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February 2014

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Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association

As printed in the February 2014 issue of Business Alabama magazine

Alabama Insider Trades, February 2014

Stock transactions by insiders of Alabama's public companies

Top News Links: Friday, Feb. 28

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

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

Top News Links: Thursday, Feb. 27

Mercedes Gears Up for C-Class

Mercedes Gears Up for C-Class

Landing luxury sedan production in the Vance plant is a milestone for Mercedes and Alabama.

Top News Links: Wednesday, Feb. 26

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.

Top News Links: Tuesday, Feb. 25

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.

Top News Links: Monday, Feb. 24

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.

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.

Top News Links: Friday, Feb. 21

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Top News Links: Wednesday, Feb. 19

Sweet Home of Incentives

Sweet Home of Incentives

Alabama is famous for making deals to get business — from megadeals like Mercedes to small-town retail plums. Critics say we’re among the worst and not very transparent about it. We mostly say it’s the only way to play the game.

Movers & Shapers, February 2014

Movers & Shapers, February 2014

Spotlight on Marion, Fayette and Lamar Counties

Top News Links: Tuesday, Feb. 18

Currency Wars and Bursting Bubbles

Currency Wars and Bursting Bubbles

Central bank policies are launching currency wars on a sea of market bubbles, says economist Mark Thornton.

Top News Links: Monday, Feb. 17

The Biggest Splash in Sports

The Biggest Splash in Sports

The Super Bowl of fishing — the Bassmaster Classic — returns to Alabama this month. Beginning with 56 of the top anglers in the country and 100,000 spectators on the shores of Lake Guntersville, the metrics of this bash include: 116.6 million media impressions, half a million Facebook followers, a purse of more than $1 million, including a $300,000 first prize, and an economic impact of $24 million.

How Management Weighs Success

How Management Weighs Success

Top News Links: Friday, Feb. 14

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Spotlight on Marion, Lamar and Fayette Counties

Spotlight on Marion, Lamar and Fayette Counties

Top News Links: Tuesday, Feb. 11

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.

Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

Alabama’s incentives for moviemakers have been so successful the $15 million cap on them will probably be reached in the first quarter, gobbled up by two big productions.

Top News Links: Monday, Feb. 10

Wrong Way Construction Employment

Wrong Way Construction Employment

Alabama History Grand Opening

Alabama History Grand Opening

Top News Links: Friday, Feb. 7

Three More Cities Fly to the Moon

Three More Cities Fly to the Moon

Report: State’s Child Care Industry Packs $1 Billion Punch

Report: State’s Child Care Industry Packs $1 Billion Punch

Top News Links: Thursday, Feb. 6

Savory Sensation

Savory Sensation

Auburn’s Stacy Brown cooked up her business “to keep my kids fed and the power on.” Now one of the fastest growing franchises in the country, her Chicken Salad Chick chain is sweeping the South, with 13 up and running and plans for 15 more this year.

Company Kudos, February 2014

Company Kudos, February 2014

Seven at the Top

Seven at the Top

Meet seven women who leveraged fierce determination and their gender’s own genius to break to the top of the competition (most of it male).

Career Notes, February 2014

Career Notes, February 2014

Who's moving up?

Top News Links: Wednesday, Feb. 5

Hearty and American as Free Enterprise

Hearty and American as Free Enterprise

Pop the lid of state regulation off a grass roots enterprise American as the Mayflower and whoa — jump back and watch it flow.

Top News Links: Tuesday, Feb. 4

'Muscle Shoals' Documentary Spurs Enterprise, Travel

'Muscle Shoals' Documentary Spurs Enterprise, Travel

Top News Links: Monday, Feb. 3

Employee-Owned Aluminum Company Expands $18.5 Million

Employee-Owned Aluminum Company Expands $18.5 Million

777x Dreams Grounded

777x Dreams Grounded

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