Alabama plays a leading role in the national chemical industry. The U.S. depends on production from Alabama for chemicals including oxidants, light stabilizers, emissions catalysts and chlorine. A host of international chemical companies, including DuPont, Olin Corp. and Evonik Industries, operate significant facilities in Alabama.
Alabama has a development plan to ensure chemical production and its economic impact continues to grow. Five Alabama colleges have top-ranked undergraduate and graduate programs in chemical engineering. With more than 10,000 people employed in the chemical industry across the state, graduates can take advantage of a wealth of opportunities. Additionally, the Alabama Department of Commerce and AIDT have created fine-tuned workforce programs for preparing workers for the challenges that lie ahead.
This attention and specialization has made chemicals a top Alabama export. The industry continues to attract new companies, create more jobs and generate more revenue for the state’s growing GDP.