Top Headlines: Blox Receives $40 Million Investment, Much at Stake for Amazon in AL Union Battle

Blox receives $40 million investment
Bessemer-based Blox has received a $40 million minority investment from Atlanta’s ASH Ventures. The Series B commitment should close later this quarter. Blox developed the Design Manufacture Construct platform, which builds modules that can be inserted into the construction process, mainly in the health care industry. –

Much at stake for Amazon in Alabama union battle
Amazon is aggressively fighting back against potential union organizers at its Bessemer distribution plant, trying to avoid a vote that could lead to unionization efforts at other Amazon facilities around the country.  – The Washington Post

Alabama Innovation Commission makes recommendations
The Alabama Innovation Commission, known as Innovate Alabama, has recommended four actions to increase prosperity across the state, including developing a statewide innovation and incentive structure to generate business growth and launchING a branding campaign to position Alabama as a destination place to grow.  – The Tuscaloosa News

American Apparel lands $1.1 million DOD agreement
Selma’s American Apparel will use $1.1 million from the Department of Defense to purchase equipment that will increase manufacturing automation as the company produces U.S. military uniforms. The CARES Act money will also allow American Apparel to retain current staff and create up to 75 new jobs. – Mirage

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