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In this issue:
Leaders set groundwork for regional organization
Reviving A Southern Industry, From Cotton Field To Clothing Rack
Alabama auto facilities add green projects to line-up
Gov. Bentley: Like Auburn roots against Alabama, we'll compete with southern states for auto jobs
Cultural Alliance sets 'Creative Birmingham' launch party for Oct. 15

 


 

Leaders set groundwork for regional organization
Bryan Davis Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
October 10, 2014

The 2014 Southern Automotive Conference may have given birth to an organization that will lead the Southeastern states into a more regional approach to attracting industry, namely the automotive sector.

 

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant formally called for a "Southern automobile compact corporation" that would lead a more collaborative effort to help keep the Southeast's competitive edge in recruiting auto manufacturers.

 

"You have the resources come together. You find an executive director with zeal," Bryant said during a panel discussion, following the preview of a study conducted by the Center for Automobile Research focused on where the South stands in the global competition for manufacturing investment. "You put that individual in there, and his or her job is to make sure there is a regional approach to the automobile industry."

 

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[Birmingham Business Journal]

 

 


 

  


Reviving A Southern Industry, From Cotton Field To Clothing Rack

By Debbie Elliot

October 10, 2014 

 

You've probably heard of "farm to table," but how about "field to garment?" In Alabama, acclaimed fashion houses Alabama Chanin and Billy Reid have a new line of organic cotton clothing made from their own cotton field.

 

It's not just an experiment with keeping production local; it's an attempt to revive the long tradition of apparel-making in the Deep South. North Alabama was once a hub for textile manufacturing, with readily available cotton and access to cheap labor. But the industry all but disappeared after NAFTA became law, as operations moved overseas.

 

Now, Sue Hanback is again working a sewing machine in a cavernous building that was once part of the biggest cut-and-sew operation in Florence, Ala.

 

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[kunc.org]

 

 

  


Alabama auto facilities add green projects to line-up


LINCOLN, Alabama - Since the first dealer-ready Odyssey rolled down the assembly line at Honda's Alabama plant on Nov. 14, 2001, the automaker's facility has produced more than 3.2 million vehicles and engines.

 

In the past 13 years, the $2 billion plant that sprawls over an area the size of 65 football fields has produced not a trace of one thing you might expect for a manufacturing operation so vast - waste.

 

Honda says its Alabama plant was the first North American automaking facility to achieve zero-waste-to-landfill status when it launched mass production in 2001, and it has remained that way since.

 

Honda's is not the only Alabama auto industry facility to score high marks for sustainability. Another example: Toyota's engine plant in Huntsville has launched a number of environmentally friendly initiatives, earning it recognition as one of the nation's "greenest" factories. Toyota's Alabama plant hasn't sent any manufacturing waste to a landfill since it opened in 2003

 

 

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[madeinalabama.com]

 

  


Gov. Bentley: Like Auburn roots against Alabama, we'll compete with southern states for auto jobs

on October 10, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday that while he'll work with other southern states to make it a manufacturing region, he'll still compete head to head against individual states to bring manufacturers and suppliers to Alabama.

 

"I love the people of Tennessee and Mississippi and Georgia, but I'm not their governor," Bentley said. "And you know what? They can't vote for me." 

 

Bentley spoke to the Southern Automotive Annual Conference at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex Friday morning. He said each governor should feel the same way about bringing jobs to their own states, and likened it to the way football teams root for their rivals to lose. 

 

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[al.com]

 

 

  


 

Cultural Alliance sets 'Creative Birmingham' launch party for Oct. 15
 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- The Cultural Alliance of Greater Birmingham will host a "Creative Birmingham" Launch Party on Wednesday, Oct. 15 and release "Stoking Innovation in the Magic City: Birmingham's Creative Industries," a comprehensive overview of Birmingham's creative sector.

 

The report outlines strategic actions that target education, workforce development and entrepreneurial development.

 

"Creative Birmingham" was unveiled in January, 2013, as a broad-based initiative to create new relationships between arts organizations and businesses, as well as the tourism, science and engineering sectors. CAGB raised $500,000 for the program through various foundations.

 

 

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[al.com]

 




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