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In this issue:
'Cornerstone': REHAU announces $2.5 million technical center for Cullman; 1st outside Germany
Grants topping $800,000 aimed at creating jobs, improving economy in Alabama's Black Belt
Retired Alabama Power executive Terry Waters gets key education post
USA's Coastal Innovation Hub debut draws praise, optimism for diversified economy (video)
Forced into job hunt, longtime IP workers flood Courtland fair
Baldwin economy growing, though tepidly
What's Working?" Winston Co. aims to attract more jobs by boosting tech training
Monday symposium will set stage for bigger event
Norbord intends to invest $45 million in Huguley plant

 


'Cornerstone': REHAU announces $2.5 million technical center for Cullman; 1st outside Germany Expected to create more than 100 jobs over next 3-5 years

By Trent Moore The Cullman Times

November 7, 2013  

CULLMAN - Following a $100 million expansion in production capacity last year, REHAU is shaking things up once again in Cullman - but this time it's something a little different.

The Cullman branch of REHAU has already grown into one of the auto part manufacturer's largest locations outside of Germany, and now officials have announced a new technical center that should create more than 150 jobs and maintain the local plant's position as a key component of the company's global strategy.

The technical center, which will be used to develop and refine production processes, is the first ever built outside of REHAU's native Germany. Similar to a research and development lab, the center will focus on injection molding, paint, fabrication and supply chain processes. The company plans to specifically use this new space to conduct automotive component and system design initiatives that will be implemented in Cullman and eventually at plants across the globe.


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[Cullman Times]

 


Grants topping $800,000 aimed at creating jobs, improving economy in Alabama's Black Belt

on November 07, 2013

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Gov. Robert Bentley and the Delta Regional Authority today announced a series of grants that are expected to help create jobs and improve economic conditions in Alabama's poverty-stricken Black Belt region.

 

The economic development grants are funded by the DRA, a federal-state partnership created by Congress to fix chronic economic stress in parts of eight states.  In Alabama, 20 counties are part of the DRA region.

 

They include $312,000 for the Wilcox County Industrial Development Authority's purchase of land tied to the development of the Golden Dragon Copper plant. The plant, now under construction in Pine Hill, will employ 300 to 500 people.

 

 

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[al.com]


 

 

 


Retired Alabama Power executive Terry Waters gets key education post

Waters to work with Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education

By Patrick Rupinski

Business Editor | The Tuscaloosa News
November 8, 2013 

Terry Waters, a retired Alabama Power Co. executive and local civic leader, has been named senior executive director of workforce and economic development for the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education.

Waters, 64, of Tuscaloosa, will start his new job on Tuesday.

 

He said Thursday during a telephone interview that his job will have two components - working with the state's new and existing industries to help ensure they have the qualified and trained workers they need and working with the state's two-year community colleges to promote Alabama's economic development by helping to develop the skilled and competent workforce.

 

The Department of Postsecondary Education oversees the state's 24 two-year community colleges that offer technical training and Marion Military Institute, a two-year military college. The community colleges offer 152 technical training programs in such things as automotive manufacturing, industrial automation, aviation maintenance and renewable energy. 

 

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[Tuscaloosa News]

 

 

 

 


 

USA's Coastal Innovation Hub debut draws praise, optimism for diversified economy (video)

on November 07, 2013

 

MOBILE, Alabama - Committed to growing the technology sector and diversifying the region's economy, the University of South Alabama's Coastal Innovation Hub made its official debut Wednesday.

 

"It will definitely help us to round out our economic development process here," said Bill Sisson, president and chief executive officer of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, one of dozens of dignitaries and elected officials present for the grand opening ceremonies.

 

"Cultivating entrepreneurs through incubation is a very futuristic way of approaching economic development, and it will us tremendously to support that homegrown element," Sisson said.



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[al.com]

 

 

 


 

Forced into job hunt, longtime IP workers flood Courtland fair

By Meredith Qualls Staff Writer

November 8, 2013

 

COURTLAND - Anthony Eckl said he had not updated his resume since he was hired at Champion 32 years ago, before the mill was obtained by International Paper in 2000. Eckl believed he would retire at the mill.

 

But Eckl, like many other IP workers, was at a job fair Thursday at Courtland Baptist Church looking for work because the paper plant is closing soon.

IP workers clutched resumes and job applications as they waded through booths of potential employers. Others wandered through the fair, many admitting they felt out place in the job market.

 

"I'm hoping to find that job that matches up with my skill level," said Eckl, an engineer who lives in Lauderdale County.


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[Decatur Daily]

 


Baldwin economy growing, though tepidly

By Will Robinson-Smith

Updated: Thursday, November 7, 2013

 

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - Officials in Baldwin County were happy to hear on Monday the county's economy is growing.

 

The driving force?

 

"A lot of our job growth and job creation, and the good growth that's coming and is happening in Baldwin County is happening at the existing businesses and entry level, which is important. It's important to us, it's important to the commission," Lee Lawson, president and CEO of the county's Economic Development Alliance (EDA), said.

Businesses like UTC Aerospace Systems added 50 additional jobs in 2013.



"We've also been very successful with the program we've worked with the Alabama Industrial Development Training Agency in which we took about two dozen people through a skills training program and we've already hired the majority of those people," spokesman Patrick Palmer said.

 


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 "What's Working?" Winston Co. aims to attract more jobs by boosting tech training 

By Bettina Boateng - bio | email
Nov 07, 2013

WINSTON COUNTY, AL -Just northwest of Jefferson County and about one hour and thirty minutes away from Birmingham, you'll find Winston County.  With a population of little more than 24,000, the county is rich in agriculture, warm hospitable people and a hub for training in various technical skills.

 

On the job front, the Alabama Department of Labor August 2013data lists the county's unemployment rate at 9.2% which is higher than that state's non-seasonally adjusted rate of 6.7%.

 

  The numbers are a stark reality that jobs are needed in the rural county.  This fact is spurring county and city lawmakers as well as economic development leaders to look at various initiatives aimed at training a great number of willing workers versed in various hands-on technical skills. The overall goal is to show manufacturing companies that Winston County has a knowledgeable workforce that can meet various needs of employers.

 

 

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[Alabamas13.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 


Monday symposium will set stage for bigger event

By Lance Griffin

November 7, 2013 

 

A not-too-old page of the Birmingham News is taped on the wall near the desk of Henry County Probate Judge/County Commission Chairman David Money.

 

It is the first thing he sees in the morning when he arrives at work, and that is by design.

 

The page is a cut-out of a story about job creation in Alabama. It highlights counties that have benefited from recent industrial job creation. They are called the "haves."

 

And, it highlights the "have nots."

 

The article recognizes Henry County as one of 11 Alabama counties with zero industrial job creation over a certain period of time.


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[Dothan Eagle]

 

 


Norbord intends to invest $45 million in Huguley plant

  

The Canadian wood-based panels manufacturer Norbord intends to start refurbishment of the continuous press line at the OSB plant in Huguley-Lanett at the beginning of 2014. The plant was shut down indefinitely in January 2009.

 

 This serves as a preparatory measure for the plant's re-commissioning which is to be carried out during the course of the first half of 2015. However, no precise date has yet been fixed for production start; the final decision depends on future trends in the market. 

 

According to Norbord CEO Barry Shineton, the refurbishment of the Huguley plant will be a great deal more expensive than that carried out at the end of June at the plant in Jefferson, Texas (USA), which resumed operations at the end of June this year and which is now running at full capacity.

 

 

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