Lanett Plant Growing & Changing

Knauf Insulation has announced plans to reopen its Lanett plant. The firm closed the plant in 2011 and is now investing $20 million to upgrade and reopen, with plans to fill 90 jobs.

Brooks Peanut Co. has broken ground for a $6 million peanut warehouse near Flomaton. Farmers within a 50-mile radius of the new warehouse are partners in the project, the Atmore Advance reports.

ASF Intermodal, based in Mobile, has added new facilities in Melbourne, Australia, and in Chesapeake, Va., to serve the Norfolk terminal.

GE Aviation cut the ribbon on its new $50 million plant in Auburn in late April. The plant, making jet engine parts, will employ several hundred people.

Portfolio Recovery Associates, a call center that specializes in collecting consumer and commercial debt and municipal tax payments, is adding 200 new positions at its Birmingham office.

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HS Automotive is expanding in Enterprise, adding about 100 new jobs to the current staff of 270. The company makes weatherstripping and tubes for vehicles built by Hyundai, Kia and Chrysler.

S3, an aviation firm based in Huntsville, has acquired Texas-based Summit Aviation, adding such services as maintenance and inspections and avionics sales to those already offered by S3’s Kachemak Bay Flying Service.

Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. has opened a new container drayage facility in Birmingham, it’s third in Alabama.

Dex Imaging, a specialist in managed print services, based in Florida, has acquired Tonertype LLC, which provides services in Alabama and other states.

First National Bank of Baldwin County has been acquired by The First Bancshares Inc., which is based in Mississippi.

GeoMet Inc. says it has agreed to sell its coal bed methane interests in Alabama to an unnamed “independent oil and gas company with interests in Alabama” for $63.2 million.

Standard Furniture has announced plans to close its Frisco City plant, laying off workers there, but to add 100 workers at its home base in Bay Minette, Furniture Today reports.

Avocent, based in Huntsville, has announced layoffs of 22 workers, part of a wider layoff by parent Emerson Network Power.

Its mission complete, the Anniston Army Depot incinerator has been closed, a year after it completed destruction of a chemical weapons stockpile.

Synovus Bank, with operations in Alabama, has acquired Georgia-based Sunrise Bank, after the FDIC closed it.

Text by Nedra Bloom

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