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Our Laborshed:

The Etowah County labor shed within a one-hour commute includes a 16-county area surrounding Etowah County. This area contains a total population of 1,200,000.

How to Read This Data:

The company and labor data for this sector are derived from our labor shed area, as defined above.

The data points are presented several ways:

  1. The number of companies supporting a given sector in our labor shed, stated as an empirical value.
  2. A comparison of the numbers of these companies in our labor shed vs the US average, stated as a percentage.
  3. Skilled labor (SICS) supporting a given sector in our labor shed, stated as an empirical value.
  4. A comparison of the numbers of skilled laborers by skill classification in our labor shed vs the US average, stated as a percentage.
  5. Growth occupations in our labor shed over a given number of years, stated as a percentage.

This data is provided by the University of Southern Mississippi's Economic Development Research Center.

From resins to vinyl to raw materials, plastics and chemicals are an integral part of everything from everyday life to manufacturing. Surrounded by such giants as Occidental Chemical Corporation and Nexeo Solutions, the Etowah region is an ideal location for chemical and plastics growth. With 213% more plastics and resin manufacturers and an average of 125% more skilled workers than the US national average, this is a perfect new home to produce everything from the smallest chemicals to the largest plastics.

Plastic & Chemical Companies in our Laborshed

Plastic & Chemical Companies vs US Average

Skilled Labor in our Laborshed

Skilled Labor Vs US Average

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Area Plastic & Chemical Companies

Occidental Chemical Corporation

  • Leading North American manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) resins, chlorine and caustic soda.
  • Their market position is among the top three producers in the United States for the principal products it manufactures and markets.
  • Subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corporation and based in Dallas, TX.

Nexeo Solutions

  • Global leader in chemical and plastics distribution.
  • Offers more than 24,000 products across North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East from over 1,400 world-class suppliers.
  • Supplies raw materials used in a broad cross section of industries, including chemical manufacturing, oil and gas, coatings, adhesives, paints, personal care, automotive, and healthcare.

Ascend Performance Materials

  • World’s largest fully integrated producer of nylon 6,6 resin.
  • Their Vydyne PA66 resins and compounds are used in everyday essentials around the world, from car engines and sporting equipment to apparel and cable ties.

Education

Etowah County Career Technical Center

  • All programs at the Etowah County Career Tech Center are business/industry certified by the Alabama State Department of Education or by private certifying agencies. The trade and industry programs have articulation agreements with all community colleges in Alabama, in which program completers may receive free college credit toward a degree for skills they learned in high school. Many program completers receive scholarships to colleges or technical institutes for continued training and are assisted in future job placement.
  • Programs at Etowah County Career Technical Center include Engineering Design, Electrical Technology, Electronics Technology, Automotive Technology, Precision Machining, Welding, Collision Repair, Construction Technology, Early Childhood Education, and Health Science.

 

Related engineering programs offered in Alabama:

University of Alabama In Huntsville

  • Offers 1 General Chemical Engineering Degree programs
  • An average of 25 students graduate annually

University of Alabama

  • Offers 1 General Chemical Engineering Degree programs
  • An average of 25 students graduate annually

Auburn University

  • Offers 6 General Chemical Engineering Degree programs
  • An average of 107 students graduate annually

Tuskegee University

  • 1 Chemical Engineering Degree programs
  • An average of 15 students graduate annually in Chemical Engineering

University of South Alabama

  • 2 Chemical Engineering Degree programs
  • An average of 27 students graduate annually in Chemical Engineering