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Applewhite Movers, LLC Badcock Home Furniture & More Big Shake’s Hot Chicken & Fish Brenda Blevins, ATP, AFSP Cavender’s Western Outfitter #83 CK Mann Realty Clockwork Solutions, Inc. Hey Girl! Hair Co. HomeLift, Inc. Huntsville Futbol (dba Huntsville Soccer Club) J-Max Logistics Inc Liberated Specialty Foods Lincoln County Mayor - Government Lucida Construction Mattress King - 3024 University Dr. Mattress King - 8410 Memorial Parkway S Mattress King - 8498 Madison Blvd National Multiple Sclerosis Society Pine Tree Village Apartments Renew Huntsville Medical Spa Rocket City Digital Strickland Paper Company, Inc. Summer Tree Apartments Team Worldwide The Landings at Edgewater Apartments TheTechService Woodbridge Alabama LP XMC

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EXECUTIVE COUNCIL BBVA Compass • Crestwood Medical Center • Dynetics, Inc. • General Atomics • Lockheed Martin Corporation PNC Bank • SAIC • SES - Science and Engineering Services, LLC • Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc.

CHAMBER TRUSTEES AEgis Technologies Group • Aerojet Rocketdyne • All Points Logistics, LLC • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. • First Commercial Bank • Five Stones Research Corporation Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation • Jerry Damson, Inc. • KBRwyle • Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C. Northrop Grumman Corporation • PARSONS • Raytheon Company • S3 • Sealy Management Company, Inc. SportsMed Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine Center • Torch Technologies

PROGRESS PARTNERS ASRC Federal Analytical Services • Baron Services, Inc. • BASF Corporation • BB&T • Bill Penney Toyota, Scion & Mitsubishi Bradley • Coates Transportation Group • Colliers International • Connected Logistics • Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) Davidson Technologies, Inc. • Google • Huntsville-Madison County Builders Association • IBERIABANK • Hexagon US Federal • J. Smith Lanier & Co. Keel Point, LLC • L3 Technologies • LMI • LogiCore • The Orthopaedic Center • Progress Bank • Radiance Technologies Rosie’s Restaurants, Inc., & Right Way Restaurants, Inc. (DBA Steak Out) • SCI Technology, Inc. • SELEX Galileo Inc. • ServisFirst Bank Turner • Vencore, Inc. • Wells Fargo Bank • Woody Anderson Ford

PROGRESS INVESTORS 4SITE, Inc. • AECOM • Alpha Beta Technologies, Inc. • Amanda Howard Real Estate • Anglin Reichmann Snellgrove & Armstrong, PC Averbuch Realty Co., Inc. – Scott Averbuch • BancorpSouth • Brown Precision, Inc. • Bryant Bank • CB&S Bank • Century Automotive • CFD Research Corporation CGI Federal • Coast Personnel Services • deciBel Research • Decisive Analytics Corporation • Deloitte LLP • DESE Research, Inc. • Digium, Inc. Fite Building Company, Inc. • Foreign Language Services • Fountain, Parker, Harbarger • Garver • HEMSI • Hiley Cars Huntsville • Huntsville Botanical Garden Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau • Huntsville Tractor & Equipment, Inc. • InterFuze Corporation • Investor’s Resource/Raymond James IronMountain Solutions • Legend Realty – Jim Hoekenschneider • LINE-X LLC • The Lioce Group, Inc. • LSINC Corporation • MSB Analytics, Inc. National Bank of Commerce • nLogic, LLC • North Alabama Multiple Listing Service • PALCO Telecom Service • PHOENIX • PROJECTXYZ, Inc. Public Financial Management, Inc. • QTEC • RE/MAX Distinctive – Sandra Lowrey • Renasant Bank • RJ Young Company • S&ME, Inc. • Sierra Lobo, Inc. Sigmatech, Inc. • Systems Products and Solutions, Inc. • Technicolor • Troy 7, Inc. • Venturi, Inc. • West Huntsville Land Co., Inc. • Wilmer & Lee, P.A. • Worxtime, LLC A PUBLICATION OF THE HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER

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About IO


Executive Committee and Board of Directors 2017


Executive Committee

For those of you who have not yet heard, the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber was named the 2017 Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE)! ACCE is an association of more than 7,500 chamber of commerce professionals, and 1,300 chambers of commerce, from around the world.

