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Top News Links: Wednesday, April 6

New bill for wineries, distilleries headed to governor

Bills expanding the rights of wineries and distilleries passed the Alabama House of Representatives Tuesday and are headed to the governor's office. If Gov. Robert Bentley signs them, it'll be a lot easier for consumers to buy alcohol directly from suppliers. – AL.com

Hyundai plant prepares to build Santa Fe Sport

The Hyundai assembly plant in Montgomery shut down for a week in March to prepare to build the Santa Fe Sport. Still, the plant managed to build nearly 30,000 vehicles last month, helping to fuel the biggest sales month in company history. The company reported March sales of 75,310 vehicles in North America, including an all-time record of 28,778 Sonatas. – Montgomery Advertiser

Kamtek construction on schedule in Birmingham

Kamtek's new aluminum casting facility is just months away from completion and could begin producing auto body parts for BMW as soon as this fall, the company said. The company's new 148,000-square-foot aluminum casting facility along Sterilite Drive should be complete in less than three months. – BizJournals.com

Next Level Apparel bringing 100 jobs to Ashford

A California-based clothing company plans to open a distribution center in southeast Alabama, creating at least 100 jobs. Next Level Apparel will convert a vacant building once used for textile manufacturing in the city of Ashford into its new East Coast distribution center. The company will receive state tax incentives. Local governments in the area have also promised $150,000 in improvements. Plans for the center include doubling the size of the existing building to at least 120,000 square feet. – Dothan Eagle/AP/TimesDaily.com

Impeachment effort moves ahead

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley was hit Tuesday with a longshot impeachment effort in the wake of a scandal involving a former top aide, the latest sign of his growing political troubles. Republican Rep. Ed Henry introduced the articles of impeachment, saying lawmakers and voters have lost confidence in the two-term GOP governor. – AP/ABC

Huntsville’s Southern Cord acquired by California company

This first umbilical cord blood bank in Alabama is now under new ownership. California Cryobank Stem Cell Services LLC has acquired Huntsville company Southern Cord. Southern Cord, located in the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, services the Southeast. Cord blood is used to help treat various conditions. – WAAY

Hartzell Engine Tech acquires Sky-Tec

Hartzell Engine Technologies, with offices in Montgomery, has announced its acquisition of Sky-Tec — a manufacturer of aircraft starters and solenoids. Adding solenoids to its portfolio, HET will extend its reach to the Lycoming engine market, while enhancing its product offerings with Sky-Tec’s starters. – FlyingMag.com

Dewberry acquires engineering firm Preble-Rish

Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm with offices in Mobile, announced Tuesday the acquisition of Preble-Rish. The 120-person full-service consulting engineering and surveying firm is well known throughout the Florida Panhandle and coastal Alabama for its strong relationships with clients and communities. – Amerisurv.com

Workers suspect hacking at Dothan city schools

Authorities are investigating complaints by numerous employees of Dothan city schools that their personal information appears to have been stolen and used to file fraudulent tax returns. The Dothan Eagle reports police have confirmed that between 20 and 30 school workers filed police reports saying their identities may have been stolen. – AP/Decatur Daily

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