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Alabama's Natural Gas & Economic Future


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Benefits of Manufacturing in Alabama

Alabama has a long and rich history of support for and benefit from manufacturing. Whether it is steel from Birmingham, textiles from Valley, chemicals from Decatur, paper products from Courtland, or shipbuilding from Mobile, Alabama, manufacturers have always found a way to make the right combination of people, materials, and natural resources to raise the quality of life for all its citizens.

Members of Manufacture Alabama are utilizing the state’s natural resources, combining them with the talents of our employees to produce products which enhance the quality of all our lives. Almost everything, either grown, eaten, driven, washed with, lived in, worn or written on in Alabama is touched in some way by manufacturers. Products that we use everyday such as the cars we drive, the medicines we take, the clean water we drink, and the clothes we wear are produced from, or the with help of, products from Alabama manufacturing plants.

Alabama manufacturers have a significant economic impact on the lives and residents of this state. Here are some of the facts:

 
  • Alabama is home to more than 5,200 manufacturing, assembly and processing establishments which employ more than 312,000 people and export $8.3 billion in products and services-Alabama Development Office
  • Alabama companies have expanded within the past decade with an average of $2 billion annually in capital investment- Alabama Development Office
  • Alabama is home to more than 200 foreign-based manufacturers from 27 countries representing $16.8 billion in capitol investment-Alabama Development Office                                    
  • Alabama’s top export products include: transportation equipment, industrial machinery (including computers), organic chemicals, medical or surgical instruments, and mineral fuel- Alabama Development Office
  • Manufacturing’s contribution to Alabama’s economy:  $27 billion –National Association of Manufacturers
  • Manufacturing as a percent of Alabama’s Gross State Product: 19%- Alabama Development Office
  • Manufactured Goods Exported: $10.8 billion- Alabama Development Office
  • Number of countries to which Alabama exports: 181-Alabama Development Office
  • Number of Alabama exporters: 3,035-Alabama Development Office
  • Percentage of Alabama exporters that are small or medium-sized firms: 78%
  • Number of manufacturing jobs related to Manufactured Goods Exported: 200,000- Alabama Development Office               
  • Proportion of manufacturing jobs related to Manufactured Goods Exported (2002): one in every six- United States Census Bureau
 

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