Here is today's summary of economic development news, a free service of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, representing Alabama's private sector investment in economic development.  If you enjoy NewsFlash, thank an EDPA Partner.


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Busche announces 100 new jobs, CNC machining investment at Hartselle plant
on May 01, 2015

Busche's workforce in Hartselle will expand by 100 jobs through 2016.


The Indiana computer numerical control (CNC) production machining company announced today it is increasing the number of Busche employees and investing $22 million in new equipment to maintain its aggressive growth plan on Thompson Road.


The 263,000-square-foot plant employed only 26 when it first launched in October 2012 near Interstate 65 at the site of the former Emerson Climate Technologies building, formerly known as Copeland. Today, the facility has 133 workers.


Robert Kelley, general manager at the plant, said the new full-time CNC positions will offer full employee benefits after a 90-day period. He did not provide a pay range for the jobs.





Thinking about nominating a company or individual for a 2015 Alabama Launchpad Innovation Award? The deadline is near


Don't miss the chance. The deadline is two weeks away, May 17.


To grow Alabama's economy, innovation is more important than ever. 


The awards celebrate and honor contributions to the state's innovation economy. Winners will be honored at the Fifth Annual Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference Sept. 2 in Birmingham.


Nominations are accepted in the following categories: 

  • Corporate Innovator of the Year (small 1-50 employees)
  • Corporate Innovator of the Year (large 50+ employees)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Innovative Manufacturing
  • Outstanding Public Private Partnership for Innovation
  • Lifetime Achievement in Innovation
Companies should demonstrate significant achievement specifically in the areas of job creation, commitment to innovation and innovation that addresses a local or global need. Don't miss the chance to be recognized as a prominent industry innovator!

 Nominate today! The process is easy.


Self-nominations are also encouraged. To see a gallery of last year's winners and to nominate, click here







Can Alabama's mayors work together to bring new jobs to state?
on May 04, 2015 

Mayors from across Alabama spent the past two days in Huntsville talking about how they can work together to bring new jobs to the state.


The Sunday-Monday summit at the downtown Embassy Suites focused on economic development and industrial recruitment. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle hosted the gathering, which also included Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz and a representative from the Alabama Department of Commerce.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell had a schedule conflict and could not attend.


In the past two years, the mayors from Alabama's biggest cities have met five times to get to know one another better, swap success stories and talk about opportunities to collaborate.





Birmingham's biggest job creators in 2014
Alan Alexander Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
May 1, 2015

Birmingham's economy has experienced a resurgence the last few years, and a number of companies are contributing to that by bringing hundreds of jobs into the city.


More than 3,000 jobs were created in the Birmingham metro during 2014 according to the Birmingham Business Alliance, and 1,929 of those were in Jefferson County.


Viva Health led the way in job creation thanks to the state's Medicaid Overhaul. State Farm created the second-most jobs followed by Oxmoor Pharmaceuticals, which chose Birmingham last year for it's American headquarters.



Governor: Fairhope aviation academy focused on coveted, high-demand skills

on May 02, 2015 

Educators, politicians, students and residents gathered in Fairhope Saturday to dedicate a new aviation training academy expected to transform the local workforce.


"If you don't have a skilled workforce, you can't recruit and you can't retain," said Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley outside the H.L. "Sonny" Callahan Airport. "What we're doing here today is training our workforce and that is so important to these (international) companies -- that's what they look for.


"They know one thing about Alabamians: they know that Alabamians work harder than anyone else in the country."






'Downtown of the Month' honor puts Huntsville on global stage

on May 01, 2015 

An organization devoted to improving downtowns across the globe likes what it sees happening in Huntsville.


The Washington, D.C.-based International Downtown Association today named Huntsville its "Downtown of the Month" for May. A story and photo of downtown Huntsville will be prominently featured all month on the group's website,


The recognition puts Huntsville in lofty company. Other recent "Downtown of the Month" honorees include Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Jacksonville, Fla., Oakland, Baltimore, Cleveland and Calgary.









Hargrove receives Alabama AGC safety award


Mobile, Ala. - The Mobile Section of the Alabama Associated General Contractors (AGC) recently awarded Hargrove Engineers + Constructors a Construction Safety Excellence Award for 2014. The AGC recognized members who maintained an excellent safety record throughout the year at the association's 13th annual awards ceremony.


"If we aren't committed to safety, people could get hurt or worse," stated Micki Kohn, senior vice president, project delivery. "We empower our Team to recognize safety hazards, to report the risks, and if need be, stop work to ensure that issues are resolved before someone is injured."


This local program is an ongoing effort by the Mobile Section of AGC to recognize members in the Mobile area who have developed and implemented excellent safety and loss prevention programs throughout management commitment, employee training and program innovation.


More than 125 of the leading commercial, industrial, and specialty contractors and suppliers in the Mobile area were in attendance, with 28 companies receiving awards.


Hargrove Engineers + Constructors is a full-service EPC, automation, life sciences and technical services firm with offices located across the United States. With more than 900 Teammates, Hargrove's success stems from its focus on building a team of the best engineers and construction professionals while maintaining long-term client relationships. For more information about Hargrove, click here



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