published Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Business Briefs: Aerisyn hopes credit brings new business

Aerisyn LLC produces towers for wind turbines near the Alstom plant in Chattanooga.
Aerisyn LLC produces towers for wind turbines near the Alstom plant in Chattanooga.
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Aerisyn hopes credit brings new business

Bolstered by the congressional renewal of production tax credits for wind energy for another year, the general manager for SIAG Aerisyn LLC said Wednesday he is hopeful of landing more business in 2013.

The wind tower maker suspended most production this fall, but the company continues to operate under bankruptcy reorganization and is bidding on a number of major contracts.

"Having the production tax credit extended for another year gives us a tremendous opportunity moving forward," company general manager Joe Kelly said.


Watson wins top NFIB award

Tennessee state Sen. Bo Watson, R-Chattanooga, will receive a top honor today from the National Federation of Independent Business.

Watson, who earned a perfect score from the NFIB for his voting record in the last General Assembly, will be presented the Guardian of Small Business Award today at Ruby Falls, one of the local members of the small business trade association. Watson represents the 11th District, which includes part of Hamilton County.

Jim Brown, state director of NFIB/Tennessee, said Watson helped sponsor or pass key regulatory reform legislation last year supported by the 8,500 members of the NFIB in Tennessee.


Microsoft pleads for Google probe

Microsoft began the new year harping on a favorite theme: The software maker is arguing that government regulators need to crack down on Google to preserve fair competition in the Internet and smartphone markets.

The latest refrain came Wednesday in a blog post by Dave Heiner, Microsoft's deputy general counsel.

His attack amounted to a last-ditch appeal to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the European Commission as they wrap up wide-ranging investigations into Google's business practices.

Microsoft fears Google, perhaps its biggest nemesis, will emerge from the antitrust probes without being required to make significant changes.

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