Entries by Bud McLaughlin

Merit Bank to Open Headquarters in Huntsville

Merit Bank will open its doors this month as a newly established financial institution headquartered in the Huntsville market. In less than 60 days, Merit Bank raised $25 million from hundreds of investors with diverse backgrounds from across North Alabama. In that same time, the bank gained approval from all three regulatory agencies – the […]

Toyota To Produce New SUV at Mazda Toyota Manufacturing Plant

Toyota is shifting future production plans at the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing U.S.A. joint venture assembly plant in Huntsville as an opportunity to build a new SUV. According to a statement this morning from Toyota, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing will assemble a new, yet-to-be named Toyota SUV along with Mazda’s yet-to-be named crossover model.  The shift is […]

UAH to Host Interim State Cyber and Engineering School; Massey Named President

The University of Alabama-Huntsville’s Bevill Center will serve as the interim site for the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering, it was announced Friday. Also, former Madison County Schools Superintendent Matt Massey was named the school’s first president. The school is scheduled to open in August 2020 with 10th- and 11th-grade students from across […]

4Site Acquired by Birmingham-based Schoel

BIRMINGHAM — Huntsville-based 4Site has been acquired by Schoel, a Birmingham-based land-development services firm. 4Site, established in 2003, is an interdisciplinary civil engineering, land surveying and landscape architecture firm. Schoel has been providing civil engineering, land surveying, land planning and landscape architecture services through the Southeast since 1888. “We are excited to combine our teams […]

Turner Completes $3.12M Renovation of Thigpen Hall at Alabama A&M

Turner Construction has completed the management of a $3.12 million renovation of Alabama A&M’s Thigpen Hall. Thigpen Hall, a three-story women’s residence hall built in 1955, typically houses more than 200 first-year freshman female students. The renovations included Thigpen’s 101 double-occupancy bedrooms, bathrooms, study lounges, laundry facilities and a computer lab. Turner collaborated on the […]

White Bison Coffee-Twice Daily Opening in Town Madison

MADISON – Combining convenience and coffee, the state’s first Twice Daily-White Bison Coffee store will open in Town Madison this fall. The new concept store from Nashville-based Tri Star Energy merges Twice Daily’s convenience store and White Bison Coffee’s artisan coffee beverages and fresh, handcrafted café menu. This will be the first brand-in-brand retail location […]

Turner Construction Completes Work on Torch Technologies Integration and Prototyping Center

Turner Construction has completed work on Torch Technologies’ Technology Integration and Prototyping Center. The $10 million facility at 4050 Chris Drive in Huntsville is part of Torch Technologies’ growing campus in South Huntsville and consists of a 35,000-square-foot, two-story office space with an attached 10,000-square-foot high-bay facility. It incorporates offices, labs and open vertical spaces […]

Raytheon, United Technologies ‘Merger of Equals’ Creates Defense-Aerospace Giant

Raytheon and United Technologies have announced an all-stock agreement the two companies call a merger of equals. It will also create the defense-aerospace giant Raytheon Technologies with an expected $74 billion in annual sales, second only to Boeing’s $101 billion. The transaction website is www.futureofaerospacedefense.com. Both companies have a significant presence in Huntsville.  “Today is […]