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In this issue:


Alabama joblessness drops to 6 percent, marking 14 months with no increase in unemployment

on March 17, 2015 

Alabama's joblessness rate for January is 6 percent, marking 14 months with no increase in unemployment, Gov. Robert Bentley said.


The seasonally-adjusted figure was released this morning, showing unemployment is down slightly from 6.1 percent in December and 7.2 in January 2014.


"For the past two months, more than 2 million people are working in this state, which hasn't happened since November 2008," Bentley said in a statement.  "We continue to remain hopeful that our economy is turning around and Alabamians are gaining employment."







Georgia-Pacific inks deal with RoyOMartin to operate Monroe County wood manufacturing facility

on March 17, 2015 

Georgia-Pacific said it expects to soon close on a deal to begin operating a wood manufacturing facility in Monroe County. The plant based in Mexia, Ala., an unincorporated community west of Monroeville, is owned by Louisiana-headquartered RoyOMartin. 


Some 110 people work at the Rocky Creek lumber facility, making a variety of products using southern yellow pine, including dimension lumber, heavy studs and barn timbers, according to Georgia Pacific officials.


The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but RoyOMartin officials said Georgia-Pacific would assume operations of the plant as soon as March 16.






Turkey hunt looks to bag industry

Marty Roney, Montgomery Advertiser

March 16, 2015

 Alabama leaders are using a spring turkey hunt to try to call in more economic development in the state.

The Alabama Governor's One Shot Turkey Hunt brings together industry leaders and potential economic development clients to test their skills against the wily eastern turkey gobbler. The event gets its name from the hunter's efforts to harvest a turkey with one shotgun blast. About 65 hunters will be paired with local landowners and guides to hunt throughout central Alabama. The event kicks off Tuesday morning and goes through Wednesday at noon.


"We do this really to host people in Alabama, our business leaders," said Gov. Robert Bentley, host of the hunt. "During this hunt we try to showcase the state of Alabama, and we try to encourage people to come and visit our state, and we are also encouraging business and industries to be a part of this program that we have."




[Montgomery Advertiser]





Birmingham Builders: Brasfield & Gorrie dominates this week's headlines
Bryan Davis Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
March 16, 2015

The majority of Birmingham's large network of contractors are working on jobs throughout the United States and the globe.


This week, however, one Birmingham firm topped the headlines with frequency.


Brasfield & Gorrie is currently working on a number of big projects across the Southeast, including one big project in downtown Birmingham.




[Birmingham Business Journal]






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