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Rising to global demands – Onward and upward, Monroeville industry is inclined to success.

Major EmployersEvery year, 90 million passengers fly through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest passenger airport. Amidst the non-stop flow of aircraft, Hartsfield-Jackson’s air traffic control tower stands tall and secure, constructed with the architectural precast of Gate Precast. Gate’s Monroeville manufacturing facility has the capacity to produce over one million square feet of architectural precast annually.

Sustainable success:
In a world of uncertain climate and rapidly diminishing natural resources, GP Cellulose, a division of Georgia-Pacific, strives for sustainability—environmental, social and economic. The Monroe GP Cellulose manufacturing plant uses only wood and fiber delivered through a rigorous supply chain process that has earned Forest Stewardship Council Chain-of-Custody certification. Forests are being sustained, and so are jobs here in Monroe County—nearly 450 are employed producing fluff pulp used as an absorbent filler for a variety of products that improve quality of life.

On the go, on the grow:
At Billy Barnes Enterprises, a national trucking and logistics firm, the trucks used to haul a variety of lumber products are lightweight but powerful; the technology used to direct logistics is state-of-the-art. But the multi-dimensional support the company provides the drivers on its staff of 200 is also critical to company’s record of safety and satisfaction. Proof of success: Billy Barnes opened his transportation company in 1975; today, all of his original customers have remained with the company as it has grown, and many of his original employees (some have retired) are also on the job, keeping industry on the move.

Strategic transitions:
In 2008, changing trends caused long-time Monroeville employer Vanity Fair to close its local manufacturing operation. Yet even as the manufacturing was moved elsewhere, parent company, Fruit of the Loom, recognized the value of Monroe County’s location and hard-working labor force, and transitioned a larger share of its distribution operations here. Today, Fruit of the Loom employs 285, up over 100 from when the Monroeville operation centered on manufacturing.

A fast-moving world, diminishing natural resources, the vital need for human resources—in today’s globally demanding marketplace, it’s all about rising to challenges. What we do best here in Monroe County. Here are some of our partners in success:

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Billy Barnes Enterprises

  • National transportation and logistics provider
  • Employees: 200
  • Established: 1975
  • Billy Barnes provides all the hauling service for the construction of the new Atlanta Braves stadium.   Read More
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Fruit of the Loom

  • Distribution Center for Vanity Fair Brands intimate apparel (former corporate headquarters for VF Corporation)
  • Employees: 285 (Expanding in 2016)
  • Established: 1937 (Acquired in 2007 – formerly Vanity Fair Brands)
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Gate Precast

  • International manufacturer of architectural pre-cast systems
  • Employees: 170 (Expanding in 2016)
  • Established: 1985 (Acquired in 1989 – formerly Lazenby Precast)
  • Gate provides all of the architectural precast for the construction of the new Atlanta Braves stadium.   Read More
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Georgia Pacific – Alabama River Cellulose

  • Currently investing $110 million in mill improvements
  • Largest producer of mass market pulp in North America
  • Employees: 445
  • Established: 1977 (Acquired in 2010 – formerly Alabama River Pulp)
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Georgia Pacific – Temple-Inland

  • Manufacturer of quality particleboard products
  • Employees: 90
  • Established: 1974 (Acquired in 2012 from International Paper)

Georgia Pacific – Rocky Creek Lumber

  • Producer of Southern Yellow Pine dimensional lumber
  • Employees: 110
  • Established: 2000
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 Harrigan Lumber

  • Producer of Southern Yellow Pine dimensional lumber
  • Employees: 65
  • Established: 1972
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Scotch Lumber

  • Producer of Southern Yellow Pine veneer
  • Employees: 95
  • Established: 1979


Regional Businesses:

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  • One of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers
  • Initial Employee Projection: 1,000
  • Established: 2012

AM/NS Calvert

  • AM/NS Calvert is a 50/50 joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. (NSSMC).
  • Employees: 1,200
  • Established: 2010
  • Formerly operated under ThyssenKrupp
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Georgia Pacific – Alabama River Cellulose

  • Largest producer of mass market pulp in North America
  • Employees: 445
  • Established: 1977 (Acquired in 2010 – formerly Alabama River Pulp)
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Golden Dragon Precise Copper Tube Group, Inc.

  • First Chinese Green Field site in Southeast United States
  • Initial Employee Projection: 300-500
  • Established: 2010
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  • First Hyundai assembly plant in United States
  • Employees: 3,000
  • Established: 2002
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Mercedes-Benz US International, Inc.

  • Manufactures the GL-Class, M-Class, R-Class, and future C-Class models
  • Employees: 3,200
  • Established: 1993
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  • Outokumpu is a global leader in stainless steel.
  • Employees: 950
  • Formerly operated under ThyssenKrupp AG


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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