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Top News Links: Friday, June 9

Foreign automakers borrow from Reagan for ad

When he switches on his television in the morning, President Donald Trump could see a new side of the foreign automakers he has lashed out against. Toyota Motor Corp.Volkswagen AGand other foreign carmakers joined forces for a commercial touting their American-made vehicles. The spot, with gauzy images from the U.S. factories of those overseas companies, will run for several weeks on shows like MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" and Fox News’ "Fox and Friends." – Bloomberg

NMM completes renovation at Tarrant facility

National Mill Maintenance has invested $850,000 in its 12,500-square-foot Tarrant facility, which will support 27 additional jobs. NMM does hydraulic repairs, on-site millwright and maintenance services and other custom manufacturing jobs for companies like U.S. Steel and Nucor. Eighteen of the new jobs have already been filled. – AL.com

Kress building in Montgomery making progress

The scaffolding is down, and the residential portion on the top of the Kress building is just about finished. Steven Lambert is with cotton and pine, the design company working on the historic building. He’s watched as the project went from just an idea 3 years ago, to now. “It seemed kind of slow because of the infrastructure you had to create to go vertical on top. But now that that’s all moving it seems to, you blink and another thing is done. It’s fascinating to watch,” said Lambert. – ANN

Dynetics partners with RUAG Space on universal adapter

Huntsville-based Dynetics is teaming up with industry product supplier RUAG Space to build the Universal Stage Adapter for the Space Launch System. The contract, awarded Wednesday by NASA's Glenn Research Center, allows RUAG to support Dynetics, the prime contractor responsible for managing design, analysis, manufacturing, testing and assembly of the adapter for the rocket. – AL.com

Alabama Seafood Summit set for June 26-27 in Orange Beach

The Alabama Seafood Marketing Commission – in partnership with the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries – will host the 5th Annual Alabama Seafood Summit from June 26-27 at The Wharf at Orange Beach. This is the second year the event has been held at The Wharf and a milestone fifth year for the overall event. The Summit connects seafood processors, grocers and restaurateurs/chefs in an informative environment and provides networking opportunities. – News release

Alabama ranked 40th on WalletHub safe state list

A web-based research study found that Alabama ranks 40th on its list of safest states in America. The study found that Vermont was the safest state, followed by Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Hampshire. Mississippi was the least safe state. Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Carolina Missouri and Arkansas ranked No. 49-45 respectively. – Alex City Outlook

Mobile-based Slingshot supports homeless ministry

Chelsey Sayasane, currently Miss University of Mobile 2017, started Coats of Many Colors in 2016 as a college student at UM. It became part of her platform in the Miss University of Mobile pageant, which she won in February. Slingshot Inc., a national company based in Mobile and led by a UM graduate, liked the idea and promoted it nationwide through their business. Sayasane is continuing to share the ministry as she competes in the Miss Alabama pageant June 7–10. – The Alabama Baptist

Dream Dinners opening location in Daphne

Dream Dinners, originator of the meal assembly industry, will celebrate the grand opening of its newest location in Daphne on July 13 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 6 pm during the store’s VIP grand opening event. The grand opening event will run from 5:30 – 7:30 pm and is open to the public. The 1,600-square-foot store is located at 1539 US Highway 98, Suite 302, Daphne, Alabama, in the Eastern Shore Oak shopping center. – News release

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