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The City of Brundidge invests $8.7 million to bring Magnolia Vegetable Processors, a new food processing company, to Brundidge
By Jaine Treadwell
June 9, 2015

Southern Classic Food Group, the City of Brundidge and the Pike County Economic Development Corporation announced Monday the formation of a new company, Magnolia Vegetable Processors, which is in partnership with Southern Classic Foods, Southern Picklers and others.


Magnolia Vegetable Processors will process a variety of dill products including cucumbers, peppers, okra and relishes. The company will also produce salsas, which will include diced tomato based products with a variety of flavors and package sizes. The new company will be located on property adjacent to Southern Classic Food Group in the Brundidge's North Industrial Park,


The company's brine products will be brought in for packaging initially but produce will also be purchased locally and from other southern markets for processing at the Brundidge facility.




[Troy Messenger]



Track the Mobile-bound Airbus components en route from Germany, slated for June 18 arrival
on June 09, 2015 

Three years of planning, construction and anticipation will culminate June 21 with the delivery of the first major component assemblies to Airbus' $600 million final assembly line at Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley.


The assemblies left Hamburg, Germany, on May 29 aboard the BBC Fuji bound for the aircraft manufacturer's first final assembly line on U.S. soil, and the vessel is tentatively slated to arrive in the Port of Mobile at 3 p.m. June 18.


 The arrival of the components at the Mobile Aeroplex facility signal the beginning of production and include wings; horizontal and vertical stabilizers; the rear fuselage, including the tail cone; and the forward fuselage, including the cockpit. 



LSU provost Stuart Bell is top pick for next University of Alabama president 

By Ed Enoch

Staff Writer
June 9, 2015 

The University of Alabama System chancellor is expected to recommend a top administrator at Louisiana State University as the nominee to be the next president of the Capstone when the UA board of the trustees meets on June 18.


"I am honored by the recommendation that Chancellor (Robert) Witt will be making, and I am just very excited to sit down with trustees on the 18th and talking about the position," said LSU Executive Vice President and Provost Stuart Bell, the university's chief academic and operating officer.


Witt is scheduled to make the recommendation on June 18 during a specially called meeting of the full board of trustees, system spokeswoman Kellee Reinhart confirmed. The trustees will meet in the morning ahead of their regularly scheduled committee meetings at the Bryant Conference Center on the UA campus on June 18. The full board is also scheduled to meet for its regular meeting on June 19. Bell and the system office confirmed he would officially start July 15 if approved by the board of trustees.




[Tuscaloosa News]







Mobile County, partners launch internship program targeting private-sector job opportunities

on June 09, 2015

Fifty-six high school students will soon spend the summer gainfully employed courtesy of the Mobile County Commission and its partners.


The summer internship program, which launched officially June 5, represents a partnership between the commission, Mobile Works Inc., PNC Bank and the University of South Alabama and will offer employment opportunities ranging from engineering, aerospace and manufacturing to medical and the nonprofit sector.


"Our local businesses come to this program as full-fledged partners who want to give these young people real and meaningful work and challenge them to excel in the work place," Mobile County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood said.










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