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Chemical companies have mixed together some potent results for Alabama’s economy and its workforce. Since 2021, new capital investment in the state’s chemical industry has exceeded $550 million.

Chemicals rank as Alabama’s second largest export category, with overseas shipments totaling $2.7 billion in 2022.

Chemicals produced in Alabama include caustic soda, oxidants, light stabilizers, emissions catalysts, phenol, acetone and a variety of specialty chemicals

The catalyst for results like this? All the right reagents.

The Alabama Gulf Coast Chemical Corridor, known as MAST, is home to a cluster of companies, stretching 60 miles through the Mobile region. MAST is home to 25 chemical manufacturers that collectively employ approximately 4,000 people. Chemical operations there include chlor-alkali production, resins and synthetic rubbers, specialty chemicals, synthetic fibers and filaments, coatings and adhesives, and refinery operations.

Another cluster is located in Morgan County, which is home to producers including Daikin America and Ascend Performance Materials.

These facilities join nearly 200 other chemical companies scattered through the state to employ over 10,000 people in Alabama.

Thanks to the strong presence of the chemical industry in the state, a host of universities in Alabama offer degrees and research opportunities in chemical engineering.


Quick Facts

  • Alabama’s No. 2 export: $2.7 billion in 2022
  • Over 10,000 employed by chemical companies in Alabama
  • More than 200 chemical companies
  • $330 million in new capital investment in 2022

Chemical Companies

  • Arkema
  • Nouryon
  • Huntsman Advanced Materials
  • BP America
  • Dupont
  • Sabic Innovative Plastics
  • 3M Company
  • Olin Corp.
  • BASF
  • Evonik Industries
  • Ascend Performance Materials
  • Daikin
  • Lenzing Fibers
  • Kemira
  • INOS Phenol
  • ExxonMobil
  • Mitsubishi Polysilicon
  • Honeywell UOP

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