As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Mobile combines Southern tradition, beauty and charm with all the elements of a fast-growing progressive community.
Mobile’s strategic location and tremendous infrastructure – two interstate systems, two airports, proximity of open Gulf of Mexico water and five major railroads – make it a center for business. Its superb quality of life, diverse cultural and recreational activities, low cost of living, close distance to the beach and the temperate climate attract many newcomers and visitors every year.
SSAB and Mobile
SSAB in Alabama began operating in 2001. The steel mill employs 600 people and has an annual finished steel capacity of approximately 1,250,000 tons. The facility is capable of producing plate up to 120 inches wide, 90 feet long, in thicknesses of 3/16 to 3 inches. It can also produce coil up to 120 inches wide weighing up to 45 tons, in thicknesses up to ¾ inch.
The Mobile facility is one of Alabama’s largest steel scrap recyclers, consuming approximately 1.5 million tons of scrap metal per year. Completed in 2012, SSAB Alabama’s QL6 (quench line #6) and associated projects is a nearly $300 million investment that significantly increases SSAB’s ability to produce high strength quench and tempered steels. The new facility increased the company’s quench and tempered plate capacity by between 220,000 metric tons.
According to the Mobile Area Association of Realtors, the average sales price of a home in 2011 was $132,710 for Mobile County. Eight beautiful historic residential districts wind their paths through Mobile: Ashland Place, Church Street East, DeTonti Square, Leinkauf, Lower Dauphin Street, Oakleigh Garden District, Old Dauphin Way, and Midtown. Innumerable home renovations have turned these districts into popular residential and commercial areas.
With more than 150 public and 74 private schools in the Mobile Bay region, as well as several post-secondary educational institutions, Mobile Bay has an excellent education system. The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science is a unique, residential public high school located in midtown Mobile attracting some of the state’s brightest high school sophomores, juniors and seniors and offers outreach programs for local students and schools.
Mobile has three major universities. The University of South Alabama is the region’s largest four-year institution with more than 15,000 students at campuses in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Spring Hill College, founded in 1830, is one of the nation’s oldest Jesuit institutions and the University of Mobile is a private institution affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.
Mobile’s diversity is mirrored in an abundance of activities—everything from the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo to fresh water fishing, antique shopping to outlet bargains, baseball to football, museums to the modern IMAX Dome Theater, tee-time on the course to tea time at an historic Plantation home.
Mobile is also home to the world-renown Bellingrath Gardens and the USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park. Spectators can enjoy the Dauphin Island Sailboat Regatta as well as greyhound racing, Mardi Gras along with the Christmas parade of Boats alongside Dog River. Mobile is a great place to live and work.