Joe Newberry, Chair, Redstone Federal Credit Union Gary Bolton, Chair-Elect, ADTRAN, Inc. Rose Allen, Immediate Past Chair, InterFuze Corporation Ron Poteat, Chamber Foundation Chair, Regions Bank Cynthia Streams, Secretary/Treasurer, Domino’s (Valley Pizza) Kim Lewis, Vice Chair, Economic Development &

Chamber of the Year is the most prestigious and competitive award presented by ACCE and is the only globally-recognized industry award that honors top chambers of commerce. Those honored with the Chamber of the Year designation have demonstrated organizational strength and made an impact on key community priorities, such as education, transportation, business development and quality of life. Welcome to our September issue of IO (short for Initiatives Online). This digital publication allows us to capture and provide more business news as it happens. IO publishes every other month and serves as an additional advertising outlet to great companies who advertise in our print magazine, Initiatives. IO and Initiatives are the perfect combination that gives advertisers more marketing punch – in print and in the digital world. We want to share YOUR news, faces, ideas and marketing videos. PLEASE send us your ideas, pics, press releases and organization news to: Happening in this issue:

The contracting world is a busy place! We had tons of submissions for our By the Numbers section – take a look at which companies won which contracts! In our Small Biz Synapse section we feature some fun snaps from our annual Small Business Awards. We hope you enjoy this issue of IO! Keep reading… Sincerely,

Jeff Gronberg 2017 Vice Chair for Marketing & Communications Chamber Executive Board

IO Staff Chip Cherry, CCE publisher Jeff Gronberg 2017 vice chair, marketing & communications Carrie Rice executive editor Kristi Sherrard editorial designer Hiroko Sedensky web designer

The mission of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber is to prepare, develop and promote our community for economic growth. Submissions for editorial content are accepted; however, placement is not guaranteed. Information in this and other Chamber publications is at the discretion of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber. initiatives


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Tharon Honeycutt, Vice Chair, Membership, MSB Analytics, Inc. Penny Billings, Vice Chair, Workforce & Education, BancorpSouth

Greg Brown, Vice Chair, Small Business & Events, Brown Precision, Inc.

Jeff Gronberg, Vice Chair, Marketing & Communications, deciBel Research, Inc.

Beth Sippel, Vice Chair, Member Engagement, First Commercial Bank

Mark Curran, Chair-Appointed, L3 Technologies, Inc. Tim Thornton, Chair-Appointed, n Logic, LLC Frank Williams, Chair-Appointed, Landers McLarty Dodge Chrysler Jeep

Mayor Tommy Battle, Ex-Officio Member, City of Huntsville Mayor Paul Finley, Ex-Officio Member, City of Madison Chairman Dale Strong, Ex-Officio Member, Madison County Commission

On the cover: Calhoun Community College is reeling in the big ones – literally! Their bass fishing team is nationally ranked!


Industry Relations, PROJECTXYZ, Inc.

Kevin Byrnes, Vice Chair, Government & Public Affairs,

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Tracy Marion, General Counsel, Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne, P.C. Chip Cherry, President & CEO, Chamber of Commerce

Elected Board Mike Alvarez, Venturi, Inc. Bill Bailey, Radiance Technologies, Inc. James Barclay, S3, Inc. Mike Bertoldi, PROJECTXYZ, Inc. Janet Brown, Belk Frank Caprio, Bradley Lynn Collyar, Deloitte LLP Deke Damson, Jerry Damson Honda Acura Dr. Dorothy Davidson, Davidson Technologies, Inc. Bryan Dodson, PHOENIX John Eagan, BB&T Joe Fehrenbach, Hexagon US Federal Trip Ferguson, U.S. Space & Rocket Center David Fernandes, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc. Gene Goldman, Leidos Mike Gullion, SCI Technology – a Sanmina company Jan Hess, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. Steve Hill, AEgis Technologies Group Dr. Pam Hudson, Crestwood Medical Center Hank Isenberg, IronMountain Solutions John Jordan, KBRwyle Sean Kelly, Regions Bank David King, Dynetics, Inc. Bob McCaleb, Northrop Grumman Corporation Janice Migliore, PALCO Telecom Service, Inc. Alana Parker, Rocket City Drywall & Supply, Inc. Leigh Pegues, PNC Bank Jim Rogers, Lockheed Martin Corporation Jeff Samz, Huntsville Hospital Dr. Gurmej Sandhu, Sigmatech, Inc. Charlie Sealy, Sealy Management Company E.J. Sinclair, SES - Science and Engineering Services, LLC Sameer Singhal, CFD Research Corporation Robert “Bob” Smith, Booz Allen Hamilton Nilmini Thompson, Systems Products and Solutions, Inc. Lynn Troy, Troy 7, Inc. Ken Tucker, The Boeing Company Mike Watkins, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Danny Windham, Digium, Inc.


