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.
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.
- Primary metal manufacturing exports from Alabama were valued at $1.5 billion in 2016.
- The primary metal manufacturing industry accounted for over 18,000 jobs in 2014.
- Fabricated metal manufacturing exports from Alabama were valued at $400 million in 2016.
- The fabricated metal product manufacturing industry accounted for over 25,000 jobs in 2014.
- 1,100 primary metal companies in Alabama.
- Alabama is the home of 3 of the nation’s 7 major pipe-makers.
- 43,000 employed by primary and fabricated metal manufacturing.
Metal Manufacturing Companies
- United States Steel
- McWane Inc.
- Lakeside Steel
- GE Aviation
- US Pipe
- GD Copper USA
- Carpenter Technology
- CMC Steel
- Shelco Foundries
- Bermco Aluminum
- Berghoff Group