Pharmavite expanding Opelika facility, Amtrak petitions for access to rail lines

Pharmavite expanding Opelika facility
Vitamin manufacturer Pharmavite is planning an $8 million expansion to its Opelika facility, adding 81 jobs to a plant that already employs 460. Mayor Gary Fuller says the expansion will increase Opelika’s reputation as an industry-friendly location. Pharmavite is located in the city’s Northeast Industrial Park.  – Opelika-Auburn News

Amtrak petitions for access to rail lines
Saying it has been unable to reach an agreement for access to rails of CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway, Amtrak has petitioned the U.S. Surface Transportation Board for access that would lead to passenger service between New Orleans and Mobile being restored by the first of the year. CSX said that Amtrak abandoned an impact study that has been a “long-standing practice.”  – U.S. News & World Report

S&P strengthens outlook for UAB bond rating
S&P Global Ratings has revised its outlook for the University of Alabama at Birmingham bond rating from stable to positive and affirmed its AA long-term rating on general revenue bonds issued for the school. S&P cited increases in enrollment and employment, a strategic plan and UAB’s navigation of COVID-19 as reasons for the revision. – University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham towing company cited for numerous safety violations
Birmingham-based Woods Dependable Towing has been “effectively shut down” after Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found safety violations that posed an imminent hazard to public safety. The violations were found during a compliance investigation conducted this month.  – Commercial Carrier Journal

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