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Numbers The Boeing Co., Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded a $39,662,335 cost-plus-

fixed-fee foreign military sales (Iraq) contract to acquire engineering and technical services necessary to support the Avenger. One bid was solicited and one bid received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of May 26, 2022. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W31P4Q-17-D-0027).

The Boeing Co., Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, was awarded a $276,641,287 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for engineering and manufacturing development for the CH-47F Block II program. Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. Work will be performed in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of July 27, 2020. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $27,334,248 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ17-C-0059).

Has your organization recently won a contract? If so, we’d love to feature your company in By the Numbers! Send us the details of your federal, state of municipal contract to: Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $91,499,780

cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (including options) for advisory and assistance services for Ballistic Missile Defense System cybersecurity management (CSM) and computer network defense in support of technical, engineering, advisory and management support. This contract will ensure Missile Defense Agency (MDA) information technology services, management and resources are administered, acquired, managed, and operated in compliance with the priorities set by the MDA director and the goals and directives of existing statutes and Department of Defense regulations. This procurement is managed by the MDA Consolidated Support Services Program office. These locations include, but are not limited to Colorado Springs, Colorado; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts; Kirkland Air Force Base, New Mexico; Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, Virginia; Redstone Arsenal, Alabama; and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.  Expected completion date of August 2022.  Fiscal year 2017 research development test & evaluation funds in the amount of $2,064,058 are being obligated at time of award.  This contract was a

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competitively awarded acquisition with two offers being received. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity (HQ0147-17-C-0055).

CGI Federal Inc., Fairfax, Virginia, was awarded a $12,126,120 modification

(P00025) to contract W52P1J-15-C-0068 for maintenance and sustainment of software systems in support of Army Sustainment Command’s Integrated Materiel Management Operation System. Work will be performed in Fairfax, Virginia; Rock Island, Illinois; Germany; Qatar; Kuwait; Republic of Korea; Japan; Afghanistan; Belgium; Herlong, California; Charleston, South Carolina; Huntsville, Alabama; Italy; and the Netherlands, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2020. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $12,126,120 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity.

Gryphon Technologies LLC, Huntsville, Alabama, is being awarded a

$57,675,835 cost-plus-incentive-fee contract, including options for sea-based X-band (SBX) radar mission integration. This contract provides for communication operations and support for the SBX Strategic Mission. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama; and Honolulu, Hawaii, with an expected completion date of  June 14, 2024.  Fiscal 2017 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $4,000,000 are being obligated at time of award.  This contract was a competitive acquisition and two offers were received. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville,

Alabama, is the buying activity (HQ0147-17-C-0040).

Jacobs Technology Inc., Tullahoma, Tennessee, is being awarded an

indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with an estimated maximum value of $4,600,000,000. A fixed-price incentive task order in the amount of $4,317,327 is being issued concurrent with the contract award. The predominant contract types will be cost-plus-incentive-fee and fixed-price incentive. Under this follow-on contract, the contractor provides products and services supporting concurrent test, training and operations for missions executed by or through the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center mission execution platform, and the execution of the Missile Defense Agency enterprise communications and information technology environment. The work will be performed predominantly in Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado; Huntsville, Alabama; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and Dahlgren, Virginia. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $4,000,000 are being obligated on this task order. The ordering period is from Aug. 9, 2017, through Aug. 8, 2022, and may be extended to 8.5 years via execution of award terms and an option; extension(s) will not affect the estimated maximum value identified above. This contract was competitively procured via publication on the Federal Business Opportunities website with two proposals received. The Missile Defense Agency, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity (HQ079617D0001). continued on page 12

