Green Processing Sees Alabama as Gateway to More Automotive Business

Photo: Jeremy Carroll / Plastics NewsIn 2015, Alabama's automakers produced more than one million cars and light trucks—  a new state record. As the state is home to a large cadre of international automotive manufacturers and suppliers, Canada's Green Processing Co., Inc. saw an opportunity for strategic expansion.

Founded less than a decade ago, Green Processing refurbishes and recycles plastic and metal automotive containers that transport parts from Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive suppliers. The company also recycles excess or damaged parts discarded by vehicle manufacturers.

Driven by Southeastern U.S. customer demand to broaden its reach, company officials looked for a location to join operations in Texas and Ohio. In 2016, company officials announced plans to expand to Birmingham. The new location will initially employ a dozen staff, with plans to gradually expand to 25.

Canfor Selects Mobile for U.S. Headquarters

Based in Canada, Canfor is one of North America's largest forest products companies. The company's product lines include lumber, pulp, paper and wood pellets used to produce energy. It has nearly 40 manufacturing facilities in Canada, U.S., Europe and Asia.

With continued growth in the Southeast, Canfor sought a strategic location for its US headquarters. With saw mills, manufacturing plants and a trucking company located from Arkansas to the Carolinas, Alabama offered a central location. In 2016, the company announced that its U.S. branch will operate from Mobile as Canfor Southern Pine. The establishment of the new headquarters will also bring 20 executive level and administrative jobs to Mobile.

Alabama–Canada trade

  • Alabama exports to Canada: $4.1 billion
  • Alabama imports from Canada: $2.1 billion
  • Bilateral trade: $6.2 billion
  • Alabama services exports to Canada: $394 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: $536 million
  • Motor vehicle parts: $350 million
  • Iron & steel alloys & semi-finished products: $132 million
  • Aircraft: $114 million

Alabama’s top goods imports from Canada

  • Crude petroleum: $235 million
  • Aluminum & aluminum articles: $217 million
  • Motor vehicle parts: $165 million
  • Plastics & plastic articles: $120 million
  • Furniture & bedding: $111 million

Alabama exports to Canada by industry

  • Transportation (57%)
  • Equipment & machinery (23%)
  • Minerals & metals (8%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (4%)
  • Chemicals (3%)
  • Forest products (2%)
  • Other (3%)

Alabama imports from Canada by industry

  • Minerals & metals (20%)
  • Equipment & machinery (18%)
  • Energy (13%)
  • Transportation (12%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (10%)
  • Forest products (7%)
  • Other (21%)

Alabama Jobs

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

Alabama top services exports to Canada

  • Business, professional & technical services: $94 million
  • Royalties: $38 million
  • Insurance: $12 million
  • Financial services: $7 million
  • Telecommunications: $3 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: $6.2 billion

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February 2017
Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2016 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 (2/2017 release). U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: goods and services trade (3/2016 release). Trade Partnership: 2015 services trade (1/2017 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.