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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Amazon founder wants rocket engines from Huntsville

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' private spaceflight company is planning to build a powerful new rocket engine in Alabama, the company and state officials announced Monday. Blue Origin President Robert Meyerson said his company is seeking a production contract with United Launch Alliance, a private company that provides satellite launches for the U.S. government and others. – CBS

Teasing out threads of the Blue Origin announcement

So, why a big public announcement for a plant Blue Origin won't build unless it wins a ULA contract it hasn't won? Why was a detailed package of state incentives totaling nearly $50 million released, along with details of Huntsville's own $6 million in incentives? There was even a movie welcoming Blue Origin as an heir to Wernher von Braun. Blue Origin wasn't answering further questions Monday, and it's possible the answer is as simple as the Huntsville chamber has a good reason to expect Blue Origin will win. – AL.com​​

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Global Temperature Check

Global Temperature Check

Atmospheric scientist John Christy says two decades of data don’t back up the mathematical models of global warming theory.

Recipe for All Pro Hospitality

Recipe for All Pro Hospitality

Bob Baumhower — upon opening a rooftop fine dining eatery, in addition to his $31 million family dining enterprise — shares his back story, from Tuscaloosa to Miami, from lineman to host.

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From the Alps to Alabama

From the Alps to Alabama

RUAG Space moved its manufacturing of parts for U.S. Atlas V rockets from Switzerland to Alabama.

The Future of Textiles

The Future of Textiles

Lenzing Fibers’ $293 million investment in its Alabama plant will make it the world’s largest producer of the futuristic fabric Tencel. It’s part of a high-tech resurgence in U.S. textile manufacture.

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Up Close World ’Round

Up Close World ’Round

The best sights in the world are bigger and better close up and SeeCoast Manufacturing in tiny, scenic Fairhope has the globe circled with its viewers.

Legacy Machine Maker

Legacy Machine Maker

One of the largest employers in Dale County is a manufacturer that sprouted from the area’s rural roots and continues to flourish, cutting trees and clearing land.

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Coping with New Overtime Rules

On December 1, the cost of labor for your business is likely to increase dramatically if you don’t take any action.

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