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In this issue:
Birmingham Mayor William Bell, area leaders heading to Germany for economic development mission
Is Oxford Pharmaceuticals Birmingham's Mercedes plant? Assessing the impact of city's newest company
NASA launches Orion spacecraft and new era
How Alabama ranks for commercializing research
Hoar awarded $30M military contract
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley tours the progress at Daphne's Algae Systems as it aims for ambitious growth by 2016

 


Birmingham Mayor William Bell, area leaders heading to Germany for economic development mission
on December 05, 2014 

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- When Mayor William Bell attended the Farnborough International Airshow near London in July, he said he returned with a greater understanding of the aerospace industry and leads that could bring international flights to the Birmingham airport.

 

Bell this weekend will return to Europe, where he hopes to get more details on how international aerospace business and air travel could be expanded in Birmingham.

"This is a follow-up," Bell told AL.com. "We decided we wanted to be more proactive," Bell said.

 

From Sunday to Dec. 13 Bell and others will participate in the economic development trip to Germany. The itinerary includes stops in Stuttgart, Berlin and Bremen, Germany.


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Is Oxford Pharmaceuticals Birmingham's Mercedes plant? Assessing the impact of city's newest company
on December 04, 2014 

When Oxford Pharmaceuticals picked Birmingham for its first manufacturing facility, officials touted the 200 new jobs to come as the first part of something much larger.

 

This is the pharmaceuticals industry's Mercedes, Jefferson County Commissioner Jimmie Stephens suggested.

 

When Mercedes opened its plant in 1993, it was the first auto manufacturer in Alabama. Today it employs more than 3,400 people, and in October more than 59,000 people were employed in transportation manufacturing in Alabama, according to data from the state Department of Labor. Last year, Business Facilities named Alabama the No. 2 state for automotive industry strength.


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NASA launches Orion spacecraft and new era

December 5, 2014 


 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA's new Orion spacecraft streaked toward orbit today on a high-stakes test flight meant to usher in a new era of human exploration leading ultimately to Mars.


 

It soared off the launchpad on a Delta IV Heavy rocket assembled at the United Launch Alliance plant at Decatur. 


 

Marshall Flight Center in Huntsville was involved with testing of the Orion capsule and with development of propulsion elements in its emergency launch abort system. Marshall also will oversee development of the rocket planned to launch Orion on subsequent missions.


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How Alabama ranks for commercializing research
Alan Alexander Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Dec. 4, 2104

With institutions like the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Southern Research Institute and Huntsville-based HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology increasing their collaboration recently, Alabama is in a prime position to begin turning its research into revenue.

 

But a new report says the state still has plenty of room to grow.

 

A report from the State Tech and Science Index shows Alabama remains behind the curve for the commercialization of research and ranks No. 32 nationally. The indexmeasures each state on four metrics to produce an overall score of 0-100. Alabama scored a 46.11 for 2014, which is down from its 2012 score of 48.59. Even though Alabama's score is down, it did move up four spots in the rankings.



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Hoar awarded $30M military contract
Bryan Davis Reporter-Birmingham Business Journal
Dec. 4, 2014

Hoar Construction was selected to provide construction management services for the building of the Fort Belvoir Commissary in Fort Belvoir, Va.

 

The $30 million, 141,000-square-foot project will get underway in January and will be completed on a 540-day schedule, according to a release issued by Hoar.

 

The contractor was also awarded the new commissary and Navy Exchange renovation project at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla.



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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley tours the progress at Daphne's Algae Systems as it aims for ambitious growth by 2016
on December 03, 2014 

DAPHNE, Alabama - Momentum for a renewable fuels start-up company along Mobile Bay in Daphne continued Wednesday with a visit from Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and the announcement of a $3.2 million federal grant for its continued research in Baldwin County.

 

The positive push comes as officials with Algae Systems' Daphne plant are aiming for an ambitious expansion goal of establishing a commercialized operation by next year producing an oil byproduct from algae as well as clean water for irrigation and public consumption.

 

Rob McElroy, vice-president of operations and market development, said the company is looking for expansion areas in Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Texas, Hawaii and Mobile County.

 

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[al.com]





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