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In this issue:
Northwest-Shoals molding program fills training void
Gov. Bentley awards grant to help those affected by layoffs
Steris to make 100 new hires in Birmingham, offer $40,000 average salaries
UAB, HudsonAlpha to form cancer consortium
Manufacturing & Distribution Industry Seminar in Birmingham on Aug. 27


Northwest-Shoals molding program fills training void

By Jennifer Edwards Staff Writer 

August 21, 2014


MUSCLE SHOALS - A workforce need is going to be filled by small plastic pellets at Northwest-Shoals Community College.


College officials cut the ribbon on its injection molding technology program Thursday, welcoming local education and business leaders to view the latest workforce training program at the college.

Northwest-Shoals President Humphrey Lee said it was truly a industry-driven project.


"We talk about a trained workforce all the time," Lee said. "We, the college, made this commitment with the idea that if we build it, they will come."




[Times Daily]












Gov. Bentley awards grant to help those affected by layoffs
Ryan Phillips Digital Producer-Birmingham Business Journal
August 21, 2014

Gov. Robert Bentley's office announced on Thursday that a $60,000 grant would be awarded to help workers who were laid off due to downsizing or plant closures.


This grant will be in support of the state's Rapid Response Team, according to arelease from Gov. Bentley's office. The support will also be in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. In 2013, the release said, the multi-agency group assisted 5,440 unemployed workers.


"Providing timely information, assistance and resources to workers who have lost their jobs can help them quickly get on the path to a new career," said Bentley. "I commend the state Rapid Response Team for their efforts."


















Steris to make 100 new hires in Birmingham, offer $40,000 average salaries

on August 22, 2014 

Steris Corp, a maker of medical equipment and infection prevention technology, will make 100 new hires in Birmingham over the next three years, the company announced this week.


The jobs will include both full time and part-time and range from corporate support functions (accounting, HR, marketing, and finance) to repair technicians for the company's instrument and endoscope repair department. Salaries will average around $40,000 annually, according to Stephen Norton, senior director for corporate communications for Steris.


"Salaries will vary depending on full time vs. part time positions, but we expect them to fall in the $40,000 range," Norton said. 

















UAB, HudsonAlpha to form cancer consortium
Alan Alexander Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
August 21, 2014

Earlier this summer, I reported that the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology would collaborate to form the Center for Genomic Medicine.


HudsonAlpha president Rick Myers said that UAB was the perfect partner for that project, and now the two institutions are joining forces once again to launch a cancer consortium to diagnose, treat and care for patients diagnosed with cancer.


The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and HudsonAlpha will rely on a combination of new research, clinical applications and joint recruiting with the ultimate goal of reducing disparities in cancer outcomes among different demographic groups.


Myers said that a lot of the research will focus on genomics, which is a growing field of study among cancer clinics.




[Birmingham Business Journal]













Manufacturing & Distribution Industry Seminar in Birmingham on Aug. 27


Wednesday, August 27th

8:00 - 10:30 am

BMSS Office
1121 Riverchase Office Road

Birmingham, AL 35244

Free to attend!

Breakfast will be served.  CPE credit available.

An informative and engaging session to discuss ways to better your operations and compliance. Presented in conjunction with BDO USA, LLP.

A discussion of hot topics facing businesses in the manufacturing and distribution industry including:

  • New tax law developments in the area of capitalization of fixed assets
  • Ways to reduce freight costs
  • Research & development (R&D) tax credits
  • Real property tax solutions  to help you save money continuously
  • Engineering-based cost segregation to help owners of business real estate assets increase cash flow by accelerating federal tax depreciation of construction-related costs

RSVP to or (205) 982-5574.













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