The Year in Business in Jefferson County

Top business developments in Jefferson County in the last 12 months.

September 2019: Voestalpine Railway Systems Nortrak, a manufacturer of special trackwork for the railway industry, announced plans to invest $2.1 million in its Birmingham manufacturing plant. The investment will go towards upgrading equipment and the plant’s security system.

August 2019: Simpson Door Co. opens a facility in Ensley. The company was founded in Washington State in 1912 and manufacturers high-end wooden doors.

July 2019: The Birmingham Business Alliance begins the Bham BizHub website, a centralized information site designed to advance entrepreneurship in the region.

May 2019: Officials tour Amazon’s $325 million, 1.5 million-square-foot distribution center under construction in Bessemer and due to open in 2020.

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May 2019: Performance Architectural, an exterior façade manufacturer, announces it will move from Pelham to a larger building in Avondale.

April 2019: Hoover City Schools opens the system’s new Riverchase Career Connection Center.

April 2019: More than 20 Jefferson County mayors sign an agreement to cooperate rather than compete in business recruiting.

April 2019: The 50th Geico Bassmaster Classic announces it will come back to Birmingham in Spring 2020. Competition will take place on Lake Guntersville.

March 2019: Birmingham Control Systems announces it will build a new fabrication facility that is four times the size of its current 19,500-square-foot facility, a $1.95 million investment.

March 2019: Retired AT&T Alabama President Fred McCallum is appointed interim president and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance.

March 2019: Dread River Distilling Co., maker of spirits and beers, announces it will locate on Birmingham’s Southside. It represents a $3 million investment and 10 jobs.

February 2019: The Grand River Technology Park in Leeds kicks off, a partnership among the Alabama Department of Labor, U.S. Steel, the cities of Birmingham and Leeds, Jefferson County and the Southern Museum of Flight. Officials hope to bring 1,200 jobs and $85 million of investment in research and development, tourism and light manufacturing.

February 2019: U.S. Steel announces it will add about 150 full-time employees and invest $215 million to restart construction on an electric arc furnace at its steelmaking facility in Fairfield. The company currently employs 750.

January 2019: Brasfield & Gorrie opens its new IT Center, is $17 million investment expected to bring 140 jobs to Birmingham.

January 2019: Dental implant maker BioHorizons announces a $2 million expansion that will create 60 new jobs.

January 2019: Incysus, a biopharmaceutical company with scientific operations based in Birmingham, raises $10 million in Series A financing.

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