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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:
New Mercedes-Benz C-Class is 'another step in the journey' for Alabama plant
Link to economy emphasized in Education Summit in Tuscaloosa
Southern Classic Food to add 49 jobs
Vulcan Utility Signs in Foley to add new plant to feed demand from growing natural gas production
American Steel Pipe begins $55M expansion

 


 New Mercedes-Benz C-Class is 'another step in the journey' for Alabama plant

on June 18, 2014

VANCE, Alabama -- The Tuscaloosa County operation of Mercedes-Benz will mark a major milestone today as it celebrates the production launch of the redesigned 2015 C-Class.

 

The new model, which also is being produced at Mercedes factories in Germany, South Africa and China, is the first sedan to be built at the Alabama plant. Up to now, the lineup was limited to SUVs and crossovers: the M-Class, GL-Class and R-Class.

 

Production trials for the C-Class have been underway for six months, and workers actually began building customer-ready models last week. Today's event is a celebration that will include company and community officials, as well as a look at the final version of the state-built car.



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[al.com]

 

 

 

 


 

Link to economy emphasized in Education Summit in Tuscaloosa
By Patrick Rupinski
Business Editor
June 17, 2014 

Schools today must embrace new technologies and challenge students to think on their own if they want graduates who will be ready for the jobs of tomorrow.

 

That's the word from Tommy Bice, Alabama superintendent of education and lead speaker at Tuscaloosa's Education Summit on Tuesday.

 

Bice said the old ways of teaching did not always adequately prepare students for college and careers.

"We spent a decade teaching kids to take tests rather than teaching them how to think," he told several hundred people a luncheon at the Hotel Capstone.


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[Tuscaloosa News]

 

 


Southern Classic Food to add 49 jobs

 By Jaine Treadwell

June 17, 2014


Following a public hearing Tuesday afternoon to allow citizens an opportunity for input into a potential application for Community Development Block Grant Competitive and Economic Development funding, the Brundidge City Council voted in favor of resolutions to make application for the grants.

 

The Council voted to apply for a CDBG Competitive Fund Grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) for an amount of $350,000.

 

Brundidge City Manager Britt Thomas said grant funds will be used for the purpose of providing much needed sewer improvements at the city's three pumping stations in various locations in the city.

 

 

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[Troy Messenger]

 

 

 

 

 


 

 Vulcan Utility Signs in Foley to add new plant to feed demand from growing natural gas production

on June 17, 2014 

FOLEY, Alabama -- Vulcan Utility Signs, a division of Vulcan Inc., will grow its production facility,, the company's second expansion within the past 6 months. Feeding off a surge in shale gas production, the firm broke ground on an 11,000 square foot project earlier this month.

 

The Foley company's campus would total 41,000 square feet after the new facility is built. Vulcan Utility Signs' growth will bolster the company's manufacturing capability to produce signs for the oil and gas industry.

 

The plant is expected to be complete by the middle of August. Employees have already been hired to make the utility signs that mark the location of petroleum and natural ga pipelines.

 

 

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[al.com]


 

 


 


American Steel Pipe begins $55M expansion
Bryan Davis Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
June 17, 2014

American Steel Pipe has started work on a $55 million expansion that was originallyannounced last fall.

 

Birmingham-based contractor Brasfield and Gorrie was recently awarded a $9.6 million building permit by the city of Birmingham, that will encompass the new building for the American Cast Iron Pipe Co. division.

 

The new facility will be 150,000 square feet when completed and will be the home of testing equipment, including two hydreotesters, two ultrasonic testing machines and a new end facing system to bevel the ends of the pipe, the company's website said.

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]


 

 




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