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AUBURN, Ala., Feb. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicken Salad Chick, the nation's only Southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announced today that it opened 37 new restaurants in key target markets throughout 2020 - including seven in Texas, five in Georgia, three in Louisiana, two in Arkansas, as well as its first location in Indiana - resulting in a 22% increase in unit count year-over-year. The fast-growing brand also signed nine franchise agreements to develop 23 new restaurants over the next several years in states such as North Carolina, Virginia and Louisiana. Notably, three of the nine new agreements were signed by existing franchise owners seeking to expand their established commitments with Chicken Salad Chick, reinforcing the brand's resilience and viable positioning within the fast casual space. In addition to this impressive growth, Chicken Salad Chick is reporting $175.1 million in systemwide sales, a +17.1% increase over 2019.

ENTERPRISE, Ala., Feb. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI) has announced a hands-on live event in partnership with BankTrends - Informa Financial Intelligence entitled, "CRI CECL (Current Expected Credit Losses) Dashboard - Live Demonstration," featuring CRI Partner and Financial Institutions Practice Leader Doug Mims and BankTrends President Michael Stinson. This webinar will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. CST.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading digital health company Pack Health today announced that it has earned Full Recognition status from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP). This designation is awarded to organizations that have effectively delivered a quality, evidence-based diabetes prevention program that meets all of the standards for CDC recognition.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc. (NASDAQ: OBCI), the parent company of Star brite, Inc. and Kinpak Inc. --makers of marine, RV, and outdoor performance and maintenance chemicals--announced today that its subsidiary Kinpak Inc. plans to expand its manufacturing and distribution facilities by an additional 69,000 sq. ft. on its 23-acre site. This planned expansion will bring the total facility square footage to exceed 370,000 sq. ft. of dedicated space for production, warehousing, and distribution. This is the second major expansion of their facilities in less than five years.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- February is American Heart Month, a federally designated month that is an excellent way to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and pledge to a healthy lifestyle. This month, Taziki's Mediterranean Café will highlight heart-healthy menu items to encourage customers to make nutritious selections and reduce the risk of high blood pressure as well as heart disease.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala., Feb. 1, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Montgomery Education Foundation(MEF) is ramping up efforts toward the public charter school conversion of Davis Elementary with the help of Phalen Leadership Academies (PLA), one of the largest African-American led and operated school turnaround networks in the nation.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Oakworth Capital Bank and its parent company Oakworth Capital Inc. (collectively, "the Company") announce the retirement of its founding Chairman of the Board of Directors Samuel ("Sam") E. Upchurch Jr. and the subsequent election of its founding and continuing CEO Scott B. Reed as Chairman. Mr. Upchurch will continue in his role as an active member of the Company's Board of Directors. "Sam has been an invaluable mentor and partner for all of the original founders of Oakworth Capital," stated Scott Reed. "His leadership of the board has been exemplary and his counsel to our leadership group tremendously important as the company has grown. Although Sam has retired as Chairman, we are excited that he will continue as an engaged and active board member moving forward."

RIDGELAND, Miss., Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- C Spire is ramping up an unprecedented growth project with a $1 billion investment over the next three years- the largest capital spend in company history - to accelerate the deployment of ultra-fast 5G wireless technology and all-fiber Gigabit broadband internet in key parts of its service area in the southeastern U.S.

ENTERPRISE, Ala., Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Top 25 nationally-ranked CPA and advisory firm Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI) has launched the second season of their podcast series focused on providing listeners with accounting and advisory insights in areas such as single audit compliance, the benefits of outsourcing your accounting needs, FDICIA, financial institution risk management, controlling manufacturing costs, buzzworthy tax news, and even a collaboration with CRI's investment banking portfolio, CRI Capital Advisors.

LOUISVILLE, Colo., Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Casey Industrial, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of MasTec, Inc. (NYSE: MTZ), is proud to announce the award of the PowerSouth Lowman Energy Center Units 1 & 2 Mechanical Construction project in Leroy, Alabama by PowerSouth Energy Cooperative. The new plant will replace the Charles R. Lowman coal-fired power plant that began operation in 1969. It will be among the world's most fuel-efficient natural gas power plants and have among the lowest carbon dioxide emissions of any combined-cycle plant.

