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Impact of MBUSI stretches well beyond Tuscaloosa
By Stephen Dethrage | Staff Writer
For many leaders in Tuscaloosa, West Alabama and statewide, industry in the Yellowhammer State can be neatly divided into two categories - before Mercedes and after.
The opening of the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International plant in Vance in 1997 has led to plenty of quantifiable impact, including the direct and indirect creation of more than 20,000 jobs and an annual economic impact estimated at over $1.5 billion in 2017, according to the company's website. It also had a more intangible effect, signaling to other manufacturers worldwide that Alabama was an attractive place to do business.
In Tuscaloosa, the MBUSI vehicle assembly plant alone boasted 3,600 full-time employees this year, plus about the same number of contract employees who work for other companies that provide logistical, shipping and other services - more than 7,000 workers are on the site every day. Mercedes has also drawn two dozen companies to the area to supply the plant, and they employ 4,800 more people.
Airbus in Mobile set to hit major milestone with Alabama plant
September 17, 2017
From zero to 50 in two years would be bad if talking about automobile acceleration, but when talking about the A320 family of aircraft production in the U.S., the timing is just right.
"The arrival of the 50th shipset is right on time to a schedule that was created more than two years ago," said Daryl Taylor, vice president and general manager of the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. "The production team here in Mobile, and our Airbus colleagues around the world, have continued to work together to ensure we keep our promises to our customers. I am proud of what we've achieved together."
AlabamaWorks! Is on Track for Employers, Employees
ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
What began several years ago as a vision for developing a skilled workforce and ensuring continued industry success is now a reality. In November 2016, AlabamaWorks officially launched, bringing together all the components of Alabama's workforce development system under one brand.
AlabamaWorks unites Alabama businesses and industries with our education, workforce training and job placement systems. The goal was to bridge the gap between unfilled jobs and a qualified workforce, and we are doing that.
Along with business and industry leaders, partners in AlabamaWorks include the Alabama Department of Commerce and AIDT; the Alabama State Department of Education and its Career/Technical Education Program; the Alabama Community College System; the Alabama Technology Network; the Alabama Department of Labor and its Alabama Career Center System; and the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services.
International Agreement Signed by German, Alabama Universities
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Leaders from several German and Alabama universities met in Tuscaloosa Thursday to sign an International Memorandum of Understanding giving Alabama engineering students a chance to study in Germany.
The memorandum, signed by the schools' provosts, establishes an exchange program among the universities in the electrical and mechanical engineering departments. Representatives from all the schools worked together to set the parameters for the courses and the course content that will be taught to the undergraduate students participating in the program.
"Both sides are agreed on the course credit transfer for the English taught engineering courses in Germany," said Dr. Bharat Balasubramanian, an engineering professor and executive director of The University of Alabama's Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies who retired from the German automotive corporation Daimler in 2012 after nearly 40 years of service. He spearheaded the effort on the Alabama and German side.