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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:
Florida company to build boats in Dothan
Gov. Bentley shares idea for high school dual enrollment program
Austal President raves about doing business in right-to-work
Q2 groundbreaking set for $13 million paint facility at Airbus A320 final assembly line in Mobile
Susan Matlock leaves Innovation Depot ready for its next evolution
Huntsville-area suppliers wanted for construction of Tennessee federal uranium processing facility
Hillshire to close Florence plant

 


Florida company to build boats in Dothan

by Lance Griffin

April 3, 2014

 

Dothan has been fishing for jobs and reeled in about 100 Thursday when a Florida boat maker announced it will locate in the city.

 

Glasstream Powerboats, a fishing and pleasure boat manufacturing and design company, has agreed to locate a manufacturing facility just off Napier Field Road in Dothan.

 

The industry is expected to generate about 100 jobs initially and expand to 175 jobs when the plant is in full production. 

 

Glasstream has been around 32 years, and has been involved in boat making for 26 years. Its current facility is located in Panama City, Fla.

 

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[Dothan Eagle]

 

 

 


 

Gov. Bentley shares idea for high school dual enrollment program
April 3, 2014

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) -Governor Robert Bentley says the future of economic development and bringing jobs to Alabama will depend on growing a skilled workforce.

This week, Bentley addressed the Alabama Associated General Contractors. The governor says Alabama has workers with strong work ethics but the state needs more skilled employees.

 

Bentley has asked to put $6 million into a dual enrollment program through which high school students can earn college credits.

 

"Dual enrollment is very important. So students in high school can get a two year degree when they finish high school, especially if it deals with technical training that is what this money is for," he said.

 

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[WBRC]


 


 


Austal President raves about doing business in right-to-work 

BY EDITOR

April 3, 2014


Yellowhammer CEO Cliff Sims sat down with Austal USA President Craig Perciavalle yesterday to discuss a wide range of issues - from how Sen. Richard Shelby, R- Ala., saved the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) to the fact the LCS inspired a character in Disney's Cars 2, which brought in over a half-billion dollars at the box office.

Perciavalle raved about the advantages of doing business in the state of Alabama. Austal employees approx. 4,000 Alabamians in the Mobile area. He said the state will likely continue to attract international companies like Austal and Airbus who are looking for a low-tax, business-friendly place to do business in America.

 

But there were two specific things Austal's president mentioned that make Alabama an especially attractive place to locate. One of them is Alabama's status as a right-to-work state.

 

"That's probably the second leading attractive part of being in the state of Alabama - a right-to-work state," Perciavalle said. "At the end of the day, we focus on treating our employees right and creating a very good work environment for them."

 

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[yellowhammernews]

 

 


Q2 groundbreaking set for $13 million paint facility at Airbus A320 final assembly line in Mobile

on April 03, 2014 

MOBILE, Alabama - Airbus Americas will break ground in the second quarter on a $13 million paint shop hangar for its A320 final assembly line under construction at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley.

 

MAAS Aviation Aircraft Services, a division of the Expressair Group based in the Netherlands, will operate the facility, and Jesco Inc. will lead construction of the paint hangar.

 

The facility, slated for completion in mid-2015 and expected to employ 34 people, will be constructed within the 116-acre Airbus footprint at Mobile Aeroplex, and MAAS has options for expansion as Airbus' production increases over the years.

 

"We've reached yet another major milestone in establishing the A320 assembly line in Mobile," said Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor in a prepared statement.

 

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[al.com]

  

 

 

 

 


Susan Matlock leaves Innovation Depot ready for its next evolution

on April 03, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Birmingham Mayor William Bell said he would not want to imagine Birmingham today without Susan Matlock's work over the last two decades.

 

"Having Susan leading Innovation Depot and the work she has done to help encourage entrepreneurship has just been fantastic," Bell said. "Birmingham is now recognized around the world as having one of the best business incubators and Susan deserves credit for that."

 

Matlock spent the last days of March going through her old files and cleaning out her office, officially ending her time as the president and chief executive of Innovation Depot.

 

Matlock, 67, decide nearly a year ago she would retire and made her plans public in August. Devon Laney, the former chief operating officer at Innovation Depot, replaces her at the helm.


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[al.com]

 

 

 


  

Huntsville-area suppliers wanted for construction of Tennessee federal uranium processing facility
on April 03, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Huntsville-area businesses may soon have an opportunity to be a part of a new uranium processing facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County announced today.

 

The $6.5 billion mega project, which is being built by the U.S. government, will be located at the Y-12 National Security Complex. Local suppliers interested in participating in construction of the project are invited to attend an 8 a.m. forum April 23 at the Chamber's auditorium on 225 Church Street in downtown Huntsville.

 

The Chamber's Director of Small Business Pammie Jimmar said a partnership between Huntsville and Oak Ridge was developed in 2009 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville to connect businesses, students and researchers with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


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[al.com]


 

 

 


 Hillshire to close Florence plant

By Tom Smith For The Daily 

April 4, 2014

 

FLORENCE - Hillshire Brands Co. announced this morning in a press release it will close the Florence plant, which employs 1,100 people.

 

The plant is scheduled to close Dec. 30.

 

According to the release, the decision was made after a comprehensive business evaluation, Hillshire Brands determined that production from the facility will be sourced from other locations within the company's operations network.

 

The Florence plant houses breakfast sandwich and breakfast sausage cooking operations.


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[Decatur Daily]


 




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