Company Kudos, October 2015
A month of achievements in Alabama business
Back Forty Beer Co., of Gadsden, has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the United States. The company had a three-year sales growth of 385 percent and is one of nine craft breweries on the list and the only brewery from Alabama listed. Back Forty was the16th fastest growing among the 53 Alabama companies on the list.
The Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation has earned provisional accreditation as a URAC Independent Review Organization. AQAF works with clients in the public and private sectors to improve the quality and safety of health care.
Baker Donelson has been ranked among the top 10 law firms in the country in two of Vault Inc.’s 2016 rankings. Baker Donelson ranked fourth in the Best Law Firms to Work For and eighth on the Best Law Firms for Diversity listings.
Hoar Construction has been presented the second place award in the annual report category from the Society for Marketing Professional Services. It was the only firm from Alabama to win.
Motion Industries' Pensacola office has achieved Timken Bearing Certified Shop "Gold" Level for 2015. Motion Industries is an industrial parts distributor with over 550 operations, including 17 locations in Alabama.
Samford University has exceeded 5,200 students across its undergraduate and graduate programs, which marks its seventh consecutive record fall enrollment.
Site Selection magazine has selected the Tennessee Valley Authority in its annual Top Utilities in Economic Development ranking. TVA serves the northern portion of Alabama. In addition, Alabama Power, based in Birmingham, qualified for honorable mention.
The University of Alabama’s Manderson Graduate School of Business at the Culverhouse College of Commerce has named Accounting, Economics & Appraisals Group LLC its Manderson Partner of the Year. AEA Group is a consulting firm based in Birmingham specializing in forensic investigations and has locations throughout the Southeast.
The University of North Alabama is celebrating its 185th anniversary. It began as LaGrange College in 1830 with 70 students and three faculty members. Today, it has more than 6,800 students. In addition to celebrating its anniversary, the university has installed its 20th president, Kenneth Kitts, who took the helm in late August.
Wallace State Community College’s Diagnostic Imaging program, for a third consecutive year, has earned a 100 percent licensure rate on the students’ national register exam. The college’s Respiratory Therapy program also received a 100 percent pass rate on its national certification exam.
The American Institute of Architects Birmingham Chapter has announced its 2015 Design Award winners. The Award of Honor was presented to the following companies in their respective categories: Krumdieck A+I Design for Residential; Williams Blackstock Architects in Commercial; Appleseed Workshop in Commercial; and ArchitectureWorks LLP for Best In Show. Merit Awards went to: bDot Architecture in Unbuilt and Detail; Design Initiative LLC in Under $300,000; Krumdieck A+I Design in Adaptive Reuse; ArchitectureWorks LLP in Adaptive Reuse; Barrett Architecture Studio in Commercial; William Blackstock Architects in Institutional.