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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:
Atlanta-based Rural Sourcing Inc. bringing 100 onshoring jobs to Mobile (updated)
New steel company on the way
Honda, Toyota set North American production records in 2013
Decatur Schools pass the torch
Shelby visits Hanil E Hwa
Gaming information company in Huntsville expects growth in 2014, plans to hire 20 workers
Forbes lists Auburn among top 25 places to retire
Join us Friday for our first pitch event for Round 3 of the Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition
Auburn University's Vodyanoy Named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

 


Atlanta-based Rural Sourcing Inc. bringing 100 onshoring jobs to Mobile (updated)

on January 21, 2014 

MOBILE, Alabama - Atlanta-based Rural Sourcing Inc. will bring 100 jobs to downtown Mobile with average salaries of about $50,000.

 

The joint announcement was made Tuesday afternoon at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce by the company, the Alabama Department of Commerce, the city and county.

 

The software development company also provides support and maintenance for "critical business applications."

 

"This is a particularly strong project and a great way to start the new year because it's exactly what we want to see - efforts that keep our university graduates here and attract young people to a vibrant community, and it's a huge bonus that (Rural Sourcing) is very interested in downtown and contributing to our revitalization efforts," said Bill Sission, president of the Mobile chamber.

 

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[al.com]

 


New steel company on the way

By Bayne Hughes Staff Writer 

January 21, 2014 | 

 

ATHENS - A second steel company plans to move into southeast Limestone County near Decatur.

 

Nexus AG Holdings is buying the 300,000-square-foot former Delphi plant building No. 22 across from Calhoun Community College on U.S. 31. Chicago-based Alliance Steel LLC will move a steel coil company into the building after Nexus completes renovations.

 

Meanwhile, Alliance's new neighbor, Carpenter Technology Corp., is set to begin operations Monday at its new $518 million dollar facility in Tanner, also known as its Athens Operations.

 

Tom Hill, Limestone County Economic Development Authority chairman, said Tuesday at the Limestone County Commission meeting that Alliance and Nexus are making a $10.88 million investment in the new plant and building renovations.

 

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[Decatur Daily]

 

 

 


Honda, Toyota set North American production records in 2013

on January 22, 2014

Japan's Honda and Toyota each set production records at their North American auto assembly plants during 2013.

 

The records happened as the yen weakened against the dollar for the second year in a row,Bloomberg reports.

Honda built 1.78 million Honda and Acura cars and light trucks at its plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico last year.

 

The total includes more than 333,000 vehicles produced at the company's Talladega County factory,where annual output declined slightly from 2012 amid the ramp up for production of the Acura MDX SUV.

 

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[al.com]

 


 


Decatur Schools pass the torch

By Deangelo McDaniel Staff Writer

Jan. 21, 2014

 

A $1 million grant Decatur City Schools expects to receive this week will allow the system to prepare students for some of the highest-paying jobs in the Tennessee Valley.

 

DCS curriculum supervisor Dee Dee Jones said the district will receive a "big piece" of the state's 21st Century Workforce bond issue.

She said the district plans to use the money to expand the dual-enrollment welding program at Calhoun Community College by purchasing portable welding stations and a virtual welder that will introduce students to the program.

 

A recent workforce study for Region 2, which includes Morgan and six other counties, identified 155 job openings for welders, with an average starting pay of $28 per hour.

 

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Shelby visits Hanil E Hwa

A senior Washington D.C. lawmaker used a break from business in the nation's capital to visit Dallas County Tuesday as part of a state-wide focus on jobs.

 

U.S. Sen.. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and two members of his staff, toured Hyundai auto parts supplier Hanil E Hwa, located in Craig Field Industrial Park.

 

Shelby said the tour is designed to give him a first-hand look at jobs being created in the state.

 

"I've been traveling around the state, going from county to county, and visiting business, seeing how many jobs they have, how they can expand, how they can create more jobs and what we can do to help them and not to harm them in Washington," he said. "What I see here is a vibrant company making quality parts. If we leave these people alone and let them operate and create an environment, a pro-business environment, businesses large, small and medium that will create jobs for our people."


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Gaming information company in Huntsville expects growth in 2014, plans to hire 20 workers

on January 21, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - The gaming information company that moved from San Francisco to Huntsville in 2013 is anticipating significant growth at its downtown headquarters this year.

