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Top News Links: Tuesday, Aug. 16

LM, Raytheon in duel for Patriot radar replacement

The competition is heating up for two missile defense industry giants Lockheed Martin and Raytheon as the Army’s deadline for accepting future integrated air-and-missile defense radar concepts from industry came to a close Monday. Both companies are promising radar designs that can be fielded quickly and at agreeable price tags. – Defense News

Major hotel chains hit by hackers

Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott and Westin hotels in 10 states have been hit by hackers. Hotel operator HEI Hotels and Resorts said malware has been found at up to 20 of its properties. The hackers are believed to have accessed names, account numbers, expiration dates and verification codes for those using payment cards at point-of-sale terminals, such as food and beverage outlets or gift shops. – AL.com

Colorado aerospace company plans Huntsville expansion

Special Aerospace Services is establishing a permanent Huntsville presence in hopes of doing more business with NASA, the U.S. Army and area employers. Many of the Boulder, Colorado company's current clients are located near its Old Madison Pike office near Cummings Research Park and Redstone Arsenal. CEO Heather Bulk says its longtime relationship with existing Huntsville employers makes the Rocket City an ideal location for the company. – WAAY

Harbert to build massive apartment development

BL Harbert International has been selected as the general contractor for the new Vesta Apartment Development, located on Birmingham’s Highland Avenue. Estimated to be complete in the fall of 2018, the highly sought after complex will include a 17th floor recreation area, complete with a roof-top pool, exercise facility, yoga + Pilates center, outdoor sun terrace and club lounge. – News release

Smalligan named regional dean at Huntsville UAB campus

Roger D. Smalligan, M.D., MPH, a longtime clinician-educator, has been named regional dean of the Huntsville Regional Medical Campus at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Smalligan will come to UAB and Huntsville from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo, Texas, where he is a regional chair in the Department of Internal Medicine. – News release

Amazing Alabama website launched to lure business

Amazing Alabama (www.amazingalabama.com) – an industry recruiting website launched by Alabama Power in 2006 – has a new look with enhanced interactive tools, making it easier for businesses and industries to discover the advantages of coming to Alabama. – PRNewsWire

ARMDEC helping to fund the future of vertical lift

Research into the future of vertical lift aviation continues to move forward as six Technology Investment Agreements were recently awarded to six different companies. The program focuses on the design and development of new vertical lift aviation technologies. AMRDEC is the lead organization on the effort to deliver new aviation technologies to the military. – WAAY

Diversicare to take over 22 Golden Living facilities

Diversicare Healthcare Services has entered into Operation Transfer Agreements to assume the operations of 22 facilities from Golden Living, totaling approximately 2,600 acquired skilled nursing beds. The facilities are located in Alabama and Mississippi and the transactions are expected to become effective in the fourth quarter of 2016. – Globe Newswire

Hyundai IT VP wants strategic partnerships

Hwang Seung Ho wants to take a wrecking ball to the fortress mentality at Hyundai Motor Co. The Korean automaker is the crown jewel of the mighty Hyundai Motor Group, a sprawling conglomerate with companies spanning industries as diverse as steel, construction and financial services. – Automotive News

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