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February 2013

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Flashback: Alabama Crude

Flashback: Alabama Crude

The Competitive Edge and Right-to-Work

The Competitive Edge and Right-to-Work

Passage of right-to-work laws in competing states takes the edge off the South’s non-union advantage in industry recruitment. Other assets become more crucial — such as high-tech skills stacked on top of a non-union culture.

Career Notes, February 2013

Career Notes, February 2013

Strategic Redirection Saves Retail Real Estate Venture

2012 marks a triple return compared to the recession years

Big League Workforce Demands

Big League Workforce Demands

Alabama is in a headlong sprint to keep job skills in pace with auto production demands.

Big Premiums, Paltry Payouts

Big Premiums, Paltry Payouts

Pie Lab’s Community Chemistry

The creative hub of Greensboro is a storefront where people cook up community solutions, or just meet, greet and and eat great pie.

Birmingham Breathes Easier

Birmingham Breathes Easier

Stocking Language Supplies

Stocking Language Supplies

The demand for language skills has grown as quickly as international investment and overseas sales.

A Severe Weather Pure Play

A Severe Weather Pure Play

A group of Australian investors bought the leader in world weather forecasting — an Alabama company with a breakout product fueled by the extremes of climate change.

Monster on the Prowl

Monster on the Prowl

ThyssenKrupp Leader Declares Reformation

ThyssenKrupp Leader Declares Reformation

Company Kudos, February 2013

Company Kudos, February 2013

Movers & Shapers, February 2013

Movers & Shapers, February 2013

Shuttles on the Auction Block

Shuttles on the Auction Block

Mining and Murder in the Global Jungle

When Drummond Ltd. staked its future on rich coal reserves in war-torn Colombia, it shouldered a heavy load of political risk. But it may not have banked on allegations of corporate-sponsored murder.

Expansions, layoffs and acquisitions

Spotlight on Coffee & Dale Counties

Spotlight on Coffee & Dale Counties

Crossword Puzzle, Feb. 13

Crossword Puzzle, Feb. 13

Number One Tax Tip for 2013 — Put your tax advisers on speed dial

Transocean Bites $1.4 Billion Bullet; Not Enough, Says Bentley

Transocean Bites $1.4 Billion Bullet; Not Enough, Says Bentley

Manufacturing Champions Out of Alabama

Mercedes CEO Markus Schaefer says his Tuscaloosa plant in the “great green environment” of Alabama is a company benchmark of efficiency — a brand and process comparable to the football team up the road.

Highpoints for a New Year

Highpoints for a New Year

The Way of the Wayward Andy

The Way of the Wayward Andy

From beachcomber, to standup comic, to bestselling author and motivational speaker — the Andy Andrews way has been an inspiring meander.

Great $30 Million Moon Chase

Great $30 Million Moon Chase

Ready for Another Big Bank Crisis? Bailout?

Ready for Another Big Bank Crisis? Bailout?

A day of reckoning is coming for the investment banks whose securities fraud caused the 2008 financial crisis.