Automotive Suppliers

The Shoals is centrally located within this booming district, surrounded by a large population of skilled or trainable residents, with eight already-existing OEM automobile manufacturers located within four hours.

Over the past few years, seven states including Alabama have quietly become the Southeastern Automotive Corridor. This area that stretches across Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee is rapidly expanding and becoming the new epicenter of the automotive industry in America. Part of the reason for the success of this region is access to a large population in the workforce, strong networks across states, and a large number of automotive firms throughout the region.


Tier 1, 2 and 3 Automotive Suppliers

Tier 1 suppliers provide parts directly to Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Tier 2 suppliers provide parts to Tier 1 suppliers and others, rather than directly to OEMs. Tier 3 supply raw, or close-to-raw materials like metal or plastics, to all levels of suppliers and others.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Suppliers

EVs operate on an electric motor that requires constant supply of energy from batteries. Global market divided by type: Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV); Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV); and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV).

Proximity to Markets

The Shoals, which includes Colbert and Lauderdale Counties, is located in Northwest Alabama, along the Tennessee River within easy driving distance to the following major metro areas:
  • Huntsville – 1 hour
  • Nashville – 2 hours
  • Memphis – 2.5 hours
  • Birmingham – 2.5 hours
Eight existing OEMs are within one to four hours of the shoals. Three OEM Engine Plants are within one to less than three hours, and there are over 100 automotive-related suppliers in the region.
The Shoals employs nearly 1,500
workers in the automotive sector (2020)
The Shoals offers competitive annual
average wages of nearly $40,000
(60% less than state average)

Local Automotive Companies

North American Lighting - A Koito Group Company
Tasus - Tsuchiya Group
Project XYZ

Transportation Infrastructure

The Shoals has access to robust transportation infrastructure as follows:


  • State highways 43 and 72 run through The Shoals and Highway 72 connects to I-65, which is nearby


  • Northwest Alabama Regional Airport is located in The Shoals, offering flights to and from Nashville and Atlanta
  • Following international airports within 2 hours of area:
    • Huntsville International Airport: 1 hour
    • Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport: 2 hours
    • Nashville International Airport: 2 hours


  • Autauga Northern Railroad and Tennessee Southern Railroad run through The Shoals


  • Port of Florence located in Lauderdale County along the Tennessee River  
  • Three river ports within three hours of The Shoals:
    • Port of Decatur: 1 hour
    • Port of Guntersville: 2 hours
    • Port of Memphis: 3 hours
  • Port of Huntsville Inland Port: 1 hour
    • Huntsville International Airport
    • International Intermodal Center (Air Cargo and Rail Cargo)
    • Jetplex Industrial Park

Available and Affordable Workforce

Labor Force

  • The Shoals has a labor force of over 150,000 within a 60-minute drive time
  • The Shoals Primary Labor Shed, comprised of eight counties, has a population of 350,000


  • The Shoals employs nearly 1,500 in the automotive sector with 4.3% growth over past 5 years (2014 – 2019) and 3.4% growth projected over next 5 years (2020 – 2025)
  • The NAIDA region employs nearly 11,500 in the automotive sector with 17.2% growth over past 5 years (2014 – 2019) and 6.7% growth projected over next 5 years (2020 – 2025)

Higher Education and Training

Northwest Shoals Community College (NW-SCC)

  • Alabama FAME (Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education)
  • Applied Engineering and Machining
  • Industrial Systems Technology
  • Welding
  • Office of Strategic Partnerships and Industry Training provides customized training for manufacturers

University of North Alabama (UNA)

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology
  • Dual Degree Engineering Program

Regional Educational Assets

  • Alabama Robotics Technology Park
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) College of Engineering
  • Calhoun Community College
  • Athens State University

Utility Infrastructure

  • Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and its 22 distributors in North Alabama provide reasonable prices and reliability (99.999% since 2000) in The Shoals.
  • TVA electricity in the region is generated from three hydro-electric dams, Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, two natural gas energy centers and solar farms.

Product (Real Estate)

The Shoals EDA owns and controls four industrial parks in the Shoals area as well as a number of speculative buildings.
  • Of industrial property, sites range from 5 acres to 300+ acres
  • Shoals Research Airpark has over 300 acres available, which is located less than an hour from Huntsville
  • Florence-Lauderdale Industrial Park has 145 acres available, which is located less than an hour from Huntsville
  • Rogersville Business Park has over 130 acres available, which is located less than 45 minutes from Huntsville
  • Barton River Industrial Park has nearly 500 acres available, which is less than 1.5 hours from Huntsville
Available speculative building sizes range from 150,000 square feet to 250,000 square feet (expandable to 500,000+ square feet) 

Business Environment

State of Alabama

  • #7 on Area Development magazine’s 2020 Best States for Business list
  • Business Facilities magazine 2019 State Rankings Report
    • #3 State Business Climate
    • #2 State for Workforce Training
    • #5 for Economic Growth Potential
  • State of the Year – Southern Business & Development (2019)
  • Deals of the Year – Southern Business & Development (2019)
    • Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA (Huntsville)
    • Amazon Fulfillment Center (Bessemer)
    • Airbus A220 (Mobile)
    • Mercedes-Benz EV Battery Assembly Plan (Bibb County)
  • Alabama is a right to work state