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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:
Automotive supplier breaks ground in south Alabama
Class offers German-style apprenticeship to Brookwood High students
Portfolio Recovery Associates to expand in Birmingham


Automotive supplier breaks ground in south Alabama

ENTERPRISE, Ala. (AP) - An automotive supplier is breaking ground on a new plant in southeast Alabama.

HS Automotive Alabama Inc. is holding a ceremony Monday morning to mark the start of work on a new, 65,000-square-foot factory in Enterprise.


The project is the company's second expansion in Enterprise. The $12 million investment will lead to about 100 new jobs.


HS Automotive Alabama makes weather stripping, tubing and hoses for Chrysler, Hyundai and Kia.


Gov. Robert Bentley, Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey and others will attend the ground-breaking at Yancey Parker Industrial Park.



Class offers German-style apprenticeship to Brookwood High students 
By Patrick Rupinski
Published: Sunday, May 12, 2013 


TUSCALOOSA | Josh Ethridge graduated from Brookwood High School a year ago. But in January, he returned to the high school to join seven high school seniors in a new class - a German-approved apprenticeship training - the kind that gives German teens the skills to work for a specific German company upon graduation.


Such a program had not been offered before in Alabama.


In this case, the class was set up at the behest of BLG Logistics Inc., a subsidiary of Bremen, Germany, -based BLG Logistics Group.


BLG Logistics in Vance serves Mercedes-Benz U.S. International. It handles the automobile parts used to build the luxury cars and the shipping of the finished vehicles.


Ethridge had gotten a job working at a local warehouse after graduating in 2012. It was a job, but not a career, so he said he welcomed the chance to join Brookwood High's logistics training, which offered the opportunity for a better job.


"I enjoyed it and got to see how much there is to logistics and how important good team work is in logistics," he said. "I didn't know how much logistics was involved in places like BLG and Mercedes."




[Tuscaloosa News]



Portfolio Recovery Associates to expand in Birmingham, add 200 jobs
By Stan Diel | sdiel@al.com 

May 10, 2013 at 1:32 PM


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Portfolio Recovery Associates, a Virginia-based debt acquisition and recovery firm, plans to expand its Birmingham operations with the addition of 200 call center jobs, the company announced today.


The additional jobs will double the number of call center employees the company has in Birmingham. The expansion also will increase PRA's footprint. It will occupy more than 34,000 square feet on two floors of Beacon Ridge Towers on Red Mountain. The company also has about 100 employees in an affiliated office downtown.


Neal Stern, executive vice president of operations said support from the city of Birmingham was key in the decision to expand. The company was awarded $200,000 in incentives contingent on it reaching a hiring goal.


"This has been a very successful call-center operation for PRA, due in large part to the talented work force in Birmingham," he said in a prepared statement. "We look forward to hiring qualified employees to fill these 200 newly created positions."





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