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WestRock plant in Lanett primed for growth with expansion
LANETT, Alabama - The Chambers County Development Authority announced that
. plans an investment in its manufacturing operation in Lanett that will increase the facility's competitiveness and position the area for job growth.
Atlanta-based WestRock, a provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, will expand its Chambers County operation to accommodate an increase in business, as well as prepare the plant for future growth with the addition of at least 50 jobs.
In 2017, the company ceased manufacturing operations at its beverage plant in Atlanta. A portion of the work from the Atlanta facility was subsequently transferred to the plant in Lanett.
Auto supplier SMP expands US footprint at new Tuscaloosa plant
By Jerry Underwood
May 1, 2018
Samvardhana Motherson Peguform (SMP) marked the official opening of a 700,000-square-foot Alabama auto parts plant with optimism that hiring could surpass initial projections.
inaugurated the Tuscaloosa plant Friday afternoon, the facility already has a workforce of 320 people, months before actual production begins. The company said the factory could eventually employ more than 1,000.
Cubic Corporation Expands Operations in Huntsville, Alabama
Area Development News Desk
Cubic Corporation opened its expanded GATR facility, which operates within the Cubic Mission Solutions business division at Cummings Research Park in Huntsville,
According to company officials, the business space has increased over two fold, consolidating its operations into one 100,000 square-foot facility. The expansion supports GATR's growing operations and combines the development, engineering, production and administrative functions in one central location.
"We're very pleased to introduce our new facility to the Huntsville community," said Roark McDonald, Vice President and General Manager, GATR, Cubic Mission Solutions. "With our newly consolidated facility, we are fully prepared to meet the increasing demands of our customers in the U.S.
Alabama's prekindergarten program to add 107 classrooms
Alabama's acclaimed pre-kindergarten program will add 107 classrooms in 33 counties next school year, the governor's office announced.
The Legislature boosted funding for the program, known as First Class, to $96 million for next year, an $18.5 million increase.
It's the latest boost for a program that started in 2000 and has grown steadily in recent years.