Toyota and Mazda to build massive new auto manufacturing plant in Limestone County

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Toyota and Mazda announced that they were building a joint manufacturing plant at a site in Limestone County.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said, “Today is indeed a great day in the state of Alabama.”

“Growing businesses and creating opportunities for the people of Alabama is a process. I pledge to increase opportunities for the people of Alabama today and for generations to come. I am honored to announce that Toyota and Mazda has selected Alabama as home of their new production plant.”

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Kimber to open firearms manufacturing facility in Troy

January 11, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced during her Tuesday’s State of the State speech that Kimber Manufacturing Inc., a leading U.S. firearms manufacturer, has finalized plans to open a production facility in Troy, Alabama, where it will create 366 jobs and invest $38 million into the local economy over the next five years.

“News of our economic successes seem to be a daily occurrence,” Gov. Ivey said. “In fact, I am proud to announce this evening that Kimber Firearms will build a $38 million dollar production facility in Troy, bringing with it 366 new jobs! These are good, high-paying jobs, and will enable more of our citizens to provide for their families while taking part in the rich history of the Second Amendment. We are proud and honored to welcome Kimber to Alabama! This announcement and countless others like it make one thing clear: what we are doing is working, and as a result, the people of Alabama are working and providing for their families.”

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SSAB Americas to move division head office to Mobile

October 23, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, America’s division of global steelmaker SSAB announced that they plan to relocate the division’s head office from suburban Chicago to Mobile, bringing 60 jobs to Alabama.

Since 2001, the company has operated a steel mill in nearby Axis, which employs nearly 600 workers and produces more than 1 million tons of high-quality steel plates each year.

“Mobile is a growing community with a booming economy; we are excited to expand our presence in the area as a trusted employer and community partner,” SSAB Americas’ President Chuck Schmitt said. “Moving our team to Mobile will ensure that our senior leaders and support staff work in closer proximity to our front-line operations, where key decisions are made for our business and customers.”

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Toyota announces $106 million investment in Huntsville engine plant

September 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Toyota announced plans to invest $106 million and add 50 jobs at its Alabama engine plant, the latest expansion for the Huntsville facility that is a key part of the automaker’s global operations.

The investment will provide for a complete replacement of the current four-cylinder engine line at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, the only Toyota engine plant in the world to produce four-cylinder, V-6 and V-8 engines all under the same roof.

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Tankersley Exit Interview: Final 

August 7, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“Somebody should do something.”

After nearly five years of being rebuffed for his common-sense stance on the Ethics Commission, Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley is doing something significant: Exposing institutional corruption and the particular failings of the Commission, sworn to hold every public official to the letter of the law.

Tankersley’s interview with APR confirms what close observers of the Commission have seen over the years.  By peeling back the ugly mechanisms of an almost lawless Commission, Tankersley has exposed  members who routinely entertain ex parte meetings with those seeking favorable outcomes on advisory opinions. Will it stop?  Will these revelations curtail the practice of granting sweetheart rulings for lawyers, lobbyists and their well-heeled clients? Will the Legislature step in and follow through on the ethics reform package prepared by the Attorney General’s Office for last session?

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Boeing to add 400 more jobs in Alabama

June 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Governor Kay Ivey (R) and her team were at the Paris Air Show last week working to continue to grow Alabama’s booming aerospace industry. One of the largest aerospace employers in the world, Boeing Co. has a large presence in the state of Alabama. Currently Boeing has about 2,700 employees in Alabama; but that is expected to swell nearly fifteen percent to 3,100 by 2020.
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Potential site selection in Macon County for high-tech manufacturing facility

April 3, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 29, 2017, it was announced that Tuskegee, Alabama has been selected by DRS Technologies as the potential site of an aircraft production facility to build the T-100 trainer creating up to 750 jobs.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced today that Leonardo, a global aerospace and defense firm will cite their new advanced assembly center at Tuskegee’s Moton Field if the company’s T-100 jet trainer wins a US Air Force competition for a next-generation training aircraft.
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New Workforce system will link employers, job seekers, schools

November 16, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Whether you’re looking for a job, looking for an employee or seeking information about education or training programs, in Alabama, there’s now a website for that.

Alabamaworks.com, the first step in a major effort to streamline the partnership between the State’s workforce development, private businesses and education entities, officially launched Tuesday. It will serve as the frontpage for the State’s efforts.

“This is the culmination of three years’ of work,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Department of Commerce. “This effort will make it easier for workers to obtain the training and education that today’s industries are looking for, and then it will help connect those workers to the employers who need them.”
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Bentley Announces New Army Aviation Training Center in Dothan

September 23, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, September 22, 2016, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) announce that CAE USA plans to begin offering comprehensive flight training to US Army aviators at a new training facility, opening in Dothan in 2017, as part of the company’s $75 million investment in the State.

Tampa-based CAE USA has taken delivery of the first aircraft that will be used in the US Army Fixed-Wing Flight Training program at the Alabama center. CAE has also begun preparing its initial cadre of instructor pilots for the program.
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Witnesses for the Prosecution: Politicos, Business Titans, Lobbyists

April 19, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A who’s-who of politicos, business titans, lobbyists, and operatives, are among the some 135 witnesses called by the prosecution, in the felony public corruption trial of Speaker Mike Hubbard.

It has been said, that Hubbard would be very surprised to see who may be testifying against him. Given the names of those who may take the stand to detail his alleged crimes and schemes, he should be terrified. From his mentor, former Gov. Bob Riley, to his closest allies at Swatek, Azbell, Howe, & Ross, all will be on cue at the Lee County Justice Center on May 9, according to the subpoenas. Judge Jacob Walker, III, has set the trial date as May 16, but may change to the earlier date of May 9.
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