Top Headlines: Culverhouse celebrates 100 years, Southern Research’s Birmingham lab

University of Alabama’s business school celebrating 100 years
The University of Alabama’s Culverhouse College of Business is celebrating 100 years of transforming business in 2019. The upcoming centennial will feature several special initiatives aimed at helping alumni and friends relive the rich history of Culverhouse while showcasing its plans for the future. In 1919, Lee Bidgood, the first dean of Culverhouse, launched the College’s undergraduate program, followed by the graduate program in 1924. – ANC

Southern Research moving team to $1 million Birmingham lab
Southern Research is moving a team of scientists working to develop clean-energy technology into a $1 million lab it is creating in Birmingham. The Sustainable Chemistry and Catalysis Laboratory will have pilot-scale chemical reactors and other equipment and should be up and running by the middle of next month, according to an announcement. –

One day after raid, Austal announces new Navy contract
One day after the revelation Austal USA is involved in a federal investigation, the company offered some positive news, announcing a $16.3 million Navy contract to do post-delivery work in Mobile. Company official remained tight-lipped about the investigation, with a spokesperson saying it had nothing to add to a very brief statement the company issued Thursday after company offices in Mobile reportedly were raided by federal agents. –

Google’s strategy in Alabama reveals global energy plan
Giving more than 100 per cent is usually in the lexicon of athletes and motivational speakers. Rarely is such a thing reality or a long-term sustainable goal for no-nonsense business planners. And yet Google has already achieved its goal of buying clean energy to offset all of its electricity consumption globally (although it does not divulge energy consumption nor how much it pays for it). – Power Engineering

Stanley named to Construction Hall of Fame
Thornton Stanley always wanted to be a builder. It took some time for a black man in 1960s Alabama to establish himself in a business dominated by white-owned companies, but through hard work and determination, he made his dream come true and then some. Stanley, founder of Huntsville’s Stanley Contruction Co., was inducted Jan. 10 into the Associated General Contractors of Alabama’s Construction Hall of Fame, a legend among his peers. –

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Winter storm, flu closing some schools in Alabama
Winter weather is approaching Alabama, but influenza has already closed four school systems. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for a dozen counties from midnight Monday to noon Tuesday. The weather service said up to 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) of snow is possible in central Alabama. – AP

Dumas to chair Auburn National Bancorporation board
Auburn National Bancorporation announced this month that Bob Dumas was elected as chairman of its board of directors and its subsidiary, AuburnBank. Dumas has been employed by the bank since 1984 and became its director in 1997. He has been president and chief executive officer of the bank since 2001, and was appointed president and CEO of the company in 2017. – OANow

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