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AGP 20th Anniversary
Additive Manufacturing Seminar
Boysen Alabama Expanding
The First Alabama Automaker Welcomes the Latest
Bolta US Donates
German American Business Outlook
MBUSI Accepting Applications for Technical Programs
Greeting in German
German POW
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   AGP Celebrates 20th Anniversary 

Gold 20th Anniversary With Fireworks For Celebration Or Parties

2018 marks AlabamaGermany Partnership's 20th Anniversary. As we celebrate this milestone, we also celebrate Germany being Alabama's No. 1 foreign investor for the past 20 years which has in turn transformed the state's economy and the lives of many residents.   

Please join us for the celebration: 
Thursday, March 1, 2018
5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Visitor Center
& Mercedes-Benz Museum
Vance, AL 

This will be AlabamaGermany Partnership's biggest event of the year, celebrating our journey and our organization's supporters. Enjoy networking opportunities throughout the night, heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar and silent auction. We will hear keynote from MBUSI, acknowledge 2017 new and expanding German companies in Alabama and present two awards; the Barbara Fischer Education Award and the prestigious Rainer Bauer Award. This is our Annual Dinner in a special format in celebration of our Anniversary. 

Thank you to our generous top sponsor: 

Additive Manufacturing Seminar

Join us for a very interactive "lunch and learn" seminar co-hosted by AlabamaGermany Partnership (AGP) and Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association (AAMA). The seminar is for companies wanting to explore opportunities in additive manufacturing to produce prototypes, shorten and lower cost in their product development cycle, prototype parts and products and empower advanced in-house tooling for various in process applications.

BigRep and SWIGRO  will introduce to us
  • Overview to today's industrial 3D Printing including broad applications overview and case studies
  • The value of Manufacturing with Additive Manufacturing (tooling, jigs, fixtures)
  • Low Cost Large Prototypes
  • Designing for "Your Next Solution" and the Power of Simplify3D
  • Open discussion and review of Studio 3D printer. 

Select from two locations: 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Robotics Technology Park


Thursday, January 25, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
AIDT's Alabama Workforce Training Center
Birmingham, AL 

Thank you to our co-host and sponsors: 

Boysen Alabama in Vance is expanding
By Tuscaloosa News

A plant in Vance that builds automotive exhaust systems for Mercedes-Benz U.S. International will effectively double in size and bring 70 additional jobs to Tuscaloosa County.

Michael May, the plant manager at Boysen Alabama, USA, said Monday that the German company currently employs around 60 people. He said their strong partnership with MBUSI and their dedication to excellence made the expansion possible.

"Here at the plant and in our headquarters in Germany, we provide stable employment and an extraordinary benefits package. We stand for the best quality," May said. "Our customers see this, too, and we're gaining worldwide business for our exhaust systems."

May said the expansion will add more people and machines to Boysen's operation in Vance and that the hiring process would begin soon.

The First Alabama Automaker Welcomes the Latest
Press Release By MBUSI

"We welcome the Toyota-Mazda plant - the newest addition to the automotive industry in the State of Alabama. We applaud the people of the region and are pleased to see that so many other automakers recognize the same great qualities here that we did back in the mid-90s: a highly skilled and dedicated workforce, an amiable business climate, and great southern hospitality," said Jason Hoff,  president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.

Bolta US Donates $93,580 to Community Soup Bowl
Press Release by Bolta US 

$93,580 were handed over to the Community Soup Bowl by Anil Puri, Chairman of the internationally operating Purico Group and Member of the Board of Directors of the wholly-owned subsidiary Bolta US in Tuscaloosa.

With advanced production facilities in the UK, Germany, Mexico, and the USA, the company group is a global leader in design, manufacturing, and assembly of chrome plated plastic parts for most of the world's leading car manufacturers. In the USA, investing
$47.8 million in a new manufacturing facility, Bolta just at the end of July this year celebrated the official opening of a 200,000 square foot production facility, Bolta US, located in the Tuscaloosa County Airport Industrial Park. 

