Recent Success Stories

  • “Bay Minette is excited to have a new partner for economic growth in Novelis, and we welcome this industry-leading company to our community. The economic impact of this investment will benefit our residents for many years to come.

    — Mayor Bob Wills.

    Novelis, the leading sustainable aluminum solutions provider and world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, has announced plans to build a new advanced manufacturing facility at the South Alabama Mega Site in Baldwin County, Alabama. With plans to invest $4.1 billion, Novelis is expected to create approximately 1,000 jobs with its new low-carbon recycling and rolling plant at the 3,000-acre site in Bay Minette. The plant will be the first fully integrated aluminum mill built in the United States in 40 years.  

    Novelis also announced plans to develop an Advanced Manufacturing and Leadership Training Center in Daphne, Alabama, where best-in-class training will be provided to industry leaders across Novelis’ footprint. The leadership center will be located at the Daphne Innovation + Science Complex and will help push Baldwin County to the forefront of innovation in workforce training and leadership in the metals industry.

  • “Our country was built on hardworking entrepreneurs starting businesses and creating good paying jobs, so today’s announcement is exciting news and will ensure Fairhope continues to grow and lead for years to come.”

    — Congressman Jerry L. Carl (AL-01)

    United States Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.5 million grant to the city of Fairhope, Alabama, to establish a business resource hub for technology entrepreneurs at Hatch Fairhope. The city of Fairhope and the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance (BCEDA) are partners on the project, which will launch renovation efforts at the Fairhope K-1 Center, located in downtown Fairhope.

    The renovations will provide shared office and co-working space for Hatch Fairhope, the entrepreneurial development center managed by the Baldwin Community and Economic Development Foundation. The K-1 Center was formerly owned by the Baldwin County Public School System and was purchased by the city of Fairhope in 2018.

  •  “Imperial Dade’s expansion proves what we already knew – job growth is on the rise on the Alabama Gulf Coast.”

    — Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

    Imperial Dade, a leading independently owned and operated distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, held a groundbreaking for a new logistics hub in Baldwin County. The upcoming 220,000-square-foot building will be located along County Road 49 in Loxley and will support the company’s expanding customer base and continued growth along the Gulf Coast. Imperial Dade’s new facility is set to bring more than $20 million in total investment to Baldwin County, with plans to create 55 new jobs.

    The new logistics hub, developed and owned by I-10 Gulf Coast Logistics Center LLC, will be the first Class-A industrial facility constructed in Baldwin County, with Imperial Dade making the move from their existing Loxley location. In close proximity to Interstate 10, the location provides easy access to the entire Gulf Coast market, including the nearby Port of Mobile. The center is also located just south of the new 564,000-square-foot ALDI regional headquarters and distribution center. Phase two of the development is currently being marketed, offering a total of 250,000 square feet in two additional buildings capable of accommodating tenants as small as 20,000 square feet.

  • “We are ready to bring the ALDI difference to new markets in Alabama, like Baldwin County. We’re ramping up our expansion plans to meet the growing demand along the Gulf Coast.”

    — Dan Gavin – ALDI’s Vice President of Real Estate

    ALDI U.S., a leader in the grocery retailing industry since 1976, recently announced plans to construct a new regional headquarters and distribution center, in Baldwin County, to support the company’s growing footprint along the Gulf Coast. The retailer purchased 160 acres in Loxley’s industrial and warehousing district, along Interstate 10. The upcoming 564,000-square-foot facility will bring approximately $100 million in capital investment and create 200 jobs for Loxley and Baldwin County.

    The new Loxley regional headquarters and distribution center will serve new ALDI stores in southern Alabama, Louisiana and throughout the Florida panhandle. ALDI plans to open 70 new stores by the end of the year across its entire footprint, which puts the company on pace to become the third-largest U.S. grocer by store count by the end of 2022.

  • “Ecovery’s fourth expansion is made possible by our dedicated, hard-working team, which has enabled us to be successful as people and as a company. We have grown from a 35,000-square-foot facility to a nearly 170,000-square-foot facility with a goal of 120 employees by the end of 2019 to prepare ourselves for future expansions in Loxley.”

    — Kevin Sloan – CEO and managing member of Ecovery LLC

    Working to take valuable metals out of scrap material, Ecovery continues to be a North American leader of non-ferrous metal processing. As a Baldwin County-based, family-owned company operated by three successive generations, Ecovery continues to blaze a trail in the metal separation industry. With a specialization in the shredding, granulation, and separation of copper and aluminum bearing scrap, Ecovery has grown to become one of the largest metal recyclers in the Southeast over the last decade.

    Ecovery recently completed their fourth expansion, in the last 10 years, at their Baldwin County facility. Driven by an increase in sales and production, the new 100,000-square-foot facility houses new equipment that will help create 30 new jobs and more than $5 million in capital investment in Baldwin County.

  • “When so many companies are outsourcing manufacturing overseas, we are committed to manufacturing products right here in Alabama, made by the people of Alabama.”

    — Keith Schumacher – CEO of Kaishan Compressor USA

    Kaishan Group, based in Quzhou, China, is the world’s third largest manufacturer of air compressors. With modern, specialized manufacturing facilities positioned in seven strategic locations, Kaishan’s global reach and diverse portfolio of highly engineered products have built a strong reputation for meeting the needs of their multi-national company clientele. Kaishan Group recently opened a new U.S. corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in Baldwin County. The company invested more than $11 million in their new 65,000-square- foot facility and created 62 new manufacturing jobs in Baldwin County. With a 60-year track record, Kaishan has steadily grown to become a significant engineering and production company supplying compressed air, refrigeration, power generation and mining equipment to over sixty countries and regions, including Southeast Asia, Australia, Europe, Japan, Korea, Russia, Africa and Latin America.