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November 2014

PROJECTXYZ subsidiary buys BizTech building in Huntsville, plans to maintain startup incubator »

logo(Nov. 18) The building where BizTech operates a startup incubator in Cummings Research Park is now under new ownership. Creekwater Investments, a subsidiary of Huntsville-based PROJECTXYZ, closed on the 20,832-square-foot facility Friday and will act as landlord to BizTech, the Women's Business Center of North Alabama and Rocket City Launch. PROJECTXYZ Chief Executive Officer Kimberly Lewis and company President Larry Lewis confirmed the deal Tuesday morning.

Engility Holdings celebrates new Bridge Street offices with pledge of support to Semper Fi Task Force »

logo(Nov. 8) The 50 or so employees of Engility Holdings' new Huntsville office will have one of the best views in town. Their new location at Suite 600 of the Bridge Street office building mostly occupied by Computer Science Corporation gives them a view of the upscale shopping complex and most of Cummings Research Park to the west. To help them celebrate, a small crowd joined them for the Huntsville Chamber ribbon cutting. Not exactly new the Huntsville, the government services contractor and 2012 spinoff from defense stalwart L-3 Corporation is large in its own right, with $1.4 billion in revenues and 7,000 employees.

New Huntsville ATEC office supports development of more powerful, more fuel efficient Army helicopter engine »

logo(Nov. 5) An aerospace joint venture with a new Huntsville presence could play a key role in the development of a new 3,000 horsepower gas turbine engine for the Army's Apache and Blackhawk helicopters. The new Huntsville office of the Advanced Turbine Engine company, a joint venture of aerospace giants Pratt & Whitney and Honeywell, opened Wednesday in Cummings Research Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by a host of local officials touting the benefits to the Army of the new engine.

October 2014

Officials break ground on final $8M phase of Alabama Robotics Technology Park to open in 2015 »

logo(Oct. 21, 2014) A handful of public officials came together Halloween morning to celebrate the final phase of the Alabama Robotics Technology Park across from Calhoun Community College. The $8 million Integration, Entrepreneurial and Paint/Dispense Training Center will span 50,000 to 55,000 square feet and be a hub for companies to build and adapt automation for new and existing manufacturing processes. Companies will also use the facility for training in manual paint spraying and robotic dispense techniques.

$70M Big Spring Square development in downtown Huntsville could include rooftop dining, office lofts for high-tech firms »

logo(Oct. 21, 2014) Restaurants with rooftop dining and office lofts for high-tech companies are strong possibilities at the new Big Spring Square development in downtown Huntsville. RCP Companies of Huntsville released additional details Monday about the $70 million mixed-use project that promises to transform the old Holiday downtown Inn property at the corner of Williams Avenue and Monroe Street.

See grand unveiling of new $58 million Intergraph headquarters in Madison during company's 45th birthday »

logo(Oct. 20, 2014) A large crowd watched in awe Monday night as Intergraph's oldest employees carried fiery "torches of new traditions" to celebrate a fresh beginning during the grand opening of its $58 million headquarters in Madison. The launch of the multi-level building on 305 Intergraph Way also marked the company's 45th year in business. Ola Rollen, president and CEO of Intergraph's Swedish parent brand Hexagon, said the event symbolized a new start for the global provider of engineering and geospatial software as it looks to recruit young professionals to its team.

Intergraph to unveil new $58 million, five-story Madison headquarters »

logo(Oct. 17, 2014) Two years after breaking ground on its new $58 million headquarters in Madison, Intergraph will finally be ready to unveil the building next week during the company's 45th anniversary. Intergraph plans to show off the new 250,000-square-foot facility from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Interstate 565/Madison Boulevard corridor on 305 Intergraph Way. Madison Mayor Troy Trulock, Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong and representatives from Hexagon, Intergraph's parent brand, are expected to speak during the event.

Synapse Wireless in Huntsville emerging as a high-tech leader in intelligent connectivity »

logo(Oct. 2, 2014) A wireless solutions provider founded in the Rocket City seven years ago marked a major company milestone Thursday morning at its 1-year-old facility in Cummings Research Park. Synapse Wireless, which has more than 21 patents, celebrated its move into the SAIC building on 6723 Odyssey Drive in Huntsville and doubled its workforce. Acquired by Birmingham's McWane, Inc. in 2012, the 147-employee company has added more than 60 workers to its engineering staff during the past year.

At its formal opening, severe weather research center at UAH receives its mandate: Save lives »

logo(Oct. 2, 2014) With the horrors of the April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak far from fading in the minds of Alabamians, the mandate given Thursday to the new severe weather research center in Huntsville carried no hyperbole. "This is going to do one thing that's important and that's to save lives," Gov. Robert Bentley said. Moments later, Bentley cut the ceremonial ribbon to formally open SWIRLL - Severe Weather Institute and Radar & Lightning Laboratories at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

August 2014

DRS Technologies eyes new opportunities during groundbreaking at Redstone Gateway in Huntsville »

logo(Aug. 27, 2014) Redstone Gateway's newest tenant broke ground this afternoon on a development that will span more than 131,000 square feet in the Rocket City. DRS Technologies, which has offices in Cummings Research Park, recently signed a 10-year lease for an existing 62,400-square-foot flex building connected to a brand new 69,200-square-foot facility on 7400 Redstone Gateway. The facility will accommodate roughly 200 employees and have an expansion capacity of 50 to 10 additional workers. For DRS, the move to Redstone Gateway adjacent to Interstate 565 at Redstone Arsenal's Gate 9 was a natural fit.

