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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:
Alabama's economic development prospects improving, officials say
Carpenter superalloy powder project provides lift for state's aerospace sector
S.C., Alabama officials court Washington aerospace firms
Built in Butler County set for Thursday
Shelton State Community College to dedicate cable technology center Thursday
Launchpad winner, e-Electricity, explores wireless harvesting
Officials break ground on $2.6 million expansion, renovation project at Chilton County Regional Airport
Wayne Farms marks 50 years of operation at Albertville poultry processing facility
Sumiton awarded grant to help build new health care facility
Electricfil Corporation (EFI Automotive) Recognized by Chrysler FIAT Group for Outstanding Quaiity Performance

 


 

Alabama's economic development prospects improving, officials say

on October 22, 2013 
 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Birmingham and state economic development experts said plenty of new projects and expansions are looking to invest money and add jobs, but recent history has proven there is a big difference between getting looks and breaking ground.

 

A panel of economic development experts spoke to members of the Society for Marketing Professional Services Alabama at a luncheon in Vestavia Hills today.

 

Answering questions and discussing the state of economic development in the state were Hollie Pegg, senior project manager with the Alabama Department of Commerce; Jim Searcy, executive director of the Economic Development Association of Alabama; Ted vonCannon, executive director of the Jefferson County Economic and Industrial Development Authority; Rick Davis, head of economic development with the Birmingham Business Alliance; and Deborah McGill Smith, industrial broker with Cushman & Wakefield/EGS Commercial Real Estate.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


 

Carpenter superalloy powder project provides lift for state's aerospace sector
Oct. 22, 2013

MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Top Alabama officials said today that Carpenter Technology Corp.'s decision to build a $20 million facility in Limestone County to produce superalloy powder for aircraft engines is another boost for the state's expanding aerospace industry.

 

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said the latest Carpenter project in Athens again shows that the state is an ideal location for advanced manufacturing facilities because of Alabama's strong workforce and top-rated training programs.

 

"This additional investment by Carpenter reflects the quality of our workforce and the positive business climate we have created in Alabama," Governor Robert Bentley said. "Not only do we have the best workers of any place in the world, we also have the best workforce training program in AIDT. We are committed to helping companies succeed and bring more jobs to Alabama. I appreciate Carpenter for its continued investment in Alabama."


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[madeinalabama.com]

 

 

 


S.C., Alabama officials court Washington aerospace firms

By Dominic Gates

Seattle Times aerospace reporter

Oct. 22, 2013

Alabama officials are in Seattle this week to develop relationships with aerospace suppliers here. So are representatives from South Carolina. And a top Airbus executive came to tell local suppliers he's eager to bring work to Washington state.

 

As economic development officials in Washington state grow nervous over the migration of Boeing work to the Southeastern states, and worry specifically about where Boeing will build the forthcoming 777X, the annual aerospace conference of the British-American Business Council offered out-of-state perspectives.

 

In late 2015, Airbus is scheduled to deliver its first U.S.-built commercial airplane out of a new final assembly plant in Mobile, Ala., a nascent commercial jet assembly center that will compete with the Pacific Northwest's.

Greg Canfield, Secretary of Commerce for the state of Alabama, spoke of the enthusiasm that has generated in his region, contrasting it with his take on Washington's attitude to Boeing.

 

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[Seattle Times

 

 

 


Built in Butler County set for Thursday

By Andy Brown

October 22, 2013

 

The Butler County Commission for Economic Development and the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce are holding a show-and-tell of sorts on Thursday.

The first ever "Built in Butler County" will be held at the Wendell Mitchell Conference Center on the campus of LBW Community College and will feature exhibits from businesses throughout Butler County.

 

The purpose for the event is simple - educate the public about the products produced in Butler County.

 

"We want to let people know what manufactured here," said David Hutchison, executive director of the Butler County Commission for Economic Development. "We want to make people aware of what's being built right here in their community."

 

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Shelton State Community College to dedicate cable technology center Thursday
Staff report | The Tuscaloosa News
October 23, 2013 

Shelton State partnered with U.I. Lapp Group, a German company that manufactures wire and cable technology, to develop the center, which will train students for jobs in industry.

The Lapp Center is equipped with Lapp-manufactured high-tech cables for students to use in the mechatronics, industrial electricity and industrial electronics courses. Lapp Group also will supply a curriculum to train students with the most up-to-date tools and equipment in the cable industry. 

 

The goal is to prepare students to use their training in the workplace.


