Businesses and Jobs in Prattville, AL

April 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Wes Aldridge

Mixing business with pleasure is what Prattville is all about. Known widely for its top-notch neighborhoods and award-winning schools, Prattville is increasingly attractive to businesses aiming to meet the expectations of managers and other key employees – and that means quality of life as well as a decent paycheck.

Investments Equal New Jobs

Take Medline Industries, for example. The Illinois-based company is the nation’s largest private distributor of health-care products, with an annual revenue base of $2.5 billion. When it chose Prattville for its new distribution center, Prattville Baptist Hospital Administrator Ginger Henry, who helped recruit the company to the area, told city officials the job was made easier by the quality of the community she represents.

Prattville's Progress

Long known as a commuter suburb of Montgomery, Prattville is coming into its own as a live-work-play location. Although many residents still find professional employment across the river, there are plenty of opportunities in the vibrant local community. These include International Paper Co. Maxwell Air Force Base, which employs about 15,000 active duty and civilian workers, is approximately 13 miles from Prattville.

Advantages for Business

Prattville is home to the Economic Development Association of Alabama, a leader in workforce development and business investment in the region. The EDAA also has helped develop career education for residents statewide.

Air transportation options include Prattville’s Grouby Field, which has a 5,400-foot runway for general aviation. Montgomery Regional Airport is just 12 miles from Prattville, and Birmingham-Shuttlesworth puts 120 daily flights about 75 minutes away from home. Interstate access is made easy by Interstate 65, running along the eastern edge of Prattville and extending from the Gulf Coast to just southeast of Chicago.

Hub of Commerce

There’s no shortage of local retail and service businesses, either. Bass Pro Shops in Prattville offers a spacious and well-equipped haven for sportsmen (and women) of all persuasions. The shop includes a restaurant and meeting rooms, and offers workshops on fly-fishing, hunting and other popular outdoor pastimes.

Downtown is where tradition and commerce intersect. With two hardware stores, a grocery and any number of specialty shops, Main Street is still a lively and convenient place to shop.

“We sell all your basic hardware – almost anything you need to fix up your home,” says Tyler Searcy, who works behind the counter at Autauga Home Supply.

Purchase gifts at Carol Brooks, pick up children’s necessities at Cute as a Button or The Turtle Shell, and drop by Spiller Furniture for a sofa or a new stereo, then take care of any financial concerns at River Bank and Trust or First Community Bank, hometown businesses that promise – and deliver – the personal touch.

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