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In this issue:
New industry AGCOR Steel set to open in Vinemont
Construction labor shortage more severe in Southeast
Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Sanmina, Toyota honored for energy-saving efforts in Huntsville
$70M Big Spring Square development in downtown Huntsville could include rooftop dining, office lofts for high-tech firms
Birmingham firm builds North Carolina aviation manufacturing facility
Groundbreaking Event Planned for Phase III of Alabama Robotics Technology Park

 


New industry AGCOR Steel set to open in Vinemont

VINEMONT - The new metal roofing and steel building component manufacturer AGCOR Steel has announced plans to open a new location in Vinemont, which is expected to create as many as 25 new jobs within the next five years.

 

The company, co-owned by Zac Smith and Scott Seawright, will service agricultural, commercial and residential clients in north Alabama and surrounding areas. The plant is set to open on January 1, 2015, and will be located in the old cabinetry shop behind Apel Steel on Goodwin Road.

 

Smith, a Cullman native, said they hope to start with approximately 7-10 employees when the business opens - then slowly expand to between 15-25 positions by 2020. The business will encompass manufacturing, distribution and sales.

 

 

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[Cullman Times]

 


Construction labor shortage more severe in Southeast
Bryan Davis Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Oct 23, 2014

Construction is rebounding in many states across the country, but labor is not following the resurgence.

 

According to data released this week by the Associated General Contractors of America, 83 percent of firms that responded to a recent survey said they are having trouble finding qualified craft workers to fill open spots, and 61 percent are having trouble filling professional slots like project supervisors and engineers.

 

According to the survey, the Southeast has been hit the hardest by this shortage, where 86 percent of the contractors polled said they had a hard time filling positions with qualified workers.


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Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Sanmina, Toyota honored for energy-saving efforts in Huntsville

on October 22, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - The City of Huntsville on Wednesday honored Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Sanmina and Toyota Motor Manufacturing for their voluntary efforts to create a cleaner environment.

 

Every year since 1979, the city has given out Air Pollution Control Achievement awards to businesses that go beyond local, state and federal rules for controlling airborne emissions.

 

"It is wonderful day to have so many environmentally responsible companies in Huntsville making contributions that ensure we are a clean community," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "We hope all of the businesses in our city take note of these projects and look for ways they can contribute to a sustainable Huntsville."

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

  


$70M Big Spring Square development in downtown Huntsville could include rooftop dining, office lofts for high-tech firms

on October 21, 2014 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Restaurants with rooftop dining and office lofts for high-tech companies are strong possibilities at the new Big Spring Square developmentin downtown Huntsville.

 

RCP Companies of Huntsville released additional details Monday about the $70 million mixed-use project that promises to transform the old Holiday downtown Inn property at the corner of Williams Avenue and Monroe Street.

 

Max Grelier, RCP's executive vice president, said the goal is to bring "round-the-clock activity and services" to the 6.8-acre site bordering Big Spring International Park and the Von Braun Center.
 

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[al.com]

 

 

  


Birmingham firm builds North Carolina aviation manufacturing facility

on October 23, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- BL Harbert International has completed the GE Aviation Ceramic Matrix Composites Facility in Asheville, N.C.

 

The Birmingham-based firm said the 170,000-square-foot facility is the first in the world to manufacture ceramic jet engine components. It will employ more than 200 workers.

 

More than 400 people attended last week's ribbon cutting ceremony there, including North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 

 

  


Groundbreaking Event Planned for Phase III of Alabama Robotics Technology Park

 

Tanner, AL (October 22, 2014)- A number of state and local elected officials, business leaders, and representatives from Calhoun Community College and Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) are expected to take part in groundbreaking activities for the Integration, Entrepreneurial and Paint Dispense Training Center, Phase III, of the Alabama Robotics Technology Park (RTP) on Friday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. 

 

The RTP is located at 6505 Highway 31 North, Tanner, directly across from Calhoun's Decatur Campus.
 

Speakers for the event will include:

     * Greg Canfield, Secretary of Commerce, State of Alabama

     * Alabama Senator Arthur Orr

     * Dale Thomas, RTP Board of Directors Chairman

     * Ed Castile, Director, AIDT


     * Dr. Marilyn Beck, President, Calhoun Community College

 

The construction of Phase III of the RTP completes the original vision of former Gov. Bob Riley to create a three-phase educational, training, R&D, and entrepreneurial robotics park that would serve as a catalyst to enhance and support the state's economic and workforce development initiatives. Once complete, the three facilities will have a total investment of over $73 million.
 

Phase I (the Robotic Maintenance Training Center and Phase II (the Advanced Technology Research and Development Center) of the RTP have been fully operational for several years, with Phase I officially opening in November 2010 and Phase II coming on line in August 2011.

 

 

 




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