| Several of the nation's largest steelmakers, including U.S. Steel, McWane, and Nucor, all have a major presence in Birmingham.
Birmingham's economy was transformed by investments in bio-technology and medical research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and its adjacent hospital. The UAB Hospital is a Level I trauma center providing health care and breakthrough medical research. UAB is now the area's largest employer and the largest in Alabama with a workforce of about 20,000. Health care services provider HealthSouth is also headquartered in the city. Birmingham is also a leading banking center, serving as home to two major banks: Regions Financial Corporation and Compass Bancshares, among others.
Telecommunications provider AT&T, formerly BellSouth, has a major presence with several large offices in the metropolitan area. Major insurance providers: Protective Life, Infinity Property & Casualty, ProAssurance and Liberty National among others, are headquartered in Birmingham and employ a large number of people in Greater Birmingham. The city is also a powerhouse of construction and engineering companies, including BE&K, Brasfield & Gorrie and B.L. Harbert International which routinely are included in the Engineering News-Record lists of top design and international construction firms.
Birmingham also has a dairy industry. Mayfield Dairy Farms has a production facility in Birmingham. Buffalo Rock, one of the major bottlers for Pepsi sodas, is based in Birmingham. Coca-Cola Bottling Company, United also has a bottling plant near the airport and is based in Birmingham. Birmingham Info Source
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