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    Community Career Fair gives personal quality to hiring process

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Wallace State’s Center for Career and Workforce Development partnered with Cullman Economic Development Agency Thursday to sponsor a Community Career Fair held at The Active Adult Center (formerly the Donald E. Green Senior Center). The fair gave potential employees the chance...

    Busted Knuckle Off Road Vehicles to expand facility

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - A group of members from the Cullman Chamber of Commerce, Wallace State, Cullman Area Technology Academy and the Cullman Economic Development Agency went out to tour Busted Knuckle Off Road facility on Wednesday to see the assembly process of Rock Bouncers....

    Gleann Brook Acres providing better beef with pasture-raised Highland cattle

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Scottish Highland cattle are highly sought-after livestock for their docile nature, ability to withstand harsh weather and high-quality beef. Gleann Brook Acres, family-owned and operated business since 2006, has raised more than 200 highlands in over 10 states. Their ranch is...

    NASA partners with industry for new spacewalking, moonwalking services

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    WASHINGTON DC - NASA has selected Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace to advance spacewalking capabilities in low-Earth orbit and at the Moon, by buying services that provide astronauts with next generation spacesuit and spacewalk systems to work outside the International Space Station, explore the...

    Alabama poultry’s environmental excellence

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Poultry ranks as Alabama’s top-producing agricultural commodity. The industry continues to strive for environmental excellence each day while meeting the demand of consumers. Advancements in Poultry Production Through scientific research and adoption of new technologies, poultry farmers are becoming more efficient. In...

    Alabama’s booming catfish industry ranked #2 in U.S.

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Alabama has a reputation for cooking and serving delicious food. Barbecue, coleslaw and fried chicken are all southern staples. In the summer, though, nothing really beats a plate of fried catfish. The state’s affinity for catfish goes beyond just cooking and eating. Alabama...

    Tyson Foods renews commitment to Alabama’s agriculture industry with $208 million dollar investment in new Hanceville facility

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - Tyson Foods, Friday morning at Wallace State Community College, announced a new facility adjacent to its former Hanceville Tyson Foods/ River Valley Ingredients rendering plant. The previous plant was part of Tyson’s Hanceville complex and suffered a total loss due to...

    Cullman area wages not keeping up with inflation

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the Decatur area wages have increased by 0.2% from January 2021 - January 2022 while inflation has risen about 8%. Athens State University Economics Professor Jeff Johnson described the process of tracking inflation, “The...

    Governor Ivey announces BELLA+CANVAS plans high-tech fabric-cutting facility in Alabama, creating 557 jobs in Wetumpka

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday announced that BELLA+CANVAS, a fast-growing apparel manufacturer with a “Made in the U.S.A” focus, plans a major investment in Alabama to open an advanced fabric-cutting facility expected to create over 550 jobs in Wetumpka. Los Angeles-based BELLA+CANVAS...

    Don’t be stumped by the 2022 timber market

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The Alabama timber industry is successfully healing after the COVID-19 pandemic’s temporary crippling of the market two years ago. The virus’s impact on mill capacity rates and lumber prices started in early 2020, and it is still likely to cause...

    Economic development leaders give industry and workforce updates at Industry Appreciation Night

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Industry Appreciation Night took place Tuesday at the Terri Pines County Club featuring the many industries in Cullman who got a chance to mingle and network with their supporting industry partners. Guest speakers congratulated the growing industry in Cullman. Presenting...

    Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins Friday

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - With seemingly constant threats of inclement weather, no matter the season, residents will be able to participate in the state’s annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday to better prepare.  According to the Alabama Department of Revenue, the sales tax holiday begins...

    Alabama’s unemployment rate remains steady at 3.1%

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced today that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate is 3.1%, unchanged from November’s rate, and below December 2020’s rate of 4.7%.  December’s rate represents 69,854 unemployed persons, compared to 68,710 in November...

    All oyster harvest zones to close January 21, 2022

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Pursuant to Section 9-12-28, Code of Alabama 1975 as stated by Rule 220-3-.02, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (ADCNR) Marine Resources Division (MRD) announces that all public water bottoms will close to the harvest of oysters at 2:00...

    Many factors at play in the current inflation situation

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – “Inflation” is a word that is being thrown around a lot in today’s media market. What is inflation? What is causing it? How does it affect me? These are all questions that consumers could be asking themselves right now. An...

    Shipping deadlines to meet while online Christmas shopping

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - In order for your holiday packages to arrive by Dec. 24, frequently used shipping services have provided their recommended last days to ship by. The last day to ship with UPS Ground varies depending on the cities being shipped from and to,...

