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Top News Links: Wednesday, June 17

Plane painter picks Mobile

German aircraft painting company Maas Aviation, a supplier to Airbus in Europe, has announced plans for a new plant near Airbus’ new facility at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. Maas plans to begin construction on the $39 million, 80-worker plant this fall, in preparation for opening in 2016. The announcement came at the Paris Air Show. — WPMI-TV

Major expansion planned at Mobile port container facility

APM Terminals, which operates the container shipping facilities at the Alabama State Port Authority, has announced plans to add 20 acres to its site and two post-Panamax cranes, an investment of about $40 million. — APM Terminals News

Intermodal container maker moving into Shoals freight car plant

Startup intermodal container maker American Intermodal Container Manufacturing Co. has announced plans to partner with Navistar to build 53-foot domestic shipping containers. The new company will join Navistar and FreightCar America in the massive Shoals plant built for a railcar company that never began operations there. — Florence TimesDaily

Cargo strap maker picks Prattville

A New Jersey cargo strap maker, Kinedyne LLC, is moving operations from Kansas to Prattville, accepting an incentive package of more than $200,000 to relocate the 90-person operation. Kinedyne already operates a 65-employee plant in Prattville. — Montgomery Advertiser

$1 million donation to support HudsonAlpha cancer research

The former president of Camber Corp. and his cancer-survivor wife, Joe and Pam Alexander, have bequeathed $1 million to Huntsville’s HudsonAlpha Institute to support cancer research. — AL.com

Boot camp for computer coders launched in Birmingham

Innovation Depot, Birmingham’s incubator for tech startups, has launched a new “boot camp” for computer coding, helping rising computer programs gain employability skills. — Birmingham Business Journal

Bye, bye baby bust

For the first time since the start of the Recession, the U.S. birth rate is up — by more than 50,000 births.  — Associated Press/AL.com

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