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has been awarded a $108,322,712 single award, fixed-price-incentive-firm and firmfixed-price contract for Advanced Radar Threat System Variant 2 (ARTS-V2). Contractor will provide the development and test of an ARTS-V2 production representative article and options to produce up to 20 systems. Work will be performed at Grand Prairie, Texas; Syracuse, New York; Orlando, Florida; Palmdale, California; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Newark, California; Northridge, California; Batavia, Ohio; Clintonville, Wisconsin; Huntsville, Alabama; Austin, Texas; San Luis, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Middletown, Rhode Island; Virginia Beach, Virginia; Scottsdale, Arizona; and Tallman, New York. Work is expected to be complete by June 30, 2027. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with two offers received. Fiscal 2017 research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $24,700,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, is the contracting activity (FA8210-17-C-0001).

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie,

Texas, was awarded a $130,342,972 modification (P00004) to foreign military sales (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, and Taiwan) contract W31P4Q-17-C-0006 for fiscal 2017 PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 production to increase the total missile segment enhancement quantity by 35, add 130 launcher modification kits with motor control units for the U.S.; add the parts library and missile segment enhancement storage and aging requirements for the U.S.; add the cost and software data reporting requirement for the United States; reduce the missile round trainer quantity by 30 for Qatar, and reduce the empty round trainer quantity by 36 for Qatar. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Texas; Lufkin, Texas; Camden, Arizona; Chelmsford, Massachusetts; Ocala, Florida; Huntsville, Alabama; Huntingdon Beach, California; and El Paso, Texas; with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2020. Fiscal 2015, 2016 and 2017 other; and other procurement (Army) funds in the combined amount of $130,342,972 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Northrop Grumman, Herndon, Virginia, has been awarded a $19,856,333

modification (P00010) to contract W31P4Q-16-C-0063 for sustainment of ongoing contingency operations. Work will be performed in Huntsville, Alabama; Afghanistan; and Egypt with an estimated completion date of March 2, 2018. Fiscal 2017 Operations and Maintenance, Army funds in the amount of $19,856,333 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity. Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity.

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McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $16,149,721 modification (P0005) to contract W91RUS-14-D-0002 for non-personal information technology support services for the Army Regional Cyber Center – Europe. Work will be performed in Germany, with an estimated completion




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date of July 18, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $5,926,200 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Fort Huachuca, Arizona, is the contracting activity.

Raytheon, Andover, Massachusetts, was awarded a $16,978,580 modification

(P00002) to foreign military sales (Israel) contract W31P4Q-17-C-0073 for engineering services for the PATRIOT weapon system supporting U.S. and foreign military sales customers. Work will be performed in Andover, Massachusetts; Burlington, Massachusetts; El Segundo, California; El Paso, Texas; Huntsville, Alabama; Tewksbury, Massachusetts; and White Sands, New Mexico, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 31, 2018. Fiscal 2017 other procurement (Army); research, development, test and evaluation; and other funds in the collective amount of $16,978,580 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.


SAIC, McLean, Virginia, was awarded an $11,228,678 modification (P0033GJ)

to contract W31P4Q-05-A-0031 for performance of outside the continental U.S. terrain survey for sensor placement, system engineering and performance analysis of Integrated Base Defense systems in support to product manager, Force Protection Systems to provide a deployed Integrated Base Defense systems performance report. Work will be performed in Kuwait; Iraq; Jordan; Syrian Arab Republic; Turkey; and Huntsville, Alabama, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2018. Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $11,228,678 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Torch Technologies was awarded the $10M D3I Domain 2 - Wargames, Simulation & Scenario Development (WSSD) Task Order. Torch’s award provides study, wargame, experimentation, and analysis support to the Space and Missile Defense Command’s Future Warfare Center. The work to be completed by the Torch team has a 2.5-year period of performance and will be completed in Huntsville, AL; Colorado Springs, CO; and El Paso, TX.

