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MillenniumBlok® to locate in Monroeville, Alabama the first of six plants it will build, creating 100 jobs for the region.


Mayor Joseph Oglesby announced the date for the groundbreaking of MillenniumBlok® International, Inc. is April 10, 2017. This the first of six plants the company plans to build in the United States. The Company’s investment of nearly $7 million in its newest manufacturing plant located in Monroeville, Alabama will create 100 jobs in the area with a focus on Veterans. The manufacturing facility will be housed in a 52,000-square foot building located in the Monroeville Industrial Park. This facility will be 90 miles from the Mobile Alabama Port Authority making global shipments convenient and economical. The company manufactures revolutionary composite blocks and other products for the construction industry.

“We are thankful for the assistance of Governor Bentley, Director Jim Byard and Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Secretary Greg Canfield and Department of Commerce, Chairman Chris Masingill and Delta Regional Authority, Judge Greg Norris and Monroe County Commission, and Executive Director Whitney Hurt and the Monroeville/Monroe County Economic Development Authority,” says Mayor Oglesby, further commenting that, “The City of Monroeville is looking forward to working with MillenniumBlok® as we add needed jobs to our economy. I am confident this is just the beginning of positive things that are going to happen for Monroeville and Monroe County.”

Based on the Associated General Contractors of America’s fact sheet released on the impact of the construction industry and its impact on Alabama. The construction industry’s economic impact on the state is $8 billion (4.1%) of the state’s GDP of $199 billion. The wages and salaries from the construction industry total $4 billion in Alabama in 2014. The construction industry continues to grow at a rate not seen since before the economic downtown.

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Two Major Employers Involved in the Construction of the New Atlanta Braves Stadium

Two of Monroe County's major employers, Gate Precast and Billy Barnes Enterprises, are very involved in the construction of the new Atlanta Braves stadium. Gate provides all of the architectural precast and Barnes provides all the hauling service. Now you can watch these two companies at work! Click the links below to live webcam views of Gate and Billy Barnes in action.

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Alabama Southern Among the Top 100 Community Colleges in the Nation

ascc article imageMONROEVILLE, AL - A recent study found that Alabama Southern Community College ranks among the best community colleges in the nation. ASCC was the only community college in the state of Alabama to be ranked in the top 100.

WalletHub, an online financial site, examined 670 schools nationwide in the key areas of Cost and Financing, Classroom Experience, Education Outcomes, and Career Outcomes. The study examined data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Center for Community College and Student Engagement, the Council for Community and Economic Research and the American Institutes for Research and Optimity Advisors.

Alabama Southern, with an overall ranking of 74th, ranked 305th in Cost and Financing, 16th in Classroom Experience, 212th in Education Outcomes, and 387th in Career Outcomes. Additionally, the College was listed as the top school for lowest student-loan default rate.

Methodology used to measure Classroom Experience included the following:

  • Active & Collaborative Learning - students’ level of involvement in their own education and participation in team activities/projects
  • Student Effort - students’ initiative to apply themselves to the learning process
  • Academic Challenge - complexity of courses and amount of work involved
  • Student-Faculty Interaction - strength of communication and personal relationships between instructors and their students
  • Support for Learners - measures the availability and effectiveness of school-provided support services for students’ academic success
  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio

“The recognition of 16th in the nation for Classroom Experience is a direct result of the hard work from faculty and staff,” said Dr. Reginald Sykes, ASCC President. “We have high expectations for our students and ensure that services are in place to support their academic success.”

According to the study’s author, “community colleges are slowly stacking up against their traditional four-year counterparts. Schedule flexibility, rigorous coursework and smaller class sizes supply the majority of their appeal to first-time college entrants as well as to university students choosing to transfer to community colleges- an emerging trend that goes against the usual grain of transitioning from a two-year to a four-year institution”.

Alabama Southern provides students with a flexible schedule by offering courses on-campus, online, in the evening, in mini-terms, and through dual enrollment for area high school students. ASCC also offers smaller class sizes with a 17-1 student to faculty ratio.

Article Originally Posted on ASCC.edu


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Monroeville is known worldwide as the “Literary Capital of Alabama.”  Did you also know we are home to North America’s largest producer of mass market pulp?  Or that Gate Precast in Monroeville has been the architectural precast manufacturer of more than 50% of Atlanta’s skyline?  Or finally that we have more than 17 times the US average for counties our size of people working in the Long Distance Freight Trucking industry?

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