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In This Issue
AGP Study Trip to Germany
German Dinner in Hoover
UAB Student Send-off to Bremen
AGP Young Professionals
Change in MBUSI's Leadership
2019 Manufacturer of the Year
New Record for Investments in Alabama
AGP Members in the News
Alabama Changes the Game in Workforce Development
REHAU offering Summer Internship
Last Surviving Member of the White Rose Resistance

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What to do in Alabama

May 8 -12

May 10-11

and Crafts Festival

May 11

May 17-18

May 18-19

May 24-25

May 25-26

May 27

Please note that the dates are shared to the best of our knowledge. If you plan to attend any of the events - please make sure to check information directly with the host of the event. Thank you! 

AGP Stammtisch

This month AGP kicked off our first Stammtisch in Birmingham at Brät Brot Biergarten. It was a big success and we will continue meeting every first Tuesday of the month. 

What does "Stammtisch" mean? A Stammtisch is an informal group meeting held on a regular basis, and also the usually large table around which the group meets. A Stammtisch is not a structured meeting, but rather a friendly and casual get-together.

This is a great opportunity for German expats to meet and for other German speaking/practicing to improve your German. Speaking German is encouraged but not required. 

Join us at the next AGP Stammtisch on Tuesday, June 4 at 6 p.m. 

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AGP Study Trip to Germany

AlabamaGermany Partnership Study Trip 2018
Visit to REHAU AG in Feuchtwangen, Germany

AlabamaGermany Partnership is organizing a study trip to Germany June 19 to June 26. The delegation is limited to 20 participants.  ONE SEAT LEFT!
The trip starts in Berlin, continues to Hamburg and ends up in Bremen. During the trip we will explore the startup and entrepreneurship culture in Berlin including within the field of electrification of vehicles. The delegation will meet with the president of Berlin University for Applied Science, part of the UAS7 group that works to build international programs for the students. We will receive a briefing about the German/US relationship by the DIHK and/or US Embassy. In Hamburg the trip will include a visit Diehl Aerospace and Airbus to explore the aerospace industry and its supply chain.  And last but not least, we will end our trip in Bremen, where we will learn about the apprenticeship program at the BLG Logistics Training center, followed by a visit to abatAG, to learn about its training program and the evolving needs of the IT world.
In addition, the group will experience German culture through several planned cultural activities, while our receptions/dinners will provide networking and business development opportunities.
Please e-mail or call the AGP office at (205) 943-47722, if you are interested in learning more about the study trip.
German Dinner at Brock's in Hoover

Join us THIS FRIDAY for our 11th Culinary German Dinner at Brock's at Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa in Hoover. It will be a spectacular four-course German dinner prepared by Chef Robert Kamm. Limited space of 25 guests. Sign up TODAY

UAB Student Send-off to Bremen, Germany
By Tine Hoffmeister

From left to right:
  • Tine Hoffmeister, Executive Director, AlabamaGermany Partnership
  • Jochen Altenberger, Managing Director, abatUS LLC
  • Dr. Leon Jololian, Associate Chair, UAB Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Gavin Matthews, UAB/abat Intern/Apprentice 
  • Ahmad Antar,  UAB/abat Intern/Apprentice 
  • Councilor John R. Hilliard, District 9, Birmingham City Council
  • Kirk Atkinson, President & CEO, abatAdah Group, Inc. 
  • Sylvester Lavender, President & CEO, Birmingham Airport Authority

Friday, May 3rd, we were   part of  a little group that got to send-off two new apprentices to Bremen, Germany from the Birmingham airport.
The apprentices are Ahmad Antor and Gavin Matthews, currently enrolled at UAB studying Electrical Engineering. Their professor Dr. Leon Jololian from Electrical & Computer Engineering proudly took part in the send-off. Dr. Jololian was very excited for his student's opportunity for work and study at abatAG in Bremen for a total of 6 weeks. The arrangement has been made by abatAG's US subsidiary ,  abatUS ,  that is located in the World Trade Center in Birmingham. They support OEM's and suppliers with SAP solutions.  abatUS LLC was represented by Jochen Altenberger, Managing Director, and abatAdah Group was represented by Kirk Atkinson, President & CEO. Mr. Atkinson is also represented on the board of AlabamaGermany Partnership. 
Before Ahmad and Gavin left, they meet with councilor John Hill iard  in his Birmingham office to talk about the apprenticeship. Last year Councilor Hill iard , Birmingham Mayor Woodfin and Director of Innovation and Economic Opportunity for City of Birmingham, Dr. Josh Carpenter, went to Bremen, Germany to build German-American relations and learn about the German style apprenticeship. This will be the first of many opportunities for Birmingham students.
The send-off group  accompanied the students all the way to the gate thanks to the Birmingham Airport Authority's CEO Sylvester Lavender. It turns out that Mr. Lavender was born in Germany!

