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Company Kudos, October 2012

White-Spunner Construction, of Mobile, provided design-build services for the Municipal Parking Garage in Bay St. Louis, Miss., which was recently recognized with a 2012 Award of Excellence from the International Parking Institute. The garage is a net zero energy project, creating as much power as its uses through solar panels and power backup. It also has an underground rainwater collection tank for irrigation and green screen panels that create a “living wall” where plants grow.

Alabama Power Co. has received an honorable mention from Site Selection magazine in its annual Top Utilities in Economic Development for 2011.

The Alabama Workforce Development Initiative has received the Registered Apprenticeship Innovator and Trailblazer award from the U.S. Department of Labor for the Go Build initiative expansion efforts. The Go Build initiative is a recruitment program aimed at enhancing the image of skilled craft trades and recruiting the next generation of skilled workers.

McKay Management, an Associa company based in Birmingham, has earned the Accredited Association Management Company designation through the Community Associations Institute. Currently, it is the only community management company with this designation in Alabama.

ServisFirst Bancshares Inc. has been listed in American Banker as the 24th Most Efficient Bank Holding Company in the nation as of December 31, 2011. It is the only bank from Alabama to be ranked on the listing. ServisFirst was also ranked 28th on American Banker’s Standout Bank ranking.

Vulcan Materials Co. announced that its Calera Quarry was recognized for outstanding safety achievement by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration. The Calera employees have worked since February 2006—more than 1.2 million work hours—without a lost time injury and more than 500,000 work hours without a medical case.

Calhoun Community College’s recent class of graduates from the physical therapy assistant program has achieved a 95 percent passage rate on its licensure exam. This marks the second consecutive year that graduates from the program have outscored their counterparts nationally.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz P.C. has been ranked among the top 10 law firms in the nation by Vault Inc.’s 2013 Best Law Firms for Diversity. Baker Donelson ranked ninth in the overall diversity list and achieved sixth place in diversity for minorities, fourth place in diversity for women and 24th place in diversity for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders.

The Cook & Bynum Fund, managed by Cook & Bynum Capital Management LLC of Birmingham, has received a 5-Star Morningstar Rating based on its risk-adjusted performance among 1,524 large blend funds for the three-year period ending June 30.

Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart LLP has been named a 2012 Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies in the practice area of Labor and Employment Law by Textron Inc. Only 265 firms nationwide have achieved this honor.

Motion Industries has been named Supplier of the Year for fiscal year 2012 in the Indirect Procurement category by Heinz North America. This is the first time that an indirect supplier to Heinz North America has won the award for two consecutive years.

The U.S. Department of Education has named Piedmont High School a Blue Ribbon School for 2012. It is the first public school in Calhoun County to receive this status and is among only 17 Alabama high schools to ever receive the distinction.

Print and web designs developed by Red Sage Communications Inc., of Decatur, were recognized with four regional awards in the 2012 Southern Economic Development Council Communications Awards competition. The winning projects were: Award of Superior for C3 of Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance website; Award of Superior for North Alabama Industrial Development Association, California Comparison Flyer; Award of Excellence in Fayetteville-Lincoln County Industrial Development Board website, and an Award of Merit for Cherokee County Industrial Development Association, Retail Recruitment Guide.

Shoe Station, in Mobile, is celebrating its 28th year in business. The company rewarded customers with gift cards and other promotions.

The Southeast Alabama Medical Center’s Child Development Center is celebrating its 20th anniversary, providing a quality-training environment for the children of Medical Center employees. In addition, the hospital’s Southeast Regional Heath Screening Program is celebrating its fifth year of mobile mammography screening services.

SuccessEHS, of Birmingham, has been recognized as a certified vendor for Inmediata, a Puerto Rico-based corporation that partners with healthcare organizations, insurance companies and federal agencies to provide electronic data management solutions. In addition, MediaDent, a division of SuccessEHS, has announced that its MediaDent IX is 2011/2012 compliant and certified as a Complete EHR by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology. 

Verizon Wireless ranks the highest among U.S. wireless providers in the Southeast, according to the latest J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Wireless Network Quality Performance Study – Volume 2, which measures network quality.

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