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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:
Plant director: Goodyear's future in Gadsden bright
Cullman Co. Economic Development office reopens
Chinese companies returning to visit Dothan
Alabama beverage company Milo's Tea expands into states across the U.S., adds lemonade and other new drinks
Several Birmingham power players among Regions board of directors
AlabamaGerman Partnership to host Breakfast Networking event on April 29 in Birmingham

 


 

 

Plant director: Goodyear's future in Gadsden bright

Times Staff Writer

 April 24, 2014

 

Gordon Linkous, director of manufacturing at Goodyear's Gadsden plant, said the facility has a bright future thanks in part to the efforts of retired employees.

 

Linkous spoke Thursday at a luncheon for retirees at Convention Hall. The event was held in conjunction with the plant's 85th anniversary.

 

He said the plant has seen ups and downs since it opened in 1929, and noted that the retirees present had experienced a lot of them.

 

"Right now, Gadsden is experiencing a whole lot of ups," Linkous said. "A lot of good things are happening at the plant."

 

He said the plant has hired additional employees and will be installing new tire-building machines this year.

 

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[Gadsden Times]

 

 

 


 

 

Cullman Co. Economic Development office reopens
By Melanie Posey
CULLMAN COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -Three years after the April 27 tornadoes, Cullman County continues on its road to recovery. One of the last buildings that was destroyed in the tornado officially reopened on Thursday.

The chairman of the Cullman County Commission says at this point about 95 percent of the buildings and business destroyed in the area have been either rebuilt or reopened in another area.

 

With Thursday being so close to the anniversary of the April 27 tornado, that made the official reopening of the Cullman County Economic Development office extra special. A number of local dignitaries and community members were on hand for the ribbon cutting.


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[WBRC]


 

 

 

 


 

Chinese companies returning to visit Dothan
April 24, 2014

A Chinese company that manufactures all the cotton products for home goods company Crate & Barrel is looking at building a plant in the region, Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz said Thursday during the 6th Annual Wiregrass Economic Forum.

 

About 300 people attended the forum, which was held at Wiregrass Church on West Main Street. The forum is a way to recognize existing companies in the region and discuss ways to bring in new ones.

 

Schmitz said Loretta Lee Ltd., one of the world's largest manufacturers of boots and home goods, is considered one of several "serious prospects" of the 21 Chinese businesses looking at the region after the U.S.-China Symposium in late March.

 

Of those, six companies will be traveling back to the region in the next 60 days to take another look, Schmitz said.


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[Dothan Eagle]

 

 


 


Alabama beverage company Milo's Tea expands into states across the U.S., adds lemonade and other new drinks
on April 25, 2014 

 

BESSEMER, Alabama - Milo's Tea Co. hopes to quench a national thirst with its brand of Southern refreshment.
  

The family-owned beverage company has added three new products and more than doubled the amount of states where it sells, an expansion that also means growth for its Bessemer plant.

 

"We're now available from Anchorage to Miami and from San Diego to DC. This month we went from being a regional tea company to a national beverage brand," said Patricia Wallwork, the company's chief executive and granddaughter of Milo and Bea Carlton, who first introduced Milo's Famous Sweet Tea to Birmingham in the 1940s.


 

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[al.com]

 

 


 

 

 

Several Birmingham power players among Regions board of directors
  Brent Godwin Online editor-Birmingham Business Journal
Apr 24, 2014

Regions Financial Corp. named 13 directors for its board at its annual meeting Thursday, including several local business leaders.

Regions board directors will serve one year terms, according to a statement from the company. The members elected at the Thursday meeting are:

 

George W. BryanCarolyn H. ByrdDavid J. Cooper Sr., Don DeFossetEric C. Fast,Grayson Hall Jr., John D. JohnsCharles D. McCraryJames R. MaloneRuth Ann MarshallSusan W. MatlockJohn E. Maupin Jr. and Lee J. Styslinger III.


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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 


 

AlabamaGerman Partnership to host Breakfast Networking event on April 29 in Birmingham 

 

AGP and Japan-American Society are having a joint event, Breakfast, Networking & Knowledge Sharing on Tuesday.

The event is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Conference Room at the World Business Center, 

500 Beacon Parkway West.


The networking breakfast free to AGP and JASA Members. The cost is $10 for other guests.

The event is sponsored by Schuh Complexity Management, Inc.

           

 

 

 

 




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