Alabama Hosts Inaugural Supplier Diversity Conference

The Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association and J.F. Drake State Community & Technical College brought together top automotive and aerospace industry experts July 12 to examine supplier diversity in both those industries.

The event, held at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama, allowed under-represented minority/women-owned companies to connect during Speed Dating sessions with the likes of Toyota and Blue Origin.

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“If you’re an OEM like Toyota or Mercedes and they’re here today, you can connect with a minority business or small business that can help your business that you didn’t know was out there. Bring them, integrate them into your business to provide a service that you may want to outsource,” AAMA President Ron Davis told

Automotive and aerospace industry experts believe diversity is critical in remaining successful.

“These major companies are going to be looking for solid and experienced suppliers to help them along the way; we thought that this would be the perfect time to begin to make those relations with those top companies,” says Drake State Interim President Chris Lewis. 

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