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In this issue:
AT&T fills 275 new jobs so far this year, looks to hire about 70 more across Alabama
Birmingham's Evonik to add 30 jobs in specialty chemicals; expand in products and footprint
Alabama grant to help Lowndes County lure industry
Birmingham named one of 11 best forgotten Southern cities
University of South Alabama announces partnership on oil reclamation studies
Aerospace Finds a Home in Alabama
4 Alabama metros rank in Top 100 of 'America's Smartest Cities'

 


AT&T fills 275 new jobs so far this year, looks to hire about 70 more across Alabama
on December 01, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - AT&T has filled more than 445 jobs this year in Alabama and still has about 70 openings left across the state, the telecommunications provider said last week.

 

Of the 445 jobs, more than 275 of them are new positions. Much of the growth is a result of AT&T's Project Velocity IP (Project VIP), a multibillion dollar, three-year investment to expand and improve the company's wireless and wired broadband networks.

 

"From connected cars to a connected home, and from wearable technology to mobile Internet, these are exciting times for us," said Fred McCallum, president of AT&T Alabama, in a statement. "In turn, we're looking for employees who can build on that excitement and provide the services our customers expect and deserve."


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Birmingham's Evonik to add 30 jobs in specialty chemicals; expand in products and footprint
on November 26, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - A German specialty chemical company will hire about 30 more workers as it expands its Birmingham footprint.

 

Evonik Corp. will add 30 new positions in the near future, with jobs ranging from manufacturing associates to pharmacists to microbiologists. Salaries range from about $35,000 to more than $100,000. 

 

"You'll very rarely see a product on the shelf, but we are in products that you use every day," said Paul Spencer, Head of Evonik's global biomaterials business. Evonik produces raw materials that go in everything from pharmaceuticals to medical devices to tires.

 

The Essen, Germany-based company acquired Birmingham's SurModics in 2011. At the time, it employed about 80 people in Birmingham. It now employs about 100 people full-time, as well as 26 temporary workers and interns.



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Alabama grant to help Lowndes County lure industry

The Associated Press

 November 27, 2014 

MONTGOMERY | A state grant will help an automotive supplier create 200 new jobs with an expansion in Lowndes County.

 

Gov. Robert Bentley is awarding a $600,000 grant to the city of Fort Deposit so the town can purchase a 180,000-square-foot building.

 

The building will become a second location for Chowel Weldparts Inc. The company makes impact beams for vehicles produced at the Hyundai plant near Montgomery.


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[Tuscaloosa News]

 


Birmingham named one of 11 best forgotten Southern cities
Cindy F. Crawford Editor-Birmingham Business Journal
Dec. 1, 2014

Birmingham's growing food scene helped the Magic City make a national list of 11 "Southern Towns You're Forgetting about But Shouldn't."

 

The Huffington Post listed Birmingham, saying "forget what you know about Birmingham and embrace the present." It credited the metro's foodie and culture as top destination attractions. 

 

But also gave a nod to Birmingham's past, saying visitors should check out the historic sites like the 16th Street Baptist Church and the Civil Rights Institute.



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University of South Alabama announces partnership on oil reclamation studies
on December 01, 2014 

MOBILE, Alabama -- The University of South Alabama has announced a partnership with Aaron Oil Co. of Saraland and the International Used Oil Research Institute to expand oil reclamation studies at the university.

 

According to a media release from USA, oil reclamation is a growing, multi-billion industry that includes a variety of industries and businesses.

 

Aaron Oil, named as one of the fastest growing private companies in America by Inc. magazine, is a recognized leader in oil reclamation. The International Used Oil Research Institute has offices in Mobile and in Washington, D.C.



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Aerospace Finds a Home in Alabama
Posted on: 12/1/2014

Alabama's aerospace sector employs 83,000 people at more than 400 companies. With the Airbus A320 family assembly line under construction in Mobile, optimism is high that the sector is ripe for expansion.

 

"We are working hard to attract elements of the Airbus supply chain to Alabama while also increasing aerospace research and engineering activities that take place here," Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield says. "Our goal is to create more high-paying aerospace jobs and to spur more product development in the state."

 

Airbus and Boeing are fierce competitors in the marketplace, but they have found common ground in Alabama, where both have substantial operations.

 

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4 Alabama metros rank in Top 100 of 'America's Smartest Cities'
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Four Alabama metropolitan areas ranked among the nation's 100 "Smartest Cities" in an analysis that examines which metro areas are gaining brainpower in the 21st Century.

To compile its list, researcher NewGeography scored the nation's 380 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) based on three criteria related to gains in educational attainment since 2000. The Auburn-Opelika MSA was Alabama's top-ranking metro area, landing at No. 4 on the researcher's "America's Smartest Cities" list. Huntsville was No. 61, and the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley metro area was No. 73. Birmingham-Hoover ranked No. 100 on the NewGeography list.

 

"To have four metro areas score in the top 100 of 'America's Smartest Cities' shows that Alabama has vibrant local economies, strong colleges and universities, as well as a growing base of knowledge-based jobs," said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce. "These factors make Alabama attractive to companies from the U.S. and around the world when they are looking for a location to expand their operations."

 

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[madeinalabama.com]





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