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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:
New EDPA database will innovate site searches with layers of information
Pell City auto supplier plans 35-job, $4.2 million expansion
Gov. Bentley's promise of no paycheck until full employment may soon be null
Plant preparing for radial press
Dothan's medical school officially opens
News Release:Reduce Medical Errors and Increase Patient Care- Lean Healthcare Series in Aug.


New EDPA database will innovate site searches with layers of information 

By Michael Tomberlin | mtomberlin@al.com 
on July 29, 2013


POINT CLEAR, Alabama - The most-visited economic development website in the state is about to get a major upgrade.


The site and building database maintained by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama is in the midst of a transformation that will still enable companies and site consultants to find available property for projects but will also be able to do much more.


The improved site, to be known as "Alabama Interactive," will allow users to zoom in on a site with satellite imagery and even look at the topographic map of an area. County profiles looking at everything from population to education levels will also be added.










Pell City auto supplier plans 35-job, $4.2 million expansion 

on July 30, 2013


PELL CITY, Alabama --  Eissmann Automotive North America plans to hire 35 people and invest $4.2 million in an expansion project at its Pell City plant.


This marks the fourth expansion for the facility, which opened in 2005 with 60 employees. Now, it has 240 employees, and it has grown from 40,000 to 105,000 square feet.


The company makes leather products for the auto industry. Its dashboards, side panels, consoles, gear shifts and other parts are seen in major brands including Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Jeep and Corvette.









Gov. Bentley's promise of no paycheck until full employment may soon be null 

By Max Reiss

July 29, 2013


MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -Alabama's governor is closer than he has ever been to earning a salary.  

Gov. Robert Bentley pledged during his 2010 campaign that he wouldn't take accept compensation until the state reached full employment, which is widely considered by economists to be in the range of 4% and 6%. 


According to data from the Alabama Department of Labor, the state's unemployment rate stands at 6.5%, the lowest of the governor's more than 900 days at the helm.


A spokesperson for Gov. Bentley said during his time as governor, the state has added more than 40,000 new and future jobs. The highlight of his tenure was the announcement that Airbus, the European aviation company, would open its first ever facility in the United States. The company will employ over a thousand people in 2015 on an assembly line to produce the A320 family of aircraft.  


If 20,000 more Alabamians find jobs and the number of those unemployed decreases or stays roughly the same, the state's unemployment rate will dip below 6% for the first time since October 2008. 






Plant preparing for radial press

By Bayne Hughes

Staff Writer | 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


TANNER - A large cement hole awaits its 160-ton occupant - a radial press frame - while construction continues on Carpenter Technology Corp.'s newest plant.


The 500,000-square-foot plant at U.S. 31 and Thomas Hammons Road is eight months from its targeted opening date of April 1.


The plant will produce ultra-premium, alloy-based metal products for the energy and aerospace industries. The metal will be used in land-based gas turbines and oil and gas drilling equipment. It also will be used in commercial aircraft engines, propulsion systems and structures.


Once built on the 232-acre site, the $500 million plant will be one of Carpenter's largest facilities among its 12 domestic plants.






Dothan's medical school officially opens

By Ebony Horton

July 29, 2013


After more than 12 years of preparation to bring an elite medical school to the Wiregrass, the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine officially opened its doors on Monday to 162 students, dozens of employees and millions more dollars of potential for economic development and expansion.


The grand opening marked the second Gov. Robert Bentley has attended in Dothan this summer to bring to fruition multiple visions for Alabama's economic direction.


Bentley - a physician himself - said he and others invested some of their own money over the years to see a school like ACOM come to pass.






News Release


Reduce Medical Errors and Increase Patient Care - Lean Healthcare Series  in August


UAHuntsville ATN (Alabama Technology Network) in cooperation with Auburn ATN will be hosting a Lean Healthcare Certificate Series at the UAHuntsville campus August 12-15. This four day course offers application both in the classroom and hands-on simulation for medical professionals to apply Lean concepts to their work environment. The ultimate goal of the training will be a cultural transformation attempting to eliminate any unnecessary actions that take away value from the patients.


The training will focus on the Lean leader and their role and vision for improvement. In addition, the focus is geared toward how the Lean leader can develop a strategy for effectively implementing the process of continuous improvement and sustaining it within an organization.


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