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In this issue:
Governor in St. Clair for ribbon cutting at new industry
AMEN Forum to highlight Alabama's small businesses
See grand unveiling of new $58 million Intergraph headquarters in Madison during company's 45th birthday
Wallace Community College plays role in Chinese industry recruitment

 


Governor in St. Clair for ribbon cutting at new industry
Oct. 22, 2014

MOODY- Gov. Robert Bentley joined company officials at SKF Solutions Factory to cut the ribbon Monday on a $4 million, 31,200-square-foot facility.

 

SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. The company provides supplies or services to almost a dozen companies throughout Alabama.

 

It was established in 1907 and employs over 48,000 worldwide. It has distributors/dealers in 15,000 locations in over 130 countries.

 

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AMEN Forum to highlight Alabama's small businesses

on October 20, 2014 

The Alabama MicroEnterprise Network,known as AMEN, will hold an Oct. 28 forum in Montgomery that will highlight the economic impact of microbusinesses in Alabama and across the nation.

 

Defined as a company with five or fewer employees, microbusinesses account for 92 percent of U.S. businesses.

 

"Microbusinesses are the country's largest segment of small businesses," said Gaynelle Adams Jackson, president of AMEN. "There are 25.5 million microenterprises across the country, nearly 6.5 million in the Southeast and over 355,000 in Alabama, representing 88 percent of all business in the state."

 

 

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See grand unveiling of new $58 million Intergraph headquarters in Madison during company's 45th birthday

on October 20, 2014 

MADISON, Alabama - A large crowd watched in awe Monday night as Intergraph's oldest employees carried fiery "torches of new traditions" to celebrate a fresh beginning during the grand opening of its $58 million headquarters in Madison.

 

The launch of the multi-level building on 305 Intergraph Way also marked the company's 45th year in business. Ola Rollen, president and CEO of Intergraph's Swedish parent brand Hexagon, said the event symbolized a new start for the global provider of engineering and geospatial software as it looks to recruit young professionals to its team.

 

"We're here for the long term," he told the crowd. "This is not a private equity company. We're solid owners. We're flesh and bone and we want to succeed for the next not 45 years, but I hope 50 years."

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

  


Wallace Community College plays role in Chinese industry recruitment

 October 20, 2014

 

Vincent Vincent has an important job to do as part of a Dothan delegation visiting China on an industrial recruiting trip.

 

He has to convince Chinese businesses that the city has the educational infrastructure to train workers to meet their specific needs.

 

"I think the Chinese businessmen have been impressed that the college has been on the front end of the recruiting process," he said. "They like that."

 

Vincent is the director of non-credit training at Wallace Community College and oversees a variety of programs that help prepare workers for specific industries. Vincent has spent his time in China talking to business leaders about how Wallace can create training programs to meet their individual needs.

 

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[Dothan Eagle]

 

 




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