Overseas industry recruitment a priority
Sep 17, 2009 | 1121 views |  2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Take away the $3.1 billion in exports to Germany from Alabama. Reduce the 1,500 Alabamians employed by 50 German companies in the state.

And what’s left is where Alabama would be if it did not have strong ties overseas.

Multiply that by hundreds of other international companies doing business with and inside Alabama, and you get the picture.

So does Gov. Bob Riley. That’s why it should be encouraging that Riley has made recruiting overseas a priority in his administration.

He has just returned from trips to Germany and Spain, hoping to strengthen those ties and create new bonds to overseas business.

Aggressive recruitment pays off, and business with international ties taking root in Alabama soil continues to make a sizable impact on the state’s economy.

In our own backyard, we can look at Honda in Lincoln, Nippon Oil in Childersburg, Nemak in Sylacauga and Eismann Automotive in Pell City, just to name a few, and see a melting pot of international industries calling the region home.

It is testament to Alabama’s ability to attract industry and provide a qualified workforce that brings them here. And we support Riley’s efforts to continue the trend.