Bessemer is booming

After decades of high unemployment, the city has become a hub of job creation.

Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley. Photo by Art Meripol Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley smiles, shakes his head and laughingly laments at just how successful the city has been recently in attracting major corporations to the area. “We’ve brought in all these companies that are offering starting salaries of $18 and $20 an hour, and now I’m…

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