Continental Aerospace Technologies (formerly Continental Motors Group Ltd.) recently announced its CD-170 engine, the newest design and the highest-horsepower engine in the CD-100 series, will soon power Capua, Italy-based aeronautics manufacturer Tecnam’s new P2010 TDI aircraft.
Founded in 1986, Tecnam has two primary activities, according to its website: producing aircraft components for various other manufacturers and manufacturing its own proprietary fleet of light-range aircraft.
Facilitating job security at the plant in an industry that has seen a rash of downsizing in the region recently, all install work will be handled at Continental’s new, state-of-the-art, 225,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and corporate headquarters located at 2039 S. Broad St. at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile.
The 170-horsepower engine also reportedly boasts an innovative design that facilitates an improved flying process by utilizing a single lever control, coupled with electronic engine monitoring and redundancy safety features.
“The P2010 remains a modern aircraft for fleet schools and individual aviators,” Paolo Pascale, Tecnam’s CEO, said. “By incorporating Continental’s Jet-A engine, the P2010 TDI is the ideal aircraft, combining a modern, sleek, ‘green’ design with consistent, robust power.”
As reported previously in Lagniappe, roughly three years ago the company completed an ambitious development plan that involved relocating to a modern property away from an older footprint that held 11 World War II-era buildings squatting on some 44 acres of property inside Brookley.
“The ‘greenfield’ facility will modernize our manufacturing processes into a world class, high-productivity, vertically integrated center of manufacturing excellence in the new center of aviation in Mobile, Alabama, USA,” Continental’s Vice-President for Global Operations Michael Skolnik said in a prepared statement from 2017.
“Continental is proud to be Tecnam’s newest aircraft partner, bringing innovative aircraft to aviators around the world,” Robert Stoppek, Continental Aerospace Technologies’ new president, said. “We remain committed to serving our partners and Tecnam’s customers with expert service and support. This partnership reinforces our dedication to provide customers freedom and choice with their engines that only Continental can provide.”
Business moves, transactions
Bryant Bank recently announced the lease of some 3,220 square feet of office space, with drive-thru access, located at 6151 Airport Blvd., for its first bank branch to be located in Mobile County. Plans are in place to open in early June. The site formerly housed the Singing River Credit Union until it was acquired by Fort Rucker-based All in Federal Credit Union (formerly Army Aviation Federal Credit Union).
Marietta Urquhart with White-Spunner Realty represented the tenant. Lewis Golden with Hamilton and Company LLC worked for the owners.
Locally owned Renew PT & Wellness has recently completed their move from Dauphin Island Parkway to a larger footprint located at 3480 Springhill Ave. in West Mobile. In a marketing push announcement made since reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic, the rehab and fitness center is offering new gym memberships with free enrollment until June 15 for Mobile Area Chamber members.
David Milstead with Bellator Commercial Real Estate recently reported a 14-unit residential condominium project, called The Cottages at Old Bay, will soon break ground in Orange Beach. The units, all of which will have a three-bedroom, four-bath footprint plus boat slip, will price out around in the mid-$700,000 range, based on location and amenities.
West End Nutrition is leasing 1,200 square feet of retail space in Vigouroux Marketplace located at 9948 Airport Blvd. in West Mobile. The health food retailer is anticipated to open sometime in September. Angie McArthur with Stirling Properties handled the transaction on behalf of the tenant.
South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, located at 1613 N. McKenzie St. in Foley, announced expansion plans for a satellite medical site, covering nearly 15,000 square feet, to be located at 3500 Gulf Shores Pkwy. Buildout is currently awaiting approval by city planners, according to sources familiar with the deal.
Baber’s, a furniture, appliance and electronics rental store, is leasing 4,320 square feet of retail space in St. Francis Plaza Shopping Center, located at 2501 Government St., Suite 9, in Mobile. They plan to open for business at the end of July. Amanda Goldman, advisor with Stirling Properties, handled the transaction.
The Hair Diagram, which offers hair products and supplies, is leasing some 1,600 square feet of retail space in Athens Retail Center located at 1260 U.S. Hwy. 72 in Athens, and plans to open in July. The company joins anchor tenants Starbucks and Tropical Smoothie in the center. Angie McArthur with Stirling Properties’ Mobile office represented the landlord in the transaction. Huntsville-based Paladin Group represented the tenant.
USA’s Wood named 2020 “Dean of the Year”
Dr. Bob G. Wood, dean of the Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama (USA), has been named 2020 “Dean of the Year” by Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS), an international business honor society.
Founded in 1913 at the University of Wisconsin, the organization has over 800,000 members, who have been selected from over 540 collegiate chapters in business schools.
BGS recognizes and honors the top 10 percent of undergraduate students as well as the top 20 percent of graduate students and all doctoral candidates from around the world in business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
The award itself recognizes an outstanding dean from across the country who has made significant contributions to the success of their chapter throughout the course of a school academic year.
“When Dean Wood arrived at the University of South Alabama in 2014, the Mitchell College of Business chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, chartered in 1977, was dormant,” Dr. Gwendolyn Pennywell, USA interim assistant dean, said. “Many students thought of it as a line item for a resume and nothing else. Bob’s vision, support, and encouragement have benefited the chapter in numerous ways.”
In addition to work with the business honor society, Wood has expanded the college’s advisory council, implemented a Professional Readiness Engagement Program, and converted the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program to the more recognized and prestigious Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Ph.D.) program, with concentrations in management and marketing.
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