The Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance recently announced Morganton Pressure Vessels has established a new 82,500-square-foot manufacturing facility at the former Citation Aluminum site at 2440 U.S. Highway 31 South in Bay Minette. David Dexter and Jay Roberds of NAI Mobile represented Morganton in the lease transaction and Wayne Cave with L.W. Cave Real Estate worked for the landlord. 

The international firm will initially create 30 local jobs with an expectation of topping out at 70 employees when the facility is ramped up to full production. The business is the North American subsidiary of parent company Baglioni Group SPA, a compressed-air systems manufacturing group based in Novara, Italy, with 11 locations and 800 employees across Europe, North America and China.

“The city of Bay Minette is very excited to welcome Morganton Pressure Vessels to our community. They are an excellent company that produces a high-quality product and brings well-paying job opportunities for our citizens,” Bay Minette Mayor Robert Wills said. “The city is dedicated to attracting, developing and expanding good industry in Bay Minette, and the availability of good jobs right here at home is the lifeblood for progress.”

The company will initially invest $1.5 million in the new Bay Minette property.
“Our new Bay Minette facility is ideal logistically. The area helps support our standards in quality and competitiveness, and the proximity to the market is a main point for our business success,” Franco Tartaglino, president and CEO of Baglioni Group SPA, said. “Bay Minette is a key location for at least three of our divisions and is close to SPV and petrochemical industry customers, as well as to main seaports.”

Commercial real estate moves
Olde Mobile Antiques recently purchased a 4,800-square-foot building located at 701 St. Louis St. in downtown Mobile. The property sits on approximately half an acre at the southwest corner of St. Louis Street and North Washington Avenue. The new owners plan to use the building for additional storage to accompany their recently acquired property across the street from Olde Mobile Antiques’ store relocation. Niki Coker and Jay Roberds of NAI Mobile handled the transaction.

Hamilton & Company recently assisted in the leasing of the former Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union building at 750 Downtowner Blvd. in Mobile. The 3,274-square-foot, third-floor office suite will be updated to meet the needs of its new tenant, the Mike Slocumb Law Firm.

According to the McAleer Tunstall Co., some 27,000 square feet of retail space was recently leased by Ollie’s Bargain Outlet in the Oak Tree Plaza Shopping Center located at 7820 Moffett Road in Semmes. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-based bargain outlet chain was represented by Aaron Solomon and Charlie Sutherland of the Shopping Center Group.

Uncle Maddio’s recently held a grand opening for a new 2,400-square-foot location at 1225 Satchel Paige Drive, Suite E106, in Mobile’s McGowin Park. This is the third fast-casual, create-your-own pizza franchise to open locally. It is co-owned and operated by Mobile native Seth Hargett with several other partners who together own JUMP Restaurant Management. The eatery will include seating for more than 100 guests, have an outdoor patio with seating and employ up to 50 when fully operational.

Chef Pete Blohme recognized with ESGR military award
Chef Pete Blohme was recently honored with the Seven Seals Award given by the Alabama Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, in recognition of his support of those who serve in the Alabama National Guard and the U.S. Reserve Forces. The award is the second-highest honor given by ESGR.

“The ESGR Seven Seals Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize American employers providing patriotic support and cooperation to their employees,” Bill Kringel, Alabama ESGR state chair, said. “Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

Nicholas Bowen, veterans employment representative for the Alabama Career Center Baldwin County, was among those who nominated Blohme for this award. Bowen noted that Panini Pete’s restaurants have been a great source of employment for former active-duty veterans, members of the National Guard and members of the Reserve branches. During the award presentation, Blohme recognized all of the veterans currently working in his restaurants.

“To get special recognition for simply just trying to do the right thing was really cool. But to receive the award in this kind of fashion was very humbling,” Blohme said. “To see all the active military, retired military and civil servants, and to hear Mayor [Sandy] Stimpson and Vice Admiral [William “Dean”] Lee speak was very inspiring. I was especially proud to have my father-in-law with me, who served in the Army as young man.”

Hargrove named 2016 Integrator of the Year
Hargrove Controls + Automation received the Control System Integrators Association’s 2016 Integrator of the Year award, which was recently presented to Matt Burton, operations leader of Hargrove Controls + Automation, at the annual CSIA Executive Conference in Puerto Rico.

The award recognizes a member company that has participated significantly in the advancement of the association and profession of control systems. Hargrove Controls + Automation is one of few multiservice automation groups in the country for safety systems, industrial IT and plant automation.

Since its inception in 2012, Hargrove’s C+A team has grown to more than 80 control systems engineers and specialists across eight of Hargrove’s 11 offices. The team consists of panel builders, instrumentation designers, programmers, certified process safety engineers and process control engineers specializing in DCS/PLC/SIS system integration.

“By teaming with Hargrove on both engineering design and automation, our clients are able to lower their risk, increase communication and planning from the start, as well as reduce change and complete their project goals quicker and at a better value. To be recognized on a national level from such a prestigious organization is a true honor for the Hargrove team,” Burton said.