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

Epiphany Farm2Fork Cuisine

Tres Jackson opened Epiphany Farm-to-Fork Cuisine in 2003 when the owner of Arman’s Restaurant sold his restaurant. Epiphany focuses on locally grown organic food. According to Tres Jackson, the farthest the restaurant ventures out to source its food is 160 miles.… Read the rest

ZF Lemforder

ZF Lemforder was established in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 1994 (1). ZF Lemforder started in 1915 producing transmissions for airships and vehicles in Germany. In 1963, Jürgen Ulderup, the CEO of ZF at the time, decided to take ZF global. In 1963, Ulderup expanded ZF in Brazil to manufacture track rods and drive shafts (10 ).… Read the rest

PECO Foods Incorporated


            In 1937, John Herman Hickman agreed to raise seventy-five chicks for his brother-in-law. He went door to door selling the chickens in Gordo, Alabama. After being successful from door to door selling, Hickman thought of having farmers raise the chickens for him, thereby allowing him to focus on distributing the chickens to vendors.… Read the rest