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Flashback: Won't You Buy Me a Mercedes-Benz?

Flashback: Won't You Buy Me a Mercedes-Benz?

February 2014
Triple Shift into Record Production

Triple Shift into Record Production

The three-shift production schedule at Hyundai’s Alabama plant is winning the race to meet expanding demand — beating output records year after year.

February 2014
Engine Plant Climbs Toyota Mountain

Engine Plant Climbs Toyota Mountain

Beginning in 2003 with 350 people, Toyota’s Huntsville plant — at $850 million total investment and 1,150-employees — is now poised to become the largest Toyota engine plant in the world.

February 2014
The Greater Auto Sector

The Greater Auto Sector

The Alabama-based plants that supply Alabama’s big five assembly and engine manufacturers number in the hundreds, with thousands upon thousands of employees.

February 2014
Alabama Honda Mints a Lux SUV

Alabama Honda Mints a Lux SUV

Luxury level technology and design make the 2014 Honda MDX that started rolling off the line last year in Lincoln a milestone in Alabama auto manufacturing.

February 2014
Talking Money and Hard Driving

Talking Money and Hard Driving

Faced with a workforce challenge, this Alabama trucking company dug deep into its own pockets, investing $18 million in driver pay and training.

February 2014
Full Throttle Innovation

Full Throttle Innovation

Royce Kershaw’s inventions revolutionized the way railroad tracks are maintained. His son continues the family tradition of full-throttle innovation at Montgomery’s Knox Kershaw Inc.

November 2013
Vital Lines Off the Beaten Track

Vital Lines Off the Beaten Track

Genesee & Wyoming’s $1.4 billion acquisition of RailAmerica’s 45 U.S. short line railroads boosted its presence in Alabama by adding the 350-mile Alabama Gulf Coast Railway. Another G&W line, the Meridian & Bigbee, cuts through the Black Belt.

October 2013
Stratolaunch Wants to Leapfrog the Launch Pad

Stratolaunch Wants to Leapfrog the Launch Pad

A 20-worker team at Huntsville-based Stratolaunch Systems — financed by Microsoft pioneer Paul Allen — aims to launch spacecraft with a giant airplane.

October 2013
Where Rockets are Born

Where Rockets are Born

Satellites that control everything from national security surveillance to your smartphone GPS are launched on a rocket built in Decatur, at United Launch Alliance

October 2013