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Stats & Facts – Week of March 20, 2017

Published on March 22, 2017

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Setting records

The U.S. Commerce Department’s data shows Alabama exports totaled $20.55 billion in 2016, an increase of 6.4% from 2015 and an all-time record.

Exports from Alabama companies have risen 15% since 2011 and 48% since 2006.

A global situation

Alabama-made goods were exported to 189 countries in every corner of the world.

Congratulations are in order

Advanced Optical Systems Inc. of Huntsville was one of eight recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Export Excellence Awards. Past Huntsville winners have included GATR Technologies, Schwarze Industries, Aladdin Light Lift, PESA Switching Systems, Line-X, and many others.

Continued success

The U.S. aerospace and defense industry set a new record for international sales in 2016, delivering $146 billion in exports, according to the Aerospace Industries Association.


Stats & Facts is a weekly series covering City of Huntsville economic development announcements, relevant national and regional statistics that could impact the Rocket City region and informational nuggets that span industries. It is compiled by Business Relations Officer Harrison Diamond.