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No matter the industry sector in Jefferson County, each business benefits from the strategic location with access to major transportation routes, as well as the skilled and ready workforce. Several of the businesses are internationally recognized as industry leaders. Even the smaller businesses demonstrate the same quality and precision as their counterparts. Industry sectors include transportation, food and agribusiness, electrical, printing and imaging, and advanced manufacturing.
Producing approximately 80% of the canned beans in the United States, Bush's Beans is a family-owned corporation, founded in 1903 in Jefferson County. The access to natural resources was originally one of its reasons for success. The strategic location, access to major transportation routes and skilled workers has kept the business growing. It recently completed a $60 million process water filtration plant, which helps the business become more environmentally friendly.
As one of the most competitive plants in the United States, Ball Corporation is committed to creating a safe, environmentally friendly and technology savvy working environment, with nearly 15 years without a work loss accident. The company focuses on sustainability and has been landfill-free for many years. They continually seek ways to make their production safer, faster and less expensive. The Jefferson County location's access to major markets and skilled workforce are just some of the reasons that Ball makes 50 percent of the world's aluminum cans and consistently develops innovative ways to improve products.
English Mountain Spring Water
Named the "Best Tasting Water in the World," as well as the only gourmet water in the United States at international water tasting competitions, English Mountain Spring Water is one the Southeast’s premier water bottling companies. It is NSF certified and surpasses all government standards for bottled water. While 80 percent of water brands on the market have additives and enhancements, English Mountain bottles straight from the source, in a facility that is only 900 feet from English Mountain Spring. Recently completing an additional 52,000-square-foot building, English Mountain Spring Water's location in Jefferson County is within a one day's drive from over 70 percent of the U.S. market.
Rugel Church Furnishings
As the only remaining company in United States that still makes solid wood church furniture by hand, Rugel Church Furnishings takes pride in what they do. Since 1929, Rugel has handcrafted and installed furnishings for 30,000 churches nationwide and abroad. Today, they craft pieces for courtrooms, kitchens, restaurants and more. Their Jefferson County shop uses both precision machining and hand-fitted assembly to create some of the most well-made, custom woodworking pieces in the country.