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German auto supplier opening Wednesday in Montgomery
A little more than two years after it was announced, Gerhardi’s first North American plant will open this week in Montgomery. Gerhardi will host a grand opening for its new facility in the Montgomery County Industrial Park Wednesday morning. Company, state and local officials are expected to attend. –

Mississippi Lime acquires Calera operations for $135 million
Mississippi Lime Co. has announced an agreement to acquire Covia’s lime business in Calera for $135 million. Operating historically as Southern Lime and in operation for more than 60 years, the facility supplies high-calcium quicklime and hydrated lime products. –

HudsonAlpha generates $2.45B in economic impact for Alabama
The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has made a $2.45B impact on the Alabama economy, according to a recent study conducted by the Center for Management & Economic Research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Impacts from employment, revenue and capital expenditures (construction, equipment) are included in the data analysis from 2006 to 2018. – News release

Want to generate tourism? Think massive yellow flowers
If you see an unusual number of cars on Highway 14 in Autaugaville in July, especially several with out-of-state plates, there’s a good chance they’re headed to The Sunflower Field. “There was a lady that come yesterday from Tampa, Florida,” said Todd Sheridan, owner of The Sunflower Field. “She said, ‘I’ve read so much about it, I just had to come for myself.’” Sheridan’s farm has become a tourist destination in July thanks to the 500,000 sunflowers he plants on 25 acres. – ANC

‘Back to school’ sales tax holiday set for July 19-21
The 14th annual “Back to School” sales tax holiday is scheduled to begin Friday, July 19, at 12:01 a.m. and conclude at midnight July 21 in the state of Alabama. In preparation, an online in-depth presentation is available about the items that meet the requirements to be exempt from sales and use tax. – Dothan Eagle

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Urgent Care for Children opening three Alabama locations
Three locations of Urgent Care for Children are scheduled to open this fall in Vestavia Hills, Madison and Tuscaloosa. Urgent Care for Children currently operates two Birmingham-area clinics, off U.S. 280 and in Trussville. The clinic plans to open several additional locations across Alabama over the next two years. –

Wallace State sets open house to launch Kubota partnership
Wallace State Community College will hold an Open House to launch a new Kubota partnership on Thursday, July 11 at 10 a.m., at the 12th floor of the James C. Bailey Center on the main campus in Hanceville. Media are invited to attend the event. – News Release

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