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We’ve built a manufacturing powerhouse in the picturesque Appalachian foothills of Northwest Alabama. Our location, interstate access, skilled labor force, low-cost business environment, and extensive high-speed fiber network will ensure that your business thrives.

The Northwest Alabama Region offers the best of both worlds: well-connected to metro areas and the global economy, yet with lots of room to breathe in safe, welcoming communities.

Fayette, Lamar, and Marion counties have easy on-off access to unbeatable highway infrastructure including two interstates, I-20 to the south and I-22 to the north.

We are an hour’s drive of population centers totaling over 1.7 million people. Consider these residents as potential employees.

A 200-mile radius encompasses 14 million people. Consider these potential customers.


We are proud to offer the fastest internet available anywhere, right here in rural America. Plug into our GIG Rural Region! Tombigbee Communications provides ultra-high-speed fiber optic internet and HD phone services through freedom FIBER services across Northwest Alabama.


Advanced Manufacturing

Long known as a manufacturing powerhouse, Northwest Alabama has a large workforce of highly-skilled advanced manufacturing workers who are sharing their knowledge through industry-led training. 

Automotive Manufacturing

With thousands of our workers commuting to the more than 50 automotive OEMs and suppliers within a 90-minute drive, we have sites, skilled employees, and training resources ready to attract these companies even closer to home.

Food Production & Distribution

Legacy homegrown food companies and nearby international food and beverage brands currently employ over 4,800 people in our region, providing a pool of talent alongside prime infrastructure resources for food industry growth.

Logistics, Distribution & Warehousing

Perfectly positioned on the I-20/I-22 corridor halfway between Memphis and Atlanta, we have pad-ready industrial sites, a strong manufacturing base, available rail sites, and access to two ports within a 30-minute drive.

Metal Fabrication

Our cluster of specialty metal fabrication companies represents a legacy industry with enduring growth over five decades that promises more to come thanks to the 20-plus successful metal fabrication training programs in higher education statewide.

Wood Products

With a history dating back over 200 years, the wood product industry continues to grow with diversified opportunities, relying on our highly skilled workforce, natural setting, and excellent logistical advantages.



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