Alabama Paper Products

Tuscaloosa’s Alabama Paper Products, a subsidiary of Maryland Paper Products, opened its doors in November of 2002 after a “fast-tracked” (2) construction process, only taking a single year from breaking ground to completion (2).  Maryland Paper Products and its subsidiaries synthesize 100 percent post-consumer cellulose waste into paper, and sell it to companies that produce industrial paper products such as dry felt (used for roofing under-layers), insulation facing, high-strength pallets, and a 100 percent biodegradable industrial-strength paper product called RHIMAX® (3). … Read the rest

Exterior of DCH hospital in 2014

DCH Regional Medical Center

As the city of Tuscaloosa grew, especially with the exponential enrollment at the University of Alabama, throughout the early 1900s, it became evident that a larger medical center would soon be needed. In 1916 the city of Tuscaloosa had a 12-bed clinic named the Druid City Infirmary, after an old nickname for the city of Tuscaloosa.… Read the rest


Tuscaloosa Environmental Digital Project: McDonald’s

The United States experienced major cultural changes after World War II ended. An era of infrastructure development dawned in the United States; in 1956 President Eisenhower created the interstate highway system for civilian travel and military applications, widespread suburbanization occurred, and the fast food industry was created.… Read the rest

Hanna Steel Corporation

Hanna Steel Corporation, located in Northport, Alabama, is a facility that produces steel tubing between ½ square inch and 10 square inches in a variety of shapes. These steel tubes have a variety of applications, from office furniture and water heater tubes to vehicle axles and conveyor tubing.… Read the rest

The Coca-Cola Bottling Company

The Coca-Cola Bottling Company on the outskirts of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is one of many small businesses that promote the sale of the products of The Coca-Cola Company, which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. This stockyard is top notch, but is scarce in business information, and is managed under the direction of sales supervisor Jack Sherman.… Read the rest

TAMKO Building Products

TAMKO Roofing Products is a manufacturing company specializing in the production of roofing, decking and cementing materials for both residential and industrial use. The company was founded in Joplin, Missouri, in 1944 and quickly became a profitable business that had to build manufacturing plants in the southern states to keep up with the demand for its products (3).TAMKO… Read the rest

Manna Grocery and Deli

Manna: “any sudden or unexpected help, advantage, or aid to success” (1). In this case, success refers to a healthy lifestyle, which the Drennen family hopes to promote in Tuscaloosa. Frances Self and Earle Drennen brought Manna Grocery and Deli to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 1980.… Read the rest

Black Warrior Roofing

1997 BWR This is Warrior Roofing on February 16, 1997. Credit: Google Earth

Black Warrior Roofing This is Warrior Roofing present day as of November 19, 2014. Credit: Google Images



Warrior Roofing


Warrior Roofing was founded in 1978 and started in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.… Read the rest


Target Corporation was founded in Minneapolis as Dayton Dry Goods in 1902. The first Target retail store opened in 1962, and now there are more than 2,000 Target stores in the United States and Canada. Target operates as a discount retailer, selling clothes, toys, home goods, and electronics.… Read the rest