Top Headlines: Ground broken on auto parts plant, Mike Tracy retiring from Drummond

Ground broken on $110M auto parts plant in north Alabama
Governor Kay Ivey joined executives of DaikyoNishikawa US and local leaders at a groundbreaking Thursday to launch construction on the auto supplier’s $110 million manufacturing plant in north Alabama. The DNUS facility, which will produce plastic automotive parts for the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA plant, will employ approximately 380 people at full production. – Made In Alabama

Mike Tracy to retire from Drummond Company, Mullen to be CEO
Drummond Company Inc. announced Friday that CEO Mike Tracy will be retiring from the company effective Oct. 31. Tracy completed 40 years of service to the company in May and has served as CEO since July 2016. Richard Mullen will assume the role of CEO of Drummond Company effective Nov. 1. Mullen has been with the company for over 35 years in various engineering, operations and administrative management positions, the most recent being president and COO. – News release

Brasfield & Gorrie North Carolina project reaches milestone
Work continues on a Brasfield & Gorrie project in Charlotte, N.C. slated for completion in the third quarter of 2020. The Birmingham contractor, along with Atrium Health, Pappas Properties and The Beck Group recently celebrated the topping out of a Pappas Properties medical office building. The project calls for a pair of Atrium Health medical office buildings and a parking deck. –

Department of Agriculture to begin weekly listening sessions
The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries will be holding a statewide series of listening sessions hosted by Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Rick Pate starting Sept. 4 at the Central Alabama Farmers Co-Op in Selma. The sessions will work to provide a forum for the public to discuss and ask questions about state agricultural concerns and department services. – AL Political Reporter

Multiple manufacturers now looking for qualified auto workers
This week’s announcement of another auto supply plant in Alabama illustrates a pertinent fact: Multiple manufacturers are looking for workers here. Japan’s Vuteq announced Wednesday it will hire 200 workers for its first production location in Alabama, to be built near Huntsville’s Mazda-Toyota factory, currently under construction. –

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Construction gears up for downtown Huntsville hotel
A downtown hotel that has experienced delays in construction is still planning to open next year. 106 Jefferson Curio by Hilton hotel, located a block north of the Madison County Courthouse on Jefferson Street, is planning to open in the third quarter of 2020, according to an update from developers Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate Group. When the $30 million hotel was announced by Crunkleton in March 2018, plans called for the hotel to be open by February 2020. –

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