 

T&W Operations celebrates a decade of business in Huntsville, launches Research Park facility »

logo(Aug. 21, 2014) Emotions were running high at T&W Operations on Thursday afternoon almost four months to the day since one of its co-founders was killed in a traffic accident in Huntsville. T&W Operations came together with Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, Rep. Mo Brooks, Chamber members and a crowd of employees to cut the ribbon on its new 15,000-square-foot building in Cummings Research Park. The event also recognized the company's 10th year in business.

NASA cutting ribbon on new building for Space Launch System engineers today in Huntsville »

logo(Aug. 13, 2014) U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Mobile) and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) will help NASA officially open its new 110,000-square-foot Building 4220 today. The new building is in the southeast corner of Marshall's administrative complex at the intersection of Rideout and Neal roads and Labathe Avenue on Redstone Arsenal.

Gov. Bentley helps kick off $400 million Town Madison by I-565; bringing 1.5 million square feet of commercial/retail »

logo(Aug. 12 2014) MADISON, Alabama – Development of "the most prime property in the Southeastern United States" finally broke ground Tuesday morning that will lead to new roads, an interstate interchange and 1.5 million square feet of retail/commercial space. The magnitude of the development on 700 acres along Interstate 565 and Zierdt Road drew about 100 dignitaries to a sprawling field of foot-high soybeans, with Gov. Robert Bentley, U.S. Congressman Mo Brooks, five state representatives and a platoon of local officials donning hard hats and grabbing shovels to kick off a project that will serve the community for decades.

Stone Middle School’s reimagining to invigorate west Huntsville corridor »

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville City officials announced Monday two craft breweries and a concert amphitheater are coming to the old Stone Middle School campus near downtown Huntsville. “This is an exciting, game-changing redevelopment for west Huntsville and the city’s western gateway into downtown from I-565. We’re excited about what it can do for west Huntsville, for downtown and for our entire community,” said Chad Emerson, CEO, Downtown Huntsville, Inc.

Huntsville awarded Wall Street's top credit rating ahead of $60M refinancing »

logo(Aug. 4, 2014) Wall Street continues to hold the City of Huntsville in high regard when it comes to financial management. Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's both awarded Huntsville their best-possible triple-A credit rating last week – the sixth straight year the Rocket City has held that distinction. A city's credit ranking is based on a variety of factors including past financial management, current debt and economic strength. Cities rated triple-A tend to have a reasonable amount of debt and significant cash reserves to help weather economic downturns.

July 2014

Boeing Alabama research center to bring new innovation »

(Huntsville, AL, July 16, 2014) A Boeing Co. research and development center being established in Alabama’s Rocket City will become an innovation hub that helps the aerospace company identify technological advancements critical to the company’s future, a Boeing official said.

Science and Engineering Services to receive more than $3M from state, local entities for $70M Huntsville expansion »

logo(July 14, 2014) MADISON, Alabama – The Madison City Council followed through on its end to help spur the development of 700 acres, including much-needed retail stores. The council, with one dissenting vote, approved Town Madison Cooperative District that allows new tax revenue from the project to pay for the estimated $22 million infrastructure investment. The project site is south of Interstate 565, stretching from Zierdt Road to Wall Triana Highway. The improvements likely will include new off ramps and/or and interchange at Zierdt Road.

Town Madison Cooperative District gets council OK; allows Louis Breland to spend millions on infrastructure, including I-565 interchange »

logo(July 15, 2014) The Rocket City is known for its engineering, research and design work, but a $70 million expansion announcement this morning by Science and Engineering Services in Jetplex Industrial Park is another testament to the area's growing advanced manufacturing sector. That was the message Huntsville's Director of Urban Development Shane Davis had about the SES news out of the Farnborough International Airshow in London this morning. SES, which provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services to the aviation community, plans to create 450 jobs at its 1.2 million-square-foot Dunlop Boulevard plant over the next five years.

June 2014

Navistar in Huntsville moving along with engine plant consolidation, elimination of 280 jobs »

logo(June 12, 2014) Efforts to eliminate 280 jobs and transfer Navistar's medium-duty truck engine production in Huntsville to Melrose Park, Ill., are underway. On the heels of a $110 million gun plant announcement by Remington Outdoor Co., Navistar said in February it will look to save approximately $22 million in annual operating costs by idling its mid-range engine facility in Jetplex Industrial Park near Huntsville International Airport.

Cabela's to begin construction this fall on first Alabama store in Huntsville »

logo(June 4, 2014) Cabela's announced today it will open its first Alabama store in Huntsville. The hunting, fishing and outdoor gear retailer says it will begin construction this fall on a new 80,000-square-foot store at the planned Parkside Town Centre development near the intersection of Interstate 565 and 255 at Governors West Road. The retailer, which expects to open in fall 2015, will employ up to 180 full- and part-time workers. A news release said employees will be recruited from the Huntsville and surrounding areas.

May 2014

What's to come for Bridge Street Town Centre in Huntsville? Phase III development underway »

logo(May 30, 2014) The next few months will be busy at Bridge Street Town Centre as construction workers push forward on the shopping center's Phase III development project in west Huntsville. Last year, the former manmade lake on Bridge Street's west side was filled so crews could begin work on the $20 million Belk. The two-level, 170,000-square-foot department store, which will replace the Madison Square Mall location, is slated to open Oct. 15.

2013 New & Expanding Industries Report highlights solid year of economic development in Alabama »

(Montgomery, AL, May 15, 2014) Companies launching operations in Alabama or expanding existing facilities in the state announced nearly 17,000 new jobs and more than $4.4 billion in capital investment during 2013, according to a report released today by Governor Robert Bentley and the Alabama Department of Commerce.