    Limited Christmas Trees available in Cullman due to national shortage

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Due to a national Christmas tree shortage, The American Christmas Tree Association recommends U.S. consumers find their Christmas tree early this season. The shortage comes from unprecedented weather events in the Pacific Northwest, including fires, drought and heat waves, which have impacted...

    Cullman independent pharmacies unaffected by supply chain disturbances

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - There have been recent reported shortages of some prescription drug medications in North Alabama due to supply chain disturbances. The Food and Drug Administration says over 100 drugs are in short supply nationally. Causes of shortages include natural disasters, manufacturing problems,...

    City of Cullman lists current employment opportunities

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The City of Cullman currently has available employment opportunities with the Utilities Board, Street Department, Police Department and the Sanitation Department.   City Human Resources Director Michelle Bates acknowledges that the city government jobs have been affected by the national labor shortage. She...

    Governor Kay Ivey tours Cullman Homtex facility

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – In November of 2020, Gov. Kay Ivey announced that Homtex received $10,572,100 in Coronavirus Aid funds. Homtex Inc. has since used the aid money to expand their operation to Selma with a new facility that will be used to create personal...

    RWC hosting job fair Thursday, Nov. 4

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Reliance Worldwide Corporation, based right here in Cullman, is a renowned company with over 70 years of innovation experience. RWC continuously creates breakthrough new products for consumers. They are a global provider of water control systems and plumbing solutions for domestic,...

    Downtown Hanceville hosting Project Rebound pop-up shop circuit event

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. -- Local entrepreneurs are getting an opportunity to showcase their wares in downtown Hanceville.  The Decatur-Morgan Entrepreneurial Center is hosting a pop-up shop circuit event in Hanceville on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The event is being held in conjunction...

    Cullman Airport $4 million runway under construction; scheduled to be completed by Dec. 2021

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman Regional Airport started a $4 million runway project on Sept 1 which is slated to be finished this December. Airport Manager Ben Harrison said this project has been in the making for the last seven years, along with other projects that...

    NASA statement on National Aerospace Week

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    WASHINGTON D.C. - The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Bill Nelson on National Aerospace Week, hosted by Aerospace Industries Sept. 13-17. This week recognizes innovations from aerospace manufacturers, suppliers and workforce. “As we mark the 11th anniversary of National Aerospace Week, the Biden-Harris...

    REHAU hosts anniversary celebration with Governor Ivey in attendance; announces $50M expansion

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    (Photo courtesy of REHAU)  CULLMAN, Ala. – REHAU’s Cullman location is celebrating its 25th birthday by announcing plans to expand its plant. The expansion plan is expected to cost $50 million for new production equipment and tooling, and will involve significant rearrangement within the plant...

    Ivey announces Alabama’s July unemployment rate is 3.2%; Cullman 2.3%

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey and Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced Friday that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted July 2021 unemployment rate is 3.2%, down from June’s rate of 3.3%, and well below July 2020’s rate of 7.4%. July’s rate represents...

    REHAU plant in Cullman celebrates 25 years in operation

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    LEESBURG, Va. – REHAU announces the 25-year anniversary of the establishment of its production plant in Cullman, Ala. The plant began operations in early 1996 with 30 employees producing bumpers for the 1997 SUV of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International made in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The facility...

    Amazon to phase out older models of Kindle devices

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    SEATTLE, WA. - Cell carriers have recently decided ‘out with the old, and in with the new’ for older 2G and 3G networks, and are beginning to opt for newer, faster networks such as 4G and 5G. While this does mean progress with newer...

    DB Technologies holds grand opening at Wallace State Community College

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    HANCEVILLE, Ala. - DB Technologies recently held their grand opening at Wallace State Community College (WSCC) in the Bailey Center Friday, July 16. Among those present were Dr. David Branscomb of DB Technologies, Ted Clem of the Alabama Department of Commerce, Hanceville Mayor Kenneth...

    Scooter’s Coffee continues growing in Alabama

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    OMAHA, Neb.– Scooter’s Coffee LLC, the Midwest-based drive-thru coffee franchise, is continuing its effort to grow its presence throughout the United States by bringing its drive-thru coffee locations to Cullman, Alabama and the surrounding area. Scooter’s Coffee, based in Omaha, Nebraska, specializes in artisan espresso...

    NASA named best place to work, No. 1 for COVID-19 response

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    WASHINGTON - For the ninth consecutive year, the Partnership for Public Service has ranked NASA as the Best Place to Work in the Federal Government among large agencies and, new for 2020, has also ranked NASA No. 1 among large agencies for its response...

