BOCAR Group breaks ground on new plant in Huntsville

December 6, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

BOCAR, a Tier 1 automotive supplier, broke ground on a $115 million new plant in Huntsville, creating more than 300 jobs in a project that adds to the state’s booming automotive manufacturing sector.

Gov. Kay Ivey attended the groundbreaking.

“Delighted to join BOCAR in the groundbreaking to celebrate their $115 million investment in Limestone County,” Ivey said. “This Tier 1 auto parts supplier will continue to show the strength of Alabama’s auto industry.”

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Gov. Ivey remembers Macon County economic development official Harold Powell

November 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley 
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, Macon County Economic Development Authority Secretary-Treasurer Harold Powell died in Italy during a trip to lure Leonardo Aircraft to build a new manufacturing plant in Macon County.

“It is with great sorrow that I learned today of the passing of Harold Powell Jr. while representing the State of Alabama and Macon County on an economic development mission to Italy,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R), who was traveling in Italy with Mr. Powell said in a statement.

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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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Reaction to Jim Patterson’s Death

October 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, October 2, 2017 it was announced that state Representative Jim Patterson R-Meridianville has unexpectedly passed away from a sudden heart attack.  He was 67.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday offered her deepest condolences to the Patterson family and the entire Madison County area.

“Representative Patterson had a huge heart and exemplified the role of a citizen-legislator. Jim was a voice for the children and the needy in our society, and that voice will be sorely missed,” Governor Ivey said. “My thoughts and prayers remain especially with his wife Susan and their three children during this very difficult time. They have lost a loving husband and father, and Alabama has lost a tremendous public servant. As Governor, I will do all I can to help the Madison County area and our state move forward.”
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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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Ivey announces $10 million grant to Space and Rocket Center

August 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 22, 2017, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) was at the NASA’s Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville to announce a $10 million economic development grant to establish a new cyber camp and for campus expansion of the rocket center.

Redstone Chairman Joe Newberry said, “This is an audacious day for the Rocket Center and for Alabamians everywhere.”  The Space and Rocket Center has been the top tourist attraction in Alabama for six of the last seven years.
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Nicole Jones running for Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries

July 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Saturday, July 29, 2017, Nicole Jones (R) announced that she was dropping her run for the State Senate and will instead be running statewide for Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries.

Nicole Jones said in a statement, “Over the past several weeks I have prayerfully considered where to best leave a legacy in our State, and the Lord presented an opportunity that overwhelmed my heart. At this time, I would be honored to have your support as I run for Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries.”
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Nicole Jones running for Senate District 7

June 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 22, 2017, Huntsville area economic and commercial real estate developer Nicole Jones announced that she is running as a Republican for State Senate District 7, where incumbent Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville) is not seeking reelection.

Jones said on social media, “Huntsville, Madison County, and Senate District 7, We build our community together, and you mean something to me, which is why I will work diligently and tirelessly for YOU.”
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Givhan running for State Senate in District 7

June 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, June 20, 2017, Alabama Republican Party Senior Vice Chairman Sam Givhan announced that he is running for Alabama State Senate, District 7.  Givhan made the decision after incumbent Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville) announced that he would not seek re-election.

Givhan said, “I have been living, working and active in the Madison County Community for more than two decades.  I know the issues that matter most to the families, businesses and residents of the greater Huntsville area and believe I have the leadership it takes to represent Madison County in the State Senate.”
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