The Shoals has developed stronger relationships with the international community in recent years and seeks to widen and deepen these ties in the years to come. With a focus on recruiting foreign-based companies, building international trade, and diversifying the local culture, The Shoals is well-positioned as a key partner in the global community.

International Companies in The Shoals

Agrium US, Inc.
P.O. Box 158, #1 Commerce
Florence, AL 35631
Phone Number: (256) 764-7821
Fax Number: (256) 764-1199
Web Site:
SIC Code: 2873
NAICS Code: 325311
Product: Granular Fertilizer

Agrium, based in Calgary, Alberta (Canada), is a major wholesaler, retailer, and supplier of agricultural products and services serving primarily North and South America.

The wholesale division produces, markets, and distributes millions of tons of nitrogen, phosphate, potash, and other nutrients for use in crop production, for aluminum recycling, as fire retardant material, and for other applications. The Florence facility is a part of the wholesale division, producing granular fertilizer.

Alabama Electric Motor Services, LLC
1714 Wall StreetFlag of the Netherlands.svg
Sheffield, AL  35660
Phone Number:  (256) 383-1490
Fax Number:  (256) 383-2391
Web Site: 
SIC Code:  3621
NAICS Code:  335312; 335314
Product:  Electric Motors; Motor Controls

Since becoming a member of the Wise Metals family in 2008, AEMS has set its sights on becoming a best in class supplier of quality services and products. Our internal quality standards meet or exceed ANSI/EASA AR-100.  Wise was purchased by Constellium in 2015, and their headquarters is in The Netherlands.  

CBC INGS America
3137 E. 6th Street
Shoals Research Air Park
JapanMuscle Shoals, AL  35661
Phone Number:  (256) 383-7600
Fax Number:  (256) 383-8224
Web Site: 
SIC Code: 3647
NAICS Code: 336321
Product: Automotive Lighting Fixtures

CBC INGS AMERICA Inc. is a CBC Group Company with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.  They manufacture plastic molded and metal coated automotive parts for the North American automotive industry.   


We are excited to have entered the North American market by opening our brand new facility in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  The factory houses state of the art process lines with injection molding machines, sputtering machines and robotics coating/painting machines.  

GermanyFasco America, Inc.
P.O. Box 2389, 105 Industrial Drive

Muscle Shoals, AL 35662
Muscle Shoals Industrial Park
Phone Number: (256) 381-6364
Fax Number: (256) 381-6659
Web Site:
SIC Code: 5072

NAICS Code: 423710
Product: Pneumatic Fastening Tools; Staples, Nails, Brads for These Tools

Fasco America is the North American distributor for all products produced by the Beck Fastener Group, a manufacturer of staples, nails, brads, pins, and pneumatic fastening tools, based in Mauerkirchen, Austria.

The Beck Fastener Group has production facilities and offices in Germany, Austria, Italy, and China.

Firestone Building Products Co., Ltd.
393 Denton CircleJapanShoals Commerce Park
Tuscumbia, AL  35674
Phone Number:  (256) 386-8380
Fax Number:  (256) 314-1887
Web Site: 
SIC Code:  3069
NAICS Code:  326299
Product:  Roofing Membranes and Insulation

At Firestone, we know you’ve got a job to do. And that job is more than just getting the products you need for your projects. It’s getting a complete solution—exceptional performing building materials backed by a brand you can trust, in combination with the services, support, warranty and expertise you need. Firestone Building Products is a subsidiary of the Bridgestone Corporation with its parent company located in Japan.

Linde, Inc.
P.O. Box 217, 1040 Industrial DriveGermanyCherokee, AL  35616

Phone Number:  (256) 359-6100
Fax Number:  (256) 359-6127
Web Site: 
SIC Code:  2613
NAICS Code:  325120
Product:  Liquid CO2 - Fizz 

The Linde facility in Cherokee, Alabama, is under the umbrella of The Linde Group, which was formed in 2006 with the merger of BOC Gases and Linde. The Linde Group is headquartered in Munich, Germany, with more than 600 Group companies in locations in 100 countries.

Linde products and services include industrial gas solutions, pharmaceutical and medical gas solutions, logistics and supply chain solutions, and engineering and construction services.

The facility in Cherokee produces liquid carbon dioxide.

Mid-South Paving, Inc.
P.O. Drawer 937, 110 W. Second Street
Sheffield, AL  35660
Phone Number:  (256) 383-5981
Fax Number:  (256) 383-0701
Web Site: 
SIC Code:  2951
NAICS Code:  324121
Product:  Paving Materials; Asphalt

At Midsouth Paving we offer a wide variety of aggregates and asphalt products from our operations in Alabama, southern Tennessee, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle. We also provide paving and construction services, and are dedicated to providing the highest product quality and service in the industry in a safe, timely and efficient manner.  Mid-South Paving is part of CRH, with headquarters in Ireland.


