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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:
State of Alabama Recruits Manufacturing
Alabama scores high in Site Selection's economic development success rankings
Brasfield & Gorrie tapped as general contractor for first phase of Airbus project in Mobile
Alabama Auto Manufacturer's Association director pushes for more industrial training
AT&T selects city for national technology trial
Dothan symposium attracts heavy hitters in manufacturing world

 


State of Alabama Recruits Manufacturing

by Jen Clark Plastics Business



Google the term "auto industry" and the search engine returns a slew of Detroit-related articles detailing the ups and downs of one of America's most storied industries. Detroit, after all, is home to the "Big Three" automobile manufacturers - General Motors, Ford and Chrysler.

 

But one economic development group aims to challenge the notion that the epicenter of the American auto industry is in Detroit. The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama has led efforts to market its state as an automotive and aerospace leader, while also working to attract investment in virtually every industry sector. Since 1997, more than 6.3 million cars and light trucks have been produced in Alabama, which is home to vehicle assembly plants for Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Hyundai; engine assembly plants for Toyota (original equipment manufacturer) and Navistar. It also is home to a growing automotive supplier network serving OEMs in Alabama and neighboring states.

 

"We have the presence of German, Japanese and Korean manufacturers and have moved from no production 20 years ago to some 915,000 vehicles last year," said Bill Taylor, EDPA's president. "It has created an interesting picture when it comes to not just the OEM, but at the tier 1 and tier 2 (level). We came to realize, as the industry has matured in Alabama, there was a need for additional businesses to be present in the state to help support and supply services to the OEM."

 

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[Plastics Business]

 


Alabama scores high in Site Selection's economic development success rankings


MONTGOMERY, Alabama - After landing a series of major projects in 2013, Alabama scored high in Site Selection's economic development success rankings, claiming the No. 7 spot for the most new and expanded facilities per capita last year, according to an announcement today from the magazine.

 

In addition, Site Selection ranked three Alabama cities - Cullman, Decatur and the Auburn-Opelika area - in the national Top 10 in their respective categories for economic development activity in 2013.

 

Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield said the high rankings in the publication's closely watched "Governors Cup" competition shows that economic developers across the state are making progress in achieving the goals outlined in the Accelerate Alabama strategic growth plan.

 

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 Brasfield & Gorrie tapped as general contractor for first phase of Airbus project in Mobile

on February 28, 2014

MOBILE, Alabama - Hoar Program Management has named Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie, the first of four general contractor packages for Airbus' A320 final assembly line under construction in Mobile.

 

Specifically, Brasfield & Gorrie will be responsible for the outfitting and completion of the final assembly line hangar and the construction of the service building and logistics center at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley.

 

"Keeping the Airbus project local has been a top priority, yet quality, competitiveness, team capabilities and the ability to service Airbus and HPM well supersede everything" said Mike Lanier, president of Hoar Program Management.

 

In fact, Brasfield & Gorrie underwent a "scrutinous process and have proved themselves as the right company for this component of this important project," Lanier said.



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[al.com]

 

 


 Alabama Auto Manufacturer's Association director pushes for more industrial training

By Trent Moore The Cullman Times

March 1, 2014

 

With the regional automotive industry continuing to grow, Alabama Automotive Manufacturers' Association Executive Director Lew Drummond is urging local industry and education leaders to join forces for more streamlined training programs.

Drummond was the guest speaker at the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce's monthly  luncheon, and discussed the changing dynamics of the automotive industry and its relationship to the local workforce. He noted one of the biggest priorities facing government and education leaders is ensuring the state provides a trained, capable workforce for new and expanding industry.

"We've had a lot of success in the state, especially in automotive industry, but there are still some regrets and issues that need to be worked on very quickly," he said. "We have to have a good workforce, because any potential automotive assembler, or tier-1, -2 or -3 supplier, is going to be looking closely at a potential site to see if they can get a workforce there."

 

 

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[Cullman Times]

 


 

 

 


 

AT&T selects city for national technology trial
by Special to the Eagle
March 1, 2014

BIRMINGHAM - AT&T is proposing to select Carbon Hill to work to ensure that Alabama customers - and eventually consumers and businesses across the country - benefit from the latest communications technologies. 

The company announced this week it has proposed to select Carbon Hill as one of two locations nationwide for a multi-year trial which will be overseen by the Federal Communications Commission. The pilot program is intended to help guide the company in developing new products and processes that can be used to seamlessly complete the rollout of AT&T's Internet-based network nationally. The announcement is in response to a request by the FCC to companies to submit proposals to conduct trials where connections and services would be rolled out in a community and offered to customers.

"We believe all consumers and businesses deserve the opportunity to be connected by the best network technology available," said Fred McCallum, President of AT&T Alabama. "This trial is going to help the entire country learn how to make that happen while assuring that consumers stay safe and connected. We look forward to strengthening America's communications future with our customers in Carbon Hill, and to preserving the values of universal service, competition, public safety, reliability and consumer protection."

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 Dothan symposium attracts heavy hitters in manufacturing world

By Ken Tuck

 March 2, 2014

 

BEIJING, China ─ The US-China Manufacturing Symposium in Dothan is already being called historic. The quality of the attendees is what separates it from other symposiums.

 

This event will bring 300 to 400 Chinese and American government and business leaders together to openly discuss manufacturing expansion and job creation. To judge the scale of this event, compare it to the Select USA Summit hosted by the US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration and Select USA in 2013. The event, held in Washington, D.C., brought 1,000 people together from around the world to connect investors with US Economic Development Organizations.

 

Around 100 people from China attended Select USA, the largest contingent from any country. However, 50 to 60 of them were not decision makers. The Dothan symposium is attracting CEOs, company chairmen, mayors, vice-mayors, and a party secretary from China. Wu Jihua, the Secretary of Dailian Xigang District Committee of Communist Party of China, committed to attend and lead a delegation from Dalian, China, to Dothan. He will be one of the highest-ranking Chinese official s to ever visit Alabama.


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[Dothan Eagle]




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