Metal Working & Steel


North Alabama has a rich metalworking heritage dating back to the small iron furnaces of the early 1800’s. Today, numerous primary and secondary metal manufacturers are forging their success in North Alabama.

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) has accredited 15 precision machine tool technology programs in Alabama. Currently, Alabama is one of only five states with 10 or more. North Alabama is home to the following nine NIMS nationally accredited programs:

  • Allen Thornton Career Technology Center – Machining Level I
  • Arab High School – Machining Level I
  • Austin High School – Machining Level I
  • Calhoun Community College – Machining Level I
  • Cullman Area Career Center – Machining Level I
  • Earnest Pruett Center of Technology – Machining Level I
  • J.F. Drake State Community & Technical College – Machining Level I
  • Madison County Career Technical Center – Machining Level I
  • Wallace State Community College – Machining Level I, Machining Level II, Die Making Level II

Additional NIMS registered programs in North Alabama include:

  • Huntsville Center for Technology
  • Huntsville City Schools
  • Limestone County Career Technical Center
  • Marshall Technical School
  • Northeast Alabama Community College
  • Northwest Shoals Community College

Top 25 Metalworking Employers in North Alabama

Wise Metals Group LLC1000Muscle Shoals
Wolverine Tube852Decatur
National Copper & Smelting475Huntsville
BASF Catalyst (formerly Englehard Corp.)351Huntsville
American Trim300Cullman
Nucor Corporation300Decatur
Nucor Corporation300Fort Payne
Wise Alloys LLC300Sheffield
Hart & Cooley Inc.250Huntsville
Cerro Wire & Cable275Hartselle
Whitsell Corporation265Muscle Shoals
Carrier Corporation238Scottsboro
Axsys Technologies (formerly Speedring)214Cullman
Cooper Industries200Cullman
Nichols Aluminum180Decatur
Plasticraft Manufacturing Co.150Albertville
United Plating140Huntsville
Shoals Tubular Inc.130Florence
North Alabama Fabricating Co.125Cullman
Southern Metals Co.125Sheffield
Varco Pruden Buildings Inc.125Fort Payne
Inland Southern120Cullman
Willo Products120Decatur
Automatic Screw Machine Products110Decatur
Valley Joist Inc.108Fort Payne