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Torch Technologies Breaks Ground on New Facility

Business Council of Alabama member Torch Technologies Inc. in Huntsville on Friday announced a major construction project. The groundbreaking event at the site of the new facility included speakers Governor Kay Ivey, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. The project consists of constructing a new 35,000-plus square …

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Transitioning Military Skills to Private Sector Success

Birmingham businessman and Army Reserve Lt. Col. Ken Phillips in conjunction with the University of Alabama Culverhouse School of Business offer job training for veterans to help them transfer military skills into the civilian workforce. Some military skills do not directly transfer into civilian jobs, but veterans have skills such …

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Hard Work, Dedication, Training Pay Off for Tuscaloosa Small Business Owners

Business Council of Alabama members Misty and Lee Garrison started a small business in Tuscaloosa last year and can offer some advice on success: have the right idea, dedicate yourself, constantly train, and use your experience. The Tuscaloosa couple founded BloGo Blow Dry Bar & Salon, a haven where clients …

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United Launch Alliance Chief Became a “Rocketman” at an Early Age

Business Council of Alabama member Salvatore “Tory” Bruno’s rocket experience started when he was 10 growing up in rural California mountains. Bruno found an old, deteriorated stick of dynamite. Behind his barn was an iron pipe. As long as it isn’t tightly enclosed, dynamite can burn very rapidly. And powerfully. …

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AT&T Alabama Has New President

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 13, 2017 — AT&T announced on Tuesday that Wayne Hutchens has been named president of AT&T Alabama, a Business Council of Alabama member. Hutchens most recently served as AT&T Alabama assistant vice president of regulatory and external affairs. Hutchens succeeds retired AT&T Alabama President Fred McCallum Jr., who …

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Architect Charles Williams & Associates Has Designs for the Future

Meet one of the newest members of the Business Council of Alabama – Charles Williams II. He is the second generation in business with his father, Charles Williams, founder, owner, and CEO of Charles Williams & Associates Inc., a family owned architectural service firm in Birmingham that provides design, project …

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Answering an Employment Question Served a BCA Member Well

Business Council of Alabama member Selena A. Rodgers Dickerson was on a job interview when she was asked where she wanted to be in five years. It’s a pretty standard question asked of a prospective employee. While her answer was not a standard answer, it was the right one. “I …

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Successful Huntsville Business Launched by Desire to Serve Our Military

Business Council of Alabama member Victory Solutions, Inc., CEO Kris McGuire founded the company in 2006 after spending the first half of her life raising a family and raising money for non-profits. Today, Victory Solutions is headquartered in Huntsville and has locations across the United States. Victory Solutions provides proprietary …

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Pinnacle Solutions Soars in Business

Business Council of Alabama member Pinnacle Solutions Inc. President and CEO Mike Durant leads a successful company with the six rules he learned in his former life that included a heroic event that occurred 24 years ago in early October. But as Paul Harvey used to say, that’s the rest …

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Navy Awards Austal USA Ship Contract in Mobile

The second contract this year to build an Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship in Mobile has been awarded to Business Council of Alabama member Austal USA, the company announced yesterday. The 127-meter, frigate-size LCS 30 will be the 15th LCS built at Austal’s U.S. shipyard in Mobile, and represents a continuing …

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