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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:
Hyundai gears up for Sonata redesign with Montgomery plant expansion
Survey: US companies add 238K jobs, most in year
Sean O'Keefe steps down as chief of Airbus group
Heflin Industrial Board pleased with website promoting area development opportunities
ECEDA looking forward to 2014
UAB among top in nation for NIH funding
Athens, Guntersville, Excel win 2013 'Quality of Life' awards from Alabama League of Municipalities
Birmingham's pretty easy on the budget: City makes Apartment Guide ranking of most affordable metros
PRESS RELEASE...Page & Jones, Inc. Announces New Director of Global Project Services

 


 

Hyundai gears up for Sonata redesign with Montgomery plant expansion
Written by Brad Harper

Hyundai is gearing up for production of the redesigned Sonata with an $800,000 addition to its Montgomery engine plant.

 

The new building will add 14,500 square feet of warehouse space for "various parts used in the assembly of engines for the Sonata sedans," Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama spokesman Robert Burns said.

 

The four-cylinder, all-aluminum Theta engine built in Montgomery also is used by Kia's plant in West Point, Ga.

The project includes about $80,000 of structural work and $720,000 of foundation work, handled by contractor Hyundai AMCO America. It should be finished this summer.

 

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 Survey: US companies add 238K jobs, most in year

on January 08, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - A private survey shows U.S. businesses added the most jobs in a year in December, powered by a big gain in construction jobs. The figures add to evidence that the economy gained momentum at the end of 2013.

 

Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 238,000 jobs in December, up slightly from 229,000 in the previous month. November's figures were revised higher.

 

Construction firms added 48,000 jobs in December, the most since 2006.

 

The ADP numbers cover only private businesses and often diverge from the government's more comprehensive report. But both reports have shown a solid pickup in hiring since the summer.

 

Last month, the Labor Department said private businesses added 203,000 jobs in November. The Labor Department will report on December job growth Friday.


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[al.com]

 

 

 

 


 Sean O'Keefe steps down as chief of Airbus group

on January 07, 2014 

Sean O'Keefe, chief executive of Airbus Group's North American Unit, will step down in March,the company announced Tuesday.

 

O'Keefe, former NASA administrator and frequent Huntsville visitor, will be replaced by Allan McArtor, current chairman of Airbus Americas.

 

The company said O'Keefe's resignation comes as he is addressing ongoing medical issues created by injuries he sustained in a 2010 plane accident in Alaska. O'Keefe was one of four survivors of the crash that killed five others, including U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

 

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[al.com]


 

 

 

 

 


 

Heflin Industrial Board pleased with website promoting area development opportunities
By Laura Camper
Jan 07, 2014

Announcing that the Heflin Industrial Development Board's website is now live, board members said at their meeting Tuesday they believe it's the first step in bringing new businesses to the area.

"I think we're going to see some response to it," said Heflin City Clerk Shane Smith.

The board, which was formed to develop the city's 212-acre industrial park, has been working on creating the website since May. It hired Decatur-based Red Sage Communications on July 8 to design and build the website. In December, the board made the final edits on the site.

"It's fantastic," said Tanya Maloney, board member and executive director of the Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce.

The new site, http://cityofheflinidb.org, includes demographic and community information about Heflin and Cleburne County, maps, available properties and tax incentives. 


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[Anniston Star]



 

 


 

ECEDA looking forward to 2014
Written by Matt Okarmus

The Elmore County Economic Development Authority is looking forward to a prosperous year after changes in 2013.

 

Most notably came a public change in a high-profile role. When Barry Mask resigned as ECEDA executive director after being named CEO of the Alabama Association of Realtors, Leisa Finley was named interim executive director.

 

She accepted the position in August, after previously serving as project manager for nearly 8 years. It was the second time she was offered the position, the first time being before Mask came came in.

 

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[Montgomery Advertiser]



 

 


 


UAB among top in nation for NIH funding
 Yann Ranaivo Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Jan 8, 2014
 
The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine ranked in the top quarter among med schools that received National Institutes of Health funding in 2013.

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, a North Carolina-based bio-sciences and health care nonprofit, has published tables showing the 2013 NIH funding to medical schools and their departments, hospitals and other institutions providing education in various health care disciplines.

 

According to the tables, UAB's med school received $132.9 million, placing the Birmingham institution at 31st among nearly 140 schools for NIH funds received. Among the top 10 most NIH-funded med schools were University of California San Francisco at $439.6 million, John Hopkins University at $404.9 million, Stanford University at $314.8 million and Yale University at $311.8 million.

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]



 

 


Athens, Guntersville, Excel win 2013 'Quality of Life' awards from Alabama League of Municipalities

on January 07, 2014 

Athens, Guntersville and the town of Excel in Monroe County are the winners of the 2013 Quality of Life awards from the Alabama League of Municipalities.

 

The awards, which will be handed out during the organization's annual convention in Mobile this spring, recognize successful, innovative local government projects that improve the quality of life in Alabama's towns and cities.

 

Athens won in the big-city category (population over 12,001) for retrofitting garbage trucks and some other municipal vehicles to run on compressed natural gas, which costs less than gasoline and is also better for the environment. Athens says it has saved more than $76,000 in fuel costs so far by using CNG in three garbage trucks, three Dodge pick-up trucks, a Honda civic and five Chevorlet Tahoes.

 

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 




 

 


 

 Birmingham's pretty easy on the budget: City makes Apartment Guide ranking of most affordable metros

on January 07, 2014 

A dollar might get you farther in Birmingham than it would almost anywhere else.

 

A ranking by Apartment Guide compared their rent listings with cost of living estimates from the Council for Community and Economic Research to find the 10 metro areas where both rent and cost of living make life easy on the wallet, according to The Huffington Post.

 

Birmingham came in fifth.


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PRESS RELEASE

    

 Page & Jones, Inc. Announces New Director of Global Project Services

  

Heino Winkler has joined the Page & Jones team's Atlanta office as "Director, Global Project Services." 

 

 In addition to his project cargo work, Winkler will support other branches and departments in the marketing of NVO and air operations, along with any opportunities over Page & Jones' full range of additional services (Customs Brokerage & Compliance, Freight Forwarding, Ship Agency, Marine Insurance).

 

 Hinkler is well known in the international maritime and shipping industry.  A native of Hamburg, Germany, he held management positions in the U.S. with several ocean and air freight forwarding companies.  Most recently, he operated his company, Global Project Services, in Atlanta with projects worldwide. That business will now be part of Page & Jones menu of services.

 

Page & Jones, Inc. President and CEO Mike Lee announced the Jan. 1 addition of  Winkler.

 

"We believe Mr. Winkler's addition to our team will provide additional support to our branches and departments, broaden our range of marketing efforts, and add experienced project management capabilities to our existing staff," Lee said. "It will further our commitment to provide our clients with a complete range of international logistics services, supported by the best and most experienced people in the field."

 

 

 About Page & Jones, Inc.

Page & Jones, Inc was founded in Mobile in 1892. It operates offices in 12 cities in the U.S., with agents and partners in ports and airports worldwide. Page & Jones provides global logistics services, including customs brokerage, freight forwarding, ship agency, air and ocean cargo transporation, project services, freight mode/cost studies, tariff design and support, duty drawback programs, foreign trade zone documentation and operation, marine terminal operation, and marine/air cargo insurance.

 

www.pagejones.com


 

 

 

 



 




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