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Top News Links: Wednesday, Oct. 7

Alabama’s top retail businesses honored

The Alabama Retail Association, in cooperation with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business, Tuesday recognized 13 retail businesses with operations in 51 Alabama cities and 30 other states as Alabama Retailers of the Year.  The presentations were made in Birmingham during the 2015 Retail Day Luncheon. – AlabamaRetail.org

Navy SEAL wows Business Council of Alabama

One day after a British ISIS supporter named him the terrorist group’s “number one target,” Rob O’Neill, the Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama Bin Laden, delivered a speech to a packed house of Alabama business leaders in Birmingham. The first public speech O’Neill was scheduled to deliver after the threat came in just happened to be the following day at the Business Council of Alabama’s annual Chairman’s Dinner. – Yellowhammer

Talladega changing up merchandise shopping

Race fans coming to Talladega Superspeedway for the CampingWorld.com 500 and fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola Weekend (October 23-25) will experience a whole new way to shop for merchandise of their favorite drivers. The new Fanatics NASCAR Trackside Superstore, which will be located in the track’s Horsepower Plaza outside the front stretch near turn four, is replacing separate souvenir haulers from years past, revolutionizing the retail experience. – News release

Sessions calls for steel dumping penalties

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., called on a federal investigative trade agency on Tuesday to penalize South Korea and Turkey for dumping steel into the U.S. market in a move that has damaged two Alabama steel manufacturers. The U.S. International Trade Commission took testimony from Sessions and others as it weighs action on South Korea and Turkey amid claims that the two countries gave subsidies to steel exporters to the U.S. – AL.com

New facility to employ up to 60 in Shorter

Good news on the jobs front for Macon County: LogisALL USA held a grand opening for its first-ever U.S. plant Tuesday in Shorter. The Korean-based company will initially provide logistics support and distribute automotive parts between Hyundai, Kia and its automotive suppliers. LogisALL will initially hire between 40 and 60 employees at a 40,000-square-foot facility. – AlabamaNewsNet

ABC Excellence in Construction awards Oct. 15

It's no secret that Alabama is home to some of the nation's largest and most successful general contractors. These builders have a global reach that includes projects ranging from sports stadiums to government buildings like U.S. embassies overseas. This year, many of them will be recognized by the Associated Builders & Contractors of Alabama at the Sheraton in Birmingham on Oct. 15. – AL.com

PSC approves power-related business incentives

The Alabama Public Service Commission during its Oct. 6 meeting unanimously approved two small business incentives aimed at strengthening and growing the Alabama economy by encouraging investments and creating jobs. The two incentives officially approved by the PSC will benefit new and expanding Alabama Power customers. – BizJournals.com

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