Customer Stories

Collaboration is one of the keys to success, and Alabama’s industrial economy was built through partnership and cooperation. Below are stories of some of the industrial customers we have been proud to serve and collaborate with in changing Alabama and the world.


Based out of Australia, Austal  company is Mobile’s largest private employer. With a 4,000-strong workforce, Austal operates a shipyard that manufactures U.S. Navy warships and transport craft from aluminum at the port of Mobile. In 2008, The company was awarded a $1.6 billion, 10-ship U.S. Navy contract. Since then Austal has spent nearly $160 million upgrading its facilities and improving its workforce.

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“Foreign direct investment has been really important. It put us on the map — and that’s a good thing. It says we have resources like the Port of Mobile, that we have a good workforce, that we are close to markets. There are a lot of things going for the state that are attractive to foreign investors.”
Sam Addy, Director of the Center of Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama


Aerospace giant Boeing has a long history in Alabama, leveraging state resources as a leader in building the U.S. space and defense programs. From creating products essential to our national Strategic Missile & Defense Systems to the design, development, and construction of the International Space Station, Alabama has played a key role in the national and international aerospace sector.

Boeing’s operations in Hunstville, continue to expand, pursuing the future of aerospace technologies. Boeing’s pioneering technologies include the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense system designed to detect, intercept and destroy long-range ballistic missiles and the Space Launch System, NASA’s most powerful rocket, and an important component on the journey to Mars.

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“Boeing in Huntsville has achieved unparalleled success in space technology through their work with NASA legacy projects, and now the Space Launch System.”
Tommy Battle, Mayor of Huntsville, Alabama


Started in the late 18th century as a manufacture of brass and copper buckles, Gerhardi Kunststofftechnik GmbH is today one of Germany’s foremost automotive suppliers. Gardhardi makes use of advanced technologies including injection molding, advanced electroplating, and hot stamping, to produce parts for the many  Alabama’s original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) including Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and Hyundai.

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“This is a great opportunity for Gerhardi and we are very excited. Montgomery Industrial Park offers a great infrastructure, attractive support and is located close to many OEMs. These benefits convinced us that this is the best place for our new facility."
Reinhard Hoffman, Gerhardi Managing Director


Japanese automotive manufacturer Honda is known for its quality products. Since the 1950s Honda has been celebrated as the largest maker of motorcycles and the company is also No. 1 worldwide in manufacture engines, producing more than 14 million internal combustion engines each year.

In 2001 Honda began production at a new manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Alabama, located 40 miles east of Birmingham. The automotive giant and the state of Alabama have reaped the benefits of this partnership, with Honda contributing $6.8 billion to the state’s economy in 2014. This makes Honda one of the key players in bringing international investment to Alabama.

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“Honda came to Alabama with a commitment to invest $400 million and employ 1,500. Today, that investment is more than $2 billion and the direct employment is more than 4,500. That’s been a good deal for Alabama.”
Steve Sewell, Executive Vice President at the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama


A national leader in research on the human genome, the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is located in Huntsville, in the nation’s second largest research park, the Cummings Research Park Biotechnology Campus.

At the 270,000 square foot facility scientists and engineers conduct research and provide educational outreach to future the next generation of forward-thinkers. Cutting-edge genomic technology and the latest in biomedical research make HudsonAlpha a leader in world-changing discoveries.

Resident associate companies include:

  • Diatherix Laboratories
  • EGEN
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Cubate
  • Digital Radiance
  • iXpress Genes, Gene Capture
  • Microarrays Inc.
  • Concero Scientific
  • iRepertoire
  • Conversant Bio
  • Kailos Genetics
  • Serina Therapeutics
  • Clarinet
  • Southern Cord.


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Motor company Hyundai is a trusted Alabama partner, with the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama facility opening in 2002. The $1.7 billion plant is the Japanese company’s second manufacturing facility in North America, and has hardworking Alabamians assembling the Hyundai Elantra and the Hyundai Sonata.

After production started in May 2005, the 3.2 million-square-foot assembly plant quickly became one of the busiest auto assembly facilities in the nation. Hyundai generated an estimated total impact of over $4.8 billion to Alabama's economy in 2014 and accounted for 12,600 direct jobs across the state.

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“Alabama, this year’s No. 2, is throwing down a marker for a heavyweight rematch: the Crimson Tide rolled out nearly a million vehicles in 2014 for Mercedes, Honda and Hyundai, with Mercedes expanding at Tuscaloosa to introduce a new model.”
2015 Annual Rankings Report, Business Facilities


A global automobile manufacturer well-known for its luxury vehicles, the German company operates the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) just west of Birmingham. The plant is the result of a partnership that began in 1993 between Mercedes-Benz and the state of Alabama, which donated 1,000 acres as part of the bid.

The auto manufacturer remains serious about investing in Alabama and  recently announced a massive plant expansion. The expansion includes a major addition to MBUSI’s current SUV Assembly Shop as well as a new 1.3-million square foot Body Shop.

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“With this expansion and modernization of our plant, we will create 300 new jobs and continue the success story of Mercedes-Benz in Tuscaloosa. Our entire team is proud to reinforce the State of Alabama’s growing reputation as a leader in high-quality automotive manufacturing.”
Jason Hoff, President and CEO of MBUSI

Southern Research

Birmingham’s Southern Research places Alabama on the frontiers of research & development, from curing cancer to flying to Mars. A not-for-profit 501(c)(3), Southern Research employs nearly 600 scientists and engineers working across four divisions:

  • Drug Discovery
  • Drug Development
  • Engineering
  • Energy & Environment


APC’s connection to Southern Research goes back to the when it was chartered in 1941. Alabama Power CEO Thomas Martin became chairman later that same year. Then known as the Alabama Research Institute, Southern Research has been from the start a valued resource to industry.

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Yorozu Automotive Alabama Inc.

Japanese auto supplier Yorozu Corp. understands the value that Alabama’s workforce brings to the automotive industry. It  has invested more than $100 million in a new auto parts plant aimed to open in Jasper in 2017. This plant will play an important role in Yorozu’s manufacturing, supplying suspensions and other components to multiple automotive assembly plants.

The new plant in Jasper demonstrates the value of partnership as it is the result of ateam effort that included officials from Jasper, Walker County, the Alabama Department of Commerce, and Alabama Power Company.

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“Yorozu Corporation employees from Japan, along with Yorozu America and Yorozu Automotive Tennessee employees, have had the honor of working closely with Alabama state and local officials in Jasper for many months.Today’s announcement is the result of this work. We look forward to becoming a member of the community and to many years of mutual benefit.”
Toshiyuki Yago, Yorozu Chief Financial Officer

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