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Fruit of the Loom

Distribution

Our Distribution Cluster

Distribution Cluster

  • Fruit of the Loom has a distribution center in Monroeville employing 285 people
  • Billy Barnes Enterprises is a national trucking provider headquartered in Monroe County where the company employs 200 people
  • $37 billion worth of products are exported from our labor shed area on an annual basis
  • We have more than 81% the US average of people working in the Long Distance General Freight Trucking industry in our labor shed
  • We have experienced 25% growth in the last 5 years in Specialized Freight Trucking in Monroe County
  • We have more than 12x the US average of support services for Rail Transportation in Monroe County
  • We have more than 14x the US average of people working in the General Freight Trucking in Monroe County
  • We have more than 3.5 times the US average of people working in the Rail Transport business in Monroe County


No Inventory Tax

  • There is no inventory tax in Alabama.


Workforce

  • Alabama is a Right-To-Work state
  • Our labor shed features the following numbers of workers:
    • 5,847 Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand
    • 5,332 Heavy Truck Trailer Drivers
    • 2,090 Light Truck Drivers
    • 1,125 First Line Supervisors of Material Moving Workers
    • 1,096 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
    • 961 Bus and Truck Mechanics & Diesel Engine Specialists
    • 909 Packers & Packagers, Hand
    • 507 Aircraft Mechanics & Service Technicians
    • 506 Packaging & Filling Machine Operators
    • 364 Machine Feeders & Offbearers
    • 292 Transportation, Storage, & Distribution Managers
    • 292 Logisticians
    • 174 Sailors & Marine Oilers
    • 126 Captains, Mates, & Pilots of Water Vessels
    • 123 Commercial Pilots
    • 106 Other Material Moving Workers
    • 106 Railroad Conductors & Yard Masters
    • 90 Conveyor Operators & Tenders
    • 80 Locomotive Engineers
    • 76 Avionics Technicians
    • 60 Rail Car Repairers


Workforce Training

AIDT

  • 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)


Transportation Infrastructure

Road

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


Rail

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

    AGR

    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

Air

  • Monroe County Airport is a general aviation airport with more than 20,000 annual aircraft operations
    • Average of 55 aircraft operations per day
      • 95% general aviation
      • 5% military
    • 6,100 ft. runway
  • We have nearly 7 times the US average of counties our size of people working in the Nonscheduled Charter Air Transportation sector in Monroe County


Alabama River

  • The navigable Alabama River borders Monroe County to the west. It provides navigable water access to the Alabama State Docks in Mobile, Alabama.


Distribution Related Companies in the Area

  • 94 General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Truckload, companies in our labor shed
  • 89 Specialized Freight Trucking, Local, companies in our labor shed
  • 64 Specialized Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, companies in our labor shed
  • 46 Freight Transportation Arrangement companies in our labor shed
  • 43 General Freight Trucking, Local, companies in our labor shed
  • 25 General Warehousing & Storage companies in our labor shed
  • 16 General Freight Trucking, Long-Distance, Less Than Truckload, companies in our labor shed
  • 10 Specialty Freight Trucking companies in Monroe County
  • 9 Inland Water Freight Transportation companies in our labor shed
  • 4 Long Distance General Freight Trucking Companies in Monroe County
  • 3 Deep Sea Freight Transportation companies in our labor shed
  • 3 Refrigerated Warehousing & Storage companies in our labor shed


Alabama State Port Authority

Alabama State Port Authority

  • We have direct access to the Alabama State Port Authority by highway, rail, and navigable waterways.
    • Monroe County is located 90 miles away
  • Alabama State Docks Overview:
  • Imports into the Alabama State Docks include: Heavy Lift & Oversized Cargo, Containers, Coal, Aluminum, Iron, Steel, Copper, Lumber, Woodpulp, Plywood, Fence Posts, Veneers, Roll and Cut Paper, Cement, and Chemicals.
  • Exports out of the Alabama State Docks include: Heavy Lift & Oversized Cargo, Containers, Coal, Lumber, Plywood, Woodpulp, OSB, Laminate, Flooring, Roll and Cut Paper, Iron, Steel, Frozen Poultry, Soybeans, and Chemicals


University Programs to Support Distribution

University of Alabama

  • The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa (140 miles from Monroe County) offers an Operations Management degree with a specialty in Supply Chain Management.
  • The degree is a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce & Business Administration
  • Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral degrees are available
  • Click here to learn more about the program.

Auburn Operations Management

  • Auburn University (150 miles from Monroeville) offers a Supply Chain Management degree through its College of Business


Construction Costs

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


Taxes & Business Costs

  • 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


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

Gas

South Alabama Gas

South Alabama Gas

  • Serves 34,000 + Customers

Water/Sewer

City of Monroeville

City of Monroeville

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


Buildings & Sites


Incentives

  • 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: Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development, University of Southern Mississippi

Monroeville

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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