USDA provides help for rural businesses; Peabody mine may reopen; Carnival delays Mobile restart; Mobile companies sign pact with Guyana company

News and notes from around the state.

USDA provides $74 million to support rural Alabama businesses

The United States Department of Agriculture invested $75 million in loan guarantees to help six rural businesses across Alabama in fiscal year 2021. The investments were made through the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program and the Business and Industry CARES Act Program. – Gulf Coast News Today 

Peabody’s Shoal Creek mine could reopen

A mine closed for almost a year could reopen under a tentative agreement between the United Mine Workers of America and Peabody Energy, the company that owns the mine. The Shoal Creek mine in Jefferson, Walker and Tuscaloosa counties closed in October, and 350 union employees were laid off. –

Carnival delays Mobile restart until January

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Carnival Cruise Line announced it will delay its planned sailing restart out of Mobile from October to January 2022. The company also said it’s working to set up pre-cruise rapid testing sites at all of its homeports. – Fox 10 

Mobile companies sign pact for work in Guyana

Mobile-based Myer Marine Services and Hargrove Engineers + Constructors have signed a pact with a firm in Guyana that wants to grow the oil and gas sector in the South American nation. The agreement is to forge a close collaboration between those two companies and Guyana-based GAICO Construction. – Made in Alabama

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