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  • New tunnel, premium RV section at Talladega Superspeedway on schedule despite weather


    Construction of a new oversized vehicle tunnel and premium RV infield parking section at Talladega Superspeedway is still on schedule to be completed in time for the April NASCAR race, despite large amounts of rainfall and unusual groundwater conditions underneath the track.

    Track Chairman Grant Lynch, during a news conference Wednesday at the track, said he’s amazed the general contractor, Taylor Corporation of Oxford, has been able to keep the project on schedule.

    “The amount of water they have pumped out of that and the extra engineering they did from the original design, basically to keep that tunnel from floating up out of the earth, was remarkable,” Lynch said.

  • Alabama workers built 1.6M engines in 2018 to add auto horsepower


    Alabama’s auto workers built nearly 1.6 million engines last year, as the state industry continues to carve out a place in global markets with innovative, high-performance parts, systems and finished vehicles.

    Last year also saw major new developments in engine manufacturing among the state’s key players, and more advanced infrastructure is on the way in the coming year.

    Hyundai expects to complete a key addition to its engine operations in Montgomery during the first half of 2019, while Honda continues to reap the benefits of a cutting-edge Alabama engine line installed several years ago.

  • Groundbreaking on Alabama’s newest aerospace plant made possible through key partnerships


    Political and business leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at Alabama’s newest aerospace plant gave credit to the formation of the many key partnerships that made it possible.

    Governor Kay Ivey and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event which celebrated the construction of rocket engine builder Blue Origin’s facility in Huntsville.

4 months ago

SoulGrown Alabama launches website to show off the very best of our state

(Ellis Terry/Contributed)

ALABAMA, USA — SoulGrown Alabama today announced the launch of

Until now, the popular lifestyle brand had been driven by its social media presence, especially on Instagram. Across the brand’s flagship and regional accounts, SoulGrown currently has more than 44,000 followers.

SoulGrown’s new website is expected to accelerate the already rapidly-growing, go-to source for Alabama-centric food and drink, travel, culture, living, and outdoors content.

With the mission of showcasing the very best of Alabama, SoulGrown’s website launches with an experienced team of content creators led by editor Julia Sayers Gokhale, the former editor-in-chief of Birmingham Magazine.


SoulGrown was founded by Ellis Terry out of a desire to show off the style and beauty found throughout his home state.

“Through our unique perspective on Southern culture, today SoulGrown shares the personality of Alabama with people across the world,” Terry said. “Today’s announcement is the latest in a line of strategic moves to expand SoulGrown’s reach so we can further highlight all our great state proudly has to offer in the 21st century. We continually strive to sharpen the high-quality, engaging content we offer while reaching an even wider audience; our new website will strengthen this mission.”

Businesses and other groups interested in partnering to enhance SoulGrown’s mission of showing off the best of Alabama can reach out online here.

SoulGrown’s social media handles can be accessed as follows:

SoulGrown Alabama, Instagram
SoulGrown Alabama, Facebook
SoulGrown Birmingham, Instagram
SoulGrown Tuscaloosa, Instagram
SoulGrown Montgomery, Instagram
SoulGrown Huntsville, Instagram
SoulGrown Mobile, Instagram
SoulGrown Auburn, Instagram

SoulGrown’s content is people-driven, just as Alabama is. Anyone seeking to become a content contributor (including photography) or wanting to submit story ideas should reach out here.

7 months ago

Don’t miss a chance to win a weekend for two in Birmingham

(@SoulGrown_Alabama/Instagram, YHN)

Alabama’s favorite Instagram account is giving away a weekend for two in Birmingham!

With over a $600 value, the package includes a two night stay at the premiere Elyton Hotel (@elytonhotelbirmingham); dinner for two at Le Fresca (@lefresca); brunch for two at The Yard (@theyardbirmingham); and dinner for two at East West (@eastwestbham).

To enter, simply follow @Soulgrown_Alabama on Instagram and ALL participating partners (linked above). Like the giveaway post on @Soulgrown_Alabama and tag as many friends as you would like. The more tags, the more entries!