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In this issue:
Production back near record levels at Montgomery Hyundai plant; HMMA made 34,100 vehicles last month
NASA gives Huntsville's Teledyne Brown Engineering $120M space station contrac
UA tops list of freshman National Merit Scholars
Rocket City Inventors Club aims for a comeback






Production back near record levels at Montgomery Hyundai plant; HMMA made 34,100 vehicles last month
Feb 7, 2013 

With holiday downtime over and U.S. sales at an all-time January high, production at Montgomery's Hyundai plant ramped back up to near record levels last month.


Workers at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama rolled out 34,100 vehicles in January, HMMA announced on Wednesday. That's about 1,000 fewer than the facility's all-time record, which it set in October 2012 after a third production shift came onboard.


HMMA spokesman Robert Burns said the numbers fell to 32,600 vehicles in November and 23,100 in December because of holiday downtime. The plant had only 16 production days in December, compared to 23 in January.


Demand remains strong. Hyundai Motor America had its biggest January sales month ever, selling 43,713 vehicles, a 2.4 percent year-over-year increase. The Montgomery-made Sonata and Elantra models made up more than 15,000 of those sales, and HMA credited improved availability for the sales increase.


Burns said there may be bigger production months ahead for HMMA, especially in May or June.




[Montgomery Advertiser]
















NASA gives Huntsville's Teledyne Brown Engineering $120M space station contract
By Lee Roop | lroop@al.com 
on February 06, 2013
WASHINGTON -- NASA has awarded Teledyne Brown Engineering of Huntsville a $120 million contract for operations and integration work on the International Space Station. The announcement was made today.


The cost-plus-award-fee contract has a potential performance period of five years. It begins March 1 with an 18-month base period. Following that come three one-year options and one six-month option that may be exercised at NASA's discretion.


During the contract period, Teledyne Brown will support "all phases of flight," NASA says, including mission preparation, crew and flight controller training and real-time requirements for spaceflight operations.







UA tops list of freshman National Merit Scholars
Staff Report
Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 

TUSCALOOSA | The University of Alabama ranks first among public universities nationwide in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corp.'s 2011-12 report.


"We are very pleased that so many of these exceptionally talented students are choosing the University of Alabama," said UA President Judy Bonner in a news release. "They are part of a truly outstanding freshman class that includes more than 1,700 freshmen with high school grade point averages of 4.0 or higher."


UA has 241 National Merit Scholars in its 2012 freshman class, according to the report. Last year, UA ranked second among public universities with 181 National Merit Scholars in the 2011 freshman class. About 645 National Merit scholars are enrolled at UA.


The 2012 ranking also puts UA fourth among all universities, behind the University of Chicago, Harvard University and the University of Southern California, which are all private schools.




[Tuscaloosa News]






Rocket City Inventors Club aims for a comeback
By Martin Swant | mswant@al.com 
on February 06, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- Three Huntsville startups are teaming up to resurrect the Rocket City Inventors Club.  


The organization, initially founded in 1990 by inventor Francisco Guerra, ran nearly weekly for more than 20 years before Guerra put it on hold a year ago to focus on new business endeavors.

A serial inventor, Guerra says he holds patents on about five percent of his "couple hundred" inventions. He's most famous as the inventor of SnowMasters, a snow machine used in many movies.


 He now heads LMP Inc., an intellectual property firm that's worked with brands such as Apple, Disney, Ferrari and IBM. Guerra also invented Flogos -- which makes clouds out of a soap mixture -- and Drink Safe, a cardboard coaster that detects if a drink contains a date rape drug.









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