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Wednesday, October 29 2014

Company to invest $ 20 million, create 45 new jobs
 
Osceola, AR -- The Material Works Ltd. (TMW) today announced it has committed to build an advanced flat rolled toll processing center adjacent to the new Big River Steel mill in Osceola, Arkansas. Construction will begin in second quarter 2015 with the facility expected to be fully operational to coincide with Big River Steel’s opening in 2016. TMW will invest approximately $ 20 million in the new facility where 45 new jobs will be created. 

Phase 1 of the toll processing center calls for a 110,000-square-foot facility to house both cut-to-length and slitting lines capable of processing material from the lightest gauge the mill will produce up to half inch.

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Wednesday, October 29 2014

PHOTO CUTLINE: Port Freeport’s gantry crane works the first vessel for Mediterranean Shipping Company on Thursday.
 
Freeport, TX -- Port Freeport celebrated two milestones last Thursday, October 23, 2014, when Mediterranean Shipping Co. (MSC) arrived and utilized the recently purchased Post Panamax ship-to-shore cranes for the first time.  The purchase of the cranes allowed Port Freeport to secure MSC’s new “Banana Express” and retain Chiquita Brands International who is in a vessel sharing agreement with MSC. 

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Tuesday, October 28 2014

Project to include ethane cracker and six chemical plants, create 500 direct new jobs and result in 2,395 new indirect jobs, along with 5,000 construction jobs

Lake Charles, LA -- Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sasol Ltd. President and CEO David Constable announced the company’s final investment decision to develop an $8.1 billion petrochemical complex consisting of an ethane cracker and six chemical manufacturing plants near its existing Westlake, Louisiana, facilities. Sasol will create 500 direct new jobs with an average annual salary of $88,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 2,395 new indirect jobs, and the company estimates 5,000 construction jobs will be generated by the project during the next several years.

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Tuesday, October 28 2014

Kannapolis, NC -- Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation announced today that Gordon Food Service plans to locate a distribution center in Kannapolis, NC. 

Gordon Food Service will construct a 300,000 plus square foot distribution facility in the Afton Ridge Business Park on Glen Afton Boulevard.  They expect to be open and operational by the end of 2015.

The company, headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, plans to invest $58 million at the Kannapolis location and create 275 new jobs. Gordon Food Service is ranked by Forbes as the 34th largest private company and is the 4th largest food distribution company in the U.S.  They distribute food products to restaurants and other food service operations across the U.S. and Canada. 

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Tuesday, October 28 2014

Development initiative designed to boost industrial property inventory, attract jobs

Robards, KY -- Governor Steve Beshear today joined community leaders to announce that Henderson County is home to the first industrial site to be officially certified under Kentucky’s new Build-Ready program.

Build-Ready, launched by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development earlier this year, is a cost-effective way for communities to distinguish their list of available industrial sites to meet the needs of today’s site selectors. 

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Thursday, October 23 2014

Tanner, AL -- A number of state and local elected officials, business leaders, and representatives from Calhoun Community College and Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) are expected to take part in groundbreaking activities for the Integration, Entrepreneurial and Paint Dispense Training Center, Phase III, of the Alabama Robotics Technology Park (RTP) on Friday, Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. 
 
The RTP is located at 6505 Highway 31 North, Tanner, directly across from Calhoun's Decatur Campus.

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Thursday, October 23 2014

Corpus Christi, TX -- Port Corpus Christi Authority, the Cities of Corpus Christi, Portland and Gregory and Counties of Nueces and San Patricio will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Tianjin Commission of Commerce, People’s Republic of China.  The MOU will be signed in a formal ceremony, Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 1:30 PM at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center 402 Harbor Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401.

Esteemed delegates from Tianjin, China and the Coastal Bend region will join together in the signing of the MOU.  The purpose of the MOU is to promote friendly contact, culture exchange, and cooperation to benefit the future of the regions surrounding Corpus Christi, Texas and Tianjin, China.  Additionally, both regions will work together to facilitate investment in each other’s region, promote cooperation, exchange of technology for the benefit of key industries, and create a friendly commercial environment. 

