal policy are clearly dampening Alabama business confidence. For the state as a whole, the Alabama Business Confidence Index registered 47.7 on the second quarter 2013 survey. Although up 2.3 points, the index remains below 50 and signals a negative outlook for the third consecutive quarter. 

Gloom in Huntsville, Mild Optimism Elsewhere .Federal spending cuts are having such a sizeable negative impact on business confidence in the Huntsville metro that it's masking more upbeat sentiment elsewhere in Alabama. Removing Huntsville, where the index registered just 35.6, from the calculation, the second quarter ABCI is 51.8, a mildly positive outlook for the rest of the state.

Economic Environment. Business executives across the state remain pessimistic about prospects for the U.S. economy. The national economy index is 40.5, with almost 52 percent of respondents expecting a worse performance this quarter than last and just 22 percent a better one. At 47.3 the second quarter 2013 Alabama economy index was about the same as last quarter. However, while the assessment of the state's prospects fell 10 points to 32.0 in Huntsville, the rest of the state had an index of 52.5, indicating modest growth across much of Alabama this quarter.



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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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