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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:
Mercedes-Benz, 3M and GATR Technologies win Manufacturer of the Year awards
Farmers partner on peanuts
Business leaders heading to Hamburg, Germany, to gauge Airbus facility impact
Chamber names airport authority director Bill Sisson new president (updated)

 


 

 

 

Mercedes-Benz, 3M and GATR Technologies win Manufacturer of the Year awards
By Dawn Kent | dkent@al.com 
on April 19, 2013 

Tuscaloosa County's Mercedes-Benz auto plant, 3M's Guin operations and GATR Technologies Inc. in Huntsville today have been named Alabama's 2013 Manufacturers of the Year.
 

The Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network presented the annual awards today at a luncheon in Montgomery, where Gov. Robert Bentley was the keynote speaker.

 

The awards, given in size categories, are chosen based on the companies' leadership, performance, profitability and work force relations. The winners were selected from 17 finalists.

 

Mercedes-Benz won the large manufacturer award. The German automaker's 3,000-worker plant in Vance, which produces luxury SUVs and crossovers, is in the midst of several expansion projects.


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[al.com]

 


 


 

 


 

Farmers partner on peanuts
By Lisa Tindell
April 19, 2012

Peanut farmers and processors were joined by area dignitaries Thursday just outside of Flomaton as the official ground-breaking ceremonies for a peanut processing facility took place.

 

Brooks Peanut Company, in partnership with area farmers, has made plans to construct a $6 million to $7 million facility expected to be operational by harvest season this fall.

 

Barrett Brooks, president of Brooks Peanut Company, said the planned facility and work in Escambia County is an exciting development for the company.

 

"We will be working with growers in a 50-mile radius of this facility," Brooks said. "We are excited to be in Escambia County."


Frank Talbot and Lee Talbot, co-owners of the company, were also on hand for the ceremony and expressed their gratitude for a warm welcome to the area.

 

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[Atmore Advance]

 

 


 


 


 

 


 

 

Business leaders heading to Hamburg, Germany, to gauge Airbus facility impact
By Michael Dumas | mdumas@al.com 
on April 19, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama - More than 80 business leaders will be heading to Hamburg, Germany, this weekend to learn more about how the impact an Airbus assembly plant can have on a community, according to a representative of theMobile Area Chamber of Commerce.

 

Ginny Russell, vice president of community and governmental affairs for the chamber, said Friday that 86 delegates from the Mobile area were expected to arrive by Sunday, April 21. Russell helped organize the trip, and said all paid their own expenses.

 

Delegates will visit several areas and facilities through Wednesday, April 24, "to see, touch (and) feel the scope" of Airbus' impact on Hamburg and the surrounding region, Russell said.


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[al.com]

 


 


 


 

 


 

Chamber names airport authority director Bill Sisson new president (updated)
By Kelli Dugan | kdugan@al.com 
on April 19, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama - Bill Sisson, executive director of the Mobile Airport Authority, will succeed retiring Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce President Win Hallett.

 

The chamber made the announcement Friday morning, following an eight-month search.

Chamber Chairman Mike Saxon said Sisson is "absolutely the right person for the job at the right time."

Saxon, Sisson and Hallett are all among a group of more than 80 preparing to board flights to Hamburg, Germany, for the annual Leaders Exchange trip.

 

Sisson has led the airport authority since 2008, following a five-year stint as the chamber's vice president of economic development. The airport authority operates both Mobile Regional Airport and Brookley Aeroplex where ground was only recently broken on a $600 million Airbus final assembly plant expected to transform Mobile's economy.

 

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