Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said two affiliated companies in the automotive supply filed will build their first U.S. production facility in Tuscaloosa, creating at least 350 new jobs by 2016. Bentley announced the plans during a news conference at the Tuscaloosa River Market Monday. Bentley described the Purico Group and Bolta Werke GmbH as sister companies that will invest $39 million into the facility. Once built, the facility will produce parts for automotive manufacturers.
Republican state Representative Alan Harper, of Northport, has been tapped to serve as the chairman of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee in the Alabama House of Representatives. Harper is replacing Rep. Barry Mask, of Wetumpka, who is resigning at the end of the month.
Alabama Corn Farmers
Several years ago agriculture officials and farmer were saying it was getting increasingly difficult to grow corn in Alabama because of a persistent drought and hot summers. Farmers are now finishing up harvesting what they are predicting will be a record corn crop. Farmers says this year's bountiful crop is because of favorable weather for growing corn. Department of Agriculture statistics show that 330,000 acres of corn were planted and farmers say much of that is turning out well.