HUNTSVILLE - Governor Bob Riley praised Alabama's workforce for helping to attract new companies to the state during an event at Navistar Engine Group's new Huntsville plant.
Governor Riley and Navistar officials dedicated the company's new 300,000-square-foot plant where workers will assemble diesel engines. Huntsville is home to another Navistar engine plant and both plants employ 361 employees.
"There are many places Navistar could have chosen to build this plant. They are here for one reason and one reason only, and for that I want to thank you," Governor Riley told Navistar employees. "The outstanding work ethic Alabamians have has really separated us from the rest of the world."
The Governor also noted in his remarks that Alabama was one of only five states in the nation that saw its unemployment rate drop last month. The state's August unemployment rate stood at 4.9 percent, while the national rate increased to 6.1 percent.