Existing Industry in Clay County, Alabama

Clay County offers great potential for industries looking for a location primed for business and personal success. Our target industries include manufacturing, forestry and wood production, retail, tourism, education, health and social services. These industries make up 62.5% of the county’s employment total.

Data below showcases the strength Clay County offers to key industries.

Major Employers

Business Industry Jobs
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. Manufacturing 1,350
Koch Foods Food Processing & Distribution 425
Tru Cabinetry Manufacturing 310
Clay County Healthcare Authority Health Services 300
Clay County Board of Education Education 255
Integrity Cabinets Manufacturing 180

Job Sectors

Rank Job Types Percentage
Source: Longitudinal Employer Household Dynamics program which is a partnership between the Census Bureau and the Alabama Department of Labor, Labor Market Information Division.
1 Manufacturing 55.1%
2 Healthcare & Social Assistance 12.5%
3 Educational Services 7.9%
4 Retail Trade 6.1%
5 Public Administration 4.0%
6 Finance & Insurance 2.6%
7 Accommodation & Food Services 2.4%

Target Industries

Manufacturing

Our central location in the heart of east Alabama provides a labor force of over 75,000 workers from a 45-mile radius covering seven counties. Clay County is already home to several major manufacturing companies including Wellborn Cabinets, Inc., Koch Foods, Tru-Wood Cabinets, John-Co Truss Company, Integrity Cabinets, Three-Dimension Woodcraft, Lace Wood, Inc., Higgins Embroidery, and Cheaha Cabinets. Our two industrial parks offer building options and rail access.

Forestry & Wood Products

Clay County is situated in a prime location for economic expansion in Forestry and Wood Products industries. Eighty percent of our county is forestland, therefore making it a desirable location for these industries. With CSX rail access in the county, we are currently looking for properties with the potential to install rail spurs for additional benefit. Much of our workforce is employed and skilled in wood harvesting; therefore you won’t have to leave our county to gain access to a qualified workforce. As construction favors wood structures, Clay County would be an ideal location to consider when planning for a Forest and Wood Product manufacturing facility.

Retail

Looking for entrepreneurial success? Our county is home to two community-centric towns that support local small businesses. With the expansion of recreation opportunities and people seeking to live and visit more rural areas, retail endeavors are a demand by those who live and visit Clay County. Thousands of visitors travel through and stay in Clay County for our many outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, road tours, and fishing. Conveniently located around major metropolitan areas, there is no shortage of those traveling through, or to Clay County, making it a smart choice for retail endeavors.

Tourism

With an opportunity zone conveniently located near the Talladega National Forest, Clay County is a very desirable location for an ecotourism endeavor. Clay County features some of the southeast’s other natural wonders including Cheaha State Park, the Tsalagi Trails, and neighboring Lake Wedowee. These destinations are tailored to be an area of choice for families and individuals, specifically visitors interested in the outdoors, as well as businesses looking for a charming destination. Clay County welcomes business and entrepreneurs interested in capitalizing on a prime location for ecotourism and recreation.

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