Alabama One Credit Union celebrated a Re-Grand Opening and Chamber Tuscaloosa ribbon cutting on April 18 at 1215 Veterans Memorial Parkway in Tuscaloosa. (205) 759-1595; alabamaone.org
BMW of Tuscaloosa celebrated a Chamber Tuscaloosa ribbon cutting at its new location, 3537 Skyland Blvd. E., on April 18. The new location opened its doors on March 6. (877) 864-4291; bmwoftuscaloosa.com
Metro Diner has opened its first Alabama location in Tuscaloosa. The restaurant, located in Midtown Village (1800 McFarland Blvd E #404), celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 11. (205) 464-9428; metrodiner.com
Tuscaloosa nonprofit Purpose with a Purchase now has retail space within Love INC’s Resale Boutique (3201 Main Avenue in Northport). Shop proceeds benefit Purchase with a Purpose vendors, as well as the efforts of LOVE INC to help neighbors in need throughout the area. The shop is open Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. facebook.com/purchasewithapurpose
News and Happenings
This month’s Chamber Business After Hours networking event will be held on May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Alabama One Credit Union.
Lea Dowling has been named Vice President-Business Banker at Robertson Banking Company. The Tuscaloosa native brings more than 25 years of experience. Robertson Banking Company has two offices in Tuscaloosa County. Robertstonbanking.com
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Truck & Wheel Group in Vance on April 11, with members of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority (TCIDA) and Graham & Company real estate company on hand. Construction on the new 127,000-square-foot, $35-million wheel assembly factory is underway. It is expected to open in 2018.
A trio of University of Alabama undergraduate students recently won the grand prize at the Edward K. Aldag, Jr. Business Plan competition at UA. Business majors Grant Becker, Andrew Johnson, and chemical engineering major Kyle Pecot are the founders of KüLVAX, a start-up company that has created a more efficient cooling process for the transportation of life-saving vaccines, particularly in developing countries that have unreliable access to ice and electricity. The group will now pursue patents and a prototype.
The Local Roots food truck celebrated its one-year anniversary in a big way on April 1 with Roots Fest, a downtown gathering featuring food, live music, and more. Eatlocalroots.com