United Launch Services LLC has been awarded a $191,141,581 firm-

fixed-price contract for launch services, to deliver the Space Test Program-3 (STP-3) satellite to its intended orbit. Contractor will provide launch vehicle production, mission integration, launch operations, spaceflight worthiness and mission unique activities for an STP-3 mission. Work will be performed at Centennial, Colorado; Decatur, Alabama; and Cape Canaveral, Florida, with an initial launch capability date of June 2019 and is expected to be complete by Aug. 31, 2019. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with two proposals received. Fiscal 2017 space procurement; and research, development, test, and evaluation funds in the amount of $184,905,023 are being obligated at the time of award. Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity (FA8811-17-C-0008).ct Send your contract news to: A PUBLICATION OF THE HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER

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Classroom Calhoun Announces Summer Semester Enrollment Increase Decatur, AL -- Dr. Jim Klauber, president of Calhoun Community College, has announced that the college’s 2017 summer semester enrollment has surpassed total enrollment for the 2016 summer semester. This summer’s enrollment of 6,146 students surpasses the 2016 enrollment of 5,962, an increase of just over 3%. Of the students taking classes at Calhoun this summer, 1,192 are enrolled in day and evening classes at the Decatur campus; 1,445 are taking day, evening and weekend classes at the college’s Huntsville/Cummings Research Park campus; 3,340 students are taking classes on-line; and 168 are enrolled in the college’s program at Limestone Correctional Facility. According to the College’s Admissions Office, the most significant increases are in online Distance Education courses, more than 11% over last year and in the College’s transient student population, up more than 7% this year.

Commenting on the increase, Klauber, said, “While our enrollment increase this summer may seem slight, we are extremely pleased to see this uptick in our numbers, particularly in light of the fact that so many colleges and universities across the state and nation have seen a continuous decline in enrollment.” “Based on feedback from students, we made a few changes in scheduling options this summer, which we feel definitely paid off,” Klauber added. “We offered a number of delayed-start classes to accommodate the schedules of our recent high school graduates and transient students and developed a targeted advertising campaign to reach these populations. We feel that based on our numbers this summer, these efforts have been successful in helping us to realize the increase we have experienced.” “We are currently in the midst of registration for our 2017 fall semester, and are hopeful that the enrollment increase we saw this summer is an indication of what we’ll see with our fall numbers,” continued Klauber. Registration for Calhoun’s 2017 fall semester continues through August 20, with classes beginning on August 21. For more information, contact the Calhoun Admissions Office at 256-306-2593 or visit the college’s website to view a copy of the current class schedule. continued on page 22

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HudsonAlpha awarded $2 million to study psychiatric disease HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has been awarded a two-year, $2 million grant by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to research how transcription factors—key proteins that regulate the expression of genes—function in the brain. An important emphasis will be in understanding how these proteins are related to bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depressive disorder. HudsonAlpha President and Science Director, Richard M. Myers, PhD, and Faculty Investigator Greg Cooper, PhD, are leading the project, and are collaborating with researchers at the University of California at Irvine and the University of Michigan in this work. “We know that psychiatric disease is very complicated, with both genetic and environmental factors playing significant roles,” said Myers. “We’ve seen in other projects that people who suffer from these disorders have different transcription factor activity in the brain, and we want to use that information to identify whether these proteins could contribute to the risk of psychiatric disease.”

Includes biotech developments and other topics surrounding the biotech industry. We’d love to feature your company in Double Helix! Send your story ideas to: Transcription factors are proteins that bind to DNA and help turn specific genes on or off. They regulate when the DNA sequences adjacent to genes are used to generate RNA on the way to making a protein. The HudsonAlpha project has two major components to research transcription factors in the brain. First, researchers will apply previously developed technologies to map where transcription factors bind to DNA in different regions across the brain. Then, HudsonAlpha scientists can use these data to analyze how transcription factor activity may be different between individual people as well as how such activity may vary between different regions of the brain in any one individual. “Ultimately, we hope the data from this transcription factor analysis will allow us to understand basic molecular functions in human brains and eventually to better understand the differences between people with and without psychiatric disease,” said Cooper. “These data may point to genes or pathways with diagnostic, prognostic or therapeutic value.”  HudsonAlpha is a nonprofit institute dedicated to innovating in the field of genomic technology and sciences across a spectrum of biological challenges. Opened in 2008, continued on page 22


