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International Trade

December 4, 2019

Alabama is ideal for foreign-based businesses and businesses with an international focus. Currently, more than 425 foreign-based companies from more than 30 nations operate in Alabama.

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Mercedes investment still fans Alabama industry

November 25, 2019

VANCE, Ala. — 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. The Oregon native previously worked at the Alabama manufacturing company starting in 1994, a year after graduating from college, when it was still a comparatively modest $600…

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Calhoun Community College receives No. 1 national ranking

November 21, 2019

Calhoun Community College in north Alabama is No. 1 in the nation. And, no, not in college football. The state’s largest community college – with campuses in Decatur and Huntsville – announced Wednesday it ranks No. 1 in the country in awarding degrees in advanced manufacturing. The ranking comes from Economic Modeling Specialist International and…

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Steve Sewell

November 20, 2019

Staff & Expertise Staff & Expertise Executive Vice President 205.943.4742 ssewell@edpa.org Joined EDPA: 1994 Education: University of Alabama, B.A. Journalism Areas of Expertise/Responsibilities: EDPA experience includes statewide economic development marketing planning and implementation, image marketing, public relations and communications, issues management. Developed and managed national and international media relations plan for economic development in Alabama.…

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Sean Lytle

November 20, 2019

Staff & Expertise Staff & Expertise Information Technology & GIS Analyst 205.943.4721 slytle@edpa.org Joined EDPA: 2007 Education: University of South Alabama, B.S. Economics Kings College (London, United Kingdom), British Studies Program for International Economics University of Southern Mississippi, M.S. Economic Development Additional Training: GIS Certification, University of West Florida A+ Certification Network+ Certification New South…

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Ernie Cowart

November 20, 2019

Staff & Expertise Staff & Expertise Vice President and Director, Business Information 205.943.4732 ecowart@edpa.org Joined EDPA: 2000 Education:  The University of Southern Mississippi, M.S. Economic Development The University of Alabama, B.A. History Additional Training: New South Economic Development Course IEDC Business Retention and Expansion Alabama Operations Management Institute IEDC Economic Development Finance IEDC Real Estate…

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Metals & Advanced Materials

November 14, 2019

Alabama Industries From metal fabrication to 3-D printing high-tech jet engine parts to producing carbon fiber, Alabama metal and advance materials sector is growing and creating opportunities for companies that build other products or supply the tools and materials needed to make them. Alabama exports more than $1.5 billion in primary metal annually. Alabama has…

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Agricultural

November 14, 2019

Alabama Industries Food production and beverage product industries employed over 32,000 workers, accounting for over 13 percent of manufacturing jobs. There are over 400 food production and beverage product establishments in Alabama. Some of the largest of these firms include Tyson Foods, Zeigler, Wayne Farms, To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co., and Bonnie Plants. Alabama…

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Automotive

November 14, 2019

Alabama Industries In 1997, the first M-Class rolled off the Mercedes-Benz production line in Vance, launching the beginning of the automotive industry in Alabama. Alabama has grown to become a leading center globally for automotive production. Vehicle assembly plants for Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda Toyota, an engine assembly plant for Toyota, and a growing automotive…

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Aerospace

November 14, 2019

Alabama Industries Alabama’s aviation/aerospace industry has been integral to U.S. Space and Defense programs for more than 50 years. Today, Alabama is home to hundreds of aerospace, aviation, and defense-related companies supporting both government and commercial markets and has attracted investment from companies around the globe. Alabama. Home of Apollo’s Saturn V rockets, and Airbus’…

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