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June 24, 2015 – (Alabama Media Group), By Lucy Berry

Google’s decision to build a data center at TVA’s soon-to-retire coal plant in Jackson County comes on the heels of several major economic development projects in north Alabama.

Google, which plans to create 75-100 jobs, is investing $600 million on its Stevenson/Bridgeport facility. The coal plant will be in operation for a few more months as the tech giant prepares for construction in 2016.

We came up with a list of several notable investments announced in north Alabama since early 2014. Click through the slideshow above for additional details.

  1. Remington Outdoor -- Huntsville
  2. Google -- Stevenson
  3. Polaris -- Huntsville
  4. Science and Engineering Services -- Huntsville
  5. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama -- Huntsville
  6. Cabela's -- Huntsville
  7. Verizon Wireless -- Huntsville
  8. Whole Foods -- Huntsville
  9. Torch Technologies -- Huntsville
  10. Asahi Kasei Plastics -- Athens
  11. Southern Energy Homes (SEHomes) -- Russellville
  12. -- Florence
  13. Busche -- Hartselle
  14. FreightCar America -- Cherokee
  15. Mar-Jac Poultry -- Spruce Pine

Other noteworthy projects include the Jack Daniel Cooperage in Trinity, West Corporation in Huntsville and Carpenter Technologies in Tanner near Calhoun Community College.

Released in May by Gov. Robert Bentley and the Alabama Department of Commerce, the state’s New & Expanding Industry Report shows there were 392 projects for a total of 18,137 jobs and investment of $3.37 billion in Alabama last year. Madison County, which had $321 million in investment, led the state in new jobs created with 3,418 positions.

The job announcements provide some hope to north Alabama’s unemployed population, as well as those who were laid off from International Paper, Hillshire Brands, HON Company, Navistar, izzy+, Pilgrim's Pride, Shaw Industries Group and other companies.

Did we forget any significant economic development announcements in north Alabama since 2014? Let us know in the comment section below.

See the full “North Alabama Business is Booming: Who’s Calling the area home?” gallery here.


The information above is for general awareness only and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Economic Adjustment or the Department of Defense as a whole.