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Targeted Sectors

Wood Products

Our Wood Products Cluster

Wood Products

  • Georgia Pacific’s Alabama River Cellulose plant in Monroeville is the largest producer of mass market pulp in North America with 445 employees
  • Georgia Pacific’s Temple-Inland plant in Monroeville manufactures quality particleboard products
  • Harrigan Lumber produces Southern Yellow Pine dimensional lumber in Monroeville
  • Rocky Creek Lumber produces Southern Yellow Pine dimensional lumber in Monroeville
  • Scotch Lumber produces Southern Yellow Pine veneer in Monroeville
  • One of the world’s foremost hardwood and softwood forests largely on private (not government regulated) land is located in Monroe County
  • Our labor shed has seen 22% growth in Woodworking Machine Operators from 2011-2016
  • Our labor shed has seen 15% growth in Sawing Machine Operators from 2011-2016
  • There are 21 logging establishments in Monroe County
  • Monroe County has 1,500 times the US average for what is expected for a county our size in people employed in Pulp Mills
  • Monroe County has 195 times the US average for what is expected for a county our size in people employed in reconstituted wood products
  • Monroe County has 140 times the US average for what is expected for a county our size in people employed in softwood veneer
  • Monroe County has 70 times the US average for what is expected for a county our size in people employed in logging
  • Monroe County has 57 times the US average for what is expected for a county our size in people employed in sawmills
  • Monroe County has 34 times the US average for what is expected for a county our size in people employed in support activities for forestry
  • There are 23 million acres of timberland in Alabama
  • Alabama ranks #1 in pulp production nationwide
  • Alabama ranks #3 in paper production nationwide
  • The Port of Mobile is the largest break-bulk forest products port in the world


Inventory


Timberland Acres by Forest Type

Total Soft Woods Oak-Dash Pine Hardwoods
570,576 307,392 76,225 186,959


Growing Stock Volume by Species Group

Total (# in tons) Soft Woods Hardwoods
26,480,409 16,071,192 10,409,216


Workforce

  • Alabama is a Right-To-Work state
  • Our labor shed features the following numbers of workers:
    • 5,756 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
    • 5,586 Material Movers
    • 4,938 Tractor Trailer Truck Drivers
    • 2,682 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
    • 1,991 Electricians
    • 1,739 Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Blazers
    • 1,457 First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
    • 1,355 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
    • 1,354 Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
    • 1,329 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
    • 1,027 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators
    • 815 Machinists
    • 670 Industrial Engineers
    • 617 Sawing Machine Operators
    • 591 Logging Equipment Operators
    • 571 Industrial Production Managers
    • 507 Industrial Engineers
    • 507 Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines
    • 503 Wood Working Machine Operators
    • 460 Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other
    • 438 Mechanical Engineers
    • 409 Machine Feeders & Offbearers
    • 409 Electrical Engineers
    • 383 Mechanical Engineers
    • 196 Sheet Metal Workers
    • 195 Printing Press Operators
    • 189 Millwrights
    • 183 Cargo and Freight Agents
    • 179 Cabinet Makers
    • 171 Mechanical Engineering Technicians
    • 140 Chemical Engineers
    • 85 Forest and Conservation Technicians
    • 74 Foresters
    • 71 Fallers
    • 22 Log Graders & Scalers


Workforce Training

AIDT

  • AIDT is recognized as one of the top 5 workforce training agencies in the US. Their services include:
    • Pre-Employment (Training Development, Videography, Media and Project Support)
    • Post-Employment/On-the-Job Training Support
    • Maintenance Assessments
    • Safety Assistance and Training
    • Leadership Development
    • Process Improvement (Continuous Improvement)


Transportation Infrastructure

Road

  • Monroe County is located 14 miles from Interstate 65 along Highway 84 (the east-west El Camino Corridor)


Rail

  • Monroeville has access to 4 Class I Railroads (CSX, NS, CN, and KCS) via these 2 railroads which are both headquartered in Monroeville:

