Trescal Group, Inc., an international leader in industrial calibration and asset optimization services, headquartered in Paris, has entered into a lease with CDN, LLC, a local landlord for industrial space, and will open a new facility to service the Airbus Final Assembly Line Mobile as a vendor.

Lonnie Spires, president of Trescal U.S., indicated that although the new location will initially only have openings for six highly skilled, high-paying technician positions, he is confident staffing needs will increase substantially over the next 18 to 36 months.

“Airbus in Mobile is a great opportunity for us,” Spires said. “It allows us to establish a foothold in this dynamic city and grow our business throughout the aerospace cluster that exists along the Gulf Coast. We look forward to being part of an exciting future in this beautiful city.”

Trescal was represented in the transaction by John Peebles of NAI-Mobile and is their first Airbus supplier client. Joey Betbeeze Jr. of Betbeeze Realty worked for CDN, LLC.

Commercial real estate moves
Some 4,500 square feet of office space was leased via Gavin Bender at Bender Real Estate to a Humana sales office located at 3290 Dauphin St. in the 65 Dauphin Medical and Financial Center.

John Delchamps with the Merrill P. Thomas Co. Inc. leased a 1,200-square-foot office building at 2152 Halls Mill Road to Accelerated Logistics.

Some 1,400 square feet of retail space was leased to South Paws Pet Spa, 1203 U.S. Highway 98 in Daphne. Harry Johnson of Baldwin Rental Properties handled the transaction.

The Weavil Company recently sold a 37-multifamily-unit apartment complex in Bay Minette for $865,000. The transaction included six separate buildings.

David Monroe of Bellator Real Estate & Development worked for the sellers in the sale of the 34-unit Rose Garden Apartments complex to a local investor for $665,000. The complex is located at 6601 Old Shell Road near the University of South Alabama. John Napper with Gulfbelt Properties represented the buyer.

Lux Studio leased 1,000 square feet of hair salon space at 602 Bel Air Blvd. The transaction was handled by Janet Keene with Bender Real Estate.  

Greer’s Downtown Market holds grand opening
The new Greer’s Downtown Market held its grand opening Wednesday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to noon. Ahead of the opening, social media response to the locally owned grocer taking over the former Sav-A-Lot location at the corner of Broad and Government streets was mixed but, overall, generally positive.   

An official ribbon cutting was performed by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. Mayor Sandy Stimpson also attended. Jan Greer Endfinger, Greer’s director of human resources and marketing, said the downtown location plans to offer entertainment and free wine tastings from 4 until 6 p.m. every second Friday in partnership with LoDa Artwalk.

In addition, Greer’s will sponsor a “Lunch-A-Month” drawing, in which a randomly chosen customer will win a free gift card to a downtown eatery. 

Higher-end boutique products unique to the new store include Mamie’s Wafers, Three George’s Candy, plants by Shore Acres and local produce from Silver Queen Corn. 

Hargrove receives Alabama AGC safety award
The Mobile section of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) recently awarded Hargrove Engineers + Contractors a construction safety excellence award for 2014. The AGC recognized members who maintained an excellent safety record throughout the year at the association’s 13th annual awards ceremony.

“If we aren’t committed to safety, people could get hurt. We empower our team to recognize safety hazards, report risks and, if need be, stop work to ensure that issues are resolved before someone is injured,” said Micki Kohn, senior vice president, project delivery.

According to a press release, the local program is an effort by the Mobile section of the AGC to recognize members in the local area who have developed and implemented excellent safety programs via a collaboration of management, employee engagement and program innovation.

More than 125 leading commercial, industrial, specialty contractors and suppliers from the area attended, with 28 local companies receiving awards.    

Local attorneys named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
Mobile-based McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge, LLC, recently announced that 10 of their attorneys were selected to the 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers list and three were recognized on the 2015 Alabama Rising Stars list.

In addition, McDowell Knight member Brian McCarthy was named to the Top 10 Alabama Super Lawyers list. McCarthy has been on the Alabama Top 10 list since 2013.

McDowell Knight members named to the 2015 Alabama Super Lawyers list include Richard Gaal, Walt Gilmer, Michael Knight, Brian McCarthy, Russel Myles, Tom O’Hara, Archie Reeves, Bill Roedder, Ed Sledge and Skip Wilson.

Members named to the 2015 Alabama Rising Stars List are Jon Lieb, Anne Laurie McClurkin and Fraser Reid.

According to a press release, Super Lawyers, published by Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of prominent attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Annual selections are made using a rigorous, multiphase rating process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

No more than 5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected for inclusion on the Super Lawyers list. The Rising Stars list includes only 2.5 percent of lawyers in Alabama. Attorneys selected as Alabama Rising Stars must be younger than 40 or have less than 10 years’ practice experience.

McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge, LLC, represents Fortune 500 companies and other international, national, state and local entities in Alabama and throughout the Southeast. The firm is engaged in all major fields of law and regularly advises clients on employment issues and business matters, including those involving allegations of white-collar crime.