Al Cook & Associates is an economic development and consulting firm based in Opelika, Ala.  We provide consulting services for economic development agencies in Alabama and throughout the Southeast, specializing in the recruitment of manufacturing, advanced manufacturing and distribution industries.

At Al Cook & Associates, we offer our clients services from marketing plans and Strength/Weakness/Opportunity/Threats (SWOT) analysis to incentive negotiations and strategic planning. Whatever your economic development needs, our company can be there to help you every step of the way. 

We can also provide assistance with commercial property location and purchase. We put people and locations together to find appropriate buildings or sites for corporate or industrial needs. We know the area and the available manufacturing and industrial properties, so we can save you hours of tedious review and site visits.  


State capitals are familiar turf for us, too, since we’ve spent so many years working with state agencies. Understanding each department’s procedures and knowing the proper go-to personnel can help open the door for you. 



Companies Recruited


Al has played a vital role in the recruitment of major companies to Montgomery, Opelika and Central Alabama. These companies have fostered economic growth throughout the area and the state, and enhanced quality of life in their communities.


General Electric Plastics: The Lowndes County, Ala. plant produces Lexan polycarbonate resin. Now known as SABIC Innovative Plastics, it is one of the largest polycarbonate sites in the world and employs about 290 people.

Liz Claiborne: Women’s quality clothing manufacturer. Distribution center in Hope Hull/Montgomery.

Jo-Ann Stores, Inc: Nation’s largest retailer of fabrics and top retailer of crafts. Distribution center in Opelika.

Benteler Automotive: German automotive parts supplier. Manufacturing facility in Opelika.

Mando America: Korean automotive supplier. Factory in Opelika.

Miltope: Producer of rugged system computers and network products, as well as commercial aviation solutions. Company’s headquarters located in Hope Hull/Montgomery.

Gambro Renal Products: Swedish healthcare company. The Opelika facility manufactures kidney dialyzers.

Wal-Mart: Distribution center located in Opelika. Provides store support for more than 120 supercenters. 880,000 square foot facility 

Maxforma Plastics LLC: Division of South Korean manufacturer Hanwha L&C. Opelika facility produces plastic bumper components for Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of Alabama.

Daewon America: Division of Daewon Kangup Co., Ltd. Opelika facility produces automotive suspension coil springs and stabilizers for North American auto makers.

Tiger Town retail recruitment: Worked with developers and individual stores to enable the successful development of Tiger Town shopping center. Phases One and Two cover 160 acres. Stores include:


  • Target
  • Best Buy
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Kohl’s
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Home Depot
  • Ross
  • TJ Maxx
  • Books-a-Million
  • PetSmart
  • Many other national and regional retailers