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In this issue:
More funds for projects
As Airbus plant rises in Alabama, South's aerospace prowess grows
German business partners with Shelton State;Company sponsors center for cable technology
Elmore Co. gets $30K grant to promote recreation
$1 billion goal announced for UAB's largest-ever fundraising campaign
Huntsville/Madison County ranked No. 4 on think tank's top 25 U.S. high-tech hotspots list
Mobile facility poised to become Airbus 'most advanced' A320 assembly line via latest contract
Applications accepted for Alabama Department of Commerce position

 


 

More funds for projects

By Bernie Delinski Staff Writer | 

October 25, 2013 

 

FLORENCE - Shoals Industrial Development Committee dedicated more than $90,000 Thursday to help see two major projects to completion.

 

The money includes $18,250 to relocate water lines at Shoals Research Airport in Muscle Shoals for CBC INGS America and $72,625 toward roadwork at the TASUS project in Florence.

 

The committee also allowed any leftover funds from a $60,000 contribution toward a North American Lighting project to be directed toward costs of Muscle Shoals building permits needed for the work.

 

CBC is a subsidiary of a Japanese company that plans to build a plant in Shoals Research Airpark in Muscle Shoals adjacent to North American Lighting. The company will supply North American Lighting with plastic injection molding.


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[Times Daily]

 


 

As Airbus plant rises in Alabama, South's aerospace prowess grows

Steve Wilhelm Staff Writer- Puget Sound Business Journal

Oct. 24, 2013

 

Girders are rising for Airbus' new factory in Mobile, Ala., just 600 miles from Boeing's plant in South Carolina - and the two facilities are making the South an aerospace powerhouse, in the view of that region's economic leaders.

 

When done, the new Airbus plant is to assemble the A320 aircraft, complementing Airbus' two assembly sites in Europe and one in China.

 

"We believe with Mobile, and the Brookley location, we have adequate room for them to grow in the future," said Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield, referring to the site where the Mobile plant is rising.

 

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[Puget Sound Business Journal]

 

 

 

 

 

 


German business partners with Shelton State; Company sponsors center for cable technology

By Patrick Rupinski
Business Editor | The Tuscaloosa News
October 25, 2013 

Andreas Lapp visited Tuscaloosa for the first time about 20 years ago. He liked what he saw and where the city was heading in manufacturing.

 

On Thursday, Lapp, now the chairman of a German company that makes industrial cable and related products, returned here for the dedication of the Lapp Center for Excellence in Cable Technology at Shelton State Community College and what promises to be a long-term relationship.

Lapp's company, Lapp Group AG, based in Stuttgart, is donating the high-tech cables and accessories and the curriculum that will be used to help train Shelton State students studying mechatronics, industrial electricity and industrial electronics.

 

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[Tuscaloosa News]

 

 

 


 

Elmore Co. gets $30K grant to promote recreation
Oct. 24, 2013

ELMORE CO., AL (WSFA) -A $30,000 grant announced by Gov. Robert Bentley will enable Elmore County to make better use of its trails, parks and outdoor recreation areas and in the process boost tourism and economic development.

The Elmore County Commission will use the Appalachian Regional Commission grant to develop a recreation plan to improve and promote its parks, trails, rivers and lakes.

 

"Alabama's outdoor recreation venues and facilities contribute to our economy and support jobs and quality of life," Gov. Bentley said. "Providing quality recreation draws tourism dollars and can also help attract new industry and new residents to a community."


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[WSFA]

 

 

 


 

 

$1 billion goal announced for UAB's largest-ever fundraising campaign

The University of Alabama at Birmingham today officially kicked off the public phase of The Campaign for UAB: Give Something, Change Everything, the university's largest fundraising campaign to date, announcing an ambitious $1 billion goal.

 

The campaign will run through 2018.

 

"The theme reflects the fact that, when you give to UAB, you help us change our community and our world for the better, whether by finding the cure for a disease, enabling a bright young person to go to college or lighting the spark for a new innovation," UAB President Ray L. Watts said. "We are working hard to strengthen our position as one of the nation's most productive and dynamic universities. To accomplish this goal, we are going to set our priorities, invest resources carefully and invite partners to join us."

 

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[UAB News]

 

 

 


Huntsville/Madison County ranked No. 4 on think tank's top 25 U.S. high-tech hotspots list

on October 25, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - A study published this month by the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., confirms what most local residents already know: the Huntsville/Madison County area is a mecca for high-tech information jobs.

 

Economist Michael Mandel compiled the top 25 list, which ranked high-population counties by new information and technology job growth from 2007-2012.

 

Madison County ranked No. 4 and was the only Alabama county on the list also topped by San Francisco County, Calif. (No. 1), San Mateo County, Calif. (No. 2), Santa Clara County, Calif. (No. 3) and Utah County, Utah (No. 5).

 

"New analysis by the Progressive Policy Institute shows that places with strong tech/information growth have survived the recession much better than their counterparts," Mandel said. "In particular, counties with a higher number of new tech/information sector jobs from 2007 to 2012 had enjoyed substantially faster growth in both overall private employment and non-tech jobs over the same period."

 
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[al.com]

 

 

 



 


Mobile facility poised to become Airbus 'most advanced' A320 assembly line via latest contract

on October 24, 2013 

MOBILE, Alabama - Comau Aerospace will supply the aircraft main assembly and test stations for Airbus' final assembly line under construction in Mobile, the company announced Thursday.

 

The assembly and test stations include the large steel fixtures that surround and hold the aircraft sections as they are assembled, allow the technicians to access the assemblies and house the tooling and automatic drilling units used to put the aircraft together.

 

"The design of this tooling will be based on existing Airbus designs, but adapted to include the latest improvements and the new requirements for the (new engine option) aircraft tooling, making the Mobile facility the most advanced of Airbus' A320 family assembly lines," said Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor in a prepared statement.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Applications accepted for Alabama Department of Commerce position

 

Join the Alabama Department of Commerce! Applications are being accepted for our project management team. Forms can be found at the links below and must be submitted to the State Personnel Department. No Linkedin applications can be submitted.

 

  Apply here:

http://www.personnel.alabama.gov/Documents/Announcements/101633_A.pdf

 

 

 

 



 




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