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Top News Links: Wednesday, April 27

Cleber halfway through plowing Cuban paperwork

An Alabama tractor company angling to become the first American business in more than a half century to set up manufacturing operations in Cuba is about midway through the approval process. Cleber, based in Paint Rock outside Huntsville, wants to assemble small tractors in Cuba. – Miami Herald

Luckie creates contextual campaign for Williamsburg

Luckie & Company is helping the Williamsburg Area Destination Marketing Committee and the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance get ready for the summer tourism season with a contextual marketing travel campaign called "Summer of Freedom." – PRNewsWire

Boeing KC-46 fleet aircraft has successful first flight

With a successful first flight on April 25th, Boeing has added the fourth and final flight test aircraft to the KC-46 Pegasus fleet, a 767-2C. During the 1 hour, 40 minute flight, test pilots performed operational engine checks, flight controls and environmental systems checks and took the 767-2C to a maximum altitude of 39,000 feet prior to landing at Boeing Field, south of Seattle. – News release

Volkert Inc. creates Volkert Global to position for growth

South Alabama-based multi-discipline engineering services firm Volkert Inc. has formed a new entity, Volkert Global, to serve as an independent international affiliate for Volkert Inc. and extend the company’s ability to reach and serve its growing client base. – News release

Huntsville-based bank expanding to Mountain Brook

A Huntsville bank is expanding into Birmingham. Progress Bank received approval from its shareholders to open a new office at 200 Office Park Drive in Mountain Brook. Sean Johnson will lead the office as City President of the Birmingham market, and he will lead efforts to grow consumer and commercial lines. – AL.com

BioAlabama set for May 11 in Birmingham

BioAlabama, the state’s biotechnology and life science trade association, will bring together the state’s top leaders to identify and discuss opportunities to transition research to industry at its upcoming annual meeting on Wednesday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Westin Birmingham. – News release

Sherman named new CEO of Coca-Cola Bottling United

The Board of Directors of Birmingham-based Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc. has elected John H. Sherman as president and chief executive officer to succeed Claude B. Nielsen, who will continue to serve as chairman of the Board of Directors. – News release

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