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VOL. 127 | NO. 13 | Friday, January 20, 2012

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Electrolux Contractor Files $11M in Permit Applications

The general contractor for Electrolux North America Cooking Products’ Memphis plant has filed two building permit applications totaling $11 million with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. filed $10 million and $1 million applications for property at 3231 Paul R. Lowry Road in southwest Memphis’ Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park.

Further information was not available on the portion of the permit released to the public Thursday, Jan. 19.

Electrolux broke ground on its Memphis facility in early October, and by the end of December had named W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. as its general contractor.

Philadelphia, Miss.-based Yates has an office on Poplar Avenue.

Construction costs for the plant will total $80 million. Electrolux announced Tuesday, Jan. 17, it had awarded $15.3 million of that, with $14.5 million of the contracts – 94 percent – going to local firms and $6.3 million to minority-owned firms.

The company expects its Memphis plant, which will create more than 1,200 jobs, will be fully operational in 2014.

It will manufacture built-in and specialty cooking products and is expected to turn out more than 700,000 ovens a year.

Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports

Baptist Memorial Among Top Integrated Networks

Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. was named among the nation’s top integrated health care networks in a recent survey published by Modern Healthcare and conducted by IMS Health, a Pennsylvania-based health care data and consulting firm. This marks the 13th year Baptist has been included in the top 100.

Baptist placed 11th nationally and first in the Mid-South in the 2011 IMS Top 100 IHNs – a nationwide study of nearly 600 integrated health care networks across the country.

One of the nation’s largest nonprofit health care systems, Baptist Memorial Health Care includes 14 affiliate hospitals in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas, and more than 4,000 affiliated physicians. Baptist has more than 2,300 licensed beds system-wide, employs more than 12,000 people and has about 85,000 admissions annually.

– Aisling Maki

U of M Institute Named Tier 1 By Dept. of Transportation

The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute at the University of Memphis, in a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has earned a Tier 1 University Transportation Center designation from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration.

The UTC program awards grants to universities across the United States to advance research in transportation and to develop the next generation of transportation professionals. Of the 63 University Transportation Center applications received, RITA awarded 22 grants, each worth $3.5 million. Forty-six applicants competed to be one of the 10 Tier 1 centers.

The University of Memphis/University of Wisconsin-Madison consortium is called the National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education and is composed of 10 universities.

The University of Memphis will coordinate the southern hub, which includes Vanderbilt University, the University of Alabama-Huntsville and the University of Southern Mississippi.

The consortium’s winning proposal, “Making Multimodal Freight Systems Work for Economic Recovery and Quality of Life,” detailed research, education and technology transfer activities that will maximize the effectiveness of multimodal and intermodal development in the region and in the nation to move products efficiently from border to border and abroad, which creates opportunities for job creation and sustained growth.

– Taylor Shoptaw

Glankler Brown Attorney Named Tenn. Bar Fellow

Robert Hutton, a member in the Memphis law firm of Glankler Brown PLLC, has been elected a fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation.

Invitations to membership were extended to 35 attorneys this year by the foundation’s board of trustees.

Hutton practices generally in litigation and has substantial experience in federal civil rights, constitutional law, general business litigation and criminal law.

His credentials include having argued several cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals, the Tennessee Appellate Courts and the Tennessee Supreme Court. He’s also argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.

– Andy Meek

PRSA Names Halloran Communicator of the Year

The Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America named Pat Halloran, president and CEO of the Memphis Development Foundation, its 2011 Communicator of The Year. Memphis Development Foundation operates The Orpheum Theatre.

Established in 1976, the Communicator of the Year award is presented to a member of the community who exhibits the ability to communicate effectively to the general public or specific groups; has public visibility as a communicator; is a respected member of the community; and invests time and talent communicating a specific message or messages.

Halloran was most recently in the news following the national success of the musical “Memphis,” playing a key role in raising $14 million to stage the show in New York.

Originally from Nebraska, Halloran moved to Memphis in 1969 and founded Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis Inc.

Halloran serves as current president/board member of the Independent Producers Network, an organization he helped found that represents more than 100 theaters across North America and Japan.

He is a past chairman of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors, and a past board member of the Memphis in May International Festival and the Memphis and Shelby County Music Foundation.

– Sarah Baker

Work Begins on Shelby Farms EV Charging Station

Local leaders break ground in Shelby Farms Park Tuesday, Jan. 24, on the region’s first solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station.

The 10 a.m. ceremony is the latest milestone in the countywide effort to establish dozens of charging stations for electric cars.

In April, Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division officials announced a list of 69 proposed sites for the charging stations in Shelby County, including Shelby Farms.

Four non-solar charging stations debuted in July in the Peabody Place parking garage for use by hotel customers.

The Shelby Farms Park charging station, slated to be built at the visitors center off Farm Road, is a different model. The solar panels double as the canopy over parking spaces that include the vehicle chargers. A separate transformer and connection will run to the local power grid. Because the stations are built in modules, a two-car station can be expanded to handle 10 or more cars if there is demand.

The charging station is a joint venture of the park conservancy, Tennessee Valley Authority, MLGW, the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability and the Electric Power Research Institute of Knoxville.

– Bill Dries

House Passes Measure Banning Income Tax

A constitutional amendment to ban an income tax in Tennessee has passed the House.

The measure was approved 73-17 on Thursday, Jan. 19. The companion legislation passed the Senate last year. The measure must now be approved by a two-thirds vote of both chambers in the next General Assembly before it’s placed on the ballot in 2014.

Opponents of the legislation say it’s unnecessary because the state constitution already bans an income tax and that the measure is politically motivated.

However, Republican sponsor Glen Casada of Franklin says a judge could decide otherwise concerning the constitutionality of an income tax and that the legislation is needed to “make it clear it is not constitutional.”

– The Associated Press

PROPERTY SALES 53 210 10,146
MORTGAGES 53 214 11,160
BUILDING PERMITS 245 474 22,646
BANKRUPTCIES 271 271 6,490