Top Headlines: Innovation Factory Hub planned for Huntsville, Briggs & Stratton files for bankruptcy protection

SAIC to open new Innovation Factory Hub in Huntsville
Science Applications International has announced plans to expand with a new Innovation Factory Hub in Huntsville. Development at the company’s second-largest location will support its local customers and allow the U.S. Department of Defense to evaluate new technologies. Once completed, the Huntsville Innovation Factory Hub will operate with SAIC’s Innovation Factories located in Virginia, and Lowell, Massachusetts at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Research Institute in California, and the Capital Factory in Texas. — Army-Technology

Briggs & Stratton files for bankruptcy protection
Small engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton Corp. on Monday filed for bankruptcy protection with plans to sell its assets to a private equity firm. Briggs has plants in Wisconsin, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, New York, Australia and China. It employed 430 at its plant in Auburn in 2018, when it announce plans for a major distribution center. — Marshfield News Herald

Alabama ranks 3rd in small business growth with Amazon
Alabama had the third highest annual growth in business done through the Amazon network, 53 percent, in 2019, says the Amazon 2020 Small and medium Business Impacat Report. — Amazon

Rich Americans spew more carbon pollution at home than poor
Rich Americans produce 25% more heat-trapping gases than poorer people, according to a comprehensive study of U.S. residential carbon footprints. The zip codes that produced the most gas are scattered across Colorado, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Louisiana, Wyoming, Maryland, West Virginia, Minnesota, Missouri, Georgia, Arkansas, Indiana and Utah. — Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Aerojet Rocketdyne completes propulsion for Artemis II mission
Aerojet Rocketdyne recently completed all of its propulsion hardware for the first crewed flight of NASA’s Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft. — Globe Newswire

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Manufacturing projects recovering to pre-crisis level
A report released in early July shows that investments in new industrial capital spending projects appear to have recovered nearly to the level they were before the health crisis. Example: Austal USA, which plans to invest $50 million to expand and upgrade equipment at its shipyard in Mobile. — Thomas Net

Johns Manville launches Phenix City-made line of new products
Johns Manville will begin producing the new line of water-repellent MinWool-1200 products on July 20 in Phenix City, Alabama and in Houston, Texas, the company announced today the launch of its line of water-repellent, mineral wool industrial insulation materials. — Business Wire

Lee County residents protest recycling center refuse
Protesters continue opposition to an Auburn/Opelika refuse dump they say has been causing health problems from pollution for years. — Opelika Observer

Small towns lack resources for health crisis
Small towns in Alabama are feeling the effects of COVID-19, especially in terms of revenue and the ability to provide the same level of services to citizens. — WHNT

D’Olive Creek watershed plan to be updated
The D’Olive Creek watershed that runs through Daphne and Spanish Fort has seen major improvements but still faces challenges. — Gulf Coast News Today

Flight museum opens soon in Mobile
Flight Works Alabama opens August 4th at Mobile’s Aeroplex at Brookley With more than 40 exhibits designed by Orlando-based IDEAS, it will offers a comprehensive look at the aviation and aerospace industry, with a emphasis on commercial aircraft like those manufactured at Airbus. — NBC 15

$170 Million for health care and remote learning in Alabama public schools
Governor Kay Ivey on Monday awarded $70 million to support the Alabama State Department of Education’s Education Health and Wellness Grant Program and $100 million to support the Educational Remote Learning Devices Grant Program. — Gov.’s Office

Banks laying off employees, closing branches to cut expenses
Several U.S. banks said they are focused on cutting expenses. Ark.-based Bank OZK agreed to sell its two Alabama branches with separate purchase-and-assumption agreements. Analysts view the bank’s exit from both states as moves to cut expenses. — S&P Global

DOJ settles with Mobile doctor, clinic on opioid charges
Russell Hudgens, M.D. and Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic in Mobile have agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Justice $74,000 to settle allegations that they violated the Controlled Substances Act in the sale of opioids. — Becker’s Spine Review

Foley firm lands $7.3M Air Force coatings contract
Vanguard Pacific LLC, based in Foley, Alabama, has been awarded a $7.3 million Air Force contract for protective coating and sign maintenance at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, and Davidsonville and Brandywine communications sites. — Clearance Jobs

Chicken Salad Chick accelerates growth in Ohio
Chicken Salad Chick announced today it will be expanding in Ohio with its newest restaurant in Hamilton Quarter. — PR Newswire

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