New and expanding: RxBenefits adds 76 new jobs in Birmingham in 2018

Birmingham-based RxBenefits, a pharmacy benefits solution platform, added 76 new jobs in Birmingham last year, bringing its Birmingham employee count to 187.

In addition to adding new employees – eventually there will be 120 additional jobs in Birmingham – the company expanded its headquarters space, located at the Colonnade, and invested in technology.

BBA’s Baldwin discusses connecting the community to business needs

The Birmingham Business Alliance’s Vice President of Regional Development Nan Baldwin is involved in numerous different projects through her work, including Opportunity Zones, Alabama Communities of Excellence and transportation infrastructure talks, just to name a few. Her work all has one common purpose – to enhance the quality of life for all Birmingham residents. The BBA sat down with Baldwin recently to talk about her work and why she is passionate about it.

KAMTEK creates workforce pipeline through booming apprenticeship program

For Traci Wells, human resources manager at Kamtek, the greatest challenge she faces in her job is recruiting within skilled trades, specifically the tool and dye trade that Kamtek specializes in.

“Recruiters will say we can’t do it,” she said. “They literally tell us ‘You can’t do it.’”

So the team at Kamtek, a Tier 1 automotive manufacturing supplier that specializes in metal stamping and assembly and is most especially known for its work with Mercedes-Benz, decided to show recruiters they could do it – by building an apprenticeship program to help grow its own workforce, which currently employs 1,000 in Birmingham.

Former Daxko CEO Gray discusses his compelling alternative for entrepreneurs

Dave Gray, one of Birmingham’s entrepreneurial leaders, is launching a new project, Biso Collective, a software business. Gray, who was CEO of Birmingham-based Daxko and still maintains a board seat with the company, spoke to the Birmingham Business Alliance about his new business, why Birmingham is a great place to start a company and what has driven Birmingham’s recent tech boom.

ALDOT’s Cooper addresses BBA Governmental Affairs Committee

The typical vehicle today gets 40 percent better gas mileage than the typical vehicle in 1992, which is the last time the gas tax was increased. Roads, however, cost two to three times as much now, said John Cooper, director of the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), when he spoke this week to the Birmingham Business Alliance’s Governmental Affairs Committee.

Latest BBA Investors Roundtable focuses on fundraising

Four Birmingham entrepreneurs gave advice on how to fundraise to a packed house at Innovation Depot last week.

The Investors Roundtable was hosted by the Birmingham Business Alliance in partnership with the BBJ and Innovation Depot. The event was part of a series focused on different topics in the Birmingham startup community, with this roundtable zeroing in on small businesses that have recently raised money through various platforms.

Birmingham companies report substantial growth in 2018

Local companies in Birmingham’s core sectors are reporting nearly 20 percent market share growth over the previous year, according to the Birmingham Business Alliance’s Business Retention and Expansion program.

The BBA staff visited 138 companies representing over 21,000 local employees last year. These companies announced 1,782 new jobs and $190 million in capital investment in 2018, a steady increase over 2017, where companies announced 640 new jobs and $96 million in capital investment.

Via Airlines adds four new direct flights out of Birmingham

Four new nonstop flights will be offered from Birmingham beginning this April.

Via Airlines, a carrier based in Florida that flies 50-seat Embraer ERJ145s, will offer direct flight service from Birmingham to Mobile, Austin, Pittsburgh and Raleigh beginning in the spring. This announcement brings Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport’s (BHM) number of nonstop destinations to 22 airports in 19 cities.

BioHorizons announces $2 million, 60-job expansion

Birmingham-based BioHorizons, a medical device company that creates dental implant products, is growing.

The company, headquartered in Hoover, recently announced a $2 million expansion that will create 60 jobs in manufacturing, quality, distribution, and research and product development. The company employs 190 in Birmingham and 560 worldwide. The average salary of the 60 jobs announced in the expansion is $50,000. The Hoover City Council approved nearly $60,000 in tax incentives for the expansion.

Incysus raises $10 million in financing, Work to remain in Birmingham

Incysus Therapeutics Inc., a biopharmaceutical company with its scientific operations based in Birmingham, announced it has raised $10 million in Series A financing.

The company is focused on developing scientific advancements for the treatment of cancers, specifically leukemia, lymphoma and glioblastoma. Proceeds from the financing will be used to support advancement of Incysus’ drug-resistant immunotherapy technology in both pre-clinical and clinical programs.

Birmingham’s innovation and technology nationally recognized in 2018