Automotive R&D

Be in the Heart of the Southern Automotive Corridor

Hoover lies at the crossroads of the growing automotive industry in Alabama and the Southeast.  In 1997, the first M-Class rolled off the Mercedes-Benz production line in nearby Tuscaloosa, launching the beginning of the automotive industry in Alabama. Today, Alabama has become a key player in automotive manufacturing in the U.S. vehicle assembly plants for Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota-Mazda. Each of these facilities are within a 1.5 hour drive of Hoover.  Hoover is also in close proximity to a growing automotive supplier network serving OEMs in Alabama and neighboring states.

As manufacturing operations continue to grow, so do their needs for research and development. The Hoover region offers the talent, central location and competitive business costs for advanced manufacturing research and development operations. 

Hoover’s Advantages for Automotive R&D

  • A highly-skilled workforce where over 60% of residents hold a bachelor degree or higher. 
  • Central location within Alabama- ranked second in the US for vehicle production. 
  • High quality and affordable flex and class A office space with connectivity to crossroads of Alabama’s interstate system.