Businesses and Jobs in Prattville, AL

April 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Wes Aldridge

Prattville and Autauga County are among the fastest-growing areas in Alabama, and there's no question why. All the best Southern suburban living come together here, including top-notch neighborhoods, award-winning schools and beautiful scenery. This high quality of life draws business investment as well as new residents.

Advantages for Business

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, which runs along the eastern edge of Prattville and extends from the Gulf Coast to just southeast of Chicago.

Prattville is home to the Economic Development Association of Alabama, a leader in workforce development and business investment for the region.

Retail

Prattville also has attracted major national retailers while nurturing an independent small-business scene. 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. Two hardware stores, a grocery store, and many specialty shops make the historic city center a fun and convenient place to shop.

Large Employers

Long known as a commuter suburb of Montgomery, Prattville is coming into its own as a live-work-play location. According to the 2010 Census, Prattville ranks second among the top 20 most populous cities in Alabama for population growth, which was almost 40 percent over the past decade.

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., one of Prattville and Autauga County's largest employers, which creates industrial and consumer packaging products and high-quality paper for several brands. The company's Prattville facility, which employs about 600 people and is commonly known as the Riverdale Mill, produces boxboard, which is a firm cardboard used for making boxes.

Maxwell Air Force Base, which employs about 15,000 active duty and civilian workers, is approximately 13 miles from Prattville.

Fras-Le, a Brazilian brake manufacturer that opened its first U.S. friction materials manufacturing facility in Prattville in 2008, expanded in 2013 with an investment of $11 million and addition of about 100 jobs.

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