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In this issue:

Airbus officially opens first US manufacturing facility
Sep. 14, 2015

MOBILE, AL - In a much-anticipated ceremony today in Mobile, Alabama, Airbus inaugurated operations at its first ever US Manufacturing Facility. The plant - which assembles the industry-leading family of A319s, A320s and A321s - is officially open for business, with a skilled team of more than 250 Airbus manufacturing employees now at work on the first US-made Airbus aircraft.

"Our commercial aircraft production in Mobile signifies two things: that Airbus has become the first truly global aircraft manufacturer, and that Airbus is now also a truly American manufacturer," said Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier. "With the addition of our U.S. facility to our production network in Europe and Asia, we have strategically expanded our worldwide industrial base."

"The Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility is an important step forward in Airbus' strategy, strengthening our position as a leader and competitor in all of our key markets," Fabrice Brégier continued. "It enables us to grow our already significant presence in America - the largest single-aisle aircraft market in the world - and to be closer to our U.S. customers and key supplier partners. At the same time, the expanded industrial capacity gives us more flexibility to increase production across Airbus to meet global demand. The U.S. facility is good news for the overall Airbus enterprise, as this greater production capacity creates global growth opportunities across the company and throughout our supply chain."


How Airbus A320 aircraft assembly will roll in Alabama (video)

Curious about how Airbus' Alabama workforce will assemble those A320 Family passenger jets in the company's new, $600 million assembly line at Mobile Aeroplex?

A fast-paced video from Airbus paints a picture of how assembly operations will flow inside the company's first U.S. manufacturing facility, where production has quietly begun in recent days. Airbus is holding a grand opening ceremony for the Alabama facility Monday, signifying the production launch.

In the video, an A320 Family jetliner is assembled on one of Airbus' three existing final assembly lines for single-aisle passenger aircraft. The video shows the plane's major components arriving at the manufacturing facility, where the fuselage is assembled, the wings and tail are attached, and the engines mounted.


Breakfast to honor manufacturers
By JUSTIN FEDICH | Selma Times-Journal
September 12, 2015

National Manufacturers Day is on Friday, Oct. 2, and Selma plans to celebrate and honor the many manufacturers that live and work in Dallas County.

Tickets go on sale Monday for a Breakfast Buffet to honor local manufacturers Friday Oct. 2 at 7:30 a.m. at the Selma Convention Center.

The speaker for the event is Larry Curry, who is the manager of Supplier Quality Development within the Parts Development Organization of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama located in Montgomery.


One Alabama metro area does $6 billion in business with Washington every year
on September 13, 2015 

A new study shows federal spending in the Huntsville area now tops $6 billion a year or almost $31,000 per federal or contractor employee. That's one of the highest federal investments per job in the nation and a sign of the city's importance to Washington and Alabama and the risk to the Huntsville economy if defense spending decreases.

The July 29 study by Chmura Economics & Analytics shows Huntsville's metropolitan area of Madison and Limestone counties  received almost $6.4 billion in federal spending in fiscal year 2014 (October 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014). Most of that was $5.6 billion spent by the Department of Defense through Redstone Arsenal.

Total federal spending was greater elsewhere in the country, but the $30,799 per job Washington spent in the Huntsville area was higher only three other places. Idaho Falls, ID, was first in federal spending per job at approximately $48,000 ($2.8 billion total federal spending, $101 million defense), followed by California-Lexington Park, MD at $40,000 per job ($1.7 billion total, $1.69 billion DOD), and Amarillo, TX at $31,400 per job ($3.6 billion total, $3.3 billion DOD).


Main Street Alabama is seeking applicants for the position of field services specialist.

 The field services specialist supports the President/State Coordinator of Main Street Alabama (MSA) in implementing the statewide Main Street Program. Extensive travel (up to 50% of time) is required to do on-site community assessment, evaluation, training and capacity building.

 The Field Services Specialist reports to the President/State Coordinator. Position posting will remain open until Sept. 30.

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