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Birmingham-based insurer Infinity carved a nationwide niche among big city Hispanics. Bilingual agents and in-house lawyers were keys to a success that led to a $1.6 billion acquisition by Kemper.

Birmingham Scores NBA Game with BBVA Bank Shot

The city of Birmingham scored its first NBA preseason game in a dozen years with a big assist from a local corporate sponsor.

Talladega to Get $50M Transformation Upgrade

A $50 million redevelopment plan at Talladega Superspeedway dubbed “Transformation” is scheduled for completion by October 2019, just in time for the track’s fall NASCAR weekend.

From Napa to Bama

One of California’s newest wines has roots in a partnership extending to Alabama.

Birmingham Nets Data Center Packing $785M Potential

DC BLOX has announced plans for a Birmingham data center with a $785 million investment potential over the next 10 years.

Petroleum Company Discovers Liquidity in U.K.

Fast growing Diversified Gas & Oil pulls its petroleum from venerable fields in Appalachia and went public a year ago on a London exchange.

Back Forty Beer Taps Historic Sloss Venue

Ten years after becoming one of the earliest breweries in the state of Alabama, Gadsden’s Back Forty Beer Co. has expanded for the first time.

Coconut Purveyor Marx Brothers Goes Solar

Marx Brothers Inc., a Birmingham company that imports and distributes coconut products, recently installed a rooftop solar system that can generate 35 percent of the company’s annual energy requirements.

5 Reasons to Visit Hotel Indigo in Five Points

Hotel Indigo, Birmingham’s latest hospitality jewel, opened in April in the city’s original entertainment district, historic Five Points South.

Salvaged Craftwork Mother Lode

Garlan and Heather Gudger have grown their Cullman storefront into one of the top five suppliers of architectural antiques in the country.

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Not Making the Grade

Big chunks of Alabama’s infrastructure rate the kind of report card you didn’t want to take home to your parents.

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Spotlight on Pike, Barbour & Bullock Counties

Surviving and Thriving in Dog-Eat-Dog E-Commerce

Veterinary Internet ships vet supplies to 38 states and four continents, makes swift adaptations in IT, inventory and marketplaces, and stays a nip ahead of Amazon.

Decatur Students Get Hands on Lunar Rover

Students from areas including design drafting, machine tool and welding will work on the project through the end of the fall semester.

Roads and Politics

A permanent solution for dried up road funding includes a gasoline tax increase. But the spark of public support is essential.