Top Headlines: Abaco expanding at Redstone, Ecovery expands in Loxley

Abaco Systems to increase footprint at Redstone
Huntsville-based Abaco Systems said Thursday that will expand its headquarters with a new 40,000-square-foot engineering design center located at Redstone Gateway. The new facility will be ready to occupy in September 2019. The new offices will bring Abaco’s overall footprint in Huntsville to over 125,000 square feet of office, lab and manufacturing space for 300 of Abaco’s 700+ workforce. Abaco Systems does open architecture computing and electronic systems for aerospace, defense and industrial applications. – News release

Alabama team launches bioscience-focused trade mission to Ireland, UK
Business leaders and trade specialists from across Alabama are getting an up-close look at the bioscience sector in Ireland and the United Kingdom during a trade mission that seeks to spark new opportunities for nearly a dozen Alabama firms. The Alabama delegation began its mission in Dublin Monday with a briefing from the U.S. Commercial Service and a visit to the National Institute for Cellular Biotechnology, a leading research center. – ANC

Expansion to bring 30 jobs at Ecovery in Loxley
Ecovery, a recycled metal processor based in Loxley, has announced plans for an expansion that will create 30 jobs. Ecovery has expanded several times since opening in 2008. The company focuses on recovering copper and aluminum from scrap material; within that field, the company describes itself as “one of the largest metal recyclers in the Southeast.” This expansion adds a 100,000-square-foot building and new equipment. –

Montgomery Regional Airport names new executive director
Marshall J. Taggart, Jr. is the incoming director of the Montgomery Regional Airport. Taggart, who formerly served as deputy airport director of DeKalb Peachtree Airport, Georgia’s second busiest airport, was chosen from a national search. He will assume the role effective May 15. Taggart has nearly two decades of experience in the aviation industry. –

Former lawmaker gets 2 years of probation in fraud case
A former Alabama lawmaker best known for leading the 2017 impeachment push against then-Gov. Robert Bentley was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation for his role in a health care fraud case. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins handed down the sentence to former Rep. Ed Henry. The Hartselle Republican had pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting theft of government property as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors. – AP

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Alabama clinic taps Encoda to aid revenue cycle operations
Alabama Orthopedic Clinic, a 21-physician practice in Mobile, has gone live with revenue cycle management software and analytics from Encoda. The practice is seeking to improve its revenue cycle operations by increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of its claims management and payment posting processes. – HDM

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