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Nominate yourself or another company for Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards

on March 30, 2015 

The Economic Development Partnership of Alabama in Birmingham is taking nominations for the 2015 Alabama Launchpad Innovation Awards.

 

The awards, which will be presented Sept. 2 during the fifth-annual Alabama Launchpad Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference in Birmingham, recognizes companies and individuals for significant achievements in job creation and innovation.

 

Nominations will be accepted through May 17.

 

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[al.com]


 


Alabama-made vehicles exported to 99 countries last year

on March 31, 2015

Alabama's auto exports climbed 2.8 percent last year, as $6.6 billion worth of vehicles produced in the state were shipped around the globe.

 

They were shipped to 99 countries overall, with Canada as the top market. That country had nearly $2 billion in Alabama-made vehicle shipments, followed closely by China, with $1.8 billion.

 

Rounding out the top five export destinations were Germany, Mexico and the United Kingdom, according to data released by the Alabama Department of Commerce.

 

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[al.com]

 

 


Mobile's Page & Jones wins Airbus logistics contract to support A320 final assembly line

on March 31, 2015 

Mobile-based Page & Jones Inc. has been awarded the import clearance and export services contract with Airbus related to its A320 final assembly line under construction at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley.

 

"We are very pleased and proud to have been chosen to provide these services to Airbus," Mike Lee, chief executive officer of Page & Jones, said.

 

"Few projects have generated as much interest and excitement as this one. We look forward to being a partner to Airbus for many years to come," Lee said.

 

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Groundbreaking held for new hospital in Thomasville; Birmingham firm to lead construction

on March 31, 2015 

Developers of a new hospital in Thomasville broke ground on a new hospital last week that is expected to be complete by December 2016. 

 

Birmingham-based Brasfield & Gorrie will serve as the general contractor, partnering with Earl Swensson Associates, the city of Thomasville and New City Advisors, for the $24 million project. 

  

The 82,700 square-foot Thomasville Regional Medical Center will be a 29-bed medical facility and office building. In recent years, the area has been in need of a hospital for the rural Clarke County region where resident could travel as far as 90 miles for healthcare, officials said.

 

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Early investment in quality Pre-K education critical for future workforce: guest opinion

on March 30, 2015
  

Within the past two years, Alabama lawmakers and Governor Bentley have doubled state investments in Alabama's First Class Pre-K program to increase access from six to thirteen percent of 4-year-olds statewide. Voters in the city of Birmingham recently approved a property tax increase to fund arts, music and pre-k in Birmingham City Schools. These headlines continue to reinforce our longtime belief that a child exposed to a quality education very early in life will have a better chance to succeed in school, obtain a meaningful job and contribute to his or her community for a lifetime.

 

The mounting evidence should compel public and private leaders to invest in high-quality early childhood education. For those who need dollar figures and statistics, there are endless studies showing the significant economic benefits of early education programs.

 

A recent study by Duke University revealed that investment in early childhood education significantly reduced the numbers of children placed in special education programs in third grade, resulting in significant cost savings to North Carolina.

 

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[al.com]

 


 

 

MACE recognizes Hargrove Teammates at annual awards banquet

 

The Mobile Area Council of Engineers (MACE) presented three Hargrove Engineers + Constructors Teammates with awards at its annual banquet at the Mobile County Club. Alex Bell, PE, was awarded Chemical Engineer of the Year, Jake Parker, PE, LEED AP, received the Electrical Engineer of the Year, and Carl Powell, PE, took home Mechanical Engineer of the Year.

 

MACE awards recognize individuals who have significantly contributed to the engineering profession and to the technological and economic development in the Mobile area, the region, the nation, and the world throughout their engineering career.

 

Alex Bell, PE, is Hargrove Engineers + Constructor's Mobile process engineering leader with expertise in plant design, operations, project management, and chemical engineering in the refining, foods, and specialty chemicals industries. Prior to joining Hargrove, he served as the plant manager for a food production plant, director of manufacturing and production superintendent for Evonik Degussa in Theodore, Ala., and as senior process design engineer for UOP Honeywell in Chickasaw, Ala. Bell has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He served on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Alabama for five years and was co-leader for three years of a youth counseling program for children of divorced parents sponsored by a local church ministry. 

 

J. Jake Parker, PE, LEED AP, serves as Hargrove's refining electrical and instrumentation engineering leader with experience on projects from estimation through construction, specification of major electrical equipment, design of detailed electrical and instrumentation systems, and project leadership. A Teammate since 2004, Parker has supported both greenfield and retrofit projects that support technological advancement and environmental improvements for clients in multiple industries, ranging from paper mill production increases utilizing recycled paper to refining projects to enhance waste handling and improved emissions control. He is an active member of the USA Alumni Association and served on the board of directors for HandsOn South Alabama.

 

Carl Powell, PE, is a senior pulp and paper process/mechanical engineer for Hargrove Engineers + Constructors with experience serving as project manager/process lead on major projects including converting expansions, optimization projects, winder line installations, material handling, and equipment installations. Prior to joining Hargrove, Powell served as the production manager for Sony Electronics, superintendent of technical services for Georgia Pacific, and as a Kimberly-Clark roll tissue converting and rewinder expert. Powell earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Auburn University. He is passionate about mentoring young engineers and is on the "A Team" for Jubilee BEST Robotics, helping to build - and sometimes design - the game field for a middle and high school robotics competition.

 

MACE also recognized the Airbus Final Assembly Line, U.S.A as the Project of the Year at the Feb. 26 event. The project not only gives direct economic stimulus to the Mobile area, but at least nine engineering design firms are impacted with different phases of the project. Hargrove serves as a construction administrator for a portion of the project.


 

Hargrove team members at the Mobile Area Council of Engineers (MACE) annual banquet

 

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors is a full-service EPC, automation, life sciences and technical services firm with offices located across the United States. With more than 900 Teammates, Hargrove's success stems from its focus on building a team of the best engineers and construction professionals while maintaining long-term client relationships. For more information about Hargrove, please click here for more information on the company. 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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