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Tuesday, September 30 2014

Hoffman Estates, IL -- Omron opened its new Americas headquarters in Hoffman Estates, IL, on September 3, 2014. Just 30 miles from the heart of Chicago and featuring a state-of-the-art Automation Center, Omron designed the facility to give customers access to engineering and technical resources in one centralized location. The Automation Center also serves as a university-style laboratory where customers can collaborate, test and explore solutions. Several Automation Center locations are already up and running in Japan, Europe, India, and China, Omron’s newest investment in the Americas is an advanced design with multiple working platforms including: robotics, electro-mechanical motion control, advanced sensing and safety.

“We want to help customers improve their process and be more profitable. Using real-world simulations, customers can test solutions with currently available technologies or explore custom hardware and software options. With access to the engineers and technicians who develop and support the processes, customers experience a one-of-a kind collaboration that maximizes their time and efforts, so they can leave with answers to their most difficult applications.” says Matthew Trowbridge, Director of Marketing, Omron Automation & Safety.

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Friday, September 26 2014

Greater Louisville, Ky.-based program will connect 10,000 veterans with jobs in the next three years

Louisville, KY -- Greater Louisville leaders announced the launch of Where Opportunity Knox today, an initiative that will connect 10,000 transitioning veterans and military spouses to jobs and to the region over the next three years.

In addition to the 6,000 to 8,000 jobs available in the Greater Louisville Region, the region’s proximity to Fort Knox makes it uniquely suited to become a veteran talent magnet. Fort Knox is the headquarters for the U.S. Army’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) where approximately 130,000 soldiers exit the Army annually, either physically or virtually.

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Friday, September 26 2014

Nappanee, IN -- Ameritrans Bus, Inc., an assembler and distributor of small to mid-size transportation vehicles, announced plans today to locate its second Indiana facility here, creating up to 73 new jobs by 2016.

The Elkhart-headquartered company, which is a subsidiary of Faribault, Minn.-based ABC Companies, will invest $2.17 million to lease, renovate and equip a 110,000 square-foot facility at 504 S. Oakland Ave. in Nappanee. Beginning operations this month, the company’s new facility will assemble double deck buses for United Kingdom-based bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, which will be used throughout the United States and Canada for sightseeing and community transit.

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Friday, September 26 2014

Nappanee, IN -- Ameritrans Bus, Inc., an assembler and distributor of small to mid-size transportation vehicles, announced plans today to locate its second Indiana facility here, creating up to 73 new jobs by 2016.

The Elkhart-headquartered company, which is a subsidiary of Faribault, Minn.-based ABC Companies, will invest $2.17 million to lease, renovate and equip a 110,000 square-foot facility at 504 S. Oakland Ave. in Nappanee. Beginning operations this month, the company’s new facility will assemble double deck buses for United Kingdom-based bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, which will be used throughout the United States and Canada for sightseeing and community transit.

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Friday, September 26 2014

Nappanee, IN -- Ameritrans Bus, Inc., an assembler and distributor of small to mid-size transportation vehicles, announced plans today to locate its second Indiana facility here, creating up to 73 new jobs by 2016.

The Elkhart-headquartered company, which is a subsidiary of Faribault, Minn.-based ABC Companies, will invest $2.17 million to lease, renovate and equip a 110,000 square-foot facility at 504 S. Oakland Ave. in Nappanee. Beginning operations this month, the company’s new facility will assemble double deck buses for United Kingdom-based bus manufacturer Alexander Dennis, which will be used throughout the United States and Canada for sightseeing and community transit.

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Wednesday, September 24 2014

Eemshaven, Netherlands – Google, the world’s largest Internet-search provider, broke ground today on its new $773 million European data center in the Dutch city of Eemshaven, which is located just 100 miles northwest of Amsterdam. The new facility will employ 150 permanent workers, while creating an additional 1,000 jobs during the construction phase.

“Google’s investment shows that the Netherlands is an ideal location for information and communications technology operations,” said Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp. “We offer a well-educated, technical workforce, reliable energy and the infrastructure necessary for the industry.”

The data center is built on a site the size of more than 40 soccer fields, and will accommodate tens of thousands of Google’s servers required to keep the company’s services, such as the search engine and Gmail, up to speed.

