A Year in Business in Jackson, Marshall, DeKalb & Cherokee Counties

Top business developments in these four counties in the last 12 months

The Children’s Place distribution center, in DeKalb County, announced in April 2019 that it would expand with new equipment.

September 2019: The cities of Albertville and Boaz, in Marshall County, have both announced major recreation center projects. Albertville’s Sand Mountain Park and Amphitheater will focus on bringing out-of-town travel ball clubs to town, with a swimming complex. Boaz broke ground on a new rec center that will be built on the site of former outlet buildings.

September 2019: G2 Supply, a general packaging facility that makes customized wooden containers and corrugated products to be used in shipping, is investing $1.2 million and creating seven jobs within the first year in its expansion into Fort Payne in DeKalb County. 

September 2019: Dixie Grinders, in Guntersville in Marshall County, which makes industrial meat grinders, celebrates 35 years of operation this year.

September 2019: Y S Inc. in Collinsville in DeKalb County, a provider of engineered process manufacturing, announces a $2.1 million expansion and 25 new jobs. It is adding a second location in Fort Payne on the Norfolk Southern rail.

July 2019: Alabama Wholesale Socks Inc., in Sylvania in DeKalb County, announces an expansion of $295,000 for new equipment and 15 new jobs. The town of Sylvania used a federal grant to upgrade water lines and improve roads.

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June 2019: Parallel 33, a spinoff facility of Southern Parallel, a Canadian company with a sawmill in Albertville, opens in Boaz in Marshall County. The mill repurposes scrap wood into usable boards.

May 2019: Aviagen in Albertville in Marshall County, a global poultry breeding company, opens a Research and Training Center, converting a former hatchery into a research hatchery, processing plant and breeder and broiler farm and training facility.

May 2019:  The Federal Aviation Administration awards the Centre-Piedmont-Cherokee County Regional Airport $5.5 million for construction of a taxiway.

May 2019: Marshall Technical School, the career technical center for Marshall County schools, partners with area community colleges to provide more opportunities for students and strengthen workforce development.

April 2019: The Children’s Place distribution center, in DeKalb County, announces it will expand with new equipment through a capital investment of $11.5 million. The company will move 50 part-time employees to full-time status.

April 2019: The 68.2-acre Boaz Industrial Park, in Marshall County, receives Economic Development Partnership of Alabama AdvantageSite status.

March 2019: Valley Joist and Deck, a Fort Payne industry employing 150, announces it will build a new facility in the city adding 30 new jobs initially and 25 more in the first year with an $8 million investment.

January 2019: Ace Aeronautics, at the Guntersville Airport in Marshall County, has expanded to four buildings and 65 employees since coming to the city in 2015. The company refurbishes and modifies UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. The company’s annual payroll is $6.8 million.

January 2019: Guntersville’s City Harbor development’s first phase is under construction. Guntersville native Patrick Lawler is the leaser/developer of the city-owned property that borders U.S. 431 and Lake Guntersville. The development will include covered boat docks, condos, restaurants, retail and entertainment. 

November 2018: Scottsboro Aluminum announces it will locate in Scottsboro in Jackson County, with a $4.5 million investment and 35 employees. The company smelts and recycles aluminum.

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