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Rural Development

High-impact projects show growth potential of Northwest Alabama region

GUIN, Alabama – Three rural counties in Northwest Alabama are adding new jobs and investments within their diverse industrial bases, and more economic growth is on the horizon for the region.

Fayette, Lamar and Marion counties, which make up the Northwest Alabama Economic Development Alliance, last year announced a combined five new projects and three expansions, for a total of 530 jobs and $26.6 million in investment, according to Alabama Department of Commerce data.

Companies involved in the moves included manufacturers of building materials, healthcare products and household goods.

Other major employers in the area include homebuilders, lumber mills, metal fabricators, various distributors and suppliers to the automotive and housing industries.

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