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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:
Former FMI plant to expand, add 245 jobs
KwangSung to add more than 100 jobs
Airbus has Alabama economic development hopes at high altitude
Turner Industries in Decatur receives $30,000 grant for worker training
Newman Technology of Alabama Celebrates Opening of Albertville
All new U.S. built 2014 Toyota Tundra takes on American trucks
Mobile's Hargrove Engineers + Constructors reaches new heights in national rankings
Gov. Bentley appoints two new members to the Alabama State Port Authority's board

 


Former FMI plant to expand, add 245 jobs

By Kellie Singleton 

Aug. 2, 2013

  

Innovative Hearth Products, the parent company of the former Russellville FMI plant, officially announced Thursday that they will be expanding the local manufacturing plant and adding close to 250 new jobs.

 

The company, which produces indoor and outdoor fireplaces, fireplace inserts, free-standing stoves, gas log sets and fireplace accessories, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for the 210,000 square feet expansion that will house the manufacturing and distribution for the eastern half of North America, as well as the national customer center.

 

Mark Klein, CEO of Innovative Hearth Products, said he was proud and honored to announce such exciting news for the state of Alabama and the city of Russellville.

 

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[Franklin County Times]

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

KwangSung to add more than 100 jobs

By David Goodwin

Aug. 2, 2013


Dadeville leaders met last Thursday to discuss a grant application for help extending utilities for another expansion of the KwangSung plant in the William Thweatt Industrial Park in Dadeville.

Dadeville Mayor Joe Smith and council member Mickey Tarpley heard a brief presentation about the application from grant consultant Susan Monroe of Prattville.


She said she's spoken with Jim Byard Jr., the current director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs about the city's chances of getting a Community Development Block Grant to offset the expense of stretching water and sewer service to the site of the Korean auto parts maker's next expansion.


Don McClellan, executive director of the Lake Martin Area Economic Development Alliance, said the KwangSung expansion will add at least 100,000 square feet to the company's Dadeville facility. The promised 100 additional jobs at the facility, McClellan said, will put total jobs at KwangSung above 500. The plant currently employs 430.

 

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Airbus has Alabama economic development hopes at high altitude 

on August 02, 2013

POINT CLEAR, Alabama - Alabama's economic developers remain sky-high on the prospects of Airbus a year after the global aerospace giant chose Mobile's Brookley Aeroplex for its first U.S. airplane assembly plant.

 

One prevailing belief at theEconomic Development Association of Alabama's summer conference earlier week was that Airbus' $600 million investment and 1,000 jobs are likely just the beginning of what the company and the industry will bring to the Heart of Dixie.

 

Officials with both Airbus and the Alabama Department of Commerce were doing little to quell those expectations.


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[al.com]

 

 


Turner Industries in Decatur receives $30,000 grant for worker training

on August 02, 2013

 

DECATUR, Alabama - Twenty-five workers at Turner Industries Group's Decatur plant will get job training after the company received a $30,000 grant this week.  

 

 The grant, which was administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs with funds from the U.S. Department of Labor, will allow Turner to train employees in welding and pipefitting.

Turner, which produces piping systems and metal equipment for industrial facilities, will contribute $49,161 toward the job training. Employees who complete the training will be certified and their long-range earning potential will jump 10 to 20 percent, a release announcing the grant said.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


Newman Technology of Alabama Celebrates Opening of Albertville Facility

by David Wood

August 2, 2013

 

ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Governor Robert Bentley Friday joined other state and local leaders in Albertville for a ribbon cutting and grand opening for the new Newman Technology of Alabama facility.

 

Newman Technology is a Honda supplier that produces door sashes and exhaust components for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Al. supplying both the Honda and Acura lines.  The company broke ground in April 2012 and has already hired 130 people.

 

NTAL is one of 3 operating divisions of Sankei Giken Kogyo Co., Ltd. of Japan in North America.

 

"We went from a company in Japan to North America and now we're global," explains NTAL Plant Manager Jeff Thomas, "we have Thailand, we have Taiwan, we have China and now making our presence in North America."

Governor Bentley says the continued addition of plants like NTAL to the state is part of the 'Accelerate Alabama' plan.

 

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[WHNT]

 


All new U.S. built 2014 Toyota Tundra takes on American trucks

Aug. 3, 2013

When Toyota set out to redesign the all-new 2014 Tundra they did it specifically for the U.S. market and for American truck owners.

 

 Toyota knew the full-size truck segment is the most competitive in the automotive industry and they needed to come up with something special. Toyota looked at Ford, Dodge and GM and looked at every nut and bolt and how they put their trucks together. They even enlisted the services of a hay farmer, Mike Sweers, from Northern Michigan with an engineering degree to head up the engineering team. Their goal was to make the "best truck in the industry." Did they succeed?

 

The 2014 Toyota Tundra development started back in 2010 and is the result of design and engineering from an all-American team. It was engineered by Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and the new design came from Calty Design Research centers in Newport Beach, Calif., and Ann Arbor. The Tundra's engines are built at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc. in Huntsville, Ala., and transmissions are built at a production facility in North Carolina. Tundra is assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, in San Antonio, Texas making it a truly American truck.

 

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[Torque News]

 

 


Mobile's Hargrove Engineers + Constructors reaches new heights in national rankings 

on August 02, 2013 

 

MOBILE, Alabama - Hargrove Engineers + Constructors has once again improved its standing in the Engineering News Record's Sourcebook, ranking in the top 20 in several specific industry categories.

 

Specifically, the ENR Sourcebook ranked Hargrove 6th for pulp and paper, the first year the category has been broken out separately; 11th in chemical plants; and 18th in refineries and petrochemical plants.

 

The latest rankings come less than four months after ENR ranked Hargrove 135 on its Top 500 Design Firms list for 2013, an increase of 40 spots compared with 2012.

 

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[al.com]

 


Gov. Bentley appoints two new members to the Alabama State Port Authority's board

on August 01, 2013 

 

 

MOBILE, Alabama -- Two new representatives will join the board of directors for the Alabama State Port Authority, officials announced Thursday after Gov. Robert Bentley appointed both men to the post. 

 

Angus R. Cooper III of Mobile and Tim Parker III of Tuscaloosa,officially joined the port's nine-member board Aug. 1.

 

Parker is now a member of the board in the central region in Tuscaloosa, and Cooper will take the at--large seat.

 

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