Top Headlines: Alabama producing prototypes for Army, PalletOne acquires Bay Wood Products

Alabama to produce prototypes for U.S. Army hypersonic weapons
The U.S. Army has awarded two contracts for work in Alabama related to the production of hypersonic weapons. One is for Dynetics Technical Solutions in the amount of $351.6 million to produce Common-Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) prototypes in Huntsville. The second contract is for Lockheed Martin in the amount of $347 million to serve as the Long Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) prototype system integrator, part of which will be conducted in Courtland, Alabama. – AL Political Reporter

PalletOne acquires Bay Wood Products of Baldwin County
PalletOne Inc., America’s largest new pallet manufacturer, has purchased Bay Wood Products Inc., a pallet and crate manufacturing business located in Baldwin County. “In my heart of hearts, I knew PalletOne was the best option for our employees, customers and the community,” said Jimmy Wilson, founder and a former owner of Bay Wood Products. Wilson will remain as general manager. – News release

Scott Cochran, Nick Saban appear in new Regions ad
Yeah, yeah, yeah! Regions Bank has a new spokesman – with a distinctive sound – in a series of ads tailored to another season of college football. Alabama Strength and Conditioning Coach Scott Cochran lends his gravelly pipes to a new series of commercials, “Greatness in the Grind,” where – instead of holding up his arms up for four quarters – Cochran cheers on people making financial decisions. –

Librarians take role of judges in new marriage-making scenario
This marriage was one for the books. Shortly after noon Thursday, Bryan Orzco Zarco and Rosa Espinoza entered the Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place, to get married. Cheryl Burgess, a Central Library worker, notarized the couple’s Alabama Marriage Certificate form. “It was a pleasant surprise when the first couple showed up,” Circulation Director Jiemin Fan said. “We didn’t realize that when you notarize the license, you are basically marrying people.” –

Special signs will denote roads fixed by increased gas tax
Some Alabama counties will begin placing “Rebuild Alabama” signs to show which roads and bridges the new gas tax money will fix. The “Rebuild Alabama” plan passed earlier this year and increased the state gas tax Sunday by six cents per gallon with the money aimed at going to roads, bridges and the Port of Mobile. The first phase of the state gas tax went into effect Sunday. – WTVM

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Publix to donate $500,000 to Alabama food banks
Publix Supermarkets is giving a total of $500,000 to food banks in Alabama. The Florida-based grocery store chain recently announced the donations. They’re part of $5 million Publix is giving to organizations across the Southeast in September. That’s national Hunger Action Week. – ABC 3340

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