Alabama

This section includes articles related to area economic development, corporate relocation, company expansion and site selection news throughout Alabama.

Baton Rouge Named No. 1 Metro For Economic Growth Potential In Business Facilities 9th...

Mobile, Youngstown and Shreveport also made our top 10 with dynamic new growth sectors thriving alongside traditional manufacturing.

Business Facilities In The News: Alabama named No. 2 state for automotive industry strength

Dawn Kent Azok of AL.com writes, "Business Facilities magazine has named Alabama the No. 2 state for automotive industry strength. For the fourth year in a row, Tennessee topped the magazine's annual Automotive Manufacturing Strength ranking. But Alabama surged up from seventh place last year."

BF Expands State Energy Rankings With Natural Gas, Lowest Emissions And Biofuels Leaders

WA, CA, OR top the field in Renewable Energy, while VT, RI, DE have the smallest carbon footprint.

Business Facilities In The News: Alabama scores high as ‘rising automotive powerhouse’

Made in Alabama reports, "Expanding production in Alabama’s auto industry means the state is 'coming on strong as a rising automotive powerhouse,' according to a new Business Facilities ranking."

Tennessee Still No. 1, AL and KY Coming Up Fast In BF’s Automotive Manufacturing...

The Volunteer State is still out front in our annual auto sweepstakes, but two surging contenders are laying down markers for next year's contest.

Moon Express Opens Facility In Huntsville, AL

Huntsville propulsion development facility will be key to landing first commercial spacecraft on the moon.

FEATURE STORY: 2013 Economic Development Awards

There may be fewer projects to aim for in the highly competitive environment of a recovering economy, but those who hope to succeed must find a way that distinguishes them from the rest of the field. Here are the organizations that have established a consistent standard of excellence and embraced the best practices to secure the projects that bring bundles of new jobs to their locations. From the March/April 2013 issue.

Not So Wild A Dream

If you look at a map, you will notice there is no interstate highway connecting Memphis to Birmingham, two major industrial cities of the Southeast. That lack of good road certainly did not help the growth prospects in Northwest Alabama, which historically based its economy on natural resources—coal and pulpwood—and smaller cottage industries.
Gov. Bentley

FEATURE STORY: Accelerating In Alabama

Nestled in the piney woods of Alabama is a rising economic dynamo that is flexing its muscles and challenging all comers. Gov. Robert Bentley tells us how Alabama is rapidly moving forward to cement its leadership in automotive, aerospace and exports. From the March/April 2013 issue.
Jack Rogers

FIRST WORD: Delivering The Goods

From Biotech to Alabama to Superstorm Sandy, this issue is filled with topical stories from all parts of the globe. From the March/April 2013 issue.

Deepwater Horizon: Three Years Later

Legal settlements from the massive BP oil spill, which could total $42 billion, will generate a gusher of economic development funds for the Gulf Coast.

SNAPSHOTS: 60 Seconds…with Greg Canfield, Secretary, Alabama Department of Commerce

Airbus is putting its North American manufacturing hub in Mobile. We asked AL DOC chief Greg Canfield about the impact on the state’s growing aerospace industry. From the January/February 2013 issue

Commitment of Confidence

Alabama’s largest bank steps forward to make a $1-billion investment in the state’s job-creating future, setting an example for the nation.

COVER STORY: 2012 Economic Development Deal of the Year Awards

Baxter International's decision to make a $1.3-billion investment in an expansion of its bio/pharmaceutical manufacturing promises to propel the Peach State into the front ranks of national biotech powerhouses. From the January/February 2013 issue.

Airbus, Caterpillar, Bridgestone, eBay Earn Honorable Mentions from Business Facilities in 2012 Economic Deal...

Four projects were cited for Honorable Mentions in Business Facilities' 2012 Economic Development Deal of the Year competition.
The 70,000-square-foot production facility will be constructed in two phases; each phase will be tied to SM-3 and SM-6 production contracts.

Raytheon Opens New Missile Factory In Alabama

State-of-the-art facility in Huntsville, AL will produce weapons to defend U.S. and allies. Nov 27, 2012 @ 11:28 AM

FEATURE STORY: Nothing Matters More Than Talent

Unemployment rates are staggering, but what’s even more astounding is that there are thousands of jobs across the U.S. going unfilled due to a shortage of skilled workers. Workforce development training programs are now Job One. From the July/August 2012 issue

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March / April 2022 Issue (Volume 55, Number 2)

Business Facilities' March / April 2022 issue focuses on the global supply chain, logistics, foreign direct investment, industrial parks, manufacturing, life sciences, and more.
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Virginia’s El Koubi Accepts 2021 State of the Year—Best Overall Business Climate Award

Business Facilities magazine recognized the Commonwealth of Virginia for its commitment to building a strong business environment in 2021.

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