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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:
PerformanceScrubs.com to open Florence facility
Auto project, medical device maker among active deals at Jetplex Industrial Park in Huntsville
PNC promotes Hansen to Carolinas post, appoints new northern Alabama president
Heflin plant part of American-made clothing line
Bentley visits Brewton
How Brasfield & Gorrie landed the new Braves stadium
Forrester named to Education Workforce Development Council

 


 PerformanceScrubs.com to open Florence facility

By Wayne Smith Staff Writer | 

June 10, 2014

 

FLORENCE - After being shaken by several plant closings in recent months, the Shoals area received a boost of good economic news Tuesday that could ultimately produce 195 jobs.

 

PerformanceScrubs.com, a Nashville-based company, which produces clothing that includes medical scrubs and uniforms, plans to open a high-tech manufacturing facility in Florence by July 1.

 

According to PerformanceScrubs CEO J. Kirby Best, the operation will have 50 employees by Christmas. He said he eventually hopes to run three shifts with 65 employees each.


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Auto project, medical device maker among active deals at Jetplex Industrial Park in Huntsville

on June 10, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - A stalled automotive project involving Jetplex Industrial Park at Huntsville International Airport last year is back on.

 

Brooks Kracke, director of Jetplex Industrial Park, told the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority this morning that the unnamed company's site-selection process recently resurfaced because of improved market conditions.

 

"It was tabled for a while due to a customer situation," he said. " ... We've been told we're one of two sites here in North Alabama, so we're trying to figure out what we need to do to move that forward."

 

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[al.com]

  

 


 


PNC promotes Hansen to Carolinas post, appoints new northern Alabama president
Antrenise Cole Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Jun 10, 2014

James Hansen, PNC's regional president for northern Alabama, has been promoted to regional president of the bank's eastern Carolinas' market, the Pittsburgh-based bank announced today. He will be succeeded by Brian Bucher, who is currently in Birmingham as head of commercial banking and will retain those duties as his new role.

Hansen will be based in Raleigh and is replacing Paula Fryland, who has been named regional president of the Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey region. She succeeds Bill Mills, regional president since 2001, who will retire after a 43-year career in financial services.

 

Hansen is a 14-year banking veteran who began his career at RBC in 2001.

 

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 


 

Heflin plant part of American-made clothing line

by Laura Camper

June 10, 2014

 

HEFLIN - Sewing machines at the Sewell Companies plant in Heflin were silent Tuesday morning as country singer Larry Gatlin spoke, and sang, to employees who will make a line of clothing he helped design.

 

"Let's sell some of our product," Gatlin said in between songs.

 

"Yeah!" the employees yelled back.

 

Gatlin is the first legend of the American Legend Series clothing line the company, along with Diamond Gusset Jeans, based in Blue Ridge, Ga., will soon start producing for an October launch.

 

Robin Sewell Worley, chief executive officer of Sewell Companies, said the clothing line is part of a campaign to promote products made in America.

 

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[Anniston Star]

 


 

 

 


 

 Bentley visits Brewton

June 11, 2014

While in Brewton Monday, Gov. Robert Bentley fielded questions ranging from a new lottery attempt to health care to the state of education in Alabama.

 

Bentley made the visit to Escambia County, which also included a visit to Flomaton, as part of his "Road to Economic Recovery Tour."

 

Bentley designed the tour to discuss local economic conditions and state-level efforts to attract more jobs to Alabama. While in Brewton, he dined at Acapulco's, the city's newest Mexican restaurant, before meeting a group of approximately 20 local business owners, city officials and residents.

 

Bentley said two topics generally dominated local meetings - roads and new jobs. Brewton was no different, as Bentley discussed his "Accelerate Alabama" plan, his three-year strategic improvement plan for economic development in the state.


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[Brewton Standard]

 

 


 

How Brasfield & Gorrie landed the new Braves stadium
Bryan Davis Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal

Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the nation's largest general contractors. And, between the Georgia Dome and the College Football Hall of Fame, it already has a good reputation in the sports construction world.

 

But, even by Brasfield & Gorrie's standards, the project to build the Atlanta Braves' new 41,500-seat stadium in Cobb County- as part of the American Builders team it leads - is a huge one.

 

We caught up with Brasfield & Gorrie Chief Operating Officer Jeff Stone this week to talk about the company's first at-bat in the Majors and how it compiled an all-star castto make the best pitch for the $672 million, 41-500-seat stadium, as well as what's happening in Birmingham.

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]


 

 

 


 

Forrester named to Education Workforce Development Council

By Staff Reports

June 10, 2014

 

The Education Workforce Development Council is pleased to announce that Van Forrester, Manager of Alabama Power Company business office, has been named to complete its roster of members.

 

Through collaboration among education, industry, business, and the community, students benefit by experiencing real project-based learning situations while business and industry get a chance to participate in the training and development of prospective employees.

 

The goal of the Education Workforce Development Council (EWDC) is to enhance the learning experiences of career and technical students and to assist in getting every student college and career ready by graduation from high school.


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