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Martin Marietta's Mad Men Blitz Kiboshed

Martin Marietta's Mad Men Blitz Kiboshed

Martin Marietta’s blitzkrieg bid for Vulcan Materials was as hostile as those things get. The court case that ensued provides a window on the inside dealings and Madison Avenue spins.

August 2012
Magnificent Dreams and Harebrained Schemes

Magnificent Dreams and Harebrained Schemes

Not every great notion pans out to gold. The ones that do, we too quickly take for granted, forgetting the risks involved in their inception. The great visions that fail are too quickly forgotten, skipping over some memorable folly.

July 2012
Cross Section of an Alabama Mainstay

Cross Section of an Alabama Mainstay

Variety, craftsmanship and straight-up utility characterize Alabama’s largest natural resource-based industry—a welter of enterprises that turns out sycamore church pews, red oak coffins, longleaf pine poles, hand-carved toys and butterflies.

June 2012
Shot in the Dark

Shot in the Dark

An investment in hunting in Alabama seems a sure thing. But sometimes the risk is in the timing. Billy Ainsworth and sons launched a luxury shooters’ resort just as the economy blew up.

April 2012
Aggressive Strategies in Hard Times

Aggressive Strategies in Hard Times

In the worst of times, the best construction companies are aggressively planning for the next month, next year and next decade.

March 2012
Shelter from the Storm

Shelter from the Storm

Building for extreme weather

March 2012
Gateway to Crimson Tide Football

Gateway to Crimson Tide Football

Contractors and the University of Alabama team up to create a “fan’s paradise” at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

March 2012
Six-Pack of Fabricators

Six-Pack of Fabricators

Six of Alabama’s leading women in construction

March 2012
Builder Turns Developer

Builder Turns Developer

Careful planning mitigates the risk of a spec building project.

February 2012
Vulcan Slashes Dividend, Digging for Cash Flow

Vulcan Slashes Dividend, Digging for Cash Flow

December 2011