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In this issue:
Northvale factory operations moving to Jacksonville, Alabama
Alabama posts gains in construction jobs
Sylacauga, TBGS celebrate partnership
Big green boxes of cheer


Northvale factory operations moving to Jacksonville, Alabama

A global valve and fuel injection device manufacturer is closing its Northvale factory and moving 86 jobs to Jacksonville, Ala.


Gnutti Carlo USA, which in December 2012 acquired WH Industries, a Northvale car parts maker, said it is moving to "centralize U.S. operations."


Both the Northvale factory and a Jacksonville foundry, where the jobs will be moved to, were owned by WH Industries.


Gnutti Carlo USA, the subsidiary of an Italian company, reported the closing to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development in line with the requirement of the federal WARN Act, which requires companies in certain situations to report layoffs 60 days in advance of their taking effect.



Alabama posts gains in construction jobs
Bryan Davis Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
November 25, 2014

Alabama had gains in construction jobs from October 2013 to last month, as well as from September to October 2014.


The largest gain for construction employment took place over the 12-month period starting last fall, according to new data provided by the Associated General Contractors of America.


Alabama gained 3,600 jobs, a 4.6 percent increase, year-over-year to a total of 82,100 construction jobs.



Sylacauga, TBGS celebrate partnership

Zac Al-Khateeb/The Daily Home

November 24, 2014 


SYLACAUGA - For years, people in the state of Alabama have known the city of Sylacauga as the "Marble City," for its unique brand of pure-white marble.


If U.S. TBGS Holdings, LLC has its way, however, the city's pure-white marble may become known on a more national - if not international - scale.


The former Alabama Marble Quarry - to be renamed the Sylacauga Marble Quarry - has been purchased by TBGS, a conglomeration of MasonryArts in Bessemer and a group of Chinese investors, principal of whom is Chinese businessman Chang Yan Tan.


Roy Swindal, whose family runs MasonryArts, said TBGS intends to vastly expand on operations in the quarry, and hopes to sell its marble for sculpting and architectural uses all over the world.


"We will be selling this product worldwide, which I don't think has ever been done," Swindal said during a ceremony to celebrate the partnership Monday. "They've sold Italian material worldwide. We're going to sell Alabama marble from Sylacauga worldwide."




Gary and Mary Martha Parisher's Mt Laurel office is packed with children's toys, snack foods, magazines and piles of bright green boxes. It's all part of the Cheeriodicals mission: to deliver smiles and entertainment to hospital rooms around the country.


Cheeriodicals - a portmanteau of "cheer" and "periodicals" - started in 2011 as a way for customers to send magazines and other gifts to hospitalized family members and friends. Since then, their signature green boxes have become a popular way for major corporations to organize team-building and community service projects for their employees.


Gary Parisher said he and his wife have worked with Regions Bank, Wells Fargo, GM and others to build and deliver Cheeriodicals to patients in children's hospitals from Birmingham to Manhattan to Omaha. When hundreds of boxes are being delivered, no child has to be left out of the fun. Parisher still remembers the first time a child opened a Cheeriodicals box; the look on the young boy's face paved the way for these corporate partnerships.


"His reaction was so incredible we decided to consider this a real significant part of our business," Parisher said.


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