The Southern Automotive Conference wrapped up in Birmingham today with three governors participating on a panel about the auto industry and Alabama’s Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield being inducted into the Southern Automotive Manufacturers Alliance Hall of Fame.
More than 800 people in the auto industry in the South – representing OEMs, suppliers and others – attended the three-day conference that featured exhibitors, speakers, panels and receptions for those working in the auto industry in the region. SAMA covers the automobile industry in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, and the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association hosted this year’s conference.
The governors panel featured Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves and South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster answering questions from moderator Lindsay Chappell, news editor for Automotive News, who called the panel “unprecedented” for SAC.
The governors, while acknowledging competition to land new and expanded companies, touted the cooperation among the Southern states when it comes to wooing the auto sector.