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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:
First C-Class for customers rolls off line at Mercedes plant in Vance
Alabama State University will offer new biomedical engineering degree beginning next year
As Navistar prepares to cut 280 jobs in Huntsville, the manufacturer is hiring in the Shoals
Report highlights county's economic growth
Big Fish Keep Alabama's Economy Humming

 


 

First C-Class for customers rolls off line at Mercedes plant in Vance

By Patrick Rupinski
Business Editor
 June 18, 2014 

 

The first Mercedes C-Class that bears the claim "made in the USA" ceremoniously rolled off the assembly line at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Vance on Wednesday morning.

 

The four-door silver sedan, dubbed Job One, is the first customer-ready C-Class made at the 17-year-old auto plant. It and like vehicles from MBUSI will head to dealers' showrooms in coming months and are expected to go on sale with other 2015 Mercedes models in late summer or early fall. The exact date and its base price have not been announced.

"We have seen a lot of excitement in the new C-Class," said Greg Peeples, general manager of Leigh Automotive Inc., the Mercedes dealership in Tuscaloosa.


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[Tuscaloosa News]

 

 

 


 Alabama State University will offer new biomedical engineering degree beginning next year

on June 19, 2014 

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Alabama State University has announced it will offer a new degree program to prepare students for jobs in biomedical engineering, one of the nation's fastest growing career fields.

 

Beginning in the spring of 2015, ASU will offer a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering.

The field of study takes engineering and design concepts and research findings and applies them to practical health care purposes such as diagnostic tests and therapies to treat disease and injury.

 

"Bringing engineering for the first time in (the) history of ASU to the campus is a huge accomplishment," said Kennedy Wekesa, interim dean and professor of biology in the College of Science Mathematics and Technology.


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[al.com]

 

 


 

As Navistar prepares to cut 280 jobs in Huntsville, the manufacturer is hiring in the Shoals

on June 18, 2014 

CHEROKEE, Alabama - As Navistar prepares toconsolidate its mid-range engine production facility and cut 280 employees in Huntsville, the truck and engine maker is hiring at its Shoals plant in Barton Riverfront Industrial Park.

 

Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) posted an announcement on its website earlier this week seeking production team applicants for a pre-employment training program at Navistar's facility in Cherokee.

 

The company makes heavy steel fabrications and assemblies for railcars and other industries.


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[al.com]

 

 


 

 Report highlights county's economic growth

 By Andy Brown

June 19, 2014

 

Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon used to worry about whether or not local officials could attract enough jobs to the area.

 

That's not something that keeps him up at night these days.

 

"I don't worry about that anymore," McLendon said. "I know we can bring jobs to the area. Now I worry more about whether or not we will have the people to fill them."

 

McLendon points to a report issued in May by the Alabama Department of Commerce detailing new and expanding industry announcements as one of the reasons he's sleeping better at night.

The report shows that Butler County was one of 29 counties in Alabama with at least one new industry announcement in 2013.

 

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[Greenville Advocate]


 

 


 




Big Fish Keep Alabama's Economy Humming

By Mike Randle

June 19, 2014

 

A little over 20 years ago, the state of Alabama bowed up. Instead of fishing for economic development projects with a can of worms, a cane pole and a bream hook, as the state had done for years, Alabama officials decided it was time to go to the tackle box and break out some bigger lures.

 

Amazingly, those lures and that change in strategy captured a project that to this day remains one of the most prestigious economic development deals ever made in the South. Alabama landed German automaker Mercedes-Benz and its first manufacturing venture into North America. The world was stunned by the German automaker's decision, particularly officials in North Carolina, the bridesmaid for the project.

 

Since the Mercedes deal was one of the first economic development projects we covered -- pre-Internet, by the way -- I poured over the coverage in newspapers and other publications. Few do this anymore, but my office back then received over 50 newspapers a day. That's how we got our business news just a little over 20 years ago for this magazine. I know, crazy.

 

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[Southern Business and Development]

 

 

 


 

 




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