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Alabama ranks No. 3 for auto exports, with shipments to 88 nations in 2017
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Alabama's auto industry continues to dominate on the international stage, as state-built models were shipped to 88 countries around the globe last year.
Motor vehicle exports topped $7.75 billion in 2017, according to the latest trade data reviewed by the Alabama Department of Commerce.
That makes Alabama the No. 3 auto exporter among U.S. states, trailing only Michigan and South Carolina. California and Kentucky round out the top five.
Federal grant to help Port of Mobile add vehicle-handling facility
The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a $12.7 million grant that will help add a new feature to the Alabama State Docks in Mobile: A vehicle-friendly loading site that could serve the state's growing automotive industry.
According to information released Tuesday by the DOT, the project being funded by the grant "converts an abandoned bulk handling facility at the Port of Mobile into a roll-on/roll-off mobile vehicle processing facility."
It will be able to handle automobiles, military vehicles, trucks, and other rolling stock that can be driven or towed directly onto ships.
Livability tech hotspot list features 2 Alabama cities
Alabama is home to two cities that made
list of 5 up and coming tech hubs.
maintains an online presence for researching communities, and monthly and annual lists of cities, defining the best places to live in America. Among tech hubs, it went looking for communities that are affordable and inclusive enough for entrepreneurs to find a good starting place.
Checking in at No. 2 on the list is Huntsville and Birmingham.
AeroStar expansion driven by confidence in Mobile aerospace growth, founder says
By comparison with the big plans of Airbus and Bombardier, Mobile-based AeroStar's announcement last week that it will create 28 new jobs may seem small.
Guzman says the move was under consideration for more than a year before AeroStar leadership decided to go big.