Top Headlines: Ground Broken for $775 Million AM/NS Calvert Expansion, Alabama Cities Jump on “Best Performing” Lists

Huntsville has made a jump on the Best Performing Cities list. Photo from Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Ground broken for $775 million AM/NS Calvert expansion
ArcelorMIttal has broken ground on a $775 million expansion that will add an electric arc furnace to the AM/NS Calvert steel mill north of Mobile. Construction of the new furnace, which will be able to produce 1.5 million tons of steel slabs annually, is expected to take two years. –

Alabama cities jump on ‘Best Performing’ lists
Huntsville and the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley areas made big jumps in their respective categories on the Milken Institute’s Best Performing Cities 2021 list. On the Large Cities list, Huntsville jumped from No. 49 in 2020 to No. 10. On the Small Cities list, Daphne-Fairhope-Foley ranked fifth, up from No. 14 last year. – Milken Institute

Sweet Grown Alabama grant will track locally grown products
Sweet Grown Alabama has been awarded a grant to track locally grown products purchased by five grocery stores and distributors. The participants include Greer’s Markets, Piggly Wiggly Birmingham, Renfroe’s Market,WM Grocery and Mitchell Grocery Corporation. Participants hope the study will lead to more Alabama-grown products in the grocery stores. – Sweet Grown Alabama

Auburn establishes Transportation Research Institute
Auburn University’s Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has taken five existing engineering entities and put them under the umbrella of the Transportation Research Institute. The institute includes the Alabama Transportation Assistance Program, Highway Research Center, GPS and Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory, National Center for Asphalt Technology and Transportation Testing Center (NCAT Test Track).  – Cision

Rendering plant opponents file lawsuit
Opponents of the proposed Pilgrim’s Pride chicken rendering plant in Gadsden have filed suit against some Gadsden city entities, saying they failed to provide requested public records. This is in addition to a zoning lawsuit that had already been filed against the proposed plant.  – The Gadsden Times

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