Top Headlines: Alabama-based plants targeted in ICE raids, Simpson Door Co. opening in Birmingham

Three Tuscaloosa-based Peco Farms plants targeted in ICE raids
The Washington Post reported that Alabama-based Peco Farms Inc. “confirmed in a statement that ICE raided three of its poultry processing plants in Mississippi, and the company said it is cooperating fully with federal authorities.” According to its website, Tuscaloosa based Peco Farms is the 8th largest poultry producer in the country. – Alabama Today

Simpson Door Co. opening first southeast facility in Birmingham
Washington state-based Simpson Door Co. is now up and running in Birmingham – its first Southeast facility. Founded 107 years ago, Simpson Door has opened a 30,000-square-foot distribution center on 13th Street in Ensley. This gives the company easy access to the South and the East Coast. –

South Alabama Mega Site will soon get $5M in enhancements
The South Alabama Mega Site in Baldwin County is about to get a facelift thanks to a new state law. The law allows companies and individuals to get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit when they fund projects designed to stimulate economic development. The Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance (EDA) will spend $5 million dollars on site enhancements. The South Alabama Mega Site is bordered by Interstate 65 on the north, Highway 287 to the west and the CSX Railroad to the south. – Fox10TV

Blue Pants Brewery will close its doors this month
The owners of Blue Pants Brewery, one of Madison County’s best-known craft beer makers, said they will close the brewery and tap room’s doors on Aug. 23 after nine years of operations. Owners Allison “Blue” and Mike “Pants” Spratley said on Facebook that “recent events and negotiations” had made them “no longer able to continue doing business at our current location.” –

CPSI signs its fourth Montana hospital
Mobile-based CPSI, a community healthcare solutions company, announced today that a fourth Montana hospital, Missouri River Medical Center, has selected both cloud-hosted electronic health record (EHR) from Evident and Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) solutions from TruBridge to better manage patient outcomes across care settings. – Yahoo

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Laney to head Alabama Office of Apprenticeship
Alabama has picked a director of its efforts to produce more skilled employees. Josh Laney has been named as director of the newly established Alabama Office of Apprenticeship. Laney, who previously served as senior director of workforce development for the Alabama Department of Education, will head the office created earlier this year by a bill sponsored by State Sen. Arthur Orr. –

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