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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New Decatur manufacturer to supply ULA, employ 150

By Bayne Hughes Staff Writer | 

July 31, 2015


A company supplying ULA will locate in Decatur, and it plans to have 150 employees by the end of 2020, according to information released today at a meeting of the city's Industrial Development Board.


The RUAG Aerospace USA Inc. operation will manufacture and supply carbon fiber structures for United Launch Alliance's Atlas and new Vulcan rockets.


The RUAG operation will utilize a 130,000-square-foot space inside ULA's plant off Red Hat Road. 




[Decatur Daily]


Hundreds of teachers to tour local industries

By Trent Moore

Aug 2, 2015


Hundreds of local teachers are set to tour Cullman industries on August 5, as part of a new program aiming to give educators a first-hand look at the jobs they're preparing high school students to potentially fill.


The August 5 program has been scheduled as part of the in-service day for county teachers, and will include a crash course on economic development and a tour of one local industry. The event will include more than 300 teachers, mostly from the county, though some city school teachers do plan to attend.


Susan Eller, with the Cullman Economic Development Agency, said the one-day tour is an expansion of a previous program that embedded approximately 20 teachers in local industries for a few days. That program worked well, Eller said, but didn't allow for a critical mass of teachers to get a chance to visit an industry.




[Decatur Daily]




Gulf Shores Business and Aviation Park nabs Baldwin County's 8th AdvantageSite designation

on July 31, 2015 


Gulf Shores Business and Aviation Park became Baldwin County's eighth designated Alabama AdvantageSite Thursday, making it the county's second such announcement in less than one week.


Adjacent to the Jack Edwards National Airport, the 78.6-acre industrial park is located within the Gulf Shores city limits - roughly 15 miles from Interstate 10 - and can be accessed from four-lane Alabama Highway 59.


The voluntary industrial site preparedness program is coordinated by the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama and is a collaboration between the private sector and state and local governments aimed at increasing the marketability of locations in Alabama.





Alabama got high marks for "Automotive Manufacturing Strength" and AIDT, Alabama's workforce development agency, ranked high among "Workforce Training Leaders" inBusiness Facilities magazine's annual rankings report, released this week.


Record output at Alabama's three auto assembly plants underlined the state's No. 2 ranking in the magazine's "Auto Manufacturing Strength" category. Alabama and Tennessee swapped positions in the rankings from the previous year.


"Alabama, this year's No. 2, is throwing down a marker for a heavyweight rematch: the Crimson Tide rolled out nearly a million vehicles in 2014 for Mercedes, Honda and Hyundai, with Mercedes expanding at Tuscaloosa to introduce a new model," Business Facilities noted in its ranking report.








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