Rural Alabama. Known Throughout the World.

There are plenty of assumptions about rural Alabama. Well, we’ve got ‘em too. We assume that everything we produce is the highest caliber, and that everyone knows it. We assume that our neighbor is working just as hard as we are. And we assume that everyone knows our neighbors: from Mercedes-Benz and Honda to Conecuh Sausage and Wickles Pickles.

Ecore plans Alabama manufacturing facility with $25 million project

OZARK, Alabama — Ecore International plans to invest $25.5 million to open a state-of-the-art manufacturing and recycling facility in Ozark, where it will create 84 jobs. Pennsylvania-based Ecore specializes in transforming reclaimed materials into high-performance flooring and surface products. 

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First Solar plans $1.1 billion Alabama manufacturing facility with 700 jobs

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — First Solar Inc. plans to invest $1.1 billion to establish a photovoltaic (PV) solar module manufacturing facility in Lawrence County, creating over 700 jobs in North Alabama, according to an announcement today by Governor Kay Ivey. The new factory is part of the company’s previously announced investment in scaling its American manufacturing…

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Renovated state parks showcase rural Alabama’s advantages

EUFAULA, Alabama — New additions and renovations are under way at several Alabama State Parks, which are showcasing the natural assets and quality-of-life advantages of rural counties. At Lakepoint State Park in Barbour County, recent projects include an archery park and an off-road vehicle course. Both developments, along with newly-renovated cabins, are gaining popularity among…

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Summit: Rural Alabama poised for job growth as project momentum builds

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Growing businesses injected nearly $1.7 billion in new capital investment into Alabama’s rural counties last year in a sign of continuing vitality, according to data released today by the Alabama Department of Commerce in conjunction with a summit for the state’s rural developers. These projects will create over 1,600 jobs in rural…

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