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200 new jobs headed to Ft. Deposit
February 25, 2015

FORT DEPOSIT, AL (WSFA) -Fort Deposit native Clinton Porterfield can remember a time when his city was a lively little town. These days, not much happens in the small town located in Lowndes County.
"We had businesses and shops, and now we're trying to revive it," Porterfield said.
A resurgence may be on the way.
Hyundai supplier Chowel announced plans on Wednesday to employ 200 people. Chowel workers will weld car parts and ship them to the Hyundai Plant in Montgomery and the KIA Plant in Georgia. Chowel has already taken over the old Cummings Sign business on Highway 185.






Pathfinder Alabama program hopes to recruit more Shoals businesses

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) -  We've met a few of the 13 students chosen for a job placement program, guiding tomorrow's workforce.


Pathfinder Alabama is a program aimed at taking students of career tech classrooms, and putting them directly into a real life work setting. They are certified and qualified, more so than many people that work at these technical jobs.


Trace Reynolds is one of those students. He's working at the Tasus plant in Florence

"He's doing an outstanding job," said Tasus Plant Manages Denny Tester. "He's setting the bar high for the next group of kids that are going to come into our plant."








Economic development, charter schools among House priorities

By Mary Sell Montgomery Bureau | 

February 25, 2015


MONTGOMERY - House GOP leadership on Wednesday announced the legislation they want to pass quickly when lawmakers return to the Statehouse on Tuesday.


Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, said the priority agenda is themed Alabama First, "because it is designed to put our state firmly on the road to being first in education and first in economic development."


Majority Leader Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, said the GOP caucus unanimously approved the agenda.





[Times Daily]





Lee County on good path, ADECA director says

February 25, 2015 


The Lee County region is on the path toward a progressive future, and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs wants to help keep the Opelika-Auburn area on the right track, the agency's director said.


During the Opelika Chamber of Commerce's Business over Breakfast event Wednesday, ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. spoke with several area business and community leaders about the various programs that ADECA can offer to help the city, as well as the surrounding region.


Byard said the event allowed ADECA to continue fostering working relationships within the area.




[Opelika-Auburn News]






Three Cullman industrial suppliers recruiting at job fair Saturday

on February 26, 2015


Three Cullman industrial suppliers are looking for workers at a job fair in Cullman Saturday.


The three companies recruiting are: REHAU, which supplies polymer-based products for construction, cars and industry; Topre America Corporation, which supplies car parts; and Alabama Cullman Yutaka Technologies, which supplies parts for Honda motors.


The job fair goes from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nursing Center of Wallace State in Hanceville.









Red Bay makes plans for future 

By Kellie Singleton Staff Writer |

February 17, 2015 


RED BAY - Mayor David Tiffin said Red Bay may be small compared to other area cities, but its leaders have the same goals when it comes to preparing for a bright and vibrant future.


In addition to decisions they make on a weekly basis, Tiffin said, he and council members are focusing on what lies beyond the horizon for their town of approximately 3,200 residents.


"I may be biased, but I think Red Bay is a great town," Tiffin said. "We have thriving businesses and industries, a great school and residents who really care about our city and what goes on here. We think Red Bay is great as is, but we, of course, know there is always room for improvement and room to plan ahead, and that's what we hope to do more of."


[Times Daily]

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