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Launch Party: Honda starts Ridgeline mass production
Author Dawn Azok
May 5, 2016

LINCOLN, Alabama - The redesigned, Alabama-built Honda Ridgeline pickup is now rolling on the automaker's Talladega County assembly lines.

The 4,500-worker plant today officially marked the start of production for the 2017 model, with a lineoff celebration that featured more than 1,500 cheering employees.

"Today we celebrate the dedication of our Alabama team in bringing a very innovative new pickup truck to market," said Jeff Tomko, president of Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. "I congratulate all of our associates for their commitment to our customers as the Ridgeline returns with new features that will deliver even more of what today's truck customers want and need."


Huntsville startup takes home $100,000 at Alabama Launchpad alumni contest
on May 05, 2016 

A Huntsville company is $100,000 richer this week after winning Alabama Launchpad's inaugural LEAP Alumni Competition in Birmingham.

GeneCapture, formerly known as SLP Diagnostics, took home the prize Tuesday after competing against four other teams in Birmingham and Florence. The contest allowed startups to pitch before a three-judge panel about how the money would take their businesses to the next level.

The 2010 Alabama Launchpad winner, which is based at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, is developing a portable instrument to screen for dozens of infectious pathogens in less than an hour for less than $20. Dr. Krishnan Chittur, interim chair of the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at UAH, co-founded the company with two others.



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