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Top News Links: Monday, Feb. 17

Big Remington Arms announcement expected

New York-based Remington Arms is expected to announce today that it will open a manufacturing facility in Alabama. The move is expected to create about 2,000 jobs, with an estimated economic impact of $87 million, according to Yellowhammer News. The New York facility will stay open, but with a reduced workforce. “The company is making the move as an expansion of capacity, production and research,” an anonymous source told Yellowhammer News. – bizpacreview.com

Guard contract at heart of alleged recruiting scandal

When then-Lt. Col. Kay Hensen awarded a National Guard recruiting contract worth at least $200 million to an Alabama marketing company in 2005, investigative records show, the Guard failed to get a legal review for the program, did not conduct any market research and neglected to negotiate the contractor’s fee. Now Hensen works for the company, Docupak, and the Guard contract is at the heart of a national recruiting scandal. – militarytimes.com

With union threat gone, all eyes on GOP

Now that Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga have rejected the UAW in a close vote, attention turns to whether the GOP can fulfill its promises that keeping the union out means more jobs will come rolling in, the next great chapter in the flourishing of foreign auto makers in the South. – Alabama's 13

Montgomery now a tourist mecca

The biggest new business expansion news in Montgomery is tourism. For longtime residents of Montgomery, recent announcements were just one more sign of an almost miraculous turnaround for a downtown that seemed to shut off the lights after 5 p.m. Apparently one reason downtown is now so alive, is that more and more tourists are staying there. – Montgomery Advertiser

GMC picked for Montgomery airport consulting

The Montgomery Airport Authority Board of Directors voted unanimously to select Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood as the Airport Planning and Engineering Consultants for the next five years. – GMC Network News

ST Aerospace picks up support in Florida

The city of Pensacola and the Escambia County Commission gave tentative approval last week to an $8 million final funding deal to bring a much-hyped aircraft maintenance facility — and more than 300 jobs — to Pensacola International Airport. ST Aerospace, the Singapore-based company behind the deal, already has a major operation in Mobile. – pnj.com

Clicking ourselves into the poorhouse

If Robert Robicheaux is right, Alabamians may be clicking themselves -- and their state -- into the poorhouse. Robicheaux estimates that the state is losing around $200 million per year in sales taxes to e-commerce. He's also an advocate for collecting that tax. – The Piedmont Journal

Alabama bank finds value in stability

In an industry that's been rocked by change over the past decade, Montgomery-based Sterling Bank is a rare breed. It was formed 25 years ago in March as Sterling Bank, and is still operating under the same name — the only Montgomery bank that can make that claim. – mysanantonio.com

Brasfield & Gorrie celebrate Emory milestone

Brasfield & Gorrie has completed a key structure for the new Emory Proton Therapy Center, Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta. The structure, involving 26,000 cubic yards of concrete, will house the proton beam system used for cutting-edge cancer treatment. – Brasfield & Gorrie news release

GMC wins construction work in Pelham

The Pelham Board of Education voted unanimously this week to hire Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood architecture and engineering firm to provide services for future school building and renovation projects. – Shelby County Reporter

Contractors CEO Henry T. Hagood dies of cancer

Former Alabama Associated General Contractors CEO Henry T. Hagood recently died after a battle with cancer at the age of 69. Hagood served as Alabama AGC CEO for 45 years. – Bizjournals.com

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