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Wednesday, October 22 2014

Company’s $1.18 million capital investment will result in more than 70 new direct and indirect jobs

Shreveport, LA -- Gov. Bobby Jindal and TSE International General Manager Rob Barlow announced the company will make a $1.18 million capital investment to expand its Shreveport-area manufacturing center. The company will create 30 new direct jobs with an average salary of $40,000 per year, plus benefits, and retain 62 existing jobs. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 42 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 70 new jobs in the Northwest Region of Louisiana.            

TSE International, a leading manufacturer of tension-stringing equipment for the electric utility industry, will expand its Shreveport manufacturing facility by 10,000 square feet, a 34 percent expansion of its existing space. The building project, which is underway now, will create more than 30 construction jobs and be completed by the third quarter of 2015.

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Tuesday, October 21 2014

Pictured above: The MONTE ROSA, a 5,560 TEU Hamburg Süd vessel, calls the Wando Welch Terminal for the first time today as part of the "New Tango" East Coast South America service. 

Expands Port of Charleston's capacity to serve North-South trade

Charleston, SC - Today the SC Ports Authority received the first ship call of a new consolidated East Coast South America service that brings additional post-Panamax vessels to Charleston.

The newly-formed "New Tango" weekly service includes Hamburg Süd/Aliança, Hapag-Lloyd/CSAV, as well as two carriers new to this trade in the Port of Charleston, NYK and Yang Ming.  The deployment of larger ships in the service provides the opportunity for Charleston to grow container volumes in this trade.

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Tuesday, October 21 2014

Pictured above: The MONTE ROSA, a 5,560 TEU Hamburg Süd vessel, calls the Wando Welch Terminal for the first time today as part of the "New Tango" East Coast South America service. 

Expands Port of Charleston's capacity to serve North-South trade

Charleston, SC - Today the SC Ports Authority received the first ship call of a new consolidated East Coast South America service that brings additional post-Panamax vessels to Charleston.

The newly-formed "New Tango" weekly service includes Hamburg Süd/Aliança, Hapag-Lloyd/CSAV, as well as two carriers new to this trade in the Port of Charleston, NYK and Yang Ming.  The deployment of larger ships in the service provides the opportunity for Charleston to grow container volumes in this trade.

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Tuesday, October 21 2014

By BRIAN IANIERI Staff Writer

Allied Specialty Foods in Vineland, maker of thinly-sliced beef used in Philly cheesesteaks, will expand its production facility in the area and add 127 jobs, the company and New Jersey officials said Friday.
 
The state’s Economic Development Authority had awarded Allied a Grow New Jersey Assistance Program award worth about $13.7 million, according to the state’s Office of the Governor.
 
The company had eyed other locations, including out of state, as it looked to expand its operations to meet growing demands, President Paul Litten said.

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Monday, October 20 2014

Memphis, TN -- Varco Pruden Buildings has named Alan Johnson district manager. His territory includes the majority of the Colorado market as well as part of Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming. In this position, Johnson will be responsible for business development, builder support, sales, recruitment, territory management and regional business growth. Johnson will be based in Colorado and report to Mark Larson, regional sales manager.

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Monday, October 20 2014

China, United Kingdom and Germany Top New List for Best International Investment Opportunities
 
New York, NY -- Texas, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina are viewed as having the best business climates among the 50 states, according to a new survey of U.S. corporate executives released today at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference. For the first time, the survey also includes international business climates, finding that China, the United Kingdom and Germany rank as the top countries for international investment opportunities.

Conducted by Development Counsellors International (DCI) every three years, the “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing” survey has tracked trends in economic development since its inception in 1996.

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Monday, October 20 2014

Technology Employment in Colorado Partnership to benefit 593 unemployed individuals along Colorado’s Front Range and Western Slope
 
Denver, CO -- The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the award of a $6.2 million Ready to Work Partnership grant to the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) to benefit long-term unemployed and underemployed populations along the Front Range and Western Slope. The grant will support and scale innovative collaborations between employers, educational institutions and federal job training programs to help connect ready-to-work Americans with ready-to-be-filled jobs.
 
The grant supports the launch of the Technology Employment in Colorado Partnership (TEC-P) project, a targeted industry sector initiative that will further build the state’s information technology and advanced manufacturing sectors. The project will utilize an industry and employer-driven approach to develop an education and training career pathway, leading to employment in middle- to high-skilled jobs.

