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:

Shaw to invest $184 million in Alabama fiber manufacturing facility

ANDALUSIA, Alabama -  Shaw Industries Group announced today that it will invest $184 million in its manufacturing facility in Andalusia, where fiber used to manufacture carpet is created.

Dalton, Georgia-based Shaw said the project includes construction of new and expanded building assets, and installation of substantial amounts of new manufacturing equipment.

"These investments will ensure the long-term viability of this critical operation within Shaw's portfolio of manufacturing facilities. They are designed to improve the plant's ability to compete successfully in the marketplace for the short and long term," Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell said.

Wayne Farms launches $105 million Alabama expansion, creating 400 jobs

ENTERPRISE, Alabama -  Wayne Farms LLC today marked the official start of a major expansion project at its Enterprise Fresh Processing Facility that will significantly increase production and add 400 new jobs.

The company's $105 million expansion project is expected to be complete in January 2019. With the new hires, Wayne Farms' total workforce at the Enterprise facility will number more than 1,700.

"This investment in our Enterprise operation is a strategic decision," Wayne Farms President and CEO Clint Rivers said. "The expansion is part of our ongoing growth in south Alabama.


Mobile County approves aerospace company incentives
Just in time for Christmas, hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic development incentives are being approved for two big Mobile aerospace projects announced earlier this year.

On Monday, the Mobile County Commission approved its part of incentives for Safran USA, which announced in August that  it will open a new manufacturing operation in Mobile. Commissioners also approved the county share of an incentive package for Continental Motors, which announced in March that it was  spending more than $60 million to build an entirely new facility to house its existing operations at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley.

The Mobile City Council's agenda for Tuesday includes sister measures related to the city's share of the two incentive packages. The council could approve both on Tuesday, although if it follows normal procedure with new resolutions, it will hold them over for a week's consideration before voting.



U.S. Jobs Insourced Down Home
December 2017

Maybe it was the economic incentive package that convinced Provalus to locate an IT center in Brewton in rural Escambia County. But the flowers downtown and the mayor's wife's fudge pie didn't hurt.

In less than a year, Brewton, population 5,400, has turned into a success story for rural economic development in Alabama. It is now home to what Provalus calls "onshoring," developing technical service centers in underserved parts of the Southeast instead of outsourcing that work overseas. Even before ground was broken in late October for its $6.5 million operations and training center, Provalus was already running training classes, landing its first client and employing 17 people in temporary digs downtown.

"I think it was a perfect marriage," says state Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield. "You had a company in Optomi that was creating Provalus, with the whole business strategy of coming to rural communities and setting up an opportunity to have an IT operation to support IT to their customer base, in this case in rural Alabama.


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