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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Challenger forces run-off in Birmingham mayor race

Randall Woodfin advanced in his bid to unseat the incumbent mayor of Birmingham on Tuesday, raising the hopes of progressives who had rallied behind his candidacy. Mayor William Bell, 63, and Woodfin will face off in an Oct. 3 run-off. In Mobile’s mayoral race, incumbent Sandy Stimpson won over Sam Jones. – Huffington Post

Royal Cup buys New Orleans cold brew coffee company

In a move that will put Royal Cup on store shelves with a vastly expanded product line, the Birmingham-based company has acquired Goodrich Gourmet, maker of the Icebox brand of cold brew coffee and concentrates. Royal Cup last week announced the closure of the acquisition, which included both the Icebox brand trademark and the New Orleans company’s production facilities. Icebox founder and president Bebe Goodrich has joined Royal Cup as director of liquid product innovation, overseeing the newly formed ready-to-drink arm. – BevNet

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Monumental Iron Masters

Monumental Iron Masters

It began with the Astor Place subway kiosk in New York City. Now almost every city in the country visits Alexander City, Alabama to get its iconic ironwork done.

Big Bet on Birmingham Rolls In

Big Bet on Birmingham Rolls In

Even with city subsidies and state tax credits, renovation of the Pizitz was a roll of the dice when it broke ground in 2015. “I really didn’t know how well it would work until this January,” says developer Jeffrey Bayer.

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A Straight Up Wager on Coal

A Straight Up Wager on Coal

Looking for a pure play in metallurgical coal? Alabama’s Warrior Met Coal is the only one you’ll find. Question is: How many are willing to bet on coal?

Autos Highly Pumped

Autos Highly Pumped

If the car loan bubble bursts, what would happen to automakers and the economies of automaking states?

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Fuel Fleet for the Southeast

Fuel Fleet for the Southeast

McPherson Companies, once a one-man show, is one of the largest oil and gas distributors in the region. A 2012 reorganization streamlined its extensively evolved operations.

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.

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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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