Gadsden Industrial Development Authority
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“Typically, when you open a facility in a new city the hardest task is finding reliable and qualified employees.  However, this was a very easy step during our transition into the Gadsden community.  When we opened our new facility, we had many times more qualified applicants than we had available positions.  Since then, we have had very little turnover and no absenteeism problems.  I am very happy with the quality of our employees.  Their attitude and work ethic is outstanding.  We are currently expanding our operations in Gadsden and again are not having any problems filling the new positions with great employees.  I consider the Gadsden area to be the best labor market that I have had the privilege to experience.  I would highly recommend this area to anyone that values reliable, hard working, and appreciative employees.”
James Robinson, General Manager, Southern Cold Storage of Alabama

Education and training

“Gadsden is blessed with an outstanding public education system, with unique coursework ranging from Robotics to Competitive Theatre, a nationally ranked Scholars Bowl Team, a fine arts program that is second to none, to a state of the art  $2.4 million Career Tech center that works closely with Gadsden State Community College to help build Northeast Alabama's skilled workforce. Their Advanced Placement program offers 16 courses that can be credited with Gadsden City turning out numerous National Merit Scholars.”
Ralph Lane, Gadsden Office Manager, Alabama Power Company

“The technical training programs here are impressive, especially in precision metalworking.  High school students learn CNC programming and machining.  Our community college has degree programs in such fields as Machine Tool Technology and Industrial Automation Technology.  There are apprenticeship programs for machinists, tool & die makers, and mold makers.  And our manufacturing technology center helps companies with high-level CAD, computer integrated machining, automation, work cell integration, Lean manufacturing, and quality systems.”
Mark Weaver, Director of Human Resources, Stamped Products Inc.

Operating costs and conditions

“Decatur Plastic Products built a new facility in Gadsden, AL in part because of the favorable operating costs associated with labor, taxes and utilities in the area.  Our startup has been so successful, we will be launching another facility in the near future as these advantages still apply today.” 
Andy Cesarski, President, Decatur Plastic Products

“I chose a site in the Gadsden Industrial Complex for our new plant.  I dealt with the city’s mayor, several department heads and Industrial Development Authority staff members.  They all acted promptly to help me reduce my project costs.  I am very pleased by the lack of red tape and how easy it is to do business in Gadsden.”
Tony Pearson, President, Pacific Trading and Recycling LLC

Community support

“We sincerely wish that we had such innovative and aggressive civic leadership in Canada.  The community is genuinely open for business and we look forward to many decades of mutual success and continued growth.”
Donald Rodzik, Chief Executive Officer, The NARMCO Group

“Keystone has had a great relationship with the citizens and the city of Gadsden, so much so that we’ve decided to locate another facility here.”
Keith Lewis, Senior Vice President, Keystone Foods

Quality of life

“Gadsden really is the hidden gem of Northeast Alabama; my family and I have been pleased with the low cost of living and exceptional schools, as well as a variety of social and cultural events to entertain.  I especially like that Gadsden has a quaint, community atmosphere, but also offers residents the amenities of a much larger city.  These attributes have allowed us to be pleasantly surprised how simple it has been to recruit employees and medical staff members to our organization.”
Stephen Pennington, Chief Executive Officer, Gadsden Regional Medical Center

“Gadsden is the antithesis of the stereotypical insular southern town.  This community has welcomed newcomers from other countries with open arms for 40 years.  Right now, for example, we have students from more than 50 countries living in Gadsden and studying at our Alabama Language Institute and the College.  They frequently refer us to their friends and families in their home countries because they like our quality of life so much.”
Dr. Paula Ross-Derrick, Coordinator of International Programs, Gadsden State Community College

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Gadsden-Etowah County Industrial Development Authority
Gadsden-Etowah County Industrial Development Authority
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One Commerce Square • Gadsden, AL 35901
Phone: 256.543.9423 • Fax: 256.547.2351
Gadsden-Etowah County Industrial Development Authority One Commerce Square, Gadsden AL 35901 Phone.256.543.9423 Fax.256.547.2351