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Monday, October 20 2014

Birmingham, AL -- The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and the Barber Motorsports Park are pleased to announce the completion of the Barber Proving Grounds, a major addition to the Barber Motorsports Park.  The Proving Grounds are currently in operation, with Mercedes‐Benz USA as the first customer, using it for their employee "Brand Immersion Experience."
 
The complex is located adjacent to the current Barber track and consists of a new track area and wet/dry skidpad. The track is primarily asphalt, 24 feet wide, and can be configured to many different lengths, including up to more than a mile in length. A new 150 ft. x 300 ft. wet/dry skidpad will allow drivers to explore traction limits under varying conditions. The new track and skidpad have a look that complements the overall theme and design of the Barber Motorsports Park.
 

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Monday, October 20 2014

Sam Jackson, bioenergy business expert, to present on biomass supply chains at Murray State event

Vonroe, TN -- Sam Jackson, vice president of business development at Genera Energy Inc., a recognized leader in biomass feedstock supply innovation and supply chain advancements, will attend and present at the National Bioenergy Day event at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky next  Wednesday, October 22.

“National Bioenergy Day is a great opportunity for the bioenergy industry to communicate exactly what bioenergy is and how it will benefit our communities’ futures to the general public,” said Jackson. “At Genera Energy, we grow sustainable biomass energy crops, which are turned into biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts. Being able to educate members of the community about the importance of those crops, is critical to continue to develop the industry. ”

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Thursday, October 09 2014

Life Sciences Industry Continues to be a Driver of the State’s Economy
 
New Jersey is welcoming more clinical research to its growing life sciences industry as Frontage Labs recently announced plans to open a 36,000-square-foot facility in Secaucus to support Phase I-III clinical research. The new facility, which is scheduled to open in early 2015, will complement the company’s existing facility in Hackensack.  
 
New Jersey was chosen as the site for the facility over Pennsylvania, where Frontage Labs is currently headquartered. The company was awarded $2.4 million in Grow NJ incentives over ten years, tied to the creation of 50 high-paying jobs. 

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Thursday, October 09 2014

Moutgomery County, VA -- InMotion, a manufacturer of motors and drives for electric and hybrid vehicles, plans to invest more than $5 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operations in Montgomery County.

The company, which will locate in the Technology Manufacturing Building in Blacksburg, expects to employ 80 employees in Montgomery County in three years.

Through a lease agreement with the Economic Development Authority (EDA) of Montgomery County, InMotion will occupy about 60,000-square-feet of office and manufacturing space at the Technology Manufacturing Building.

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Thursday, October 09 2014

The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is pleased to update you on an exciting media event occurring in Brevard County on Thursday, October 9, 2014.  See the media advisory below for details on this event. 

 Please join Embraer Executive Jets, State and Community Officials for a Press Conference and Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 Assembly Line in Melbourne, FL. 

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Tuesday, October 07 2014

ShopRite is Ninth Supermarket to Open Via the City’s FRESH Program, Providing Fresh Produce to Underserved Areas

New York City, NY -- New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and ShopRite today announced the grand opening of ShopRite of Gateway Center in East New York, which will create more than 350 full and part-time jobs in the area and bring fresh produce to an underserved neighborhood.  The supermarket, located in the Gateway Center Shopping Plaza, is the ninth supermarket to open through the Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) Program.  The FRESH program, launched by NYCEDC in partnership with the City Council, works to increase access to fresh food in underserved communities throughout all five boroughs by incentivizing the establishment and retention of neighborhood supermarkets. Owned and operated by Glass Gardens, a family business, the 90,000 square foot supermarket is the largest in the city. To commemorate the opening of this supermarket, the Glass family made a donation of $10,000 to the Food Bank for New York City as part of its year-round hunger-fighting initiative, ShopRite Partners In Caring. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place this morning at the ShopRite supermarket at 590 Gateway Drive in East New York, attended by NYCEDC Chief Operating Officer Zachary Smith, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, New York State Senator John L. Sampson, Glass Gardens Owner Andrew Kent, Food/Fund Sourcing Coordinator at the Food Bank for New York City Indhira Castillo, and Rob Ecker, United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500 Representative.

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