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Industry Clusters

Mobile continues to build a vibrant environment for business as we diversify and strengthen our economy. The region is a center for sectors such as aviation/aerospace, chemicals and maritime. The success of our existing businesses continues to attract new investment. Steel manufacturers AM/NS Calvert and SSAB have dramatically increased state-of-the-art steel production. Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley is an expanding aerospace industry hub that includes a new Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. Austal USA and Evonik Industries spearhead the growth of our maritime and chemical sectors respectively.

 

The area’s economic growth is a direct result of our skilled workforce, low operational costs and excellent quality of life.

Aviation/Aerospace


Avaiation Infographic_Page_1Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley is Mobile’s expanding aerospace industry hub. It is home to Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility, Airbus Engineering, SAFRAN, Continental Motors, VT MAE and many other global companies. Mobile offers aviation leaders the right combination of low business costs, skilled labor force in a right-to-work state, airport capabilities and intermodal access to national and international markets.

 

General Infographic_Page_2Mobile area aviation and aerospace companies employ an estimated 3,500 engineers, processors, mechanics, welders and other skilled workers, forming an ever-growing labor market. Workers are recruited from across the Gulf Coast area and trained through AIDT, Alabama’s nationally recognized training program, or at one of the area’s multiple educational programs. Area universities provide a wealth of engineers and other professional staff.

 

 

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Industry recruiting in the Mobile Bay region is grouped into seven generic categories – aerospace, chemicals & manufacturing, healthcare, maritime, logistics & transportation, oil & gas and technology.

 

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Connect with the Gulf Coast Aerospace Corridor website.

Chemical


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Chemicals have long been a leader in Mobile’s manufacturing profile. Chlor-alkali production at Olin Corp. is being developed around the area’s salt domes, while refineries and petrochemical plants take advantage of ready access to the Gulf of Mexico. Specialty chemicals manufactured at Evonik Industries, its largest site in North America, improve hundreds of consumer products worldwide.

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For more than 60 years, the Mobile area’s diverse chemical industry has grown along a 60-mile (100 km) corridor reaching from McIntosh in the north to Theodore in the south. The Chamber has joined area, state and national partners to create the MAST (McIntosh, Axis, Saraland and Theodore) Initiative to highlight the chemical sector’s assets and help new and existing companies take advantage of the infrastructure and synergies supporting this established industry cluster. The corridor offers an extensive pipeline network enabling efficient production and fast shipment by road, rail, air or sea.

 

 

Industry recruiting in the Mobile Bay region is grouped into seven generic categories – aerospace, chemicals & manufacturing, healthcare, maritime, logistics & transportation, oil & gas and technology.

 

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Download the MAST Initiative brochure here.

Healthcare


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Mobile is a regional center for medical care, research and education. Nearly 12 percent of Mobile’s workforce is employed in the healthcare sector including more than 850 physicians and more than 160 dentists. The University of South Alabama (USA) College of Medicine and its affiliated research facilities help keep Mobile on the cutting edge of patient care.

 

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The USA Mitchell Cancer Institute is a world-class treatment and research center serving the central Gulf Coast. It is the only Stage II and III cancer center between Houston and Tampa. Providence Hospital’s partnership with the M.D. Anderson Physicians Network also connects Mobile with many of the latest cancer treatment options.

 

Support services include some of the region’s leading healthcare software companies committed to developing technology solutions to improve efficiency in care, administration and medical records.

 

 

Industry recruiting in the Mobile Bay region is grouped into seven generic categories – aerospace, chemicals & manufacturing, healthcare, maritime, logistics & transportation, oil & gas and technology.

 

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IT/High-Tech


The Mobile area’s high-tech companies run the gamut from start-up entrepreneurial companies such as Swift Biotechnology, Southern Light and CentraLite Systems to larger companies like CPSI, Xante, Rural Sourcing Inc. and The SSI Group. Local firms are developing software to improve processes for medical offices and hospitals to streamline medical record keeping and for schools to improve education data management.

 

The leading occupational job categories in the Mobile area include software and systems software developers, computer systems analysts, computer programmers, and computer user support specialists.

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The University of South Alabama Technology & Research Park, launched in April 2002, is a major economic development initiative. The park brings together academic, private and public sectors to promote and support innovation as the key to economic growth. The park’s directive is to assist in bringing innovation to market, thereby enhancing the region’s competitive stature.

 

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In keeping with USA’s commitment to becoming a catalyst for economic development across the Gulf Coast, the 10,000 square foot Coastal Innovation Hub is the only high-tech incubator between New Orleans and Jacksonville, Fla., having as many as 25 start-up companies at one time. The tenants enjoy the benefit of on-site consulting, professional networks, office space, laboratories and conference rooms, along with access to university libraries and student interns.

 

The Innovation PortAL is a not-for-profit organization designed to accelerate the successful development of entrepreneurial businesses on the Gulf Coast through an array of business support services and resources, which will be offered both by the incubator facility and through its network of contacts. The primary goal of the Innovation PortAL is to support innovation and to produce successful firms that will leave the program financially viable and remain in the Southwest Alabama community.

