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October 2015

Work underway on upscale lofts, commercial space at The Avenue in downtown Huntsville

logo(Oct. 30) Charlie and Sasha Sealy's future mixed-use development, The Avenue, is already changing the face of downtown Huntsville. Sealy Property Development is building a $34 million five-story building featuring 197 upscale lofts and 21,000 square feet of street-level retail and restaurant space in a former parking lot at the corner of Jefferson Street and Holmes Avenue across from the federal courthouse.sville. The engine, which was produced on Toyota's four-cylinder line, is one of three types of engines made in Huntsville to pow

GE Aviation to invest $200 million, employ 300 with 2 new Alabama factories

logo(Oct. 27) The state of Alabama is celebrating another economic win in Huntsville this week after GE Aviation said it will launch two materials factories to service jet engines and land-based gas turbines. GE Aviation, a provider of jet engines, components and integrated systems for commercial and military aircraft, will invest more than $200 million on adjacent facilities at the southeast corner of the intersection of Greenbrier Road and Interstate 565 near FedEx in Huntsville-annexed Limestone County. The operation, which will employ up to 300 workers, will mass produce silicon carbide (SiC) materials for ceramic matrix composite (CMC) components.

Crestwood Medical Center to undergo $8.9 million expansion in Huntsville

logo(Oct. 27) Crestwood Medical Center will get bigger next year with the addition of 30 general acute care beds at its hospital facility in Huntsville. The community healthcare provider said the Alabama Certificate of Need Review Board approved the $8.9 million, 21,300-square-foot project last week. Lori Light, spokeswoman for Crestwood, said build-out should start early next year, with completion slated for third quarter 2016.

4 Alabama companies to work with Lockheed Martin on $784 million contract

logo(Oct. 26) Four Huntsville firms will work with Lockheed Martin on a new nine-year, $784 million contract awarded by the Missile Defense Agency. Lockheed Martin said it will lead a team responsible for developing, building and testing Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) to support layered ballistic missile defense strategy to protect the U.S. from ballistic missile attacks.

Whole Foods Market announces opening date for first Huntsville store

logo(Oct. 26) Whole Foods will open its long-awaited natural and organic grocery store next month at The Shops at Merchants Walk in Huntsville. The Texas retail chain announced on Facebook it will launch a 42,000-square-foot facility on the northeast corner of Bob Wallace Avenue and South Memorial Parkway on Nov. 14. A pre-opening ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. with store leaders, special guests, free coffee and grand opening deals.

Alabama company once again named top Great Place to Work in the nation

logo(Oct. 23) Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation in Huntsville is once again the top Great Place to Work in a report presented by FORTUNE Magazine. The 12th-annual Great Place to Work national ranking divides companies into two categories: small (25-250 employees) and medium (251-999). INTUITIVE ranked No. 1 for the second consecutive year for medium-sized businesses.

New details, renderings released of CityCentre at Big Spring in downtown Huntsville

logo(Oct. 15) New details and renderings are available of CityCentre at Big Spring, a $100 million mixed-use project that will begin rising late this year in Huntsville. RCP Companies, a Huntsville-based boutique real estate firm, is developing CityCentre at the former Holiday Inn site across from Big Spring International Park. The 270-room, nearly 40-year-old hotel was demolished early this year to make way for the complex, which will be built in phases.

HudsonAlpha's new genetic medical clinic wins major grant

logo(Oct. 14) Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has received a $100,000 grant to help establish its new genomic medical clinic. The grant from the Jane K Lowe Charitable Foundation was announced Wednesday. The institute has recruited five new faculty members who specialize in reading a patient's genetic profile to diagnose and treat rare diseases. In November, the institute will open the world's first clinic devoted to that approach.

Hibbett Sports to open third Huntsville store

logo(Oct. 7) Hibbett Sports will launch its third Huntsville sporting goods store next month before the busy holiday shopping season begins. The Birmingham-based athletic retailer announced plans Wednesday for a 2,400-square-foot store in the Huntsville Commons shopping center on 2250 Sparkman Drive N.W. It will join two other Hibbett locations currently open at Madison Square and Parkway Place malls.

September 2015

Cabela's opens to more than 3,000 eager shoppers at first Alabama outdoor superstore

logo(Sept. 30) Phyllis Clay never attended a grand opening before Cabela's Wednesday morning ribbon cutting ceremony in Huntsville. The Madison resident and outdoor lover, who retired from the military in 2000, decided to go all out for the event by getting in line 17 hours early so she could be one of Cabela's first customers in Alabama. Decked out in purple with a Cabela's lanyard around her neck, Clay arrived at the massive sporting goods emporium with a chair, blanket and plenty of reading material to get her through the night. She managed to catch a few naps in the parking lot, with new and old friends by her side.