Huntsville-based Davidson Technologies opens $3.5M facility for 125 new, existing workers »

logo(May 14, 2014) Less than a week after a government shutdown left some 12,000 defense workers furloughed in Huntsville, Davidson Technologies President Dorothy Davidson broke ground on a new $3.5 million facility in Cummings Research Park.

Verizon Wireless eager to fill 300 new jobs at Huntsville call center, schedules Thursday open house »

logo(May 6, 2014) Verizon Wireless is moving quickly to fill 300 new jobs at its Huntsville call center. Verizon says it will host a "Career Open House" at the call center on Thursday. Interested candidates are encouraged to first go to verizon.com/jobs and apply for job number 350080.

April 2014

Birmingham construction company BL Harbert expands with new office in downtown Huntsville »

logo(April 21, 2014) Calling north Alabama a “bright spot” in Alabama’s economy, Birmingham-based construction company BL Harbert International is launching a new office in downtown Huntsville. The BL Harbert office is located inside the BB&T building on 305 Church Street and will be led by Regional Manager Adam Stacy. The privately-owned company operates other hubs in Nashville, Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta and Dubai.

Huntsville-based Torch Technologies wins $70 million engineering support contract »

logo(April 16, 2014) Torch Technologies in Huntsville has won a $70 million Engineering Support Division Technical Support task order, the company announced today. The task order, which was awarded on Torch's AMCOM Express Blanket Purchase Agreement and is managed by the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) Engineering Directorate's Engineering Support Division on Redstone Arsenal, is valued at $70,925,491.

March 2014

U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville announces major addition to Shuttle Park, $70K crowdfunding campaign »

logo(March 17, 2014) The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville today formally announced the launch of its first-ever crowdfunding campaign for the installation of a Grumman Gulfstream II Shuttle Training Aircraft in Shuttle Park. The G-II aircraft, a business jet converted by NASA to be used as a shuttle astronaut training tool to land the Space Shuttle Orbiter, was acquired by the space center two years ago and is currently stationed at Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport.

February 2014

Elkmont-based Belle Chevre will be new anchor tenant at Clinton Row Project in downtown Huntsville »

logo(February 24, 2014) The award-winning goat cheese produced in rural Limestone County that has made headlines across the U.S. and world will make its debut in downtown Huntsville this spring. Belle Chevre, a goat cheese creamery in Elkmont, will open a second Cheese Shop and Tasting Room at the Clinton Row Project in May. The small retail store across the street from Kaffeeklatsch will be Belle Chevre's first location in Huntsville.

Navistar to move mid-range engine production out of Huntsville, eliminate 280 jobs »

logo(February 20, 2014) Navistar International Corp. announced today it will transfer its mid-range engine production in Huntsville to Melrose Park, Ill., resulting in the loss of 280 local jobs after the consolidation is completed late this summer. Navistar.jpg Navistar, which will continue producing 13-liter engines at the big bore engine plant in Huntsville, was one of several area companies recently touted as top hubs for manufacturing during a special Huntsville City Council meeting discussing the Remington plant development.

Camber in Huntsville announces $20 million contract, acquisition of IT consulting services business »

logo(February 20, 2014) Less than a week after winning a $20 million Naval Surface Warfare Center contract, Camber Corporation in Huntsville announced it will acquire Avaya Government Solutions, an IT consulting services firm. When the deal closes in 90 days, Camber will absorb all of Avaya’s workers, customers and contracts. The acquisition, which will allow Avaya to continue delivering services to federal, state and municipal governments, will extend Camber’s reach across the defense and civil markets.

Toyota plant celebrates V6 engine expansion, production of 3 millionth engine in Huntsville »

logo(February 18, 2014) Nearly three years ago, a Toyota executive from Japan challenged Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama President Jim Bolte and his team to transform the Huntsville facility into the engine capital of the world. Speaking to a large crowd this morning in Huntsville, Bolte said the 1.2 million-square-foot plant in North Huntsville Industrial Park is closer than ever to achieving that goal.

Remington plant, 2,000 jobs in Huntsville will grow advanced manufacturing base in north Alabama »

logo(February 17, 2014) Community leaders began packing the auditorium of the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County this afternoon to hear the news that Remington Outdoor Co. will expand with a new manufacturing facility in the Rocket City. The plant, which will create 2,000 jobs over the next decade and reflect a statewide investment of $110 million, will be located in the old Chrysler building near Huntsville International Airport. Operations are expected to begin in the next 18 months after the facility is upgraded.

Gun maker Remington Outdoor Co. to open manufacturing plant, employ about 2,000 in Huntsville »

logo(February 15, 2014) Remington Outdoor Co. plans to open a plant to make and develop weapons in Huntsville that could employ about 2,000 workers, sources have confirmed to AL.com. The deal is set to be announced Monday at a special meeting of the Huntsville City Council, though sources said there may be a news conference prior to the meeting.

Whole Foods Market to anchor new $50M redevelopment project in Huntsville; grocer also opening Mobile store »

logo(February 13, 2014) Whole Foods Market will make its debut in Huntsville as early as late next year when it becomes the anchor tenant in a brand-new 100,000-square-foot shopping center on the northeast corner of Bob Wallace Avenue and Memorial Parkway. The organic and natural foods chain announced Wednesday night it will open a 42,000-square-foot supermarket at the new Shops at Merchants Walk development in Huntsville. Whole Foods, which has a store in Birmingham, is also on target to open a location in Mobile next year.

