Top Headlines: KBR gets NASA contract, Pandemic slows SUV sales

Auburn creates Department of Supply Chain Management
Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business has announced the formation of a Department of Supply Chain Management. The creation of the department brings expanded resources and focus to the college’s highly ranked supply chain management program, where enrollment has grown by double digits in each of the past five years. – AL NewsCenter

KBR gets $570 million contract from NASA
U.S. engineering company KBR Inc said on Monday it had been awarded a $570.3 million contract by NASA to develop and execute spaceflight operations at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Under the contract, KBR would perform International Space Station payload operations and support testing of the rocket, Space Launch System. – Reuters

Pandemic slows SUV sales but pickups still hauling in orders
Not even a pandemic can stop Americans from buying pickup trucks, apparently. While sales of passenger cars and SUVs have fallen sharply, pickup sales have held up surprisingly well as Americans take advantage of low-interest financing offers and refuse to let economic concerns stop them from getting the vehicle they’ve had their sights set on. – USA Today

Mobile restaurant changes its game amid epidemic
Pausing amid the whirl of activity in her downtown Mobile restaurant on Thursday, Erica Barrett took stock. “This is more intense, I think, than our grand opening,” she said. “Because it’s a rebirth.” Inside SOCU Southern Kitchen and Oyster Bar at 455 Dauphin St., contractors drilled into masonry to hang new artwork as kitchen staff prepped vegetables for the night’s takeout orders. –

Huntsville florist learns to cope with new realities
Come September, Albert Morris will have been in the floral business 63 years in Huntsville. But nothing in his career quite prepared him for the coronavirus pandemic. As the virus brought most commercial activity to a standstill, it shuttered hospitals to all but the most seriously ill patients, and restricted funerals to close family members. –

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