    AGR

    Alabama and Gulf Coast Railway (AGR)

    • The Alabama and Gulf Coast Railway (AGR), headquartered in Monroeville, is a Class II railroad owned by Genesee & Wyoming (operates 120 railroads in 5 countries)
      • Interchanges with NS, CN, KCS

    Alabama Railroad (ALAB)

    Alabama Railroad (ALAB)

    • The Alabama Railroad (ALAB), headquartered in Monroeville, is a short-line railroad owned by Pioneer Railcorp (operates 24 short-line railroads in 13 states)
      • Interchanges with CSX
     
  • We have more than 3.5 times the US average for counties our size of people working in the Rail Transport business in Monroe County


Alabama River

  • The Alabama River borders Monroe County to the west providing both process water for chemical/process industries and navigable water for barge transportation.


Wood Products Companies in the Area

  • 135 Logging Companies
  • 38 Wood Kitchen Countertop Manufacturing Companies
  • 34 Support Activities for Forestry
  • 24 Sawmills
  • 14 Timber Tract Operations
  • 10 Wood Container and Pallet Manufacturing Companies
  • 4 Truss Manufacturing Companies
  • 4 Paper Mills
  • 4 Paperboard Mills
  • 3 Wood Window and Door Manufacturing Companies
  • 3 Softwood Veneer Companies
  • 2 Cut Stock, Re-sawing Lumber, and Planing Companies
  • 2 Corrugated and Solid Fiber Box Manufacturing Facilities
  • 2 Pre-Fabricated Wood Building Manufacturing Companies
  • 2 Reconstituted Wood Product Manufacturing Companies
  • 2 Paperbag and Treated Paper Manufacturing Companies
  • 1 Pulp Mill
  • 1 Newsprint Mill
  • 1 Hardwood Veneer Companies
  • 1 Folding Paperboard Box Manufacturing Company


Alabama State Port Authority

Alabama State Port Authority

  • The Alabama State Port Authority in Mobile is the largest break-bulk forest products port in the world
  • We have direct access to the Alabama State Port Authority by highway, rail, and navigable waterways.
    • Monroe County is located 90 miles away
  • Alabama State Docks Overview:
  • Imports into the Alabama State Docks include: Lumber, Woodpulp, Plywood, Fence Posts, Veneers, and Roll and Cut Paper
  • Exports out of the Alabama State Docks include: Lumber, Plywood, Woodpulp, OSB, Laminate, Flooring, and Roll and Cut Paper


Alabama Southern’s Paper & Chemical Technology Program

Alabama Southern Paper Chemical Technology Program

  • Designed with the help of local paper and chemical companies
  • Internship program allows students to spend a semester working at your plant
  • Various plants within the lab operate as units of an industrial chemical plant or paper mill, giving students hands-on experience that will put them ahead in the workplace.
    • Plant A, a process control plant, trains students on pressure, flow, temperature and level.
    • A crystallization plant, a heated-batch reactor, a water treatment plant, a waste treatment and gas fired boiler plant make the lab like a typical industrial site with various areas of operations.


University Programs to Support Wood Products

Auburn Forestry & Wildlife

Auburn University

  • Auburn University (150 miles from Monroeville) features a School of Forestry & Wildlife Services


Construction Costs

  • According to RSMeans Construction Cost Data, Monroe County is less expensive than the following:
    • $30/sq. ft. less expensive to build a manufacturing plant and $19/sq. ft. less expensive to build a warehouse than the US average
    • $4/sq. ft. less expensive to build a manufacturing plant and $2/sq. ft. less expensive to build a warehouse than in Montgomery
    • $11/sq. ft. less expensive to build a manufacturing plant and $6/sq. ft. less expensive to build a warehouse than in Mobile
    • $14/ sq. ft. less expensive to build a manufacturing plant and $9/sq. ft. less expensive to build a warehouse than in Birmingham
    • $17/sq. ft. less expensive to build a manufacturing plant $11/sq. ft. less expensive to build warehouse than in Atlanta


