Entries by Bud McLaughlin

Blue Origin to Break Ground on Engine Facility in Cummings Research Park.

Blue Origin will break ground Friday on its 200,000 square-foot engine manufacturing facility in Huntsville’s Cummings Research Park. The event is invitation only. Blue Origin, the rocket company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, will manufacture the BE-4 engine in the state-of-the-art facility. The engine will lift the Vulcan rocket, made in Decatur by United […]

Ad4! Group Celebrates 15 Years

Ad4! Group has turned the big 1-5! The Huntsville-based full-service advertising and marketing agency is celebrating 15 years in business. Owner Felica Sparks opened Ad4! Group in 2004 with one goal in mind, to change the reputation of marketing agencies. Sparks said the agency’s focus would be the return on investment of every client. “That’s […]

The Avenue Will be ‘Melt’-ing in the Spring

Birmingham-based restaurant Melt will open a location at The Avenue in downtown Huntsville. Specializing in classic comfort food with a modern twist, Melt will be in a 3,628-square-foot site on Jefferson Street with a full bar offering cocktails, Huntsville beers, wine and liquor to go along with its signature menu. The restaurant is tentatively scheduled […]

Toyota Marks Successful Year in Huntsville

With a historic groundbreaking and producing more than a half-million engines, Huntsville’s Toyota officials are marking 2018 as a landmark year. In November, the automaker and Mazda broke ground on the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant, a jointly owned-and-operated automotive production plant that will have the capacity to build 300,000 vehicles a year, beginning in 2021. […]

Maynard Cooper & Gale Adds 3 Members to Huntsville Office

Maynard Cooper & Gale has announced the addition of three team members to the firm’s Huntsville office. Attorney Philip Johnson joins the litigation practice and patent agent Erin Gaddes and technical advisor Badhri Ragunathan join the intellectual property practice. “We are excited to grow our office and expand our services with the addition of these […]

Chuy’s Opening First Huntsville Location

A Southwest-based restaurant is bringing its Tex-Mex fare to southwest Huntsville. Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant will open its first Huntsville location this spring in the Shops at Merchants Square at the intersection of South Memorial Parkway and Bob Wallace Avenue. Founded in Austin, Texas, in 1982, Chuy’s features fresh made-from-scratch Tex-Mex recipes in a fun, eclectic […]

Senate Confirms Wardynski for Army Post

WASHINGTON — Former Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Casey Wardynski was confirmed to a top Army post by the U.S. Senate on the final day of the 115th Congress. Wardynski was confirmed to be assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs. His nomination had been approved in September by the Senate Armed Services Committee but a […]

Ahead of Spring Opening, AC Hotel Huntsville Downtown Taking Reservations

It hasn’t opened, yet, but Huntsville’s newest hotel is taking reservations. The AC Hotel Huntsville Downtown, the first AC Hotels by Marriott in Alabama, said reservations are being accepted ahead of its spring opening. The six-story hotel is across the street from the Von Braun Center and is the first tenant for CityCentre at Big Spring, […]

Windham named COO of HudsonAlpha

Long-time local business and community leader Danny Windham has been named chief operating officer of the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Windham brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to HudsonAlpha, serving as president and COO at Adtran (2005-07) and CEO at Digium (2007-18). “I have great admiration for the founders and leaders of HudsonAlpha,” […]