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Alabama grabs No. 1 business climate ranking from publication
Business Facilities, an economic development-focused publication, ranked Alabama's business climate tops among the states in a
that examined performance in several key economic categories.
The publication cited Alabama's successful recruitment of the
joint venture automobile manufacturing plant to illustrate the state's appeal. The project, announced in January 2018, calls for a $1.6 billion investment and 4,000 new jobs in Huntsville.
Besides the No. 1 ranking for Best Business Climate, Business Facilities also gave the state high marks for growth potential and workforce training.
Honda announces $54.8 million expansion in Lincoln
Honda is announcing another expansion at its Talladega County factory, a little more than a year after its last one.
The automaker is pumping another $54.8 million into the plant, adding more than 50,000-square-feet to its Line 2 operations. The project is expected to be finished in early 2021.
The company said the project will "improve vehicle manufacturing flexibility, strengthen the efficiency for future models and prepare for future technologies."
Google offering free digital skills workshops in Alabama
In August, Alabamians will have the opportunity to learn the latest digital skills directly from Google professionals.
Google announced today that its bringing its "Grow with Google" tour to three Alabama cities, Birmingham, Opelika and Scottsboro, in early August. The workshops and one-on-one coaching are designed to help job seekers and small businesses learn the digital skills they need to succeed and grow, said Erica Swanson, Google's head of community engagement.
Here are the tour dates and locations:
Expansions propel aerospace industry's growth trajectory in Morgan County
DECATUR, Alabama - Morgan County led the way in Alabama for aerospace industry investment in 2017, landing new facilities and expansion projects worth more than $336 million and spurring job growth.
A longtime hub of industry for the state, the county's assets include its location along the Tennessee River and a solid lineup of businesses already tied to the sector.
"We are fortunate that our existing aerospace-related industries continue to reinvest in their facilities as their businesses grow and evolve," said Jeremy Nails, president and CEO of the
Morgan County Economic Development Association
3-D future: Auburn opens additive manufacturing centers
Auburn University this week is opening two centers as part of partnerships to focus attention on additive manufacturing, or 3D printing.
Global standards developer ASTM International launched its
Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence
as part of a partnership with Auburn, NASA, manufacturing technology innovator EWI, and the UK-based Manufacturing Technology Centre.