If you’ve turned on a TV or opened up Twitter lately, you’ve seen a national spotlight on Bessemer, Alabama. Recently, Bessemer received another country-wide accolade as Fast Company ran a photo essay of just a few of the workers that make up the heart of Bessemer.
Bessemer making headlines
Bessemer, Alabama: Portraits of the American Worker highlights the many faces that make up the Bessemer workforce. The workers shown range from Blox architects to Milos forklift drivers.
“Like so many cities across America, Bessemer has tried to remake itself in a corporate America oriented more around logistics than manufacturing. The town sits between two interstates, making it an attractive distribution hub to serve the Southeast. When Amazon announced in 2018 that it would open a fulfillment center there, it promised at least 1,500 jobs.”Kristin Toussaint, Fast Company
The Bessemer workforce
Fast Company’s May article showcases the diversity and variety within the Bessemer workforce. With a population of almost 27,000 and 10,000 of that employed.
As shown in the article, Bessemer’s workforce is incredibly diverse, with many kinds of people working many kinds of jobs. Check out just a few of the companies and businesses that are helping Bessemer thrive:
“Bessemer’s revitalization efforts, from construction and engineering to service-sector restaurant jobs, highlight that there is no one industry like steel that can prop up a local economy today. These are the people who make Bessemer work. But they’re also the faces of today’s American worker.”Kristin Toussaint, Fast Company
The Birmingham area in the news
The Birmingham area has made national news quite a lot recently, from Vogue to the New York Times. Check out a list of some recent national coverage of our area:
- Forbes names Birmingham to worldwide affordable winter 2020 destinations list
- Birmingham named among top 10 Mid-Sized American Cities of the Future by international publication
- Big News! Birmingham Museum of Art’s Third Space featured in New York Times Best Art of 2017
- Vogue Magazine features Birmingham – “the South’s Magic City”
- “Birmingham is ready to surprise you” according to New York Times