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Top News Links: Wednesday, Sept. 25

Associated Wholesale Grocers tops bidders for Belle Foods

Representing a conglomeration of grocery operators, Associated Wholesale Grocers submitted the top bid of $16 million for Belle Foods, which declared bankruptcy this summer; some of the 43 stores will close and others will be operated by the new buyers. — Birmingham News

Tennessee site development firm joins Dunn group

Civil Constructors, based near Nashville, has joined the Birmingham-based construction group Dunn Investment Co.; theTennessee firm specializes in grading and site development. — Nashville Post

Adtran wins gold at International Business Awards

Huntsville's Adtran captured gold for the best new telecommunications product for its NetVanta and Total Access solutions with eSBC functionality. — Adtran PR

SpaceX willing to share launch pad

Space Exploration Technologies, bidding to lease unused NASA launchpad 39A at Cape Canaveral, now says it will allow NASA and others to share use of the launchpad if it wins the bid. — Space News

Auburn voters reject school tax hike

Voters in Auburn yesterday rejected a property tax hike that would have paid for a new high school to ease crowding. — Opelika-Auburn News

Alabama firms win contracts for missiles, overseas buildings and more

Northrop Grumman was selected for an $8 million contract to develop new missile defense capabilities with work to be performed in Huntsville, and Montgomery's Caddell Construction was picked for a $36 million U.S. Navy contract for a building in Djibouti; Huntsville's Wyle Laboratories and DRS RSTA also won military contracts. — Huntsville Times

SEC files suit against Kirkland Organization

Following a similar action by the Alabama Securities Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission has filed suit against The Kirkland Organization, saying it defrauded investors. — Atlanta Business Chronicle

Bessemer apparel company wins People & Planet Award

Earth Creations, based in Bessemer, is one of three apparel firms honored by Green America for making eco-friendly clothing while offering safe working conditions and fair living wages. — Green America

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