Mercedes-Benz plant expansion on track for 2018 production
Mike Nicoll looked around the new 1.3 million-square-foot body shop at Mercedes-Benz, still under construction, and allowed himself a moment.
"We're starting to see some things take shape," Nicoll, the body shop's senior manager, said. "When you think about how much has gone into this, the pre-planning, how much it took to get to this point, it's a little overwhelming.
"But we have a large responsibility, to make quality cars at the right time, and there are a lot of customers waiting."
West Alabama Works aligns with federal group
By Staff report
A West Alabama workforce development organization has joined forces with a federal group in order to match employers with potential employees.
On Aug. 2 at Phifer Inc. in Tuscaloosa, representatives from West AlabamaWorks met with members from the federally funded Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The groups agreed to form one unified Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act board.
"West AlabamaWorks is proud to be the first regional council to combine both the industry-led workforce council with the federally funded WIOA board. Together, we are tearing down the silos to create a process for opportunity and growth for our citizens," said Donny Jones, team leader for West AlabamaWorks and chief operating officer of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama.
USL Officially Awards Franchise to Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - After weeks of speculation, United Soccer League (USL) officials - alongside team owners, Mayor William Bell and other city leaders - announced today at a press conference hosted by Good People Brewing Company that it has finalized plans to bring a professional soccer team to the Magic City.
Today's announcement represents the first USL expansion club to join the league for 2019, solidifying its already renowned reputation as one of the most prominent Division II professional soccer leagues in the world. Official USL play in Birmingham will begin in 2019, with a Premier Development League (PDL) season preceding in 2018.
"The USL continues to lead the growth of professional soccer across the country and we are thrilled to announce Birmingham as our newest market," said USL CEO Alec Papadakis. "With the increasing popularity and demand for professional soccer across the country, more and more fans recognize the high level of competition and excitement of the USL. We continue toward our goal of becoming one of the top Division II leagues in the world, on par with the English Championship, Liga Adelante and 2. Bundesliga. We will achieve that goal by continuing to deliver a first-class soccer experience for fans, players and communities like Birmingham by providing unparalleled league support to all our clubs, and building one of the best ownership groups in professional soccer."
ANGELTRAX MOVES ALL OPERATIONS TO LARGER LOCATION
August 7, 2017
DOTHAN, Ala.-- AngelTrax, a leading provider of mobile video surveillance solutions, recently relocated all operations into a fully renovated 40,000 square foot facility which serves as the new headquarters for the company's expanded corporate offices and manufacturing, inventory and distribution centers.
The expansion follows the Q1 2017 launch of the new Vulcan™ Series high-definition cameras, IP cameras and DVRs. "We were quickly outgrowing our existing facility and with the increasing demand for Vulcan Series systems, we needed room to accommodate current and future growth in every aspect of our business," explained AngelTrax President and CEO Richie Howard.
Located in Dothan, Alabama, the new AngelTrax headquarters houses a larger testing lab, more corporate office space and increased production and warehousing capacities.
History plays role in Tuskegee pushing for T-100 project
By Rosanna Smith, Reporter
August 8th 2017
TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) -The city of Tuskegee continues to wait to find out if a big government contract will be moving in.
Global aerospace and defense firm Leonardo DRS is hoping to win a bid to build a new aircraft in Macon County for the U.S. Air Force.
If it comes though, the company will begin construction on the next generation T-100, a training aircraft. The project would create 750 high paying jobs with all of this happening at a site already famous in aviation history, Moton Field, home of the Tuskegee Airmen.
IMAGINATIVE FOOD TO INSPIRE AT "IMERGE" EVENT ON AUG. 23
Great food from a legendary Birmingham restaurateur and sage words from a legendary New York Times columnist are just part of an exciting evening to honor imaginative and inspiring entrepreneurs at the "imerge' Innovation celebration by the
Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.
Yellow Bicycle Catering
, owned by beloved Fish Market Restaurant owner George Sarris, will provide appetizers like Candied Bacon Lollipops and Pulled Pork Sliders, along with plates from its choose-your-toppings Macaroni and Cheese Bar.
Kicking off the "imerge" event is keynote speaker
Thomas L. Friedman
, three-time Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the New York Times. His latest book, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Acceleration, is a bestseller.