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Growth prompts expansion of Coral Industries with Northport facility
By Jason Morton
Staff Writer
September 21, 2015
Growth in its architectural products division is prompting Tuscaloosa-based Coral Industries to expand into Northport, company officials said.

Coral Industries Vice President Eric Billings said the architectural products division, which makes glass and aluminum building facades and entrances, will be expanding into a new $5.2 million facility at 600 64th Ave. in Northport, across from the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport.

The company will retain its current manufacturing space on Rice Mine Road in Tuscaloosa for its shower door and custom glass division.


Comedian Steve Harvey, Montgomery businessman buy Eufaula latex plant, plan to hire 300
on September 21, 2015 

Comedian Steve Harvey and Montgomery business Greg Calhoun have purchased a former latex glove and condom factory in Eufaula.

The factory, now called AmeriTech Glove Factory, reopened last week after being shuttered for five years, Calhoun told in an interview.

"It is the only latex glove facility in the U.S. We have a commitment from Walmart .... We met with the chairman of Walmart Doug McMillon, me and Steve Harvey, and we strategized on how we could bring jobs back to the U.S.," he said.


Jeff State secures robots for manufacturing program
September 21, 20215

Students in St. Clair County can now learn manufacturing technology while using the newest industrial robots available.

"Industrial robots are now a mainstay in advanced manufacturing and it is crucial that our graduates have a good technical foundation in understanding how to operate, program and service these robots," said David Felton,  Jefferson State manufacturing and technology coordinator.

Through an Alabama Workforce Development grant, Jefferson State's Technology Center in Pell City recently received four new industrial robots that will be used in a variety of courses across several manufacturing and technology degree options.


HudsonAlpha looks to better tie DNA variants with disease risk
September 22, 2015
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is awarding the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology $1.9 million to develop new ways of identifying how one's DNA can make him or her more likely to have a disease.

The Institute will work with in collaboration with the University of Washington (UW), as HudsonAlpha faculty investigator Greg Cooper, Ph.D., and the UW School of Medicine's Jay Shendure, M.D., Ph.D., have developed what is called the Combined Annotation Dependent Depletion (CADD) tool, which will hopefully help researchers better find answers to current unknowns.

"As we enter an era of personalized medicine, a deep understanding of human genomes will be increasingly important to public health," says Cooper, "However, our limited understanding of the functional consequences of most genetic variants represents a major obstacle. This proposal seeks to dramatically improve our ability to identify and interpret 'non-coding' variants that causally contribute to human disease."


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