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In this issue:
Processor's Choice to build $10 million facility in Moody
Auto supplier to break ground on $50 million plant in Tuscaloosa
Local auto suppliers report recent hiring increases
GP work permitted: 600 to be employed at peak construction
BJCC to host major automotive industry conference
How does Alabama's tech-sector job growth compare with other states?
Head of Ozark, Dale County economic development corporation stepping down
Heflin Council considers using lodging tax revenue for economic development
Birmingham named most exciting place in Alabama
Tuscaloosa named one of the top 10 most affordable mid-size cities
Heflin shop a homecoming for handmade goods
NAITA to hold afternoon briefing on International Military Sales in Huntsville on Monday, Aug.11

 


 


Processor's Choice to build $10 million facility in Moody
Bryan Davis Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Aug. 7, 2014

After back-to-back announcements of multimillion-dollar expansions for existing industries in Alabama's third fastest growing county, the St. Clair County Economic Development Council announced Processor's Choice, a food ingredient distributor and broker will begin construction on a $10 million facility.

 

Processor's Choice, which is based in Irondale, will be located at the Moody Commerce Park, just off the Brompton exit on I-20.

 

Stan Batemon, chairman of the St. Clair Commission, said in a statement the project will bring 21 new jobs to Moody.

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 


Auto supplier to break ground on $50 million plant in Tuscaloosa

on August 06, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama -- Auto supplier Bolta US Inc. will break ground Thursday on a $50 million plant in the Tuscaloosa Airport Industrial Park that will produce chrome-plated plastic parts.

 

The company plans to employ more than 350 people at the facility, its first in the U.S., by 2018. Construction is expected to be complete by mid-2015, with operations starting by the end of that year.

 

The plant will cover nearly 180,000 square feet, with injection
molding departments, a chrome plating line, a paint line, quality & logistics areas and administrative offices.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 


Local auto suppliers report recent hiring increases
By Josh Bergeron
August 6, 2014

Two local automotive suppliers are reporting an increase in hiring in recent months.

 

Honda Lock, located in west Selma reported the largest increase in hiring over the past year. Honda Lock human resources manager Loren Allday said the company's total number of employees increased by 51 from in the previous year.

 

 Hanil E Hwa, which makes car parts on Craig Field for Hyundai hired an additional 20 to 30 temporary employees in 2013 to help with the company's rollout of new car models, spokesperson Jay Ahn said.

 

Selma economic development director Wayne Vardaman said the news is a sign of an overall uptick in Alabama's automotive industry.


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GP work permitted: 600 to be employed at peak construction
By Stephanie Nelson
August 5, 2014

The permits are now in place and work will soon begin on Georgia-Pacific's more than $375 million in energy improvements at its Brewton mill.


Work is slated to "begin in the next few months" on the approximately 24-month project. When the announcement came this week, government officials - including Governor Robert Bentley - praised the company for its investment.


Jim Hannan, GP CEO and president, cited the company's "track record" of investing back into its business to help continuously improve its operations.


"And to meet the long-term needs of our customers, our company, our communities and our employees," Hannan said. "This investment in our Brewton facility reflects our confidence in the Brewton team to continue to improve the competitiveness of this facility."


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BJCC to host major automotive industry conference
Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
August 5, 2014

Birmingham will host the Southern Automotive Conference, a meeting of the Southeast's top automotive manufacturers, this fall.

 

More than 500 industry leaders will convene at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex from October 8 to 10 to discuss the hottest topics in the industry.

 

The convention, which rotates between Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, returns to the state for the first time in three years.


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How does Alabama's tech-sector job growth compare with other states?

on August 06, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- For the past couple of weeks, I have been reporting on some of the specific things happening in Birmingham's tech sector. However, I have yet to place us in the larger context: where do we stand in relation to other states when it comes to tech-sector growth? 

 

An email from a reader was forwarded to me this morning concerning this very subject. It included a link to an article listing North Carolina as number three in the nation for tech-sector job growth. The article is ultimately referencing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

 

I went and found similar data for the State of Alabama, the United States as a whole, as well as the State of Texas, which is the state with the highest rate of tech-sector growth.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


Head of Ozark, Dale County economic development corporation stepping down
August 6, 2014

OZARK - The executive director of Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corporation has resigned to take a position in Anniston, according to a news release from ODEC's board.