FinlandValmet Inc.
3102C Kendall Drive
Florence, AL 35630
Florence-Lauderdale Industrial Park
Phone Number: (256) 764-4951
Fax Number: (256) 764-4998
Web Site:
SIC Code: 3554
NAICS Code: 333291
Product: Wood Chipper for Paper Mills; Parts for Paper Industry Machinery

Valmet Corporation is a leading global developer and supplier of services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Our 11,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers’ performance forward – every day. Valmet's headquarters are based in Espoo, Finland.  The facility in Florence, Alabama, is part of Valmet's paper and pulp division and has extensive capabilities in design, fabrication and repair of parts for machinery utilized by the paper industry.


North American Lighting, Inc.
100 Counts Drive
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
Shoals Research AirparkJapan
Phone Number: (256) 314-4200

Fax Number: (256) 383-1725
Web Site:
SIC Code: 3647
NAICS Code: 336321
Product: Automotive Lighting Fixtures

North American Lighting, Inc. (NAL) is the largest non-affiliated lighting supplier in North America with headquarters in Paris, Illinois. NAL has been manufacturing lighting products for the majority of vehicle manufacturers in North America since 1983.  The company began as a joint venture and is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd., of Japan.


Pilgrim's Pride
2022 Golden Road
Tuscumbia, AL  35674Flag of Brazil.svg
Phone Number:  (256) 389-9591

Fax Number:  (256) 389-9690
Web Site: 
SIC Code:  2048
NAICS Code:  311119
Product:  Chicken Feed

Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, also known as Pilgrim's, is a U.S. company now 75% owned by the Brazilian food giant JBS. It is the largest chicken producer in the United States and Puerto Rico and the second-largest chicken producer in Mexico.

SwedenRobbins LLC......a Hexpol Company
3415 Thompson Street
Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
Phone Number: (256) 383-5441
Fax Number: (256) 383-9424
Web Site:
SIC Codes: 3069; 3011
NAICS Code: 326299
Product: Uni-Tubes; Curing Tubes; Envelopes; Custom Mix and Custom Calendaring

Robbins' parent company Hexpol, which is organized into Hexpol Compounding and Hexpol Engineered Products, has production units in nine countries, according to the company’s website. The corporation has about 3,100 employees, mainly in Asia, the United States and Sweden.  Robbins manufactures custom-mixed rubber compounds for manufacturers and fabricators. The company specializes in products for the tire-retreading and custom-mixing industries.


SCA Tissue North America - Barton
P.O. Box 348, 1834 Haley Drive

Cherokee, AL 35616
Barton Riverfront Industrial ParkSweden
Phone Number: (256) 370-8117

Fax Number: (256) 370-8204
Web Site:
SIC Code: 2621
NAICS Code: 322121
Product: Paper Towels; Tissue; Napkins

SCA, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, is a global consumer goods and paper company that develops, produces and markets personal care products, tissue, packaging solutions, publication papers and solid-wood products. Sales are conducted in some 100 countries. SCA employs approximately 50,000 people in 60 countries worldwide.

The SCA tissue plant in Cherokee, Alabama, produces tissue, napkins, and paper towels as a manufacturing facility for SCA Tissue North America, which is one of the largest manufacturers of disposable napkins, bath tissue, towels and wipes for the Away-From-Home market in the United States and Canada.


1701 Mars Hill Road
Florence, AL  35630
Florence-Lauderdale Industrial Park                                                                                                                                          
Phone Number:  (256) 767-4990
Fax Number:  (256) 246-2138
Web Site: 
SIC Code:  3996
NAICS:  326192
Product:  Vinyl Flooring

Tandus Centiva, Tarkett company, creates innovative floorcovering solutions through our unique product line of Powerbond, Freeform, modular, broadloom, woven and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) products. With industry-leading product design, unrivaled service and a commitment to environmental and social stewardship, Tandus Centiva provides the ultimate flooring experience.

Tarkett Alabama, Inc.
430 County Road 30
Florence, AL 35634
Florence-Lauderdale Industrial Park
Phone Number: (256) 718-5292
Fax Number:  (256) 718-5346
Web Site: 
SIC Code: 3069
NAICS Code: 326192
Product: Vinyl Flooring

The Tarkett Alabama facility in Florence, Alabama, is one of 29 industrial sites of Tarkett SA, a privately held company based in Nanterre, France. Tarkett SA has over 8,000 people around the world servicing customers and clients in 100 countries.

