South Huntsville Companies Host Ribbon Cutting for New Multi-Tenant Facility

Thursday, September 30, 2021

County Commission Chair Dale Strong, Torch President and CEO John Watson, Invariant President David Anderson, Freedom CEO and Torch Co-Founder Bill Roark, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, and Huntsville/Madison County Chamber Board Chair Jeff Gronberg.

Freedom Real Estate & Capital (Freedom), Invariant Corporation (Invariant), and Torch Technologies (Torch) are celebrating the ribbon cutting of a new multi-use building located at 4040 Chris Drive. The ribbon cutting was hosted on September 30, 2021 at the site of the new building.

The event began with a welcome from Huntsville/Madison County Chamber Board Chair Jeff Gronberg. Next, we heard from property developer Freedom Real Estate & Capital CEO, Bill Roark, as well as from representatives of the tenants of the new facility, Invariant President David Anderson, and Torch Technologies President and CEO John Watson. The event concluded with remarks from Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and County Commission Chair Dale Strong.

Freedom, a real estate investment company, developed the new facility at 4040 Chris Drive, and leased the first two spaces to Invariant and Torch. The 4040 Chris Drive development is a multi-tenant building that will house up to 92,000 square feet once fully built-out and features a mix of office, research and development labs, light manufacturing, assembly, and integration space along with a high bay.

Invariant, an engineering, systems integration, and software development company founded in 2001 in Huntsville, is expanding into the new facility to support their company's continued growth. "We are excited to grow and expand into this new facility that will provide our employees the resources needed to ensure quality services and products are delivered to our customers, and we are proud to be a part of Huntsville's continuing success," stated David Anderson, President of Invariant.

Torch, a 100% employee-owned services and solutions defense contractor, is adding a sixth location to their Huntsville headquarters with the occupation of this new space. "This marks the third major development project that Freedom has completed for Torch in South Huntsville in the last six years," said Torch President and CEO John Watson.  "All three have been instrumental in the continued growth of Torch. The Freedom Center serves as the central gathering hub for our more than 850 Huntsville-based employee-owners and their customers; TIPC provides the specialized space needed for our electrical, mechanical, optical, and robotic prototyping efforts; and this facility will provide the much-needed space for limited production of Torch-developed hardware."

"We are happy to be part of the Huntsville community and are excited to be part of this rebirth of South Huntsville," said Bill Roark, co-founder of and CEO of Freedom. Roark added, "We are excited for our community's continued growth and success to come."