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Southern Research Institute attacks cancer, environmental challenges and more

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – At Southern Research Institute, scientists are researching novel cancer therapies, testing advanced materials at temperatures up to 5,000 degrees and developing solutions to daunting environmental challenges. The not-for-profit research organization, whose main campus stands close to the University of Alabama at...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama STEM education initiative gets worldwide attention

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Six-year-old Blake examines three small wheat seeds under a magnifying glass and then documents what he has observed. He pinches together a piece of paper towel until it fits into a straw. The student deposits his seeds in the straw and...

Written by Jerry Underwood

HudsonAlpha Institute builds base in Huntsville for biotech research

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- A biotechnology park – the brainchild of the successful Huntsville entrepreneurs behind the HudsonAlpha Institute – showcases the promise of biotechnology in Alabama. Entrepreneur Lonnie McMillian co-founded ADTRAN, the second largest supplier of telecommunications equipment in the U.S. Jim Hudson Jr. created...

Written by Jerry Underwood

AIDT training programs give Alabama advantage in industrial recruiting

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – In just about every corner of Alabama, AIDT, the state’s top-ranked job-training agency, is helping companies assemble workforces and upgrading worker skill sets. AIDT training programs are preparing workers to build “Made-in-Alabama” products such as next-generation warships for the U.S. Navy...

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AIDT Maritime Training Center readies workers for jobs in Alabama shipyards

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MOBILE, Alabama – An eight-week welding course at the AIDT Maritime Training Center gave Rodney Patrick a future he didn’t expect – a career in shipbuilding. Around three years ago, the Mobile County man was working as an investigator for a law firm when the...

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Hyundai manufacturing plant in Alabama sets records as activity hums around clock

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – The Hyundai manufacturing plant in Alabama, already one of the U.S. auto industry’s most productive, is set to power output to record levels in 2013 after adding a third shift at the $1.7 billion facility. The third production shift, initiated last September, provided...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Golden Dragon copper tubing plant will provide boost to rural Alabama county

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MONTGOMERY, Alabama – The Golden Dragon copper tubing plant, now under construction in Wilcox County, will create at least 300 jobs and could serve as a model for rural economic development, according to reports on the al.com web site. The $100 million Golden Dragon...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Alabama candy manufacturer tastes sweet success in overseas markets

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama– From a modest candy factory tucked away in a corner of suburban Birmingham, Scott Green satisfies sweet-tooth cravings in more than 50 countries across the globe. Green’s firm, Creative Concepts in Irondale, produces Pucker Powder, a sugary confection that is dispensed from...

Written by Jerry Underwood

Biggest steelmaker eyes ThyssenKrupp Alabama steel plant, a ‘world-class asset’

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MOBILE, Alabama – The world’s largest steelmaker wants to buy the ThyssenKrupp Alabama steel plant, calling it a “world class asset,” according to a report in the Wall Street Journal’s online edition. ArcelorMittal is one of several bidders for the ThyssenKrupp plant near Mobile,

Written by Jerry Underwood

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