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Jim Bolte and his team members power TMMAL

When Jim Bolte first began dating his wife, Tami, in college, there was a bit of a language barrier. See, Tami, was a sign language major. “I would go out with Tami and her friends and they would sign to each other and point at me and laugh,” says Bolte …

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BCA Member Participates in ‘Smart and Safe’ Prescription Drug Awareness Effort

Business Council of Alabama board of directors’ member Denson Henry participated Wednesday in a multi-industry public awareness campaign about the dangers and costs of prescription drug abuse in the workplace, at home, and in society. Henry, vice president of Henry Brick Co. in Selma, and co-chair of the BCA’s Health …

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Telemedicine Coverage Announced by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Business Council of Alabama member Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama began providing greater access to health care this month with its announcement that it will cover certain telemedicine services. Blue Cross began paying telemedicine providers on Dec. 1. The decision was prompted partly by the general lack of …

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Honda’s Alabama Assembly Plant Contributes Nearly $7 billion to State’s Economy

Business Council of Alabama member Honda Manufacturing of Alabama LLC contributed $6.8 billion to the state’s economy in 2014 and along with suppliers was responsible for more than 43,000 jobs, the Economic Development Partnership reported in a study. The EDPA study, conducted by the Center for Business and Economic Research …

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BCA Member Austal USA Awarded a $53.5 Million Procurement Contract

Business Council of Alabama member Austal USA has been awarded a $53.5 million contract to procure long-lead time materials for the 11th Expeditionary Fast Transport, formerly known as the Joint High Speed Vessel, for the U.S. Navy. “We are excited that the Navy is building on the momentum and the …

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Significant Gifting Supports HudsonAlpha’s Mission in Clinical Genomic Medicine and Enables Scientific Thinking

Business Council of Alabama member HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has received $200,000 in grants and gifts to further the Huntsville-based genomic science company’s mission serving academic, clinical, and commercial needs. HudsonAlpha said Wednesday that it has received a $100,000 grant from the Jane K. Lowe Charitable Foundation of Huntsville to …

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HudsonAlpha Featured in American Graduate Day Broadcast

Business Council of Alabama member HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology’s Vice President for Educational Outreach, Neil Lamb, PhD, and Director of Informatics Elizabeth Worthey, PhD, were featured in a national television broadcast, “American Graduate Day,” to raise awareness of programs and institutions focusing on education. “American Graduate Day” was sponsored by …

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Verizon Wireless Encourages Donations of Unneeded Phones to Support Domestic Violence Victims

To observe national Domestic Violence Awareness Month this month, Business Council of Alabama member Verizon Wireless is encouraging Alabamians to get involved with local organizations that are dedicated to helping victims of domestic abuse. One easy life-saving act can be to donate old cell phones to the HopeLine® from Verizon …

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BCA Member Mercedes-Benz Vance Plant Has Begun $1.3 billion, 300-job Expansion

Eighteen years after the first Mercedes-Benz rolled off the Vance assembly line, the automaker is still going strong, announcing a $1.3 billion, 300-job expansion, a project that will only grow Alabama’s vibrant export market. The expansion at the Tuscaloosa County plant will increase total investment at the plant to about …

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Toyota Alabama Team Members Have Built Four Million Engines

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- Business Council of Alabama member Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama made engine No. 1 in 2003. On Monday the plant completed engine No. 4 million. “It was an exciting day,” said Jim Bolte, president of Toyota Alabama. “This is a testament to our team members – they are dedicated …

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