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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:
Taesung to invest $6.6 million in Macon County manufacturing facility with 70 jobs
HSAA facility to include robots, 100 new jobs
Mayor Sandy Stimpson urges patience with Airbus suppliers while pushing for more infrastructure investment
Tours put Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama on the mapMontgomery Hyundai plant welcomes tourists from home and abroad
Heat Transfer Products Group acquired by Atlanta-based Rheem; manufacturing to stay in Jackson County
From cars to planes: Alabama workers have proven themselves and will again, recruiter says
Did You Know? The Alabama State Climatologist Helps Recruit Jobs

 


 

Taesung to invest $6.6 million in Macon County manufacturing facility with 70 jobs

 

SHORTER, Alabama - South Korea-based Taesung will invest $6.6 million to build and equip a Macon County manufacturing facility that will launch the international company's entry into the automotive sector. The project's initial phase will create 70 jobs, with more possible through expansion.

 

"This new operation in Shorter, Alabama, is a partnership with the community, and we are honored and appreciative of the support we are receiving," Taesung President Chang Bin Koh said at a groundbreaking ceremony this morning.

 

President Koh was joined at the plant site by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Shorter Mayor Willie Mae Powell and other officials from the state and Macon County. Jungmin Koh, manager of Taesung Alabama, also was on hand.

 

Taesung Alabama's 40,000-square-foot plant in Shorter Technology Park will produce plastic-injection molded parts and provide machine designs and services for automotive companies. The Alabama plant will be the first in the U.S. for Taesung, which has operations in Korea, Poland, Russia and Mexico.

 

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[madeinalabama.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

HSAA facility to include robots, 100 new jobs 

December 7, 2013

 

A job fair to introduce prospective employees to the HS Automotive Alabama plant are among the plans Enterprise Mayor Kenneth Boswell and HSAA President and CEO Harry Kim expressed during a media walk-through of the facility's new 118,000-square foot building on Thursday.

 

Kim said 100 new jobs will be added once the plant is complete by the end of 2014, although some positions will be filled in July.

 

The plant, fully climate-controlled, will use 10 robots to fit pipes and hoses on a variety of automobiles. Chrysler has joined companies under contract with HSAA, along with Hyundai, Kia, Chevrolet and Mitsubishi.



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Mayor Sandy Stimpson urges patience with Airbus suppliers while pushing for more infrastructure investment

on December 06, 2013

MOBILE, Alabama - Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson urged patience Friday when it comes to the city landing potential suppliers for $600 million Airbus assembly plant at Brookley Aeroplex, and pushed for the city to dedicate more resources to improving its infrastructure.

 

Stimpson -- while speaking to the local media one day after returning from Hamburg, Germany, and attending the Aviation Forum 2013 -- said he doesn't believe the city is where it needs to be in terms of fixing roads and other infrastructure ahead of the Airbus plant's opening in 2015.

 

The city, county and state has invested millions of dollars into improving infrastructure near the developing plant, including a $2.5 million upgrade to Broad Street and another $1.8 million in upgrades to other streets within the aeroplex paid through the county's Pay-As-You-Go program.



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[al.com]
 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Tours put Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama on the mapMontgomery Hyundai plant welcomes tourists from home and abroad
By Brad Harper
Dec. 6, 2013  
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Tim Haseltine had a problem.

A group of more than 30 politicians were scheduled to join the free public tour of Hyundai's assembly plant in Montgomery, and tour leader Haseltine doesn't speak Chinese. So an employee from the finance department who speaks the language agreed to lend a hand, studying the process so she could translate for the group.

 

"She's an amazing finance person, but she doesn't know much about stamping, welding and the painting process," Haseltine said. "She was able to write down different things in Chinese and do some research.

 

"Afterwards (the visitors) were thrilled. They gave us little presents and took lots of pictures."

 

Still, the November visit was hardly unusual. It's been about nine years since he gave the first tour of the facility to Gov. Bob Riley, and a lobby map showing the origin point of tour visitors is speckled with red dots across the globe. Everyone from senators to retirees have climbed aboard to see how the plant puts together more than 1,500 cars a day.


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[Montgomery Advertiser]

 

 

 


Heat Transfer Products Group acquired by Atlanta-based Rheem; manufacturing to stay in Jackson County

on December 07, 2013 

SCOTTSBORO, Alabama - Heat Transfer Products Group, a Scottsboro manufacturer of commercial refrigeration equipment, has been acquired by Rheem, the Atlanta-based company announced this week in a news release.

 

Rheem, which manufactures heating, cooling, water and pool/spa heating products for residential and commercial markets, plans to expand its product line and grow the HTPG brand through the acquisition.

 

One of Rheem's first endeavors is to revive the Scottsboro company's brand through "significant product development."

 

"The acquisition is strategic for Rheem, and HTPG's employees and customers will benefit from the partnership," said JR Jones, president and CEO of Rheem. "Heat transfer technology is core to every product that both companies manufacture. Rheem and HTPG have the opportunity to combine an extensive knowledge of heat transfer technology to develop innovative new products."

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


 From cars to planes: Alabama workers have proven themselves and will again, recruiter says

on December 06, 2013

Workers across Alabama and the Southeast have proven their mettle when it comes to building cars, and they can have the same kind of success building planes, said a longtime economic developer for the region.

 

Alabama is home to an Airbus aircraft manufacturing plant that's under construction in Mobile, and the state might have another shot at plane assembly if Boeing chooses Huntsville as a production site for its 777X.

 

One only needs to go back to the mid 1990s to see what the right training and commitment can do, said Neal Wade, a former director of the Alabama Development Office and current chairman of The Aerospace Alliance, a multi-state coalition that aims to establish the Gulf Coast as a world class aerospace, space and aviation corridor.

"The question back then was, 'Can Alabamians build a Mercedes?'" he said today in an interview. "We've obviously proven that that shouldn't be the question anymore. Our history and ability speaks for itself."



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Did You Know? The Alabama State Climatologist Helps Recruit Jobs

by Claire Aiello and Steve Johnson

December 6, 2013

 

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Dr. John Christy is our guest this week on WHNT News 19's Leadership Perspectives.

 

Dr. Christy has an impressive resume.  He's a professor of Atmospheric Science at UAHuntsville as well as the director of the Earth System Science Center there.  Dr. Christy was awarded the medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement from NASA in 1991, and in 2002, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

 

Since 2000, he's been the Alabama State Climatologist.   We asked him what this person does.

 

"I guess if you had to boil it down, how can I use the climate resources of Alabama to create some sustainable industries and activities in Alabama that are not only sustainable economically, but also environmentally sustainable."


 

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[WHNT]




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