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Top News Links: Thursday, Jan. 8

Cinram closing; 100 to lose jobs in Cottondale

Cinram Operations Inc. is selling at least one of its two manufacturing plants as it ends operations in Cottondale. On Tuesday, Cinram informed about 100 remaining employees at its last operating plant there that they would be permanently laid off with the plant being closed by the end of March. The plant, one of two owned by Cinram on a 100-acre site along Interstate 20/59, made CD and gaming discs. – Tuscaloosa News

Keel Point, BlueCreek join as investors

A well-known independent wealth management firm established 12 years ago in the Rocket City has merged with Keel Point, LLC. Huntsville-based BlueCreek Investment Partners said it has joined forces with Keel Point to better serve family and institutional clients. The companies together manage $1.45 billion and have offices in Huntsville, Kansas City, Mo., and Vienna, Va. – AL.com

Goat cheese business spotlighted

An artisan goat cheese business in rural Limestone County will star in a new TV show on the Great American Country (GAC) network next week. Belle Chevre owner Tasia Malakasis said her goat cheese creamery and cheese shop in downtown Elkmont will be featured on GAC's "Off the Map" at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 with hosts Shannen Doherty and Holly Combs. – AL.com

Regions having Financial Fitness Fridays

Throughout the month of January, Regions Bank is hosting more than 350 events designed to help people improve their financial fitness in the New Year. The free events are part of the third annual Regions Financial Fitness Fridays program and will offer practical tips and guidance for anyone interested, regardless of whether they are a Regions customer. – News release

Red Square’s watchable Rich Sullivan

Global Gaming Business has selected Rich Sullivan, CEO and executive creative director at Mobile-based Red Square Gaming, one of the 25 People to Watch for 2015. The feature article in the January issue of GGB profiles international executives from technical, political and artistic sectors of the gaming industry. – News release

BSidesHuntsville getting worldwide buzz

The second annual BSidesHuntsville security conference is coming to Dynetics next month. The tech company announced it will host and sponsor the event at its Cummings Research Park Solutions Complex February 6-7. Sixteen speakers from several countries have confirmed they will attend this conference. – WAAY-TV

Army, UAH have new certificate program

The U.S. Army Materiel Command and the University of Alabama in Huntsville announced today the first for-credit graduate certificate program in supply chain management. AMC and UAH’s College of Business Administration are reviewing applications for the three-semester program that begins with spring semester at Redstone Arsenal. – Decatur Daily

ASF opens Charlotte terminal

ASF Intermodal on Wednesday announced the opening of its newest intermodal drayage facility, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. This location, which is the company’s first North Carolina terminal, joins ten other strategically located facilities throughout the South and Midwest. – News release

Hartzell Engine Tech has new website

Mike Disbrow of Hartzell Engine Technologies announced Wednesday that the company’s website (www.HartzellEngineTech.com) has been completely redesigned and has a new address: www.Hartzell.aero.“Creating a new website is a lot like launching any new product – you have design, development, testing and finally you roll it out to the public – it’s a team effort and now that it’s done, I can say it’s equally exciting,” the company president said. – News release

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