March 11, 2010
Alabama’s small cities are poised for recovery
TUCKED between the Tombigbee river and a rural highway meandering north from Mobile sits a warren of huge buildings in Willy Wonka-colours: sea-foam blue and green, desert beige and mauve. Though they look like a modern-art installation, in fact they comprise a new steel mill being built by ThyssenKrupp, a German company. According to ThyssenKrupp the $3.7 billion mill represents the largest German investment in America ever. When it reaches full capacity in 2012, it will employ 2,700 workers and produce some 5.1m tons of carbon and stainless steel per year.