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In this issue:
Alabama State Port Authority finalizes $25 million purchase of 2 Walter Energy properties in Mobile
Alabama Launchpad to present Innovation Awards in Birmingham on Sept. 25
Mobile Chamber's 2014 Business Expo expected to attract thousands Wednesday
Automotive job fair to be held at Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy
Sessions Visits America's Last "Rubber" Glove Maker

  


Alabama State Port Authority finalizes $25 million purchase of 2 Walter Energy properties in Mobile

on August 25, 2014 

 

MOBILE, Alabama - The Alabama State Port Authority finalized Monday its purchase of two industrial properties owned by Walter Energy Inc., eyed at one point for the company's defunct Blue Creek Coal Terminal project.

 

The $25 million purchase price includes a roughly 35-acre tract fronting the seaport's 45-foot draft channel and a 63-acre industrial tract within one-half mile of the harbor, both adjacent to the port authority's Choctaw Point Complex at the Port of Mobile.

 

In turn, both parties have agreed to terms that Birmingham-based Walter Energy's eventual coal export expansion will take place at the McDuffie Coal Terminal. It's unclear what kind of modifications to the state site will be required to handle an additional 6.5 million tons that would transport through the Port of Mobile.

 

James K. "Jimmy" Lyons, the port authority's chief executive officer, praised the deal in a prepared statement as "representing a good opportunity for both companies to further our respective long-term business strategies.

 

 

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Alabama Launchpad to present Innovation Awards in Birmingham on Sept. 25 

 

Don't miss the opportunity to celebrate Alabama's top innovators.  Alabama has a strong base of cutting-edge innovators whose new ideas, research and patents are contributing to this state's economic growth. Over 70 applications were received during the nominations process, and the winners will be announced at the Innovation Awards Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, at WorkPlay Theatre.  Join the celebration of pioneering inventions to revolutionary medical and scientific breakthroughs. 

 

Award categories this year are:

  • Outstanding Startup Business
  • Outstanding Product or Service
  • Corporate Innovator of the Year
  • University-Corporate Partnership
  • Startup Executive of the Year
  • Outstanding Women or Minority in Innovation
  • Inventor of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement in Innovation

 

Network with innovators from across the state during the reception and dinner event on September 25th at WorkPlay. 

 

Register Today

Get a Corporate Table or purchase Individual Tickets 

 

Arts and Innovation

This year each Innovation Award winners will receive an art piece made by Alabama artists from the Black Belt and the Birmingham area.


 






 
 

 

Innovation Conference


 

Join us as we continue the showcase on innovation at the 4th Annual Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference.

Click here to see the complete agenda

 

 


 

 


 


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


 

 

 

Mobile Chamber's 2014 Business Expo expected to attract thousands Wednesday
on August 25, 2014 

MOBILE, Alabama - The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Business Expo Wednesday, beginning with a luncheon featuring QMS founder andCentraLite Systems Inc. co-founder Jim Busby.

 

Reservations are required for the 11:30 a.m. luncheon, sponsored by Aker Solutions, at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center. The cost is $35 for chamber members and $45 for non-members.

 

Busby's address is expected to focus on lessons learned, including his personal eight reasons why Mobile is a great city to start a business and his top three keys to business success. He was honored May 15 as the chamber's inaugural Outstanding Entrepreneur Award winner.

 

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Automotive job fair to be held at Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy 

Tuscaloosa News
Staff Reports
 August 25, 2014 
 

An automotive job fair will be held from 9 a.m. until noon Sept. 13 at Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy, 2800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

 

At least nine automotive suppliers will be on-site seeking candidates for between 200 and 400 entry-level positions that will pay up to $14 an hour.

 

Many of the jobs need to be filled immediately or within the next three months.

 

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Sessions Visits America's Last "Rubber" Glove Maker

By Brandon Moseley

Alabama Political Reporter

August 25, 2014

 

Wednesday, August 20, U.S. Senator Jeff Session was in Fayette County touring the Showa Best Glove factory in the city of Fayette.

 

Showa manufactures the modern equivalent of the old "rubber glove" the synthetic glove that has become an essential protection for workers and customers alike in medicine as well as in fields such as: first responders, agricultural processors, food processing, chemical manufacturers, fishermen, and a host of other commercial and industrial occupations. Showa faces enormous challenges on the world market from foreign competition and from an increasingly stringent federal regulatory environment.

 

Senator Sessions told the Alabama Political Reporter, "The world is very competitive. So if government regulation or governmental policy puts a company at a disadvantage, the company might lose out to a manufacturer in Canada, Mexico, China or some other place. So I like to hear what people are saying.  We've had concerns about things like excessive environmental regulations and the government demanding things that cannot economically be accomplished. These types of regulations are unwise because it just makes companies more fragile, and money is basically getting wasted on regulations that don't produce a benefit. Some regulations do produce a benefit, but some don't."

 

According to the 2014/2015 West Alabama Mining and Manufacturing Directory, Showa Best Glove Manufacturing is the top manufacturing employer in Fayette County. Bill Trank is the plant manager. Trank led Sessions on a tour of the plant which employs over 300 and runs 24 hours a day seven days a week.

 

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[Alabama Political Reporter]

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 


 

 


 


 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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