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In this issue:
Lifting a lasting first impression: Renovated Birmingham airport matches image of city on the move, officials say
International company choses to build plant in Tuscaloosa over China
First look: NASA's new $39 million Huntsville building dedicated to future human space flight
Birmingham makerspaces: a visit to Red Mountain Makers
Commercial Jet "on track for growth"
New facility for Muskogee Technology being remodeled
Gov. Bentley seeking ways to beef up funds for recruiting industries to Alabama
WBCNA asks for support on small business bill that would boost female entrepreneurship
NAITA to hold briefing in Huntsville on International Military Sales on Monday

 


 

Lifting a lasting first impression: Renovated Birmingham airport matches image of city on the move, officials say
on August 07, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- "Our town" is on the move, but flying into Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport didn't always give that impression, U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus said.

 

First impressions can be lasting and hard to reverse said Bachus, R-Vestavia Hills, referring to the dated former terminal that now has been refreshed.

 

"That impression was not always reflective of all the things happening in Birmingham," Bachus said. "That's changed this year -- we have an airport that is on class with the rest of what's going on in Birmingham."

 

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[al.com]


 

 


 

International company choses to build plant in Tuscaloosa over China

By Patrick Rupinski

Business Editor

August 7, 2014

 

Nathu Ram Puri, the founder of Purico Group Ltd., an international diversified company, said he prefers to let his executives make the decisions, but one decision he did make was to open a factory in the United States.


 

"I try to make as few decisions as I can," said Puri, a native of India who founded Purico in the United Kingdom in 1983.


 

He recalled that during a dinner a few years ago with executives from Purico and one of its companies, Bolta, the executives asked him if he wanted to build a Bolta plant in China to make automotive parts.


 

"I said I would rather go to the United States," he said Thursday as he attended a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new Bolta plant whose construction will start this fall at the Tuscaloosa Airport Industrial Park.


 

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[Tuscaloosa News]
 

 

 

 

 

 




First look: NASA's new $39 million Huntsville building dedicated to future human space flight
on August 07, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Four years after a brutal Washington budget fight over NASA's future led to hundreds of aerospace layoffs in Huntsville, the Marshall Space Flight Center is ready to cut the ribbon on a $39 million office building dedicated to its new mission in human space flight.

 

On Wednesday, Aug. 13, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Mobile) and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) will help NASA officially open the 110,000-square-foot Building 4220. It is in the southeast corner of Marshall's administrative complex at the intersection of Rideout and Neal roads and Labathe Avenue on Redstone Arsenal.

 

The new building will house 400 engineers and technologists working on NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS). That's the new deep-space rocket Congress forced on the Obama administration in 2010 after the administration canceled NASA's Constellation rocket program for being behind schedule and over budget. U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Tuscaloosa), who is not scheduled to be at the ribbon-cutting, was critical in assuring that development of SLS came to Huntsville, which has been NASA's lead propulsion center since Wernher von Braun.



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Birmingham makerspaces: a visit to Red Mountain Makers
on August 07, 2014

One of the first things I saw when I walked into the Red Mountain Makers space is two 3D printers sitting side by side. 

 

Both the of the printers were originally broken.

 

The first printer was borrowed from another makerspace. They fixed that one and then used it to print the parts they needed to fix the second.

 

That's right, in 2014 printers are capable of building other printers.   

 

This is the kind of thing they do on the regular in a reclaimed doctor's office on the first floor of Woodrow Hall. 


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Commercial Jet "on track for growth"
By Jennifer Calhoun
August 7, 2014

After nearly 15 months in operation, business at Commercial Jet's Dothan facility is growing quickly -- and so are the number of jobs -- a company official said Thursday.


 

"We're on plan for growth," said John Schildroth, vice president and general manager of Commercial Jet's Dothan operations. "We're just excited and continue to be excited about being here."


 

The Miami-based aviation maintenance, repair, conversion and overhaul company moved into the 500,000-square-foot property at the Dothan Regional Airport last spring after its former tenant, Pemco, went bankrupt.

 

The last-minute deal relieved local leaders, who feared the loss of Pemco's 229 jobs, as well as the drop in the airport's operating funds.



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 New facility for Muskogee Technology being remodeled 

August 7, 2014

 

 A new facility for Muskogee Technology is currently being remodeled. The company had to expand their production, to fit the needs of the companies they work with. Fifteen to 20 new positions will be added at Muskogee Technology once the new facility opens up. 

 

That's just the initial step, but the company is looking to hire 30 to 40 welders every year as the company continues to grow. 

 

"In addition to those welders, probably 2 to 3 other helpers that will assist in doing the welding," said Tim Martin, President.  


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[weartv.com]

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Gov. Bentley seeking ways to beef up funds for recruiting industries to Alabama

By Patrick Rupinski

Business Editor

August 7, 2014

 

Gov. Robert Bentley said Thursday that his administration is still studying ways to beef up the state's funds for recruiting new industries.

 

Bentley said a few weeks ago that he was considering calling the Legislature into a special session this year to consider borrowing money from the state's Education Trust Fund to provide incentives to new industries.

 

The state recently has made a major effort to recruit more aerospace industries and it continues to recruit automotive and other manufacturers, too.

 

 

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[Tuscaloosa News]

 

 

 


WBCNA asks for support on small business bill that would boost female entrepreneurship
on August 07, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - The Women's Business Center of North Alabama is asking leaders to support a new bill that would improve funding and contracting opportunities for women-owned businesses in the U.S.

 

Introduced by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., to the Legislature last week, the Women's Small Business Ownership Act of 2014 said the number of female-owned businesses in the U.S. jumped by 59 percent between 1997 and 2013, compared to 41 percent for all new businesses across the country.

 

Although women-owned companies make up about 30 percent of all U.S. businesses, the bill said these ventures only employ 6 percent of the American workforce and receive 4 percent of federal contact funding.



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NAITA to hold briefing in Huntsville on International Military Sales on Monday

 

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.   

  

 This program is free for NAITA members, and $25 for non-members.

Please click here for registration

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

 

 

 

 




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