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Company Kudos, November 2012

A month of achievements in Alabama business

The Durden Foundation Inc.’s $25,000 gift to the Southeast Alabama Medical Center Foundation was given in honor of David and Martha Wade, of Webb. Pictured are (l-r) Michael Durden, Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean Craig Lenz, Martha Wade and David Wade.

The Durden Foundation Inc.’s $25,000 gift to the Southeast Alabama Medical Center Foundation was given in honor of David and Martha Wade, of Webb. Pictured are (l-r) Michael Durden, Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean Craig Lenz, Martha Wade and David Wade.

Alabama A&M University was recently recognized by Washington Monthly magazine as the highest ranked historically black college or university in the nation for social mobility, coming in at 24th on the 2012 list. The magazine gives colleges credit for enrolling many low-income students and helping them earn degrees. It also recognizes the cost of attending the institution in its assessment. In addition, Alabama A&M recently received an $8 million National Science Foundation grant, which will be used to update high school physics teaching techniques.

The Family Child Care Partnership program at Auburn University earned the Friends of NAFCC award from the National Association of Family Child Care. The program won for its mentoring, training and networking opportunities provided to child care providers. Auburn University also was ranked 37th among public universities nationwide for its undergraduate program by U.S. News & World Report. This is the 20th consecutive year that Auburn has been among the nation’s top 50 public universities.

Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a clean water advocacy group, celebrated its 10th year in September.

Fullscope Inc., of Athens, a wholly owned subsidiary of Edgewater Technology Inc., has been ranked ninth in the VAR 100 annual special report from Accounting Today. Nine out of 10 value-added resellers on the list sell multiple Microsoft Dynamics enterprise resource planning products, but Fullscope focuses solely on Microsoft Dynamics AX, making it the highest ranked AX-only partner on the list.

ARC Advisory Group, a research firm for industry and infrastructure, has ranked Intergraph, of Huntsville, as the no. 1 overall engineering design solution provider based on revenues for the sixth consecutive year in its release of “Engineering Design Tools for Industry and Infrastructure Worldwide Outlook.” Intergraph is the only solution provider ranked no. 1 in more than one industrial market segment, taking the top spot in three of the five segments.

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C. has received the highest rating in the areas of complex employment litigation and routine employment litigation in a survey of more than 350 senior in-house attorneys published by the BTI Consulting Group. 

Southeast Alabama Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehab Program has earned a three-year certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. In addition, the Southeast Alabama Medical Center Foundation recently received a $25,000 gift from the Durden Foundation Inc., which will go towards the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, currently under construction.

Southern Light, a Mobile-based fiber optic company, was recently ranked 2,110 on Inc. Magazine’s Top 5,000 American Companies list. This is the sixth consecutive year Southern Light has made the ranking. Qualifications are based on the percentage of revenue growth over a three-year period for private American companies from 25 industries.

Thompson Engineering recently trained 3,000 students in its stormwater pollution prevention program, one of only three ADEM-certified training programs in Alabama. Thompson conducts 25 classroom-training sessions annually throughout the state.

Huntsville-based Torch Technologies recently achieved its long-time goal of full employee ownership. The technical services company repurchased all outstanding stock owned outside its employee stock ownership plan.

Wallace State Community College’s Polysomnographic Technology program has been accredited by the Commission on Allied Health Education Programs. The program trains polysomnographic technologists, also known as sleep lab technicians, to perform diagnostics of sleep cycles and behavior. 

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