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Neel-Schaffer names Chris Sellers East Region Director of Business Development

Neel-Schaffer, Inc., is pleased to announce that Chris Sellers, PE, has been promoted to fill the new role of Director of Business Development for the firm’s East Region. Sellers joined Neel-Schaffer in 1999 and has more than 20 years of experience as a Project Engineer, Project Manager and Business Development leader. He was named a Senior Vice President in 2018 ...

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Mobile dims chances for Amtrak renewal on Gulf Coast

Leaders in Alabama’s port city of Mobile are dimming chances for reviving passenger train service along the northern Gulf Coast. Member of the City Council’s finance committee withheld support for funding service through Alabama’s port city during a meeting Tuesday. Al.com reported the full council could vote on the issue next week. Amtrak hasn’t operated along the coast since Hurricane Katrina in ...

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Mobile to decide key issue on Amtrak future on Gulf Coast

City leaders are preparing to decide a key issue in restoring passenger train service along the northern Gulf Coast, where Amtrak hasn’t operated regularly since Hurricane Katrina. Council members are scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to commit as much as $3 million over three years to operate Amtrak trains through the city, al.com reported. Katrina badly damaged rail lines in ...

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Toyota will build SUV at Alabama plant with Mazda

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal In a switch that could benefit the Toyota Mississippi in Blue Springs, Toyota Motor Corp. said recently it will build a new sport utility vehicle at a $1.6 billion joint venture assembly plant in Alabama rather than the Corolla. Toyota Mississipp, which began production of the Corolla in 2011, employs some 2,000 team members ...

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New plant to add jobs along Tenn-Tom Waterway in Alabama

A planned factory will add badly needed jobs in an underdeveloped part of west Alabama. Gov. Kay Ivey’s office announced Friday that the Maryland-based Enviva Partners plans to invest about $175 million on a wood pellet production plant in Sumter County. It will ship product on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway from the Port of Epes. The statement says the proposed facility ...

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TVA implodes 500-foot stacks at idled Alabama coal plant

STEVENSON, Ala. — Workers have used explosives to implode a pair of 500-foot-tall (152-meter-tall) stacks at an idled Tennessee Valley Authority coal plant in Alabama. The federal utility released video Friday of blasts that took down the massive structures at the old Widows Creek Fossil Plant near Stevenson. Explosives also demolished two boilers at the old generating station, which is ...

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TVA finds route for power line from Mississippi to Tennessee

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it has identified a route for a new transmission line that would send power from Mississippi to Tennessee. TVA said Monday that the proposed power line would begin at the existing Allen Fossil Plant in Horn Lake, near the Tennessee and Mississippi line. The line would extend to a substation in Memphis. The utility said ...

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First Bancshares to acquire Florida bank in $85 million deal

MBJ staff The First Bancshares Inc., the Hattiesburg-based holding company for The First, announced this week an agreement to acquire First Florida Bancorp, Inc., parent company of First Florida Bank, in a cash and shares swap deal worth $85 million. First Florida had approximately $451 million in consolidated assets, $255 million in loans, $387million in deposits and $48 million in ...

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Potential tolls for Alabama highway project spark opposition

City officials in Mobile say they’re confident the state of Alabama will reduce toll amounts for the proposed Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project. The Alabama Department of Transportation is considering a $3 to $6 one-way toll to provide the money necessary to pay for the massive project. The plan under consideration would grant a discount to frequent ...

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Alabama governor balks at Amtrak funding

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said she needs more information before the state commits funding to help restore Amtrak train service. Her comments on Saturday came a day after the project to return passenger train service from New Orleans to Mobile, Alabama took a big step forward when officials announced a $33 million federal grant for needed improvements. Amtrak suspended service ...

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