Wallace College participating in $10 million welding grant program

Written by Ozark Dale. Posted in News

Wallace Community College, along with four other Alabama and Florida community colleges, will participate in a $10 million grant program to provide area residents with greater opportunities to learn welding, a high-demand job skill for this region.

The four colleges will use mobile welding training labs to bring welding training programs to rural areas and small towns. Each of the five colleges – Wallace, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, Northwest Florida State College, Pensacola State College and Chipola College – will receive a mobile welding lab that they can use to bring welding training programs to businesses seeking to train employees or to communities seeking to provide welding training to local residents.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to serve them and make a difference in their lives,” Wallace Community College President Linda Young said.

Welding has been identified as a high-demand career field for the area, with high job and wage growth for the foreseeable future. Not enough people in the local work force are able to meet the growing demand, however, necessitating the grant program to help develop the local labor pool.

Currently, about 90 percent of graduates from Wallace’s welding program find jobs in the field with starting wages of between $16.50 to $22.50 per hour. College officials said the program will be especially helpful to recently-laid-off workers and veterans seeking new skills for a new career.

“It’s a great investment for the American taxpayer in the work force and jobs,” Lurleen B. Wallace Community College President Herb Riedell said.

The mobile welding training labs will include welding simulators and traditional welding training equipment.

Wallace already has some welding simulators in use. The simulators cut down on time and materials used in welding training and also create less pollution than traditional welding training. Students demonstrated how they work for visitors to the college on Tuesday.

Montrel Sanders, a 20-year-old Wallace student from Eufaula, said he likes the instant feedback the simulator provides.

“It really helps out a lot in teaching hand movements and angles and lets you know what you’re doing wrong,” he said.

Will Query, an 18-year-old Wallace student from Enterprise, said the welding simulator allowed him to practice more frequently because it cut down on preparation time.

“Instead of having to take a day to cut the metal, a day to grind it and a day to weld, I can get in there and do it all at one time,” he said.

By Jim Cook

Dothan Eagle

German Manufacturer Plans U.S. Headquarters in Dale County, Alabama

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German Manufacturer Plans U.S. Headquarters in Dale County, Alabama


OZARK, Ala. (September 4, 2012) – The Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corp. (ODEC) announced today that Brielmaier Motor Mower of Friedrichshafen, Germany, will locate its U.S. headquarters in Pinckard, Ala., co-locating with the only other German manufacturer located in Southeast Alabama, according to Eric Basinger, ODEC executive director. 

“The co-location of Brielmaier Motor Mower with MAHA USA reflects the power of our partnership with local existing businesses to recruit additional manufacturing jobs to Dale County,” Basinger said. “Brielmaier is also benefitting from our one-stop service that helps international businesses navigate the administrative and regulatory requirements for establishing an operation in the United States.” 

Brielmaier ( designs and manufactures industrial mowers with a patented design that prevents roll-over on steep inclines, Basinger said. The mower, which is primarily used for roadside and agricultural mowing, also may be operated remotely, providing an added level of safety for the operator. The company will launch its North American sales and manufacturing effort from Dale County. 

“We investigated many locations in the Southeast U.S. The staff at ODEC, along with Dale County officials, were instrumental in connecting us to the right location and a cooperative partner for establishing a base of operations in Alabama and introducing our product to the U.S. market,” said Martin Brielmaier, President at Brielmaier. 

ODEC hosted a demonstration of the technology recently for business and government representatives whose organizations may benefit from the equipment. ODEC also introduced Brielmaier to Wolfgang Raffler, Chief Operating Officer at Germany based manufacturer MAHA USA, which already is manufacturing in Pinckard. MAHA makes vehicle lifts for the automotive industry. The company’s precision metal work dovetails with an essential part of Brielmaier’s manufacturing process.  

“This was an excellent fit for us to create a cooperative venture with another German manufacturer seeking to become established in the U.S. market,” Raffler said. “We have the available space in our facility to accommodate Brielmaier’s launch, and we look forward to working with them as they grow in Dale County.” Brielmaier will be leasing space from MAHA.

