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Alabama launches Dominican Republic trade mission

MONTGOMERY, Alabama - An Alabama delegation led by Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield arrives in the Dominican Republic today on a four-day trade and business development mission that focuses on ports, education and tourism.


This week's trade mission follows a visit last year by the Dominican Trade Facilitation Group to Alabama, where the group received a close-up view of operations at the Port of Mobile, one of the nation's busiest seaports.


The mission comes as trade ties between Alabama and the Dominican Republican continue to solidify. In 2014, Alabama exports to the Caribbean nation approached $104 million, an increase of 130 percent from the figure five years earlier. Top Alabama products shipped to the Dominican Republic are wood, minerals, paper and paperboard, vehicles, and iron and steel.




ASU president wants to partner with Hyundai

Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser

May 3, 2015

It's hard to imagine Alabama State University President Gwendolyn Boyd snagging a more timely speaker for the school's spring commencement.


Students will hear from Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski, the leader of one of the nation's hottest automakers and one of the driving forces behind a booming Alabama auto manufacturing scene.


"Ensuring a brighter future for this country begins in the classroom and on college campuses like ASU," Zuchowski said in accepting the invitation to speak. "The ability of industry to thrive depends on a prepared, well-educated and diverse workforce."


Zuchowski will arrive as the Montgomery assembly plant celebrates its 10th anniversary and while the company considers possible locations for a new plant to feed strong market demand for Hyundai vehicles.




Great Lakes Metal named receives Chambers County award
May 5, 2015 

Special to the News


Great Lakes Metal Stamping, Inc. was named Chambers County's Manufacturer of the Year at the Chambers County Development Authority's annual luncheon held at the newly renovated Point University Golf Club in Lanett on Friday.


Great Lakes was the first industry to locate in the Chambers County Industrial Park in Cusseta in 2007 and since their arrival have contributed over $10.3 million in capital investments and created 65 new jobs. 

The company specializes in full service metal stamping operations, but has broadened its capabilities by adding many in-house and outside services, including custom assembly and packaging, production welding, heat treating, metal finishing and plating.



Welding, culinary arts programs at Williamson High School get big boost in job-ready training
on May 04, 2015 

Students at Williamson High School just got a big boost toward careers that may sustain them for decades to come.


On Monday, Mobile County school system officials unveiled equipment and training space for the school's welding and culinary arts programs, which are part of its new signature academy.


This year, Williamson became the latest in a string of a dozen county high schools to open such an academy, offering career-ready training in specific fields. And so the inner-city school's Maritime, Engineering and Entrepreneurships academy was born.





The Japan-America Society of Alabama announces its 26th Annual Reception and Dinner to be held in Birmingham on May 14


JASA invites you to join us on Thursday, May 14, at The Club  as we recognize new & expanding Japanese companies in Alabama in 2014, as well as our American and Japanese Samuel Ullman Award recipients.


Guest speaker is Consul General Kazuo Sunaga. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with registration, a reception, and a silent auction. The dinner program begins at 6:45 p.m.


For registration and sponsorship information and link, please visit the JASA home page.  






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