Key Industries

Alabama offers a supportive environment that encourages business success.  That environment has resulted in international attention and continued job growth and investment across a number of industry sectors.

Aerospace  – Alabama has a vibrant history in Aviation, Aerospace, and Defense and has been integral to the success of U.S. space and defense programs.  Companies like Airbus, Boeing, Commercial Jet, GE Aviation, GKN, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, PPG Aerospace and United Launch Alliance call Alabama home.

Automotive – Alabama’s success in the automotive industry began in 1997 when the first M-Class rolled off the production line in Vance.  Currently, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and Hyundai collectively produce 10 passenger vehicle models and a new Toyota-Mazda  joint venture will add additional vehicle models.  Toyota also produces 4-cylinder, V6 and V8 engines in the state.  These companies are joined by a growing list of automotive suppliers – Kamtek, Lear, ZF Chassis, Topre, Gestamp, Mando, MOBIS, Fleetwood Metals, and North American Lighting, just to name a few.

Chemical –  Alabama’s chemical products industry employs more than 9,300 and is the second largest exporter in the state.  Alabama is home to chemical companies such as Akzo Nobel, BASF, Daikin, Evonik Degussa, Huntsman, Occidental, SABIC, Solutia and Syngenta.

Distribution – Ace, Dollar General, Home Depot, McLane, Target, SYSCO and Wal-Mart are among the nationally known companies with major distribution operations in the state. Alabama’s interstate system allows companies to access over 160 metropolitan areas in a 600 mile radius.

Food Production – Food production and beverage product industries account for over 12% of manufacturing jobs in Alabama. Alabama is home to several large food production companies including Tyson Foods, Zeigler, Southeastern Meats, Pepsi Cola Bottling, Mayfield Dairy Farms, Coca Cola Bottling and Buffalo Rock Vending.

Forest Products – With the second largest timberland base in the United States, nearly 23 million acres, it is no wonder that Forest Products are a key industry in Alabama and one of the largest exports.  Companies like Boise Cascade, Georgia Pacific, International Paper, Cascades Sonoco, SCA, Wellborn and Weyerhaeuser call Alabama home.

Information Technology – Employing approximately 15,000, Alabama’s IT companies generate over $1 billion in annual revenue and serve such distinct industries as banking and finance, government, education, consumer products, GIS and utilities automation.

Medical Device – Alabama is known for its healthcare and biotechnology industries and is home to medical device companies such as Atrion, Baxter, BioHorizons, Evonik, and Turner Medical. The average annual wage for the medical device and equipment industry in Alabama is $55,958.

Metals – Alabama has a strong presence is both primary metal and fabrication and has welcomed a number of new companies in recent years.  Companies such as ArcelorMittal, Outokumpu Stainless, Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube, Nucor, SSAB Steel, U.S. Pipe and U.S. Steel call Alabama home.

Plastics & Rubber –  Over 200 plastics and rubber products establishments are located in Alabama.  Companies such as 3M, BF Goodrich, Goodyear, Webster Industries, Ansell, Rain Bird, Rehau and Showa Best Glove call Alabama home.