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Chemical/Process Industries

Our Chemical/Process Industries Cluster

  • Our labor shed has seen the following growth in employees from 2011-2016:
    • Labor Growth67% Nitrogenous Fertilizer Manufacturing (A)
    • 57% Artificial and Synthetic Fibers & Filaments Manufacturing (B)
    • 43% Plastics Material & Resins Manufacturing (C)
    • 42% Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing (E)
    • 38% Paint and Coating Manufacturing (E)
    • 38% Basic Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing (F)
    • 33% Support of Oil and Gas Operations (G)
    • 21% Industrial Gas Manufacturing (H)
    • 14% Pesticide and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing (I)
  • Our labor shed has more employees in the following sectors than the average US labor shed:
    • 29 times more than average in Pesticide & Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
    • 25 times more than average in Cyclic Crude, Intermediate, and Gum & Wood Chemical Manufacturing
    • 15 times more than average in Basic Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
    • 14 times more than average in Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing
    • 6 times more Asphalt Shingles and Coating Materials Manufacturing
    • 3 times more Plastics Material and Resin Manufacturing
    • 3 times more Artificial and Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
    • 3 times more Paint & Coating Manufacturing
    • 3 times more Electric Power Generation
    • 2 times more Industrial Gas Manufacturing
    • 2 times more Wet Corn Milling
    • 2 times more Soft Drink Manufacturing
    • 33% more Sugar Cane Manufacturing
    • 31% more Nitrogenous Fertilizer Manufacturing
  • The City of Monroeville provides water and sewer services to all our industrial parks.
  • The Port of Mobile is the 9th largest port in the USA.

Engineering Talent

  • 645 Civil Engineers
  • 507 Industrial Engineers
  • 409 Electrical Engineers
  • 383 Mechanical Engineers
  • 140 Chemical Engineers
  • 120 Chemists
  • 117 Electronics Engineers
  • 45 Materials Engineers
  • 23 Nuclear Engineers


  • Alabama is a Right-To-Work state
  • Our labor shed features the following numbers of workers:
    • 1,355 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
    • 815 Machinists
    • 571 Industrial Production Managers
    • 511 Chemical Equipment Operators
    • 492 Chemical Plant & Systems Operators
    • 312 Packaging & Filling Machine Operators
    • 289 Power Plant Operators
    • 275 Mixing & Blending Machine Operators
    • 189 Millwrights
    • 188 Chemical Technicians
    • 123 Petroleum Pump Systems Operators
    • 76 Stationary Engineers & Boiler Operators

Workforce Training


  • AIDT is recognized as one of the top 5 workforce training agencies in the US. Their services include:
    • Pre-Employment (Training Development, Videography, Media and Project Support)
    • Post-Employment/On-the-Job Training Support
    • Maintenance Assessments
    • Safety Assistance and Training
    • Leadership Development
    • Process Improvement (Continuous Improvement)

Utility Infrastructure

Electric Power

Alabama Power

Alabama Power

  • Operated by the Southern Company
  • $5 billion in annual revenue
  • Supplies over 45,000 customers

Southern Pine Electric Coop

Southern Pine Electric Coop

  • 20,000 customers
  • Baldwin, Conecuh, Covington, Escambia, and Monroe Counties in Alabama


South Alabama Gas

South Alabama Gas

  • Serves 34,000 + Customers


City of Monroeville

City of Monroeville

  • The City of Monroeville provides water and sewer services to all our industrial parks.

Transportation Infrastructure


  • Monroe County is located 14 miles from Interstate 65 along Highway 84 (the east-west El Camino Corridor)


  • Monroeville has access to 4 Class I Railroads (CSX, NS, CN, and KCS) via these 2 railroads which are both headquartered in Monroeville:


    Alabama and Gulf Coast Railway (AGR)

    • The Alabama and Gulf Coast Railway (AGR), headquartered in Monroeville, is a Class II railroad owned by Genesee & Wyoming (operates 120 railroads in 5 countries)
      • Interchanges with NS, CN, KCS

    Alabama Railroad (ALAB)

    Alabama Railroad (ALAB)

    • The Alabama Railroad (ALAB), headquartered in Monroeville, is a short-line railroad owned by Pioneer Railcorp (operates 24 short-line railroads in 13 states)
      • Interchanges with CSX
  • We have more than 3.5 times the US average for counties our size of people working in the Rail Transport business in Monroe County

Alabama River

  • The Alabama River borders Monroe County to the west providing both process water for chemical/process industries and navigable water for barge transportation.