Whole Foods Market coming to Huntsville in 2016; Mobile location on target for next year »

logo(February 12, 2014) A long-awaited natural and organic foods store based in Texas is coming to the northeast corner of Bob Wallace Avenue and Memorial Parkway in Huntsville in 2016. Whole Foods Market, which operates a supermarket in Birmingham, will occupy approximately 42,000 square feet in the Shops at Merchants Walk in Huntsville. Another store in Mobile is slated to open sometime next year.

January 2014

Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville will build Space Launch System adapter »

logo(January 31, 2014) NASA has chosen Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville to build a key adapter that will join parts of the Space Launch System. The contract is worth $60 million. The Space Launch System is NASA's new heavy-lift, deep space rocket. It is scheduled to fly for the first time in 2017 on an uncrewed test flight and then in 2021 with a crew. Both flights will send an Orion capsule round the moon.

GE Intelligent Platforms expands operations, announces 50 new jobs in Huntsville »

logo(January 24, 2014) General Electric Intelligent Platforms today formally opened a new building that will create 50 jobs in the Rocket City and serve the company's growing systems business. The new Center of Excellence adds much-needed space at GE's Huntsville campus on South Parkway. Officials said the $2.7 million expansion consolidates operations into a single facility with designers and developers of GE's high performance, rugged integrated systems in the same building where those systems are built.

Leaders to gather in Huntsville for ribbon cutting of $2.7M GE Intelligent Platforms expansion »

logo(January 23, 2014) General Electric Intelligent Platforms in Huntsville plans to reveal Thursday afternoon a $2.7 million expansion project, which will create 50 new jobs in the Rocket City. -e1f90a417ffaedff.jpg Gov. Robert Bentley and other officials will be in Huntsville to take part in a 3 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony at GE Intelligent Platform's campus on 12090 S. Memorial Parkway.

Gaming information company in Huntsville expects growth in 2014, plans to hire 20 workers »

logo(January 21, 2014) The gaming information company that moved from San Francisco to Huntsville in 2013 is anticipating significant growth at its downtown headquarters this year. Donovan Duncan, vice president of marketing for Curse, said the company that employs 55 at the BB&T building in Huntsville grew about 60 percent last year and plans to hire 20 new employees in the next few months.

November 2013

Deloitte opens consulting firm in Huntsville to help companies, military/defense do better business »

logo(November 22, 2013) Retired U.S. Army Lt. General Pete Cuviello doesn't believe the adage, "This too shall pass," will hold up in Huntsville and north Alabama during a time of sequestration, continuing resolution and budget uncertainty. Cuviello, director of Deloitte Consulting LLP and Huntsville market leader, said clients in the defense industry cannot continue to "salami slice" and do business the way they have been in an ever-changing economic climate.

Cummings Aerospace takes 'huge step,' buys 10 acres for new Huntsville headquarters »

logo(November 22, 2013) Cummings Aerospace is about to take a huge leap toward a larger role in Huntsville's defense community. After spending the past four years in leased space behind Madison Square Mall, the company has signed a contract to buy 10 acres in Cummings Research Park for a new corporate headquarters. The Huntsville City Council approved the $650,000 deal at its meeting Thursday night.

CFD Research Corp. launches new company headquarters within Cummings Research Park »

logo(November 18, 2013) CFD Research Corp. will come together with local officials Tuesday afternoon to commemorate the company's new headquarters along McMillian Park at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville. CFDRC, which recently closed a deal with United Kingdom-based Rolls Royce Ltd. to sell its patented "lean burn" aircraft engine technology to reduce engine emissions, is the first company to occupy the new 88,000-square-foot HudsonAlpha facility that broke ground in June 2011.

October 2013

Wyle opens new 3-story, 120,000-square-foot facility in Cummings Research Park »

logo(October 15, 2013) Eager to witness a moment in history at Cummings Research Park, a large crowd began packing Wyle's CAS Group's newly-built, 120,000-square-foot facility Tuesday morning. Despite an ongoing government shutdown that initially left an estimated 12,000 or more defense workers at Redstone Arsenal off the job in Huntsville, bystanders and elected officials were buzzing with excitement in the $18.75 million, three-story Wyle headquarters on 345 Bob Heath Drive.

Davidson Technologies in Huntsville breaks ground on $3.5 million addition at Cummings Research Park »

logo(October 3, 2013) Huntsville-based Davidson Technologies broke ground Thursday on a new $3.5 million, 22,000-square-foot building at the company's corporate headquarters in Cummings Research Park. Designed by Fuqua and Partners, the facility will be capable of serving between 94 and 100 new employees and is scheduled to be completed in April. Turner Construction of Decatur is the general contractor for the building, which will be an addition to the 27,000-square-foot structure already operating at the park.

CFD Research Corporation is 1st tenant to move into HudsonAlpha's new building along McMillian Park »

logo(October 3, 2013) Winding through the hallways of the new 28,000-square-foot CFD Research office at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology on Thursday, Director of Biomedical & Energy Technologies Sameer Singhal showed off the space he will soon share full-time with 79 other colleagues.

