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Top News Links: Wednesday, August 30

Survey: 70 percent of construction firms report hiring woes

Seventy percent of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released Tuesday by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that many firms are changing the way they operate, recruit and compensate, but cautioned that chronic labor shortages could have significant economic impacts absent greater investments in career and technical education. – News release

Dynetics kicks off project to build Alabama rocket test facility

Huntsville-based Dynetics Inc. Tuesday launched a project to raise a three-building complex in Alabama to support the development and testing of large rocket components. Leaders of Dynetics joined state and local officials at a groundbreaking ceremony in Decatur, near the sprawling United Launch Alliance (ULA) factory where Atlas V and Delta IV rockets are assembled. – Made In Alabama

Here’s a peek at the latest piece of the Alabama-built SLS

It's a cone 30 feet tall made of space age alloy. At the bottom, it's a little over 27 feet wide. At the top, just over 16 feet wide. And it's the biggest piece of space hardware ever built at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. For all that, it's seeing how small the cone is on a scale model of the Space Launch System it is part of that makes the size of SLS begin to seem real. It is going to be huge. NASA, Marshall and prime contractor Teledyne Brown Engineering teamed up on the cone officially called the launch vehicle stage adapter. – AL.com

Harvey may end up hitting you at the pump

While flood waters continue to rise in southeast Texas, gasoline prices are expected to rise in Alabama as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Even before the storm hit, experts realized Houston and Corpus Christi have nearly 20 refineries that might be affected. – WBRC

Anniston considers incentives for battery tech research facility

New Flyer of Anniston could become the home of a battery technology research facility. The Anniston Star is reporting that the Anniston City Council is discussing a three-year incentive package for the business. New Flyer is the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, with six manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada. – AL.com

Baxter completes $270 million expansion in Opelika

Gov. Kay Ivey was in Opelika Tuesday as Baxter Inc. celebrated the completion of the company's $270 million expansion. The expansion doubled the plant's square footage and will lead to a doubling of its workforce. Ivey said an Alabama business' success and expansion are worth celebrating. Baxter makes dialyzers, used for people with end-stage renal disease to filter fluids through dialysis. – AL.com

Alabama-based EWTN opens studio in United Kingdom

EWTN Global Catholic Network has opened its first studio and office in the United Kingdom. The facility is located in a converted home in the historic Village of Walsingham, north of London. The town is the home of one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Europe, the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, which dates to 1061. – PR Newswire

Barber named president of Nesbitt & Co.

S.S. Nesbitt & Co. Inc., a Southeastern insurance agency and division of Birmingham-based EBSCO Industries Inc., has appointed insurance veteran Paul Barber as president. Barber comes to S.S. Nesbitt after having spent 25 years in a variety of leadership roles at McGriff, Seibels & Williams Inc., a national insurance agency. – Insurance Journal

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