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Company Kudos, June 2013

The Partners for Environmental Progress recently presented its 2013 Stewardship Awards to G.A. West & Co., Hand Arendall LLC, Mobile Bay Transportation/Yellow Cab, Rain for Rent and Thompson Engineering. In addition, they presented the Community Partner Award to Dog River Clearwater Revival. Pictured are (l-r) Allan Gustin, Gary West, David Hollinger, Kim Sweet, Jeff Cline, Amanda Cox, Melvin Evans, Terri Cain, Neil Johnston, Margie Wilcox, Malcolm Steeves and Paul Klotz.

For the ninth consecutive year, 3M, which has locations in Decatur and Guin, has won a Sustained Excellence Award for its energy conservation efforts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is the first firm to win this many consecutive awards.

Two products created by Advanced Optical Systems Inc., of Huntsville, the Hermes System and the AIRprint, have been chosen as finalists for the 2013 Edison Awards.

The A.G. Gaston Boys and Girls Club, of Birmingham, recently celebrated its 46th anniversary. The club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Alabama A&M University’s College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences’ rocket team topped NASA’s annual University Student Launch Initiative. A&M’s team competed against nearly 40 teams from across the country.

The Alabama chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects has named its 2012 Landscape Award winners. Receiving the Honor awards in the Analysis and Planning Categories were Ross Bridge - Holcombe Norton Partners, and Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail Systems – Goodwyn Mills Cawood. In the General Design Category, Merit awards were presented to: KPS Group Inc. for the Auburn Campus Green and Avondale Park; Holcombe Norton Partners for Auburn Ped Ways; Johnson & Co. for Elizabeth Naro Saia Garden; Hillworks for Transformation Garden; Greenview Studios for the Massey Residence and Golightly Landscape Architecture for a Private Residence in Mountain Brook. The Research Merit Award went to Hillworks for Phenology. In the Student Awards category, the Honor Award and the Merit Award went to Auburn University for its work at Peacock Place in Montgomery and Parkerson Mill Creek.

Auburn University and the University of Alabama have been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, a recognition of the leading colleges and universities for their dedication to civic engagement, service learning and volunteering.

Birmingham Fastener has been awarded certification for ISO 9001:2008, under the guidelines of the International Organization for Standardization. Founded in 1980, the Birmingham-based company has locations in Alabama, Texas, Florida and Nebraska. 

Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards have been presented to the following companies for 2013 in first place: Best in Show and Whole House Remodel $250,000-$500,000 – Twin Construction Inc.; Kitchen Remodel Under $40,000 – Grace Klein Construction Inc.; Kitchen Remodel $40,000-$80,000 – Toulmin Cabinetry; Kitchen Remodel Over $80,000 – Precision Homecrafters LLC; Bath Remodel Under $20,000 – Roddy O. Sample & Associates; Bath Remodel $20,000-$50,000 – Counter Dimensions; Bath Remodel Over $50,000 – Case Design Remodeling; Residential Specialty Project, Basement Remodel, Outdoor Living and Whole House Remodel Over $500,000 – ARC Design-Build; Additions Under $100,000 and Additions $100,000-$250,000 – Slaton Custom Homes; Additions Over $250,000 – Bluestone Building LLC; Commercial Renovation – C. Roberds General Contractors LLC; Universal Design – H B Thompson Construction Services Inc.; Exterior Remodel – The Letlow Co. LLC; Space Renovation – McKay Building Co Inc., and Whole House Remodel Under $250,000 – BMR Homes Inc.

Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc., an employee-owned professional services firm, ranked no. 163 among the nation's top engineering companies on Engineering News-Record's annual list of Top 500 Design Firms. It was a 17-point increase from the company's previous ranking in 2012.

Digium Inc., of Huntsville, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Asterisk Open Source Conference and Exhibition. The conference, held in Atlanta this year, provides a forum for users and networking opportunities for collaborators.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Mobile-East Bay/Daphne recently took home seven national awards for 2012, and its overall performance ranking placed it number two in the Homewood Suites worldwide chain, which has 319 locations.

Lewis Communications, of Birmingham, has won 28 awards from the District 7 Regional ADDY Awards competition. The firm won 15 gold and 13 silver awards, competing against firms from five Southeastern states.

Mowery Consulting Group, in Montgomery, brought home four trophies from the 2013 Pollie Awards in Washington, D.C. It is the fifth consecutive year the firm has been honored for its work on political campaigns in Alabama.

Murray Building Co., a commercial construction firm out of Birmingham, has been recognized by the Alabama chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. with the Safest in Industry Gold Award and a Platinum STEP (Safety Training and Evaluation Process) Award.

Oakstone Publishing, a Birmingham-based provider of multimedia educational programs for healthcare professionals, has been named a multiple winner in the Calendar Marketing Association's 2013 National and World Calendar Awards competition. Oakstone took the gold in the planner/pocket calendar's "most informative" category and the bronze award in the wall calendar's "most informative" category.

Southern States Bank, headquartered in Anniston, ranked no. 72 in SNL's Top 100 Community Banks 2012 with assets under $500 million. Southern States Bank was the only community bank in Alabama in the top 100 in this category.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Green and Gold Fund, a student-led financial fund, has won its third consecutive Redefining Investment Strategy Education international championship in the alternative category, based on superior risk-adjusted returns. 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s 1917 Clinic is celebrating its 25th anniversary. The clinic provides research, education and care to patients with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

The U.S. Small Business Administration Alabama District Office has presented the following awards: Alabama Small Business Person of the Year – Ellen Didier, president of Red Sage Communications Inc.; Alabama Small Business Exporter of the Year - AZ Technology Inc.; Alabama Lender of the Year Loan Volume, Alabama Lender of the Year Loan Dollar Volume and Alabama Express Lender of the Year – BBVA Compass Bank; Community Bank of the Year – Southern States Bank; Alabama Vanguard Award Lender – Worthington Federal Bank; Alabama Lender of the Year 504 Participation Loan Volume and Alabama Lender of the Year 504 Participation Loan Dollar Volume – ServisFirst Bank; Certified Development Company of the Year 504 Loan Volume and Certified Development Company of the Year 504 Loan Dollar Volume – Southern Development Council.

Transportation South Inc., Alabama’s largest school bus provider, has just delivered its 10,000 bus since the company’s formation 25 years ago. The bus was delivered to the Jefferson County Board of Education in May.

Victory Solutions Inc., of Huntsville, recently was recognized by Boeing Co. as one of Boeing's Suppliers of the Year. Victory won Boeing's award for Diversity. Victory is a woman-owned, service-disabled veteran owned company founded in 2006. It provides technology development and support to government organizations and commercial customers.

White-Spunner Construction Inc., of Mobile, recently received its 9th Construction Safety and Excellence Award from the Associated General Contractors of America. The award recognizes companies with safe work hours in 2012 and safety statistical data from the participants' OSHA 300A Summary. 

WVTM in Birmingham, owned by Media General Inc., took home the Overall Excellence Award for Region 9 from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

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