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Top News Links: Wednesday, May 29

Manufacturing employment climbs 1 percent in Alabama

A survey by Manufacturers' News Inc. says that the number of Alabama manufacturing jobs has climbed about one percent between April 2012 and April 2013, gaining some 2,411 jobs to a total of 301,956. — MNI PR

Tough quarter sends Books-A-Million stock tumbling

Birmingham-based bookseller Books-A-Million saw stock prices tumble more than 7 percent yesterday after announcing first quarter results that showed a loss of $3.7 million on sales of $104 million. — Birmingham News

Ozark Materials announces plant in Greenville

Ozark Materials, which makes the materials used for highway stripes, has announced plans for a $3 million investment to create a 40-employee plant in Greenville. — Greenville Advocate

Expansion planned at Andalusia food packaging plant

Huhtamaki has announced plans to expand its operations in Andalusia, adding new equipment and about 13 more employees at the plant known locally as "the box factory;" upgrades are expected to cost $1.9 million. — Andalusia Star

Mobile city and county offer $800,000 to lure chemical plant

City and county officials in Mobile approved incentives packages totaling $800,000 to cement the deal with Bayer CropScience; the deals represent part of a $429 million package to bring in a $396 million plant expected to employ 180 people. — Mobile Press-Register

Brad Tinney to succeed father at reins of Birmingham Fastener

Following the death of company founder Howard Tinney, son Brad Tinney will lead the company as president; the senior Tinney founded the Birmingham firm in 1980. — Birmingham Fastener PR

Port bond rating improves

The Alabama State Port Authority's bond rating from Standard & Poor's was upgraded this week from BBB+ to A-. — al.com

Sirote opens Fort Lauderdale office

Birmingham-based law firm Sirote & Permutt P.C. has opened an office in Fort Lauderdale, its second in Florida. — Sirote PR

UnitedHealthcare looks for growth in Alabama

Hospital-medical insurer UnitedHealthcare hopes its new cost estimator tool will lure Alabama business. — Birmingham Business Journal

Wisconsin governor to headline Alabama Republican dinner

Wisconsin Gov. Rick Scott, known for his efforts to undermine public employee unions, will be the headliner at the Alabama Republican's annual fundraising dinner Aug. 23 in Montgomery. — Montgomery Advertiser/South Union Street

Huntsville readies for cybersecurity gathering

City and Chamber of Commerce officials prepare to welcome cybersecurity experts to Huntsville next month. —al.com

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