Top Headlines: Alabama aerospace companies soaring, Buc-ee’s fever spreading

Four companies that are soaring in state’s aerospace industry
Alabama’s aerospace industry is marked by innovators, who are rethinking established industry standards and pushing the limits of their imaginations. They’re focused on specialized products and training to aid military personnel, new solutions for faster communications around the globe and more efficient ways for pilots and travelers to conquer the skies. These four are tops. – Made In Alabama

HPM ‘well into construction’ on second Airbus assembly line
On the campus of Airbus’ Alabama manufacturing facility, construction crews are completing the early phases of a project that represents the next chapter of the aerospace company’s U.S. growth plans. “We are well into construction,” said Greg Ellis, vice president for program development at HPM, the Birmingham-based firm overseeing the project. – Made In Alabama

Beaver fever continues to spread, this time in north Alabama
Buc-ee’s, the Texas-based chain of convenience stores with a cult following, is expanding its reach in Alabama with a second location that the chain is set to break ground on next week, according to the company’s attorney. The chain of convenience stores, gas stations and travel centers is scheduled to break ground on a store in Leeds at 10 a.m. June 26. The store is being built off Exit 140 on I-20 near the Outlet Shops at Grand River. –

CAE Dothan Training Center wins Navy training contract
CAE has won a contract to provide classroom and simulator training for U.S. Navy’s UC-12 Huron utility aircraft’s aircrew. Training will be delivered at the CAE Dothan Training Center in Dothan, in addition to CAE training centers in Dallas, Texas and Morristown, New Jersey. The UC-12 is a military version of the Beechcraft King Air multi-mission aircraft and used by the Navy for general transport. – Defense World

Longtime Alabama Power board member reflects on his path
Whit Armstrong has seen a lot during nearly 37 years on the board of directors of Alabama Power – from tremendous technological advances, to the evolution of Alabama’s economy, to the tragedies and recovery following some of the state’s most devastating natural disasters. It certainly hasn’t always been easy. But as he steps down from the company’s governing board and looks back on the journey, there is tremendous appreciation – and gratitude. – ANC

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ServisFirst hires five bankers for expansion in Florida
Birmingham-based ServisFirst Bank announced this week that it has hired five bankers in Sarasota, Florida, as part of an expansion in the southwestern portion of the Sunshine State. The group will lead the growth of ServisFirst’s commercial banking group through Bradenton, Sarasota, Fort Myers and Naples. – Montgomery Advertiser

OSHA cites auto parts company, staffing agencies with $145,000 fine
Three companies, including an auto parts manufacturer, face penalties totaling $145,438 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after investigators say employees at an Auburn facility were exposed to safety hazards. OSHA cited parts manufacturer Donghee Alabama and two staffing agencies, J & C Enterprise and Jian Enterprise. –

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