AEgis Technologies in Huntsville wins $9 million contract to build training simulators for Marines »

logo(October 2, 2013)AEgis Technologies Group announced Wednesday it has been awarded a $9 million contract to modify and deliver two 360-degree Improved Moving Target Simulator (IMTS) devices to offer Stinger training to the U.S. Marine Corps. IMTS 360-degree Domed Display. (Contributed by AEgis) AEgis, which is headquartered in Huntsville, revealed last week that it was the winner of the Full and Open competition by the Marine Corps System Command (MARSYSCOM) Program Manager for Training Systems (PM TRASYS), which is based in Orlando

August 2013

Development agreement calls for GBT Realty to open 100,000 square feet of new shopping, dining next to John Hunt Park by fall 2015 »

logo(August 22, 2013) The company buying a 25-acre retail tract on the edge of John Hunt Park will be required to open at least 100,000 square feet of new shopping and dining by fall 2015. Under a proposed development contract between the City of Huntsville and GBT Realty of Brentwood, Tenn., the city promises to remove Fire Station No. 6 and other structures on the land within 90 days.

Raytheon's Redstone Arsenal facility will play key role in company's development of 29 new SM-3s »

logo(August 8, 2013) A Missile Defense Agency contract for 29 Standard Missile-3 Block IB missiles will keep Raytheon's state-of-the-art integration plant at Redstone Arsenal busy in the coming years. MDA announced the $218 million contract to cover assembly and delivery of the SM-3s through 2015. Designed to be launched off Navy ships, the SM-3 is designed to destroy incoming short, medium and intermediate-range ballistic missile threats by colliding with them in space.


DynCorp International welcomes home 6 helicopters after successful deployment in Afghanistan
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logo(August 6, 2013) Six UH-1H helicopters arrived for maintenance Tuesday morning at the Huntsville International Airport's International Intermodal Center after a successful three-year deployment in Afghanistan. DynCorp International, which recently formed a strategic alliance with Sierra Nevada Corporation and established a joint fixed-wing Aviation Center of Excellence in Huntsville, welcomed home the helicopters, which returned on an AN-124 jet aircraft. The helicopters were used to support personnel and transport equipment in southern Afghanistan.

July 2013

CRISP Communications, LLC Opens With Offices in Nashville, Huntsville, and Washington DC »


(Brentwood, TN, July 29) John Crisp, veteran Nashville-based communications and public affairs specialist, has formally launched CRISP Communications, LLC, and leads the new firm as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Crisp previously led the Nashville office for and was President and CEO of AkinsCrisp Public Strategies, based in Oak Ridge, TN, which will continue to operate as Akins Public Strategies, under the direction of its founder Darrell Akins.

Huntsville's Village of Providence ready to cross Indian Creek, add 456 new homes »

logo(July 22, 2013)The Village of Providence in west Huntsville is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by embarking on a major expansion. Todd Slyman, who is developing Providence with his brother, David, said construction should start this fall on the first of 456 homes planned for the west side of Indian Creek. The city subdivision committee last week gave preliminary approval to the first phase of 53 lots.

Huntsville-based Radiance Technologies unveils Rapid Production Facility to perform contracted NASA work »

logo(July 19, 2013) Radiance Technologies debuted Friday morning its new Rapid Production Facility, designed to help the company perform contracted engineering solutions and prototyping work with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. In late June, Radiance announced it was awarded two significant contracts with the Marshall Space Flight Center and the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, both at Redstone Arsenal.

Alabama named among top 10 'pro-business' states »

logo(July 16, 2013) Alabama has been ranked among the top 10 "pro-business" states in the U.S. in an annual list compiled by a Chicago area-based real estate firm. The state ranked No. 10 on the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2013, which was co-published with the American Economic Development Institute. Utah was No. 1, followed by Nebraska, North Dakota, Virginia and Wyoming in the top five.

Huntsville International Airport reopens west runway after completing $27.8 million improvement project (updated)

logo(July 9, 2013) Huntsville International Airport announced today during its monthly board meeting it has reopened its west runway and adjacent taxiways after an extensive 18-month renovation to accommodate Panalpina’s 747-8 freighters. The $27.8 million airport improvement project meets Federal Aviation Administration requirements to operate Group VI aircraft. The FAA funded the majority of the project, while the Huntsville airport matched 10 percent of the improvements using taxed passenger fees.

June 2013

Sigmatech Appoints Corporate Development Leader Huntsville »

(Huntsville, AL, June 27, 2013) Doug Bryant has been named senior vice president of corporate development at Sigmatech, Inc. where he will be responsible for short and long-term strategic business initiatives that promotes corporate growth in aerospace and defense markets. Bryant will report to CEO MG Joseph Bergantz, (USA, ret.).

Hartselle, Ala., Native Joan A. 'Jody' Singer Named Manager of Flight Programs and Partnerships Office at NASA's Marshall Center »

(Huntsville, AL, June 26, 2013) Joan A. "Jody" Singer, a native of Hartselle, Ala., has been named manager of the Flight Programs and Partnerships Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. In her new position, Singer is responsible for overall management and direction of the office, including an annual budget of $108 million and a combined workforce of more than 500 civil servants and contractors. She oversees the work of the Marshall Center in the areas of human exploration projects and tasks; flight mission programs and projects; and International Space Station hardware integration and operations.

Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network Now Substantially Complete in Alabama »

Company Celebrates Network Buildout with Presentation of Four Major Grants

 

(Montgomery, AL, June 25, 2013) Verizon Wireless announced today that the company’s 4G LTE network is now substantially complete in Alabama just two years after first launching in Montgomery and Mobile. Verizon’s 4G LTE network now represents the vast majority of the company’s 3G footprint that provides coverage across tens of thousands of square miles in Alabama, from Muscle Shoals to Mobile. Nationally, Verizon’s 4G LTE network is currently available in 497 markets covering 287 million people.

Baron Services Wins International Radar Contract »

(Huntsville, AL, June 25, 2013) Baron Services, Inc., was recently awarded the contract to deliver and install a precipitation radar system for the U.S. Department of Energy in the Azores, Portugal. Baron responded to a request for proposal issued by Battelle for an X-Band Scanning ARM Precipitation Radar System.

