The Diversified Developments in Alabama



 Alabama has enriched and diversified so much in recent years, and that’s exciting news! With our southern sensibilities stimulated during this time of impressive growth and expansion, let us dive into yet another informational piece. 2018 has been moving right along and Alabama isn’t being left behind!

 There are announcements galore, with growth in areas including the following: Aerospace & Aviation, Agriculture & Food Production, Automotive, Technology, Education, Healthcare, Retail, and Industrial. This information is intended to enlighten, entertain, and hopefully interest any individuals that find themselves reading on our blog.

Northern Alabama

Florence Area

  • Sierra Artificial Neural Networks and IPWatch Systems to partner on an initiative toward continued research and commercialization on Artificial Intelligence.

Huntsville Area

  • NASA’s new Space Launch System is taking shape at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Team members plan the first test flight of this enormous system in 2018 and hope for a flight that will take humans back to space in the next decade.
  • Aerospace and defense company, Aerojet Rocketdyne, expected to be in production by next year upon completion of the manufacturing facility. This will create 800 employment opportunities as well as additional research and development activities.
  • $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda facility in Huntsville that will add more than 4,000 jobs.

Decatur Area

  • GE Appliances announced a $115 million expansion, while also creating 255 more jobs.

Scottsboro Area

  • In April of 2018, Google broke ground on its $600 million data center in Jackson County, Alabama. Once fully operational, the data center will employ 75-100 employees in a variety of full-time & contractor roles, including computer technicians, engineers, and various food services, maintenance, and security roles.

Jasper Area

Yorozu auto supplier’s $110 million grand opening in March earlier this year projected 100+ jobs at their new plant by 2020.

 Cullman Area

  • Auto supplier Topre announced their $80 million expansion in February of this year producing 98 jobs.
  • Last month Royal Technologies completed their $14 million expansion on their advanced plastics manufacturing company and pioneers toward further development in the application of their fabrication and fitment technologies.

Gadsden Area

  • Koch Food announced it’s $80 million expansion earlier this month. The poultry processing plant project is expected to create 200 employment positions.

Birmingham Area

  • The tech firm Shipt announced a $550 million expansion projecting 881 new job positions.

Bessemer Area

  • Amazon announced a $325 million expansion which will result in creating 1,500 employment opportunities.

Talladega Area

  • Honda announced a $54.8 million expansion.
  • Talladega Superspeedway was announced to have a $50 million redevelopment for NASCAR’s most competitive track.

Alexander City Area

  • Russell Medical Center invested $4 million in their Total Healthcare clinic, adding two doctors and creating a total of 15 new job positions. They will offer after-hours care as well as being open on weekends. They hope to be opening this fall.

Southern Alabama

Montgomery Area

  • Officials and representatives in collaboration on the Innovation center MGMWERX are gathering August 28th for a preview of the building slated to open in downtown Montgomery. The center is expected to “facilitate and accelerate” experimentation with newer, additional technologies. This is all in the hopes to, again, facilitate and deliver cutting-edge solutions and innovative collaborations.
  • Easterseals had a ribbon cutting ceremony last Thursday on Normandie Dr. They offer services for adults and children with disabilities or special needs.
  • Phoenix Rehabilitation Health Services has a ribbon cutting ceremony September 18th.
  • Strayer University at 79 Commerce St. has a ribbon cutting ceremony coming up September 25th for their new campus.
  • This fall Faulkner University will be adding two Pre-K classrooms as well as a playground.

Prattville Area

  • In March, both Harbor Freight Tools and Aldi Grocery announced an approximate investment of $7 million and is expected to add a combined 50 employment positions between the two; the developments are projected to finish by late this year or early 2019.
  • The Alabama Department of Public Health announced a $30 million investment back in April to begin building its Bureau of Clinical Laboratories at legends at HomePlace, an investment bringing 175 jobs.
  • In April, MRaine Industries $6.5 million water bottling company opened.
  • James Hardie Building Products beginning construction on a manufacturing plant in the city’s south industrial park. The $220 million plant will generate approximately 200 jobs.
  • Central Alabama Community College opens a facility this fall at Pratt’s Mill strip center, centering on a workforce development and training for some of the area’s leading and in-demand jobs including the following: manufacturing and health care education, as well as non-credit training programs for some of the most sought-after skills, like truck driving.

Selma Area

  • Earlier in February, International Paper announced a $552.7 million investment in the Riverdale Mill.

Auburn Area

  • Briggs & Stratton is investing $12 million and creating 50 new jobs. Production phasing beginning mid-2018 to Spring 2019.

Troy Area

  • Kimber Manufacturing to open $38 million production facility in Troy by 2019. It’s projected to add 366 jobs over a five-year span.

Mobile Area

  • Walmart announced the opening of a $135 million distribution center. Once fully operational this retail reno is projected to create 750 employment positions.


In conclusion, you can see Alabama is making changes and taking chances with several expansions in a variety of fields underway. This demonstrates that we have so much to look forward to in our future. Hope for more and better employment opportunities, a stronger economy & community, more healthcare & education facilities, and a strong sense of optimism. Alabama is on the rise, not left behind.