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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:
Knauf reopening Lanett plant
17 Alabama companies named finalists for Manufacturer of the Year
Alabama legislator's bill aimed at protecting state industry from innovator liability lawsuits
Airbus Americas seeking facilities manager for Mobile Assembly Line
New classes ahead for JDCC?
Downtown Birmingham shed jobs while outside areas gained, study shows

 


 

 


Knauf reopening Lanett plant 

By Wayne Clark Valley Times-News
April 18, 2013

 

 

VALLEY - For several years running, the Chambers County Development Authority has hosted a mid-April Manufacturer of the Year luncheon and celebration. It's an opportunity to bestow some much deserved recognition on a local industry that has exceeded expectations and success in the community.


This year's luncheon was held at noon on Wednesday inside the Family Life Center at Langdale United Methodist Church, and it had a different twist.


Rather than spotlighting an existing industry for good work done in the past calendar year, a company that ceased local operations here in June 2011 was welcomed back.


"It is my pleasure to introduce Mr. Jon Pereira, Ms. Natalie Gully and Mr. Tony Bryant, all of Knauf Insulation," CCDA Director Valerie Gray said. "Today, April 17, Knauf Insulation has made the decision to restart their Lanett plant in 2013. Knauf will be investing over $20 million in capital and creating 90 jobs with potential for more growth.


"Knauf will be working with AIDT to hire trained members for their team. Please join me and (CCDA board) President Bobby Williams in welcoming Knauf Insulation back to Lanett, Chambers County, Alabama."


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[Valley Times-News]

 


 


 


 

 


 

 

17 Alabama companies named finalists for Manufacturer of the Year
By Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com 
on April 18, 2013
 
Seventeen companies from across Alabama have been named finalists for the annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards, to be presented Friday in Montgomery.
 

The Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network present the awards, which recognize manufacturers for leadership, performance, profitability and work force relations.

 

Winners are presented in three categories. 



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Alabama legislator's bill aimed at protecting state industry from innovator liability lawsuits
By Kent Faulk | kfaulk@al.com 
on April 17, 2013 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A Jefferson County legislator says he has introduced a bill in the Alabama Legislature aimed at preventing brand-name manufacturers from being sued by consumers who use a generic version of their product made by a different company.

 

State Rep. Jack Williams, R-Vestavia, chairman of the House Commerce and Small Business Committee, announced in a press release today that he plans to get the bill - HB617 - through his committee and on a fast-track for approval.

 

"This bill would prohibit a product liability action for relief against the manufacturers of a product unless the manufacturer was the manufacturer of the specific product," the bill introduced Tuesday states

 

Williams said he was sponsoring the bill to address a January decision by the Alabama Supreme Court that a brand name manufacturer - or innovator - can be held liable for injuries suffered by someone who used a generic equivalent of the product made by a different company.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


 


 


 

 


 

Airbus Americas seeking facilities manager for Mobile Assembly Line
By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com 
on April 17, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama - Airbus Americas is seeking a facilities manager for its Mobile Assembly Line, only the fourth positioned advertised to date for the $600 million plant.

 

The person selected will be responsible for the assembly line's site services to "ensure the functioning of all physical infrastructure" such as electrical, maintenance and HVAC contracts to name a few.

 

The planemaker broke ground April 8 on the 116-acre project at Mobile's Brookley Aeroplex. The facility - dedicated solely to the production of A320 family aircraft - will employ 1,000 people at full production, deliver its first Mobile-made planes in 2016 and is expected to become the nucleus of Airbus' North American operations.

 

Minimum requirements for the facilities manager position include an associate's degree and at least five years' of facility management experience in a production setting. Preference will be given, however, to candidates with a bachelor's degree plus five years' supervisory experience.


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[al.com]

 


 


 

 


 

New classes ahead for JDCC?
By Lisa Tindell
April 17, 2013

With the needs of industries changing, officials at Jefferson Davis Community College are looking at the possibility of new programs to serve those needs - not only with future workers' skills, but with their work ethic.

JDCC President Dr. Daniel Bain said officials are working on providing the kind of workers most leaders say they want for their business and company.

"Leaders we talk to about workforce development say they want reliable, trained people who are able to be trained on the job and be a team player," Bain said. "Those leaders are also looking for people who want to work and who have good verbal and written communication skills."

Those same requests are being made at every educational level - technical and academic - and educators are moving quickly to provide the kind of workers industry leaders are looking for in an employee.

 

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[Brewton Standard]


 


 


 

 


 

Downtown Birmingham shed jobs while outside areas gained, study shows
By Alex Walsh | awalsh@al.com 
on April 18, 2011

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area lost jobs between 2000 and 2010 overall, but the story is different when you compare the downtown area with businesses located 10 miles out.

 
A new study from Brookings sliced the greater Birmingham area into three concentric circles to analyze changes in jobs. While employment shrank at businesses located within 10 miles of downtown, those businesses that were slightly further out -- between 10 and 35 miles away from downtown -- added jobs.

Businesses within 10 miles of downtown lost 46,891 jobs, while those 10 to 35 miles out added 14,266 jobs, the study shows.

Total employment for the entire Birmingham metro area is divided more or less evenly into those three rings. Roughly 31 percent of area jobs are based within three miles of downtown; 36 percent are between three and 10 miles; and 32.5 percent are between 10 and 35 miles, Brookings says.


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[al.com]

 

 


 


 




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