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In this issue:
Japanese plastics firm considers Athens site
Robotics and automated manufacturing course starting this fall for Shelby County students
Alabama's national parks create $26.5 million economic benefit, report shows
Airbus hiring quality performance manager for A320 final assembly line in Mobile
AIME provides space for businesse to incubate, grow
BBA to host Affordable Care Act panel for small biz

 


Japanese plastics firm considers Athens site 

By Bayne Hughes Staff Writer

March 3, 2014

 

ATHENS - The Elm Industrial Park is a finalist site for a Japanese plastics company.

 

Asahi Kasei Plastics North America Inc. is considering building a 100,000-square-foot facility on 50 acres at Airport Road and Wilkinson Street in Athens.

 

The Limestone County Commission and Athens City Council held a joint meeting Monday and approved selling the jointly owned land for $800,000 to Asahi, if it chooses to locate there.

 

Asahi now has a 90-day option on the property.

 

John Boyd, executive vice president for Michigan-based Signature Associates, is handling the location search for Asahi. He said the company began with about 40 possible locations.

 

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[Decatur Daily]

 

 

 

 


Robotics and automated manufacturing course starting this fall for Shelby County students

on March 03, 2014 

SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama - The Shelby County Board of Education is preparing to offer a course starting this fall that will get high school students on a path to pursuing a career in robotics and automated manufacturing.

 

The school district is utilizing a $500,000 grant from the state to implement the Robotics and Automated Manufacturing program, known as R.A.M., which will be available at the College and Career Center in Columbiana.

 

"It is preparing students to work in the field of industrial maintenance and automated manufacturing, which frankly, I think, the first thing that will come to mind is jobs like Mercedes and Hyundai," which have plants in Alabama, said Rene Day, the district's coordinator for career and technical education, college and career planning, and community partnerships.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


Alabama's national parks create $26.5 million economic benefit, report shows

on March 03, 2014

Visitors to national parks in Alabama spent $26.5 million and supported 381 jobs in the state in 2012, according to a new National Park Service report.

 

The parks in the state attracted 717,724 visitors from across the U.S. and the world that year, said Stan Austin, NPS Southeast Regional Director.
  

"Exploring Alabama's national parks immerses visitors in the struggles of American Indian survival at Horseshoe Bend and Russell Cave, the triumphs of African Americans at Tuskegee Institute and Tuskegee Airmen, and the wilds of the Little River Canyon," Austin said in a prepared statement.

 
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[al.com]

 

 


 

 

 


Airbus hiring quality performance manager for A320 final assembly line in Mobile

on March 04, 2014 

MOBILE, Alabama - Airbus is seeking a quality performance manager for its A320 final assembly line under construction at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley.

 

The position requires, at minimum, an associate's or technical degree with a focus on manufacturing, quality management, industrial engineering or business administration preferred and at least five years' experience, preferably in quality management or business administration with an international company.

 

This latest position also requires at least nine months of training abroad.

 

Airbus is currently building its first A320 assembly line on U.S. soil at Mobile Aeroplex, expected to figure prominently in the company's ability to efficiently fill the mounting backlog for the popular single-aisle aircraft. The $600 million facilityis slated to come online in 2015, deliver its first Mobile-assembled aircraft the following year and employ about 1,000 people when it reaches full annual production of 40 to 50 aircraft by 2018.



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[al.com]

 

 


 

 

 


The Alabama Innovation and Mentoring of Entrepreneurs building is a place where businesses grow and students' minds are challenged at The University of Alabama.

 

Located just across from Lakeside Dining, the AIME building is a two-story, 50,000 square foot multipurpose center housing two multimedia classrooms, two 2,000 square foot office suites and more than 21,000 square feet of research labs.

 

The building was commissioned in 1996 and completed in December 2000. It was originally called the Alabama Institute for Manufacturing Excellence, Dan Daly, director of AIME, said. The building was built with the intent of bringing more manufacturing to the University.

 

"We have decided that it would be better to focus our efforts on starting up companies rather than bringing manufacturing businesses to the University," Daly said.



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[The Crimson White]

 

 


 

 

 


 

BBA to host Affordable Care Act panel for small biz
 Bryan Davis Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Mar 4, 2014

The Birmingham Business Alliance has teamed up with area health care professionals to shed more light on the effects of the Affordable Care Act on small businesses.

 

Brookwood Medical Center, St. Vincent's Health System, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Balch & Bingham and Warren Averett will all be represented on a panel that seeks to inform small businesses on the subjects of cost, compliance, timing and resources needed for businesses to implement the new law.

 

The panel will answer questions from the audience.

 

The event will begin at 7:30 on Wednesday, March 5 at the Harbert Centerin downtown Birmingham.


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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 




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