Support for Target Industries

Support for Target Industries

As Tuscaloosa County’s automotive base has grown, so has the support resources and network for the automotive industry. In addition to the many business resources available in our area, programs and partnerships focused on enhancing and improving automotive operations are established throughout our community. A few examples include:

University of Alabama –The University of Alabama has partnered with numerous automotive industries for R&D and problem-solving endeavors. UA has programs dedicated to the advancement and development of automotive manufacturing including The Center for Advanced Vehicle Technologies (link to HYPERLINK “http://cavt.eng.ua.edu/” http://cavt.eng.ua.edu/) and the University of Alabama Automotive Partnerships (link to HYPERLINK “http://automotive.ua.edu/” http://automotive.ua.edu/).
Shelton State Community College –Shelton State offers a wide variety of services through the Training for Existing Business and Industry Center (TEBI). The Center has partnered with area automotive industries to provide customized training in addition to the College’s on-going corporate training and continuing education programs.
Bill Taylor Institute -The mission of the Bill Taylor Institute (BTI) is to provide the highest quality workforce development for Mercedes-Benz and its supporting companies. The facility features three workshops – Automotive, Production and Basic Skills. BTI also has nine labs: Electric, Electronic, Hydraulic, Pneumatic, Robotic, Welding, Computer Based Training (CBT) and two computer (PC) labs. AIDT, a state agency specializing in workforce training, maintains a professional staff at BTI.
The Alabama Industrial Development Training Institute (AIDT) provides quality workforce development for Alabama’s new and expanding businesses. AIDT has worked with all three of Alabama’s OEMs and has developed an understanding of the training and workforce needs of the automotive industry. AIDT has project-based facilities located at Honda (Lincoln), Hyundai (Montgomery/Hope Hull), and Mercedes (Vance).
The Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association (AAMA) was formed in 2001 to provide a forum for interaction among automotive companies in Alabama, to share information among its members, and to provide an awareness of manufacturing trends, techniques, and concerns. AAMA membership is open only to companies directly involved in the automotive industry.
The Alabama Aerospace Industry Association (AAIA) is a statewide organization dedicated to the growth and development of the aerospace industry in Alabama. Areas of focus include workforce development, industry growth, and networking among the aerospace, aviation, and defense industries in Alabama. The mission of AAIA is to promote the growth of the aerospace industry in Alabama.
The Aerospace Alliance – The mission of The Aerospace Alliance is to establish the Gulf Coast and surrounding region as a world-class aerospace, space, and aviation corridor. The Alliance proudly promotes the aerospace and aviation industries of our Members–the States of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida. The organization was established in 2009.

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