Since his appointment to lead the Alabama Department of Commerce in July 2011, Alabama has attracted economic development projects totaling over $50 billion in new private sector capital investment and 160,000-plus jobs.
A significant percentage of those projects involved the manufacturing industry.
He has worked closely with multiple companies to establish new operations or expand their presence within the state, spurring growth in the aerospace, automotive, chemical, iron and steel, advanced materials, and pulp and paper sectors.
In particular, Secretary Canfield and his Commerce team have played an important role in the continued growth of Alabama’s auto manufacturing industry, where employment levels have risen 70% in the past decade.
He was at the center of the recruitment of Mazda Toyota Manufacturing to Alabama, along with major expansions at the state’s other automakers.
In 2021, the Southern Automotive Manufacturers Alliance inducted Secretary Canfield into its Hall of Fame for his contributions to the development of the auto industry across the region. Also last year, the Alabama Germany Partnership gave him its highest honor, the Rainer Bauer award, for his collaboration with German companies operating in the state.
“I am very honored to receive the Friend of the Industry award from Manufacture Alabama because I see every day the important role that manufacturing plays in the economic vitality of communities and families across the state,” Secretary Canfield said.
“I’m constantly impressed by the talents of our manufacturing workforce, whose accomplishments mean ‘Made in Alabama’ is a badge of quality recognized around the world, and I’m fully committed to extending the sector’s momentum.”
Manufacture Alabama is the only trade association in the state dedicated exclusively to the competitive, legislative, regulatory and operational interests and needs of manufacturers and their partner industries and businesses.
It represents hundreds of companies — from the most recognized international corporations to small, family-owned operations — that share common interests and face similar competitive challenges.