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Top News Links: Thursday, Jan. 10

Another banner year predicted for Mercedes

Automaker predicts that it will top its 2012 records as construction now underway in Tuscaloosa plant adds auto-building capacity. — Birmingham News

Montgomery plant key to Hyundai success

Hyundai's Montgomery plant, which makes the brand's two biggest sellers, is key to the company's success, officials say. — Montgomery Advertiser

ArcelorMittal bidding for ThyssenKrupp mill

The world's largest steel company, Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal, told the Economic Times of India that it is bidding on ThyssenKrupp's new steel mill in Alabama. — Economic Times

ArcelorMittal raises $4 billion, despite "junk" credit rating. — Reuters

Breathe easy, Birmingham

For the first time in 30 years, federal officials say Birmingham has attained acceptable air quality standards. — Birmingham News

Lawmaker seeks data about incentives

For the fourth time, Rep. Patricia Todd has filed a bill asking for tracking of funds used to lure businesses to Alabama, seeking data on how money is spent and how effective it is in bringing jobs; Commerce Director Greg Canfield calls it "anti-job creation." — Montgomery Advertiser

Viper looks to lower prices, higher volume

Viper Motorcycles, based in Auburn, considers revised pricing, financial help for dealers in quest to be "sustainable American motorcycle enterprise;" appeals to shareholders for patience. — Viper PR

Daxko buys North Carolina app company

Birmingham-based Daxko, which creates software for community and medical agencies, has acquired Active Life Apps, based in North Carolina. — al.com

McKinney Capital buys Grounds Unlimited

Birmingham-based McKinney Capital has acquired Grounds Unlimited, the third landscape firm it has acquired in two years. — Birmingham News

Ocean Canyon Properties acquires Styx River RV Resort owner

Ocean Canyon Properties, which has properties at Lake Guntersville and in Langston and elsewhere, has acquired Gemini Funding Company Inc., owner of Styx River RV Resort at Robertsdale. — BYM Waterside Property News

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