Top Headlines: ID Plastics investing in Auburn plant, Montgomery Airport offering TSA PreCheck

ID Plastics to invest $10M in Auburn production plant
ID Plastics LP has announced plans to build a nearly $10 million plant in Auburn. The German manufacturer said it will employ about 50 people over the next three years. Auburn will be ID Plastic’s U.S. headquarters. The company produces foldable, returnable transport containers among other products. About 80 German companies now have operations in the state. – AP

Montgomery Airport begins blended passenger screening
Montgomery Regional Airport will begin offering the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck for passenger screening Tuesday. MGM and TSA will roll out new screening lanes at the security checkpoint. The TSA PreCheck program expedites security screening for passengers who apply and successfully complete a background check. Screening will be expedited for crew members and passengers whose boarding passes indicate their pre-approved TSA PreCheck status. –

Federal court case links Mobile strip club to Chinese visa scheme
A federal jury here this week will sort out the remaining loose ends in a fraud investigation that somehow connects a Mobile strip club, a foreign company that cleans railway cars and wealthy Chinese businessmen. The civil trial starting Tuesday will determine the fate of millions of dollars frozen in U.S. bank accounts that prosecutors contend were part of a fraudulent scheme to provide a pathway for Chinese businessmen seeking to immigrate to America. – Fox10TV

Cracker Barrel acquires seven Holler & Dash locations
Changes are coming to Holler & Dash. The fast casual breakfast chain – which has locations in Homewood and Tuscaloosa – will be rebranding following an acquisition over the weekend by parent company Cracker Barrel. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has acquired Florida-based Maple Street Biscuit Co. for $36 million in an all-cash transaction. That includes 28 company-owned and five franchise locations in seven states. –

Lightfoot named to Benchmark Litigation’s ‘Top 20 Trial Firms’ list
Birmingham’s Lightfoot, Franklin & White have been named to Benchmark Litigation’s national “Top 20 Trial Firms” for the second year in a row. Published by Euromoney Institutional Investors PLC, Benchmark Litigation is an annual guide that focuses on litigation in the U.S. Its rankings are based on interviews with both litigators and clients. Researchers examine recent casework handled by firms and ask individuals to offer their opinions on peers. –

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Harley-Davidson halts electric motorcycle production
Harley-Davidson Inc. said on Monday it has stopped production and deliveries of its first electric motorcycle after discovering a glitch in the final quality checks. The motorcycle maker said it has discovered a “non-standard condition” with LiveWire, which it began shipping to its dealers late last month, prompting additional testing and analysis. – Reuters

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