Arkansas Native Dr. Ruth Jones Awarded Federal Employees' 'Wings of Excellence' for Contributions to NASA »

(Huntsville, AL, June 24, 2013) Dr. Ruth Jones, a native of West Helena, Ark., and an alumna of the University of Arkansas in Pine Bluff, recently won a prestigious award for federal employees for work performed at two different NASA centers.

Toyota plans new $150 million investment at Huntsville engine plant »

logo(June 20, 2013) Toyota said today that it will invest an additional $200 million in its North American operations, including $150 million at its Huntsville engine plant, to boost machining capacity and parts production for V-6 engines. Once the project is complete in July 2015, total investment at the Huntsville plant will be $850 million. Total employment there will be 1,150 jobs, following the completion of a previously announced, $80 million V-6 engine assembly expansion that will add 125 jobs by early next year.

Accelerating Space Station Science: NASA Marshall's Upgraded Payload Operations Integration Center Enhances Station Work »

(Huntsville, AL, June 19, 2013) NASA unveiled today an upgraded Payload Operations Integration Center at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The operation center's new capabilities enhance collaboration and enable the ground team to efficiently help the International Space Station crew and researchers around the world perform cutting-edge science in the unique space environment.

KAYA Associates, Inc. Celebrates 10 Years in Business »

(Huntsville, AL, June 12, 2013) KAYA Associates, Inc., a rapidly growing DoD and NASA contractor headquartered in Research Park, Huntsville, AL, marks its 10-year anniversary on Friday, June 14th at a special event for local employees.

Stratolaunch Taps Orbital Sciences As Rocket System Provider »

Leading space technology company will design, build and operate redesigned air-launch rocket system

 

(Huntsville, AL, June 3, 2013) Stratolaunch Systems today announced that space technology leader Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) will join its team to develop, build and operate the redesigned Stratolaunch air-launch rocket system. Orbital’s involvement is key in realizing Stratolaunch System’s vision to provide orbital access with greater safety, cost-effectiveness and flexibility

May 2013

Marshall Space Flight Center: Another American High Frontier First: 3-D Manufacturing in Space »

(Washington, May 31, 2013) In preparation for a future where parts and tools can be printed on demand in space, NASA and Made in Space Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., have joined to launch equipment for the first 3-D microgravity printing experiment to the International Space Station.

Belk Hudson Lofts owner Charlie Sealy proposes $30M retail-apartment-office development in downtown Huntsville »

logo(May 30, 2013) Barely six months after opening the Belk Hudson Lofts apartment building on Washington Street, Charlie Sealy III is working on something even bigger downtown. Sealy confirmed Thursday that he is in active negotiations with Huntsville officials to build a more than $30 million mixed-use development on the site of a city parking lot at Jefferson Street and Holmes Avenue, across from the federal courthouse.

Design For SLS Adapters All in the Drawings of NASA Marshall's Jonathon Walden »

(Huntsville, AL, May 30, 2013) When a scholarship to the University of Alabama in Huntsville opened the door to an engineering degree for Jonathon Walden, it opened another door for him as well -- a job at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., designing a crucial piece of flight hardware for the Space Launch System (SLS), NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket.

Summit 7 Systems Joins HiSoftware Channel Partner Program »

(Huntsville, AL, May 29, 2013) Summit 7 Systems today announced that they are the latest company to join the HiSoftware Business Partner Program to resell the company’s compliance and security solutions for Microsoft SharePoint®.

Thirty Ambassadors Attend Presentation by Correlated Magnetics Research »

(May 25, 2013) Thirty ambassadors from around the world gathered together to experience first-hand the new advanced magnetics technologies developed by Correlated Magnetics Research (CMR). The Experience America program brought ambassadors from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East to the Texas city for a three-day visit (May 13-15) to experience its culture, learn of the latest trends in American technological innovation and foster international business collaboration

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center Names Irma Burden Director of Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity »

(Huntsville, AL, May 21, 2013) NASA'S Marshall Space Flight Center has named Irma C. Burden director of the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity. In the position, which she assumed April 1, she is responsible for managing, planning, directing and implementing a comprehensive equal opportunity program for the Marshall Center.

Dynetics to Showcase Groundaware Radar at American Association Of Airport Executives Conference »

Surveillance Radar Enhances Perimeter and Ground Situational Awareness

(Huntsville, AL, May 20, 2013) Every day, people, vehicles and wildlife breach airport perimeters and find their way onto airport grounds where they either go undetected altogether or elude discovery for dangerously too long.

NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot to Visit Marshall Space Flight Center, Meet with Media »

(Huntsville, AL, May 20, 2013) NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot will visit the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., on Wednesday, May 22, to discuss the future of human space exploration and the critical role of the Space Launch System and the Marshall Center in those efforts.

Research center partnership trail leads to Puerto Rico »

(Redstone Arsenal, AL, May 16, 2013) Doug Felker knows excellence when he sees it, and he sees it in the engineering students at the University of Puerto Rico.

"We go to UPR because they have a lot of good students," said Felker, aviation branch chief in the Reliability, Affordability and Maintainability Engineering and System Assessment Division of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center's Engineering Directorate. "They just have a good engineering school. We know the professors. We respect their work and we respect their training. We get good people and they get a good reputation, and it just snowballs like that."

