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In this issue:
CBC INGS America officials envision expansion
Bevill State, Alabama Power establish partnership to develop, train plant employees
Bishop State receives $90K Ingalls Shipbuilding donation to bolster pre-employment training
SAIC 'optimistic' about future in Huntsville as company nears 1-year anniversary of split
Grants will help with theatre work
The 2014 Southern Automotive Conference early registration ends Sept 19


CBC INGS America officials envision expansion

By Bernie Delinski Staff Writer | 

Sept. 10, 2014


MUSCLE SHOALS - CBC INGS America Chief Executive Officer Kaoru "Kevin" Hayashi stood in front of his company's new 70,000-square-foot facility at Wednesday's ribbon cutting with an eye already on the vacant area behind the building.


"Demand is increasing gradually," he told people gathered for the event. "We are already discussing a new building behind this building."


Hayashi said the initial stages for the expansion of a facility of similar size could start by 2015.


That was a welcome announcement for the Shoals, which has encountered a string of closing announcements from local industries this year




[Times Daily]





Bevill State, Alabama Power establish partnership to develop, train plant employees 

Written by  Rachel Davis 

10 Sep 2014  


Bevill State Community College's Interim President Tom Huebner and Alabama Power's Jim Heilbron signed an agreement Wednesday morning that will create the Alabama Power Company Technical Education Center at Bevill State's Sumiton Campus. 


The center will serve as a training facility for apprentice and journeymen training for Alabama Power's Miller and Gorgas plants.


Huebner said he was proud to be part of the partnership that he said will make Bevill "the envy of the community colleges."


"I am very excited about the positive impact the Technical Education Center will have for Bevill State and the communities we serve. Through the efforts of all those involved, Bevill State is now in a better position to impact and enhance workforce development training - a primary component of our overall mission," Huebner said in a press release.




[Daily Mountain Eagle]




Bishop State receives $90K Ingalls Shipbuilding donation to bolster pre-employment training

on September 10, 2014

MOBILE, Alabama - Bishop State Community College on Wednesday received nearly $90,000 from Ingalls Shipbuilding to support the company's pre-employment training program at the Mobile institution.


Ingalls conducts an 11-week pre-employment welding program and a four-week pre-employment shipfitter program at Bishop State's Carver campus, and participating students guaranteed positions at Ingalls if they complete their training and meet all other conditions of employment.


The funding announced Wednesday will be used specifically to purchase 20 welding machines and wire feeder boxes.


"Ingalls Shipbuilding is committed to the partnership with Bishop State and its pre-employment program," Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said in a prepared statement.







SAIC 'optimistic' about future in Huntsville as company nears 1-year anniversary of split

on September 10, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Although the government shut down for more than two weeks last fall during Science Application International Corp.'s (SAIC) split into two firms,

officials say the high-technology company weathered the storm without much interference.


The split included a new, smaller SAIC, which retained the original name, and Leidos, a larger business focused new products for the energy, security and healthcare markets.


A week after the split, SAIC Sector President Nazzic S. Keene said the federal government curtailed most of its operations for 16 days. The shutdown went on longer than Keene would have liked, but she said SAIC delivered on its promises to customers, employees and shareholders despite "a lot of noise going on in the system."







Grants will help with theatre work

Penny L. Pool | 

September 10, 2014 


Roanoke Rotary Club member Kesa Johnston Dunn announced the club has obtained two grants totaling $15,000 for work on the old Martin Theatre space in downtown Roanoke.


She applied for both grants, and matching funds will be needed.


A $2,500 grant from the Foundation for Rural and Economic Development (FRED) was written specifically for a handicapped accessible bathroom. She found out about the FRED grant through TEC because it comes through local small telephone markets like TEC's. 


It requires a 100-percent match, and the club already has raised the $2,500 matching amount.


The other grant of $12,500 is from the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and was quite competitive. She wrote the grant in the spring and went to Montgomery in May to make a presentation.




[Randolph Leader]





The 2014 Southern Automotive Conference early registration ends Sept 19!

The annual Southern Automotive Conference original equipment manufacturers panel will feature Honda, Mercedes, Kia, Nissan and Toyota.

 Bill Taylor, president of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, will lead the group of OEM leaders in a discussion about "Managing for the Future - the OEM Approach."


 Attendees will learn about management strategies the OEMs use today that help improve employee retention, quality and safety. The panel will share tips that make a difference in their plants and contribute to their success. Click here for the latest agenda.


The 2014 SAC will focus on how the South is Geared for Growth and accelerating the global automotive industry by focusing workforce, innovation and supplier excellence.

Join us in Birmingham and be a part of the conversation. Visit the SAC website to register. Arrive early and take a Birmingham Brewery tour!


Hotel room rate available until Sept 13!
October 8-10, Birmingham, AL

The Southern Automotive Women's Forum would like to invite SAC attendees to their annual Chocolate Affair which will take place at 5:30 p.m. October 8 in Birmingham. Check their website for details and to register.













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