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Top News Links: Thursday, July 25

Expansion on the way at Alabama State Port Authority

Officials with the Alabama State Port Authority announced that a new $36 million steel terminal will be constructed on the north side of the port, which will expand the port’s ability to handle steel coil at the main docks complex. The project is expected to create as many as 50 permanent jobs. — al.com

Unexpected interest in closing stores spurs Belle Foods to sell all

Belle Foods said unexpected interest in some stores it was already closing prompted the company to consider selling the remaining 44 stores as it tries to pay back more than $42 million in debt. — Birmingham News

Alabama recognized as rising automotive powerhouse

Although Tennessee came out on top, Alabama made a strong surge into the second place spot in the annual state Automotive Manufacturing Strength ranking released by Business Facilities. — Business Facilities

AMG hires new president

Alabama Media Group has hired 38-year-old Matt Sharp as its new president. Sharp will relocate to Alabama from Michigan by the start of the school year. — Birmingham Business Journal

Hope for Holly Pond

Area economic development officials and Holly Pond Mayor Herman Nail have confirmed that HessAire has purchased the vacant VF Jeanswear facility and plans to bring new jobs to the town. — Cullman Times

Lee County businesses prepare for new gun law

Beginning Aug. 1, businesses in Lee County will need to comply with new gun laws that allow individuals to carry firearms to the workplace under certain conditions. — Opelika-Auburn News

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