Top Headlines: Shipt Tower renovation, New Olympic steel facility

Contract awarded for Shipt Tower renovation
The first phase of new office space for Shipt at the Wells Fargo Tower will be done by Wiggins Building Corp. According to an announcement, the work will encompass the building’s 10th floor, renovating a space of about 17,000 square feet. Construction is scheduled to begin immediately, and is projected to end by mid-September. – AL.com

Olympic steel to open distribution facility in Hanceville
Olympic Steel Inc., a leading national metals service center, has announced the opening of a new Olympic Steel distribution facility in Hanceville, and the promotion of Hannah N. Price to General Manager, Alabama Division. The Birmingham area facility will support Olympic Steel’s Plate and Sheet product distribution for the greater Huntsville and Birmingham metropolitan areas. – Benzinga

Ever wonder what’s left behind at Talladega? Twitter’s got ya
The race at Talladega is over, but the race to leave Talladega left behind a lot of, shall we say, interesting “stuff.” Now, the Talladega Superspeedway is compiling a photo catalog of odd items fans opted not to pick up when they hit the road. Seriously, what happened in that tent? And who needs a hairdryer at ‘Dega? The series is called “Left Behind: Talladega.” – WSFA

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Iconic dockside seafood shop to close in Mobile
Tuesday will be the last day for Southern Fish & Oyster, a source of fresh seafood on the Mobile waterfront for more than 80 years. Ralph Atkins Jr., the outspoken seafood vendor who has operated the business for decades, confirmed the closing Monday. “Nothing’s forever,” he said. “I was one month away from being here 53 years … That’s pretty damn good.” – AL.com

Town Madison hotel groundbreaking only part of economic story
The dignitaries gathered at Town Madison and ceremoniously tossed some dirt from gold-colored shovels to commemorate another groundbreaking. That it was for a new hotel – a first-in-Alabama avid (all lowercase by design) – seemed almost secondary to the larger vision of the sprawling 563-acre mixed-use development along I-565. – AL.com

Showtime wins first round in lawsuit brought by Roy Moore
Sacha Baron Cohen and Showtime Networks have convinced a D.C. federal judge that the $95 million defamation lawsuit brought by Roy Moore belongs in New York. The decision to transfer the case isn’t the end of Moore’s suit contending he was duped into appearing Who Is America, where Cohen famously pointed a device at the controversial former Alabama judge to purportedly detect a sex offender. But the ruling, issued at an oral hearing on Monday morning, could be a good sign for the defendants. – Hollywood Reporter

Kia considering a lifestyle-oriented pickup, rumors suggest
Michael Cole, chief operating officer and executive vice president at Kia Motors America, is hinting to MotorTrend that the South Korean manufacturer could receive a version of Hyundai’s upcoming production truck. The model is envisioned as an upmarket, lifestyle-oriented truck similar to Honda’s Ridgeline and Volkswagen’s Tanoak concept. – Motor1

Ford’s outperformance in U.S. drives Q1 stock up 11 percent
International weakness aside, particularly in China and South America, Ford Motor Company was able to impress by posting very strong North American performance during the first quarter of 2019. The news sent shares up 11 percent on April 26. Outperformance in North America was largely why Ford won over love from Wall Street. – Seeking Alpha

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