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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:
Chinese industries already making impact in Dothan
Rocket woman Cindy Nafus makes history leading United Launch Alliance's Alabama rocket plant
Chris Richards named president of AM/NS Calvert, former ThyssenKrupp facilty
Mays named to workforce council
Penton's SpeedNews Presents Second Annual Global Aerospace Manufacturing Conference, April 1-2 in Mobile

 


Chinese industries already making impact in Dothan

By Lance Griffin

March 25, 2014

 

The Chinese foray into Alabama has already proved to be profitable for at least one Dothan business.

Covenant Steel of Dothan provided 1,800 tons of steel to be used for construction of Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tubing in Wilcox County. Production at the plant is expected to begin this spring.

 

"It has really been a pleasure to do the project. It's certainly one of our signature projects," said Kelly Colbert, president of Covenant Steel.

 

Golden Dragon is the first significant manufacturing business from China to locate in Alabama. Colbert said Covenant worked closely with a primary contractor to secure a relationship with Golden Dragon officials. However, the company decided to put the project out for bid at the 11th hour.

 

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[Dothan Eagle]

 


 

 


 

 

Rocket woman Cindy Nafus makes history leading United Launch Alliance's Alabama rocket plant
on March 26, 2014 

DECATUR, Alabama - Cindy Nafus has gone from "the only woman in the room" at management meetings to the only woman in America running a rocket plant. At 53, she's the new "site lead" at United Launch Alliance's Decatur plant, where 800 employees build the Atlas and Delta rockets that provide most of the lift to America's space program.

 

ULA rockets launch America's military and commercial satellites and NASA missions like the Mars Curiosity Rover. This year, a ULA Delta rocket will launch NASA's next-generation Orion capsule on a critical test flight, and in a few years ULA will begin launching Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser spacecraft, as well. All of those boosters are made on the Tennessee River at ULA's Decatur facility.

 

"At first it was intimidating," Nafus said Tuesday of those early management meetings. "Then it was empowering. You're outside looking into a boys' club.... I watched at first, and then I noticed that I deserved to be in that club."


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 Chris Richards named president of AM/NS Calvert, former ThyssenKrupp facilty

on March 25, 2014

MOBILE, Alabama -- Chris Richards will take over as president of AM/NS Calvert, the former ThyssenKrupp facility. The company was recently purchased for $1.55 billion by a joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal.

 

A graduate of the University of Idaho with a degree in metallurgical engineering, Richards also holds an MBA from St. Bonaventure University.

 

 Before coming to Alabama, Richards was president of I/N Tek and I/N Kote in New Carlisle, Ind., another joint venture between the two companies, which he joined in 2006. Earlier, he served in a variety of roles at Bethlehem Steel's Lackawanna, N.Y., facility.


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[al.com]

 

 


Mays named to workforce council

 Staff Reports

March 25, 2014

 

Gov. Robert Bentley held a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 217, which creates the new Alabama Workforce Council, on Monday in Decatur at Nucor Corporation.

 

Bentley has named Zeke Smith, Alabama Power Company Executive Vice President of External Affairs, as chairman of the council. Bentley also named former Phil Campbell mayor Jerry Mays as a member of the Council.

 

"Gov. Bentley has made job creation his number one priority and the establishment of the Alabama Workforce Council will greatly assist in the state's efforts to make sure Alabama has the skilled workers needed to recruit new industries and help existing industries expand," Alabama Republican Party chairman Bill Armistead said.

 

 

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[Franklin County Times]

 

 


Penton's SpeedNews Presents Second Annual Global Aerospace Manufacturing Conference, April 1-2 in Mobile

 

LOS ANGELES, March 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton's SpeedNews will bring together the aerospace industry's major manufacturers and suppliers at its Second Annual Aerospace Manufacturing Conference, to be held April 1-2 in Mobile.

  

Featured speakers include representatives from Airbus Americas, Alderman & Company, ATI, Axiam, Boeing, Boston Consulting Group, Dassault Systemes, Deloitte, Firestorm, GKN Aerospace, ICF SH&E, KAPCO, Kennametal, Kuehne + Nagel, Makino, Ontic, Sciaky, Stratasys and many others.  The event includes scheduled appearances by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and Mobile, AL Mayor Sandy Stimpson.

 

As part of the conference, delegates will have the opportunity to tour aerospace facilities in the Mobile area on April 2, including the UTC Aerospace Systems Aerostructures facility, ST Aerospace Mobile at Brookley Aeroplex, Airbus' Final Assembly Line currently under construction and Brookley by the Bay.

 

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