Top Headlines: Delta looks to Alabama for tariff-free airplanes, Hospitals recovering from malware attack

Delta looks to Alabama for airplanes with no tariffs
The Airbus plant in Mobile Ala., five years old in September, is having a moment. The plant, which now produces five aircraft a month – headed for six in January – is an apparent beneficiary of this month’s World Trade Organization to impose tariffs on Airbus. That’s because the airplanes Airbus assembles in Mobile will likely be exempt from the World Trade Organization’s move this month to annually impose tariffs of $7.5 billion on European Union goods. – Forbes

Birmingham entrepreneurs named to ‘100 Powerful Women’ list
A pair of Birmingham businesswomen are getting national attention for their event networking startup. Kerry Schrader and Ashlee Ammons, the mother-daughter founders of Mixtroz, were recently profiled in Entrepreneur Magazine’s October/November issue’s list of 100 Powerful Women. –

IBM report ranks Alabama No. 1 for jobs from 2018 foreign investment
Gov. Kay Ivey announced that a highly respected survey of international corporate investment decisions from experts at IBM Services names Alabama as the top U.S. state for job creation from foreign investment in 2018. Alabama also scored high rankings in other metrics related to foreign investment in the 2019 Global Location Trends report prepared by IBM-Plant Location International, which provides site selection services to corporate clients and advises economic development organizations. – Made In Alabama

Alabama hospitals resume accepting patients after malware attack
An Alabama hospital chain that quit accepting new patients after a malware attack crippled computer systems said it has resumed normal operations after paying a ransom demand. The DCH Health System said its hospitals in the west Alabama cities of Tuscaloosa, Northport and Fayette resumed admitting patients Thursday, and its imaging and patient scheduling services were going back online Friday. – AP

Coca-Cola United planning $60 million Georgia sales center
Birmingham-based Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc., plans to build a $60 million, 300,000 square-feet sales center and warehouse in Tifton, Ga. The facility will employ about 200 people and distribute 4.5 million cases of non-alcoholic beverages to customers annually. It is expected to open in late 2021. –

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Is there a future for shopping malls?
Shoppers and retailers are both wondering the same thing – what’s next for shopping malls? But that question is, in some ways, a step forward after nearly a decade of obituaries for the venerable retail hubs. After all, asking what’s next implies that there is something next. “That’s a $100 billion question,” said Rafay Ishfaq, associated professor of supply chain management at Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business. –

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