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Alabama's Mercedes-Benz Plant Updates Production Status after Michigan Fire

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International has announced that efforts to get parts to their Tuscaloosa County plant has now extended to Germany after delays caused by...

Michigan Fire Aftermath Continues to Burn in the Southern Automotive Sector

The fallout continues from a May 2 fire at a Michigan parts supplier, affecting production at more than one plant in the Southern...

New Plant Hailed as Another Tuscaloosa Groundbreaker

Seven years after a devastating windstorm ripped through Tuscaloosa, city, state and economic development officials had the perfect day to welcome a...

Faces: Behind the Wheel

When competitors in a certain high-profile sport hear they’re up against “the Williams sisters” they usually know they need to bring their A game....

Executive Q&A: All Roads Lead to Automotive in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is unabashed in its enthusiasm for its mission: “to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the...

Moving Forward

Workforce development, education, and infrastructure development are the keys to future growth and success for the automotive sector – according to a...

eLabs: a Springboard to Success

It’s not hard to see a major automotive manufacturer as a boon to a hometown’s economy. Volkswagen Chattanooga is also proving to be a...

Terry Gill of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development: Hard Work and a Bright...

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development Sec. Terry McGill is excited about the way the automotive sector is transforming the fortunes of his state, ...

Performance Landscape

Automotive plants come in varying configurations, often with vast amounts of space dedicated to factory operations, and mostly with office space built...

Hyundai Gives Back to its Alabama Community

Anyone who has ever worked in public education knows that when it comes to supplies and volunteers, there can never be too many....

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Toyota pumps money into San Antonio truck factory

Toyota announced Sept. 17 that it will invest $391 million at its San Antonio, Texas truck assembly plant.  That will bring the automaker’s total...

Supplier Profile: A True Learner’s Permit

The dated image of the coffee-fetching, errand-running college intern has been changing for years, but at ZF Chassis Systems in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, that stereotype...

Spotlight: Man vs. Machine vs. Nature

On a damp Friday morning, the last one in May, a long line of trucks was forming in the parking lot of the Borla...

Kudos: Ford helps First Book efforts to close the literacy gap

Illiteracy has far-reaching consequences, including poverty and unemployment, all detrimental to the success of the global economy.The automotive industry is not immune, which led...

Safety: OSHA targets Southern suppliers that violate workplace safety rules

Two weeks before her wedding, a 20-year-old woman was crushed to death in a robotic machine at an Alabama plant that stamps metal parts...