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Metals & Fabrication

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North Alabama has a rich metalworking history dating back to the small iron furnaces in the early 1800’s. Through the years, technologically advanced components and parts have been manufactured and fabricated here.  Products include the Apollo rockets that sent man to the moon as well as the space station components that ensure the long-term survival of the world’s astronauts in space. North Alabamians are historically characterized by their strong work ethic and values. Our metalworking companies are producing products with world-class workmanship and precision. Due in part to our heritage in metalworking, many of today’s world-class metalworking companies call North Alabama home. These companies are flourishing in North Alabama and the overall business environment that attracted their investment still exists today.

Today, Alabama is one of only three states with more than 10 metalworking training programs certified by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills Inc. (NIMS). Of the state’s 15 certified programs, eight are located in North Alabama as follows:

Allen Thornton Career Technical Center
Austin High School
Calhoun Community College
Cullman Area Vocational Center
Ernest Pruett Center of Technology
Huntsville Center for Technology
Limestone County Career Technical Center
Madison County Career Academy

Recent Metalworking expansions in North Alabama include the following:

  • Nucor Steel’s announcement of the addition of a galvanizing line in 2006.
  • Axsys Technologies’ 2004 expansion to produce the unpolished mirror segments for the James Webb Space Telescope, the nation’s next generation space telescope and successor to the Hubble.
   Top 25 Metalworking employers in North Alabama:
Wise Metals Group LLC 1000 Muscle Shoals, AL
Wolverine Tube 852 Decatur, AL
National Copper & Smelting 475 Huntsville , AL
BASF Catalyst (formerly Englehard Corp.) 351 Huntsville , AL
American Trim 300

Cullman, AL

Nucor Corporation 300 Decatur, AL
Nucor Corporation 300 Fort Payne, AL
Wise Alloys LLC 300 Sheffield, AL
Hart & Cooley Inc. 250 Huntsville , AL
Cerro Wire & Cable 275 Hartselle, AL
Whitsell Corporation 265

Muscle Shoals, AL

Carrier Corporation 238 Scottsboro, AL
Axsys Technologies (formerly Speedring) 214 Cullman, AL
Cooper Idustries 200 Cullman, AL
Nichols Aluminum 180 Decatur, AL
Plasticraft Manufacturing Co. 150 Albertville , AL
United Plating 140 Huntsville , AL
Shoals Tubular Inc. 130 Florence , AL
North Alabama Fabricating Co. 125

Cullman , AL

Southern Metals Co. 125

Sheffield , AL

Varco Pruden Buildings Inc. 125 Fort Payne , AL
Inland Southern 120 Cullman, AL
Willo Products 120 Decatur, AL
Automatic Screw Machine Products 110 Decatur, AL
Valley Joist Inc. 108 Fort Payne , AL


Existing Industries


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