Manufacturing and automotive jobs come to Alabama

Job seekers looking for employment in the automotive or manufacturing fields are in luck, as the expansion of Honda's Talladega County plant is expected to bring opportunities to Alabama.

According to, Honda plans to invest more than $71.8 million in the company's southern operation, which may create 50 jobs for residents in the area in production fields. The company currently employs more than 4,000 individuals at the site, 450 of which were added within the last year. Governor Robert Bentley tweeted about the expansion and what it meant for Alabama.

"This latest expansion at @Honda is proof that Alabama continues to be a great place for automotive manufacturing companies to be successful," Bentley said on Twitter.

Amazing Alabama refers to the state as the Center of the Southeast U.S. Auto Industry, citing that its three major auto corporations - Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Hyundai - employed almost 30,000 people in 2011. Additionally, it reported that when it comes to U.S. car and light truck production, Alabama ranks fifth.

The state's latest Honda plant initiative is expected to complete construction and manufacturing installation by next year.