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300 new jobs, $1M expansion at call center

 Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser 

July 23, 2015


Less than a month after a global call center company announced a new hub and 500 jobs in Montgomery, a second call center company has announced a major expansion and said it plans to hire 300 more workers here.


 Expert Global Solutions has already started hiring for its 4520 Executive Park Drive expansion, adding leadership positions and agents. 


People can see the positions and apply online at The company handles inbound and outbound calls and web support for utility companies and others, mostly dealing with financial transactions.





Alabama Commerce Department adding new division, revising state economic development plan

By Michael Tomberlin

July 22, 2015


Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield told economic developers in the state today the Alabama Department of Commerce will add a new workforce division and is preparing to present the revised state economic development plan to Gov. Robert Bentley.


Speaking to members of the Economic Development Association of Alabama (EDAA),


 Canfield said the most recent legislative session not only armed economic developers with better incentives to help recruit and expand industry and be more competitive with other states, but it also revamped the organization of the Department of Commerce.




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TS Tech Alabama to expand site in Boaz

BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) - A city in Marshall County is growing as a company in Boaz announces its expansion.


TS Tech Alabama, LLC has been located in Boaz for years and this week the company announced it is expanding.


"We're real excited to say they're going to be building a 125,000 square foot addition to their building," Boaz Mayor Tim Walker says.






Huntsville celebrates having America's top rocket engineer for 2015

on July 22, 2015 

Huntsville celebrated having America's best rocket engineer Wednesday by proclaiming July 27 Dr. William Emrich Day. That is the day Emrich, an engineer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, will receive the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2015 Engineer of the Year award at a national meeting in Orlando.


Emrich was honored for his work in nuclear thermal rocket propulsion. He has built and runs a simulator at Marshall where engineers can perform non-nuclear tests on elements of potential nuclear rocket fuel. Experts including Emrich believe some type of high-thrust nuclear engine will be required to explore the vast distances of solar system.

Reach more about Emrich's honor here


"This is a day we get to celebrate somebody who's done something great for the world, the nation and for Huntsville," Mayor Tommy Battle said at the proclamation ceremony. The city thinks of itself as "a smart place," Battle said, and Emrich is an example of that.




Alabama poised to grow in the distribution center industry

By Michael Tomberlin

July 21, 2015


A leading site consultant said Alabama is well-positioned to add a number of new distribution centers.


Andy Mace, consulting managing director with Cushman & Wakefield, said all of the key variables needed for distribution exist in Alabama and cities like Birmingham compare favorably to Atlanta and other distribution hubs.


Mace is familiar with Alabama, having worked with Thyssenkrupp's location to Mobile County and other projects in the state. But he said even he was surprised to learn how well the state stacks up to competitors for distribution center projects.



Which Alabama city just claimed its sixth consecutive Business Confidence Index crown?
ON JULY 22, 2015 


MONTGOMERY, Ala. - For the sixth report in a row, the Montgomery Metropolitan area topped the Alabama Business Confidence Index (ABCI) during the third quarter of 2015. Montgomery has ranked highest in the ABCI outlook for 16 out of the past 20 quarters dating back to the second quarter of 2014.

The quarterly report, put together by the University of Alabama Center for Business and Economic Research, measures economic expectations by polling business leaders across the state, and serves as an indicator of economic success and progress for the coming months. The Montgomery metro area received a score of 57.4 for the third quarter of 2015, a showing more than 2 points higher than the state's overall score.


Montgomery area business executives continue to be optimistic about prospects for the Alabama economy. The state economy index is down 4.7 points to a still-confident 56.3. 


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