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September 2017

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Top News Links: Friday, Sept 22

Top News Links: Friday, Sept 22

To prepare for production of its all-electric EQ SUV, Mercedes-Benz announced a $1 billion investment Thursday into its Tuscaloosa manufacturing hub.

Top News Links: Thursday, Sept. 21

Top News Links: Thursday, Sept. 21

Daimler AG plans to invest $1 billion in its Alabama manufacturing operations and start production of a fully electric sport-utility vehicle.

Corporate Headquarters: Fite Building Co.

Corporate Headquarters: Fite Building Co.

Fite stays close to home by knowing how to build for a variety of sectors.

School Building: Rabren General Contractors

School Building: Rabren General Contractors

Spending on education construction in 2016 increased by 6.5 percent to $88.9 billion, the most since 2009.

Health Care Specialists: Robins & Morton

Health Care Specialists: Robins & Morton

“When you sell a hospital project, you better have a superintendent...talk specifically about their project and the peculiarities of the job.” — Robin Savage, president and COO, Robins & Morton

Aviation Agility: B. L. Harbert International

Aviation Agility: B. L. Harbert International

The twin plants Harbert is building for GE Aviation in Huntsville will produce super-alloy machined parts for jet engines.

Manufacturing System Controls

Manufacturing System Controls

Prism Systems has been an Alabama pioneer in systems automation and control software. Its customers range from oil and gas, telecommunications and food and beverage to chemical, pulp and paper and energy.

Top News Links: Wednesday, Sept. 20

Top News Links: Wednesday, Sept. 20

Tennessee-based SmartFinancial Inc. and Capstone Bancshares Inc. of Tuscaloosa say their respective shareholders have approved the definitive merger for SmartFinancial to acquire Capstone.

Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 19

Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 19

Could a shortage of next-generation engines cause grief for Airbus in Mobile, as it already has in Europe?

Top News Links: Monday, Sept. 18

Top News Links: Monday, Sept. 18

Montgomery's Hyundai plant is adjusting its production schedule as it deals with several market and transportation issues.

Top News Links: Friday, Sept. 15

Top News Links: Friday, Sept. 15

Conecuh Ridge Distillery, makers of Clyde May's Whiskey, have announced plans to consolidate operations in Alabama.

Factory Controllers: Hargrove Engineers + Constructors

Factory Controllers: Hargrove Engineers + Constructors

“Our people must be educated not just in computers and engineering but in the customer’s plant... Engineering school doesn’t teach you how to swing from a rope to land on an oil rig." — Matt Burton

Top News Links: Thursday, Sept. 14

Top News Links: Thursday, Sept. 14

Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday that Indiana-based Autocar will invest $120 million to launch a manufacturing operation plant in Alabama.

SidelinER Takes Center Stage

SidelinER Takes Center Stage

Pop-up medical tent for Crimson Tide football games is gaining nationwide attention.

Top News Links: Wednesday, Sept. 13

Top News Links: Wednesday, Sept. 13

Continental Motors Group Ltd. announced this week that it signed a Letter of Intent with Stonemont Financial Group and Clayco Inc. to develop its new state of the art headquarters in Mobile.

Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 12

Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 12

Daimler’s Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche on Monday said Mercedes-Benz will offer electric versions of all its models by 2022, converting its Smart city car brand to become fully electric.

Company Kudos, September 2017

Company Kudos, September 2017

A month of achievements in Alabama business

Building a Business Future

Building a Business Future

Rigved Joshi’s family business in India provided the spark of entrepreneurship. Now he is set to share that inspiration with students and start-ups in Huntsville.

Alabama's Largest Architectural Firms

Ranked by total design fees in 2016.

Alabama's Largest Engineering Firms

Ranked by Total Design Fees in 2016

Alabama's Largest General Contractors

Ranked by Value of Contracts Awarded in 2016

Alabama's Largest Subcontractors

Ranked by value of contracts awarded in 2016.

Top News Links: Monday, Sept. 11

Top News Links: Monday, Sept. 11

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama has been hit with an $8 million penalty for charging rates from 2005 to 2013 that differed from those approved by the Alabama Department of Insurance.

Top News Links: Friday, Sept. 8

Top News Links: Friday, Sept. 8

As Hurricane Irma races towards the U.S. coastline, many residents in harm's way are hitting the road and filling up Alabama hotel rooms.

Top News Links: Thursday, Sept. 7

Top News Links: Thursday, Sept. 7

A federal appeals court that is considering the landmark class action settlement covering millions of allegedly defective Remington rifles has now heard from a second group of state attorneys general — this one urging the court to approve the settlement.

Survival Training

Survival Training

Business interruption insurance can help mitigate the impact of the next oil spill or hurricane or car crashing through the front of your office — if you plan ahead.

Top News Links: Wednesday, Sept. 6

Prison Work: Caddell Construction

Prison Work: Caddell Construction

Building living quarters for a captive audience isn’t as easy as it might sound. Overcrowding is a constant, funding is not.

Teledyne Brown Launches Platform for Space Commerce

Teledyne Brown Launches Platform for Space Commerce

MUSES is a precision-pointing platform aboard the Space Station that has considerable appeal to commercial enterprise.

B’ham App for What’s Happening

B’ham App for What’s Happening

Things are happening in the Magic City, but how do you sort them all out? A new app called The House will help.

Gov Delivers Fat Check to USA Medical

Gov Delivers Fat Check to USA Medical

Gov. Kay Ivey announced that $4 million from an economic development bond issue would be directed to USA Medical Center’s Level 1 Trauma Center.

Auburn Survey Tracks Retail Revolution

Auburn Survey Tracks Retail Revolution

It’s a hard truth, but retail survival is getting more rare.

Alabama's Largest Commercial Insurance Agencies

Ranked by 2016 Policy Volume Written by Alabama Offices

Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 5

Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 5

A founder of a direct-mail advertiser that started in a West Virginia garage two decades ago says the firm has been bought by an Alabama-based company.

Downtown Residential Rolling on the River

Downtown Residential Rolling on the River

Meridian at The Port is billed as a genuine game-changer and downtown Mobile’s largest private development in decades.

Top News Links: Friday, Sept. 1

Top News Links: Friday, Sept. 1

The Trump administration has selected four construction companies to build concrete prototypes for a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.

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