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Company Kudos, September 2014

A month of achievements in Alabama business

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory is celebrating its 15th anniversary in space. It was designed to detect X-ray emissions from hot and energetic regions of the universe. Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, manages the Chandra program for NASA.

Addivant’s Bay Minette plant, for the seventh consecutive year, has been awarded a No Lost-Time certificate from Manufacture Alabama, the state’s manufacturing association. The certificate is for zero time lost due to accidents in 2013. The plant, which has been in operation since 1975, manufactures NAUGARD I-5 inhibitor, a polymerization inhibitor for styrene monomer manufacturers.

Alabama’s state website, alabama.gov, has been honored with a second consecutive VEMA award for its distinctiveness and visual creativity. The award is presented by the VEMA Arts and Standards Council, an invitation-only body of multimedia arts professionals. 

Advanced Technology Recycling, a nationwide electronics recycling company, has achieved both R2-2013 and ISO 14001 certifications for its newest facility in Hoover.

Baker Donelson’s Health Law Group has recently earned several honors, including ranking seventh on the American Health Lawyers Association’s Top Honors 2014 listing, coming in at no. 7 on Modern Healthcare’s Largest Healthcare Law Firms annual listing and ranking no. 2 on the American Bar Association’s inaugural Regional Law Firm Recognitions list of firms in the South.

For a second consecutive year, Belle Chevre’s Goat Cheese Cheesecake has taken the gold at the Fancy Food Awards in New York. In 2013, the cheesecake won the sofi gold for Best Baked Good, and this year it won for Best Dessert. Belle Chevre is located in Elkmont.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Generations has won the annual Inman New Innovator Award for Most Innovative Brokerage or Franchise, in recognition of the Mobile-based broker’s rapid growth and marketing strategies.

The League of Southeastern Credit Unions & Affiliates announced that nationwide, credit unions have passed the 100 million-member mark, according to data collected by the Credit Union National Association. Alabama’s credit unions have 1.8 million members, a membership high for the state. 

NetGain Technologies, a managed IT services company with offices in Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Missouri and Arkansas, is celebrating its 30th year in business.

Park Crossing High School in Montgomery, designed by architects Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood Inc., was recently highlighted in the National Building Museum’s multimedia exhibition titled Designing for Disaster, an exhibition exploring strategies local leaders are pursuing to reduce their risks and build more disaster-resilient communities. Park Crossing demonstrates how storm shelters are being integrated into new schools in Alabama. 

ProAssurance Corp., of Birmingham, has been named to Ward’s 50 for an eighth consecutive year. The Ward Group selects America’s top 50 property-casualty insurance companies after screening more than 3,000 insurers for financial stability, asset quality and capital position, revenue growth, underwriting results, financial returns and operational excellence.

ServisFirst Bancshares Inc. has been ranked 9th in the Top Mid-Tier Banks between $2 billion and $10 billion in assets in the U.S. by American Banker for 2014. It was the only Alabama-based bank included in the ranking.

Wesley Manor Retirement Community, in Dothan, has been awarded the Gold certification from the Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaborative, a joint program of the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services.

Brasfield & Gorrie, headquartered in Birmingham, recently has been honored by the Florida and Georgia chapters of two construction organizations. The Associated General Contractors of Georgia Inc. presented six Build Georgia awards to Brasfield, three first-place awards and three merit awards. The Associated Builders and Contractors Florida First Coast Chapter presented Brasfield with two awards, a merit award and an Eagle award.

The University of Alabama's Manderson Graduate School of Business at the Culverhouse College of Commerce awarded Georgia-Pacific Corp. its Manderson Partner of the Year award. 

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