Top Headlines: Opelika manufacturing expansions, Mobile reports back from Paris Air Show

Lockheed Martin working toward making business class supersonic
It’s still at the conceptual stage, but a brand new supersonic airplane design unveiled this week by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics could be the clearest indication yet that we’re on the brink of a new golden age of super-fast air travel. The Quiet Supersonic Technology Airliner, a sleek twin-engined jet plane that will carry up to 40 passengers at speeds of Mach 1.8, was revealed on Wednesday at an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics conference in Dallas. – CNN

Two Opelika industries expanding, to create 128 jobs
Two Opelika manufacturing companies have announced expansions that will result in about $75 million worth of investment. Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller announced today that West Fraser, Inc. and Hanwha Advanced Materials America are both planning expansions. –

Maryland approves contract with Alabama company after all
The Maryland Board of Public Works voted unanimously Wednesday to renew a foster-care-placement contract with an Alabama-based company, despite earlier calls by Comptroller Peter Franchot to boycott the state over its strict new abortion law. Franchot, who serves on the board, said he voted in favor of the $625,000 contract with Seraaj Family Homes of Montgomery because he did not want to affect the services provided to the foster care children. – Washington Post

Mobile’s delegation to Paris Air Show says suppliers coming this way
Mobile officials back from the Paris Air Show have offered a sliver of exciting news: There’s a new aerospace supplier coming to Mobile. The area’s delegation included officials from the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, the Mobile Airport Authority, the city of Mobile and Mobile County. Gov. Kay Ivey also took part, as did Sens. Richard Shelby and Doug Jones. –

Accounting firm gives $100K to Alabama Cyber Tech Foundation
Deloitte presented a $100,000 gift to the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering Foundation today in a ceremony at the 2019 Paris Air Show. The donation is a combination of a financial contribution as well as in-kind support. This donation is intended to promote and advance the state magnet school, which opens in Huntsville in August 2020. – Made In Alabama

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Computerworld taps EBSCO as a best place to work
EBSCO Industries, headquartered in Birmingham, has been honored with national recognition by its inclusion on Computerworld magazine’s prestigious annual list of ‘100 Best Places to Work in IT’. It was the only company in Alabama to be included on the list. – Birmingham Now

Ford introduces most powerful street-legal Mustang ever
Ford said Wednesday its 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 will have 760 horsepower and 625 foot-pounds of torque. The Detroit automaker debuted the car in January, saying it would be the carmaker’s most powerful street-legal car yet, capable of reaching 60 mph in the “mid-3 second range.” The GT500 features a 5.2 liter V-8 engine and can complete a quarter mile in under 11 seconds. – USA Today

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