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:


Hyundai supplier will bring 130 jobs to Montgomery
Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser
Nov. 30, 2017

A Korean auto supplier plans to employ 130 people at its new Montgomery plant, according to an official with the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.

The  Montgomery Advertiser reported Tuesday that Guyoung Tech USA quietly started production at its second North American plant here in early November. That operation represents a $7.5 million investment, according to Ellen McNair, the Chamber's senior vice president of corporate development.

The company plans to ramp up to 130 employees over the next few years, McNair said.

SAS Automotive Systems to support Mercedes production in Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama - Global auto supplier  SAS Automotive Systems is launching an operation in Tuscaloosa County to support the production of Mercedes-Benz's next-generation sport utility vehicles in Alabama, adding 170 jobs to the state's expanding auto sector.

Germany-based SAS is the world's leading module assembler, producing nearly 5 million cockpit modules each year on 33 assembly lines at 21 plants across the globe, according to the  Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA).

"SAS is more than happy to contribute to the great success story of Alabama's auto production that started right in the very plant where we will be supplying components for Mercedes-Benz's next generation of SUVs," SAS Chief Operating Officer Francois Barthel said in an announcement today.


TCIDA appoints Jo Bonner as interim director
By Stephen Dethrage / Staff Writer
Posted Nov 29, 2017 
The Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority has appointed Jo Bonner to serve as its interim executive director, the agency announced Wednesday afternoon.

Bonner currently serves as the vice chancellor for economic development at the University of Alabama and represented the Yellowhammer State in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2003 until 2013. 

He is standing in at the TCIDA to fill the void created when longtime executive director Dara Longgrear retired earlier this month.


AT&T invests in Lawrence County
  Thursday, November 30, 2017 

As part of AT&T's continuing efforts to drive economic development and investment in Alabama, AT&T and Lawrence County announced Tuesday that Mallard Fox West Industrial Complex and Lawrence County Industrial Airpark are certified AT&T Fiber Ready. 

In today's world, connectivity is important to new employers and businesses of every type. The AT&T Fiber Ready designation helps economic development leaders more effectively position their communities for site selection by emphasizing the availability of high-speed, fiber-based services.

"AT&T continues to invest in high-speed internet in urban and rural areas all across Alabama using the latest wired and wireless technologies, and today, we are proud to highlight Mallard Fox West Industrial Complex and Lawrence County Industrial Airpark  among the numerous places in Alabama where AT&T's fiber infrastructure is in place and ready to help community leaders drive job creation," said Mickey Harbin, AT&T Alabama assistant vice president of external and legislative affairs. 


Calhoun Awarded Close to $300,000 in State Grants
November 29, 2017

Decatur, AL -- Dr. Jim Klauber, president of Calhoun Community College, today announced that the college has been awarded $279,000 in grant funding from the Alabama Community College System's Special Population Training funds for two programs aimed at increasing the number of students trained to enter targeted industry sectors.

The college was awarded a $250,000 grant to purchase a chemical processing and mixing line trainer, which will be utilized by students enrolled in Calhoun's Advanced Manufacturing program. According to the grant proposal, the equipment purchased through the grant will provide training for existing maintenance forces as well as future maintenance employees.

"This new equipment will allow the college to train a wide variety of students, including adult students, high school dual enrollment students, displaced workers and incumbent workers, providing them with a number of certifications and credentials," commented John Holley, Calhoun's interim assistant dean for technologies.


Video: How T-100 trainer jets would be manufactured in Alabama

Curious about how global aerospace company Leonardo's Alabama workforce would manufacture the U.S. Air Force's next-generation trainer aircraft if it's picked for the role?

Leonardo announced plans in March for an  advanced manufacturing center in Tuskegee for its T-100 trainer jet, one of the contenders in an Air Force competition to replace its aging fleet of T-38 aircraft.

 Earlier this month, an Alabama delegation got a first-hand look at how Leonardo manufactures advanced training aircraft during a tour of a company factory in Italy.


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