The mission of the Alabama Mining Association (AMA) is to promote the safe and sustainable mining of the natural resources that strengthen our infrastructure and grow our economy.
Safety and sustainability are the cornerstone of a successful mining operation. Our greatest responsibility is to ensure the health and safety of our workforce and our neighbors in the communities where we operate. We must also make sustainability and the stewardship of our natural resources our priority and our purpose. The objective of AMA is to provide our members with the tools to tackle these challenges now and long into the future.
As the collective voice of Alabama’s mining industry, AMA is the advocate dedicated to ensuring that decision-makers at the local, state, and federal level understand how our industry supports the economy in their districts and improves the quality of life of their constituents. We are also committed to strengthening relationships with our regulators to help us accomplish our shared goals.
Whether you mine important industrial minerals, the stone, sand, and gravel that strengthens our infrastructure, met coal exported to steelmakers around the world, or the thermal coal that powers local industry, AMA is the unwavering partner that keeps you producing.
January 2021 Poll Shows Strong Support for Mining in Alabama
Leading polling and research firm Cygnal recently surveyed Alabama voters’ opinions regarding coal, quarry mining, climate change and mining industry support. The results were significantly positive and showed the majority of Alabamians believe their mining industries are safe, protective of the environment, and critical to the state’s economy and the Nation’s infrastructure.
Production of Minerals and Number of Employees in the Mining Industry, FY2019
Source: ADOR Annual Report, FY2019
|MINERALS||# EMPLOYEES||PRODUCTION TONS|
|Sand, clay and gravel||1285||17,121,780|
Alabama Mining Association Announces Safety & Sustainability Award Winners
The Alabama Mining Association (AMA) today announced the winners of the yearly AMA Safety & Sustainability Awards. This year's winners were honored at the association’s second annual Safety & Sustainability Awards Dinner on November 15th [...]
Infrastructure project to enhance access to Shoal Creek Mine
An infrastructure project totaling approximately $2 million is coming to Tuscaloosa County for industrial access road and bridge improvement. The funding will enhance Wallace Ferry and Blackburn Road, which is the main access point for [...]
Heritage Landing promises economic opportunity for southern Walker County, Alabama
For more than a century, Walker County’s economy was driven largely by the rich seams of coal that underlie the region. By 1900, the bounty of the famed Warrior Coal Field had transformed an [...]
Mining is a very important part of our state’s economy, and I value the work that the Alabama Mining Association does to support this critical industry. Their expansion to represent all mining operations will benefit the many companies who produce the construction aggregates used to build and improve our state’s important infrastructure and drive economic growth.
The coal mining industry produced an estimated $2.2 billion worth of coal in 2018. The Industry is estimated to be responsible for $348 million in payroll and 2,578 jobs in the state. Similarly, it is our estimate that the industry’s direct suppliers produced $248 million of output, $76 million of wages and salaries and 883 full time employee jobs.
Alabama’s met coal market, already in high global demand, is on the upswing with approximately $1.4 billion in Yellowhammer State mining investments being announced recently. Currently, the state holds about four billion tons of economically recoverable coal reserves, with 80% of those reserves comprised of met coal.
Alabama export coal is vitally important to the port’s and the state’s economy. We’ve invested over $150 million in shoreside infrastructure at our McDuffie Coal Terminal to support our mining industry.
The industry’s impact is irreplaceable — from the thousands of high-paying jobs at underground met coal mines in the Tuscaloosa and Jefferson County area to generating almost half the revenue at Alabama’s Port.