Joint venture partners ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (NSSMC) announced the recent appointment of Chris Richards as president of the newly created AM/NS Calvert, a state-of-the-art carbon steel processing facility in Calvert, Ala.

Formerly ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, ArcelorMittal and NSSMC acquired the facility from ThyssenKrupp AG in early February 2014 through a 50/50 joint venture investment. AM/NS was then created in late February 2014 through the world’s largest and second-largest steelmakers, ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation.

Reporting to and serving on a joint venture managing board, Richards will oversee all areas of operations at the plant, which has the capacity to process 5.3 million tons of high-value steel grades. These include: hot rolled bands, hot rolled pickled, oiled, cold rolled products. Also offered are advanced coated products for the automotive, pipe, appliance, HVAC, service center and construction member industries within the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) market.

Since 2006, Richards served as president of I/N Tek and I/N Kote, a highly successful ArcelorMittal and NSSMC steel processing joint venture located in New Carlisle, Ind. From 1989 to 2006, he held positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of operations, quality assurance, process technology, logistics and customer service at Bethlehem Steel’s Lackawanna, N.Y., facility. Richards has a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Idaho and an MBA from St. Bonaventure University. He and his wife, Roamie, have three children and will reside in the Mobile area.

“The facility in Calvert is recognized by the global steel industry as one of the most advanced of its kind anywhere, and I consider it an honor to have this opportunity to lead its operations and team members in setting new standards in safety, quality, innovation and customer service,” Richards said. “My family and I are also looking forward to experiencing the area’s famed southern hospitality, which is already being warmly extended us.”

Synergy Homecare hiring 100 employees

Synergy Homecare, a leading home care provider, today announced the opening of its new location in Daphne. They will serve individuals and families in Mobile and Baldwin counties, as well as the surrounding area.

Synergy Homecare provides companionship, help with activities of daily living, and care for people with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and other related conditions.

“We recognize the need for high-quality companionship and personal care for people of all ages with a variety of needs. From senior care, to help for those suffering from debilitating illnesses and injuries, to aiding expectant moms, we are pleased to provide expert care giving solutions throughout the ESho area,” co-owner Andy Luedecke said.

Luedecke anticipates creating 100 new jobs throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties over the next 12 months. Primary focus will be on improving the quality of life for senior citizens and their families in the area.

Synergy Homecare is a nationwide non-medical home care company dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. Since their inception in 2000 in Mesa, Ariz., Synergy Homecare has become one of the fastest growing franchises in the country. They operate 235 units serving 37 states across the USA.

More information about Synergy Homecare can be found at their local website link:

Sunrise Marine opening on U.S. 98 in Daphne

Destin Sunrise Marine, one of the largest boat dealerships in the Southeast and headquartered in Mary Esther, Fla., has opened a new location in Daphne.

Located roughly a mile south of I-10 on U.S. 98, Sunrise Marine of Alabama Inc. will serve Mobile and Baldwin counties. “Our mission is to provide our customers with the best service and brands in the industry. We are excited to be a part of this area and look forward to calling it home,” General Manager Jeff Lloyd said.

Sunrise Marine of Alabama will sell Cape Horn, Robalo, family boats and cruisers by Chaparral, pontoon boats, and Carolina Skiff. Sunrise Marine offers new and used boats, service, parts, and boat consignment.

Destin Sunrise Marine has been in business for 20 years, and is noted as one of the Top Three largest dealers in the U.S. for Chaparral, Robalo, and Cape Horn brand vessels.

Fowler joins Bellator Real Estate

Realtor Alicen Fowler recently joined the team at Bellator Real Estate & Development’s Daphne office at 7300 Dauphin Street. Fowler is a North Alabama native and has an extensive background in real estate spanning over 35 years.

“We are honored to have Alicen join our team at Bellator. She brings unique talent and experience to the table through her many years of being associated with real estate. Her attention to detail and drive to succeed is completely invaluable,” Troy Wilson, president of Bellator Real Estate said.

Bellator Real Estate & Development is a full service real estate company that specializes in developing, listing, marketing, brokering and acquiring real estate along the Gulf Coast.

Commercial real estate moves

Luxe Nails, a full-service nail salon, has leased 2,379-square-feet of retail space at 4419 Rangeline Road, Suite E, and will be open for business in May. Angela McArthur, realtor with Prudential Cooper and Company, Inc. Commercial Division handled the transaction.