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Top News Links: Monday, Dec. 18

Huntsville megasite could be auto plant’s new home

A 1,252-acre tract of farmland in Limestone County's unincorporated Greenbrier community is apparently the site where Toyota-Mazda might locate their $1.6 billion plant, should the companies decide to build it in Alabama. The area, off Powell Road and Greenbrier Road, was passed over by Volkswagen in 2008 in favor of Chattanooga. Since then, it has been certified as a TVA Megasite and an Advantage Alabama site. – AL.com

Coca-Cola United to invest $28M more in Montgomery

Coca-Cola Bottling Company United Inc. will invest $28 million in improvements at a production facility and warehouse in Alabama. The company announced its investment Friday at its Montgomery Sales Center, as part of a bus tour of local industries. The future investment includes $23 million to expand production capability and $5 million to expand the warehouse in Montgomery, with completion expected in mid-2018. – AP/USN&WR

Anniston Army Depot to do military rail fleet maintenance

The Anniston Army Depot will be the new home of the Armed Forces' rail fleet maintenance. According to the depot, the Defense Non-Tactical Generator and Rail Equipment Center will relocate from Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah to Anniston. The center handles repair and maintenance of rail stock, rail equipment and large-scale non-tactical generator equipment. – AL.com

Montgomery chamber celebrates industry expansions

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday held its eighth annual Success Starts Here bus tour, which recognizes expanding industries that have made significant investments year-to-date. The $204,929,270 in investments and 1056 new jobs these industries have announced helped secure 7,393 existing local jobs. – WFSA

Will the new tax bill address sluggish real income?

In 2016, those families that worked full time for the full year saw zero increase in their real income. We have a labor market that is employing people, but it's not delivering increases in the standard of living. – APR

Prime mover in Huntsville moving on

Odie Fakhouri took a chance two years ago when he moved to Huntsville, a progressive city and growing hub for innovation in north Alabama. The 33-year-old world traveler and real-estate developer had met the RCP Companies team responsible for some of the city's largest mixed-use projects and knew it was the right move for his career and Huntsville. – AL.com

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