German American Business Outlook 2018 
By German American Chamber of Commerce

German subsidiaries in the US are growing and investing heavily despite some skepticism regarding the state of free trade and the availability of a skilled workforce, according to the 2018 German American Business Outlook (GABO) survey conducted by German American Chambers of Commerce (GACCs), the Representative of German Industry & Trade (RGIT), and KPMG. 

Despite all those concerns, 100% of the surveyed German companies are expecting growth for their own businesses for the first time since the inception of the GABO survey. At the same time, only 2% expect the US economy to contract. Harnessing the power of digitalization is a key trend for the German-American business community. Similarly, companies are driving innovation in R&D through cooperation with universities and startups. 

As German companies are expanding through M&A or the creation of new manufacturing capabilities in the US, they struggle with the ever-increasing shortage of skilled labor. The skills gap is motivating companies to take the initiative and grow their own workforce. An impressive 25% of German companies are leading the charge by establishing apprenticeship programs as a solution to keep their productivity at maximum capacity.

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. Accepting Applications for Technical Programs

Candidates interested in applying for the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. (MBUSI) Mechatronics apprenticeship program have until the end of March 2018 to get their applications in for consideration.  The next round of candidates for the Mercedes-Benz Mechatronics programs will start in August 2018.

"We continue to be extremely pleased with the candidates who have applied for and who have gone through the Technical programs since they were set up five years ago," said Jason Hoff, President and CEO of MBUSI.  " More than 260 candidates have gone through the program and this  model has been recognized nationally and globally as a model in the arena of workforce development."  For more information on how to apply, go to: https://www.mbusi.com/employment and click "Careers" and then on the program of interest to learn more information about the programs, including how to apply, frequently asked questions and details about the curriculum.

About The Mercedes-Benz Mechatronics Program
The Mercedes-Benz Mechatronics program involves seven terms of instruction at Shelton State Community College. Students will attend classes at Shelton 4 days per week, and experience operational insights and daily procedures at the plant a minimum of one day a week.  The top percentage  that successfully completes the program  will advance to MBUSI and earn a full-time job in Production.  Of the students who advance to MBUSI, a top percentage will go into the Mercedes-Benz Industrial Mechatronics Maintenance Apprenticeship Program.

About Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa plant
MBUSI - located in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama - is the production location for the GLE, GLS and GLE Coupe SUVs around the world, as well as the C-Class sedan for North America. In 2016, the plant produced more than 310,000 vehicles. MBUSI currently employs more than 3,700 team members and supports 7,000+ jobs on the approximately 1,000-acre site. In 2015, MBUSI announced a $1.3-billion plant expansion and new jobs to pave the way for production of future SUVs. Most recently, Daimler AG announced another $1 billion investment to set up electric vehicle production in the United States and plans to produce EQ-branded SUV models at MBUSI.
Further information from Mercedes-Benz is available at: 
www.media.daimler.com and www.mercedes-benz.com

Greetings in German

Moin, Servus, Tach - did you know there are many ways to greet each other in the various regions and dialects of Germany? Which expressions of the greeting do you know?

German Prisoners in Alabama

This fourth installment is taken from The Fort McClellan POW Camp: German Prisoners in Alabama, 1943-1946 by permission of author Jack Shay, whose parents were stationed at Fort McClellan during the war. 

The Fort McClellan POW Camp, although differing from most other camps in its physical attractiveness, conformed to existing Army standards for the confinement of Axis Prisoners of War during World War II.

McClellan's camp was designed for one enclosure with three separate compounds and four companies in each compound, and about 250 men in a company. It was a rectangle, approximately 2,000 feet along its front and back and 1,400 feet on either side, laid out on a heavily-forested hillside in the extreme western section of the Fort McClellan complex. Ten-foot-high barbed wire fencing enclosed the perimeter of the camp. Eight guard towers, each a couple dozen feet high to the catwalk where U.S. MPs kept vigil, were emplaced, three on a side, with each of the four corners sharing a guard tower, guaranteeing complete coverage of the camp.