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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Alabama Unemployment drops to record low 3.5 percent

December 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Friday that Alabama’s preliminary seasonally adjusted November unemployment rate set a new record low of 3.5 percent, down from October’s previous record-setting rate of 3.6 percent, and well below November 2016’s rate of 6.2 percent.

November’s rate represents 75,807 unemployed persons, also a new record low, compared to 77,231 in October and 136,135 in November 2016. More people were counted as employed in November, with 2,087,667 people working, up from 2,079,720 in October, and 40,152 more than in November 2016, when 2,047,515 were counted as employed.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne begins construction on new plant

October 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey attended the official groundbreaking ceremony of Aerojet Rocketdyne’s new 136,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing facility in Huntsville.

“This is not only an exciting day for Aerojet Rocketdyne and the city of Huntsville, it’s an exciting day for the entire state of Alabama,” Gov. Ivey stated. She said that the advanced work Aerojet Rocketdyne will be carrying out in Huntsville matches the city’s long history of innovation and aerospace engineering. Ivey said that Alabama is becoming a premier destination for aerospace industry investment.

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Brooks and Lipinski introduce balanced trade resolution

December 7, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Politcal Reporter

Thursday, December 1, 2016, US Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) and US Representative Dan Lipinski (D-Illinois) filed House resolution HConRes175, calling for a national goal of balanced trade, with a special emphasis on manufacturing and goods.

Congressman Brooks said, “I have long believed that the goals of our nation’s trade policy have been misaligned and put America at a disadvantage, thereby failing American workers. Today in a bipartisan effort, I introduced legislation with Congressman Dan Lipinski to serve as a marker for what America’s trade policy should be, and to help build congressional support for trade policies that improve rather than worsen America’s trade balance.”
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Public Officials Join Launch of Engage Cuba Alabama State Council

June 28, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Engage Cuba, the leading advocacy organization working to end the travel and trade embargo on Cuba, will join State leaders at the container facility at the Port Authority State Docks in Mobile, to launch the Engage Cuba Alabama State Council, later today.

A network of agriculture, business, technology, manufacturing, education, energy and health care constitutes the core entities behind Engage Cuba. Their goal is to build statewide support to end the 50 year travel ban and trade embargo on this, the largest of the Caribbean Islands, and a unitary, sovereign state.
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Manufacturing on the Rise, But Challenges Remain

October 5, 2015
Bradley Byrne

By U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (AL-1) 

As I was touring the manufacturing operation at Quality Filters in Robertsdale, I was struck by just how much manufacturing has grown in Southwest Alabama over the last decade. I paid a visit to Quality Filters to help celebrate National Manufacturing Day, which took place on October 2nd.

We have seen a large increase in manufacturing all over Alabama, driven by our growth in the motor vehicle, chemical, and aerospace industries. In 2014, over 250,000 Alabamians worked in manufacturing. These manufacturing jobs paid an average of $60,945 while the average pay for other nonfarm businesses was $41,089. All told, manufacturing had a $34.4 billion impact on Alabama’s economy.
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Sessions Visits America’s Last “Rubber” Glove Maker

August 25, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 20, U.S. Senator Jeff Session was in Fayette County touring the Showa Best Glove factory in the city of Fayette.

Showa manufactures the modern equivalent of the old “rubber glove” the synthetic glove that has become an essential protection for workers and customers alike in medicine as well as in fields such as: first responders, agricultural processors, food processing, chemical manufacturers, fishermen, and a host of other commercial and industrial occupations. Showa faces enormous challenges on the world market from foreign competition and from an increasingly stringent federal regulatory environment.
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Obama Orders Private Industry to Adopt New Efficiency Standards

September 4, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The United States economy continues to move farther away from its free market roots and more towards a command economy run out of Washington. Again circumventing an increasingly less relevant U.S. Congress, President Obama signed an Executive Order Thursday ordering American manufacturers to increase the energy efficiency of their facilities.

President Obama said, “Today, we are taking another step to strengthen American manufacturing by boosting energy efficiency for businesses across the nation. This action will cut costs, increase efficiency, and help our businesses create strong, middle class jobs.  We’ll continue to do everything we can to put more people back to work and build an economy that lasts.”
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Group Says Alabama Needs to Grow its Skilled Workforce

June 7, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Montgomery, Alabama — Expanding our skilled workforce is key to creating new jobs in Alabama according to JobKeeper Alliance, a job-focused nonprofit organization. The group also says that overcoming commonly held misconceptions about manufacturing and skilled trade jobs is an obstacle that must be overcome.

The skilled workforce is aging in Alabama and we do not have enough young people entering vocations in the skilled trades.  As more baby boomers leave the work force, this shortage will only worsen.  In their written statement, the JobKeeper Alliance said, “If we can reverse this trend and expand our skilled workforce, Alabama will have a competitive advantage that will help attract new industry to our state.”
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