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Alabama Industries Metals & Advanced Materials

From metal fabrication to 3-D printing high-tech jet engine parts to producing carbon fiber, Alabama metal and advance materials sector is growing and creating opportunities for companies that build other products or supply the tools and materials needed to make them.

Alabama exports more than $880 million in primary metal annually.

Alabama has 24 National Institutes for
Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certified
programs in the state.

AIDT, Alabama’s #1 incentive, provides a
total workforce delivery system at no cost to
qualified employers.

Alabama is home to 3 of the nation’s 7
major pipe-makers.

1,100 primary and fabricated
metal companies in Alabama

Alabama’s primary and
fabricated metal
manufacturing workforce is
over 42,000 strong

Leading Metal and Advanced Manufacturing Companies in Alabama

Colleges with Welding Certificates/Associates

Welding offered at 18 public two-year institutions at 28 campuses. Over 5,800 graduates from the past five years.

Welding Edu Map

Colleges with Machine Tool Technology / CNC Certificates/Associates

Machine Tool Technology / CNC offered at 13 public two-year institutions at 18 campuses. Over 3,000 graduates from the past five years.

CNC Edu Map

Metals and Advanced Materials Educational Programs and Partnerships

Academic partnerships and top-ranked educational institutions offer world-class engineering programs, labs, and research for Advance Materials. 29 four-year colleges and universities and 24 two-year community and technical colleges are strategically located throughout the state.

The Center for Advanced Materials at Tuskegee University

The center is focused on applying basic applied research for the needs of a variety of defense, recreational, healthcare and commercial areas.

Advanced Composite Materials Laboratory, the University of Alabama

Includes facilities for manufacturing, characterization and modeling of advanced composites and nanostructured materials.

Auburn University

Offers Masters and Doctorate degrees in Polymer and Fiber Engineering. There have been 24 completions during the past 5 years.

Center for Polymer and Advanced Composites at Auburn University

This center is designed to foster collaboration between industry and university researchers.

Structural Composites Laboratory, University of Alabama at Huntsville

Supports research in the behavior and manufacturing of advanced fiber composites and cementitious composite materials.

University of Alabama, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Program

Grants Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate degrees. Faculty and students in the programs are also involved in research in the areas of metal matrix composites, mechanical properties of materials and metals, and metal processing.

Auburn University’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing (NCAME) Excellence

NCAME trains and educates the next wave of additive manufacturing (AM) specialists, researchers, technicians, end-users, innovators, and more.

University of Alabama in Birmingham Materials Processing & Applications Development (MPAD) Center

Serves the automotive, transportation, defense, infrastructure and energy industries for advanced engineered plastics and composites design, analysis, processing, manufacture and product development.

Metals & Advanced Materials News

Novelis plans $2.5 billion Alabama aluminum mill with 1,000 jobs

BAY MINETTE, Alabama — Novelis Inc., a world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, plans to invest more than $2.5 billion to build a new low-carbon recycling and rolling plant in Baldwin County, according to Governor Kay Ivey. The facility at the 3,000-acre South Alabama Mega Site, located in Bay Minette, will create approximately 1,000 jobs,…

U.S. Steel announces successful startup of $412 million Fairfield electric arc furnace

U. S. Steel today announced the successful start-up of its newly completed advanced electric arc furnace in Fairfield. The furnace represents a $412 million investment in the plant. Up and running at full capacity, the furnace will be able to produce 1.6 million tons of steel a year. The furnace commenced its first arc, charged…

Publication gives Alabama high marks for business climate, workforce training

In the 16th installment of its Annual State and Metro Rankings Report, Business Facilities rated Birmingham as the No. 1 mid-size metro area for its business climate, while Huntsville was No. 1 among small-size metros. Overall, Alabama ranked No. 4 for business climate. Alabama’s workforce development and talent attraction programs ranked No. 2 among the…

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