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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 copper tubing manufacturer to mark opening of new Alabama plant
'I hope people reading this will send us their resumes:' Remington CEO talks Alabama move
JVC plant being sold; company was first foreign firm to build in Tuscaloosa County
Rocket Hatchers: Nonprofit launches online portal for north Alabama startup community
Craft beer craze finally hits the South
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNICIAN PROGRAM APPEALS TO STUDENTS AND ADDRESSES INDUSTRY NEEDS

 


 

Chinese copper tubing manufacturer to mark opening of new Alabama plant
on May 21, 2014

PINE HILL, Alabama -- GD Copper USA, part of Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tubing Group Inc. of China, will officially mark the opening of its new Alabama plant in Wilcox County next week.

 

The $100 million, 500,000-square-foot facility is expected to employ more than 300 people at full production, according to a news release issued this week.

 

Its future output is pegged at more than 100 million pounds of copper tubing per year.


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 'I hope people reading this will send us their resumes:' Remington CEO talks Alabama move

on May 22, 2014 

The head of Remington Outdoors said his company was courted by 24 different states trying to woo the gun maker's new mega-production facility. The company eventually selected Alabama as its new production home, a move he said was prompted by both the state's pro-gun and pro-business environments.

 

In a May 20 interview with Shooting Sports Retailer magazine, Remington CEO George Kolltides said the company looked at two sets of criteria when deciding where to locate the new facility.

 

"The first was quite simple: workforce quality and availability, pro Second Amendment position and pro-business environment. These criteria eliminated a number of states immediately. Once we had a core group of states that met our basic needs, we focused on the economics of the proposal and availability of a quality facility, versus a green field, as timing was an important factor," Kolltides said.


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JVC plant being sold; company was first foreign firm to build in Tuscaloosa County

By Patrick Rupinski

Business Editor

May 21, 2014 

 

JVC America Inc., which has its headquarters and manufacturing plant in Cottondale, is being sold to Toronto-based company, Cinram Group Inc. JVC America, a division of JVC Kenwood Holdings, makes DVDs used in games and has about 175 employees at its Cottondale facility.

 

Terms of the sale by JVC Kenwood Holdings, a Japanese company, were not disclosed although statements from it and Cinram said they expect to close the deal within the next few weeks.

 

JVC Kenwood also said it expects to record an extraordinary loss of about $11.8 million during its current fiscal year as a result of the sale.


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[Tuscaloosa News]

 

 


 

Rocket Hatchers: Nonprofit launches online portal for north Alabama startup community

on May 21, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - A new nonprofit organization in north Alabama recently launched its own version of Match.com, but online dating isn't involved.

 

Rocket Hatch, which was co-founded by Antonio Montoya and Tarra Anzalone, has developed an online portal called Rocket Hatchers, which allows  entrepreneurs to connect with other members of the Tennessee Valley startup community.

 

"One of the biggest challenges of being an entrepreneur in north Alabama is being discovered and finding people to help you," Anzalone said. "We're taking out the digital noise through a streamlined hyper-local community portal to showcase our local creatives and entrepreneurs and help them connect with each other for projects or new ventures."

 

Rocket Hatchers debuted last week at the group's inaugural Sip + Hatch at The Nook in Huntsville. The event, which brought together more than 150 innovators, creative professionals and entrepreneurs, was an opportunity to network and discuss the area's startup culture while in a casual setting.

 

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[al.com]

 


 

 

 


 

Craft beer craze finally hits the South

By Farran Powell@CNNMoney
 May 20, 2014

 

For a century, Mississippi and other Southern states had Prohibition-era laws on the books that kept alcohol-by-volume (ABV) levels so low that many craft breweries were prevented from setting up shop.

 

When Mark Henderson and his wife Leslie founded Lazy Magnolia in 2003, it was the first brewery to open in Mississippi since 1907. And it was the state's only brewery until the laws changed nine years later.

 

"We got started and it was all very challenging," said Henderson, who could only make and distribute beer below 6% ABV. This meant no gourmet Belgian ales, IPAs, or barrel-aged beers, which are all made with more alcohol (and are often how a brewery is judged by connoisseurs).

 

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ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNICIAN PROGRAM APPEALS TO STUDENTS AND ADDRESSES INDUSTRY NEEDS

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (May 22, 2014) - Proving that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama has partnered to launch a new, innovative education-to-work initiative with Calhoun Community College to further enhance Alabama's future work force for years to come.

The initiative, called the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program, is designed as an innovative manufacturing degree that will span five semesters of classroom instruction while providing paid, hands-on experience at world-class manufacturing facilities. Students will earn enough pay (starting at $13.55 per hour) to cover their educational expenses and the opportunity to graduate debt free. Graduates will hold an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Advanced Manufacturing degree.

The effort includes a collaborative known as the Alabama Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (AL FAME) and is designed to partner with area manufacturing companies that are interested in participating in the workforce development initiative.

The goal of the AMT program is to close the gap of unfilled skilled technician jobs in Alabama and across the country. "'Skilled technician' is currently the #1 unfilled job opening in the U.S. according to the National Association of Manufacturers. As technology increases, so does the need for skilled technicians at our facility. The AMT program will create and maintain a qualified pipeline of skilled technicians by preparing students to be fully job ready for a multi-skilled maintenance position at the end of a two year program," said Jim Bolte, president of Toyota Alabama. "This not only benefits Toyota, but helps to address the workforce needs of manufacturers regionally."

Partnering with local community colleges and area manufacturers, Toyota has established AMT programs in 7 states with over 100 current students. This number is likely to double as new students begin the program this year.

Applications for the AMT program are now being accepted. The first group of AMT students will begin the work portion of the program in June and classes at Calhoun will begin in August. The multi-disciplinary curriculum includes courses in electricity, fluid power, mechanics, fabrication, robotics and problem solving. Students will attend classes two full days a week at Calhoun and work three full days a week at their sponsor company. The program will emphasize attendance, initiative, diligence, verbal and written communication, interpersonal skills and professionalism.

"Manufacturing companies are seeking employees with the high level of experience and training offered by the AMT program," said Scott Russo, maintenance manager at Toyota Alabama. "While not guaranteed a full-time job following graduation, graduates could be hired by their sponsor company, continue their education in engineering, technology or business, or pursue employment opportunities in the open job market."

"Toyota has been a wonderful community partner for many years, and we are so very excited to have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with the company to educate, train and prepare our students for these very high skilled, high wage advanced manufacturing jobs," commented Calhoun President Dr. Marilyn Beck.

Prospective students must complete an application for admission to Calhoun Community College, as well as the AMT program application. Additional information and application forms are now available at www.calhoun.edu/amt

Students will be accepted based on academic success as measured through grades, class rank, math capabilities and the ability to work in a team and problem-solving environment.

About Toyota

Toyota, the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we've built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ nearly 40,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.23 million cars and trucks in 2013 - and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.

About Calhoun Community College

With over 11,500 credit students, Calhoun is the largest of the two-year institutions comprising The Alabama Community College System. With campuses located in Decatur and Huntsville, Calhoun is an open-admission, community-based, state-supported, coeducational, comprehensive community college dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality and accessible education to individuals in its four-county service area. The College exemplifies the two-year college mission of commitment to excellence in teaching and service and is the region's leader in education and workforce development.

 

 


 

 




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