Entries by Kimberly Ballard

Region Mayors Come Together for History-Making Agreement

It looked like a gathering of Knights of the Round Table.   But it was mayors from Madison, Limestone and Morgan counties gatheredaround a circular high-tech table for a history-making pact. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle; Madison Mayor Paul Finley; Triana Mayor MaryCaudle; Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks; Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling; and MooresvilleCity Councilwoman Leeann Barr, […]

HudsonAlpha Generates $2.45B Economic Impact for Alabama, Study Shows

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology contributed a whopping $2.45 billion to Alabama’s statewide economy, according to a data analysis from the Center for Management & Economic Research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The data, taken from an analysis conducted between 2006 and 2018 said three factors had the most impact including employment, revenue and […]

From Rockets to Autos: Panalpina Expects to See More Use for the Giant Antonov 124

Today, a delivery for Huntsville’s aerospace industry. Tomorrow, overly large, very heavy crucial parts and pieces for Alabama’s growing automotive manufacturing industry. As North Alabama’s automotive manufacturing industry takes off, so are heavy air freight cargo planes likely to soar in and out of the Port of Huntsville’s intermodal cargo center – and we mean […]

Lumberjacks, Flannel Ribbon-Cutting Mark Rainy Opening of Duluth Trading Co.

MADISON — Duluth Trading Co., known for its durable, high-quality apparel and iconic TV commercials, opened its first Alabama store in weather befitting the company’s products. Despite the rain, local dignitaries and excited patrons gathered in front of the store for the cutting of a flannel ribbon, followed by Timberworks traveling Lumberjack Show. “We had […]

Successful Business Family Brings Hand & Stone Massage to Huntsville

Ayesha Patel may be one of Huntsville’s youngest new business owners but, at 26, she comes from a long line of successful Huntsville franchise owners who have built multiple restaurant concepts that were new to Huntsville when they opened. Now the owner of Alabama’s first Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa is introducing Huntsville […]

Huntsville Entrepreneurs Open Cicerone-Certified Brass Tap Beer Bar

Craft beer lovers will have a full-bodied experience awaiting them Monday when Huntsville entrepreneurs Chris Ray and Kurt Morganweck open the Brass Tap Beer Bar. Located in the Shops at Merchant Square on Bob Wallace Avenue and South Memorial Parkway, the Brass Tap will offer more than 300 beers from around the world, 56 craft […]

Clift Farm: Breland Companies Bought the Farm That Jack Built

MADISON — In 1850, the population of rural Madison was less than 500 residents. Alabama farmers were producing nearly 565,000 bales of cotton and nearly 29 million bushels of corn a year. John Henry Clift bought a small piece of rural farmland in what was then called Madison Station. Since then, six generations of the […]

Dynetics Opens State-of-the-art Manufacturing Facility

Dynetics expanded its footprint in Cumming Research Park Thursday with the opening of the Dr. Stephen M. Gilbert Advanced Manufacturing Facility. The 78,000 square-foot manufacturing and assembly facility is named for one of the company’s co-founders.  The state-of-the-art Gilbert Advanced Manufacturing Facility joins a Solutions Complex and the Dynetics Technical Solutions headquarters as the sixth […]