JASON HOFF – Former President and CEO, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.

“When Mercedes-Benz chose to make Tuscaloosa County its home more than 20 years ago, several primary factors appealed to us, including a quality workforce, a good infrastructure and a strong business climate.  Since the beginning, the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority has worked with us to understand our business, and they have helped us improve the efficiency of our operations far beyond what would have been possible elsewhere. They have been responsive to our needs and the needs of our suppliers and we are confident they will continue to help companies continue to understand what makes Tuscaloosa County a great place to do business.”


RANDY SKAGEN – Vice President and General Manager, Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc.

“Tuscaloosa is truly a City of Champions.  Located in the heart of Alabama in close proximity to Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico our location just can’t get much better.  Combine that with beautiful weather all year round; it is great place to live.  With the University of Alabama and Shelton State Community College’s excellent facilities and programs, Nucor has found a near endless pool of talent to staff our Steel Plate Mill.  People in Alabama are friendly, caring and hard working.  I am proud to call Tuscaloosa home for me and my family.  Opportunities are endless.”


BEVERLY PHIFER – CEO, Phifer Incorporated

“Phifer Incorporated was founded by Reese Phifer in Tuscaloosa in 1952. It was established for the weaving of aluminum insect screening. Now, we are known worldwide for our highly advanced woven synthetic fabrics, sometimes referred to as “technical textiles.”  Because of our great team of employees, the supportive community of Tuscaloosa, and Phifer’s commitment to purchasing state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, we have been able to grow the family business successfully from our headquarters right here in wonderful Tuscaloosa, Alabama.”


TIM SMITH – Former Vice President of Sales and Operations, Smiths Machine-A division of ARCH Global Precision

“Tuscaloosa County is the ideal location for Smiths Machine.  Being a technology driven manufacturer of precision components for the defense and aerospace industries, we are continuously faced with the need to be dynamic and innovative to meet customer demands.  The constantly improving training and educational programs offered in the Tuscaloosa County area have provided our company with the workforce to meet our capacity needs.  With most of our positions being highly skilled engineering jobs with some production position we see a great mix of ability and educational background due to the different universities, colleges and technical centers in the area.  With the drive and leadership in the Tuscaloosa County area, I feel confident that the support from the community for our training and development programs will only continue to increase over time.”



An integral part of The University of Alabama System’s mission is to play an active role in the economic development of our state. In West Alabama, that role is effectively handled by The University of Alabama, which provides well-educated workers, workforce development, faculty consultants, and the many other benefits of a nationally ranked major university. The UA System’s economic development efforts are coordinated by Jo Bonner, Vice Chancellor for Government Relations and Economic Development, who works closely with the IDA.