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BEAUMONT, Texas and BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Infrared Cameras, Inc. (ICI), the leader in advanced biorisk-management technology, and Viral Sign, Inc. (Viral Sign), an innovator in the use of infrared technology and advanced screening software to detect viral infection, are pleased to announce a strategic alliance to supply advanced screening systems intended to help slow the spread of infectious disease, including COVID-19.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Therapy Brands has announced the promotion of Jay Knight to Corporate Controller. In this role, Knight will be responsible for directing all day-to-day accounting and corporate finance matters, overseeing tax, managing financial audits and control implementations, as well as providing financial insights for corporate decision making.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Vulcan Materials Company (NYSE: VMC) will host its fourth quarter earnings conference call on Tuesday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m. CT (11:00 a.m. ET). Financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2020 will be released before the NYSE market opens.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Encompass Health Corporation (NYSE: EHC), a national leader in integrated healthcare, offering facility-based and home-based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies, today reported its results of operations for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2020.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Abaco Systems, Inc. announces the GVC1001 - an industry leading and extremely powerful graphics, vision, artificial intelligence and image processing computer. Using NVIDIA's latest AI and Deep Learning enabled NVIDIA® Jetson AGX Xavier(TM) System on Module we are able to meet the demands and challenges of very low SWaP graphics, vision, AI and sensor computing applications within ground vehicles, aviation, naval, and industrial platforms.

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Jan. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Woodforest CEI-Boulos Opportunity Fund, a high-impact commercial real estate Opportunity Zone fund established by Woodforest National Bank® and CEI-Boulos Capital Management, announced its $2 million equity investment in the redevelopment of the historic, long-shuttered St. James Hotel in Selma, Alabama. The St. James Hotel, the only hotel in downtown Selma, will support the city's growing civil rights tourism industry and help revitalize the local economy, creating 45 permanent jobs with training, health insurance and other benefits (42 of these jobs will be accessible to people with low incomes). The Woodforest CEI-Boulos Opportunity Fund is the only outside investor in the redevelopment project, spearheaded by Birmingham-based Rhaglan Hospitality, which renovated and expanded the iconic St. James Hotel into a boutique 55-key, Hilton(TM) Tapestry, full-service hotel.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Two Maids & A Mop, the nation's largest residential cleaning franchise, announced today that it achieved significant growth and success in 2020, attaining a 5.6% increase in system-wide sales and setting three of the highest network revenue records since the brand opened in 2003. Amid the pandemic, Two Maids & A Mop acquired nearly 10,000 new customers and opened 11 new locations including Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Temple, Texas, Augusta, Georgia and Aurora, Colorado. This impressive growth reinforces the strength of the brand's system and positions them for continued success in 2021, with a goal to open 30 new locations before the end of the year.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- With the start of 2021, we all reflect on the previous year and all the challenges we have experienced. From the global outbreak of a new virus to the Me Too movement in the United States and wrapping up in civil unrest during the US elections, this has been an eventful year. We all want a way to feel safe and able to focus when we are working. CRS Notify 2.1 provides that solution. The variety of software platforms and hardware choices CRS Notify 2.1 offers, allows businesses and government agency staff of all types to feel safer in their workplace. The new CRS Notify 2.1 introduces a new 100% cloud-based system that works on Windows, Mac, Android, and iPhone. A few added features to the software is the ability to attach custom documents to each alert, unlimited color-coded alerts, and the availability to have multiple alerts active at one time. These features combined make CRS Notify 2.1 the right choice for organizations around the world.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Although Medicare's annual enrollment period ended on Dec. 7, Medicare recipients in Alabama affected directly or indirectly by Hurricane Sally have until Jan. 31 to make a Medicare plan change for 2021 if they didn't act by the original deadline. Enrollment remains open for those affected directly by the hurricane or if the people who help the recipients with their coverage decisions were affected by the hurricane.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Jan. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Abaco Systems, Inc. announces the MAGIC1A, a high performance embedded computer (HPEC) with a modular, scalable approach to system design and architecture; based on 3U-VPX technology. The MAGIC1A improves on a legacy design and delivers the latest in graphics and computer processing in a rugged SWaP-C3 display computer, which ensures seamless integration and showcases Abaco's commitment to an extensive technology roadmap. This small factor system provides cutting edge processing and graphics, which meets rugged computer needs for industrial and military customers.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Jan. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- CommentSold, a digital commerce solution that enables small and medium-sized retail businesses to unlock sales growth through live and social selling, today announced that it logged record growth of 150% in gross merchandise value (GMV) transacted on its platform during 2020. The company also announced that it added 2,000 new retailers to its platform over the year as consumers turned to live and social shopping during the pandemic.

