From the Governor
“I’m committed to facilitating the creation of good jobs across Alabama and expanding opportunities for the state’s hard-working citizens…. Our efforts have produced a lot of success lately, and we’re going to keep moving forward at full speed on this mission.” —Gov. Kay Ivey
Aiming High in Manufacturing
Alabama continues to thrive as one of the top states for manufacturing. The state’s auto sector saw more than $4 billion in investments in the past two years. Mazda and Toyota are currently building a $1.6 billion plant in Huntsville, and Honda announced a $54 million expansion at its Talladega facility. Aerospace is also thriving. In 2017 alone, there were announced investments of nearly $700 million and 1,750 jobs in the sector. Continental Motors recently broke ground on a $75 million facility to construct piston and turbine engines for aircrafts. The state is now trying to ensure it can continually cultivate the talent to keep the momentum. The Success Plus workforce initiative developed in May 2018 focuses on promoting post-high school certifications, defined pathways to jobs and an assessment of continuous improvement.
Investment Credit: Offers a tax credit of up to 1.5% of the capital investments for qualifying projects for up to 10 years. The credit can be carried forward for five years.
Jobs Credit: Offers a refund or credit of 3% annually on the previous year’s wages paid to eligible employees. There’s also an additional 0.5% on wages of vets for companies whose workforces are comprised of at least 12% veterans.
Alabama Reinvestment and Abatements Act: Offers a property tax abatement for up to 20 years and a sales and use tax abatement on construction materials, equipment and other capitalized costs.
Economic Development Association of Alabama: edaa.org
Economic Development Partnership of Alabama: edpa.org
Alabama Department of Commerce: madeinalabama.com
Birmingham Business Alliance: birminghambusinessalliance.com
Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce: choosemontgomery.com
Highlighted Program or Initiative
Alabama’s Success Plus initiative aims to add 500,000 high-skilled employees to the workforce by 2025 in response to increasing employer demand for high-level talent needed in modern workplaces. The initiative aims to improve access to educational opportunities and to create pathways to demonstrate how people can advance in their careers.
- Toyota and Mazda announced in January 2018 that they would construct a $1.6 billion plant in Huntsville and create 4,000 new jobs. It is projected to open by 2021 and will produce 300,000 vehicles per year.
- International Paper announced in February 2018 it would increase its investment in its mill in Dallas County to $552.7 million, up from the $300 million it announced in September 2017.
- Honda announced in June 2018 a $54.8 million expansion at its operations in Talladega County and opened new logistics buildings in August 2018.
- Walmart opened a $135 million distribution center in Mobile in August 2018 and created 750 new jobs.
- Continental Motors broke ground in August 2018 on a $75 million, 275,000 square-foot facility in Mobile to construct piston and turbine engines for aircrafts.
Regions Financial (Fortune 500 headquarters)
“We’re already enhancing two of our existing plants in Auburn, Alabama and Statesboro, Georgia to bring production of our commercial Vanguard V-Twin engines back to the U.S., and we’re continuously investing in our research and development efforts to create products that help make work easier and lives better. it’s an exciting time to be at Briggs & Stratton.” —Dave Rodgers, Senior Vice President and President, Engines and Power, Briggs & Stratton
“Mazda makes cars with a clear vision of how we want to inspire people, contribute to society and help preserve the beauty of earth. By making such cars here in Alabama, we hope that, over time, our plant will come to occupy a special place in the hearts of our employees and the local community. By making this plant a vibrant part of that community, we hope to work, learn and grow together with the people of Alabama and Huntsville.” —Masamichi Kogai, Representative Director and Chairman of the Board, Mazda
“Our investment to establish a new vehicle assembly plant with Mazda builds on the strong success we have enjoyed in Alabama, where we produce engines for the North American market.” —Akio Toyoda, President, Toyota Motor