Top Headlines: Polyplex plans $100 million expansion, Birmingham to host NCAA basketball in 2023

NCAA basketball will return to the under-renovation BJCC Legacy Arena, shown here in an artist’s rendering.

Hoover superintendent named Gadsden State president
Kathy Murphy, superintendent of Hoover City Schools since 2015, will become president of Gadsden State Community College effective Jan. 1. Murphy succeeds Martha Lavender, who retired on Sept. 1.  – The Gadsden Times

Polyplex plans $100 million expansion
Decatur’s Polyplex USA has announced a $100 million expansion that will double its BOPET polyester film manufacturing capabilities. Construction is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2021, with completion by the end of 2022. – Packaging World 

Virginia firm buys Montgomery manufacturing center
Virginia-based Gladstone Commercial has acquired a 240,000-square-foot rail-served manufacturing center in Montgomery. The transaction was for $14.25 million. – Seeking Alpha 

Birmingham will host NCAA basketball in 2023
Birmingham’s BJCC Legacy Arena, currently being renovated, will host first and second rounds of the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament in 2023 and the Division 1 women’s basketball Southern Regional in 2025. – Alabama NewsCenter

Troy receives $3 million in Department of Education grants
Troy University’s College of Education will use $3 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education to train future rehabilitation counselors for state vocational rehab agencies in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The grants will focus on training counselors for public service, as well as counselors for the hard-of-hearing and those who have mental illnesses. – Troy University 

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Trader Joe’s coming to Huntsville
Trader Joe’s will open one of its grocery stores in Huntsville’s MidCity District in 2021. It will be the second Trader Joe’s location in Alabama. The other location is at the Summit in Birmingham. –

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