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In this issue:
Sumter County industrial project bringing 100 jobs to county
New training center targets business needs
Dothan in the running for major Korean manufacturer
Local officials, governor break ground on 222 interchange
Promotion key to future growth in Florence
Alabama business confidence slightly declines

 


Sumter County industrial project bringing 100 jobs to county
Staff report
October 23, 2014

A $160 million industrial project that is expected to create more than 100 jobs will be built in Sumter County.

 

The project will be constructed in three phases and will include a chip mill, a wood-fuel pellet plant and a port facility on the Tombigbee River.

 

The project will be at the Port of Epes Industrial Park.

 

In the first phase, Global Energy Solutions LLC of Selma will build a 1-million-ton-per-year wood chip mill. In the second phase, it will build a 1-million-ton-per-year wood fuel pellet plant adjacent to the chip mill, and in Phase 3, a $20 million port will be constructed to serve the two industries, with the port handling the shipment of pellets and chips on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway by barge to the Port of Mobile.



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New training center targets business needs
Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser
October 24, 2014

Education and government groups announced a partnership Thursday to help train students in the skills that Montgomery-area businesses need the most.

 

The plan is to eventually create a Montgomery Regional Workforce Training Center to teach manufacturing and information technology courses, along with "soft skills" such as how to dress and behave professionally. It will be paired with the Montgomery Technical Education Center in the former Montgomery Mall location or "wherever it's going to be," said Ed Castille, the director of state workforce training agency AIDT.

 

Castille said that would allow Montgomery Public Schools and AIDT to share equipment and trainers, particularly since the training center would operate mostly in the evening.

 

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Dothan in the running for major Korean manufacturer

by Greg Phillips

Oct. 23, 2014

 

Dothan is competing with two other cities to land a Korean business that will bring hundreds of jobs to its host city.

 

Mayor Mike Schmitz said he and Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver met with the business' representatives during a recent trip to Korea.

 

The business, which creates cargo containers, will require welding jobs, which ties nicely with Wallace Community College's welding program.

 

"Wallace has the best welding anywhere," Schmitz said during his "State of the City" address at Thursday's Citizens Supervisory Committee meeting. "We have a lot to offer, and we know skilled workers are a priority that was really important to them. It's perfect for our community."

 

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Local officials, governor break ground on 222 interchange

by Zach Winslett

October 24, 2015

 

GOOD HOPE - After more than 10 years in the making, the interchange project on County Road 222 near Good Hope has finally broken ground.

 

Gov. Robert Bentley, Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Alabama) and state Sen. Paul Bussman (R-Cullman) - along with a slew of other Cullman County dignitaries - attended a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday afternoon to commemorate the beginning of one of the county's most anticipated developments.

 

The new interchange, which began as a part of the industrial development of County Road 222, has had a long path to fruition.

 

It began when the Cullman Economic Development Agency (CEDA) courted Topre American Corporation to come to Cullman County.

 
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Promotion key to future growth in Florence

By Robert Palmer Staff Writer

October 22, 2014

 

FLORENCE - There are two things that can be done to make Florence and the Shoals more prosperous, officials said Wednesday during the state of the city event: Work more cooperatively and do a better job of telling the community's story to the outside world.

 

Mayor Mickey Haddock, who hosted the annual event, shared the stage with the heads of the University of North Alabama, city schools, the Shoals Chamber of Commerce and the Shoals Economic Development Authority to reinforce his theme of partnership and collaboration.

 

"We also partner with (Florence-Lauderdale) Tourism," he said. "We provide personnel for their events, and we helped with building their new office.

 
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Alabama business confidence slightly declines
Antrenise Cole Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Oct. 23, 2014

Alabama business executives maintain a positive outlook for the fourth quarter, but confidence has weakened from the previous quarter.

 

The latest Alabama Business Confidence Index from the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama continues to indicate moderate optimism statewide at 54.2 for the fourth quarter. That's 2.3 points higher than a year ago. A score above 50 indicates an optimistic outlook.

 

However, the index is down 1.3 points below its third-quarter level, with significant declines in forecasts for the Alabama economy (down by 3 points), sales (down by 3.1 points) and hiring (down by 2.4 points). Even though confidence has declined, the indicators remain positive.

 
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