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Monday, September 22 2014

$8.2 million investment expected to create 20 jobs
 
Columbia, SC -- Prysmian Group, a gloabal cable producer serving the energy and telecom industires, is expanding its manufacturing facility in Abbeville County. The company's $8.2 million investment is expected to create approximately 20 new jobs once in full operation.
 
Prysmian, whose Abbeville facility is celebrating its 50th year of operation, is investing in a new, state-of-the-art compounding facility for medium voltage cable insulation and is adding a second vertical continuous vulcanization (VCV) line. Company officals plan to start construction this year, with production expected to begin in the second half of 2015. Prysmian's first VCV process, housed in a 373-foot tower and constructed in 2009, was the first one of its kind to produce extra-high voltage power cables in North America.

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Monday, September 22 2014

Melbourne, FL -- The restructuring of the airline industry and the changes to service in the past seven years have left a void that Elite Airways is intending to fill with nonstop, point-to-point service. Elite launched its first commercial airline service on September 11, 2014, between Melbourne, Fla., and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

“The convenience of air transportation has evaporated since the Great Recession,” said Elite Airways CEO John Pearsall. “We want to bring it back. We want to relieve passenger hassles and point-to-point service is the way to do it. We have identified at least five markets that would be highly beneficial to Space and Treasure Coast residents, which could be served much more conveniently and efficiently with non-stop service. We intend to grow into those markets. We plan to announce additional non-stops shortly.”

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Friday, September 19 2014

Chicago, IL -- Pam Coleman, president of Biofortis, a Merieux NutriSciences Company, has been appointed to the 2014/2015 International Food Science Certification Commission (IFSCC). The IFSCC is an independent, third-party certification body that oversees the testing, governance, and policymaking for the Certified Food Scientist (CFS) credentialing activities.

The Institute of Food Technologists debuted the CFS credential in 2013 to recognize the applied scientific knowledge and skills of food scientists. The IFSCC ensures the autonomy of the CFS program and provides appropriate oversight of the certification process.

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Thursday, September 18 2014

Company’s recently expanded LNG project in Cameron Parish – from four liquefaction trains to six – represents $6 billion in additional investment, along with 120 additional new jobs

Baton Rouge, LA -- Governor Bobby Jindal and Cheniere Energy Chairman and CEO Charif Souki highlighted construction progress and a recent expansion of the company’s Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas export facility in Cameron Parish. One of the largest industrial projects in Louisiana history, Cheniere Energy’s LNG export project recently expanded in scope from four liquefaction trains, or production units, to six. The initial four liquefaction trains under construction represent an investment of approximately $12 billion. Cheniere Energy’s recent announcement of two additional trains will bring the total project investment to more than $18 billion, with construction of the entire project slated for completion by 2019.

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Thursday, September 18 2014

Michigan City, IN -- IEDC LogoChicago Craft Bottling, LLC announced plans today to locate its first Indiana bottling facility in Michigan City, creating up to 35 new jobs by 2017.

“Companies like Chicago Craft Bottling save money in Indiana, from our lower tax burdens to our more affordable cost of doing business,” said Eric Doden, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “Those savings earn companies a competitive advantage, allowing them to reinvest in their operations. That keeps Indiana businesses growing, expanding our economy and creating more jobs for Hoosiers.”

The Chicago, Illinois-based company will invest $910,000 to construct and equip a new 10,000 square-foot bottling and packaging plant. The new facility, which is expected to be operational by the end of the year, will allow the company to provide bottling and co-packing services to craft and innovative beverages, including its anchor client, Crafthouse Cocktails. Chicago Craft Bottling plans to hire for approximately 10 new positions in Indiana by early November.

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Thursday, September 18 2014

Company is a world leader in glass and plastic product design

Vineland, NJ -- J.G. Finneran Associates, Inc. (JGF, Inc.), which manufactures and supplies unique and innovative products for the global chromatography, biotechnology, and environmental markets, is building a new 10,200 square foot addition to their Vineland, New Jersey headquarters.  This will increase the size of their existing facility by almost one-third to a total of 35,862 square feet.

The company sits on approximately 27 acres in the Vineland Industrial Park North adjacent to Route 55, providing a quick and direct connection to the Atlantic City Expressway, the New Jersey Turnpike, and Interstates 95 and 295.  The new construction will allow JGF, Inc. to further increase their production capability and add additional storage space for inventory and supplies.  This will be their fourth expansion project since 1990.

