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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:
Gov. Bentley announces 28 appointees to Alabama Workforce Council
New Auburn University aviation center to focus on program, industry, economy
Quincy Compressor confirms consolidation plans to shutter Illinois facility, shift some jobs to Bay Minette headquarters
Raytheon shows off Huntsville operations to Business Council of Alabama's manufacturing committee
Where does Birmingham rank in filling high-skilled jobs and what do they pay?
Zilkha breathing new life into river industrial complex
Sonata leads Hyundai to June sales record

 


 Gov. Bentley announces 28 appointees to Alabama Workforce Council 

Staff report
 July 1, 2014

Gov. Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced 28 appointees to the Alabama Workforce Council, a group that will examine ways to design education programs that match the needs of businesses.

 

The council, which will hold its first meeting July 21 in Montgomery, will offer advice to the state school board, the chancellor of the state community college system, the superintendent of the state's education department and the presidents of the state's four-year colleges and universities.

 

"The Alabama Workforce Council is a world-class representation of many of the state's top business and industry leaders and will be vitally important to building and maintaining high-quality partnerships between industry, education and workforce training institutions," Bentley said in a news release.



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 New Auburn University aviation center to focus on program, industry, economy

Kristen Oliver | Opelika-Auburn News | 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 

 

"The sky is the limit" for aviation education at Auburn University, according to Auburn University Regional Airport Director Dr. Bill Hutto.

 

Auburn announced Tuesday plans for a new aviation center that will serve as a hub for instruction, research and outreach for the aviation and aerospace industries in Alabama, according to a release from the university.

Hutto, the new center director, said the center will help expand and create a multi-disciplinary approach to aviation and aviation education.

 

"The overall purpose of this center is to create new, expanded and enhanced opportunities for our students, and also to assist the state's efforts in recruiting, retaining and renewal of aviation and aerospace industries in the state of Alabama," Hutto said.


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[Opelika-Auburn News]

 

 

 

 


 

Quincy Compressor confirms consolidation plans to shutter Illinois facility, shift some jobs to Bay Minette headquarters

on July 01, 2014 

BAY MINETTE, Alabama -Quincy Compressor LLCconfirmed plans Tuesday to shutter its namesake Quincy, Ill., facility and consolidate its U.S. manufacturing operations at its Bay Minette headquarters.

 

Quincy Compressor President John Thompson called the decision a difficult one, but said the determination was made following "extensive talks with both the union and community leaders."

 

Specifically, the company has been negotiating with the leaders of Local 822 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Worker since May, but Thompson said review of proposals received from local community leaders revealed the move south is necessary.


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[al.com]

 

 

 


Raytheon shows off Huntsville operations to Business Council of Alabama's manufacturing committee

on July 01, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The important role manufacturing plays in the Alabama economy was highlighted last week as a Business Council of Alabama committee visited one of Huntsville's major defense companies.

 

Raytheon hosted the gathering of BCA's manufacturing advocacy council, which includes representatives from throughout the state. The group heard economic updates from Fred McCallum, president of AT&T Alabama; Alabama Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh; Chad Moutray, chief economist with the National Association of Manufacturers; and Dr. Joe Morton, president of the Business Education Alliance of Alabama.

 

The group also toured Raytheon's missile integration facility on Redstone Arsenal and received an update from Randy Stevenson, Weapon Integration Center Director for Raytheon Missile Systems. In addition to engineering operations, Raytheon produces the Standard Missile-3 and SM-6 in North Alabama.

 

 

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[al.com]

 


Where does Birmingham rank in filling high-skilled jobs and what do they pay?


BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - More than 40 percent of the jobs employers are seeking in the Birmingham metro area require the highest of skill levels, according to a new report from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program.

 

The report released todayfound companies in Birmingham are like those across the country that face a growing challenge to fill jobs with expertise in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) because the supply of those workers are not keeping up with demand in the post-recession economy.

 

Despite high salaries being offered, it took an average of nearly 40 days for Birmingham employers to fill STEM jobs in the first quarter of last year, the period that Brookings used for the study.


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[al.com]


 

 


 

Zilkha breathing new life into river industrial complex  

June 30, 2014

Two years ago, a new industry came to Dallas County, proposing to produce and ship small pellets of wooden material across international borders from Dallas County.

 

Titled Zilkha Biomass Energy, the company proposed to compress wooden material into small, black pellets for use in European factories. Zilkha previously made a business out of harnessing wind energy, but this time it was going to produce a product that is literally one of a kind.

 

The process officially began in 2010 when Zilkha purchased more than $6.2 million in equipment in a bankruptcy sale from a facility near International Paper's Dallas County mill. The facility formerly belonged to Dixie Pellets, which produced a similar product, though Zilkha's patented black pellet,reportedly produces more energy than a normal wooden pellet and is waterproof.

 

"When we are talking about pellets, just about everything that is produced is a white pellet," said Zilkha spokesman Johnathan Ohueri.

 

Zilkha's initial estimates were to bring 52 full-time jobs and produce as much as 275,000 tons of its material. The Dallas County facility would become main production site for the pellets, with a facility in Crockett, Texas - between Houston and Dallas - transitioning to a research role, Ohueri said.

 

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[Selma Times-Journal]

 

 


Sonata leads Hyundai to June sales record

Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser
July 1, 2014

Hyundai rode the new, Montgomery-made Sonata to another hot sales month in June.

 

The company sold 67,407 vehicles in North America last month, a slight drop-off from the all-time sales record Hyundai set in May but still good enough for its best June ever. The company also reported its best six-month sales period in history.

 

The Sonata led the way, jumping 30 percent year-over-year. Sales of the car rose nearly 5,000 from May.

However, sales of the other Montgomery-made vehicle, the Elantra, fell by about the same amount.


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[Montgomery Advertiser]

 




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