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Top News Links: Monday, Jan. 9

Alabama-made Ridgeline wins Truck of the Year

The Honda Ridgeline, which is solely manufactured in Alabama, is the 2017 North American Truck of the Year. The award was announced this morning at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The annual award is selected by a group of about 60 auto journalists who test-drive vehicles. – AL.com

Ford concedes next-gen navigation to phones

With declining interest in automaker-installed navigation systems, Ford Motor Co. has opted to let drivers use the technology most have been using all along: their own phones. After showcasing its next-generation autonomous research vehicle last week at the CES technology expo here, the automaker demonstrated its vision of in-car connectivity that allows drivers to project what's on their phone screen onto the dashboard. – Automotive News

The Limited calls it quits nationwide

The Limited, once a mall staple across America, is closing all 250 of its remaining stores. The closures were announced in a post to the clothing retailer's website. About 4,000 jobs, including season and temporary ones, will be lost. The Limited currently operates just one store in Alabama, in Dothan's Wiregrass Commons Mall. – AL.com

Drone technology saves money at construction sites

Drone technology is helping create greater efficiency in construction. On a hospital project in Apopka, Florida, Brasfield & Gorrie engineers used drones and related new technologies to conduct mapping that resulted in significant time and schedule savings. The work involved a 61-acre hospital construction site, where measuring the elevations of the earthwork using traditional methods would have been expensive and time-consuming. – News release

CHA Consulting acquires part of American Fire Protection

New York-based CHA Consulting Inc. has acquired an interest in American Fire Protection Inc., a leader in custom design, engineering, installation, and maintenance of fire protection systems. Based in Birmingham, AFP provides turnkey solutions for a variety of industries in the U.S. and abroad. – News release

Precision measurement firm J.A. King expands to Birmingham

J.A. King, a precision measurement company, announced their expansion into the Birmingham market today. The addition of this new facility significantly enhances J.A. King’s measurement and calibration service offering for the state of Alabama and throughout the region. “In October of 2016, we acquired B & C Instruments in Huntsville and we’re now delighted to be opening our Birmingham lab,” said CEO John King. – PRNewsWeb

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