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:

New products, challenges on the horizon for Honda's Alabama plant
on December 02, 2015

The coming year will be a busy one for Honda's Alabama auto manufacturing operations.

First up, the company will launch a redesign of the Ridgeline pickup, which will debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January and enter mass production at the Talladega County plant in early 2016.

Later in the year, another redesign is expected. This time it's the Odyssey minivan, the flagship product of Honda's Alabama assembly lines.


Johns Manville planning big Alabama plant expansion
Ben Miller Contributing Writer
Dec. 2, 2015

Johns Manville said it's planning a big expansion at one of its Alabama facilities that makes roofing products, adding 175 jobs to the northern Alabama area.

The Denver company said it plans to build a second production line at the company's Scottsboro, Alabama production facility that makes thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), a roofing membrane that is used by commercial roofing contractors, consultants and building owners.
Johns Manville originally opened the Scottsboro plant in 2008 and with the latest expansion announcement, the company said it will have spent $200 million on the facility.


UWA Workforce Training Programs
By: Nick Gunter
 Dec 01, 2015

Sumter County, Ala. Industrial Maintenance Technology, it is a job that is in growing demand across the country, and the University of West Alabama is offering classes to train people to work on electrical and mechanical aspects of machines in the manufacturing industry through a free certificate program, and all of this is a way to help improve the quality of workforce in one of the poorest counties in Alabama.

"UWA is in Sumter County which is one of the poorest counties and we are offering this training for the individuals there and also the surrounding areas and it gives them an opportunity for them to come in, become job ready, have employability skills and go to work," explained James Gray, Employment Specialist and Counselor at The University of West Alabama.

In order to be placed in the 16 week Industrial Maintenance Level One certification program for the spring semester, people must register before December 4th, have a GED or High School Diploma and be at least 18 years old, they must also complete an Assessment Test.


Gas gives back to city
December 2, 2015
Greg Henderson, Southeast Alabama Gas District, president and CEO, was the guest of the Brundidge City Council at its Tuesday meeting.

Henderson told the council members that Brundidge is a blessed city, blessed in that in 1952, the city leaders elected for Brundidge to become a member city of the gas district. Henderson said there are 14 municipal members of Southeast Alabama Gas District, which was formed to bring economic development to the area.

"The belief was that gas would be a catalyst in the economic growth of Southeast Alabama," Henderson said.


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