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.


In this issue:

EMSCO announces $4 million expansion to Anniston plant
on September 15, 2015 

Induction furnace repairing outfit EMSCO has announced plans for a $4 million expansion of its Anniston plant.

In a news release today, EMSCO announced the Anniston facility, located at 1501 Sentinel Drive, will also see the addition of 14 jobs with its production of the company's HyprCool hybrid process cooling systems.


Davidson Tech CEO donates $1 million toward new Cook science museum in Decatur

on September 16, 2015 

The leader of one of Huntsville's most well-known technology companies has donated money toward a new natural science museum under construction in downtown Decatur.

Dorothy Davidson, CEO of Davidson Technologies in Cummings Research Park, has provided $1 million to Cook's Pest Control to build the Cook Museum of Natural Science, a 57,000-square-foot multi-level building that will feature permanent exhibits, a gift shop, café and outdoor patio, educational classrooms and a 100-seat theater.


Study shows Jefferson County economy growing
Michael Seale Reporter Birmingham Business Journal
Sep 16, 2015

recent study released by New York financial analysis firm SmartAsset shows that Jefferson County ranks highly among places experiencing the most growth in their local economy.

Jefferson County was No. 1 in Alabama for GDP Growth, and ranked No. 137 out of 3134 counties studied in the country.
The county showed $1.2 billion in GDP growth, almost doubling second place Mobile County's $680 million. Madison County ($646 million) and Montgomery County ($441 million) placed third and fourth, respectively.


Alabama Aerospace executive talks about Airbus unveiling first U.S. manufacturing plant in Mobile

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Alabama aerospace industry is booming. Earlier this week, Airbus opened its first manufacturing plant in the United States right here in Alabama, just outside of Mobile.  That's great news for students in the Aerospace Engineering program at UAH.

"Alabama has a long history in aerospace, a lot of what we do here in Alabama, in our aerospace industries is in advanced technologies," said Jeff Thompson, Executive Director of the Alabama Aerospace Industry Association.

It's no secret Alabama has a large aerospace industry -- and the industry does not appear to be slowing down any time soon. This week, we became home to the first Airbus manufacturing plant in the U.S.



CFD Research Corp. seeks scientists, engineers for free job fair in Huntsville
on September 16, 2015

CFD Research Corporation hopes to attract a number of scientists and engineers next week during its free career fair in Huntsville.

The company, located on 701 McMillian Way N.W., will host the event from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 24 at its facility at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Managers and principal investigators will be available to speak to job seekers about career opportunities.

CFDRC is looking to fill the following positions: aerospace, mechanical engineering, materials, computer science, cyber security, biomedical engineering and chemistry.


New HudsonAlpha clinic will use genetic sequencing to diagnose rare diseases
on September 15, 2015 

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, AL, will open a new clinic in November using the increasingly fast and affordable sequencing of a person's entire DNA available today to diagnose rare diseases, institute leaders said this week.

Dr. Howard Jacob said this week that the new clinic will be the first of its kind and a resource for adults and parents with children suffering from rare and undiagnosed diseases.

"It's a large unserved need," Jacob said Monday, "and medically there's a lot of justification for using that information."


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