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Company Kudos, October 2014

A month of achievements in Alabama business

First Partners Bank, of Birmingham, has been named the Community Bank of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration Alabama District Office. Todd Todt, district director, Alabama’s Small Business Administration Office, presented the award to First Partners Bank Vice President of Private Banking Tracy Corcoran (pictured left). 

Alabama ranks number one in the nation in percent growth of students achieving qualifying scores on math, science and English Advanced Placement exams, with a 136 percent increase over the last six years. In addition, minority students with qualifying scores have increased by 232 percent over the last six years.

Bay Wood Products Inc., of Robertsdale, recently marked its 20th year in business with the announcement that the company has continued its dynamic growth, reporting annual revenues in 2013 of more than $20 million. Employing more than 100 people, Bay Wood Products manufactures wooden pallets, rough-cut lumber, custom crates, biofuel and mulch. 

Calhoun Community College announced that graduates of the clinical laboratory program and the surgical technology program in the college’s Health Sciences division had a 100 percent pass rate on their licensure tests. 

Fifty-six Alabama firms were listed on Inc. magazine’s Inc. 5000 list, recognizing the fastest growing private companies in the nation. BES/Design Build, a Fairhope-based engineering firm is ranked 20th, the highest among Alabama firms. Also ranked in Alabama’s top 20 are Thompson Gray, 43; Gideon Services, 67; Spartan Value Investors, Birmingham, 246; Iron Tribe Fitness, 602; Southern Point, 694; Five Stones Research, 698; Patient Engagement Advisors, 737; VetInternetCo.com, 744; CentraLite Systems, 750; Atlas RFID Solutions, 853; Gabby, 883; PharmaPoint, 943; ARI Logistics, 964; Trident Technologies, 1005; F.L.E.R.T., 1142; Tailgate Guys, 1189; Two Maids & A Mop, 1191; GATR Technologies, 1254, and SPOC Automation, 1375. Employment Screening Services, a national background screening provider based in Birmingham, has been named to the list for an eighth consecutive year.

The Human Rights Campaign Alabama accepted the All in for Justice and Equality Award presented by the Metro Birmingham NAACP chapter. The award is bestowed upon advocates, community leaders and organizations that aggressively push for equality.

The International Motor Coach Group (IMG) presented the Operator of the Year award to Southern Coaches, of Dothan. The award is based on operational excellence, safety record, best practices, community and industry involvement and engagement with IMG. Southern Coaches was founded in 1989. 

The University of Alabama Culverhouse School of Accountancy’s undergraduate and master’s programs are ranked eighth and the doctoral program 12th in the Public Accounting Report rankings for 2013. It is the school’s highest standing ever in the rankings.

ASF Intermodal, in September, exceeded 300 trucks on the road, a significant milestone for the intermodal drayage company. ASF Intermodal began in 2011 with two locations in the Southeast and has expanded to nine key markets, including a location in Mobile.

Brasfield & Gorrie, headquartered in Birmingham, has been recognized as the General Contractor of the Year by the Associated Builders and Contractors Carolinas chapter for its Raleigh office.

Eva Bank, in Eva, has been recognized as one of the 15 best-run community banks by Sageworks, a financial information company. Sageworks used a combination of the bank's return on average assets (ROAA) and efficiency ratio to determine the top 15 banks. Eva Bank had an ROAA of 3.6 percent with an efficiency ratio of 34.1 percent and total assets of $355,920,000.

Site Selection magazine has selected its annual Top Utilities in Economic Development. Among the winning utilities was Alabama Power, based in Birmingham, and Tennessee Valley Authority, based in Nashville but serving portions of North Alabama. 

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