If the best part of 2015’s Nappie Awards for you was busting a move to music videos in front of a massive a 16-foot-high video screen on Joachim Street while shuttling to and from Alchemy Tavern for additional adult beverages at the after-party, thank the owner of Mobile’s Movie GO for the fun.

According to owner Brian Jackson, the locally owned company was an idea inspired by a parent looking for a way to get kids outside and bring families together. He visited one of the last remaining drive-in theaters in Atlanta with his family in 2011 and the outing was an inspiration to replicate the experience as another viable alternative for families and others after dark.

Eventually, the movie concept turned into just a small segment of his business model as music was introduced. This allowed Movie GO to cater to a broader audience of teens and adults. The move, in fact, was received so well by customers that inquiries were eventually made on how to hire his unique services for private functions.

To date, Movie GO’s offerings include mobile billboards, corporate presentations, video deejaying, wedding/anniversary slideshows, fundraisers, video game tournaments, open-air movie screenings, guerilla marketing campaigns and outdoor block parties. Future plans include expanding the company’s footprint into the Atlanta market by the end of this year.
Movie GO’s premise was founded on free events, however, and it continues to host them in order to reach as many people possible. As an example, “Rock the Block” movie nights are slated to begin Aug. 2 at Municipal Park at dusk with a five-show series continuing until November. “We ask that everyone who attends our free events also consider bringing a canned good as a way to give back to the community as a food drive,” Jackson said.

More information about Movie GO’s services can be found on its website.

Hargrove and Evonik team up on new $100 million project
Mobile-based Hargrove Engineers + Constructors recently secured a contract with Evonik Industries to expand the latter’s manufacturing facility in Theodore, according to a news release.

The $100 million dollar expansion involves the addition of a new production plant for an agrochemical intermediate facility, a process plant structure, an off-gas and waste-water collection tank farm and a raw materials and product tank farm. The scope of work under the contract also includes loading and unloading stations, plant-specific utility systems and environmental treatment systems.

The Hargrove engineering team will execute the expansion project in its entirety from the company’s downtown headquarters. “Evonik and Hargrove are both key players in Mobile’s industrial and engineering landscape and our partnership illustrates the talent of our workforce,” Hargrove president Ralph Hargrove said. “This project represents a major investment into our community and is a testament to what Mobile has to offer.”

Earlier this month, the companies initiated construction of their joint project with plans for completion by late summer 2016. The initial equipment and materials are scheduled to arrive at the site by this August.

Hargrove and Evonik have worked together on project alignment discussions for the detailed design, construction and start-up. The companies are also working on a sub-project, including infrastructure upgrades such as pipe racks, a firewater tank system, utility piping, sleepers, sewer lines, electrical feeders and main substation additions. The partners will also oversee a railroad addition, loading and unloading station structure, and internal road improvements.

Hargrove Engineers + Constructors is a full-service automation, life sciences and technical services firm with offices located across the country. Providing jobs to more than 1,000 employees, Hargrove is the state’s largest privately held engineering company serving the manufacturing sector.

Commercial real estate moves
The Industrial Park Board of Mobile County recently selected NAI-Mobile as the marketing agents for Mobile Commerce Park, its commercial and industrial park located on Rangeline Road due south of Interstate 10.

Lots on the property range from 2 to 5.9 acres at a cost of $1 per square foot; 120 contiguous acres are still available for development. The property provides underground utilities. Opportunities exist for distribution centers, business headquarters, office condominiums, professional service centers and call centers. Fifteen highly finished development sites are currently available.

According to John Peebles with NAI-Mobile, the business park is already home to several Fortune 500 companies as well as very successful local companies and reflects a very high standard of design and maintenance.     
The new Von’s Bistro Downtown is scheduled to open in late August at 69 St. Michael St., according to co-owner Von Larson. The 1,200-square-foot space will undergo a full renovation with a handcrafted bar and storefront, exposed brick walls and stained concrete floors. Other upgrades will include new kitchen equipment, HVAC, plumbing, electrical and paint.

Seating up to 60 patrons, Von’s Bistro will serve lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner Friday and Saturday from 5-10 p.m.

Michael Wilson with White-Spunner Realty Inc. leased 1,500 square feet of retail space to Metro PCS. This brings the Daphne 98 Shopping Center up to 100 percent capacity, according to Wilson.
Wilson also managed the leasing of some 600 square feet of shop space to Orange Beach Auto Sales in the Wolf Bay Plaza Shopping Center.

Fuse Project names Golden executive director
Fuse Project recently announced that Adrienne Golden has been named as its new executive director. For the past two years, Golden has helped manage Fuse Project’s Dragon Boat race event.

“We are thrilled to have someone assuming the role of executive director with a strong knowledge of Fuse Project’s mission. Her experience with the organization will serve her well as she works to engage the community through new and exciting events and philanthropic opportunities,” Grant Zarzour, Fuse Project’s co-founder and board chairman, said.

“I am pleased to be able to contribute to the future success of this organization and I look forward to building on the already phenomenal growth of Fuse Project,” Golden said.

Golden most recently worked as marketing coordinator for Wilkins Miller Certified Public Accountants + Advisors. She graduated in 2008 from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in business management and currently serves as historian at-large on the board of the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Mobile chapter.