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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:
How the Hackleburg Wrangler plant got a second life after deadly April 27, 2011 tornado
Dual enrollment could increase
Boeing will save $60,000 per job by moving engineering center to Alabama; average salary will be $89,000
Alabama Power CEO Crosswhite proves recruitment of talented college kids works
Brookwood High logistics training program to expand with addition of two area schools

 


 How the Hackleburg Wrangler plant got a second life after deadly April 27, 2011 tornado


HACKLEBURG, Alabama - Inside the Wrangler distribution center in this Marion County community, a conveyer system two miles long carries cartons of jeans along a twisting path through the gleaming new facility that has risen from the rubble of April 27, 2011.

 

Manager Wade Hagedorn walks through the 369,000-square-foot center as workers wearing radio frequency scanners on their wrists place garments in boxes for shipment to destinations throughout the Southeast and beyond. The state-of-the-art facility is a model of efficiency, capable of handling 27 million pairs of jeans a year.

 

In Hackleburg, the building is also a symbol of regeneration. On that April day three years ago, the deadliest tornado in Alabama history flattened the distribution center that Wrangler had operated on a hilltop here since 1981. Hagedorn and 13 co-workers had taken shelter inside when the EF-5 twister struck, killing one employee and leaving little of the structure standing.


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[madeinalabama.com]

 

 

 

 

 


 

 Dual enrollment could increase

By Blake Bell

 April 26, 2014


It is graduation season again, and while high school underclassmen still have years before their big day, new legislation passed in Alabama aims at allowing them more opportunities when commencement finally arrives.

 

During a press conference held Friday at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College's MacArthur Campus in Opp, school officials said the new Alabama Future Workforce Initiative will allow them to expand dual-enrollment classes like never before.

 

"This is a happy occasion for LBW and the state of Alabama," LBW President Dr. Herb Riedel said. "There have been decisions made by our state legislature that will have some very positive ramifications."

 

Some of those ramifications include funds that will allow for dual-enrollment students to increase exponentially over the next few years, according to Terry Waters, executive director of workforce and economic development for the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education.


 

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Boeing will save $60,000 per job by moving engineering center to Alabama; average salary will be $89,000
on April 27, 2014

The relocation of a Boeing engineering center from Washington state to Alabama is part of an effort to save more than $100 million a year, documents from the company show.


Boeing announced late last year it will move as many as 400-high paying engineering jobs to Huntsville as part of what the company described as a reorganization and realignment of its research and technology operations. The 400 jobs are among 2,000 technology positions that are being divided among centers in southern California; St. Louis, Mo.; North Charleston, SC; and Seattle, Wash.

 

The realignment will add jobs in Alabama, Missouri and South Carolina but existing centers in Washington state and California will lose a combined 1,200 positions


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[al.com]

 


 

Alabama Power CEO Crosswhite proves recruitment of talented college kids works
 Cindy F. Crawford Editor-Birmingham Business Journal
Apr 28, 2014

Alabama Power Co.'s new CEO Mark Crosswhite is proof that recruiting a talented fresh college graduate - in his case law school - into a field that's not so sexy can pay off for the company and the student in the long run.

 

While attending University of Alabama's law school, Crosswhite said he never would have considered going into energy law practice if Balch & Bingham hadn't recruited him after his first year of law school to be a summer intern. It was through Balch that Crosswhite learned more about Alabama Power and 30 years later, he's running it.

 

"It was by the luck of the draw," he said in an interview for the BBJ's Executive Profile, which you can read here.


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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 

 


 Brookwood High logistics training program to expand with addition of two area schools 

By Patrick Rupinski
Business Editor
 April 26, 2014 

A program started last year at Brookwood High School to train students for jobs in logistics will be expanded this fall to include students at two additional area high schools - Paul W. Bryant and Bessemer.

 

It's all being done to get more skilled workers into the growing field of logistics - the orderly and efficient movement of goods and components. Logistics has become more important in manufacturing, particularly in the automotive industry, where hundreds of components are used in every vehicle and the finished vehicles are shipped worldwide.

 

BLG Logistics Inc., which has about 800 employees at four locations in Tuscaloosa County, helped start the program at Brookwood High last year. It based the program on the German-style dual-apprenticeships offered in schools in BLG's home country, where high school students attend part of the day in traditional classes, and then take apprenticeship training, learning logistics in a classroom and then applying that at a work site during an extended school day. The students spend 10 hours a week in the apprenticeship training.


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[Tuscaloosa News]

 

 

 




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