Support Services

  • 287 Commercial Banks
  • 123 Specialized Freight Trucking
  • 93 Temporary Help Services
  • 87 General Long Distance Freight Trucking
  • 87 Site Preparation Contractors
  • 66 Industrial Machinery Wholesalers
  • 63 Security Guard and Patrol Services
  • 54 Machine Shops
  • 48 Freight Transportation Arrangement
  • 46 Civil Engineering Construction
  • 41 General Freight Local Trucking
  • 34 Industrial Supply Wholesalers
  • 30 Concrete Manufacturers
  • 27 Industrial Building Construction
  • 27 Electrical Chemical Wholesalers
  • 26 Fabricated Metals
  • 19 General Warehousing and Storage
  • 15 Solid Waste Collection
  • 13 Sheet Metal Work Manufacturer
  • 12 Heavy Transportation Equipment Wholesalers
  • 8 Chartered Air Transportation Companies
  • 8 Inland Water Freight Transportation Companies
  • 6 Deep Sea Freight Transportation Companies
  • 6 Industrial Gas Manufacturers
  • 3 Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal Companies
  • 1 Conveying Equipment Manufacturer
  • 1 Hazardous Waste Collection


Taxes & Business Costs

  • No inventory tax
  • 6.5% state corporate income tax rate
    • 15 year carry-forward of net operating losses
  • Business privilege tax capped at $15,000
  • Property taxes in Alabama are the lowest in the nation
  • Unemployment Insurance is 2.7% based with an $8,000 wage base
  • 1.81 Worker’s Comp Rate
  • 9% Sales Tax Rate


Utility Infrastructure

Electric Power

Alabama Power

Alabama Power

  • Operated by the Southern Company
  • $5 billion in annual revenue
  • Supplies over 45,000 customers


Southern Pine Electric Coop


Southern Pine Electric Coop

  • 20,000 customers
  • Baldwin, Conecuh, Covington, Escambia, and Monroe Counties in Alabama

Gas

South Alabama Gas

South Alabama Gas

  • Serves 34,000 + Customers

Water/Sewer

City of Monroeville

City of Monroeville

  • The City of Monroeville provides water and sewer services to all our industrial parks.


Buildings & Sites


Incentives

  • Sellable State Corporate Income Tax Credits
    • Alabama Capital Investment Tax Credits provide 5% of your upfront invested capital as a tax credit each year for 20 years. So, over 20 years you are eligible to recoup 100% of your upfront capital investment.
    • In 2015, Alabama passed legislation to allow companies to sell these tax credits to generate cash to go into a project.
  • Payroll Tax Credits
    • 4% for 10 years
  • Industrial Revenue Bonds
    • May finance up to 100% of real estate and/or equipment costs
  • Property Tax Abatements
    • Local property tax portions not including the school portions may be abated for up to 10 years
  • New Market Tax Credits
    • 39% federal tax credit recouped over 7 years
  • Sales/Use Tax Abatement on Construction Materials
  • Enterprise Zone
    • Company can choose to expect 100% of 1 of these: state income tax, business privilege tax, or sales/use tax for 5 years and 50% of the other 2
    • $2,500 per employee tax credit



Source of Business and Labor Numbers: Troy University

Monroeville

Monroeville/Monroe County
Economic Development Authority

15 N. Mount Pleasant Ave.
Monroeville, AL 36460

Phone: 251-743-1332
Fax: 251-743-2012

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Did You Know?

Monroeville is known worldwide as the “Literary Capital of Alabama.”  Did you also know we are home to North America’s largest producer of mass market pulp?  Or that Gate Precast in Monroeville has been the architectural precast manufacturer of more than 50% of Atlanta’s skyline?  Or finally that we have more than 17 times the US average for counties our size of people working in the Long Distance Freight Trucking industry?

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