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This section focuses on local small businesses! We’d love to feature your company in Small Biz Synapse, so please send your press releases, photos, story ideas, etc. to:

IT WAS QUITE A NIGHT! The Huntsville/Madison County Chamber has always believed that it is important to recognize the big impact of small businesses in our community. This is why, every fall, the Chamber hosts the annual Small Business Awards Celebration. On August 15, the Chamber honored an incredible group of small businesses and individuals who make a tremendous impact in our community every day. This was the 32nd anniversary of the awards and served as a special tribute to our small business innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders. The “Great Gatsby” themed event was dedicated to those who possess the talent, the drive, and the determination to succeed – and whose ideas and ideals inspired them to start a business, and inspired others to help make that business grow. A special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama! This year we received 428 nominations and 84 Contenders for the 2017 Small Business Awards. Enjoy these fun photo memories...

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Innovative Plastics Announces Expansion Innovative Plastics, one of the premier custom injection molders in the Southeast, is expanding their manufacturing facility in Madison, Alabama. Expansion includes 14,000 square feet of high bay manufacturing space and a 1,600 square feet employee break and training area, and employee growth. Innovative’s new footprint now stands at more than 40,000-square-feet of space for manufacturing custom plastic products. The new addition will allow Innovative to increase production capacity by 35%, offering machine sizes ranging from 85 to 825 tons. Innovative anticipates increasing employment by 15% over the next 12 months. Currently, Innovative operates 20 injection molding machines and employs 60 people. Back in 1999, with only four injection mold machines, Innovative Plastics was purchased by Huntsville based, T-H Marine Supplies as a captive molder of recreational boating components. Innovative was relocated from Huntsville to Madison in 2002 with the goal of expanding its customer base and capacity. Since 2008, Innovative has grown more than 150% in annual sales and has diversified its customer base to

include medical equipment, electronics, hunting, mining, fire protection and various consumer goods. “We are very pleased to announce the expansion of our Innovative Plastics subsidiary. The Huntsville area was missing a truly solid, mid-scale injection molding company for many years. We had to buy one and grow the business to provide the

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kind of volume for custom injection molded plastic products that we needed,” said T-H Marine’s CEO, Jeff Huntley. “We are glad to find that there were many more manufacturers in North Alabama who needed a really capable injection molding supplier as well. Therefore, we continue to grow as we serve more and more customers who need our mold building and molding services.” Innovative General Manager Hosea Bartlett said, “Our team has done a fantastic job. We have steadily grown our business and our capabilities. We are continuing to invest in plant and technology to be the premier custom injection molding company in North Alabama. We are very happy that we can do this addition to provide even more good American manufacturing jobs for the area while providing more output for our customers.” Huntey added, “Our businesses continue to prosper here in the Huntsville area and we are really happy that we can keep growing our manufacturing plants and our number of team members. We now employ over 150 local people at T-H Marine and Innovative and that will grow even more with Innovative’s expansion.” T-H Marine is celebrating its 42nd Anniversary of business and has grown to be one of the largest manufacturers of boating and fishing accessories in the U.S. providing parts to every boat manufacturer in the country and every major distributor and retailer of boating and fishing products. Innovative Plastics, a fully owned subsidiary of T-H Marine, has been in business for 28 years and supplies custom plastic molded products to over 50 customers in the Huntsville, North Alabama, and the Southeastern U.S. To learn more about T-H Marine, please visit To learn more about the Innovative Plastics, please visit HERE.


TINMAR Celebrates 25 Years of Support in the Defense and Aerospace TINMAR is celebrating its Silver Anniversary of support to the American “War Fighter”. Headquartered in Huntsville, and under the leadership of Tina Everett McElwee, President, CEO and Owner, TINMAR is engaged in CNC Machining and Metal Fabrication. TINMAR, Inc., a Native American, Woman Owned, Small Business. McElwee is a descendant and registered member of the Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama. McElwee was born and raised in the Tennessee Valley. She began working in her father’s machine shop, General Products, at the age of 16 and learned the business from the ground up. After her father sold his business, McElwee started her own machine shop, TINMAR, Inc., in January 1992. TINMAR began with three employees, a couple manual mills and one CNC milling machine in a small rented 3000 SF facility in Madison County. The first job that TINMAR received was a commercial purchase order for $200. From that $200 purchase order, McElwee has developed and expanded the business to a 58,000 square foot, owned facility, located in Huntsville’s Industrial Park. The current facility houses state-of-art equipment providing high technology processes continued on page 25