GLENWOOD, Ala., Jan. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Pursuit Media TV, LLC is pleased to announce the launch of the Pursuit Channel on Comcast's Xfinity TV platforms including Xfinity X1. The Pursuit Channel and its extensive lineup of outdoor entertainment is available now to millions more enthusiasts in select Xfinity markets across the country including top DMAs Boston, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia among others. Xfinity customers with X1 can say "Pursuit" into the Xfinity Voice Remote to find the channel or tune to channel 1238.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 21, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Alden One, the nation's platform for joint use asset and activity management, has now processed more than $2B in joint use transactions. Designed to unite utility asset owners with the myriad of companies utilizing their infrastructure, contractors, engineers, and other key stakeholders, the web-based software continues to expand its nationwide data footprint across 39 U.S. states.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA will host a media teleconference at 5:30 p.m. EST today, Tuesday, Jan.19, to discuss the engine test conducted Saturday, Jan. 16, for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will launch the agency's Artemis I mission. Agency leaders and industry partners will discuss the test, known as a hot fire, which took place at NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ductile Iron Pipe Research Association welcomes Brian Hartlove as its Director of Communications and Marketing, filling the position vacated by Lynn Watson when she was promoted to the role of Senior Advisor on January 1. Hartlove was most recently the Senior Director of Marketing for the Water Environment Federation.

LEEDS, Ala., Jan. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Buc-ee's, home of the world's cleanest bathrooms, freshest food and friendliest beaver, will unveil its new travel center in Leeds, Alabama, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 25, 2021, at 11 a.m. CST. The celebration will be attended by local leaders including Mayor David Miller, Lee Barnes, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Johnny Brunson, Scott Barnes, City Zoning Administrator Brad Watson and City Clerk Toushi Arbitelle.

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AUBURN, Ala., Jan. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to thank all guests for their unwavering support and loyalty, Chicken Salad Chick, the nation's only Southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, has announced the return of its annual Guest Appreciation Day. Taking place on Thursday, January 21, the special event will provide all guests with a free scoop of the brand's original and best-selling flavor, Classic Carol, at select participating locations. Guest Appreciation Day is scheduled annually in January to celebrate the birthday of the brand's founding.

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HOOVER, Ala., Jan. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) and The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) are looking for innovative methods with which resource officers teach teens about safe driving. Together, they announced that nominations have opened for the 2021 Innovation in the Classroom Award.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Jan. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Porter Capital, a leading provider of accounts receivable financing and asset-based lending solutions for businesses nationwide, announced the funding of a $20 million facility in just three weeks. The client is a publicly-traded company who specializes in manufacturing machine tools and machines. The company sought a $20,000,000 line to be drawn down to enhance the balance sheet before year-end.

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ATMORE, Ala., Jan. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- UB Community Development, LLC (UBCD), a community development partner of United Bank, announced today the placement of $10 million of their New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) allocation into Coastal Growers. UBCD, jointly with Baker Tilly, assisted in sourcing an additional $50 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocations from partner Community Development Entities including MuniStrategies, allocating $5 million, Rural Development Partners $15 million, Waveland $15 million and National Impact Fund $15 million. Additionally, United Bank applied for and received a $40 million Business and Industry Loan Guarantee from USDA Rural Development to support the project financing.

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DOTHAN, Ala., Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Construction Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROAD) (the "Company"), a vertically integrated civil infrastructure company specializing in the construction and maintenance of roadways across five southeastern states, today announced that it will release its fiscal 2021 first quarter results on February 5, 2021, before the market opens. In conjunction with the earnings release, the Company has scheduled a conference call to discuss its first quarter results the same day at 9:00 a.m. Central Time (10:00 a.m. Eastern Time). The conference call may be accessed by phone or webcast, as follows:

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Abaco Systems, Inc. announces the VP831 as the next generation of our VP889, the industry-leading 3U VPX FPGA board now with 100G Ethernet on a design which is aligned with Sensor Open Systems Architecture(TM) (SOSA) technical standard. This release provides our customers with an upgrade path to the latest technology, providing more bandwidth and increased processing capabilities at a lower power and size, ready to perform in the harshest of environments. The VP831 is built on our decades of experience with high performance digital and analog systems to deliver quality in a system you can trust.

ECLECTIC, Ala., Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Hercules Poly Incorporated announced today that they have rebranded, adopting a new logo and a more concise name, Hercules Incorporated. Though established in 1993, it's in the last 10 years that the Company has experienced significant growth, expanding its product offering from simply poly bags to gloves, safety products, dog parks, playgrounds, outdoor amenities and more. This evolution beyond bags demanded a brand strategy and visual expression that reflects the company's past successes and vision for the future.

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft announced last week it is now permitting Defense Industrial Base (DIB) suppliers to submit other forms of evidence for accessing its US-sovereign cloud environments, namely Microsoft Government Community Cloud High (GCC High). The leading cloud provider created its Microsoft Azure Government and Microsoft 365 GCC High offerings to support, both, federal agencies and their suppliers to hold and process sensitive data types. Previously federal contractors in the DIB were required to show proof from an existing contract or a letter from a Department of Defense (DoD) customer expressing specific cybersecurity requirements. In 2021 defense contractors can now provide Microsoft a valid Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) code, a five-character ID number used by the GSA, or their company's Data Universal Number Systems (DUNS) number.