Hampton Inn and Suites, Taco Mama coming to Village of Providence in 2016

logo(Sept. 23) A joint venture between hotel groups in Alabama and Tennessee will bring a Hampton Inn and Suites next year to the Village of Providence in Huntsville. Omega Hotel Group, of Madison, is working with Knoxville-based Kana Hotel Group and Providence developers David and Todd Slyman to build a $10.5 million, 92-room Hampton Inn directly north of SpringHill Suites at the corner of Providence Main Street and Town Centre Drive.

Toyota Alabama celebrates production of 4 millionth engine in Huntsville

logo(Sept. 15) Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama celebrated a major milestone Monday after its 4 millionth engine rolled off the assembly line in Huntsville. The engine, which was produced on Toyota's four-cylinder line, is one of three types of engines made in Huntsville to power seven Toyota vehicles built in North America: Camry, RAV4, Highlander, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra and Venza.

Intergraph boosts portfolio with acquisition of Inc. 5000 Colorado company

logo(Sept. 14) Intergraph's Process, Power & Marine division has acquired an enterprise project controls software company recently ranked No. 1794 on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list. The company said it has entered into an agreement to purchase EcoSys Management, which has increased its revenue by 222 percent over the past three years and has about 100 employees across the U.S.

Curse still committed to Huntsville despite job layoffs, transfers to California

logo(Sept. 11) Curse is shrinking its Alabama workforce this year but plans to ramp up hiring in 2016 after its new West Coast office launches in the coming months. Donovan Duncan, former vice president of marketing for the Huntsville-based gaming information company, said they laid off 10 employees this week and will transfer 15 to Irvine, Calif., by the end of the year.

The Unlikely Cities That Will Power the U.S. Economy

logo(Sept. 3) A decade ago, Richard Myers was the director of the Department of Genetics at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he enjoyed the fruits of a rich endowment and his pick of faculty members and graduate students. So he left behind some befuddled scientists when, in 2008, he left Palo Alto, Calif., for Huntsville, Ala., to launch an independent research lab, the HudsonAlpha Institute.

August 2015

51 Alabama businesses among America's 2015 fastest-growing private companies

logo(Aug. 13) Dozens of Alabama companies are in the spotlight this week after being featured in Inc. Magazine's 34th-annual Inc. 5000 ranking. inc1.jpg Huntsville led the state with 18 Inc. 5000 companies, followed closely behind by Birmingham, which has 15. The list is ranked according to percentage revenue growth comparing 2011 to 2014.

Cabela's announces opening date for first Alabama store

logo(Aug. 12) A large crowd is expected in late September as Cabela's celebrates the grand opening of its first Alabama outdoor superstore in Huntsville. The Nebraska retailer announced today there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony with Cabela's leaders and other guests at 9:45 a.m. Sept. 30. The event will conclude with an arrow shot from a bow by a local Cabela's employee.

Lockheed Martin to add 100 new jobs in Huntsville by 2016

logo(Aug. 11) Lockheed Martin is bringing 100 high-paying jobs to Huntsville as it works to consolidate its Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) program by mid-2016. The global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company said it will consolidate the C2BMC program, which has a presence in Huntsville, Colorado Springs, Colo., and the Baltimore/Washington metro.

Whole Foods hiring for new grocery store opening soon in Huntsville

logo(Aug. 11) Whole Foods is seeking employees for its new natural and organic foods store set to open this fall in Huntsville. The Texas-based chain is building a 42,000-square-foot store at The Shops at Merchants Walk, a large-scale project under development on the northeast corner of Bob Wallace Avenue and South Memorial Parkway. The grocer specializes in natural foods free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats.

MEDS starts construction on new commercial building in Huntsville

logo(Aug. 6) Management Enterprise Development and Services (MEDS) has come a long way since its founders Carol Jones and Stanley McCall launched the firm in a trunk of a car three decades ago. The woman-owned small business broke ground today on a 10,000-square-foot commercial building that will complete a 45-acre portion MEDS originally owned and developed on Millennium Drive between Adventist Boulevard and Rideout Drive in Huntsville. The $900,000 Millennium Center will allow MEDS to move its growing construction division and attract outside tenants to the property.

