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Company Kudos, October 2017

A month of achievements in Alabama business

Nequette Architecture & Design, of Birmingham, received a national Palladio Award for the New Design & Construction, less than 5,000 square feet category for its work on the Cahaba River House, located in Bibb County on 512 acres. The Palladio Awards are presented by Traditional Building and Period Homes magazines.

Tuskegee University has received its largest planned gift to date from the estate of a 1943 graduate, Orlando Lawrence Clark. The $1.59 million gift will be used to establish a scholarship fund.

American Equity Underwriters Inc., a provider of workers’ compensation insurance to waterfront employers, has been named to MarineNews 100, an annual list recognizing excellence in workboat, offshore, inland and coastal marine sectors.

Atlas RFID Solutions has been placed on the CIO Review 20 Most Promising Technology Solution Providers list for 2017 for its application Jovix.

The Birmingham Airport Authority announced that Fitch Ratings has affirmed its A- rating on $176 million in outstanding airport revenue bonds. The BAA is responsible for the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

M&D Mechanical is celebrating its 107th anniversary. The Decatur-based contractor was established in 1910.

McPherson Oil, of Trussville, was one of 10 companies recently awarded the Circle of Excellence Gold for 2015-2016 by ExxonMobil. McPherson has been a distributor for ExxonMobil for more than 30 years.

Samford University ranked ahead of all other public and private colleges and universities in Alabama on Forbes Inc.’s Top Colleges ranking. Samford ranked no. 182 out of 650 schools ranked.

Tilson, an IT professional services firm with an office in Foley, has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies for a seventh consecutive year. 

Torch Technologies has been ranked no. 157 out of the Top 200 on Bloomberg Government’s annual BGOV200 list, which ranks federal contractors based on prime contracts awarded in fiscal year 2016. In addition, Torch has been ranked on Inc. 5000’s list for an 11th consecutive year.

University of Alabama at Birmingham was recognized in July with a national Envision Oculus Award for its low vision rehabilitation graduate certificate program in occupational therapy.

University of North Alabama’s Master’s and Executive Master’s in Business Administration degrees were ranked in the top 10 by Best Colleges Review and MBA Central. In Best College Reviews, UNA ranked third among 200 universities nationally. In MBA Central, the EMBA program ranked seventh.

Wallace State Community College, in Hanceville, has been named a 2017 Innovation of the Year Award winner for its Guided Pathways Model initiative by the League for Innovation in the Community College. The Guided Pathways model is comprised of curricular maps grouped around broad meta-majors for students.

For a sixth consecutive year, Baker Donelson has been ranked among the top 10 law firms in the country in the 2018 Vault Inc.'s Best Law Firms for Diversity listing. The firm came in at no. 10. In addition, the Baker Ober Health Law Group of the firm has been ranked no. 3 on the 2017 Modern Healthcare's Largest Healthcare Law Firms listing and no. 3 on the American Health Lawyers Association's 2017 Top Honors ranking of health law firms in the U.S.

Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith was recently ranked in Inside Public Accounting's 2017 Top 200 Accounting Firms list, coming in at no. 184. This is the sixth consecutive year the firm as appeared on the ranking.

Eldeco Pipe and Fabrication, with a location in Birmingham, is celebrating its first anniversary this year.

Hargrove Controls + Automation recently was certified by Control System Integrators Association, after a rigorous audit process to ensure industry standard best practices execution and quality are being implemented.

Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC has been named the 2018 Best Midsize Law Firm to Work For by Vault. Lightfoot topped the listing, while also ranking in Vault's numerous Midsize Quality of Life categories.

The Alabama Humanities Foundation honored Vulcan Materials Co. with its Charitable Organization to the Humanities Award. 

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