We couldn't let the two UAB student leave without a  Wunderbar Together  t-shirt! We hope to update you about their experiences.
AGP Young Professionals 

Join our next AGP Young Professionals (age 21 to 39):

Thursday, May 9
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Kinetic Communications, Birmingham

Come out and find out why  Kinetic Communications was recognized  as one of the coolest office spaces in Birmingham by Birmingham Magazine last year. The website design firm has been helping clients to implement internet technologies in innovative ways since 1995. Founder Jay Brandrup will introduce the company and services plus share the thoughts behind the happy medium between work and play that is reflected in their office space. There will be plenty of time to mingle and network and we will serve light refreshments. Thank you to our sponsor:

Change in MBUSI's Leadership
By Lindsay Chappell, Automotive News

Jason Hoff has been CEO of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. since 2013, when he was promoted to the position from Daimler's purchasing operations in Germany.

Hoff has been promoted to return to Germany to head global quality management for Mercedes-Benz Cars, effective July 1. He has had a front-row view of the economic impact Mercedes has had on the region south of Birmingham, both for auto companies reaping the benefits of Mercedes' investments and expansions, and for thousands of residents working in auto industry jobs where none previously existed, and spending their wages across the state.

2019 Manufacturer of the Year Award

ZF Chassis Systems Tuscaloosa earned the 2019 Manufacturer of the Year Award during a ceremony earlier this month in Montgomery. 

ZF Chassis, which employs 484 workers and has been in Tuscaloosa County since 1994, supplies Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Vance with complete axle systems for C-Class sedans. ZF Chassis won in the large manufacturer category, which included businesses with more than 400 employees.

Please read's full story here. 

We are proud to have ZF Chassis Systems Tuscaloosa
 as an AGP member. 

New Record for Investments in Alabama
by Made in Alabama

Governor Kay Ivey announced last month that companies locating new facilities in Alabama or expanding existing operations invested $8.7 billion in growth projects during 2018, establishing a new annual record for the state.

Alabama attracted foreign direct investment approaching $4.2 billion last year from companies in 16 different countries, generating 7,565 new and future jobs. Germany still going strong with $835,899,264 in investments. Taking second place in foreign direct investments. 


Read Made in Alabama's full story here

AGP Members in the News

Congratulations to our two AGP members WKW Erbsloeh North America, LLC and Hodges Warehouse + Logistics for winning 2019 Supplier of the Year Award. 

Alabama Changes the Game in Workforce Development
By Cara D. Clark, Southern Automotive Alliance

Jeff Lynn

Jeff Lynn, vice chancellor of workforce and economic development, Alabama Community College System, speaks with an enthusiasm that's contagious. He's talking about the dynamic nature of the automotive industry in Alabama, and his role in developing a program to supply the skilled workers that help it thrive. 

Lynn joined the Alabama Community College System in October 2016. He had already built a new workforce program in Louisiana, working with new and expanding companies. He now has mapped out a comprehensive program, involving the AAMA, to develop an automotive workforce that's fully prepared to hit the ground running. 

REHAU Offering Summer Internship
REHAU Technical Center Automotive in Cullman is o ffering Student Internship Logistics/Packaging, from June to August 2019. 

They are looking for a motivated and dependable student with the following attributes:
  • Completion of two years engineering degree
  • Spread sheet, Word processing, PowerPoint
  • Understanding and knowledge of lean manufacturing
  • Understanding of manufacturing and logistics principles
Read more about the internship here! Deadline for application is May 15, 2019 
Last Surviving Member of the White Rose Resistance 
By German Consulate General in Atlanta
Photo Credit_ Amelia E. Weaver

Traute Lafrenz Page, the last surviving member of the White Rose, a resistance group against the Nazi regime during the Third Reich, received the Cross of the Order of Merit First Class on her 100th birthday at her home near Charleston, SC today. The Cross of the Order of Merit was handed over by Consul General Dr. Heike Fuller on behalf of the Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany. The ceremony was attended by Traute Lafrenz Page's family and German Honorary Consul Elizabeth Gibbes.