Bryce Hospital

Bryce Hospital was established as the Alabama Insane Hospital in 1861 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was the first mental hospital in the state; before reforms brought about by the advocacy of Dorothea Dix in the 1840’s, Americans with mental illnesses were generally put in prisons (4).… Read the rest

Alabama Paper Products

According to a Bloomberg Businessweek company overview, Alabama Paper Products, LLC was established in 2001 as a subsidiary of Maryland Paper Company, L.P. The facility is home to a recycling mill that predominantly produces dry felt – a component of roofing underlays- from recycled cardboard and newspapers (1).… Read the rest

Black Warrior Brewing Company

Black Warrior Brewing Company is a Tuscaloosa community staple of craft brewing in Alabama. The warm and soothing ambience combined with a rugged yet simple restaurant character compliment the potent while still smooth flavor of their house crafted brews. Roughly five years ago in 2008, current owners and partners decided to hone their home brewing master craft and fashion a brewery in the heart of downtown Tuscaloosa.… Read the rest

Dreamland Bar-B-Que

John “Big Daddy” Bishop built the original Dreamland Bar-B-Que with his own hands in 1958. He previously worked with concrete and bricks for B.F. Goodrich, but wanted to create a new business to supply a greater income from his family (1).… Read the rest

Rumsey Environmental



Rumsey dumpsters dot the Tuscaloosa landscape, servicing

restaurants on the Strip to apartment complexes throughout the city. Rumsey Environmental came to Tuscaloosa in 2003 as a commercial and residential waste removal business providing dumpsters, containers and storage units. It has since expanded into the portable toilet and industrial recycling markets.… Read the rest



Gary M. Kusin and James McCurry founded GameStop, which was originally a software retailer called Babbage’s. It was named Babbage’s after Charles Babbage who is known for coming up with the concept of the computer. The company changed its name after becoming more specialized in gaming software to the name GameStop as it is known now.… Read the rest

Nucor Steel










Nucor Steel came to Tuscaloosa Alabama in 2004. That year, they bought out, Corus Steel for $90 million. A British company, Corus Group, originally owned Corus Steel Company, but they were struggling financially and at the time Nucor Steel owned other locations in Alabama which were in Birmingham and Decatur.… Read the rest

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