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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:
Despite 777X loss, Mayor Tommy Battle says Huntsville has 'exciting future' with Boeing
Hyundai, Montgomery plant set records
Auto sales fall flat in December, but 2013 was the industry's best year since 2007
Auburn mayor: BCS Championship Game exposure a lift for Alabama city

 


Despite 777X loss, Mayor Tommy Battle says Huntsville has 'exciting future' with Boeing

on January 04, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle released a statement Saturday morning on Boeing's decision to build its next-generation 777X jetliner in the Seattle suburbs.

 

Huntsville was among more than 50 sites in 22 states vying for the 8,500 jobs and $10 billion assembly plant tied to the 777X.

 

 The nationwide search ended late Friday night, when members of the International Association of Machinists narrowly approved a contract offer from Boeing to produce the plane in Everett, Wash., where the company already has a massive manufacturing infrastructure.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


 

Hyundai, Montgomery plant set records
Written by Brad Harper

Hyundai on Friday announced record December and full-year sales in North America, backed by a record year of production at the Montgomery assembly plant.

 

The company sold 63,005 vehicles last month, the first time it has crossed the 60,000 sales mark in December. It it also reported that its full-year sales were up 2.5 percent over 2012's record total.

 

Montgomery-made Elantra and Sonata sedans accounted for more than half of those sales, with each selling more than 200,000 units for the year.

 

"An exceptionally strong post-Christmas sales blitz enabled Hyundai to shatter our annual sales record which was set just last year," new HMA president and CEO Dave Zuchowski said in a release announcing the numbers.



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 Auto sales fall flat in December, but 2013 was the industry's best year since 2007

on January 03, 2014 

Frigid weather in parts of the country put a damper on U.S. auto sales in December, but the disappointing results weren't enough to stop the industry's best year since 2007.

 

Last month's light vehicle sales totaled 1.36 million, flat compared to December 2012, says Autodata Corp. But for 2013, sales were 15.6 million, up 7.6 percent from 2012.

 

There was a similar story with sales of Alabama-made vehicles. Combined sales of the models produced in the state totaled 72,074 in December, down 3 percent from the year-ago period, according to automakers' sales reports issued today.


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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

 


 Auburn mayor: BCS Championship Game exposure a lift for Alabama city


PASADENA, California - Regardless of how the pigskin bounces in Monday night's BCS Championship Game, Bill Ham Jr., the longtime mayor of Auburn, Ala., already knows one winner - the fast-growing Lee County city that aims to build on recent economic development successes.

 

"The national and international exposure of this game - you just can't buy that kind of exposure at any price," said Ham, who traveled to California for the showdown between Auburn University and Florida State at the Rose Bowl.

 

The teams are playing for the celebrated crystal trophy that goes to the winner of college football's biggest contest. For sure, Ham wants his Auburn Tigers to cap what has been a near miraculous season with another victory, allowing him to prevail in a friendly wager with Tallahassee, Fla., Mayor John Marks.

 

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[madeinalabama.com]

 



 




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