President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at the Women’s Empowerment Panel

White House – March 30, President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at the Women’s Empowerment Panel in the East Room. (Official White House Photo by Jonathan Gallegos)

President Donald Trump introduces Enda Kenny, the Taoiseach of Ireland, to Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce

White House – March 16, President Donald Trump introduces Enda Kenny, the Taoiseach of Ireland, to Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, in the West Wing Lobby on Thursday, March 16, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

SelectUSA Executive Director Vinai Thummalapally Joins Deputy Commerce Secretary Bruce Andrews on Tour at Hannover Messe 2016

SelectUSA Executive Director Vinai Thummalapally Joins Deputy Commerce Secretary Bruce Andrews on Tour at Hannover Messe 2016


U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker attends 2016 Hannover Messe and Tours the Port of Hamburg

Monday, April 25, 2016

After opening the U.S. National Pavilion on the first day of Hannover Messe, President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Secretary Penny Pritzker took a tour of the trade show floor. Here at the Ohio booth, they examine a prosthetic hand produced by a 3D printer used by many students and businesses.


Holmes Stoner met with the leaders of the upcoming TPP Free Trade Agreement 

From right to left: AICC chairman Holmes Stoner, U.S. ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius 

AICC chairman Holmes Stoner met with U.S. ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius, U.S. ambassador to Singapore Krik Wagar, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Bureau of Economic and business Affairs Kurt Tong and other leaders of the upcoming TPP Free Trade Agreement in BUSINESS FORWARD Business Leader Briefing in Los Angeles in March 12, 2016.

( AICC images)

President Barack Obama in the Oval Office

President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, April 18, 2016.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The Berghoff Group to establish production facility in Alabama

From left to right: U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Emerson, Ulrich Berghoff, Founder of The Berghoff Group, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews

HANNOVER, GERMANY AND AUBURN (ALABAMA), USA – The Berghoff Group announced today that the Germany-based company will set up its first U.S. manufacturing location in Auburn, Alabama. The company plans to invest approximately $30 million and create approximately 100 precision machining jobs in Auburn over the next five years.
U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Emerson announced the deal at the Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial fair, where the United States is the official Partner Country this year. U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel officially opened the 2016 Hannover Messe on Monday, April 25.

“We welcome middle-sized German companies investing and succeeding in the United States,” Emerson said. “The Berghoff Group is a family-owned firm with a strong tradition here in Germany. We are proud to join that tradition with U.S. productivity and innovation – among the many reasons foreign firms choose to invest in the United States.”

“With the North America operation we will be able to serve our global customers both from Europe and the U.S.,” stated Oliver Bludau, CEO of the Berghoff Group. “Berghoff’s principles and processes will create the same quality and value for our customers for products made at our Auburn location. We are very grateful to the State of Alabama and the City of Auburn for the support that our project is receiving.”

Starting in 2017, the Berghoff Precision Machining will use its manufacturing expertise to produce parts in Auburn for key customers in the equipment manufacturing, semiconductor, and aerospace industries.

“The Berghoff Group’s decision to open a facility in Alabama means 100 well-paying jobs and another world-class company operating in the state,” said Alabama’s Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield. “The Berghoff Group is widely known as a high-quality manufacturer, and its investment in Alabama is a powerful endorsement of the state as an ideal location for expansion.”

The presence of Auburn University and its well-known engineering program played an important role in Berghoff’s location decision, according to the company. The Auburn facility will be Berghoff’s fifth manufacturing location, joining operations in Germany and Switzerland.

The Berghoff Group is a global leader in the mechanical processing of highly complex workpieces, including five-axis and high-speed machining. The company machines a variety of high-performance metals in the high-mix, low-volume, and high-complexity fields.

Auburn Mayor Bill Ham, Jr. said: “The announcement today is great news for Auburn and this expansion will provide excellent job opportunities for our residents. I am extremely grateful for the support that the project has received from the State of Alabama, and I’m proud to welcome the Berghoff team to Auburn.”
For additional information about the Berghoff Group, visit or contact Falk Al-Omary, Head of Communications, at or +49 (0) 271-3032902.

For additional information about Auburn, Alabama, visit or contact Arndt Siepmann with the City of Auburn Economic Development Department at +1-334-275-0488.

( SelectUSA )