Alabama is at the geographic heart of the United State’s fastest-growing region – the southeast. This puts Alabama in the center of the fourth largest economy in the world.

The automotive floodgates opened in 1993 after Mercedes-Benz chose Alabama for its first U.S. auto factory. Honda and Hyundai followed suit, making Alabama an international car manufacturing hub.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is an international hub in life sciences. As the state’s largest employer, with 18,000 people, UAB is a global leader in healthcare and medical research.

Alabama enjoys a who’s who list of marquee aerospace giants: EADS North America, Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Teledyne Brown, Pratt and Whitney and Raytheon.

German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp AG selected Alabama for the largest capital spending project in company history – a $5 billion carbon and stainless steel plant that will create 2,700 jobs.

Whether you represent a foreign business looking for an American presence, or a U.S.-based company with an overseas market, Alabama is fertile soil for international business:

  • A tax structure and incentives for new and expanding industry further lower the cost of doing business.
  • Cost-of-living data demonstrate Alabama communities are below the national index.
  • A labor pool of more than 2 million dedicated, reliable and skilled workers
  • A workforce training system ranked best in the nation
  • A transportation infrastructure that can meet the demands of companies in any sector
  • Geographically in the center of the fourth-largest economy in the world, the southeast.