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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:
Six Birmingham startups among 10 competing in new Alabama Launchpad contest
Industry demand behind injection molding training
Symposium announcement expected Friday
Chinese manufacturing offshoring creates win-win situation
State automotive industry seminar to cover topics for all manufacturers
The Alabama Composites Conference is next week (June 18-20, 2013)



Six Birmingham startups among 10 competing in new Alabama Launchpad contest
By Stan Diel | sdiel@al.com 
on June 13, 2013 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Alabama Launchpad, the startup business competition managed by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, has narrowed the field of 27 contenders in its second contest of the year to 10.


The 10 startups, including six based in metro Birmingham, will present business plans and make pitch presentations before a panel of judges on July 12. Winners, who will get a share of $100,000 in prize money, will be chosen on Sept. 26 at the Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference at the Wynfrey Hotel.


This is the first year the organization has run back-to-back contests for the pre-seed round, and it chose to do so because of the large number of applicants, said Greg Sheek, Launchpad programs director.


"The profile and value of entrepreneurship is growing across the country, and it is certainly gaining momentum in Alabama," Sheek said in a prepared statement. "If we are going to grow our own jobs here in Alabama, then we have to offer support to meet demand."





Industry demand behind injection molding training

By Jennifer Edwards Staff Writer

June 14, 2013


MUSCLE SHOALS - When industry has a demand, it's important to answer.


That is what beget the implementation of a injection molding certification program at Northwest-Shoals Community College.


College administrators and economic development officials Thursday announced the new program, which will begin in August.


Injection molding is a manufacturing process for producing parts by injecting material into a mold. The 27-credit hour certification will be placed within Northwest-Shoals' existing machine shop technology program.

It includes classes and training in injection mold setting, processing, 3-D modeling, hydraulics and pneumatics, robotic programing and programmable logic controllers.


Rose Jones, associate dean of workforce development at Northwest-Shoals, said North American Lighting, TASUS Corp. and the newly announced CBC Group all expressed a need for workers trained in injection molding.



Symposium announcement expected Friday

by Lance Griffin

Posted on June 13, 2013


Friday's announcement originating from the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens doesn't guarantee more jobs for Dothan, but Mayor Mike Schmitz believes it could lead to that.


The city is expected to announce that Dothan will host an Alabama/China Partnership Fall Symposium in November. The symposium is expected to bring together many Chinese business leaders with city leaders from across Alabama in hopes of making the state attractive to business owners looking to locate in the United States.


The city of Monroeville hosted the symposium last year, which was attended by Wiregrass leaders




Chinese manufacturing offshoring creates win-win situation
June 13, 2013

WASHINGTON -- Chinese manufacturers that set up factories in the United States could helpcreate local jobs and win-win situation for the world's two largest economies, two US mayors said on Wednesday.

The genuine dialogue of doing business between the United States and China "has to happen on the local level," Sheldon Day, mayor of Thomasville City, Alabama, said at a manufacturing symposium held in Washington D.C.
When a Chinese company selects a location for its factories in the United States, it will choose a community either in a small town or a big city. Local leaders in both countries should start their conversations early to help Chinese entrepreneurs do business in US communities, Day said at the event co-hosted by Beijing-based Asian Manufacturing Association and SoZo Group, an investment consulting firm.

Despite the language and culture differences, the two nations both want to do business witheach other and work together to create mutual benefits for the countries and citizens, Day tolda group of experts and reporters.
After the onset of the financial crisis, Sony Corp closed a plant in Dothan City, Alabama. "We need jobs and we need investments in our community and we are looking forward to working with Chinese companies," Mike Schmitz, mayor of Dothan, said at the event.



State automotive industry seminar to cover topics for all manufacturers
By Dawn Kent Azok | dkent@al.com 
on June 14, 2013 

The Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association will hold a seminar next week in Tuscaloosa that will cover state resources available for all manufacturers to help grow their business, not just those who make vehicles.


The seminar will be held Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Bryant Conference Center at 240 Paul W. Bryant Drive.


Ron Davis, AAMA president, said many manufacturers miss out on cost savings and improvements they can make.

"Partnering with resources in Alabama is one of the answers to making those cost savings and improvements happen quickly in our organizations," he said in a prepared statement.








The Alabama Composites Conference is next week (June 18-20, 2013) at the Alys Stephens Center 


We have an exciting program with over 350 registered participants, 45 exhibitors, 3-workshops,high-quality technical sessions / educational programs and lab tours.


If you have not yet registered, we would encourage you to register so we have an accurate headcount to manage a well-organized program.

Your participation and registration will add value to the event. All the details are available on the conference website - www.uab.edu/composites/acc2013

If we can help in any way, please do not hesitate to let us know.


The conference is FREE for university (any) staff, faculty and students. On-line registration is required

Please encourage your students to register and avail of this opportunity.


Conference website:-  www.uab.edu/composites/acc2013


The conference has the backing of several industries - thanks to our industry sponsors, the Birmingham Business Alliance, EDPA,

NSF, DOE GATE and the Sustainable Smart Cities Center. All the details can be found on the links below.


Please come and support an UAB hosted event.


Managing Corrosion with FRP Workshop, June 18th (Chair, Michael Stevens, Ashland), June 18th

Recycling and Green Workshop, June 18th (Chair, Ed Pilpel, Polystrand), June 18th

Design and Modeling of Composites, June 18th




Who Should Attend:

  • Engineers, Professionals, Managers, Designers, Modelers
  • Companies and organizations interested in advanced materials and manufacturing, integrated process- product development
  • Companies with interest in lightweight energy efficient products in automotive, aerospace, defense, infrastructure, power, energy and sporting goods
  • Those interested in Recycling of Engineered Plastics and Composites
  • FEA, Process and Structural Modeling, Design and Simulation engineers
  • Advanced materials and manufacturing professionals at all levels
  • Material suppliers, OEMs, end-users, economic development organization/personnel and academia




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