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March 2013

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Top News Links: Friday, March 29

Top News Links: Thursday, March 28

Flashback: Not for Penny Pitchers

Flashback: Not for Penny Pitchers

Top News Links: Wednesday, March 27

Top News Links: Tuesday, March 26

Top News Links: Monday, March 25

Build It and They Will Come Build

Build It and They Will Come Build

The best risk ever is betting on the virtues of human nature. By investing in a “fab lab,” Rob Adams says he’s betting on the creativity of the people of Rocket City.

Top News Links: Friday, March 22

Top News Links: Thursday, March 21

Top News Links: Wednesday, March 20

Movers & Shapers, March 2013

Movers & Shapers, March 2013

Spotlight on Pike, Barbour & Bullock Counties

Top News Links: Tuesday, March 19

Building Tools Redesigned

Building Tools Redesigned

At Auburn’s Studio Build, 20-somethings are designing and patenting tools of the future — including a robot that blueprints freshly poured floors and ceilings, mapping walls, vents and plumbing.

Top News Links: Monday, March 18

US Postal Service Tribute to Rosa Parks

US Postal Service Tribute to Rosa Parks

Top News Links: Friday, March 15

Construction Crew Chief

Construction trade group leadership lets Henry Hagood mix a love for people and the outdoors with his head for numbers.

Top News Links: Thursday, March 14

Bayou Columbo

Bayou Columbo

Top News Links: Wednesday, March 13

Wind Generators

Wind Generators

Top News Links: Tuesday, March 12

Some of our Best Places

Some of our Best Places

It’s worth taking a closer look at these paragons of Alabama living. Especially since most of the rest of the nation has repeatedly done so.

Top News Links: Monday, March 11

Career Notes, March 2013

Career Notes, March 2013

A month of career climbs in Alabama business

Company Kudos, March 2013

Company Kudos, March 2013

Top News Links: Friday, March 8

Friend or Foe?

Friend or Foe?

AEgis training game helps prepare for lightning-quick decisions in combat situations.

America's Corner Market

America's Corner Market

P&CMA is an alliance of family-owned retailers and gasoline wholesalers, fighting to remain the still-thriving descendants of America’s corner market.

Critical Retail Savvy

Fixed gas margins and spiraling credit card fees are the rock and a hard place for convenience store owners, making the retail end of the store all the more crucial.

Oil to Move Industry

Oil to Move Industry

A handful of longtime Alabama wholesalers also have grown up with the community of Alabama convenience stores.

Pipelines to Your Pumps

Pipelines to Your Pumps

A little noticed infrastructure of pipelines and tank farms delivers 936 million gallons of gas a year to pumps throughout Alabama.

Top News Links: Thursday, March 7

Finns’ Alabama-based Advance on U.S. Market

Finns’ Alabama-based Advance on U.S. Market

With the ramp-up of a $1.6 billion plant in Mobile County, the world’s largest stainless steel manufacturer plans to capture the largest share of the U.S. market.

Spotlight on Pike, Bullock & Barbour Counties

Spotlight on Pike, Bullock & Barbour Counties

Top News Links: Wednesday, March 6

Top News Links: Tuesday, March 5

Finns Fire up Massive Melt Shop

Finns Fire up Massive Melt Shop

Building Back Better

Building Back Better

These five Alabama communities, in various stages of recovery, share a common determination: to build back better than ever.

Crossword Puzzle, March 2013

Crossword Puzzle, March 2013

Top News Links: Monday, March 4

Record Sales, Great Workers — But Maybe Not Forever

Record Sales, Great Workers — But Maybe Not Forever

Drilling for Liquid Gold. Water, That Is.

Drilling for Liquid Gold. Water, That Is.

A tornado crisis at Tuscaloosa’s largest hospital led Tuscaloosa-based geo-specialist PELA to do what it’s been doing all around the world, beginning over 50 years ago — drilling deep for water solutions.

Top News Links: Friday, March 1

Working and Living in Alabama’s Biggest Oil Patch

Working and Living in Alabama’s Biggest Oil Patch

In seven years, two Conecuh County oil fields have reversed a decline in Alabama’s oil production and now represent about half of all production.

Defense Industry Downers

Defense Industry Downers

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