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Top News Links: Thursday, April 17

Japanese auto supplier coming to Vance

Toyota Boshoku America, a Japanese auto supplier, will open a new facility next year in an industrial park near Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Vance. The company will make parts for a new model that Mercedes-Benz will add to its production lineup in 2015. The plant will have 36 skilled employees. – Tuscaloosa News

Hyundai reveals new-look Sonata

Alabama took the spotlight Wednesday at the New York Auto Show as Hyundai raised the curtain on a radical change to its popular, Montgomery-made Sonata. It’s the first complete redesign in four years, and it’s more than skin deep. – Montgomery Advertiser

Vitamin company builds stronger Opelika

A vitamin company is planning to expand its operations in Opelika in a move that's expected to bring more than 50 new jobs to the eastern Alabama community over three years. – AP/Star-Telegram

Airbus Group CEO McArtor visits site

The Airbus A320 final assembly line under construction at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley enjoyed a special visitor Wednesday. Allan McArtor, chairman and chief executive officer of Airbus Group Inc., toured the facility with officials from Hoar Program Management for a firsthand look at the $600 million project. – al.com

Florence company has wealth of Porsches

Fast sports cars with sleek, sexy lines are the last thing passers-by probably imagine when they see the nondescript metal building in an industrial park in northwest Alabama. But that's exactly what they will find at Trissl Sports Cars. – TimesDaily

Transportation secretary tours NABI Bus

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx toured Anniston's NABI Bus manufacturing facility Wednesday, making a pitch for a national infrastructure package the Obama Administration plans to send to Congress this month. – al.com

Road gets new name for gun maker

Remington Outdoor's future Huntsville firearms plant is located at 100 Electronics Blvd. But Remington, which hopes to begin production there in 2015, wants an address that better reflects its heritage as America's oldest gun maker. – al.com

Alabama among most fed-dependent states

A new study by WalletHub reports that Alabama is the third most dependent state on federal money. For every dollar Alabama pays in federal taxes, it receives the equivalent of $3.28, according to the report. – TimesDaily

Good session for business, BCA says

The 2014 legislative session saw significant results for Business Council of Alabama members and the business community, topped by enactment into law of Taxpayers Bill of Rights II legislation and support for College and Career-Ready Standards, according to William J. Canary, president of the BCA. – Montgomery Advertiser

Report: National parks pull their weight

Alabama’s national parks bring both visitors and dollars to the state. Those visitors spent $26.5 million in Alabama in 2012 and supported 381 jobs, according to a recent National Park Service report. – Anniston Star

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