Business Climate

The Shoals area is characterized by a can-do attitude among local leaders in industry, business, and government, which has led to a business climate where companies can be successful.

We are proud of the wide range of existing industry that calls The Shoals home. From small manufacturers to larger industries, The Shoals community works hard to meet the needs of its local companies.

The favorable tax environment, reliable energy, available local training resources, competitive wage rates, and a skilled local workforce enable a company to operate profitably in Northwest Alabama.

But, don’t take our word for it; see what executives of several major companies said regarding their decision to locate or expand in The Shoals:



The growth of our Florence facility is gaining momentum, and we cannot thank you and your staff enough for all the help you have provided over the last few months.

Christopher Taylor, Director of Marketing for

The overwhelming warm welcome by so many makes it feel like home. We are delighted to be here.

J. Kirby Best, CEO of



It's a great pleasure to announce that TASUS is establishing this company in Florence. It's our plan that this company will become an important part of this community and its goals.

Koichi Ohara, President of Tsuchiya Co. Ltd.


Wise Alloys LLC

Wise Alloys LLC

We have strong partnerships with the economic development agencies in this area and in the state of Alabama and are lucky to have such a strong network of support.

Wes Oberholzer, Executive Vice President and COO of Wise Metals Group



The community and SEDA stepped forward and showed their willingness to work with us to make it happen. The support made this possible. It could have gone elsewhere.

Derrica Poole, Tarkett WCM & Special Projects Leader


North American LightingNorth American Lighting

This location was not the only option. I can’t say SEDA completely did it, but they certainly had a big influence in our decision.

Eric Palomaki, North American Lighting



We feel like today is the start of a partnership and long-term commitment to this community. Navistar is a great company. I look forward to us getting started now and to a great future here.

Ray Koopman, Navistar Director of Manufacturing and Business Development


CBC GroupCBC Group

We are very happy that we have made lots of new friends here in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, especially for SEDA, Mr. Forrest Wright and his staff.

Kaoru “Kevin” Hayashi, CBC INGS America Chief Executive Officer