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Top News Links: Tuesday, July 15

GE to equip Auburn factory with 3D

GE Aviation has decided to equip a factory in Auburn to make engine fuel nozzles using additive manufacturing techniques. It will create the first factory in the jet propulsion industry dedicated to mass production of components by 3-D printers, GE says. – FlightGlobal

SES to add 450 jobs in Huntsville

Science and Engineering Services LLC announced that it expects to add 450 jobs in Huntsville over the next five years as part of a nearly $70 million expansion of its Alabama manufacturing operations. – Made In Alabama

Airbus to upgrade wide-body jet

The Airbus Group on Monday announced a plan to build an upgraded, more fuel-efficient version of its best-selling wide-body jet, the A330, in a bid to maintain competitiveness against its American rival, Boeing, in the market for long-range passenger planes. – NYT

Get out there and do your duty

About 5 percent of voters in the state are expected to turnout of today’s primary election runoff. Statewide, incumbent Terry Dunn of Southside faces former Greene County Commissioner Chip Beeker Jr. for Place 2 on the PSC, while state Rep. John Merrill of Tuscaloosa goes against former Montgomery County Probate Reese McKinney for secretary of state. The winner faces Democrat Lula Albert-Kaigler of Mobile in November. – Alabama’s 13

Birmingham group buys Time Domain

An ultra wideband product and service company based in Huntsville has been purchased by a private equity group in Birmingham run by Bonaventure Capital and Fidelis Capital. Time Domain provides small, low-power UWB ranging radio and radar sensors that wirelessly measure distance, send data and detect people and objects. – AL.com

Mission Cap inks shopping center financing

Mission Capital Advisors, a leading national real estate capital markets solutions firm, today announced that its debt and equity finance group has arranged long-term, low-interest rate financing for a shopping center in Florence. – News release

Total Quality Logistics opens in Daphne

Total Quality Logistics is opening an office in Daphne, which will employ up to 80 workers. The Cincinnati, Ohio-based company’s new Daphne sales office is its first in Alabama, according to a news release. The company seeks to be the leading service provider in the third-party logistics industry, a company official says. – The Packer

Del Marsh rejects new tax option

The leader of the Alabama Senate on Monday emphatically rejected the possibility of new taxes to address a looming budget shortfall in 2015. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said in an interview in his Senate office he would look at other proposals to close a gap in the state's $1.8 billion General Fund budget. – Montgomery Advertiser

Truck stop chain deals with feds

Pilot Flying J has struck a deal with federal investigators that will allow the mammoth truck stop chain to avoid prosecution over its rebate scam if it continues to cooperate with the ongoing investigation of its employees and pays a fine. – The Trucker

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