The over $500 million project was approved for standard tax abatement incentives as allowed by state law. The project, located on Brandon School Road, was scheduled to start construction on March 1, and operations are anticipated to begin during the second quarter of 2025.
“We are pleased to be able to work with the Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority to facilitate this growth project that will transform Warrior and allow us to build upon our proven track record of creating value for all our stakeholders, including the local community,” stated Walt Scheller, Chief Executive Officer Warrior Met Coal. “Our commitment to this new initiative demonstrates our continued focus on being a world‐class premium met coal producer supplying the global steel industry. We appreciate the good working relationship we have with all our local officials, and we look forward to this project producing jobs and economic benefits for West Alabama.”
"I’m extremely pleased with this latest investment by Warrior Met Coal to open new operations in Tuscaloosa County,” said Governor Kay Ivey. “The jobs they create will provide real career-building opportunities for Alabamians. Further, the metallurgical coal to be produced in this new operation will enhance our State’s global trade footprint as it moves through the Port of Mobile and to Warrior Met customers around the globe.”
“This project represents a significant investment in our community by Warrior Met Coal, but also represents valuable job opportunities for our citizens for several decades to come,” said TCIDA Chairman Mark Crews.
Average starting salaries for mining jobs with the project are anticipated to be around $85,000 a year.
“Tuscaloosa County is excited about the opportunities that this project produces for our community, not only through the creation of new jobs, but through the creation of new tax revenue,” Tuscaloosa County Commission Chairman Rob Robertson stated. “It is estimated more than $11 million in education taxes being generated from new construction and new purchases from the initial phase by the company, and this in addition to taxes generated from on‐going operations.”