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In this issue:
Alabama exports approach record total in 2013, with autos leading way
Birmingham's Diamond Fortress getting global attention with smart phone security app
How to apply for the new jobs at Honda's Alabama plant
Airbus Group unveils 7,500-square-foot component repair facility for military aircraft unit at Mobile Regional Airport
Camber Corporation in Huntsville awarded $22.2 million contract by Battelle

 


Alabama exports approach record total in 2013, with autos leading way

MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Powered by rising overseas shipments of vehicles and parts, Alabama exports held steady in 2013 with a total of $19.3 billion, just shy of the state's all-time record, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

 

Alabama companies shipped a wide range of products from many different industry sectors to nearly 200 countries across the globe last year. The total value of Alabama exports in 2013 dipped 1 percent from the record high of $19.6 billion set in 2012. Alabama exports have surged 57 percent since 2009.

 

Alabama Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said Alabama companies continue to succeed on the exporting front, despite sluggish economies in many parts of the world.

 

"Our department along with the members of the Export Alabama Alliance have been concentrating on helping small and medium companies find new markets," Canfield said.  "Growing our companies through exports has so much potential to create jobs.  We're still seeing strong growth with our major trading partners and expect that trend to continue, which will mean more exports and therefore more jobs."


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 Birmingham's Diamond Fortress getting global attention with smart phone security app

on February 11, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A start-up technology company in Inverness has its fingerprints all over a new security feature being used on smart phones around the world.

 

Diamond Fortress Technologies has created a touchless, fingerprint recognition technology to unlockAndroid and other devices, something that has eluded even Silicon Valley firms.

 

A month after releasing its ICE Unlock app, it has been downloaded more than 75,000 times and is being used by smart phone users in more than 210 countries. The biometrics security uses the smart phone's own camera to read the user's fingerprint.

 

"To get to where we really want to go we had to do what we're doing now and that's get it in the hands of the public," Chace Hatcher, Diamond Fortress founder and chief executive, said. "We needed them to use it, see what they think and tell us what we need to improve."


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 How to apply for the new jobs at Honda's Alabama plant

on February 11, 2014

LINCOLN, Alabama -- People interested in the latest new job openings at Honda's Talladega County plant can find more information athondaalabama.com.

 

The Japanese automaker isadding 50 full-time production positions and investing $71.8 million in a project that is related to the production of drivetrain components.

 

On Monday night, the Talladega County Commission approved $3.4 million in tax abatements for the project.

Applicants should keep checking the website, as the plant has openings all the time and these jobs won't be listed any differently, said Ted Pratt, a spokesman for the plant.


 

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 Airbus Group unveils 7,500-square-foot component repair facility for military aircraft unit at Mobile Regional Airport (updated)

on February 11, 2014 

MOBILE, Alabama - Airbus Group's North American military aircraft unit unveiled Tuesday a new 7,500-square-foot component repair facility at Mobile Regional Airport.

 

The new addition complements the unit's existing 30,000-square-foot, 45-employee maintenance, repair and overhaul delivery center, which has had a presence in the Port City for 10 years.

 

The addition of the new component repair facility is expected to improve customer service for the company's medium and light multi-mission aircraft operators. New services include hydraulic, avionics, composite and structural repairs, painting, component exchange and highly skilled engineering support.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


 Camber Corporation in Huntsville awarded $22.2 million contract by Battelle

on February 12, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Camber Corporation in Huntsville has been awarded a $22.2 million contract by Battelle to provide program management and Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

 

The Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Research Development Center - Topographic Engineering Center (ERDC TEC) will benefit from the work. A news release announcing the 15-month contract said Camber will also procure, test and install four linear sensor systems and displays.

 

Most of the work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colo., Fort Belvoir, Va., and Edgewood, Md. Other work locations will be Stanford, Fla., Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Elgin Air Force Base, Fla., Fort Lewis, Wa. and Fort Huachuca, Ariz.


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