Heavy rain doesn't stop Village at Oakland Springs groundbreaking in Madison

logo(Aug. 6) Heavy rain and clouds didn't stop a groundbreaking ceremony this morning for the first traditional neighborhood development rising soon in west Madison. Seeking shelter under umbrellas and a single canvas tarp, city and Limestone County leaders gathered at the intersection of Huntsville Browns Ferry Road and Holladay Boulevard to celebrate the start of construction for the Village at Oakland Springs. The $250 million project, developed by Placemaker's Oakland Springs and led by the Village of Providence's David and Todd Slyman, will cover more than 150 acres and feature over 400 single-family homes, town houses, condos, apartments and a village retail center.

Dick's Sporting Goods, Mountain High Outfitters plan expansions at Bridge Street Town Centre

logo(Aug. 4) Work is underway at Bridge Street Town Centre as two retailers plan expansions at the shopping center in the coming months. Van Geroux, spokesman for Bridge Street, said Dick's Sporting Goods is under construction in the former Sports Authority space on Governors West next to Bed Bath & Beyond. Sports Authority closed Feb. 21 after six years at Bridge Street. The existing 42,000-square-foot building will expand by 5,000 square feet to accommodate the company's full line of sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear. Geroux said the Pennsylvania retailer's projected opening is February 2016.

July 2015

At Home superstore on target for September opening at former Kmart in Huntsville

logo(July 16) North Alabama's first At Home superstore is under development and on target for its grand opening celebration this fall. The Texas-based home décor retailer said construction is going as planned at the 104,000-square-foot former Kmart building on 1401 N. Memorial Parkway in Huntsville. The site will launch Sept. 10, with grand opening festivities to be held Sept. 19.

Publicly-traded company acquires US Diagnostics in Huntsville for $60 million cash

logo(July 16) A publicly-traded global diagnostic device and service provider based in Waltham, Mass., has acquired US Diagnostics (USD) of Huntsville for $60 million in cash. Alere, working with Founders Investment Banking of Birmingham, announced this morning it purchased "substantially all" of USD's assets in a transaction that closed July 10. The Huntsville business is a distributor of Alere Toxicology products.

Straight to Ale poised to become Alabama's largest brewery with Campus No. 805 expansion

logo(July 9) Straight to Ale is poised to become the largest brewery in the state of Alabama with its latest expansion at Campus No. 805 in west Huntsville. When complete, the project will span 40,000 square feet, double Straight to Ale's workforce and triple the brewery's production capacity at the former Stone Middle School campus near the intersection of Triana Boulevard, Clinton Avenue and Governors Drive. Dough's Nuts Bakery, Sweet Liberty BYO Homebrew Supplies and Ronnie Raygun's Arcade will operate in the complex with Straight to Ale.

Alabama business named one of nation's best workplaces for millennials

logo(July 1) An Alabama engineering and defense contractor has been named one of the country's best companies for working millennials. Intuitive Research and Technology of Huntsville is No. 13 on Fortune Magazine and Great Place to Work's 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials list. About 31 percent of the firm's workforce includes employees from the millennial generation, or those born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.

June 2015

Huntsville tech company breaks ground on new $1.75 million facility

logo(June 30) A 25-year-old technology company is nearly doubling its footprint with the addition of a $1.75 million new facility on 180 West Park Loop in Huntsville. AZ Technology broke ground last week on a 15,500-square-foot building that will expand the firm's manufacturing capabilities to meet growing domestic and international demand for its portable optical measurement instruments and satellite/spacecraft coatings.

School's out forever: Straight to Ale to break ground next week at Campus No. 805

logo(June 29) School's out forever at the old Stone Middle School in west Huntsville. Straight to Ale will gather with local leaders next week to celebrate the groundbreaking of its new 40,000-square-foot brewery, taproom and mixed-use event space at Campus No. 805 on 2620 Holmes Ave. N.W., near downtown.

Boeing sets its sights on space with massive new research facility

(Business Insider, June 25) The world’s largest aircraft maker has opened a new, state-of-the art research facility in Alabama — and it’s larger than a football field Boeing’s massive, 80,000-square-foot Research and Technology Center in Hunstville, Alabama will focus on development of “future aerospace solutions” — and possibly, space flight.

Boeing celebrates launch of new $6M research and tech center in Huntsville

logo(June 18) Boeing leaders didn't cut the ribbon on their new Huntsville research and technology center Thursday with a giant pair of ceremonial scissors. The company, joined by Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Madison County Commission Chairman Dale Strong, used tablets to mimic a virtual ribbon cutting instead. Jennifer D. Hawton, a communications specialist with the company, said the simulation symbolized the new approach Boeing is taking to developing advanced technology in Alabama and across the U.S.

