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Top News Links: Tuesday, Dec. 26

Polaris celebrates millionth Alabama-built Ranger

It was nearly three years ago when Polaris made big news in little Greenbrier, a community in Limestone County known mainly for a crossroads that includes a cotton gin and Greenbrier Restaurant, home of the best smoked chicken, catfish and hushpuppies you've ever tasted. The Minnesota-based ATV company would transform some of Greenbrier's farmland into a major manufacturing plant that now employs 1,700 people. – AL.com

Bombardier CEO says Boeing trade complaints ‘ridiculous’

Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare last week defended the discounting of new airplanes, a day after the Trump administration threw more support behind U.S. aerospace giant Boeing in a bitter trade dispute with its Canadian rival. Boeing has complained that Bombardier had received unfair government subsidies and dumped narrow-body jets below cost to Delta Air Lines. – Bloomberg

Lockheed Martin gets expanded missile order

The Department of Defense has upped a previous order with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control for THAAD interceptors. Lockheed Martin was awarded recently a $553,144,843 modification to a contract announced earlier this year. The value of the contract was increased from $273 million to $826 million. Work on the contract will take place in Alabama and three other states. – News release/MR

Honda of Alabama hits Pilot SUV production record

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama turned out more than 357,000 vehicles in 2017 at its Lincoln plant. That included a record number of Pilot SUVs, plant officials said. – AL.com

JSU graduate helps create patented 3-D printer fix

A Jacksonville State University graduate is among those receiving a patent this month for technology intended to make 3-D printing safer and more exacting. Jeremy Straub, a professor at North Dakota State University, was the lead inventor on a recently awarded patent, along with colleagues Benjamin Kading and Scott Kerlin. The three began work in 2012 that eventually led to the patent. – AL.com

Topgolf in Birmingham hit by random gunshot

Authorities say a window at Topgolf, a large entertainment and events complex in Birmingham has been struck by a gunshot. Topgolf spokeswoman Morgan Wallace said no one was hurt by the Saturday gunfire. Al.com reports that company officials believe the shot was fired in connection with some type of "online classifieds transaction" near the property. – AP/CBH

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