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Wednesday, September 17 2014

American Association of Port Authorities -- Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) funding in the Fiscal Year 2015 Energy and Water Development Appropriation must meet the WRRDA target for jobs and economic growth to ensure U.S. competitiveness in world trade.
 
A key focus of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) is improving port-related infrastructure, including the water-side and land-side connections to ports, to efficiently move goods in and out of our nation. This message highlights:
 
WHY HMT FUNDING MATTERS TO YOU

Ports play an important role in job creation and economic prosperity for every American and every constituent, even though most Congressional Districts do not themselves contain ports. State-specific benefits can be found here.

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Wednesday, September 17 2014

Company to invest $250,000, create up to 50 new jobs
 
Lowell, AR -- Total Quality Logistics (TQL), one of the largest freight brokerage firms in the nation, today announced it is opening a facility in Lowell, Arkansas, just outside of Rogers. The company plans to invest a quarter of a million dollars and create up to 50 new jobs. Hiring, mostly for sales positions, will begin immediately.

“We’re pleased to add the state of Arkansas to our footprint. This new location will give us access to the outstanding professional talent in Northwest Arkansas,” said TQL Executive Vice President, Kerry Byrne. 

TQL’s sales team ranked four years in a row as one of the “50 Best Companies to Sell For” by Selling Power Magazine. TQL has a vibrant culture, celebrating successes through frequent team outings, company-wide celebrations, and team-building charitable work – all reasons why TQL was featured in Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. TQL is a 10-time honoree on the Inc. 500|5000 list and recipient of numerous workplace and industry awards. 

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Wednesday, September 17 2014

Midland, TX -- In a joint release today, the Midland International Airport, Midland Development Corporation, XCOR Aerospace and Orbital Outfitters announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval of a Commercial Space Launch Site License (Spaceport) for the Midland International Airport (MAF). Midland International Airport is the first primary commercial service airport to be certified by the FAA under the Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 420 as a spaceport and will furthermore be referred to as the Midland International Air & Space Port.

“It’s an important day for not only Midland, but the nation, as we see the private space sector becoming a vital part of our future economy,” said the Midland Development Corporation Board Chairman Robert Rendall. “The spaceport is co-located with our commercial airport which will allow Midland to attract additional aerospace companies to the community,” he said. As a region with a strong history in oil and gas productions, the pre-existing workforce skills are easily transferable to aerospace, aviation and their supporting industries.

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Tuesday, September 16 2014

Critical importance of connective infrastructure to America’s seaports recognized

American Association of Port Authorities -- After evaluating 797 applications totaling requests for $9 billion for FY 2014 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced 72 awards totaling $584 million will be distributed in the sixth round of this multimodal, discretionary grant program.  Of those, seven awards totaling $74,241,904, or about 13 percent of total funding, are going to projects that USDOT classifies as “maritime.”

Another $54,469,652 comprising five awards, which is equal to about 9 percent of the total funding, is going to what USDOT classifies as “freight rail” projects. Like freight rail, millions more are being awarded to various road and planning projects which aid in the movement of freight into and out of America’s seaports.

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Tuesday, September 16 2014

Automation supplier adding 24 jobs, investing $6 million in expansion project

Independence, KY -- Governor Steve Beshear today joined local and company officials to celebrate the opening of Balluff Inc.’s new U.S. headquarters building in Independence. Balluff, a world leader in sensor technology, expects to add 24 new jobs and invest $6 million as part of the expansion.

“Balluff has found a successful home in Northern Kentucky for more than 30 years,” said Gov. Beshear. “We’re proud to have the company’s U.S. headquarters in the Commonwealth. More and more companies are discovering that Kentucky is a great place to establish businesses of all sizes.”

One of the world’s leading automation suppliers, Balluff specializes in products for industrial sensing, networking and identification devices. The company’s new 48,000-square-foot building will be a state-of-the art customer support, training, and sales and marketing center. The facility includes “green concepts” and worker-friendly features, such as access to daylight from all employee workspaces.

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Tuesday, September 16 2014

New logistics center expected to create 88 jobs

Newport, KY -- Governor Steve Beshear today joined company officials and local leaders to cut the ribbon at XPO Logistics Inc.’s new transportation logistics center in Newport.

XPO Logistics, one of North America’s largest providers of third party logistics services for domestic and international freight, is expected to create up to 88 full-time jobs and invest up to $2.7 million in the Commonwealth. The company will operate inside a 14,000-square-foot facility on Dave Cowens Drive.