Alabama Rockets On

(Aviation Week, June 16) Despite the ongoing threat of U.S. government budget cuts, the missile defense business in Alabama keeps churning along with the Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin leading the way. The Missile Defense Agency recently awarded Raytheon a $559 million contract for Standard Missile-3Block IBs guided missiles to be used by the U.S. Navy.

HudsonAlpha has $1.3 billion impact on Alabama since opening

logo(June 16) Huntsville's HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has had an economic impact on Alabama exceeding $1.3 billion since its first full year of operations in 2006, according to a new study by the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The study also says HudsonAlpha and its associate companies have generated 1,177 jobs in Alabama.

Twin entrepreneurs behind RadioBro target mini-satellite, aviation opportunities

(Alabama Department of Commerce, June 16) PARIS — Twin brothers Mark and Eric Becnel built their first mini-satellite while attending the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Now 27, they operate a company that has developed communications radios for small spacecraft and a data logging kit for aircraft testing that will be on exhibit at the Paris Air Show.

Dream Chaser study a 'major step forward' for Sierra Nevada, Huntsville community

logo(June 15) Sierra Nevada Corporation leaders don't expect any direct jobs from a Dream Chaser landing feasibility study announced this morning, but officials feel confident the company's Huntsville operations will grow in time. The Chamber of Commerce, cities of Huntsville and Madison, Madison County Commission and Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority said a series of preliminary studies will kick off soon to assess the feasibility of landing the Dream Chaser spacecraft at Huntsville International Airport.

Diatherix at HudsonAlpha in Huntsville acquired for $50 million

logo(June 11) One of Huntsville's rising companies has been acquired by Eurofins Scientific for $50 million. Eurofins announced early this month it has purchased Diatherix Laboratories at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Cummings Research Park. The Luxembourg company hopes to improve its pharmaceutical, genomic testing and specialty clinical offerings businesses through the acquisition.

Huntsville firm lands piece of $496 million aerospace and defense contract

logo(June 8) Employees at Boecore's regional office in Huntsville will work on a new $496 million Space and Missile Defense Advisory and Assistance Services (SMDA2S) contract, the Colorado-based company announced today. Boecore, which tripled its workforce and doubled its square footage last year in Huntsville, says it is one of four entities included on the five-year SMDA2S contract from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (USASMDC) / Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT).

Raytheon receives $149m US Navy contract for SM-6 programme

(June 4) Raytheon has received a $149m contract from the US Navy for 74 Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) all-up rounds, spares, containers, and services. Designed to offer over-the-horizon air defence capabilities, the surface-to-air supersonic missile SM-6 defends against land-attack and anti-ship cruise missiles. It is also capable of engaging manned and unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft.

Looking for a STEM career? New report says Huntsville is best in the US

logo(June 2) The same organization that ranked Huntsville the top city for engineers and the second best place for technology jobs has offered another accolade to the area's growing STEM community. NerdWallet has named Huntsville the best place for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) grads in the U.S. Nearby Decatur, the only other Alabama city to make the ranking, fell at No. 34 on the list.

Remington gun plant hiring underway as company adds new Huntsville jobs

logo(June 1) Remington Outdoor continues to add positions at its new firearms plant at Jetplex Industrial Park in Huntsville. The North Carolina manufacturer has posted several Huntsville jobs on its website, including senior SAP programmer analyst, executive administrative assistant, director of operations in finance, HR administrator/safety trainer and more. The current openings are listed here.


May 2015

Alabama economic projects yield 18,000 jobs, nearly $3.4 billion in investment in 2014

logo(May 19) Alabama's automotive, aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries got a major boost last year with the announcement of more than 18,000 new jobs and almost $3.4 billion in investment. Released today by Gov. Robert Bentley and the Alabama Department of Commerce, the state's 2014 New & Expanding Industry Report shows there were 392 projects for a total of 18,137 jobs and investment of $3.37 billion.

Cabela's hiring employees for first Alabama store opening this fall in Huntsville

logo(May 15) Cabela's is filling management and human resources positions for its new 80,000-square-foot superstore in Huntsville. The Nebraska-based hunting, fishing and outdoor sports retailer is building its first Alabama location off Governors West Road in the planned Parkside Town Centre, an $80 million mixed-use development near Bridge Street Town Centre. The store, which is under construction, will employ 180 full- and part-time workers.

Village of Providence tapped in Fortune Magazine new home trends article

logo(May 14) The Village of Providence in Huntsville got a shoutout Wednesday in a Fortune Magazine article on new home trends for 2015. The live-work-play development off U.S. 72 was praised for being a walkable community with a mix of uses. The mention comes after the Village of Providence was named the 2014 Community of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders.