 

Eric Basinger told the board on Monday that he had accepted the newly-created position of director of economic development for Anniston. He will continue to work in Ozark through the end of August.

 

"Dale County is a great community with great people," Basinger was quoted as saying in the news release. "My wife and I have enjoyed living and working in Ozark, and it will always have a special place in our hearts. I think Dale County has bright days ahead, thanks to the leadership in place and the vast resources throughout the county."



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Heflin Council considers using lodging tax revenue for economic development

By Laura Camper

August 6, 2014 

 

HEFLIN - Local officials want to see economic development in Cleburne County and at least some of them are willing to spend the Heflin's lodging tax revenue to make it happen.

 

Mayor Rudy Rooks intends to ask the Heflin City Council at its meeting Tuesday to allocate the revenue to the Heflin Industrial Development Board, charged with developing the city's industrial park near the intersection of Interstate 20 and Alabama 46.

 

"It's to give this board the money to market and to promote development in the county," Rooks said.

 

The tax comes from two sources in Heflin, America's Best Value Inn and the Cane 9 Creek RV Park and Campground, said Shane Smith, city clerk.

 

The city takes in up to $15,000 per year, but it fluctuates greatly from year to year, Smith said.



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Birmingham named most exciting place in Alabama
Bryan Davis Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal

It's no secret that Birmingham's night life is heating up with venues like Iron City and the host of breweries, bars and eateries located in the metro.

 

A real estate website has named the city the most exciting place in Alabama and has the data to back it up.

 

Movoto ranked 64 cities in the state with a population of 10,000 or more, finding Birmingham has the right combination of music, restaurants and activities.

 

"It's no surprise that Birmingham-home to more nightlife per capita than anywhere else in the state-came in at No.1 on our list," Movoto's ranking said. "Even aside from places like Workplay, Blue Monkey and Parkside, though, Birmingham has a lot to offer.



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Tuscaloosa named one of the top 10 most affordable mid-size cities

By Ken Roberts

City Editor

 August 6, 2014 


 

Tuscaloosa is one of the top 10 most affordable mid-size cities in the U.S., according to a survey released by The Simple Dollar, a website that focuses on personal finance.


 

Tuscaloosa ranked ninth among 150 cities with populations between 50,000 and 150,000 people.


 

The survey measure affordability through median house prices, average rent of a one-bedroom apartment, median household income and a cost of living index, which included housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, and health care. The survey also considered climate, employment opportunities, access to cultural activities and amenities as well as natural resources and the landscape.

 

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[Tuscaloosa News]

 

 

 

 


Heflin shop a homecoming for handmade goods

by Laura Camper

August. 6, 2014

 

HEFLIN - In what used to be a Woco Pep gasoline station on U.S. 78, a mother-daughter team is opening a store selling one-of-a-kind, handmade purses, jewelry and home goods.

 

Romiette and Julieo will open on Saturday in what the duo refers to as a homecoming. Debbie Murray had an antique store of the same name in Anniston for a couple of years, but closed it in 2008, she said.

 

"We decided as a family it would be better to move the business home," Debbie said.

 

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NAITA to hold afternoon briefing on International Military Sales in Huntsville on Monday, Aug.11

 


 

This briefing is a continuation of the North Alabama International Trade Association's series of Industry Days with the U.S. Army Security Assistance Command (USASAC) and will complement the Space & Missile Defense Symposium (SMDS) being held at the Von Braun Center that week.

 

Dr. Kevin Brancato, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government, will address International Military Sales - Trends and Analysis for Prime International Markets for U.S.-based firms. The briefing, which begins with registration and networking at 12:30 p.m., will be held at the Embassy Suites.   

 

His presentation will include updates on trends in foreign military sales, as well as direct commercial sales to foreign governments and entities. Following Dr. Brancato's presentation, an Industry Panel will discuss global business opportunities for both FMS and DCS and how small businesses can become involved by partnering with prime contractors. Companies represented on the industry panel include Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon. Major General James M. McDonald, incoming Commanding General, U.S. Army Security Assistance Command, will provide the welcome for this event. The program will conclude with a networking reception.

 

Please click here for the program flyer and registration form. This program is free for NAITA members, and $25 for non-members.

 Please contact NAITA at 256-532-3505 or naita@naita.org for further details.

 

 

 

 




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