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Top News Links: Thursday, July 18

Rocket company opens new facility in Huntsville

Moon Express Inc., a private company striving to utilize lunar resources by sending low-cost robotic missions to the moon, has opened a Propulsion Development Facility in Huntsville. — al.com

Poole named new House Education Budget Chairman

House Speaker Mike Hubbard has announced that Rep. Bill Poole will succeed Rep. Jay Love as chairman of the House Ways and Means Education committee, effective Aug. 1. — Montgomery Advertiser / South Union Street

Colorado company shifts operations to Huntsville

Quantum Corp. plans to lay off more than half of its 305 employees in Colorado Springs as the maker of computer storage devices outsources its remaining manufacturing operations to Texas-based Benchmark Electronics, which will do the work at its plant in Huntsville, Ala. The Gazette

Belle Foods bankruptcy proceedings underway

An unsecured creditor's committee has been formed to represent the companies who are not guaranteed payment from Belle Foods as part of the grocer's reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy. — al.com

Why Airbus chose Alabama

Allan McArtor, chairman of Airbus Americas, points to several factors that made Alabama an ideal location for the company's new A320 assembly line including an ideal location at Brookley Aeroplex and strong relationships formed with state officials. — Made in Alabama

New waste recovery facility planned for Montgomery

Infinitus Energy plans to build a $35 million waste recovery facility in Montgomery that will create 110 jobs and bring long-term environmental benefits to the area.— Made in Alabama

Farm co-op shuts down 8 Alabama stores

Southern States has announced that it will close eight farming supply and service co-op stores in Alabama including locations in Athens, Cullman, Danville, Geraldine and Henagar. — WAFF

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