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B.R. Williams to open distribution center in Mobile
By Daniel Gaddy
September 24, 2015 
Oxford-based trucking company B.R. Williams recently announced that it will open a distribution center Oct. 1 in Mobile.

"The environment of sustained economic growth that has been maintained and cultivated over the last several years in the Mobile market has not escaped the attention of B.R. Williams. This, coupled with the world class port and container port operations has led to our strategic decision to place assets and service offerings in the Mobile market," CEO Greg Brown was quoted as saying in a press release.



Marx Brothers coconut producer expanding in Birmingham
on September 24, 2015 

Marx Brothers, a nearly century old coconut importer and processor in Birmingham, is expanding its facility on Second Avenue.

The $4.9 million expansion will add about 40,000 square feet the facility to make room for new production equipment and storage. The existing warehouse has about 65,000 square feet. 


Worlds of Opportunity provides look into future for Southwest Alabama students 
By Kelli M. Dugan
September 25, 2015 

Nearly 10,000 southwest Alabama eighth-graders grabbed a sneak peek this week at hundreds of employment options awaiting their future during the Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council's (SAWDC) sixth annual Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo.

The two-day event, which concluded Thursday at the Mobile Civic Center, attracts public and private schools students from eight Alabama counties and immerses them in a hands-on, interactive career exploration experience led by business professionals representing 13 key industries.


Prism's Mobile expansion would add 16 R&D jobs, pave way for more growth 
By Kelli Dugan
Sep 24, 2015 

A proposed expansion of Mobile-based Prism Systems Inc. could generate a new research and development facility and create 16 high-tech jobs with average annual salaries of $70,000.

"We're out of real estate," Todd Hassel, business development manager for the 26-year-old engineering and software development firm, told the city of Mobile's Industrial Development Board this month. 


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