Over the past decade, the thriving international investments market in Alabama has created almost $20 billion in jobs and manufacturing around the state. German presence in the region has also grown tremendously in recent years, and has played a huge role in the expansion experienced there. Manufacturing giants Mercedes and Thyssen Krupp established precedent-setting homes here not too long ago, and have since enticed other foreign companies to follow in their footsteps.
March 29 marked a celebration of all of the above and then some at the 14th Annual Alabama Germany Partnership Dinner held at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham. The event brought together some 250 German investors and executives from around the Southeast for a night of dining, dancing and due recognition. Six German companies were honored for their expansion in Alabama in 2011, and included GACC South member companies BLG Logistics, Inc.; MB-technology NA LLC; and Mercedes-Benz U.S. International.
The GACC South was also a sponsor of this year’s event, to which we donated a Corporate sponsorship for the silent auction. President and CEO Martina Steigmeier helped open the evening’s program, which consisted of two auctions, dinner and a number of guest speakers – all put together with the assistance of a generous handful of German-American companies sponsors and volunteers.
The AGP and the GACC South are partner organizations with a long history of working together. We always enjoy being able to celebrate together at events such as these after lots of hard work. For more on the AGP and their network around Alabama, visit their website here.