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Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 3

Alabama, Tennessee team up on drone test proposal

Alabama and Tennessee have submitted a joint application to be one of the nation's handful of drone test centers, proposing a test site in southwestern Tennessee. — Mississippi Business Journal

German paper says TK halting Americas sale efforts; company refutes claim

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, one of Germany's major newspapers, reports today that ThyssenKrupp may discard plans to sell its remaining plant in Alabama and its plant in Brazil and raise capital some other way; the company responds that the sales efforts are still in progress. — Reuters

Volkswagen, UAW discuss worker representation issues

Representatives of the United Auto Workers are in Germany to meet with Volkswagen officials about the possibility of establishing a VW-style worker council — bringing labor and management together to make workplace decisions — with the UAW as the labor partner. — Automotive News Europe

Anti-union signs up near Mercedes plant

Billboards urging Mercedes workers to vote "no" to union representation have sprung up along highways near the Vance plant. — Birmingham News

Strike continues at Drummond Colombian mine

A strike at Drummond's Colombian coal operations may be headed for arbitration courts.  — Business News Americas

Interstate woes

ALDOT and Birmingham residents struggling to find plan for revamped Interstate 20 & 59 interchange. — WBHM Radio

Auto suppliers continue to grow in central Alabama

Hyundai continues to lure new suppliers and their support companies. — Montgomery Advertiser

Looking for a bargain place to build? Look close to home

A new study shows that U.S. manufacturing costs have been slipping lower than other nations' and exports have been growing. — CNBC

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