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Launching astronauts to space from the U.S. starts in Alabama

Alabama’s role in the space program was on full display last month in Decatur. The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V Dual Engine Centaur and first stage Booster that will launch astronauts to the International Space Station aboard Boeing’s Starliner capsule departed ULA’s Decatur facility. The rockets were loaded into …

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New Business Council of Alabama member Bell Helicopter In the Running to Build Navy’s Next Generation Aircraft

  Ozark, Alabama has a long history associated with the U.S. military and helicopters. Ozark is home to Fort Rucker, the U.S. Army’s helicopter training center, and is a hub for helicopter-related industries with suppliers providing everything from fleet support to flight simulation. New Business Council of Alabama member Bell …

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Coffman International Earns Prestigious Presidential Award

Business Council of Alabama member Coffman International, Inc., of Dothan has been awarded the prestigious International Truck Presidential Award. The Presidential Award, introduced last year, honors the top seven percent of International Truck dealerships that achieve the highest level of performance in terms of operating and financial standards, market representation, and …

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Sain Expands with Acquisition of Two-State Planning Firm

Business  Council of Alabama member Sain Associates of Birmingham has acquired Vision Engineering and Planning, a transportation planning and engineering firm with locations in Columbia, Md., and Atlanta, the company announced. With the acquisition, Sain Associates, a full-service consulting engineering firm, adds specialized travel demand forecasting, transit and freight planning, …

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Regions Financial Corp. Names New Board Chairman

Business Council of Alabama member Regions Financial Corp.’s board of directors this week named Charles D. McCrary as chairman of the board effective Jan. 1, 2019. McCrary, currently Regions’ Lead Independent Director, will succeed Executive Chairman O. B. Grayson Hall, Jr., who is retiring from Regions and from its board …

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Alabama Kenworth Truck Dealer Crashed into 40 Years of Business Success

Bob Mitchell’s late father, B.B. Mitchell, sat in the back seat of his Buick land yacht with the Kenworth Truck Co. official who would ultimately award their heavy-duty truck franchise in Alabama. B.B.’s son and future business partner, twenty-something Bob Mitchell, was behind the wheel of the huge Buick. “I …

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State CPA Firms to Complete Growth Plans on January 1

Business Council of Alabama member Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith will merge Jan. 1, 2019, with the Huntsville-based CPA firm of Hall Albright Garrison & Barnes, the company announced. Once the merger is completed, the company will have 29 partners, 94 certified public accountants, and about 225 employees. The two …

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Austal USA Celebrates Christening of the USS Kansas City

Business Council of Alabama member Austal USA at its Mobile shipyard on Saturday christened the nation’s 22nd Littoral Combat Ship, the future USS Kansas City. The ship’s sponsor, Tracy Davidson, wife of Admiral Phil Davidson, USN, commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, joined by local and national officials and Austal …

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Coca-Cola UNITED Names General Counsel and Vice President

Business Council of Alabama member Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc., has named Lucas B. Gambino General Counsel and Vice President. His appointment was effective Sept. 10. Gambino practiced corporate and banking law for more than 18 years with Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham. He previously worked in the Mobile office …

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Former BCA Chairman to be Honored for Years of Service Helping Low-Income Alabamians

Neighborhood Concepts Inc. in Huntsville will honor former Business Council of Alabama chairman Phil Dotts later this month in recognition of his three decades of service with the non-profit organization that works to solve housing shortages for low-income Alabamians. Sponsorships for the event on Sept. 28 from 6 p.m. to …

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