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TRW Automotive workers strike at Lebanon plant
LEBANON — One of Wilson County’s top employers has been shut down by a strike. About 400 production employees at the TRW Automotive plant in Lebanon went on strike after rejecting a new contract in a lopsided vote on Sunday, according to the United Auto Workers union, which represents the workers. They’re unhappy about concessions the company wanted in the new contract, particularly in the way overtime pay is computed, increases in co-pays for health care and the use of more temporary employees at the plant, TRW Commercial Steering Systems, said UAW District Director Gary Casteel, who is based in Lebanon. Tennessean.com
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Poultry processor to invest $25 million in Alabama operations
Pilgrim's Pride Corp. plans to invest $25 million in its operations in Alabama's Wiregrass, the company announced today. The investment includes a new feed mill in Pinckard and a $10 million renovation of its poultry processing facility in Enterprise. Construction of the feed mill will begin in the next 30 days, and the renovation will happen over the next six months. The feed mill, expected to employ more than 25 people, will replace an existing one in Enterprise. AL.com
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Steel work for Airbus' A320 assembly line in Mobile to begin in September
MOBILE, Alabama – Out-of-sight is most definitely not out-of-mind for Airbus officials monitoring closely the progress of the A320 final assembly line under construction at Mobile’s Brookley Aeroplex. In fact, according to Airbus Americas latest project update, 85 percent of the more than 2,100 pilings for the final assembly line hangar and service building has been driven on the 116-acre Brookley site, providing a “foundation that ensures the buildings and hangars will be strong and resistant – capable of withstanding conditions that include hurricane-strength winds.” AL.com
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Dell to Cut Undisclosed Number of Jobs in Texas, Hire More Engineers
Dell (DELL) will cut some jobs in its home state as it looks to keep pace with intensifying competition by replacing some of the workforce in its traditional computer business with technology and engineering talent, it confirmed on Tuesday. The Round Rock, Texas-based PC maker would not say how many jobs will be affected, however Dell spokesman David Frink told FOX Business that Dell communicated the “limited planned workforce actions” to the affected team members. FoxBusiness.com
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Alabama Power Co. puts power-generating wind turbine on roof of headquarters
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Alabama Power Co. last week installed a 4-kilowatt turbine on the roof of its downtown headquarters building. The turbine, which sends the energy it creates back into the building, is part of a test being run in conjunction with the Electric Power Research Institute, the company said in a statement posted on its website. AL.com
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Ideal place for nuclear waste? Talk of storage in Mississippi emerges again


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The Gap's Gallatin, Tenn., distribution center getting $35M expansion
The Gap Inc. distribution center in Gallatin has announced a $35 million expansion, which will add 90 jobs. The Gallatin campus is one of Gap’s largest distribution centers and currently provides service to the southern region of the United States for Gap Inc. brands, including Gap and Gap Outlet, Banana Republic and Banana Republic Factory Stores and Old Navy. The center has been in operation for 15 years in Gallatin, and ranks as one of Sumner County’s largest employers. Tennessean.com
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Beer vs. oil: Beer wins
Beer lovers of America, you can breathe a sigh of relief. Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery won a decision against Enbridge Oil Thursday night that nixed a proposal the brewery claims would have shut it down for what could have been months. After almost five hours of deliberation, Comstock Township Planning Commission rejected Enbridge Oil’s plan to drop an oil cleanup dredge pad in the lot next to the brewery — and practically in the backyards of some 40 homeowners — and proved that there is still some lingering good in the world. Grist
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Why Are Some States (Some Southern) Trying to Ban LEED Green Building Standards?
The amendments and executive orders never actually mention LEED by name. They ban new construction built with public money from seeking (or requiring) any green building certification that's not recognized by something called the American National Standards Institute, or that doesn't treat all certifications for wood products equally. But that's really just a mouthful meant to ensure no more LEED-certified courthouses or state offices or libraries. The Atlantic Cities
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Lexington Named Kentucky’s eCity by Google
Lexington, KY – Lexington is the winner of the first ever Google eCity Award for Kentucky, Mayor Jim Gray’s office announced Friday evening. bizlex.com
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 Randle Report - Business News in the South

For those who still languish over "losing to China" or believe that the economy is still in recession, wake up and smell the data. Economic development in the South was about as good as it gets in calendar year 2015 according to the data. And as for China, borrowing a quote from the late football coach Bear Bryant that he made in the half-time locker room down 15-0 to Georgia Tech in 1960, "We got 'em right where we want 'em." For those of you who don't know the rich history of Alabama Crimson Tide football, Bama scored all of its 16 points in the fourth quarter, kicking a field goal on the last play of the game to beat Tech 16-15.
 

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By Mike Randle
Today, factories in the U.S. make twice as much product as they did in 1984. And they are doing it with one-third of the manufacturing workforce. In fact, the output of durable goods in 2015 was the highest in the nation's history. So, we do have a strong manufacturing base, at least in the South, much of the Midwest and parts of the West, and it is getting stronger because on a cost-basis, we can compete with any major manufacturing nation in the world.  
 

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The argument for or against a minimum wage hike continues between the reds and the blues, as well as within the economic development community in the South. Should we stay the course with a minimum wage under $8 an hour to better compete with Mexico, the South's biggest competitor for jobs, or set a minimum wage just over $10 an hour, a wage floor most centrists support? That $10 per hour is, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, about right in most states in the South for one adult to be able to cover basic expenses plus all relevant taxes.
 
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Recent data from the Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp TIA) showed that the technology industry is one of the fastest growing job generators in the South and the nation. The report also indicated that technology job compensation is growing faster than any other sector.
 


 

 

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