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What’s ahead for Alabama’s automotive sector?

From competitively low factory wages in Mexico to the increased use of robotics at home, the industry and workforce in Alabama is facing a myriad range of challenges. But many state officials and industry experts believe there is more hope than hazards to be found for a sector that is hardly three decades old.

I recently spoke to some of these experts to see just what lies in store for Alabama automaking.

Growth on the horizon

Bill Taylor, president of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, told the BBJ they anticipate continued growth within the auto industry at different tier levels of suppliers, which is driven by the increasing volumes and the number of model types produced in Alabama.

The expansions have also found their way to the Magic City, with Kamtek being the most recent following its announcement of a $530 million expansion in Birmingham.

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