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Union hopes to organize workers at Airbus plant in Mobile

International Association of Machinists president says his group will seek to organize workers at the plant, due to open in 2015; says his organization has good relationship with Airbus. — Mobile Press-Register

Good for Alabama, but will it undermine U.S. industry?

Analyst says Airbus entry into U.S. market is reminiscent of influx of Japanese automakers that dropped U.S. car companies out of international leadership role. — Business Insider

Airbus move could help Kansas' Spirit Aerosystems

Having Airbus in U.S. could lead to additional business for Kansas firm that makes wing elements for Boeing and others. — Seeking Alpha

Hanil USA to add workers in Tallassee

Hanil USA, which makes brakes and fuel lines for Hyundai and Kia, broke ground this week for an expansion at its Tallassee plant, expecting to add two production lines and 60 workers. — WFSA

Texas Tech President Bailey called lone finalist for UA presidency

Guy Bailey, a University of Alabama alum and currently president of Texas Tech, has been identified as the only finalist in UA's search for a new president. — Amarillo Globe-News

$370 million new contracts for ST Aerospace

ST Aerospace, parent of STA Mobile, announced that it contracted for $370 million in new projects during the second quarter, including some MRO jobs; affiliate company gets approval to acquire Pemco World Air Services Inc. — Mobile Press-Register

Sikorsky signs five-year deal with Army, Navy

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. yesterday signed a five-year, $8.5 billion contract to provide 653 Black Hawk helicopters to the Army and Navy. — Defence Professionals

More cash confusion in Jefferson County

If bankrupt Jefferson County can't set aside funds for anticipated professional fees, like their lawyers' fees, how can they make payments on their debt, county officials ask court. — Reuters

Alabama vote buying scandal

Former casino owner Ronnie Gilley, who pleaded guilty to several counts in last year's gambling vote-buying scandal, has asked the judge to change his plea bargained sentence from jail time to community service time; prosecutors ask for 11-year sentence. — WWNT Radio

So long, Anniston Mondays

Anniston Star announced it will give up Monday edition. — Poynter

Commercial real estate service firm comes to Birmingham

IRR, an independent commercial real estate valuation and consulting firm, has opened an office in Birmingham. — Business Wire

Jackson named to post at Birmingham Business Alliance

L. Waymond Jackson Jr. chosen to lead education and workforce development efforts at Birmingham business group. — Birmingham Business Journal

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