More than 650 new apartments planned for Jones Valley, Bridge Street Town Centre areas »

logo(May 15, 2013) A recent explosion of apartment construction across Huntsville is showing no signs of slowing. On Wednesday morning, the city Subdivision Committee approved plans for 652 new apartments in Jones Valley and near Bridge Street Town Center. That's in addition to more than 2,100 rental units already under construction or on the drawing board in west Huntsville. The latest entrys to the local apartment scene are Legacy at Jones Farm and The Bridges in Research Park.

Dynetics Technical Services Receives 2012 Marshall Space Flight Center Contractor Excellence Award »

(Huntsville, AL, May 15, 2013) Dynetics Technical Services (DTS) received the 2012 Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) Contractor Excellence Award (CES) in the Small Business Category at the annual MSFC Center Director’s Breakfast this morning. The event was held at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

Servisfirst Bank Named Top Lender of the Year at Alabama SBA Lenders Conference »

(Birmingham, AL, May 14, 2013) Alabama Conference Recognizes Top Small Business Lenders Birmingham, AL – ServisFirst Bank was named the Top Lender of the Year for 2012 for the SBA 504 loan program at the Alabama SBA Lenders Conference on May 7, 2013. ServisFirst Bank received two awards, Most Loans Approved and Highest Dollar Volume of Approved Loans.

Summit 7 Systems and Smartlogic Demonstrate Extended SharePoint Search Capabilities »

(Huntsville, AL, May 13, 2013) Summit 7 Systems announced a partnership with Smartlogic and joint sponsorship in KMWorld’s Enterprise Search Summit Spring 2013 Conference, May 21-23 in New York, NY. The partnership at Enterprise Search Summit is a natural fit as both companies were recently included on the KMWorld list of “100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management” for 2013. Additionally, Smartlogic just released Semaphore for SharePoint 2013.

AT&T launches 4G LTE coverage in Huntsville area, announces creation of 350 new jobs »

logo(May 13, 2013) AT&T customers living in Huntsville, Madison, Moontown, Gurley, Capshaw and other rural Madison County areas now have access for the first time to 4G Long Term Evolution, or LTE, mobile Internet coverage and enhanced broadband networks. The announcement came Monday afternoon at AT&T on 4929 University Drive in Huntsville as local government and municipal officials discussed how AT&T's nearly $1.4 billion investment in wireless and wireline networks in Alabama will impact the Huntsville and Madison County areas.

At&T Investment Tour Stops in Huntsville/Madison/Madison County to Announce Jobs and Broadband Investments for Alabama »

(Huntsville, AL, May 13, 2013) AT&T* invested nearly $1.4 billion in its Alabama wireless and wireline networks from 2010 through 2012, with a focus on expanding 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) mobile Internet coverage and enhancing the overall performance of its networks.

President Obama Tours Correlated Magnetics Research »

(Austin, TX, May 9, 2013) President Obama visited the Austin, Texas, branch of Correlated Magnetics Research to see the award-winning technology in person. An introduction to correlated magnetics technology was given to the president, and he was presented a Hoverfield® demonstrator device and a commemorative magnet coin.

Enterprise Integration, Inc. Expands Executive Team in Huntsville »

EII relocates corporate headquarters to Huntsville, Alabama

(Huntsville, AL, May 6, 2013) Enterprise Integration, Inc. (EII), a consulting company that designs and implements solutions enabled by technology, announces the addition of Randy Kline to the company’s executive team as Vice President as well as the movement of its corporate headquarters to Huntsville, Alabama. As part of this transition and realignment, Beth Medley and Wes Lyons were also named as Vice Presidents. These Vice Presidents join company Co-Founder and President, Dr. Thomas Gulledge in the leadership of the company.

Wyle CAS Chosen for Association of the United States Army Honor »

El Paso Office Honored with Company of the Year Award

(Huntsville, AL, May 2, 2013) Wyle’s operation in El Paso, Texas. was recognized as the recipient of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Company of the Year award by the Omar N. Bradley AUSA chapter.

Wyle CAS Selected as Guard and Reserve Awards Winner »

Prueitt Honored with both the Seven Seals and Above and Beyond Awards

(Huntsville, AL, May 2, 2013) Wyle’s operations in Huntsville, Ala. were recognized as the recipient of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s (ESGR) Seven Seals and Above and Beyond awards

April 2013

Quantum Awarded SMDC/ARSTRAT Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance Contract »

(Huntsville, AL, April, 2013) The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) / Army Strategic Forces Command (ARSTRAT) has awarded Quantum Research International, Inc. a prime position on the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (ID/IQ), multiple-award contract for the Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance Contract (SETAC) . The five-year ID/IQ has a total vehicle ceiling of $997 million. Under the vehicle, Quantum will deliver systems engineering, analysis, and technical assistance support services across nine functional areas, which support the SMDC/ARSTRAT mission areas of air; space; missile defense; cyberspace; homeland security/homeland defense; and Warfighter support.

International Chemical Products, Inc., Huntsville, AL is Named a 2013 Bronze Edison Award Winner »

(Chicago, IL, April 26, 2013) The Edison Awards, celebrating 26 years of honoring the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services, announced today that Picklex® and Picklex® 20 was voted a bronze winner for innovation at the April 25 th event at Navy Pier in Chicago. Ranjit Sen joined hundreds of senior executives from some of the world’s most recognized companies to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all of the 2013 Edison Award winners.

Best Army Logistician Ever” Dunwoody Joins LMI’s Board of Directors »

(McLean, VA, April 24, 2013) Retired United States Army Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, the former commander of Army Materiel Command and Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4 (Logistics), has been appointed to LMI’s Board of Directors. It is her first board appointment since leaving a historic and distinguished 37-year Army career, which culminated in her becoming the first woman in U.S. military and uniformed service history to achieve a four-star officer rank.