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its mission is four-fold: sparking scientific discoveries that can impact human health and well-being; bringing genomic medicine into clinical care; fostering life sciences entrepreneurship and business growth; and encouraging the creation of a genomicsliterate workforce and society. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. Designed to be a hothouse of biotech economic development, HudsonAlpha’s state-of-the-art facilities co-locate nonprofit scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. The relationships formed on the HudsonAlpha campus encourage collaborations that produce advances in medicine and agriculture. HudsonAlpha has become a national and international leader in genetics and genomics research and biotech education, and includes more than 30 diverse biotech companies on campus. To learn more about HudsonAlpha, visit Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute Of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01MH110472. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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Calhoun’s Bass Fishing Team Finished the Season Ranked 11th in the Nation by Cabela’s School of the Year The Calhoun Community College Bass Fishing team finished the 2016-17 season ranked 11th in the nation by The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA), who manages the multifaceted Cabela’s School of the Year rankings that is presented annually by the Abu Garcia program. “Calhoun was the highest ranked two-year school in the national rankings among two and four year colleges and universities,” commented Meg Graham, Bass Fishing Team sponsor. “This ranking is full-proof that our bass fishing-team continues to compete stronger and stronger at each competition,” Graham added. Denver Saterlee and Zane Loveday, members of Calhoun’s Bass fishing team, qualified to compete at the B.A.S.S. (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society) Collegiate National Championship in Bemidji, MN on August 10-12. To qualify for this national championship, Saterlee and Loveday placed 15th at the B.A.S.S. College Wild Card Regional tournament on Lay Lake in June. If the team wins at the Bass Collegiate National tournament in August, they will advance to compete at the Professional Bassmasters Elite tournament, which is the “Super Bowl” of professional fishing. Calhoun also has two other boats that have qualified to compete at the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) College National Championship to be held in 2018. To learn more about Calhoun’s Bass Fishing Team, visit their Facebook page HERE. 22



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and manufacturing, supporting the American War Fighter with quality products, on time delivery, and at best value. TINMAR’s business base includes ground, missiles, air, and space. TINMAR has grown from performing small jobs for local companies to providing prototype and custom manufacturing for Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, The Boeing Company, Raytheon, DRS Technologies, The U.S. Army and many other customers. TINMAR’S services now include precision CNC machining (including a 5-axis machining center), sheet metal, fabrication, assembly, welding, water jet cutting, painting and other coating and finishing processes. The company’s dedicated and experienced employees use the most modern software and equipment to ensure quality, efficiency, expedited delivery and best value from proto types through production and fabrication. McElwee’s dream and vision of a Native American, Woman Owned Small Business that provides cost-effective precision CNC machining and metal fabrication (in support of our Armed Forces) for Defense, Aerospace, and commercial customers is a reality. Many of the systems included in the Warfighter’s inventory of combat equipment goes to the field with TINMAR’s stamp on some part of the system.

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Engineering Research and Consulting Makes Orlando Sentinel Top 100 Companies List Huntsville-based Engineering Research and Consulting (ERC) was recently selected as one of the 2017 Orlando Sentinel Top 100 Companies. The list of “Top 100 Companies” was created by the Orlando Sentinel and Best Companies Group. ERC was awarded 4th place for the large business category. This survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Central Florida, benefiting the region’s economy, its work force and businesses. To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements: • Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity • Be a publicly or privately held business • Have a facility in Central Florida (Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole, Sumter and Volusia County) • Have at least 15 employees working in Central Florida • Must be in business a minimum of one year Business must undergo a two-part survey process. The first part consists of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top organizations and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration, survey and analysis process and determined the final rankings. ERC is headquartered in Huntsville, AL and provides engineering and technical services to DoD and NASA organizations in Alabama, Florida, New Mexico, Texas, and California. For more info about the Orlando Sentinel Top 100 Companies program, visit For more information about ERC, Inc., please visit HERE. A PUBLICATION OF THE HUNTSVILLE/MADISON COUNTY CHAMBER

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