If you were an early 20th century Italian immigrant living in Birmingham, chances are you came from Sicily. More specifically, you probably came from Bisacquino, a small Sicilian village near Palermo. Leaving family behind in Bisacquino was surely a gut wrenching decision, motivated by a desire to escape poverty and facilitated by agents canvassing...

An Italian software and IT services company now has a controlling share of a Birmingham company that provides credit union technology services.   Dedagroup NA is the North American subsidiary of Dedagroup ICT Network, located in Trento, Italy. The company supports IT and digital operations in grocery, fashion and financial institutions,...

By Michael Huebner Opera Birmingham is gearing up for an ambitious season, staging two productions, three operas, two concerts and a vocal competition that continues to gain national stature.   And if you have a liking for Italian opera (and what true opera fan doesn't?), you're in luck. Three out of three operas will be sung in that most m...

A global valve and fuel injection device manufacturer is closing its Northvale factory and moving 86 jobs to Jacksonville, Ala.   Gnutti Carlo USA, which in December 2012 acquired WH Industries, a Northvale car parts maker, said it is moving to "centralize U.S. operations."   Read more   Source: http://www.northjersey.com...

By Greg Garrison   Alabama-based EWTN Global Catholic Network has launched ACI Stampa, a new Rome-based Italian-language Catholic news agency that will be led by Vatican journalist Angela Ambrogetti. The new service was introduced on Thursday, Sept. 10 at an event held adjacent to the Vatican press center in Rome.   "I am pleased to a...

by Andrew J. Yawn   The relationship between Montgomery, Alabama, and Pietrasanta, Italy, is a tale of two cities and two mayors. The two cultures are connected as far back as 100 years ago. The two mayors added the latest chapter to the tale this past week.   In 2009, Pietrasanta and Montgomery formally agreed to be Sister Cities, a...

Italian casting company 2a S.p.A. celebrated the Grand Opening of their Auburn operation 2a USA Inc. today. Several members of the llotte family, owners of 2a, traveled from Italy to join local employees and Auburn community leaders for the ribbon cutting event, today. The company is joining the Auburn family following its recent acquisition of Alu...

Before coming to Alabaster about five months ago, Alice Zanotti had never experienced softball, attended a Thanksgiving feast or fought Black Friday shopping crowds.   Today, she has a much better grasp of American culture, as Alabaster's Morris family has hosted the 17-year-old high school student through an exchange student program.  ...

by Greg Mason   For Adam Lentini, Sunday was a family affair in downtown Auburn. The Auburn man was joined by his 9-year-old daughter, Elisabeth, at the second annual Grape-Winemaking Festival at the State Street mall. Together, the two stomped and waded in a barrel of grapes, laughing as their feet mashed the fruit into juice.  ...

The Italian American Heritage Society chapter of Birmingham, Al. takes pride in announcing the Vulcan Park & Museum has chosen to feature the Italian Immigrants of Alabama as their up and coming exhibition. Our Italian ancestors chose this beautiful city to call home in their new country America. What a fitting tribute to our ancestors and to t...