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Our Metal Working Cluster

Metal Working Cluster

  • Golden Dragon announced a $100 million investment in 2014 to produces copper tubing 20 minutes from Monroeville
  • Arcelor Mittal & Nippon Steel via a joint venture operate a 1,200 employee carbon steel plant 1 hour from Monroe County
  • Outokumpu manufactures stainless steel is a 950 employee plant 1 hour from Monroe County
  • Our labor shed has seen 9% growth in steel mill jobs from 2013-2018
  • Our labor shed has more than 38 times the rolled steel manufacturing than the average US labor shed
  • Our labor shed has more than 10 times the steel mill jobs than the US average labor shed
  • Our labor shed has more than 5 times the steel pipe and tubing jobs than the US average labor shed
  • Our labor shed has more than 4 times the iron foundry workers than the average US labor shed
  • Our labor shed has more than 3 times the metal tank manufacturing workers than the average US labor shed
  • The Port of Mobile is the largest break-bulk forest products port in the world

Skilled Labor

  • Alabama is a Right-To-Work state
  • 2,297 Electricians
  • 1,852 Welders
  • 1,774 Team Assemblers
  • 1,727 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • 642 Machinists
  • 612 Industrial Engineers
  • 608 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters
  • 597 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Operators
  • 517 Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
  • 515 Industrial Production Managers
  • 292 Logisticians
  • 250 Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic
  • 230 Structural Iron and Steel Workers
  • 212 Millwrights
  • 176 Mechanical Engineers
  • 169 Sheet Metal Workers
  • 159 Maintenance Workers, Machinery
  • 156 Grinding, Lapping, and Polishing Machine Operators
  • 103 Extruding and Drawing Machine Operators
  • 77 Rolling Machine Operators
  • 57 Tool and Die Makers
  • 54 Heat Treating Equipment Operators
  • 46 Plating and Coating Machine Operators
  • 46 Pourers and Casters, Metal

Engineers in the Labor Shed

  • 728 Civil Engineers
  • 612 Industrial Engineers
  • 465 Electrical Engineers
  • 398 Mechanical Engineers
  • 113 Aerospace Engineers
  • 78 Materials Engineers

Metal Products Companies in the Area

  • 52 Machine Shops
  • 24 Fabricated Structural Metal Manufacturers
  • 15 Sheet Metal Work Manufacturers
  • 9 Metal Tank Manufacturers
  • 6 Prefabricated Metal Building Manufacturers
  • 5 Steel Mills
  • 3 Steel Pipe & Tubing Manufacturers
  • 3 Plate Work Manufacturers
  • 3 Rolled Steel Manufacturers
  • 2 Metal Door & Window Manufacturers
  • 1 Iron Foundry

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)

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 metals companies and navigable water for barge transportation.

Alabama State Port Authority

Alabama State Port Authority

  • The Alabama State Port Authority in Mobile has a portfolio of steel terminal facilities with over 350,000 sq. ft. of covered bay area with three (50) ton overhead bridge cranes and 168,000 sq. ft. of open storage yard handing an estimated 700,000 tons of steel annually.
  • 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: coal, aluminum, iron, steel, and copper
  • Exports out of the Alabama State Docks include: coal, iron, and steel

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.

Alabama Southern’s Programs

Alabama Southern

  • Alabama Southern, Community College, offers the following programs in Monroeville:
    • Machine Technology and Millwright
    • Industrial Maintenance
    • Industrial Engineering Technology

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

  • 282 Commercial Banks
  • 132 Temporary Help Services
  • 94 General Long-Distance Freight Trucking
  • 92 Site Preparation Contractors
  • 89 Specialized Freight Trucking
  • 73 Industrial Machinery Wholesalers
  • 52 Machine Shops
  • 46 Security Guard and Patrol Services
  • 46 Freight Transportation Arrangement
  • 43 Civil Engineering Construction
  • 43 General Freight Local Trucking
  • 38 Industrial Supply Wholesalers
  • 34 Concrete Manufacturers
  • 29 Chemical Wholesalers
  • 29 Industrial Building Construction
  • 26 Electrical Wholesalers
  • 25 General Warehousing and Storage
  • 24 Fabricated Structural Metal Manufacturers
  • 17 Solid Waste Collection
  • 15 Sheet Metal Work Manufacturer
  • 10 Heavy Transportation Equipment Wholesalers
  • 9 Inland Water Freight Transportation Companies
  • 7 Chartered Air Transportation Companies
  • 7 Metal Coating Shops
  • 6 Plating Shops
  • 6 Industrial Gas Manufacturers
  • 3 Deep Sea Freight Transportation Companies
  • 3 Plate Work Manufacturers
  • 2 Hazardous Waste Collection
  • 1 Industrial Valve Manufacturer

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

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


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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