April 2015

Curse expanding downtown Huntsville workforce, plans to hire 50 workers

logo(April 30) Curse's workforce in downtown Huntsville keeps getting bigger. The global multimedia and technology company, which creates content and products for gamers, already employs 80 workers from north Alabama, the U.S., England, Lithuania, Australia and more. Donovan Duncan, vice president of marketing for Curse, said they plan to hire an additional 50 employees this year in the Rocket City. Most of the new staff will work on Curse's growing development team, he said.

Huntsville is NerdWallet's second best place for tech jobs in the U.S.

logo(April 29) Recently touted as the best city for engineers in America, Huntsville has been named the second best place for technology-related jobs in the U.S. NerdWallet released a report this week analyzing the country's 370 largest metros. The personal finance site examined the size of the tech industry with data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and annual salary for tech jobs in each area.

Click here to see the full list.

HudsonAlpha welcomes new company to biotech campus in Huntsville

logo(April 28) The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville has a new tenant working to improve human health. MetaboloStasis Therapeutics has joined the HudsonAlpha roster to develop treatments for patients suffering from metabolic and proinflammatory diseases. Founded this year, the company is led by President Tracy Nevitt.

Science and Engineering Services of Huntsville named top Boeing Supplier of the Year

logo(April 21) Science and Engineering Services (SES) of Huntsville won an elite Boeing award during a ceremony at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia. The company was named the Supplier of the Year in the Aerospace Support category. Jerry Egbert, SES director of the Boeing Apache program, said the business is "proud to be a part of Team Apache and a partner with Boeing."

Toyota honored for commitment to environmental excellence

logo(April 21) Toyota's engine plant in Huntsville was among North American manufacturing facilities recently honored for environmental sustainability by the EPA. The automotive company has won its 11th consecutive Energy Star Partner of the Year award, the most by any automaker. Toyota said it has saved nearly $600 million, reduced 14 billion kilowatt hours of energy and cut CO2 emissions by 40 percent per vehicle since benchmarking began in 2002.

Northrop Grumman strengthens ties with UAH to bolster workforce, STEM education

logo(April 17) Olin B. King Technology Hall at UAH was busy early Friday as leaders with Northrop Grumman and the university announced an expansion of their existing partnership in Huntsville. Mark Thornton, program director for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense Program at Northrop Grumman, joined UAH President Robert Altenkirch to celebrate the launch of a relationship to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, research opportunities and workforce recruitment in the Rocket City.

Northrop Grumman expanding tech workforce in Huntsville

logo(April 13) One of Huntsville's leading employers is expanding its full-time technical workforce in Cummings Research Park. Northrop Grumman, an American aerospace and defense technology company, will host a hiring event from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday on 301 Voyager Way in Huntsville. A variety of positions, ranging from engineers and analysts to administrators and managers, will be available for job seekers who meet the company's employee qualifications.

Huntsville area led the state in new job creation, capital investment in 2014

logo(April 13) During a talk with the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County last year, state economic development leader Greg Canfield predicted 2014 would be a "banner year" for the area. Angela Till, deputy secretary at the Alabama Department of Commerce, confirmed Canfield's forecast Wednesday during the Chamber's annual Montgomery visit. Madison County announced nearly 3,500 new jobs and more than $300 million in capital investment in 2014, according to preliminary estimates from the state.

Gov. Bentley opens County Line Road interchange, expects traffic to double in decade

logo(April 10) Gov. Robert Bentley helped cut the ribbon to open the new $10.7 million County Line Road Interchange today, but drivers seeking easier access to Interstate 565 already had christened the fresh asphalt with their tires before the barricades disappeared. Madison Mayor Troy Trulock said a lot of motorists were "running the barrels" by ignoring the barricades once they saw the new off ramps and on ramps were ready. Oddly, after the city removed the barricades for the eastbound off ramp Monday, the amount of traffic using it dropped, he said.

NASA's Marshall Center Earns Agency's Small Business Administrator's Cup Award -- Again

(April 7) NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, has again been awarded the agency's Small Business Administrator's Cup, presented annually to the NASA center that operates the best overall small business program. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden came to Marshall for the ceremony -- the fourth time Marshall has earned the cup in the award's seven-year history.

Huntsville, Mobile among top 20 Southern cities for jobs right now

logo(April 3) Two Alabama metros are among the top cities in the South for job creation and hiring in 2015, according to a new study by ZipRecruiter. The hiring and job market data company released a report this week of the top 20 Southern cities with the greatest 2015 hiring demand and growth potential. Cities were ranked using ZipRecruiter's Hiring Demand Index, which is based on relative monthly job growth percentage measured across the U.S.

