Top Headlines: Concrete plant opening in Huntsville, New leadership at Honda

Concrete plant to open near Mazda Toyota site in Huntsville
A concrete plant is opening this week near the construction site of the planned Mazda Toyota factory in Huntsville. Sequatchie Concrete Service will open its newest plant on Greenbriar Parkway. Located seven-tenths of a mile from the gate of the construction site, the plant is expected to support construction and infrastructure projects in the area. The central mix plant is expected to be fully operational this week. –

New leadership announced for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama has a new president. Tetsuya Endo, currently serving as regional functional leader at Honda of America Manufacturing in Marysville, Ohio, has been named HMA President, effective April 1. Endo will be responsible for all HMA operations. That’s one of several leadership changes announced Tuesday at the Talladega County plant. –

SpaceX splits six military launches with Lockheed-Boeing
Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. and its rival United Launch Alliance will split six military space launches, as the Pentagon and Air Force announced results of the latest competition between the U.S.’s national security launch providers. Closely held SpaceX won a $297 million launch contract for two National Reconnaissance Office and one Air Force Space Command mission, the Pentagon said Tuesday without providing details. – Bloomberg

Gas tax negotiations moving forward in Montgomery
Alabama’s proposed gas tax moved forward Tuesday after the League of Municipalities came to an agreement with the Counties Association and Governor Kay Ivey. The 12-cent tax increase would be split 3 ways. 8 cents would go to the state, the counties would receive 3 cents, and 1 cent would go to the municipalities. Alabama’s current state gas tax of 18 cents a gallon has gone unchanged since 1992. – WVTM

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar opening in Huntsville this fall
If you adore alliteration and big burgers, tough to top this: Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, a franchise operating in six states, is packing its patties for Alabama. The restaurant revealed Tuesday it will open its first Alabama location at the under-construction Times Plaza on Memorial Parkway at the former site of The Huntsville Times. Crunkleton Commercial Real Estate said in an announcement that the burger bar will open a 4,107 square foot restaurant in the fall. –

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Nathaniel Drummond named Drummond Company CCO
Drummond Company Inc. has named Nathaniel Drummond its chief commercial officer and president of subsidiary Drummond Coal Sales Inc. Nathaniel joined the Drummond organization in May, 2013, as vice president of Drummond Coal Sales. Prior to joining Drummond, Nathaniel started his professional career with Vitol in their London office. He later transferred to their Houston office where he helped start their U.S. coal trading desk. – News release

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