Two Products by Advanced Optical Systems, Inc., the Hermes System and AIRprint, are Finalists for the Edison Awards »

(Huntsville, AL, April 15, 2013) Advanced Optical Systems, Inc. (AOS), has been named a 2013 Edison Awards™ finalist for both its AIRprint biometric identification system, and its Hermes system for drone cargo operations. AIRprint was recognized for its ability to improve the safety of US personnel by taking fingerprints of unknown persons from several feet away. Hermes was recognized for its contributions to troop safety by helping to take cargo off the road in theaters like Afghanistan.

DHS Systems, a military shelter manufacturer, will expand Huntsville operations to add 110 jobs »

logo(April 13, 2013) A company that manufactures military shelters will shift some of its operations to an expanded facility at its existing Limestone County site sometime this year, bringing 110 jobs to the area. DHS Systems LLC, which has been operating in Huntsville since 2007 and facilities in New York and Florida, will move some of its operations to a new 130,000-square-foot facility in Huntsville-annexed Southpoint Industrial Park, according to a press release from Jerry McAbee, general manager of the local facility.

DHS Technologies Announces Relocation of its Shelter Manufacturing, Business Development and Certain Management Functions to Huntsville, Alabama »

(Orangeburg, NY, April 10, 2013) DHS Systems LLC will relocate its shelter manufacturing functions and certain company management positions from Orangeburg, New York and all of its business development positions from Crestview, Florida to Huntsville, Alabama later this year. The relocation will bring approximately 110 senior and mid-level management, supervisory, and hourly employee positions to North Alabama, drawing most of the new employees from the Huntsville, Decatur, and Athens areas.

Raytheon reorganizes business divisions, lays off 200 workers

logo(April 1, 2013) Raytheon Co. will lay off 200 employees as part of an effort to combine business divisions and streamline operations, company officials said in a statement. Raytheon, based in Waltham, Mass., said the company is reorganizing into four businesses: Intelligence, Information and Services, comprised of the Intelligence and Information Systems and Technical Services divisions; Integrated Defense Systems; Missile Systems; and Space and Airborne Systems. The Network Centric Systems and Technical Services businesses will be integrated into the new structure.

March 2013

Sirote & Permutt Launches New Privacy & Data Security Group »

(Birmingham, AL, March 29, 2013) Sirote & Permutt announced the formation of a new practice group dedicated to serving clients on privacy and data security matters. Named co-chairs of the new Privacy & Data Security Group are Joe Ritch of Sirote’s Huntsville office and Todd Carlisle, who is based in the firm’s Birmingham headquarters.

PPT Solutions Wins DHS EAGLE II Contract Award »

(Huntsville, AL, March 26, 2013) PPT Solutions, Inc. (PPT) announced today that the company was one of 7 firms who received an award under the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions II (EAGLE II) Functional Category 3 - Small Business Track.

Wyle Selected as Large Employer of the Year by a Huntsville Area Organization »

(El Segundo, CA, March 18, 2013) Wyle’s operations in Huntsville, Ala. have been recognized as the Large Employer of the Year by the Huntsville Area Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. The award recognizes an employer with more than 50 employees that has shown outstanding outreach, initiative and performance in employment of people with disabilities. Last year, Wyle developed partnerships and outreach to entities serving people with disabilities in the Huntsville region.

Teledyne Brown Funds Small Business Contracting Training Program »

(Huntsville, AL, March 2013) The Women's Business Center of North Alabama (WBCNA) announced today that support from Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. facilitated the launch of a Credentials Program which helps small businesses secure work with the government.

February 2013

Summit 7 Systems featured on the 2013 KMWorld list of “100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management” »

(Huntsville, AL, Feb. 25, 2013) KMWorld announced today that Summit 7 Systems was selected as one of the "100 Companies That Matter in Knowledge Management” for 2013.

Dynetics Corporate Security ManagerElected Chairman of Society of Industrial Security Professionals »

(Huntsville, AL, Feb. 14, 2013) Paul J. Malone, Dynetics Corporate Security Manager, has been elected as the 2013-2014 chairman of the Mid-South Chapter of NCMS, The Society of Industrial Security Professionals. The Mid-South Chapter is the third largest chapter in the Society.

Summit 7 Systems Extends Compliance Practice with AvePoint Compliance Guardian »

(Huntsville, AL, Feb. 14, 2013) Summit 7 Systems releases the SharePoint Compliance QuickStart solution, which utilizes AvePoint Compliance Guardian, enabling organizations to implement a robust risk management framework that supports accessibility,

Emerson and IBM Combine Software Capabilities to Optimize Data Center Efficiency and Service Management »

(Columbus, OH, February 7, 2013) Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity, and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today announced that it will combine the capabilities of its Trellis™ platform with IBM IT service management (ITSM) software to significantly optimize the management of data center resources. This integrated data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution will deliver increased energy and operational efficiency and improved IT service delivery.

January 2013

IERUS Technologies Releases V‐Lox Computational Electromagnetics Package »

(Huntsville, AL, Jan. 31, 2013) IERUS Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce the initial release of its flagship computational electromagnetics (CEM) package V-Lox. The namesake comes from the Latin velox, meaning “speed.”

MTS Receives Boeing Performance Excellence Award » 

(Huntsville, AL, Jan. 30, 2013) Huntsville-based MTS has received a 2012 Silver Level Boeing Performance Excellence Award (BPEA). Boeing issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. MTS maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, ending Sept. 30, 2012.