Top Headlines: $61 Million Renovation of Marshall Medical Center South Underway, German Company Opens Headquarters in Tuscaloosa

$61 million renovation of Marshall Medical Center South underway
A three-year $61 million expansion of Marshall Medical Center South in Boaz has begun. The expansion will move the main entrance, add 125 parking spaces and include a cafeteria, coffee shop, conference room and gift shop on the ground floor. The expansion of the hospital, part of the Huntsville Hospital Health System, will also include a medical mall, linking the hospital to an existing physician office building. – CBS 42 

German company opens headquarters in Tuscaloosa
Germany’s SWJ Technology has opened a facility that is its new North American headquarters in Alberta, outside of Tuscaloosa. The company, which assists in a variety of technology services, will move its North American headquarters, its regional office for Alabama, equipment services, rapid prototyping and metrology lab into the 7,000-square-foot facility.  – Tuscaloosa Thread

UAB will buy Medical West in $51 million deal
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System will buy Bessemer’s Medical West Hospital for $51.25 million. The deal is expected to help the hospital secure a federal loan to build a new hospital in McCalla. The Medical West Hospital Authority is an affiliate of the UAB Health System. –

Orange Beach awarded $1 million to boost tourism
The Alabama Gulf Coast Convention &Visitors Bureau in Orange Beach has been awarded $800,000 in CARES act funding, to be matched with $200,000 in local investment, to increase tourism after the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will fund a campaign to get tourists to return to the beaches on the Gulf Coast. – Alabama Political Reporter

Sonic Automotive moves into Alabama
Sonic Automotive, one of the country’s largest automotive retailers, has opened its newest EchoPark specialty pre-owned store in Birmingham, its first location in Alabama. Consumers can shop an inventory of almost 10,000 pre-0wned vehicles still under factory warranty, priced up to 40% below new-car pricing. – Business Wire

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