CGI: Creating Jobs Across The State

High tech company CGI Group is investing in the smaller communities of southern Alabama. CGI worked closely with Alabama business and community leaders (Governor’s Office, Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, Alabama Power, Pike County Economic Development Corporation, City of Troy and Troy University) on the planning of its “small community-based” IT centers. The company employs more than 400 information technology professionals at its U.S. Onshore IT Services Delivery Center in Troy where there are plans to hire 200 additional staff as it continues to grow its local employment base.

CGI’s state-of-the-art facilities in Troy, Birmingham and Huntsville illustrate Canadian investment in the U.S. Southeast. According to Pike County Economic Development Director Marsha Gaylard, “We are really blessed with a very diverse industrial business mix with companies like CGI, companies that we’ve always wanted to have. CGI has been a tremendous corporate partner.”

Carlson Invests In Alabama

When Carlson Engineered Composites USA (Carlson) invested $3 million in its Anniston location, more than 75 new jobs arrived in Calhoun County.

Carlson, a subsidiary of the Carlson Group, manufactures fiberglass composites for original equipment manufacturers in the transportation, agricultural, automotive, recreational, and food processing industries. One of the company’s largest automotive customers is Manitoba’s New Flyer Industries, which also has an Anniston-based facility.

With its expansion, Carlson will join a number of other Canadian automotive specialty companies that have leveraged their expertise to participate in Alabama’s strong advanced manufacturing sector.

Alabama–Canada trade

  • Alabama exports to Canada: $4.1 billion
  • Alabama imports from Canada: $2.0 billion
  • Bilateral trade: $6.1 billion
  • Alabama services exports to Canada: $433 million

Alabama–Canada tourism

  • Alabama visits by Canadians: 98,500
  • Alabama vacation spending by Canadians: $37 million

Alabama’s top goods exports to Canada

  • Automobiles: $1.9 billion
  • Engines & turbines: $434 million
  • Motor vehicle parts: $338 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $122 million
  • Paper & paperboard: $113 million

Alabama’s top goods imports from Canada

  • Crude petroleum: $210 million
  • Aluminum & aluminum articles: $196 million
  • Motor vehicle parts: $151 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $112 million
  • Furniture & bedding: $95 million

Alabama exports to Canada by industry

  • Transportation (58%)
  • Equipment & machinery (20%)
  • Minerals & metals (7%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (5%)
  • Forest products (4%)
  • Chemicals (3%)
  • Other (4%)

Alabama imports from Canada by industry

  • Equipment & machinery (17%)
  • Minerals & metals (17%)
  • Energy (16%)
  • Transportation (11%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (9%)
  • Chemicals (7%)
  • Other (23%)

Alabama Jobs

  • 111,200 Alabama jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada

Alabama top services exports to Canada

  • Travel: $172 million
  • Business, professional & technical services: $58 million
  • Transportation services: $45 million
  • Royalties & license fees: $43 million
  • Equipment installation, maintenance & repair: $43 million


  • 111,200 jobs in Alabama depend on Canada–U.S. trade and investment
  • Canada is Alabama’s #1 customer
  • Total Canada–Alabama goods trade: $6.1 billion

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September 2016
Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2015 data in U.S. dollars. Statistics Canada: 2014 tourism, based on combined same-day and overnight travel (8/2016 release, US$1.00=C$1.1045). U.S. Census Bureau: goods trade, Canada’s export ranking (2/2016 release). U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: goods and services trade (3/2016 release). Trade Partnership: 2014 services trade (11/2015 release). Job numbers are from a study commissioned by the Government of Canada (11/2014 release, 2013 data). Figures may not add up due to rounding. Produced by the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.