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Here is today's summary of economic development news, a free service of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, representing Alabama's private sector investment in economic development.  If you enjoy NewsFlash, thank an EDPA Partner

 

In this issue:
ACIPCO's American Steel Pipe to get $55 million expansion (updated).
Piedmont school plans visit to spur progress
UAB does virtual surgery with VIPAAR and Google Glass
Huntsville selected as 1 of only 2 US cities for German delegation visit, facility tours this week
All aboard: Work to build downtown Birmingham central transit station to begin following contract approval
Alabama companies make Inc. magazine's list of Alabama job creators
First look: Alabama's newest department store, Von Maur, now open (photos, video)
Huntsville's CFDRC wins Small Business Innovative Research awards from Missile Defense Agency

 


ACIPCO's American Steel Pipe to get $55 million expansion (updated)

on October 29, 2013 

 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -American Steel Pipe, a subsidiary of ACIPCO, will spend $55 million to expand its Birmingham operation with the addition of a processing facility and other improvements, the company announced today.

 

The 150,000-square-foot processing plant will be built alongside the company's North Mill and will house testing equipment and a system that bevels the ends of pipe. The existing processing plant will be connected to the company's South Mill, doubling its processing capability.

 

A company spokeswoman said the expansion will not create new jobs initially. The company employs about 1,650 in Birmingham.

 

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[al.com]


 

 


 

Piedmont school plans visit to spur progress
Oct 29, 2013 
By Laura Gaddy

 

PIEDMONT - A Georgia lawmaker, a professor, two educators and five students met inside a conference room at Piedmont High School Tuesday to talk about innovation in education. 

Last week Alabama state Treasurer Young Boozer, popped in too. And Wednesday, Principal Adam Clemons is expecting state Rep. John Merrill of Tuscaloosa. 

These and other planned visits are part of an effort by Clemons to showcase how the school is training students for life after graduation. Clemons said he hopes the exposure will lead to more jobs in Piedmont and the surrounding area. 

A state economic development official says, Piedmont's approach is worthwhile. 

"We don't always know the great work that's being done in our high schools," said Bill Taylor, president of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama. "We need to do much, much more of this."

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UAB does virtual surgery with VIPAAR and Google Glass

University of Alabama at Birmingham surgical team has performed one of the first surgeries using a virtual augmented reality technology from VIPAAR in conjunction with Google Glass, a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display. 

 

The combination of the two technologies could be an important step toward the development of useful, practical telemedicine.

 

VIPAAR, which stands for Virtual Interactive Presence in Augmented Reality, is commercializing a UAB-developed technology that provides real-time, two-way, interactive video conferencing.

 

UAB orthopedic surgeon Brent Ponce, M.D., performed a shoulder replacement surgery Sept. 12 at UAB Highlands Hospital in Birmingham. Watching and interacting with Ponce via the VIPAAR technology was Phani Dantuluri, M.D., from his office in Atlanta.

 

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[UAB News]

 

 


Huntsville selected as 1 of only 2 US cities for German delegation visit, facility tours this week (photos)

on October 30, 2013

 

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Fostering relationships between Madison County and the Bremen, Germany delegation was the main topic of conversation Tuesday night during a Chamber-sponsored reception held in the Davidson Center at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville.

 

Huntsville, one of only two cities the delegation chose to visit this week to talk about doing business in the U.S., was the German group's first stop before it leaves Wednesday afternoon for Wichita, Kan.

 

Senator Martin GŁnthner, of the Ministry of Economic Affaires, Labour and Ports in Bremen, said the delegation will take tours of several Huntsville landmarks, including the United Launch Alliance, Dynetics, Prototype Integration Facility, Marshall Space Flight Center and Redstone Arsenal.

 

GŁnthner said the visit in Huntsville was an opportunity for officials to discuss the future of space exploration and aerospace industry in Bremen, which employs 12,000 aerospace workers and operates more than 20 research institutes and universities.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


All aboard: Work to build downtown Birmingham central transit station to begin following contract approval

on October 29, 2013 

 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama --The cranes, backhoes and drills are on the way.

 

The Birmingham City Council today unanimously approved $2.57 million contract to begin infrastructure work for a new mass transit hub downtown.

 

The bid from Taylor & Miree Construction Inc. includes site preparation, drilling and rock removal.

 

The company will also build a temporary bus station for the Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority while the current facility is demolished and a new one is built.

 

When completed, the nearly $30 million transit facility on Morris Avenue will house a joint BJCTA, Greyhound bus and Amtrak train station.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


 

Alabama companies make Inc. magazine's list of Alabama job creators

on October 30, 2013 
 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama - Four metro Birmingham companies made Inc. magazine's annual Hire Power Awards Alabama list of job creators.

 

The magazine ranks the top 100 companies for hiring over the past 18 months, and compiles separate rankings by state. Only one Alabama company made the national 100 list, Hargrove Engineers & Constructors in Mobile. That company hired 226 people over the last 18 months, according to Inc.

 

Four Huntsville-area companies and two Mobile-area companies also appear on the state list.

 

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[al.com]

 

  

 

 

 


 

 


First look: Alabama's newest department store, Von Maur, now open (photos, video) 

on October 29, 2013

 

HOOVER, Alabama - Alabama's newest department store, Von Maur, has opened its doors at the Riverchase Galleria.

 

The Davenport, Iowa-based retailer quietly opened Monday, ahead of its official grand opening on Saturday, to give employees time to prepare for the crowd of shoppers expected this weekend.

 

The three-story store covers about 185,000 square feet in the anchor space that was the original home of Macy's, just off the mall's food court.

 

Von Maur gutted the space and rebuilt the interior. Features include mirrored columns, colorful carpets and antiques scattered throughout the store.

 

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[al.com]

  

 

 

 


Huntsville's CFDRC wins Small Business Innovative Research awards from Missile Defense Agency

on October 28, 2013

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - Huntsville-based CFD Research Corporation recently won three Small Business Innovative Research Phase I awards from the Missile Defense Agency within the U.S. Department of Defense.

 

In addition to ensuring reliability of commercial hardware, MDA selected CFDRC to support novel intercept launching systems and studies of propellant ingredients. In another award, the company will work with the MDA to expand the role of electromagnetic rail gun technology from long range fire support to a launching system capable of low cost exo-atmospheric interception of incoming missiles.

 

To aid U.S. strategic agility, CFDRC continues to grow its Expert Support Services by placing key people within the customer's mission support areas.

 

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[al.com]

 

 

 




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