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Metal & Advanced Materials

Alabama has a long tradition in metals manufacturing. Birmingham, the state’s largest city, was built on iron and steel, thanks to the area’s rich deposits of iron ore, coal, and limestone. With those ingredients in place, it’s no wonder that Vulcan – the Roman god of the forge – emerged as a powerful symbol of a fast-growing industrial city in the early 1900’s. Today, metals manufacturing takes place across the state. Plus, Alabama is forging a new base in the production of advanced materials including titanium and carbon composites.

An abundance of mineral wealth has made the state ripe for economic development and set the stage for growth in the metals manufacturing sector. More than 1,100 primary metal manufacturing companies call Alabama home, including the biggest players in steel, water and sewer pipe, specialty metals, and composites.

More than 43,000 Alabama residents are employed in the primary and fabricated metal manufacturing industry, an indication of the sector’s scale. Another indicator shows the global reach of the sector: Exports of primary metal manufactured goods totaled $1.5 billion in 2015, while fabricated metal manufacturing exports reached $378 million.

Alabama also has a solid grip on the future in the form of carbon fiber and advanced materials. Two of the world’s largest producers of carbon fiber, Toray and Hexcel, have substantial facilities in Decatur. Meanwhile, Carpenter Technologies is producing premium specialty alloys such as titanium for the aerospace and other industries from an ultramodern plant in Alabama. And GE Aviation is 3-D printing jet engine fuel nozzles and building a pair of factories to produce lightweight materials for engine components.

Quick Facts

  • Primary metal manufacturing exports from Alabama were valued at $1.5 billion in 2015.
  • The primary metal manufacturing industry accounted for over 18,000 jobs in 2014.
  • Fabricated metal manufacturing exports from Alabama were valued at $378 million in 2015.
  • The fabricated metal product manufacturing industry accounted for over 25,000 jobs in 2014.
  • 1100 primary metal companies in AL
  • AL is the home of 3 of the nations 7 major pipe-makers
  • Primary metal manufacturing exports from Alabama were valued over $1.5 billion in 2015.
  • Fabricated metal manufacturing exports from Alabama were valued over $378 million in 2015.
  • 43,000 employed by primary and fabricated metal manufacturing

Metal Manufacturing Companies

  • ACIPCO
  • ArcelorMittal
  • United States Steel
  • McWane Inc.
  • NUCOR
  • Lakeside Steel
  • GE Aviation
  • Toray
  • Hexcel
  • AlphaPet
  • US Pipe
  • Outokumpu
  • GD Copper USA
  • Carpenter Technology
  • CMC Steel
  • Shelco Foundries
  • Bermco Aluminum
  • Berghoff Group

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