 

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Launchpad winner, e-Electricity, explores wireless harvesting
Yann Ranaivo Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Oct. 23, 2013

iOS 7 users would relish this concept if it makes it to the market.

As I'm completing my follow-ups on the most recent Alabama Launchpad competition, I decided to focus on a Tuscaloosa startup called e-Electricity. The firm, founded in January and headed by second-year University of Alabama MBA student Sloan McCrary, took home $23,500 from this year's second Launchpad competition.

 

As its name may suggest, e-Electricity is involved in wireless harvesting, the concept of conducting electricity free of wires. The firm has developed an antenna in a thumb-size plastic stick that picks up radio waves to develop electricity.

 

e-Electricity's main objective is to charge mobile phones free of wire adapters and external batteries. So far, its prototype, which was designed for the iPhone, attaches to the part of the device that the adapter is plugged into.

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 


Officials break ground on $2.6 million expansion, renovation project at Chilton County Regional Airport

Oct. 22, 1013

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Officials with Chilton County, the City of Clanton and the Chilton County Airport broke ground today on a $2.6 million expansion and renovation project at the regional airport. The project will allow the airport to serve more corporate clients and transform the Clanton community where the airport is located. 

 

"Very few improvements have been made to the airport in the last 25 years and it has been viewed by the community as only serving recreational flyers," said Billy Singleton, a member of the airport authority. "We want to let people know this expansion will change that. Once the renovation and expansion is complete, the airport will not only support critical services for residents of Chilton County, but will be a resource for surrounding businesses, helping them grow, expand and bring more jobs to the area, therefore transforming our community." 

 

The project will use $2.6 million in combined grants to resurface the airport's runway, replace runway lighting and provide new markings, install new lighting for night operations and purchase additional land surrounding the airport for better approach and departure for commercial aircraft.

 

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Wayne Farms marks 50 years of operation at Albertville poultry processing facility

on October 22, 2013

 

ALBERTVILLE, Alabama - Wayne Farms' fresh chicken processing plant in Albertville is celebrating 50 years of manufacturing poultry products at its 42,000-square-foot complex in Marshall County.

 

To mark the occasion, Wayne Farms invited more than 2,000 employees, retired workers and family members to a company picnic. 

 

The Albertville plant, located on 700 McDonald Ave., was established in 1963 as one of the original processing facilities under the Wayne Farms name. Wayne Farms bought the plant from the North Alabama Poultry Cooperative.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


Sumiton awarded grant to help build new health care facility

on October 22, 2013 

SUMITON, Alabama -- A $200,000 grant awarded Monday by Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will help build a health care facility in Sumiton that should employ about 25 people, according to a news release from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

 

The grant will help the city of Sumiton improve infrastructure so the nonprofit Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center can build a 10,000-square-foot building on 20 acres off Hull Road, according to the release.

 

"This facility will improve the delivery of health services and also will offer additional job opportunities," Bentley said in the release.

 
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[al.com]

 

 

 


 

Electricfil Corporation (EFI Automotive) Recognized by Chrysler FIAT Group for Outstanding Quality Performance

 

Electricfil Corporation (EFI Automotive) has received an Outstanding Quality Performance award from Chrysler FIAT Group for their 2012 performance. This award was only issued to 56 suppliers globally!

 

"Your dedication and support demonstrates top level performance in many key areas, including quality. We greatly appreciate your persistence and commitment to strive for "Perfect Quality". Your company has been recognized as a role model supplier achieving "Perfect Quality" throughout 2012" said Mr. Robert Varsanik, Head of Supplier Quality, Chrysler Group LLC.

 

Electricfil Corporation, located in Elkmont, Alabama, supplies Chrysler FIAT Group with electronic and electromagnetic solutions for several engines and supports the company through product launches. The achievement of this award was a result of great team work, especially from the company's manufacturing operators who take great pride in their role in building quality products.

 

"Electricfil makes every effort to design and manufacture defect-free products to ensure full customer satisfaction. The company places great importance on product quality, environmental sustainability and worker safety. These are, in fact, three facets of a system of values that are management priorities here at Electricfil." said Linda Otieno, Product Engineer.

 

Electricfil (EFI Automotive), a French-owned company headquartered in Beynost, France, is a recognized tier-one automotive supplier delivering electronic and electromagnetic systems to major carmakers worldwide. For more information about our products, services and global operations, visit our website at www.electricfil.com.

 

 

 

 




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