Tennessee Valley

Shoals Shift

In contrast to a local history trodden by industry giants, Shoals leaders are focused on cultivating homegrown enterprises built for digital speed.

Spotlight on Jackson, Marshall, DeKalb & Cherokee Counties

Lake Guntersville, one of the top five bass fishing lakes in the world, plus Little River Canyon, Weiss Lake, Sand Mountain and Lookout Mountain make tourism a major force in the area.

Toyota Trumpets $106M Expansion in Huntsville

Huntsville’s Toyota engine plant will undergo a comprehensive $106 million upgrade to enable it to build engines that complement Toyota’s New Global Architecture.

Retrofitting Suburbia

Three Alabama towns are robust examples of New Urbanism — traditional communities designed to be practical rather than nostalgic. One was named the National Association of Homebuilders’ 2014 Community of the Year.

Soulful History & Shag Carpet

Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, newly renovated, shows off the sights and sounds of a legendary musical space — and keeps the mojo, too.

Growing Vocational Skills at Huntsville Botanical Garden

ABOVE Students get a safety briefing and then marvel at structural steel at the Huntsville Botanical Garden.   Nearly 50 students...

Renewable Energy Waste Conversion

Recycling human waste into fertilizer may seem like an indelicate topic for polite society, but it’s an important one nonetheless. Like most...

Nature in Decatur, Neighbor to Arts

Getting rid of bugs has been a Cook family passion for three generations. Now the family has endowed a museum to put those little...

American-Made Works Big Time at Haleyville's Exxel Outdoors

Barbara Garrison was destined to make sleeping bags, right down to her initials: BAG. And her dedication to her profession, her...

Investment-Grade Porsche Brokers

Thomas Trissl wanted to do something fun after he sold his first flooring company in Florence. Three years ago, he partnered with Jason...

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Dog’s Nose Inspires Diabetes Detector

A new wearable device by AerBetic Inc. lets diabetics keep up with their blood-sugar levels.

Auburn Soil Lab Gets $43M Infusion

A venerable soil research facility at Auburn University is expecting a $43 million funding infusion from Congress for a new facility that will continue its work of improving global food production.

Movers & Shakers in Coffee, Dale & Geneva Counties

Mike Baergen Baergen is general manager of the Ozark Assembly Operations for Bell Flight, working to increase production while maintaining safety and quality standards. Baergen,...

City Trees Are These Artisans’ Niche

Leigh and Cliff Spencer’s Alabama Sawyer makes its niche in the recycled timber of Alabama’s “urban forest.”

Alabama Builders Advance New Technologies

Technology is now making a difference on the ground in Alabama construction — whereas, the data once just flowed to HQ.