Our prominence in metals runs back to the late 1800s, when the industry sprang up so rapidly that Birmingham became known as “The Magic City” for its explosive growth. Given Alabama’s mineral rich history and wealth of iron ore, coal and limestone, it is no surprise that Alabama is now home to more than 1,100 metal firms and counting.
The primary metal industry employs forgers, machinists and welders, who are responsible for transforming metal into intermediate or end products. Plant openings across the state have been the result of further recognition of Alabama’s metal industry potential. This attention and specialization has made primary metals the number three export in Alabama with over $1.5 billion goods exported in 2016.