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Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 12

Mercedes-Benz will have electric versions of all models by 2022

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. Speaking at the company’s investor day in Sindelfingen, Germany, Daimler said it will offer at least 50 electrified versions of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in hybrid and fully electric car variants. – Reuters

Alabama delegation networks in Australia and New Zealand

A 17-member delegation from Alabama is in Australia and New Zealand this week for briefings with U.S. Commercial Service officials and networking opportunities with companies. The delegation includes representatives from the University of Alabama, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. Alabama Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield said Alabama already has strong ties to both countries. – AL.com

Alabama biotech seeks ways to protect soldiers from biowarfare

A Huntsville biotechnology company has won a $1 million defense contract to seek new antibiotics to protect soldiers from biowarfare agents and "superbugs." iXpressGenes won the Department of Defense small business innovation contract for its research into the DNA of organisms that can survive extreme heat and cold. In the first phase of the research, iXG developed a rare DNA library from extreme environments such as hot springs, thermal vents and permafrost. – AL.com

Kamtek could add up to 100 jobs with facility upgrade

Auto parts manufacturer Magna International Inc. is adding aluminum casting capabilities at its Kamtek facility in Birmingham. The company says the move is to address global demand for decreased carbon dioxide emissions and improved fuel economy through vehicle lightweighting. Magna invested approximately $60 million to add the 150,000-square-foot aluminum casting facility, and says that at full capacity, it could add 100 jobs. – Canadian Manufacturing

Scammers using BBB-like emails in North Alabama

Scammers, impersonating the BBB, are sending phishing emails to consumers and businesses in North Alabama and throughout the nation. The emails look very much like notice of a complaint from BBB that claims companies are “violating the Fair Labor Standards Act,” the “Safety and Health Act.” – WHNT

Hurricane Irma cancels AlabamaWorks conference

The AlabamaWorks 2017 Workforce Conference has been canceled due to Hurricane Irma’s expected impact on Alabama. The conference was to be held today and Wednesday at the Renaissance Hotel & Conference Center in Downtown Montgomery. – News release

Prattville company offering free, hot meals to storm refugees

Beginning at 12pm, Tuesday, September 12th, Blossman Gas of Prattville is offering free, hot meals to those who evacuated to the region escaping the path of Hurricane Irma. The meals will be provided at the Doster Community Center at 424 S. Northington Street. Blossman Gas will be preparing about 600 meals, and evacuees are encouraged by the city to come early to participate. – ANN

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