Black Warrior Protective Coatings is opening in Tuscaloosa (2002 44th Street East) in late-January. The company specializes in Powdercoat, Cerakote, sandblasting, steam blasting, and truck accessories. (205) 657-7260; BlackWarriorProtectiveCoatings.com
La Cocina (3520 McFarland Blvd. E) celebrated its grand reopening on Nov. 30. The Tuscaloosa Tex-Mex restaurant has a new menu and all new cocktails, along with daily specials and Sunday brunch. (205) 561-6851; lacocinatuscaloosa.com
Recess4Rover, a new dog walking service in the Tuscaloosa area, is now open. Owners Tina and David Miller offer a variety of services for pups, including dog walking, and dog park visits. (205) 886-5702; recess4rover.com
Sleep Outfitters (2601 McFarland Blvd) held its grand opening celebration for its store in Northport on Dec. 7. The store, which opened in October 2017, sells a variety of mattresses by Tempurpedic, Sealy, Stearns & Foster, and more. (205) 614-3902; sleepoutfitters.com
News and Happenings
Jo Bonner has been named interim executive director of the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority. The TCDIA board of directors is conducting a search to replace longtime TCDIA Executive Director Dara Longgrear, who retired in November.
Matthew M. Fajack will join The University of Alabama as vice president for financial affairs beginning Feb. 15, pending approval by The University of Alabama System Board of Trustees. Fajack has served as vice chancellor for finance and administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2014, serving as the principal finance and business officer.
Tuscaloosa County’s Kellee Griffith was recently appointed to the Alabama Farmers Federation’s State Young Farmers Committee. Griffith represents District 4, which includes Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson, Lamar, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, and Walker counties.
German-based SAS Automotive Systems will locate in Tuscaloosa County, creating approximately 170 new jobs. The auto supplier’s new operation will serve as a new supplier for Mercedes-Benz as it prepares to build new SUVs at its plant in Tuscaloosa.
The Tuscaloosa County Farmers Federation received the Award for Excellence Dec. 4. at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 96th annual meeting in Montgomery. The award recognizes counties excelling in five sections of the Federation: organization, agricultural programs, governmental affairs, and the county’s Women’s Leadership and Young Farmers committees. Tuscaloosa County Farmers Federation President Joe Anders, right, accepted the award from Federation Executive Director Paul Pinyan.
Ernest & Hadley Booksellers celebrated its one-year anniversary on Dec. 9. Tuscaloosa’s independent bookstore features a unique selection of books from local, regional, and international sources. ernestandhadleybooks.com