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Food Processing

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Our Laborshed:

The Etowah County labor shed 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.

Home to some of the nation’s largest protein processors, the Etowah region has the space and climate to cultivate, produce, process and grow any kind of crop or livestock. With 815% more poultry processors and 333% more flour mills than the US national average, the innovation and development happening in Etowah County is cutting edge. Come be part of the future of food.

Food Processing Companies in our Laborshed

Food Processing Companies vs US Average

Skilled Labor in our Laborshed

Skilled Labor Vs US Average

Growth Occupations


Area Food Processing Companies

Koch Foods Inc.

  • One of the largest vertically integrated poultry processors in the country.
  • Leads the innovation curve for the poultry industry by investing millions every year upgrading production facilities.

Keystone Foods

  • Global food services company supplying consumer brands
  • Provider of frozen animal products, including poultry, beef, fish and pork
  • Sells to quick service restaurants, retail outlets, and commercial & consumer brands

Tyson Foods Inc.

  • Has the fastest growing portfolio of protein-centric brands.
  • Produces 1 in 5 pounds of chicken, beef and pork in the U.S.
  • 122k team members make up the Tyson Foods family and play key roles in their success.

Dean Sausage Company

  • Private company based out of Attalia, AL
  • Wholesale food supplier and manufacturer of country-style sausage

Alberville Quality Foods, Inc.

  • Produces whole muscle protein items for the food service, retail and national account customer base in the U.S.
  • Founded in 1988
  • Subsidiary of OK Foods, Inc.

Education

Gadsden State Community College

  • Offers a Poultry Science Degree
  • Partnership program between Auburn University and Wallace State

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.

Wallace State Community College

  • Offers a Poultry Science Degree
  • Partnership program between Auburn University and Wallace State
  • Offers 2 Agriculture Degrees

University of Alabama at Birmingham

  • Offers 4 Nutrition and Food Sciences programs
  • An average of 35 students graduate annually

Samford

  • Offers 3 Nutrition and Food Sciences programs
  • An average of 21 students graduate annually

 
Other food-processing programs in the state, more than an hour from the site:

University of Alabama

  • Offers 1 Nutrition and Food Sciences program
  • An average of 115 students graduate annually

Auburn University

  • 3 Nutrition and Food Degree programs
  • An average of 67 students graduate annually in Nutrition and Food

Oakwood University

  • 2 Nutrition and Food Degree programs
  • An average of 35 students graduate annually in Nutrition and Food