The impact the Birmingham Business Alliance’s Talent Recruitment Project (TRP) Engineering and Technology workshop has on participating students is invaluable. Read about one Alabama A&M University student’s experience:
“My name is Kyle Littles. I am a graduate of Alabama A&M University. I graduated in the spring of 2016. My degree is in Logistics and supply chain management. I have been employed with Honda Manufacturing of Alabama for six months now. My attendance to the BBA talent recruitment event played a big part in helping me land my Job with Honda. The event in its entirety is great, but I especially enjoyed personally going around and interacting with the companies during the meet and greet events throughout the day. I feel I was able to clearly see what each company was looking for and get a sense of what talents I could offer to that company. Allowing students, the opportunity to have that interaction helps them feel as if the sky is truly the limit when it comes to the careers they choose to take, and helps build confidence to put ourselves out there to obtain the career goals we desire.” – Kyle Littles, Honda employee
The Birmingham Business Alliance Talent Recruitment Project (TRP) will host its Engineering and Technology workshop this year at 8:30 a.m., Friday, April 21, at Barber Motorsports Park for companies interested in engaging with leading tech talent from various Alabama universities.
Local companies can still register to participate in the event and gain the opportunity to mingle with top STEM students like Kyle from across the region. The employer registration fee of $25 includes:
Publix Super Markets celebrated its first day of processing at its new 638,000-square-foot distribution center in McCalla this week with an opening celebration and media tour. The facility will consist of 600,000 square feet of warehouse space and 38,000 square feet will be dedicated to cafeteria space, where workers will receive a free meal each day. The expansion is expected to create 300 new jobs by the end of 2017.
Publix joins several growing companies that call the Jefferson Metropolitan Industrial Park home. Beginning this week, products will be delivered to more than 80 Publix stores in Alabama and Tennessee from the facility.
County officials attended the grand opening ceremony to help celebrate the new addition to the Jefferson County business sector. Jefferson County Commissioner Jimmie Stephens reflected on the importance of the Publix expansion for the county.
“The business model that Publix has worked and prospered under is one to be admired by companies in our region and throughout the country,” said Jefferson County Commissioner Jimmie Stephens. “We’re excited for the beginning of a long, mutually prosperous relationship with Publix.”
Publix Super Markets worked closely with the Alabama Department of Commerce, Jefferson County officials and the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) to make the project come to life. Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington expressed his thoughts on how the new distribution center will influence business growth.
“Everything we do as an organization reflects upon the team, on the tremendous support of our partners,” said Rick Davis, senior vice president of economic development for the BBA. “None of this happens without each of us playing an important role. Patrick Murphy, with Alabama Power, Mike Swinson with Alagasco, Ted vonCannon with JCEIDA, we’re all contributors to the end result, which is bringing an elite-level corporate citizen like Publix to Jefferson County and the region.”
The company currently holds 58 stores in Alabama, with locations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
“We’ve always admired how Publix treats its customers and employees,” said Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington. “By bringing 300 new jobs here, this expansion helps Jefferson County continue to make a viable economic impact on the local community and our great state.”