Top Headlines: Big Boeing contract; Hurricane Michael update

DC Blox opens first Alabama data center in ‘inspiring’ Huntsville
The non-descript building, perhaps by design, sits on Diamond Drive in Huntsville’s Thornton Research Park toward the western end of a “mythical” city. In a place where ribbon cutting ceremonies are as routine as sunrises, the occasion last week to formally open the doors to DC Blox took on a different air when CEO Jeff Uphues walked to the podium. – AL.com

Redstone Arsenal awards $242.1M chopper contract to Boeing
The Boeing Company recently secured a contract to remanufacture eight and procure nine new-build Apache AH-64E aircraft. Work related to the deal is scheduled to be completed by Feb 28, 2023. Valued at $242.1 million, the contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal. Boeing will carry out the task in Mesa, Arizona. – NASDAQ

Against auto tariff backdrop, Ford planning job cuts
Ford will be making cuts to its 70,000-strong white-collar workforce in a move it calls a “redesign” of its staff to be leaner, have fewer layers, and offer more decision-making power to employees, the company announced. The number of jobs that will be axed is unknown at this point. Ford is lagging behind the competition, selling an anemic 32.8 vehicles per employee. – CNBC

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‘Twilight Supper’ expanding at Jones Valley Teaching Farm
Jones Valley Teaching Farm is taking a popular event on the road. “Twilight Supper,” the farm’s annual fundraiser, is being expanded to four intimate community dinners in support of its “Good School Food Program.” Details will be announced later this month for individual meals, set to begin this fall. Organizers say each dinner will feature a renowned chef. – AL.com

Hurricane Michael has coastal Alabama on alert
As Hurricane Michael begins its march across the Gulf of Mexico, Baldwin County officials are paying close attention to its path. Projections have it making landfall well to the east, but impacts were already being felt along Alabama beaches Monday. Beach safety officials posted single red flags Monday morning, but decided to go to double red by early afternoon. – Fox News

New shopping center along Alabama 119 clears first hurdle
The Hoover Planning and Zoning Commission tonight recommended the City Council approve a 15,000-square-foot shopping center on vacant land at the corner of Alabama 119 and Doug Baker Boulevard. It’s the same site where the City Council rejected a Valero gas station in January 2015. – 280 Living

Alabama’s Black Belt hailed for recreational assets
Many U.S. regions are referred to as a sportsman’s paradise, but in a county where the mayor of the largest town also owns his own fishing tackle company, it’s a good bet that claim holds true. Thanks in large part to 45,000-acre Lake Eufaula, home to lunker largemouths, crappie and striped bass, Barbour County, Ala., is indeed a hot spot when it comes to outdoors recreation. – Morning Call

 

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