The local Tarkett facility produces NAFCO flooring. NAFCO has been an innovator in the flooring industry since 1957 by producing vinyl flooring with the look of tile, plank, stone, slate, and other natural textures and tones.


TASUS Alabama
4310 Parkway DriveJapan

Florence, AL 35630
Florence-Lauderdale Industrial Park 
Phone Number: (256) 764-6400
Web Site:       
SIC Code: 3089
NAICS Code: 326199 
Product: Plastic Automotive Parts

TASUS Corporation is a dynamic and growing plastics injection-molder serving the OEM automotive industry. TASUS Alabama is a new division of TASUS Corporation which is headquartered in Japan.

4805 Second Street
Muscle Shoals, AL  35661
Phone Number:  (256) 386-6212
Fax Number:  (256) 386-6325
Web Site:
SIC Code:  3353
NAICS Code:  331314
Product:  Aluminum Can Sheet, and Other Common Alloy Products                                                                      

The 4 million square foot Alloys Plant casts molten aluminum into sheet ingot. The ingot is then rolled into coils of aluminum sheet approximately 1/100 of an inch thick. The facility has a current capacity for finished products of 950 million pounds per year. Its sheet products are used in the manufacture of beverage cans, ends, tabs, food containers and other products including trailer roof and fin stock.

The 74 acre Element 13 complex is where used beverage cans are melted and alloyed in preparation for being recast into aluminum ingots. The facility was built by Reynolds Metals in 1969 and expanded in 2011 by Wise Metals. The main operations at the plant are comprised of nine furnaces with a capacity to melt more than 600 million pounds of scrap per year.  Wise was purchased by Constellium in 2015, and their headquarters is in The Netherlands.

International Trade

The Shoals promotes international trade through a close working relationship with international trade experts across Alabama.

Alabama Development Office -- International Trade Division
The State of Alabama’s international trade office effectively assists Alabama businesses with export promotion and development through state-wide professional trade development programs, first-class trade missions, insightful trade publications, and distribution of qualified point-to-point international business leads.

Alabama International Trade Center
The William R. Bennett Alabama International Trade Center provides export research, technical trade consulting services, training programs, and trade financing solutions to Alabama's small business community.

North Alabama International Trade Association
The North Alabama International Trade Association (NAITA) is a business-driven non-profit membership organization committed to increasing knowledge, interest, and activity in international trade in North Alabama.

U.S. Department of Commerce -- U.S. Commercial Service
The U.S. Commercial Service's office in Birmingham, Alabama, is part of a network of export and industry specialists located in more than 100 U.S. cities and over 80 countries worldwide. These trade professionals provide counseling and a variety of products and services to assist small and midsized U.S. businesses in exporting their products and services.

International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC)

The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) is a public international organization located in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. IFDC addresses critical issues such as international food security, the alleviation of global hunger and poverty, environmental protection and the promotion of economic development and self-sufficiency.

IFDC focuses on increasing productivity across the agricultural value chain in developing countries. This is achieved by the creation and transfer of effective and environmentally sound crop nutrient technology and agribusiness expertise.

IFDC is governed by an international board of directors with representation from developed and developing nations. The non-profit Center is supported by bilateral and multilateral aid agencies, private foundations, and national governments. The non-profit Center was established in 1974 in response to global food and energy crises. To date, IFDC has provided assistance in more than 100 countries.

International Culture

University of North Alabama -- International Affairs
The University of North Alabama (UNA) has focused on the diversity of the student population for a number of years. UNA's spring 2011 enrollment included 347 students from 41 foreign countries, with 132 students from China.

UNA has an Office of International Affairs, which assists international students with making a smooth transition to studying at UNA and living in the American culture.

In April 2010, UNA featured International Education Week, with an emphasis on learning about the cultures of foreign countries.

UNA also promotes the Magellan Student Exchange that enables UNA students to experience foreign culture by studying abroad at institutions such as the University of Liege (Belgium), Zuyd University (Netherlands), Aachen University of Applied Sciences (Germany), the University of Monterrey (Mexico), the Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and the ESC Rennes School of Business (France).

SEUS--CP (SEUS--Canada)
The Southeastern United States – Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) is a strategic partnership between states in the southeastern United States and member provinces from Canada.

The alliance works to promote trade and investment opportunities between and among its member states and provinces.

Member states include Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Member provinces include Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.

The Japan-U.S. Southeast Association was established in December 1975 to promote trade, investment, understanding and friendship between Japan and member states of the southeast U.S.: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

The Japan-U.S. Southeast Association and the Southeast U.S./Japan Association have held 30 annual joint meetings since their establishment, with the venue alternating between the southeast U.S. and Japan.




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