 Initially, Brielmaier’s staffing needs will be minimal, with a handful of key employees coming from Germany and some support being provided by MAHA USA. As the company’s product grows in North America, local jobs will be created and a separate facility for Brielmaier is contemplated, Basinger noted. 

“In addition to cooperating with MAHA, we will be able to accelerate our entry into the United States with assistance from the Economic Development Corporation’s International One-Stop Program,” Brielmaier said. “We are receiving excellent assistance in the administrative, regulatory and permitting details associated with bringing an internationally owned business to the states.” 

“The Town of Pinckard and Dale County’s ability to attract a second German manufacturing firm demonstrates the region’s viability as a location for international businesses that want to be in a business-friendly environment in the Southeastern U.S.,” said Town of Pinckard Mayor Fred McNabb. “We look forward to continuing to partner with Brielmaier, MAHA, and ODEC to provide key resources to smooth the way for Brielmaier’s entry into the U.S. market.” 

The Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corp. (ODEC) leads the county-wide initiative to stimulate job creation and capital investment in Dale County. For more information, call 334.443.2000 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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Fort Rucker contract awarded

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L-3 Army Fleet Support awarded Fort Rucker contract

Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 7:19 am

L-3 Communications announced it has been awarded a  contract valued at $1.98 billion, with a one-year base period and four one-year options,  from the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Redstone on behalf of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command.

The contract is for rotary-wing aircraft maintenance and logistics support at Fort Rucker. The announcement was issued in a press release.

Under this contract, L-3 will provide maintenance, logistics and other related support for more than 600 helicopters used by the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and the U.S. Air Force Air Education Training Command.

“We are proud that L-3 has been selected as the Fort Rucker aircraft maintenance contractor,” said John McNellis, president of L-3 Integrated Systems Group. “We have worked closely with our government partners, as well as with our dedicated Army Fleet Support workforce, to continually deliver excellent, best-value performance in support of our military aviators and their training mission. This award is a very important one for our business, especially in this current environment, and we remain focused on our commitment to operational readiness and the high-quality services that we have provided the Army and Air Force at Fort Rucker since 2003.”

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs about 51,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms.

Army Fleet Support has held the contract for maintenance and logistics support at Fort Rucker since October 2003. After Lockheed Martin withdrew its proposal on  Monday the U.S. Army also considered URS Corporation and DS2 as candidates for the prestigious contract.

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Re-printed from: The Southeast Sun, Enterprise, AL


Written by Michelle Mann The Southern Star. Posted in News

The USDA offices will relocate to Martindale Plaza within 120 days, a move which will free up office space on the western end of the Dale County Government Building.

What to do with that space will be the topic of discussion for Dale County commissioners, Commission Chairman Probate Judge Eunice Hagler told them at a meeting Monday evening.

The Dale County USDA had leased the building since 1996. Their lease for Dale County¹s USDA services ­ which include a little more than 5,000 square feet of offices for rural development, the Farm Services Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service ­ expired last year and had been renewed on a month-to-month basis.

The USDA had recently advertised their request for bids on location to house their offices and the commission had submitted a bid but it was not the bid accepted, county attorney Henry Steagall told them Monday.

The bid from Martindale Plaza was for $14.45 a square foot, Steagall said.

Steagall had said previously that a renegotiated rent would likely be ³financially advantageous² for the county. That money would likely go toward paying off the bond issue used to construct the government building, Steagall said.

Monday he said the commission should view losing the USDA contract in a positive light, viewing it as a golden opportunity to move other county offices into that space.

Tractor Supply Grand Opening set for Ozark

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By Eric Basinger-Executive Director, Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corporation

ODEC is very excited for the opportunity presented for Ozark and Dale County by Tractor Supply Company. Several new jobs were created and new shopping opportunities will come available in the area with Tractor Supply's unique customer shopping features. People that shop Tractor Supply regularly visit each month and will drive from as far as 30 minutes away. We expect while they are visiting that they will visit some of our other area merchants.

Tractor Supply's grand opening is set for Saturday June 30th.