Verizon Wireless hiring 200 full-time workers for Huntsville call center

logo(April 1) Less than a year after announcing it would fill 300 new jobs at its Huntsville call center, Verizon Wireless said it is looking to hire an additional 200 full-time workers in the Rocket City. The customer service and tech support positions are needed to bolster Verizon's rapid growth, according to spokeswoman Kate Jay. The $44 million call center, which is located at 475 Quality Circle in Thornton Research Park, is Verizon's state headquarters.

March 2015

Wall Street praises Huntsville's economy, money management

logo(March 23) Huntsville on Monday earned Standard & Poor's best-possible AAA credit rating for the seventh consecutive year. The announcement comes less than a week after the other major Wall Street rating agency, Moody's Investors Service, also awarded Huntsville its top Aaa score. "When both Wall Street credit agencies continue to reward us with the highest rating achievable, our team is doing something right," said Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. "As a city, we have worked hard to maintain conservative fiscal policies, diversify our economic base and strengthen our infrastructure.

Torch Technologies will add 150 defense jobs at expanded Huntsville campus

logo(March 20) Defense contractor Torch Technologies announced Friday that it will create 150 new jobs as part of a $10 million-plus expansion project that city officials said will boost efforts to revitalize south Huntsville. During a well-attended groundbreaking ceremony, Torch CEO Bill Roark said the new positions will be added over "the next couple of years" as the employee-owned technology services and solutions firm overhauls its South Memorial Parkway campus.

DynCorp International's DynAviation Group launches new headquarters at Bridge Street

logo(March 18) DynCorp International (DI)'s DynAviation Group is settling into a new home this month in Huntsville after moving from its previous location off Explorer Boulevard. DynAviation recently opened a new headquarters with more than 17,000 square feet of office space at 310 The Bridge Street, Suite 400, in Huntsville. Spokeswoman Beatrice Livioco said the company had been at its former location more than three years.

Governor’s Trade Excellence Awards honors export success

(March 18) MONTGOMERY, Alabama - Governor Robert Bentley today honored eight homegrown companies with Trade Excellence Awards for their accomplishments in exporting Alabama-made products and services to customers around the globe, reflecting a key priority of his administration’s economic growth strategy.


Companies that received the Governor’s Trade Excellence Award today includes Schwarze Industries Inc. in Huntsville.

Westbury Square shopping center in Huntsville bought for $23 million

logo(March 18) Westbury Square, the Huntsville shopping center anchored by Stein Mart, T.J.Maxx and Michaels, is now under new ownership. Inland Real Estate, an Illinois-based publicly traded real estate investment trust, said it has purchased the Airport Road development for $23.4 million in cash. The 115,000-square-foot center, which is fully leased, features multiple restaurants, retailers and service providers, including Chicken Salad Chick, Moe's Southwest Grill, Jenny Craig and BB&T.

Sprouts Farmers Market to debut first Huntsville grocery store

logo(March 17) Walking through Sprouts' newest grocery store in Huntsville-annexed Madison County, it's difficult to get lost while shopping. Ryann Haenel, marketing manager for the Arizona retailer, said the supermarket is designed for customers to be able to see everything from side to side using an open-concept floorplan, solar-powered natural lighting and skylights in the ceiling.

Rocket Republic's 'steampunk' brewery, taproom in Madison gearing up for St. Patrick's Day launch

logo(March 10) Watching their 9- and 11-year-old boys glide across the concrete floor on bikes and scooters, Madison residents Eric and Tatum Crigger occasionally take a few minutes to slow down and savor the moment. The couple, in partnership with John and Lynn Troy of Troy 7, Inc. in Huntsville, has been running at full-speed over the last year to transform a 10,000-square-foot industrial facility into Rocket Republic Brewing's first brick-and-mortar space near the Interstate 565 interchange at County Line Road in Madison.

Dick's Sporting Goods coming to Bridge Street Town Centre in Huntsville in 2016

logo(March 6) Dick's Sporting Goods will find a new home at Bridge Street Town Centre in 2016. Bridge Street management confirmed Thursday the sporting goods retailer will open a store next year in the former Sports Authority space on Governors West near the corner of Old Madison Pike next to Bed Bath & Beyond. Sports Authority, which opened at Bridge Street in 2009, closed at the outdoor center Feb. 21. Dick's, which operates two other Huntsville stores on 2718 Carl T. Jones Drive and 6275 University Drive, will span 47,000 square feet and sell a full line of sporting goods equipment, apparel and footwear. As of Jan. 31, the Pennsylvania-based company had more than 600 locations across the U.S.