 

The Innovation PortAL will be located in downtown Mobile adding to Mobile’s reinvigorated downtown district. The location will allow tenants easy walking access to restaurants, businesses and downtown shops. The Innovation PortAL will be renovating an aged building and creating a chic, eco-friendly and functional working space for tenants. The building renovation, paired with the vibrant ecosystem of the Innovation PortAL, will increase the vitality of the area and thus encourage further development in downtown Mobile and the surrounding area.

 

 

Industry recruiting in the Mobile Bay region is grouped into seven generic categories – aerospace, chemicals & manufacturing, healthcare, maritime, logistics & transportation, oil & gas and technology.

 

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Connect with the Mobile Bay Region’s IT Cluster through the Gulf Coast Technology Council website.

Logistics/Distribution


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Mobile’s extensive transportation infrastructure keeps business on the move. Major rail, waterway and highway systems converge at the Port of Mobile to link businesses with the nation and the world. A new intermodal container transfer facility is under construction and Phase I construction is scheduled to be finished by mid-2016.

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Mobile area companies benefit greatly from the multi-modal transportation infrastructure and the commitment by local and state authorities for ongoing investment. Domestic and global leaders such as AM/NS Calvert, BASF, Kimberly Clark and many other companies are shipping throughout the U.S. and world markets within days at costs lower than many other locations:

 

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Mobile and its partners continue to invest in infrastructure that includes:

 

 

Maritime



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Virtually every conceivable service for the maritime industry can be found in the Mobile area. There services include barge fleeting, container repair and leasing, freight forwarding, heavy lift and salvage, ship chandlers, stevedoring, towing and many more.

 

 

There are three shipbuilding and/or repair facilities along Mobile’s waterfront, including Austal USA, BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards and Signal Ship Repair, with Horizon Shipbuilding and many smaller companies located throughout the Mobile Bay region.Maritime Infographic_Page_1

 

The Theodore Ship Channel is host to several service facilities as well as small work boat yards for ship repair and construction.

 

More than 6,500 people are employed in Mobile area maritime jobs.

 

 

 

Industry recruiting in the Mobile Bay region is grouped into seven generic categories – aerospace, chemicals & manufacturing, healthcare, maritime, logistics & transportation, oil & gas and technology.

 

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Oil & Gas


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Since Alabama first leased its waters for natural gas drilling in the early 1980s, a thriving cluster of more than 200 businesses has developed to serve the oil and gas industry in state waters and in adjacent federal deepwater. ExxonMobil, the major gas producer in Mobile Bay and offshore Alabama – along with W&T Offshore and Williams Mobile Bay Producer Services – processes millions of cubic feet of gas per day. Natural gas from Mobile is piped by major interstate pipelines to markets throughout the Southeast and the entire East Coast. Abundant natural gas storage is also available in underground salt domes north of Mobile.

 

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Berg Spiral Pipe manufactures spirally welded, large-diameter steel pipe for onshore and offshore gas pipelines. Aker Solutions produces subsea umbilicals for oil and gas platforms. Technip welds and spools miles of pipe at its Theodore facility for use in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond.

 

Shipbuilders and repair facilities along the Mobile River and Bayou La Batre Canal build offshore supply and rig-tending vessels and repair and upgrade drilling rigs, drill ships and pipe laying vessels.

 

 

Industry recruiting in the Mobile Bay region is grouped into seven generic categories – aerospace, chemicals & manufacturing, healthcare, maritime, logistics & transportation, oil & gas and technology.

 

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Connect to the Mobile Bay Region’s Oil and Gas cluster through OffshoreAlabama.com.

Steel


Steel manufacturing is a growing player in Mobile’s economy. In 2007, combined investments totaling more than $5 billion in advanced stainless steel and carbon steel facilities in north Mobile County represented the largest in the U.S. to date by foreign manufacturers. Carbon steel manufacturer AM/NS Calvert, a joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp., has the capability to supply over 5.2 million metric tons of advanced high strength streel to the NAFTA auto and energy industries and employs approximately 1,600 people. Finland-based Outokumpu Stainless has the capacity to produce over 1 million metric tons of stainless steel annually and employs over 900 people.”

 

SSAB’s plant, located in north Mobile County, specializes in producing high strength steels. This facility produces steel in large plates, 10 feet wide and 90 feet long. With more than 600 employees, SSAB can produce approximately 1.25 million tons of steel annually.

 

Berg Spiral Pipe is an industry leader in manufacturing large, spiral seamed-welded pipe. The site employs more than 175 people. The company’s recent success has been from various pipeline projects within the U.S.

 

Largest & Foreign Based Companies


General Infographic_Page_8There are more than 15,500 employers in the Mobile area helping grow a diverse economy. Employers in all industries are committed to Mobile and continue to invest in their facilities and employees. Below is a list of the top manufacturers and non-manufacturers in the Mobile area.

 

 

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There are close to 40 global headquartered companies in Mobile County. These companies have more than 13,000 employees. Eight of the top 10 manufacturers in Mobile County are foreign based. Below is a list of those companies.

 

Foreign Based Investments

Largest Manufacturers

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