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Top News Links: Friday, Feb. 20

Lockheed Martin adds 240 jobs in Troy

Alabama has partnered with Lockheed Martin to add an additional 240 employees by 2020 at the company’s Pike County Operations facility in Troy. “Lockheed Martin has been a strong employer in Pike County for 20 years, and today we celebrate the announcement of an enhanced partnership that will create a total of 240 additional jobs before 2020,” Governor Robert Bentley said. – Made In Alabama

Judge rejects BP request for lower fines

A federal judge rejected BP's request to lower the fines it will pay for its role in the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In an order handed down Thursday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier sided with lawyers for the federal government that the company should pay as much as $4,300 for each barrel of oil that was spilled. – AL.com

Hoar breaks ground on Jacksonville commissary

Hoar Construction participated in a groundbreaking ceremony last week for the New Commissary and Navy Exchange Renovation at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida.  The facility is being developed by the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), and Hoar Construction will serve as the project’s general contractor. – News release

Toyota Alabama names new general manager

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama in Huntsville has a new general manager of production. Bob Crull is responsible for Toyota's four-cylinder, V6 and V8 engine lines. Crull, who has served in different leadership roles at Toyota over the past 10 years, has experience with expansion projects and in engineering and production operations. – AL.com

Manufacturers of the Year selected

The Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama Technology Network announced the winners of the 2015 Manufacturer of the Year Awards at a luncheon on Thursday.  The program recognized Alabama's manufacturing companies that exhibit excellence in leadership, performance, profitability and workforce relations, according to a news release. North American Lighting of Muscle Shoals won for the tier of companies, 400 or more employees. WAAY-TV

National Entrepreneurial Week Feb 23-27

The Culverhouse College of Commerce at The University of Alabama and the Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute will celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week Feb. 23-27. Annually sponsored by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education, the celebration is designed to celebrate American entrepreneurs and the lifelong learning opportunities that prepare the business leaders of the future. – UA News

DeAngelis Diamond starts new facility

DeAngelis Diamond Healthcare Group LLC has started the Group Home 3 for Rolling Hills Hospital in Oklahoma. The 5,900-square-foot facility is owned by Acadia Healthcare. The single-story, 16-bed Behavioral Health Group building will cost $1.5 million and is scheduled for completion in May 2015. It is the second project on the Rolling Hills Hospital campus for DeAngelis Diamond. – News release

Drummond looks to hike Colombian coal levels

U.S.-based Drummond said it expects coal production in Colombia this year to reach about 30 million tons as it increases mining even as prices remain low, its Colombia president Jose Miguel Linares said this week. Colombia's second biggest coal miner produced about 26.8 million tons last year, up 17.5 percent from 2013. – Reuters

Golden State Foods plans Opelika plant

A California-based company announced today plans to open a $40 million state-of-the-art meat processing facility in Opelika. The Golden State Foods Corp. facility set to open in the Northeast Opelika Industrial Park will create 173 jobs, Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller and other officials announced. – AL.com

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