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Northrop Grumman expanding tech workforce in Huntsville

on April 13, 2015 

One of Huntsville's leading employers is expanding its full-time technical workforce in Cummings Research Park.


Northrop Grumman, an American aerospace and defense technology company, will host a hiring event from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday on 301 Voyager Way in Huntsville. A variety of positions, ranging from engineers and analysts to administrators and managers, will be available for job seekers who meet the company's employee qualifications.


At any given time, Northrop Grumman spokeswoman Sudi Bruni said the Huntsville location has approximately 30 open positions.






Moulton excited about poultry expansion

By Jonece Dunigan Staff Writer | 

April 14, 2015


MOULTON - Mar-Jac Poultry plans to invest $7 million and add about 20 jobs at its hatchery in Moulton next year, company officials said.


The hatchery expansion is part of Mar-Jac Alabama LLC's $50 million growth plan for northwest Alabama. Projects include a new $25 million feed mill, which will create 30 new jobs when it opens in Spruce Pine, in Franklin County, by early 2017. A $10 million expansion of the processing plant in Jasper will generate 50 jobs.


Pete Martin, Mar-Jac vice president of operations, said the company is beginning to contract with local poultry farmers to build 100 to 125 broiler, pullet and hen houses.

Martin expects the Moulton expansion project to start in late 2016, with hatching starting in early 2017.




[Decatur Daily]  




Empire Building part of $45 million project including two Marriotts, new Chris Hastings restaurant

on April 13, 2015 

One of Birmingham's most iconic buildings will be part of a $45 million project that will bring two Marriott hotels and a gourmet restaurant downtown.    


The Empire Building at 1928 1st Ave. will become Empire Hotel, a luxury hotel with a restaurant, 117 bedrooms, a gym, lounge, meeting space and rooftop bar. The adjoining former Alagasco headquarters building will become a limited service Marriott hotel with 120 rooms and provide 50 jobs.


Empire Hospitality LLC will develop the project. Buford, Ga.'s Ascent Hospitality is the managing partner. The company plans to start construction April 2015 and finish by summer 2016.







Dothan Regional Airport completes ramp improvement project

by Carly Omenhiser

Business Reporter


Apr 13, 2015

A newly repaved ramp at the Dothan Regional Airport will allow larger, heavier aircraft in and out of the Commercial Jet Services hangar.


Officials from the city and county as well as Commercial Jet and the Dothan Regional Airport came together Friday to celebrate the ramp improvement project's completion, which was the last initiative needed to be completed since Commercial Jet arrived at the airport in 2013.


Several projects were negotiated as part of Commercial Jet coming to Dothan, which included painting of the hangar and other maintenance and upgrades.




[Dothan Eagle]


Secretary Canfield to deliver keynote at Alabama Auto Show dinner

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield will deliver the keynote address at the Alabama Auto Show Industry Dinner on April 30 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.


The dinner is meant to signify the important role auto retailing plays in the Birmingham area economy. An analysis by the Birmingham Auto Dealers Association pegs that impact at $2.5 billion in annual sales, which supports more than 3,200 jobs at new car and truck dealerships in Jefferson and Shelby counties. These dealerships generate $234 million in earnings for area residents each year, along with state and local tax revenues topping $80 million.


"Alabama auto dealers are responsible for more than $10 billion in total sales each year, accounting for around 16 percent of all retail sales in the state," Secretary Canfield said. "In the Birmingham area, auto dealerships are a major contributor to the economic vitality of the community, providing jobs and tax revenues while also acting as a magnet for retail activity in the region."




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