The article offers information on Wal-Mart import distribution center (DC), the Port of Mobile which is scheduled to open in June, 2018. Topics discussed include challenges for shippers of commodities such as resins and forest products at export-dominated Gulf ports; comments of Jimmy Lyons, executive director of the Alabama State Port Authority; and the information on the expansion of auto assembly plants in Alabama and surrounding states.
Employee recruitment, Corporate directors, Wages, and Alabama. State Port Authority
The article reports on the plan of the Alabama State Port Authority to change the way it fills top positions by giving its executive director Jimmy Lyons more power to find new recruits. According to the author, the move allows Lyons to offer new recruits competitive compensation packages. It would also give Lyons the authority to appoint and fix salaries for 12 executive-level employees.
The article reports on plans of retail company Walmart for building of import distribution center at Mobile, Alabama including views of Jimmy Lyons, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Alabama State Port Authority, regarding its relevance for containerized shipments of U.S. Gulf ports in from Asia.
The article discusses the efforts of Port of Mobile in turning itself into a gateway for Gulf Coast container traffic with the construction of a 36 million-dollar intermodal container transfer facility. It states that the 2008 unveiling of APM Terminals Mobile increased the port's container throughput by 18.7 percent from 2011. Alabama State Port Authority executive director and chief executive Jimmy Lyons believes that the increased capacity will be further enhanced by the new facility.
Joint ventures, Site preparation, Industrial capacity, and Harbors
The article reports on site preparation for an automobile facility at the Port of Mobile in Alabama started by a joint venture between Argentine and Chilean port services companies in Alabama. Topics discussed include annual capacity of the facility according to Port Director Jimmy Lyons, expected completion of the project, and plants that are within competitive reach of Mobile, either by truck or rail.
The article reports on the plan of Fashion Express Service, a Maersk subsidiary to move to the Port of Mobile in Alabama. The company has been operating out of Port Everglades, Florida since Hurricane Katrina destroyed its New Orleans terminal. According to docks Director Jimmy Lyons, Fashion Express is one of many projects the Alabama state docks is wooing for its Choctaw Point container terminal.
Recessions, Containerization, Investments, Economic recovery, and Harbors
This article focuses on the prospects of the port of Mobile in Alabama as the recession diminishes. By the end of 2008, the Alabama State port authority had completed numerous infrastructure development projects including new coal, rail-ferry, and steel terminals, however, because of the recession, container volume did not grow at the rate that was anticipated. Nevertheless, the port authority's executive director Jimmy Lyons states that all their investments will give the port an advantage as the economy recovers.
New York Times. 9/22/2007, Vol. 157 Issue 54075, pB8-B8. 1/9p.
JAZZ festivals and JAZZ musicians
The article reports on the celebration of the 50th Monterey Jazz festival that was held in California in September 2007. It is stated that nearly 500 jazz artist including John Mclaughlin, Los Lobos, and Blanchard Quintet, performed at the festival. It is informed that the festival was started in 1958 by jazz artists' Jimmy Lyons, and Ralph Gleason.
The article reports that Alabama State Port Authority's proposed budget for fiscal year 2008 was approved in October 2007. Accordingly, the port's capital spending will increase together with its net earnings. Docks director Jimmy Lyons says that an estimated $2 million increase in 2008 may be achieved. Improvement projects for the port, which are scheduled to commence in 2008, include the building of the McDuffie Coal Terminal, Mobile Middle Bay Port and the Bulk Mobile Handling Plant.
World Trade. Dec2008, Vol. 21 Issue 12, p16-16. 1/8p.
BUSINESS, SHIPS, HARBORS, and PANAMA Canal (Panama)
The article reports that the port of Mobile, Alabama has begun operations at a newly built container terminal which will help the port attract more business once the Panama Canal expansion project is completed in 2014. According to the Port Authority Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jimmy Lyons, expansion of the Panama Canal will bring vessels twice as large as those now being serviced at Mobile.