Author: Ron Sivak

Ground broken on Blue Bird Hardware

A groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, Sept. 25, attracted Mayor Sandy Stimpson and other city leaders to the historic Blue Bird Hardware & Seed Store property at 2724 Old Shell Road in Mobile. The building will be restored as close to its 1950s appearance as possible while being updated and made functional for modern-day use, according to Jay O’Brien with J. L. O’Brien & Associates Inc., which is managing development of the property. McNair Historical Preservation has been involved with keeping the historical aspects of the building intact. One example is creating new signage that is an exact replica of...

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Groundbreaking held for Blue Bird Hardware redevelopment

“Down by the Blue Bird” — a familiar expression when asking directions around Midtown Mobile for generations growing up in the Port City — may soon be dusted off and put back into use again. A groundbreaking was held this morning, with many prominent city officials in attendance, for the Blue Bird Hardware & Seed Store. The circa 1955 property was designed by well-known local architect Arch Winter, who along with business partner T. Howard Ellis, also designed the Isle of Dauphine Country Club on Dauphin Island and the Sky Ranch subdivision in Mobile. Rumors had been swirling around...

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Mary B. Austin receives national award

Last Monday, Mary B. Austin Elementary was awarded a national designation as one of “America’s Entrepreneurial Schools” by the National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education. This is the first time a school in Alabama has received the designation. Elementary, middle and high schools that incorporate entrepreneurship education and activities at every grade level during a school year are eligible for the recognition. “At Mary B. Austin, we strive to expose our students to a wide variety of experiences that cultivate learners who are innovators, problem solvers and collaborators,” Mary B. Austin Elementary Principal Dr. Amanda Jones said. “I am proud...

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TekLinks joins IT corridor

Birmingham-based TekLinks is hosting an open house Sept. 28 at its new location in downtown Mobile, inside the The Buick Building, 451 St. Louis St. ”We are hosting an event from 3-6 p.m. that is sponsored by Citrix and Microsoft, just to basically show our space and our commitment to Mobile,” said Jeff Mackin, TekLinks regional sales director. All Over Janitorial Services has leased the 4,371-square-foot office building previously occupied by Rogers & Willard Builders at 3005 Mill St. in midtown. The property consists of 0.71 acres with several storage buildings, storage sheds and yard space. Joey Betbeze with Betbeze...

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Merchants Plaza redevelopment signs major tenant

Heritage Land & Development recently announced its first new tenant for the $30 million redevelopment project in downtown Mobile at Merchants Plaza since acquiring the property about three months ago. Hand Arendall LLC signed a lease for three floors of the eight-story office building, located at St. Francis and Royal streets, where it will relocate its current Mobile offices from the RSA Tower. Extensive buildout is planned, and the work will begin immediately, according to Dean Nix of Harbert Realty, who represented the landlord. Dan Lovell and Eric Getty with Graham & Co. and Jeff Barnes of Stirling Properties...

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UTC Aerospace Systems opens new Foley campus

UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), recently announced the opening of a new 80,000-square-foot manufacturing and nacelle (the outer casing of an aircraft engine) assembly facility at its Foley campus. The company expects to add up to 260 new jobs at the site, reportedly increasing its lower Alabama workforce to more than 1,000 employees. The campus is part of UTC Aerospace Systems’ Aerostructures business unit, which maintains a global footprint of nacelle design, original equipment manufacturing and maintenance, repair and overhaul sites. “Our expansion in Foley would not be possible without the strong support...

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Infirmary Health buys 17.8 acres in Malbis

Mobile-based Infirmary Health recently purchased 17.8 acres of land, with more than 800 feet fronting the property, for $3.85 million. The site is located on Highway 90 in the Malbis community of Daphne, near the intersection with Highway 181. The undeveloped property — which was officially annexed into the city of Daphne and remains a historical district — was rezoned to a neighborhood business district to accommodate future development plans. The seller in the transaction was represented by Sharon Wright and Tracy Womack with White-Spunner Realty. BT Roberts of Roberts Brothers CPM Inc. worked for the buyer. Thomas Hospital,...

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Provalus moving HQ to Brewton

Provalus, a subsidiary of IT solutions company Optomi of Roswell, Georgia, recently announced the selection of Brewton as its new United States headquarters. It will eventually hire 300 or more workers at a new facility to be built in the area. The arrival is expected to attract applicants from Mobile as well as other parts of lower Alabama given the preponderance of high-wage tech positions needed onsite. Provalus provides a wide range of IT-related services to clients in such fields as manufacturing, defense contracting, retail, food services and others. The company’s Brewton employees will be part of teams responsible...

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