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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:
$35 million residential recycling center opens in Montgomery; brings 110 jobs
'The present and the future': REHAU opens expansion, breaks ground on research center
Gov. Bentley appoints Tuscaloosa businessman to Alabama Workforce Council
Athens aluminum molding company plans to expand
Anniston approves $2.6M McClellan road project


$35 million residential recycling center opens in Montgomery; brings 110 jobs

on April 14, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- The city of Montgomery celebrated the grand opening today of an innovative new facility that is bringing residential recycling and 110 new jobs to the city.


Construction on the advanced mixed materials recovery facility (MRF) began in July of 2013, and it is set to start operating next week, two months ahead of schedule. The facility will divert 80 percent of waste from the landfill.

The 81,992-square-foot facility that represents a $35 million capital investment by Infinitus Energy is the most advanced recycling facility in the country, according to Bulk Handling Systems, which installed the system.


The new Infinitus Renewable Energy Park at Montgomery (iREP Montgomery) is located at 1551 Louisville St.







'The present and the future': REHAU opens expansion, breaks ground on research center

By Trent Moore The Cullman Times

April 14, 2014


CULLMAN - It seems one huge announcement just wasn't enough for REHAU on Monday.

In addition to officially opening the plant's new $115 million expansion, the German automobile component manufacturer also broke ground on a new high-tech research center that will bring rare, highly-skilled jobs to the region.

The newly-opened manufacturing expansion created 250 new jobs at the manufacturing operation, largely led by a new contract with Mercedes-Benz to produce components for the several new models. Within the next two years, the expanded contract is expected to create an additional 160 jobs. 



[Cullman Times]


 Gov. Bentley appoints Tuscaloosa businessman to Alabama Workforce Council 

By Ed Enoch
Staff Writer
April 15, 2014 

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has appointed Tuscaloosa businessman Fitzgerald Washington to the recently created Alabama Workforce Council, a board of business and industry leaders who will advise the state's two-year college chancellor and state school superintendent on policies and programs affecting workforce development.


"I appreciate the support I have received from Governor Bentley, his staff and the local community. I am looking forward to working with the other members of the council on making a difference in the lives of Alabamians," Washington said in a released statement, describing the appointment as an honor.


Washington, the general sales manager at Buffalo Rock Co.'s Tuscaloosa Distribution Center, was appointed April 9 as the Region 3 Workforce Development Council of Alabama representative.



[Tuscaloosa News]




Athens aluminum molding company plans to expand

By Bayne Hughes Staff Writer |

Apr 14, 2014 


ATHENS - Cast Products Inc. is planning a $1.1 million expansion that will add at least 11 employees.

The company, located on Alabama 127, is expanding its automation, said Colby Medlen, vice president of operations.


Cast Products is an engineering and manufacturing company that makes cast aluminum products for emergency medical, firefighting, police and specialty vehicles.


The company recently added an automatic molding system, and is now expanding its automatic handling system.





Anniston approves $2.6M McClellan road project
Patrick McCreless
Apr 14, 2014

Anniston leaders approved a major road project at McClellan and began the search for money to fund another Monday, all to spur economic development and create jobs at the former fort.

The City Council awarded a $2.6 million road improvement project to Holmes II Excavation of Munford during its meeting Monday. The project, expected to start in the coming weeks, will include significant upgrades to Pappy Dunn Boulevard in McClellan's industrial park. 

The council also agreed to seek state money for a planned $1.6 million project to improve Eglin Avenue, which also runs through the industrial park. 

City officials say the projects will improve access and travel in the industrial park, helping existing businesses there grow while providing an incentive for more companies to move in, creating jobs in the process.

[Anniston Star]



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