Chemical/Process Industries Companies in the Area

  • 22 Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations
  • 11 Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction
  • 11 Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation
  • 9 Basic Inorganic Chemical Manufacturing
  • 7 Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing
  • 7 Plastics Material & Resins Manufacturing
  • 6 Industrial Gas Manufacturing
  • 5 Paint & Coating Manufacturing
  • 4 Pesticide & Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
  • 2 Soap & Detergent Manufacturing
  • 2 Cyclic Crude, Intermediate, and Gum & Wood Chemical Manufacturing
  • 2 Nitrogenous Fertilizer Manufacturing

Alabama Southern’s Paper & Chemical Technology Program

Alabama Southern Paper Chemical Technology Program

  • Designed with the help of local paper and chemical companies
  • Internship program allows students to spend a semester working at your plant
  • Various plants within the lab operate as units of an industrial chemical plant or paper mill, giving students hands-on experience that will put them ahead in the workplace.
    • Plant A, a process control plant, trains students on pressure, flow, temperature and level.
    • A crystallization plant, a heated-batch reactor, a water treatment plant, a waste treatment and gas fired boiler plant make the lab like a typical industrial site with various areas of operations.

University Programs to Support Chemical Industries

  • The Universities of Alabama, Auburn, and South Alabama all have chemical engineering programs
    University of AlabamaAuburnUSA

Construction Costs

  • According to RSMeans Construction Cost Data, Monroe County is less expensive than the following:
    • $30/sq. ft. less expensive to build a manufacturing plant and $19/sq. ft. less expensive to build a warehouse than the US average
    • $4/sq. ft. less expensive to build a manufacturing plant and $2/sq. ft. less expensive to build a warehouse than in Montgomery
    • $11/sq. ft. less expensive to build a manufacturing plant and $6/sq. ft. less expensive to build a warehouse than in Mobile
    • $14/ sq. ft. less expensive to build a manufacturing plant and $9/sq. ft. less expensive to build a warehouse than in Birmingham
    • $17/sq. ft. less expensive to build a manufacturing plant $11/sq. ft. less expensive to build warehouse than in Atlanta

Support Services

  • 287 Commercial Banks
  • 123 Specialized Freight Trucking
  • 93 Temporary Help Services
  • 87 General Long Distance Freight Trucking
  • 87 Site Preparation Contractors
  • 66 Industrial Machinery Wholesalers
  • 63 Security Guard and Patrol Services
  • 54 Machine Shops
  • 48 Freight Transportation Arrangement
  • 46 Civil Engineering Construction
  • 41 General Freight Local Trucking
  • 34 Industrial Supply Wholesalers
  • 30 Concrete Manufacturers
  • 27 Industrial Building Construction
  • 27 Electrical Chemical Wholesalers
  • 26 Fabricated Metals
  • 19 General Warehousing and Storage
  • 15 Solid Waste Collection
  • 13 Sheet Metal Work Manufacturer
  • 12 Heavy Transportation Equipment Wholesalers
  • 8 Chartered Air Transportation Companies
  • 8 Inland Water Freight Transportation Companies
  • 6 Deep Sea Freight Transportation Companies
  • 6 Industrial Gas Manufacturers
  • 3 Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal Companies
  • 1 Conveying Equipment Manufacturer
  • 1 Hazardous Waste Collection

Taxes & Business Costs

  • No inventory tax
  • 6.5% state corporate income tax rate
    • 15 year carry-forward of net operating losses
  • Business privilege tax capped at $15,000
  • Property taxes in Alabama are the lowest in the nation
  • Unemployment Insurance is 2.7% based with an $8,000 wage base
  • 1.81 Worker’s Comp Rate
  • 9% Sales Tax Rate


  • Monroe County is in attainment for all federally regulates gases
  • Minor source air permits have a 2-3 month timeline
  • Major source air permits have a 6-7 month timeline

Buildings & Sites


  • Sellable State Corporate Income Tax Credits
    • Alabama Capital Investment Tax Credits provide 5% of your upfront invested capital as a tax credit each year for 20 years. So, over 20 years you are eligible to recoup 100% of your upfront capital investment.
    • In 2015, Alabama passed legislation to allow companies to sell these tax credits to generate cash to go into a project.
  • Payroll Tax Credits
    • 4% for 10 years
  • Industrial Revenue Bonds
    • May finance up to 100% of real estate and/or equipment costs
  • Property Tax Abatements
    • Local property tax portions not including the school portions may be abated for up to 10 years
  • New Market Tax Credits
    • 39% federal tax credit recouped over 7 years
  • Sales/Use Tax Abatement on Construction Materials
  • Enterprise Zone
    • Company can choose to expect 100% of 1 of these: state income tax, business privilege tax, or sales/use tax for 5 years and 50% of the other 2
    • $2,500 per employee tax credit

Source of Business and Labor Numbers: Troy University


Monroeville/Monroe County
Economic Development Authority

15 N. Mount Pleasant Ave.
Monroeville, AL 36460

Phone: 251-743-1332
Fax: 251-743-2012

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Did You Know?

Monroeville is known worldwide as the “Literary Capital of Alabama.”  Did you also know we are home to North America’s largest producer of mass market pulp?  Or that Gate Precast in Monroeville has been the architectural precast manufacturer of more than 50% of Atlanta’s skyline?  Or finally that we have more than 17 times the US average for counties our size of people working in the Long Distance Freight Trucking industry?

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