Cullman ranks top in industrial expansion, high in jobs and capital investment

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Cullman Economic Development Agency Director Dale Greer listens as Gov. Kay Ivey talks about Cullman’s industrial growth at an industrial groundbreaking Monday morning, Oct. 5, 2020 in Cullman. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The rate of growth and expansion of Cullman area industries has caught the eye of observers far and wide, prompting even Gov. Kay Ivey to visit the area from time to time, as she did Monday morning for the groundbreaking of a new 300,000-square-foot distribution center and announcement of a manufacturing expansion for Reliance Worldwide Corporation on the city’s southwest side. Recently released numbers show that the attention is well-deserved.

The Alabama Department of Commerce’s new and expanding industry report ranks Cullman high among the state’s 67 counties in several areas, and number one in both industrial expansion and overall industrial projects in 2019.

New industrial projects:

  • #11 Number of Projects . . . . . . 2
  • #19 Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
  • #23 Capital Investment . . . . . . . $1,013,000

 

Existing industry expansion projects:

  • #1 Number of Projects . . . . . . .  40
  • #5 Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  462
  • #9 Capital Investment . . . . . . . . $158,061,971

 

Total Projects:

  • #1 Number of Projects . . . . . . .  42
  • #8 Jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 483
  • #12 Capital Investment . . . . . . . $159,074,971

 

New industries included 

  • DB Technologies, Hanceville, Carbon Fiber Manufacturing, 1, $213,000
  • Willoughby Roofing and Sheet Metal, Vinemont, Sheet Metal and Roofing Products, 20, $800,000
  • Two TOTAL new projects for Cullman, $1,013,000 

 

Expanding industries included (name, location, type of industry, new employees, capital investment)

  • Advanced Heat Treat, Hanceville, Heat Treatment, 1, $64,000
  • Advanced Rotors Inc., Cullman, Electric Motors, Rotors, and Stators, 2, $750,000
  • Alabama Brick Delivery Inc., Cullman, Brick Sales and Distribution, 0, $30,000
  • American Classics, Dodge City, T-shirts and Apparel, 27, $2,000,000
  • Apel Machine & Supply Inc., Cullman, Machine Shop/Fabricated Metal, 2, $500,000
  • Birmingham Fastener and Supply Co. Inc., Hanceville, Metal Fasteners and Bolts, 30, $2,100,000
  • Buettner Bros. Lumber Company Inc., Cullman, Roof Trusses, 16, $200,000 
  • Carter Babbitt Bearings, Hanceville, Machine Shop/Fabricated Metal, 0, $50,000
  • Cullman Automation Inc., Cullman, Custom Machine Design and Build, 0, $30,000
  • Cullman Cabinet & Supply Company Inc., Cullman, Cabinet Doors, Laminate Counter, 5, $250,000
  • Cullman Casting Corp., Cullman, Industrial Gray Iron Castings, 0, $311,230
  • DCA Ready Mix Inc., Cullman, Ready-Mix Concrete, 0, $300,000
  • Flotation Systems Inc., Cullman, Aluminum Boat Docks Manufacturing, 1, $35,000
  • Goat Island Brewing, Cullman, Craft Brewery, 2, $200,000
  • Golden Rod Broiler, Cullman, Poultry Processing, 0, $815,000
  • HessAire Products Inc., Holly Pond, Industrial Fan Blades, 2, $43,000
  • I-Core Composites LLC, Cullman, Balsa Wood Core Material, 0, $20,000
  • Inland Buildings, Cullman, Pre-Engineered Steel Buildings, 13, $300,000
  • Littrell Brothers Lumber Company Inc., Cullman, Pressure Lumber Treatment, 1, $0 
  • Live Haul Products Inc., Cullman, Poultry Transportation, 14, $0 
  • Louisiana Pacific Corporation, Hanceville, Oriented Strand Board (OSB), 0, $6,900,000 
  • Mach III Inc., Vinemont, Aftermarket Parts for Firearms, 2, $250,000
  • MRO Inc., Cullman, Machine Shop Maintenance and Repair, 24, $1,500,000 
  • Nexan Building Products, Cullman, Commercial Manufacturing/Residential Railings, 0, $150,000
  • North Alabama Fabricating Company, Cullman, Metal Fabrication, 30, $1,500,000
  • Pennington Seed of Cullman Inc., Cullman, Lawn and Garden Products, 0, $50,000
  • QHA Metal Products, Joppa, Sheet Metal HVAC Products, 1, $35,000
  • REHAU Inc., Cullman, Automotive Exterior Moldings, 100, $12,500,000
  • Reliance Worldwide Corporation, Cullman, Pressure Regulating Valves, 50, $19,750,000 
  • River Valley Ingredients, Hanceville, Poultry Meal, Hydrolyzed Rendering Plant, 0, $5,000,000
  • Royal Technologies Corporation, Cullman, Plastic Injection Molding, Foam, 50, $2,000,000 
  • Rusken Packaging Inc., Cullman, Corrugated Boxes, 25, $7,800,000 
  • Tee’s Enterprises Inc., Holly Pond, Bulk Petroleum Distribution, 0, $500,000
  • The Barn, Hanceville, Portable Buildings, 0, $20,000 
  • The Shaddix Company Inc., Vinemont, Concrete Forms, 6, $2,850,000
  • Topre America Corp., Cullman, Automotive Metal Stamping, 50, $85,894,000
  • TS Perfection Chain Products Inc., Vinemont, Weldless Chains, 0, $200,000
  • Vinemont Welding & Fabrication, Vinemont, Metal Fabrication, 3, $75,000
  • Webb Wheel Products Inc., Cullman, Hubs, Wheels, & Drums, 5, $2,909,741 
  • WestRock Packaging, Cullman, Corrugated Packaging, 0, $180,000
  • 40 TOTAL expanding projects for Cullman, $158,061,971 

 

Totals for Cullman (42 PROJECTS) – 483 new jobs, $159,074,971 capital investment

10-year totals

While year-to-year numbers show fluctuation and not consistent growth, the totals show that the area’s industries have made over $1 billion in capital investments and created over 4,100 new jobs in the last ten years. 

Cullman Economic Development Agency Director Dale Greer told The Tribune, “I believe when a company expands in your community, it’s validation that they made a good site location, and that your workforce is good and strong and solid, you know, that they’re trainable and they can do what that company needs to be profitable. I think it is a testament to the community working together to make those things happen.”

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W.C. Mann

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