ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama is the best program in the country, but even Nick Saban has to deal with injuries.The linebacking corps has been a serious trouble spot for the Crimson Tide in the last few years. That situation got worse this week.Chris Allen is out for the season due to an ACL tear. Saban confirmed the injury during a press conference this afternoon.Saban says LB Chris Allen suffered a knee injury that required surgery and he’ll be out for the season, also confirmed RT Matt Womack stepped on somebody’s foot the other day & broke his foot again, will likely be out 4-6 weeks.— Alex Byington (@_AlexByington) August 18, 2018Allen was expected to be a key second-teamer for the reigning national champions.The news is not good for Alabama, but Nick Saban’s reaction to the Chris Allen injury is pretty fantastic.Even Alabama has depth issues, despite a seemingly-never ending wave of blue-chip players joining the program. Saban reminded us of that in an incredible manner.Saban on injuries: “You all just think that every time something happens, we just shit another player…”— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) August 18, 2018Luckily for us, SEC Country’s Marq Burnett got video of Saban’s phenomenal use of press conference profanity.Nick Saban said Alabama can’t just “shit” more players pic.twitter.com/PjPzVku4Y2— Marq Burnett (@Marq_Burnett) August 18, 2018No team has recruited at the level of Alabama over the last four or five years, so the Tide definitely have more depth than the average team. Still, injuries are always tough to overcome.Alabama opens its season with Louisville on Sept. 1. The two teams are playing in Orlando.
A Truro-based producer of custom-moulded plastics and an international manufacturing company have joined forces to take advantage of Nova Scotia’s growing aerospace industry. The province announced today, July 2, a $2.9-million loan and a $1.6-million training incentive for a new company, Composite Sea to Sky Ltd. This is a joint partnership between Bartlett Plastic and Precision Machining Ltd. and MIPNET, a French manufacturer of equipment for aircraft. Composite Sea to Sky will manufacture and export ventilation equipment for use in aerospace, defence and commercial industries, and expects to create up to 200 new jobs over the next five years. The loan is from the Industrial Expansion Fund and will be used to help provide equipment for the startup business and is repayable with interest over ten years. The training incentive is payable based on the company reaching employment targets. A $869,000 repayable loan will also be used to refinance an existing bank loan and line of credit assigned to Bartlett Plastics. “Composite Sea to Sky is an innovative startup company looking to compete in a technologically advanced industry,” said acting Minister of Economic Development, Jamie Muir. “The company brings together the best in manufacturing ability and management expertise, which will contribute to job growth and enhance sustainable prosperity for this province.” “With our leadership, experience and unique technology to manufacture complex composites, we are excited about expanding into the North American market with the creation of Composite Sea to Sky,” said Pierre Conze, CEO of Composite Sea to Sky and MIPNET. “This new company will contribute to a growing aerospace and defence industry, while combining our expertise with local experience to create quality jobs.” A combined capital investment from Bartlett Plastics and MIPNET will create about $1.2 million in additional bank financing for the new company. “This government investment will help to establish a new composites and plastic manufacturing company right here in Nova Scotia,” said Barry Bartlett, owner, Bartlett Plastic and Precision Machining Ltd. “Our company will provide Composite Sea to Sky with skilled workers, work orders and a foot in the door to the North American market.” The Industrial Expansion Fund is one method the government of Nova Scotia uses to support economic development in the province. It is key to helping industries involved in innovative research and technology while contributing to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia.