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Alabama-Based Data Science Company Boosts Productivity, Profits of Some of the World’s Largest Corporations

Joshua Jones dropped out of high school when he was a teenager. Today, two decades later, he’s created, run, and sold several businesses in different countries, even supplying some of them on horseback. In his mid-30s, Jones is Managing Partner of StrategyWise, a 20-employee consulting firm in Birmingham that helps …

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Study: Toyota Alabama Supports 9,700 Alabama jobs

How’s this for impact: automaker Toyota is a key contributor to Alabama’s economy, supporting an estimated 9,700 jobs at its Huntsville engine plant, suppliers, and their spinoffs. A study by The Center for Automotive Research shows that for every 200 working men and women in Alabama in 2016, one was …

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Award-Winning Distiller is Alabama’s First

John Emerald Distilling Co., a small-batch distiller in Opelika, was born when the moon and stars of several events aligned. Today, the first legal distiller of whiskey in Alabama in 100 years produces two brands of rum, a gin, a vodka, and a single-malt whiskey that was a Southern Living …

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BCA Board Member Owen Bailey Named USA Health System CEO

Business Council of Alabama board of directors member Owen Bailey has been named Chief Executive Officer of USA Health just a year after being named chief operating officer for USA Health, USA Health announced this week. Bailey will be the chief executive responsible for the management and operation of the University …

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BCA Members Receive Governor’s Trade Excellence Award

Recipients of the 2017 Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards pose in the Capitol’s Old House Chamber today. Eight companies including three BCA members were honored for their excellence in foreign trade. Presenting the awards were Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, center, and Department of Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield, to her right. (Photo …

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Meet Stacia Robinson, Business Benefits Advisor and BCA Board Member

Stacia Robinson left the Air Force in 1991 with the rank of captain and bought the state’s first Business Network International franchise, created a benefits provider agency, and recently sold her BNI franchise to focus on The BeneChoice Companies LLC. The Denver native is now in her 27th year in …

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BEA Presents Impact Award to Alabama Power’s Zeke Smith

From left, the Rev. Jon Chalmers, President of Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School; Business Education Alliance of Alabama Finance Chairman Jay Love; Alabama Power Co. executive Vice President Zeke Smith; BEA Chairman and President Joe Morton, Ph.D.; State Rep. Rod Scott, D-Fairfield; Business Council of Alabama President and …

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New Name for Alabama Contractor and Service Provider

Business Council of Alabama member Helix Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Voith Industrial Services, has a new trade name: Helix and Voith are now named Leadec. Helix’s corporate office is in Bessemer and it has offices in Vance, Lincoln, and Montgomery. The licensed contractor partners with the automotive industry and …

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Technology and Service Business has 200 Years of Experience Behind it

WETUMPKA, Ala. – Business Council of Alabama member Pinnacle NetworX in Wetumpka has 15 employees with more than two centuries of experience who provide information technology and service across Alabama and the Southeast. Providing technology solutions and service to customers is the outside face of the decade-old business that was …

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Toyota Names New President at Alabama Engine Plant

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Business Council of Alabama member Toyota Motor North America announced that current Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama plant Vice President David Fernandes will become the engine plant’s new president effective Jan. 3. Current Toyota Alabama President Jim Bolte has been named as a TMNA group vice president of …

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