Grupo Antolin, Global Automotive Supplier, setting up shop in McCalla

Grupo Antolin, a global supplier, which manufactures automotive interior parts, is opening an operation in Jefferson County.  Real estate investment firm, Graham Commercial Properties, (GCP) has secured a lease from Grupo Antolin at the Jefferson Metropolitan Park in McCalla.  In addition, GCP is investing over a million for client improvements to meet the supplier’s needs.

via Graham Commercial Properties

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Autonomous Cars in Alabama – Are we ready?

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Look at nearly any science fiction show since Herbie and you’ll see cars that drive themselves.  If you buy certain models, today your car can even park itself.  But we’re a long way off from being able to call our cars on the phone and have them pick us up, according to Dr. Abidin Yildirim, Director of UAB’s Signal Processing and Embedded Systems Laboratory.  Dr. Yildirim and his laboratory work on the most important part of any autonomous car: the programming that allows a car to interpret and react to its surroundings.  I interviewed Dr. Yildirim and visited his lab to learn more about what is being pushed as the future of transportation.

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This Birmingham business just invested $16 million to make recyclable takeout containers

There’s good news for green business here in Birmingham, as a local company moves away from Styrofoam food packaging to a more eco-friendly alternative.

A joint venture between a consumer-packaging company called Sonoco and a recycled-fiber packaging company called Cascades are putting big bucks into its Birmingham-based plant, and the new water-based product that they’re manufacturing means additional jobs, too. About 20, according the Birmingham Business Journal.

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