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Top News Links: Wednesday, October 11

New Flyer opens Anniston Vehicle Innovation Center tomorrow

New Flyer of America Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America, has announced that its Anniston Vehicle Innovation Center will open Thursday. The 36-acre, five-building campus is now home to the new VIC, North America's first innovation lab dedicated to the advancement of bus and coach technology that connects people to places with a focus on the environment. – Business Insider

Honda, Toyota among victims in Kobe Steel scandal

Honda is one of several companies attempting to discover the extent of a widening scandal involving a company that has supplied material for its cars. Kobe Steel has revealed its staff falsified data about the strength and durability of some aluminum and copper products used in automobiles, planes and trains, according to Bloomberg. Toyota, Nissan, Subaru, Mazda, Suzuki and Mitsubishi were also among auto companies potentially affected, as well as Kawasaki and Hitachi in other industrial uses. – AL.com

O’Neal Industries names new manufacturing CEO

O’Neal Industries (ONI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kent Brown as president and CEO of O’Neal Manufacturing Services (OMS), a supplier of fabricated metal components and welded assemblies serving original equipment manufacturers and O’Neal Industries (ONI) affiliate, effective October 2, 2017. The current OMS president and CEO, Larry Whitehead, will remain until Dec. 31, ensuring a smooth transition. – News release

Alabama’s wild card could sink Trump tax cuts

A caustic feud with Senator Bob Corker is just one obstacle President Donald Trump faces in uniting Republican senators around his goal of delivering what he’s called the biggest tax cuts ever. Trump faces ideological demands from Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and procedural demands from Senator John McCain of Arizona. He’s got a wildcard in Alabama Senate front-runner Roy Moore and perennially difficult votes like Maine and Alaska. – Bloomberg

Food truck delivers what people want: bacon

A Southern breakfast staple is taking over the whole menu at Birmingham's new I Love Bacon food truck, serving everything from bacon cupcakes to BLT sandwiches. "Everybody remembers eating bacon as a child in the kitchen. They either like it crispy or they like it medium rare. We do ours crispy. I think it's the saltiness of it...You can't resist bacon," says Patrick Horne, I Love Bacon's Birmingham operations manager. – ABC3340

Clydesdales celebrate beer upgrade in Auburn, Opelika

The renowned Budweiser Clydesdales met large crowds of fans and paraded through the streets of downtown Auburn and Opelika to deliver beer last week. The horses’ handlers unloaded the Clydesdales off of 50-foot tractor-trailers in front of Auburn’s Skybar Cafe on Magnolia Avenue. Local beer wholesaler Adams Beverages originally requested the Clydesdales’ appearance to celebrate the company’s new warehouse, said Marketing Director Lauren Carmack. – The Plainsman

Alabama Graphite cuts deal for purified micronized graphite

Alabama Graphite Corp. has executed a Letter of Intent with an established United States-based lead-acid battery manufacturer to supply high-purity, natural flake premium Purified Micronized Graphite (“PMG”) product — marketed under the trade name ULTRA-PMG™ — and Delaminated Expanded Graphite (“DEXDG”) conductivity enhancement materials for applications in the negative electrodes of advanced lead-acid battery systems. – Globe NewsWire

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