The next big ECD target?

Texas-based battery maker Valence Technology is said to be eyeing sites in the South for a $500 million plant. One reason: The European car makers are here.
Kanode likes the EU’s “deliberate” approach to developing a market for electric vehicles, and he expects companies based there to lead the electrification of the automobile. “This isn’t just a Big Three situation,” Kanode said. “European OEMs are larger than the Big Three, larger than the OEMs of Asia.”
Feb 10, 2009 10:44 PM

Chamber bemoans Birch's bogart of the brand

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce sends an e-mail informing supporters that they did not authorize a communications company to use their brand in its advertising – and they especially didn't authorize being called a 'Chamber of Tightwads':
We wanted to communicate with our Chamber members to clarify a matter that several of you have brought to our attention. In recent days, you may have seen billboards or heard radio spots in connection with the local marketing campaign of Birch Communications. The campaign is using the name "Nashville Chamber" in both its billboard and radio advertisements. We are deeply disappointed that a company -- in this case, Birch Communications of Kansas City -- would choose to advertise in this marketplace in a way that trades on the name and the brand reputation of the Nashville Chamber. We have expressed our dissatisfaction to Birch Communications with the ad campaign's content and attempt to capitalize on the Nashville Chamber's brand and intellectual property rights, and we wanted our members to know that we do not endorse or support this campaign. We hope this puts to rest any confusion you or others might have when encountering one of the advertisements associated with this campaign.
Feb 10, 2009 9:46 PM

No. 1 Nissan spokesman heads for Redmond

After five years with Nissan, Simon Sproule is taking a similar job at Microsoft.
Feb 10, 2009 9:46 PM

Asurion inks MetroPCS service deal

The Nashville-based mobile device insurance company will supply its data backup services to MetroPCS, which has more than 5 million people using its network.
Feb 10, 2009 3:00 PM

Dialogic to supply W. Va. company

Crisis management and business continuity consulting firm Global AlertLink has contracted with Franklin-based Dialogic Communications Corp. to offer its clients the latter's emergency notification system.
“This partnership continues our focus on providing organizations with one, integrated solution for planning and responding to critical events. DCC brings a leading solution for emergency notification and integrates seamlessly into our One System architecture,” said Kevin Hall, president of Global AlertLink.
Feb 10, 2009 10:14 AM

Ingram inks e-reader contract

A unit of the Nashville-based holding company will be one of a handful of companies supplying content for the new eReader from California's Plastic Logic.
Feb 9, 2009 11:30 PM

The cost of wind power

Are we prepared to pay this tab?
If the country wants 20 percent of its electricity from wind – or an additional 229 gigawatts of wind energy capacity – then it will need to build 15,000 miles of new transmission lines. That cost doesn't include the $1.1 trillion that will be needed to build wind power farms, said the grid operators in a report.
Feb 9, 2009 4:36 PM

LifeWay launches online music service

What started as a digital hymnal has turned "the largest known recording project in Nashville history" into an iTunes-like service that lets users customize the songs they want. From the AP's report on the launch of SongMap this morning:
"It's a one-stop worship shop," Pack said. "There's nothing of this scale that allows you to do this. There's software that allows you to compose music, but the ability to move those blocks around, the chorus or the verses, to change the key, that's not really out there right now."
Feb 5, 2009 1:50 PM

Emma's survey says...

The Nashville-based e-mail marketing darlings have added a survey and questionnaire tool to their quiver of products.
Feb 5, 2009 1:03 PM

Out of juice

JuicyCampus, the college-oriented gossip site that kicked up a First Amendment storm at TSU late last year, is closing its doors.
Feb 4, 2009 8:42 PM