    Cullman City Council approves Regional Airport improvements

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The Cullman City Council passed two resolutions Monday evening concerning Cullman Regional Airport, allowing the facility to improve its runway and make takeoffs and landings safer.  The first resolution awarded the bid for the airport runway reconstruction project to Wiregrass Construction Co.,...

    Make more from the food you grow

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY - Each growing season, producers must decide how and where to sell their crops. Farmers markets, grocery stores, roadside stands and wholesale distributors are excellent established options; however, there are new opportunities to consider. Charitable donations and second-generation uses of fresh fruits...

    Livestock making the switch to soy? Everything you need to know!

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Did you know? Livestock were on the soy diet before it was cool.  While this may seem a bit surprising, soybeans were a popular forage choice for livestock producers in the 1800s. Around World War II, soybean production started to focus...

    Recent drop in lumber prices doesn’t tell full story

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – After a year of record-high lumber prices, headlines across the country are reporting a 40% plunge in prices since May. However, this staggering statistic doesn’t tell the full story. The bottom line? Lumber prices are still immensely higher than before...

    Drinkard Development breaks ground for new cinema in Albertville

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    ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – After a weekend of rain, the sun finally came out as Drinkard Development broke ground Tuesday afternoon of what will become Albertville’s first movie theatre. Everyone in attendance was incredibly excited about how this will benefit citizens in Albertville, as well...

    Small Businesses – Why Shop Local?

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    People may often see the terms “shop local” or “buy small” used in advertisements, on bumper stickers and in-store signs. These terms are also widely observed on Small Business Saturday, a shopping day generally held the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Beyond the feel-good nature of...

    Gov. Ivey awards grant to create commerce and jobs in Good Hope

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.  –  Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $300,000 grant to create commerce in the city of Good Hope and bring new jobs. The governor awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) that will be used to help establish a new, locally-owned restaurant and...

    Alabama’s April unemployment rate drops to 3.6%, Cullman County 2.1%

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced today that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate is 3.6%, down from March’s rate of 3.8%, and well below April 2020’s rate of 13.2%.    “Alabama continues to see a decline in unemployment, as...

    ADOL issues reminders regarding teen employment

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – As summer approaches, the Alabama Department of Labor is reminding employers of the regulations associated with employing teen workers. As many businesses struggle to find a sufficient number of employees, some may turn to teen workers to help fill the gap....

    Congressman Aderholt announces $3.4 million grant for runway upgrades at Cullman Regional Airport

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    WASHINGTON D.C. — Friday, Congressman Robert Aderholt announced a grant from the Federal Government that will help to reconstruct the runway and the runway lighting at Folsom Field at Cullman Regional Airport.   “I’m pleased to announce that the Cullman Regional Airport will be receiving these funds....

    Rebound: Cullman’s tornado recovery makes huge leaps

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - The large multi-vortex EF-4 tornado that plowed through downtown Cullman on the afternoon of April 27, 2011 did massive damage along its path. An estimated $13.5 million in damage occurred in the city, $5.5 million to city government properties and facilities...

    Gibbs Garden Center- In full bloom 

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    GOOD HOPE, Ala. – The blooms and color were bursting at the official ribbon-cutting held Friday morning at Gibbs Garden Center in Good Hope. City officials joined the Gibb’s family and the staff of the popular garden center as they celebrated the event.    Mayor Jerry...

    Cullman industries and businesses need workers, job fair coming April 24

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Cullman area industries and businesses are in need of workers, and local agencies are teaming up to bring supply and demand together at the Cullman Careers Live Event job fair April 24, 2021 at the Donald Green Active Adult Center, 1625...

    Alabama’s March unemployment rate drops to 3.8%

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      MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced today that Alabama’s preliminary seasonally adjusted March 2021 unemployment rate is 3.8%, down from Feb.’s rate of 4.0%, yet above March 2020s rate of 2.6%. March’s rate represents 84,670 unemployed persons, compared to...

    Initial unemployment claims for week of March 21 – 27

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Labor released the official count for initial claims filed during the week of March 21-27, 2021. In all, 18,710 initial claims were filed either online or by telephone during this period. 14,285 of those claims are estimated to...

    Jersey Mike’s to donate all March 31 proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation

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    CULLMAN, Ala. – March is the Month of Giving and this Wednesday, March 31, Cullman’s Jersey Mike’s Subs will be donating 100% of the day's sales to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alabama. Jersey Mike’s Assistant Manager Nathaniel Coker said, “We don’t get anything. It all...

    Cullman Career Center Work-Based Learning program offers pathway to industry

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Kalub Garnett, with a little effort and a good work ethic, is currently in training for his second promotion at Royal Technologies, a company at which his first job came as a bit of a surprise. After Garnett graduated from high...