The major industries of Alabama include auto manufacturing, aerospace and defense, life sciences, steel and chemical manufacturing, forestry, food processing and tire manufacturing. Alabama���s expanding automotive manufacturing industry has powered much of the state���s economic growth this century. Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota manufacturing plants produced more than 700,000 cars and light trucks in 2010.Continue Reading
Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Teledyne Brown are among 280 aerospace and defense-related companies in Alabama. An Airbus A320 family aircraft assembly plant in Mobile is expected to produce up to 50 aircraft per year by 2017. Redstone Arsenal, a U.S. Army post in Huntsville, is a major employer.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is a global leader in healthcare and medical research. Steel producers Outokumpu, Nucor, SSAB, ThyssenKrupp and U.S. Steel employ over 10,000 people in Alabama facilities. Alabama���s chemical manufacturing industry is a large exporter and employer with more than 9,000 residents working for approximately 200 chemical companies as of 2014. With 850 forestry related companies statewide, forestry is a leading manufacturing sector directly employing 70,000. Alabama forests are equal to the size of several New England states combined. Catfish and broiler production are star players in the state���s food processing industry. Three major tire-manufacturing plants employ 3,500 Alabama residents as of 2014.Learn more about Industries