Top Headlines: Huntsville’s Constellation project, Back Forty elevates pub fare

Constellation project in downtown Huntsville making big plans
However you choose to measure it, Constellation is as big as its name. The long-dreamed, $100 million downtown development is moving into reality, a massive project that, if expectations are met, will provide a sparkling-new front door to downtown Huntsville and perhaps yield the city’s tallest building. –

Airbus results show uptick in revenue and earnings
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus reported Wednesday that adjusted earnings before interest and tax rose 2% to €1.6 billion ($1.8 billion) in the third quarter, more than the €1.36 billion estimated by analysts. Airbus’ 2019 consolidated revenue increased to €46.2 billion, compared with nine-month 2018 revenue of €40.4 billion. Higher deliveries, a favorable mix of commercial, military and helicopter business, and improved foreign exchange rates helped, Airbus says. – American Shipper

Back Forty Beer Company elevates Birmingham’s pub fare
Invariably, whenever someone mentions Back Forty Beer Company at the Sloss Docks in Birmingham the talk turns to food. That’s because an award-winning chef with a fine dining background helms this open kitchen (next to the open brewing production) and is turning out dishes that are delicious and inventive, seasonal and locally sourced and perhaps more than you’d expect. – Alabama NewsCenter

Three builders inducted into Alabama Hall of Fame
The Alabama Building Industry Hall of Fame has three new members following a ceremony last week. Taylor Burton of Birmingham, Kelley Ouzts of Foley and Don Spurlin of Albertville were inducted at the Home Builders Association of Alabama’s annual convention awards banquet at the Hilton Nashville Downtown in Nashville, Tenn. –

Huntsville firm wins $178 million Navy contract to support SEALs
The Huntsville office of a California engineering firm will perform work on a $178 million contract with the Naval Sea Systems Command that will directly aid SEAL teams in operations. Teledyne Technologies Inc. announced earlier this week that its subsidiary, Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville, had received the contract for the follow-on production of MK11 Shallow Water Combat Submersible (SWCS) Systems. –

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Jones introduces bill to protect pensions, Social Security and Medicare
U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama, joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers in introducing a bill to restore funding for pensions, Social Security and Medicare. The Rescue United States’ Trusts Act introduced Tuesday would create individual congressional committees for each endangered trust fund, which would be tasked with drafting legislation to bring those funds back into solvency. Those trust funds include Highway, Medicare Hospital Insurance, Social Security Disability Insurance, and Social Security Old-Age and Survivors Insurance. – AL Political Reporter

Fiat Chrysler, Peugeot owner PSA to merge, create world’s No. 4 automaker
Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot owner PSA plan to join forces in a 50-50 share merger to create the world’s fourth-largest automaker, seeking scale to cope with costly new technologies and slowing global demand. Fiat Chrysler and PSA said on Thursday they aimed to reach a binding deal in the coming weeks to create a $50 billion group with listings in Paris, Milan and New York, and with PSA’s Carlos Tavares as chief executive and FCA’s John Elkann as chairman. – Reuters

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