Top Headlines: EBSCO Land Could Expand Oak Mountain State Park, Gadsden Residents Protest Rendering Plant

A proposal could expand Oak Mountain State Park by 1,600 acres. (Photo courtesy of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

EBSCO land could expand Oak Mountain State Park
Alabama Forever Wild is considering a proposal by Birmingham-based EBSCO to give the trust 1,600 acres to expand Oak Mountain State Park. The park is already 9,000 acres, and the proposed expansion is supported by groups such as The Nature Conservancy. – Alabama NewsCenter

U.S. Steel closes on first green bonds
U.S. Steel has closed on $63.4 million in Environmental Improvement Revenue Bonds with a green bond designation that will partially fund work related to the new electric arc furnace at its Fairfield plant.  The bonds were issued through the Industrial Development Board of the City of Hoover. U.S. Steel is based in Pittsburgh.  – Pennsylvania Business Report

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing to begin second phase of hiring
A second phase of hiring will begin soon at Mazda Toyota Manufacturing’s joint-venture plant in Limestone County, resulting in about 3,000 new jobs. The company will begin accepting applications on Dec. 7. At full capacity, the company should have 4,000 employees. –

Gadsden residents protest rendering plant
Hundreds attended a meeting Monday night to speak in opposition of a proposed rendering plant.  They were urged to attend Tuesday’s Gadsden City Council meeting. Representatives of Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., which is proposing the plant, are expected to attend that meeting. – The Gadsden Times

Alabama dialysis clinics sold
A purchase by American Finance Trust Inc. includes six dialysis clinics, including three in Alabama. The $15.8 million deal also includes three clinics in Mississippi. They all are leased to Fresenius Medical Care. –

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