Yellowhammer, Earth and Stone groundbreaking at Stone Middle project a 'historic moment' for Huntsville brewery

logo(March 6) It was a historic moment Friday for Yellowhammer Brewing in Huntsville. The 5-year-old Belgian and German-style craft beer maker was the first tenant to break ground on the unnamed Stone Middle School project, a development near downtown Huntsville that will bring together Yellowhammer, Straight to Ale, a pizza restaurant, home brew supply shop and an outdoor amphitheater.

February 2015

Panalpina expands controlled air freight network from Huntsville to Brazil

logo(Feb. 27) A major air cargo carrier at Huntsville International Airport says it is expanding its controlled air freight network with a new full-freighter service to Brazil. In addition to scheduled charter flights from Hong Kong to Huntsville, Panalpina announced Thursday it will run flights from Huntsville to São Paulo, Brazil, as a result of a renewed long-term agreement between the company and Atlas Air.

North Alabama companies win big at Business Council's Manufacturer of the Year awards

logo(Feb. 19) North Alabama cleaned up this morning at the Business Council of Alabama and Alabama Technology Network's 2015 Manufacturer of the Year awards in Montgomery. The MOTY ceremony, which has recognized Alabama businesses since 2000, honors companies that excel in leadership, performance and operations, customer focus, profitability and workforce relations. An independent panel of judges selected the winners.

Madison County wants to create large industrial park to court Remington, Polaris suppliers

logo(Feb. 11) The Madison County Commission is considering creating a 248-acre industrial park near Triana. Map Data Terms of Use Map At its meeting this morning, the commission is expected to hire Littlejohn Engineering to study whether the county-owned tract is suitable for industrial development. The land is located at the corner of Wall-Triana Highway and 6th Street, just outside the Triana town limits.

January 2015

Here's what Polaris' new 505-acre Huntsville manufacturing 'campus' will look like when complete

logo(Jan. 23) Huntsville has taken the guesswork out of what Polaris' new all-terrain vehicle factory site will look like when it opens in 2016. A map unveiled at Thursday night's City Council meeting shows how Polaris intends to develop the 505-acre McCrary farm in Huntsville-annexed Limestone County. The L-shaped parcel borders I-565 just west of Greenbrier Road and wraps around the massive Target distribution center.

BizTech building in Huntsville is now under a new name, plans big facility revamp in 2015

logo(Jan. 20) When BZ Sensor Solutions opened at BizTech nearly three years ago, there were only six clients in the sprawling high-tech incubator in Huntsville. Today, the facility that was once in limbo is at near capacity two months after Huntsville-based PROJECTXYZ subsidiary Creekwater Investments purchased the building on 515 Sparkman Drive. The 20,832-square-foot site was only 40 percent occupied when PROJECTXYZ owners Larry and Kim Lewis acquired the facility in November. A revitalization of the property and BizTech itself now has organizers scrambling to find room for entrepreneurs who need startup space, collaboration and mentoring.

Huntsville leaders confident $18M-plus incentive offer to Polaris will bring many happy returns

logo(Jan. 14) Huntsville leaders estimate it will take a dozen years to recoup the $18 million-plus in city incentives promised to Polaris, including free land and tax breaks. However, Director of Urban Development Shane Davis said Polaris will be a financial asset from the moment ground is broken on the company's all-terrain vehicle factory along Interstate 565. For starters, Davis said Polaris intends to use area construction crews to build its $142 million manufacturing "campus" just west of the Greenbrier Road exit. The property will boast a 600,000-square-foot assembly plant, large distribution warehouse and product research and development center, as well as a test track where Huntsville-built ATVs will be put through their paces.

What will Polaris make at its new $142 million Huntsville campus?

logo(Jan. 14) What kind of off-road vehicles will the new Polaris plant make in north Alabama? Marlys Knutson, spokeswoman for the Minnesota powersports company, said the $142 million, 600,000-square-foot site west of Greerbrier Road in Huntsville-annexed Limestone County will produce Polaris' RZR and RANGER vehicles. Polaris, a leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion, makes a variety of off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), the Polaris RANGER and RZR side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

See which new businesses are on tap for an early 2015 opening at Bridge Street in Huntsville

logo(Jan. 9) Polaris isn't wasting any time getting its new $142 million off-road vehicle manufacturing plant up and running in Huntsville-annexed Limestone County. Paul Vitrano, vice president of global government relations for Polaris, said the Minnesota company plans to break ground on the 453-acre site west of Greenbrier Road in a couple of months. The 600,000-square-foot facility will employ at least 1,700 skilled workers and be complete by the second quarter of 2016 with the campus fully operational the following year.

