Alabama, a rising biopharmaceutical hub?
The biopharmaceutical industry in Alabama is making a name for itself. Site Selection Magazine recently ranked Alabama eighth in the nation from 2000 to 2010 in generating biopharmaceutical jobs.
Airbus chose Mobile to build its first North American aircraft assembly plant. In 2015, the European planemaker will begin manufacturing the twin-engine, single-aisle A320, the company’s most popular airliner.
The 4 million-square-foot manufacturing plant with more than 3,000 employees near Tuscaloosa makes three luxury SUV models and will add the next generation C-Class this year (2014). A fifth model will join the production portfolio in 2015.
Honda celebrated reaching the 3 million-vehicle mark December 2013 at its $2 billion facility in east Alabama. Some 4,000 employees produce four Honda models, including the Odyssey minivan, Pilot SUV, Ridgeline truck and Acura MDX.
Mobile ranks 12th in tonnage among U.S. ports, ahead of Seattle, Boston, Norfolk and Charleston.. The 4,000-acre facility on the Gulf of Mexico with 41 berths and 4 million square feet of warehouse and yard storage space served 1,248 vessel calls in 2013.
Korean automaker Hyundai selected Alabama for its first North American manufacturing plant. The company’s 3,000 employees produce the mid-sized Sonata and Elentra sedans at a $1.7 billion factory near the capital city of Montgomery.
ThyssenKrupp chose Alabama to build a $5 billion steel plant; the largest capital investment in the company's 200-year history.
By a stunning 2-to-1 margin, the aerospace industry eclipsed overall job growth in Alabama from 2002-2008, according to a June 2010 study by the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
An illustrious lineup of international carmakers – Mercedes ... Honda ... Hyundai – gives instant credibility to Alabama's rapid emergence as one of the nation's major automotive manufacturing centers.
Chemicals are the second-largest export in Alabama, totaling $1.4 billion in 2009.
Alabama is located in the center of the fastest growing and most populous region in the United States.
Alabama has a dynamic food-processing industry, highlighted by its No. 3 national ranking in the broiler chicken category for livestock and a No. 14 ranking for egg-laying chickens.
Alabama forests are equal to the size of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Delaware combined, which is about 28.3 billion cubic feet of standing timber.
Although Alabama has attained international fame recently for its automotive industry, the state has long been noted as a life sciences and biotech mecca.
Alabama has a rich heritage in the metals industry.
Alabama has abundant forests and greenfields to sustain immediate cultivation of biomass.
Long before Alabama became an international car-making hub, the rubber and plastics industry was on solid footing with several major tire plants.
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