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Exxel Bringing Back the Jobs

Exxel Bringing Back the Jobs

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CNBC recently featured Exxel Outdoors of Haleyville, Alabama as an economic success story because it is bringing jobs back from China. Exxel Outdoors founded in 1996 is a privately held company which currently has approximately 30% of the US sleeping bag market.  Exxel Outdoors employees approximately 115 employees earning an average wage of $14 per hour plus health and other benefits.

Harry Kazazian, CEO of Exxel Outdoors, shared his company through investing in technology can produce a sleeping bag 3% cheeper than it can be produced in China. He futrther shared that Exxel Outdoors now has the most efficient sleeping bag production facility in the world.

Alabama AdvantageSite

For Release: June 25, 2009

 Contact: Greg Knighton
205.943.4710 telephone
gknighton@edpa.org 

BIRMINGHAM, AL (EDPA) – The Cooperative District of Winston County has received AdvantageSite designation.

The AdvantageSite program requires that community economic development organizations provide documentation specific to a proposed industrial site, including a set of standard data related to ownership/control, environmental and geotechnical conditions, and infrastructure status.

(Front - L to R) Commissoner Ron Sparks, State of Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries; Amy Hiller, Princpal of Meek Elementary; Dr. ...,.... (Back) Larry Lee, Director of the Center for Rural Alabama.
(Front – L to R) Commissoner Ron Sparks, State of Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries; Amy Hiller, Principal of Meek Elementary; Dr. Joe Morten, Alabama State Superintendent of Educaton (Back) Larry Lee, Director of the Center for Rural Alabama.

After months of intensive study and more than 300 interviews, the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries’ Center for Rural Alabama will release their report, Lessons Learned from Rural Schools, at a banquet on May 6.

The report takes an in-depth look at 10 high-performing rural elementary schools in Alabama.  At least 65 percent of all students at each school receive free and reduced lunches.

By Chad Fell Senior Reporter, Northwest Alabamian

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LYNN – Winston County’s mega industrial park site received a major boost this past week to go with the already ongoing development of two lots, when U.S. Congressman Robert Aderholt announced $95,000 to be used specifically for road infrastructure at the park site.

“We had put a request in for infrastructure, road and sewer and water,” noted county commission chairman Roger Hayes. He said county officials presented the request to federal officials in Washington, D.C. at least two years ago, with the application made in the spring 2008.

Cooperative District Signs for Land

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, December 7, 2007 Contact: Grady Batchelor (205) 269-1780 WINSTON COUNTY – The Cooperative District of Winston County, Inc. comprised of the municipalities of Haleyville, Lynn, Double Springs, Addison and Arley; the County Commission and IDA took a big step toward making the vision of a countywide industrial park a reality with the purchase of 818 acreas located at the intersection of Alabama Highway 13 and Winston County Road 9 just 6 miles north of exit 39 off Interstate 22.