Northwest Alabama is a rural manufacturing powerhouse. Over 30% of employees in Northwest Alabama work at manufacturing facilities – in production, management, and other roles. Existing industry clusters in the region include:
Northwest Alabama is ideally located for a Tier I or Tier II automotive supplier. Our shovel-ready industrial parks on Interstate 22 are located within a 90-mile drive of over 50 automotive OEMs and suppliers. Not counting the workers already employed in Northwest Alabama, over 2,100 workers from the region commute to jobs outside the region in the automotive industry or for comparable occupations.
“For the last 10 years, Northwest Alabama has been on the cusp for attracting automotive industry projects,” says Bill Taylor, former CEO of Mercedes-Benz Alabama. “Well, now they are really poised to grow. For a rural area, they have some compelling locational advantages including available workforce with automotive training.”