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Top News Links: Tuesday, Oct. 18

MollerTech to build $46.3M parts plant in Bibb County

German automotive supplier MollerTech said Monday it will invest $46.3 million to build a manufacturing facility in Bibb County, creating 222 jobs in Alabama’s growing auto sector. MollerTech plans to construct a 150,000-square-foot facility near Interstate 20/59 adjacent to the Woodstock community. It will manufacture interior parts for Mercedes-Benz’s next-generation SUVs. – Made In Alabama

Colonial to ease back on volumes of troubled pipeline

Colonial Pipeline said on Monday it would cut shipping volumes while it works to restart the section of its main gasoline conduit that was damaged after its biggest gasoline leak in nearly two decades in Alabama last month. The company expects to fully restart the damaged part of artery by mid-November. – Reuters

Here’s the skinny on the ballot’s union amendment

Practically speaking, the right-to-work amendment on the Nov. 8 ballot won’t change much. But getting the proposal into the Alabama Constitution will make it harder for any future Legislature to alter that law, which makes union organizing in the state more difficult. “It doesn’t change anything,” said Sen. Gerald Dial, R-Lineville, a longtime supporter of putting the law into the Constitution. “It just makes it more difficult to change it down the road.” – Montgomery Advertiser

Regions acquires businesses from First Sterling

Birmingham-based Regions Bank has acquired businesses from First Sterling Financial Inc. that manage low-income housing tax credits. Regions purchased the Low Income Housing Tax Credit corporate fund syndication and asset management businesses of First Sterling Financial. – NOCB

Ship Supply International acquires Mobile-based Kamil Ship Supply

H.I.G. Capital announced today that its portfolio company, Ship Supply International, a global port logistics business, has acquired Kamil Ship Supply. Headquartered in Mobile, Kamil is a regional port logistics business that serves commercial vessels. – BusinessWire

Why would a computer hacker want to hack your car?

There's a lot of fear-mongering around the issue of automotive cybersecurity, following some high-profile instances of hackers gaining control of a car's steering and acceleration. But a growing number of experts say creating havoc on the roads is not the primary threat from car hackers. They may be after something much more mundane: your money. – Automotive News

Eight Mile’s mercaptan woes slowly being heard

Eight years after a natural gas pipeline spilled 500 gallons of a potentially toxic chemical into Eight Mile, Alabama, residents continue to face health problems including seizures, nosebleeds, nausea and vomiting. The 2008 leak released mercaptan, the distinct smell of which helps people detect such leaks. – ColorLines

Heirloom sheets spring up from Alabama cotton

Longtime farmer Mark Yeager and his daughter Anna Brakefield have started Red Land Cotton, a business that sells heirloom bed linens made from cotton grown from the red soil of Lawrence County. Until the cotton is spun to yarn at a plant in South Carolina, everything — planting, growing, picking and ginning — is done at Yeager Gin on Alabama 157. – Decatur Daily/Daily Progress

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