Hollywood Descends on Mobile; Basketball Coming to Birmingham

Aerojet Rocketdyne facility tops out in Huntsville
Turner Construction Company recently celebrated the topping-out for Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Huntsville. The facility began construction in March and is set for completion in December of this year. The 136,000-square-foot industrial facility, sitting on 18.25 acres at the corner of Pulaski Pike and Prosperity Drive, will be used to produce subcomponents of the AR1 rocket engines, composite cases for rocket motors and 3D-printed rocket engine components. – Huntsville Business Journal

Eissmann Automotive expansion now complete in Pell City
Eissmann Group Automotive on Tuesday celebrated the completion of a $14.5 million expansion project in Pell City. Eissmann announced plans in June 2016 to expand its Pell City facility with a new 130,000-square-foot building featuring advanced manufacturing equipment for a new production line. The project is adding 200 workers to make built-to-print trim components, shifter modules and other parts for automakers that include Audi, Jeep, Tesla, Porsche, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz. – ANC

Federal judge sentences former Drummond, Balch & Bingham employees
David Roberson, former Drummond Company VP of Government Affairs, and Joel Gilbert, former Balch & Bingham partner, were sentenced Tuesday for their convictions on six criminal charges each relating to a scheme intended to stop expansion of a toxic cleanup site in Jefferson County by the Environmental Protection Agency. Gilbert was sentenced to five years in federal prison, followed by a supervised release period of two years. Roberson was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison, followed by one year of supervised release. Each was ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and do community service. – AL. com

Port City sees uptick in moviemaking this fall
Movie making is heating up in Mobile and the Gulf Coast. WKRG caught up with the director of “This is the Year,” a new romantic comedy being shot in Mobile right now. Director David Henrie was using a house on Macy Place off Government Street for a scene. “It’s a coming of age, road-trip film, teen movie that kind of harkens back to some of the fun that John Hughs had in the 80’s,” said Henrie. It’s one of two movies being made now on the Gulf Coast. Another, “Arkansas,” is being filmed on the Eastern Show with star Liam Hemsworth being seen around Fairhope. – WKRG

NBA G League to be in Birmingham by 2022
The New Orleans Pelicans will bring their NBA G League (formerly the NBA Developmental League) affiliate to the Magic City by 2022, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday. The NBA franchise is set to take over the Atlanta Hawks G League affiliate in Erie, Pennsylvania, the BayHawks, next season and eventually move the team to Birmingham. – WVTM

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Man who threatened to shoot up Hangout Fest jailed for a year
A man who made veiled threats to shoot up the Hangout Music Festival on Alabama’s Gulf Shores has been jailed for a year. Christopher Scott Carey, a resident of Portland, Maine, made the comments on a public Hangout Facebook page in March of this year. He said “I’m bringing an AR 15 so it should be good inside,” with reference to entering the festival. He later made more references to using extended magazine rounds, the same used in the Las Vegas shooting in Oct. 2017. After a police complaint was made by the organizers of the festival, a warrant was put out for Carey’s arrest in early May and he was picked up by law enforcement May 14, just four days before the start of the festival. – AL.com

National Commerce Corp. reports Q3 profit of $12 million
National Commerce Corp. on Tuesday reported third-quarter profit of $12 million.

The Birmingham-based bank, said it had earnings of 59 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for costs related to mergers and acquisitions, came to 63 cents per share. NCC shares have dropped 6 percent since the beginning of the year. – AP

Founding dean of ASU’s College of Business Administration dies
Percy J. Vaughn Jr., the founding dean of Alabama State University’s College of Business Administration, died early Tuesday, the school confirmed. He was 86.

No details about his death were released. Funeral details were still being finalized. – Montgomery Advertiser

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