Polaris will build new manufacturing operation employing at least 1,700 in Huntsville area

logo(Jan. 9) Minnesota-based Polaris Industries said Friday it will build a state-of-the art manufacturing facility near Greenbrier in west Huntsville to produce off-road vehicles. When fully developed, it will employ about 2,000 workers, many of them in skilled positions. The 600,000-square-foot plant will be located west of downtown Huntsville on a 453-acre site in Limestone County annexed into the city several years ago. Polaris officials said they will break ground on the $142 million plant this year and open it in the second quarter of 2016.

Polaris wasting no time on new $142M Huntsville plant, expects to break ground within 2 month

logo(Jan. 2) Last year brought several changes to Bridge Street Town Centre in Huntsville. The outdoor lifestyle and power center welcomed a new $20 million Belk, three parking areas creating 1,023 new parking spaces, PANDORA and Michael Kors stores, a 5,000-square-foot Orvis, Kate Spade New York and Dickey's Barbecue Pit. In December, Bridge Street announced new-to-Alabama BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse will open in a new retail building in the center's Phase III expansion area. Spokesman Van Geroux said the business will launch sometime this summer.

December 2014

Hobby Lobby sets reopening celebration at new Strong Station retail center in Huntsville

logo(Dec. 30) Hobby Lobby will move next month to the new Strong Station retail and restaurant development in Huntsville. The Oklahoma-based craft and home decor national retail chain announced today the Strong Station store at U.S. 72 and Nance Road will host a relocation celebration at 9 a.m. Jan. 12. The new store will span 47,000 square feet and feature similar craft and home-decor items found at all Hobby Lobby locations, including the one it's replacing on 1030 Old Monrovia Road N.W., in Huntsville.

Boecore expands Huntsville presence with larger office, workforce

logo(Dec. 24) A small missile defense, space and cyber systems company founded in CEO Kathy Boe's basement 14 years ago has tripled its workforce and doubled its square footage in Huntsville. Colorado-based Boecore recently expanded its Huntsville regional headquarters from a smaller 1,250-square-foot workplace to a 2,500-square-foot site on 225 West Park Loop. The company, which opened its first Madison County office about five years ago, has also grown its technical staff, business development, contract, human resources and recruiting team from eight to 24 full-time employees.

Boeing starts work on expansion of Huntsville research and technology center »

logo(Dec. 11) Boeing has started construction on a 7,000-square-foot addition to its research and technology center in Huntsville. The company said today the Center for Applied Simulation and Analytics (CASA) will open in 2015 at the company's facilities in the Redstone Gateway complex. Boeing said the center will allow its workers, research partners and academic collaborators to model, simulate and research new products from simulation through operations. It will contain seven laboratories and one large collaboration center. Hiring for the center will be part of a 350-person ramp-up of Boeing's research employment here.

Calhoun Community College breaks ground on $34 million expansion of Huntsville campus »

logo(Dec. 5) It was standing room only at Calhoun Community College's Huntsville campus Friday morning as more than 550 people turned out to celebrate the groundbreaking on the school's $34 million expansion project. The project includes construction of a new three-story, 90,000-square-foot building to house the school's math, science and computer science programs. It also entails renovation of the existing building.

New-to-Alabama BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse to debut at Bridge Street Town Centre in Huntsville »

logo(Dec. 4) A California chain with more than 120 food items and a wide selection of craft beer is coming to a new retail building in Bridge Street Town Centre's Phase III expansion area in Huntsville. BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse is the latest new tenant announcement at Bridge Street, which recently welcomed a $20 million Belk flagship store and three parking areas. BJ's will be located in a new space by DSW Shoes and is slated to open next summer. The 8,000-square-foot eatery will be BJ's entrance into Alabama and seat approximately 230 customers in a "contemporary American brewhouse setting," Bridge Street spokesman Van Geroux said. The national restaurant brand has locations in 18 other states, including Louisiana and Florida.

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.

At Home, Texas-based home decor superstore, taking over Kmart building in Huntsville

logo(Nov. 13) HUNTSVILLE, Alabama - The Texas-based home décor retailer At Home is coming to Huntsville. Mayor Tommy Battle announced Thursday that At Home will open its first North Alabama superstore in what is now the Kmart building at 1401 N. Memorial Pkwy. Kmart plans to close in mid-January. Howard Levy, vice president of EBL&S Property Management, said his company plans to make a "substantial financial commitment" renovating the 104,000-square-foot Kmart building for At Home. EBL&S will also build 8,000 square feet of new restaurant and retail space along the Parkway access road in front of At Home, he said.

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 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.

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

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.

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 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 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

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.