 

Donovan Duncan, vice president of marketing for Curse, said the company that employs 55 at the BB&T building in Huntsville grew about 60 percent last year and plans to hire 20 new employees in the next few months. 

 

"We had our best year ever, fueled in part by the great talent we've been able to find here in Huntsville," Duncan said Tuesday morning. "It's a pleasant mix of technical minds, and people that really understand our products and are all members of the new digital age."

 

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[al.com]

 


 Forbes lists Auburn among top 25 places to retire

Kristen Oliver | Opelika-Auburn News | 

January 21, 2014 

 

Forbes has listed Auburn among the country's top 25 places to retire.

 

Auburn Mayor Bill Ham mentioned the ranking at the City Council's regular meeting Tuesday.

 

"Auburn has garnered recent media attention toward its exceptional quality of life," Ham said. "The publisher of Forbes Magazine recently showed its admiration for Auburn in a list of top 25 places to retire in 2014."

 

Forbes attributed Auburn's ranking in the top 25 to its good economy, warm climate, status as a college town and low crime levels. It also listed Auburn's cost of living as 11 percent below the national average and the average home price as $165,000.


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Join us Friday for our first pitch event for Round 3 of the Alabama Launchpad Start-Up Competition.

 

Watch 12 teams each make a 10-minute presentation to our judges in hopes of advancing to the next stage of the competition. 

 

 The pitch event will be held at Evonik Corp., 750 Lakeshore Parkway, in Birmingham.

 

See firsthand the exciting ideas our aspiring entrepreneurs from across the state will share.   

Your support and participation is vital for our efforts to help lead Alabama's commercialization efforts and to create new jobs and companies.  

 

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Auburn University's Vodyanoy Named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

 

AUBURN UNIVERSITY -- The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named Dr. Vitaly J. Vodyanoy, a professor of physiology and director of the biosensor laboratory in Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine, as one of its 2013 Fellows.   Representing 94 research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutions, the 143 new Fellows collectively hold more than 5,600 U.S. patents.

 

"Selection as an NAI Fellow is a high honor," said Anne Chasser, former U.S. Commissioner for Trademarks at the USPTO and chair of the NAI Fellows Selection Committee.  "The Fellows have made outstanding contributions to innovation and discovery, in ways that have had a significant impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society."

 

Included in the 2013 class are nine Nobel laureates, 69 members of the National Academies, 23 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 23 fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, five inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and two recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Science. 

 

A current member of the AU Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors, Vodyanoy joined Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. He received his M.S. in Physics from Moscow Physical Engineering Institute and his Ph.D. in biophysics from Agrophysical Research Institute, Leningrad, USSR.

 

"I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Vodyanoy and found him to be an intellectually gifted scholar and gentleman," said John Weete, Auburn's assistant vice president for technology transfer and commercialization.  "His ability to recognize and creatively overcome technical obstacles to research is remarkable. "

 

As a biophysicist,  Vodyanoy's work deals with biomembrane phenomena such as sensory receptors, biosensors, transport models, ion channels, olfactory receptor neurons, as well as other areas which include cell preservation, symbiotic and probiotic bacteria, proteons from blood, and pleomorphism of small DNA particles.  He holds 22 U.S. and 37 international patents based on his research.  His inventions include a biopolymer for preserving cells, tissue, blood and macromolecules; a mechanism for remote monitoring and recording of olfactory sniff events as detector dogs sample a wide area; and a passive oil collection system.

 

Vodyanoy is probably best known for his creation of an advanced illumination system that greatly enhances the resolution power of the light microscope.  Licensed to CytoViva, Inc., microscopes with his illumination system are being sold worldwide and have found a niche in nanomedicine research where they can visualize nanoparticles that cannot be seen with a typical light microscope.  This technology won the prestigious R&D Magazine 100 Awards in 2006 and 2007, and the Nano 50 Award in 2007, and is currently enabling researchers in biomedical and other fields to advance their science and find solutions to health, environmental, and other problems.

 

"The criteria for Fellow recognition are rightfully rigorous," said Calvin Johnson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. "Dr. Vodyanoy is truly a remarkable and creative individual, an outstanding citizen of our university and deserving of the recognition and honor of being named NAI Fellow."

 

Contact:  John Weete, Auburn University Office of Technology Transfer, (334) 844-4977 (weete@auburn.edu)


 

 

 

 


 




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