“We congratulate XPO Logistics on its success and growth in Newport,” said Gov. Beshear. “Northern Kentucky continues to be an ideal place for companies to base their services to domestic and global markets. We’re glad that XPO Logistics is growing, creating new jobs and investing in the Commonwealth.”

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Tuesday, September 16 2014

New logistics center expected to create 88 jobs

Newport, KY -- Governor Steve Beshear today joined company officials and local leaders to cut the ribbon at XPO Logistics Inc.’s new transportation logistics center in Newport.

XPO Logistics, one of North America’s largest providers of third party logistics services for domestic and international freight, is expected to create up to 88 full-time jobs and invest up to $2.7 million in the Commonwealth. The company will operate inside a 14,000-square-foot facility on Dave Cowens Drive.

“We congratulate XPO Logistics on its success and growth in Newport,” said Gov. Beshear. “Northern Kentucky continues to be an ideal place for companies to base their services to domestic and global markets. We’re glad that XPO Logistics is growing, creating new jobs and investing in the Commonwealth.”

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Tuesday, September 16 2014

New logistics center expected to create 88 jobs

Newport, KY -- Governor Steve Beshear today joined company officials and local leaders to cut the ribbon at XPO Logistics Inc.’s new transportation logistics center in Newport.

XPO Logistics, one of North America’s largest providers of third party logistics services for domestic and international freight, is expected to create up to 88 full-time jobs and invest up to $2.7 million in the Commonwealth. The company will operate inside a 14,000-square-foot facility on Dave Cowens Drive.

“We congratulate XPO Logistics on its success and growth in Newport,” said Gov. Beshear. “Northern Kentucky continues to be an ideal place for companies to base their services to domestic and global markets. We’re glad that XPO Logistics is growing, creating new jobs and investing in the Commonwealth.”

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Friday, September 12 2014

Amistad breaks ground on a 62 Hectare industrial park located in the state of Guanajuato (Mexico Bajio Region). With an investment of $21.7 million dollars this park will accommodate 15-20 new manufacturing companies in the automobile, aerospace, manufacturing and logistics industries.  Strategically located 9.5 kilometers from Honda and 52 kilometers from Mazda, this industrial park will generate more than 1,200 new jobs to the area. 

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Wednesday, September 10 2014

Freeport, TX -- For the 25th year in a row, the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to Port Freeport by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, (GFOA), for its 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR).

This Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

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Wednesday, September 10 2014

American Association of Port Authorities -- Successful entries in the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) 2014 Environmental Improvement and Information Technology award competitions have been named following a rigorous entry and selection process.  The winners in these three programs, together with the 21 ports that submitted successful entries in AAPA’s 2014 Communications Awards program (announced on June 6) will be recognized during the awards luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 13, at AAPA’s 103rd Annual Convention and Exposition in Houston, which runs Nov. 9-13 and is being hosted by the Port of Houston Authority.

AAPA’s Information Technology Awards program, which began in 2002, highlights port technology accomplishments in the areas of Port Operations and Management Systems and in Improvements in Intermodal Freight Transportation.  This year’s IT Awards program winner is the Port of Los Angeles, whose “Cyber Security Operations Center” entry was submitted in the Port Operations and Management Systems category. 

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Tuesday, September 02 2014

$2.9 million investment expected to create 167 new jobs
 
Greenville, SC -- Providence Home Care of SC, a Greenville-based healthcare services provider, is expanding its Greenville County presence due to increased demand for in-home and in-facility care. The company’s $2.9 million investment in its corporate headquarters is expected to create 167 new jobs over the next decade.
 
Providence Home Care of SC provides skilled nursing and personal care and transportation services to Medicare and Medicaid recipients in the state of South Carolina. The company is expanding its mission statewide to include skilled nursing to clients in the private sector, and the company will soon be certified to provide additional behavioral healthcare services to Medicare and Medicaid clients. Providence also intends to add medication management and medical supply sales to its offerings.

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Tuesday, September 02 2014

State Business Leaders, Senator Orrin Hatch Join Celebration Marking Construction to Accommodate Continued Growth in Medical Device Sales

Salt Lake City, UT -- Varian Medical Systems today broke ground on new construction that will expand its current Salt Lake City manufacturing facility and allow for the consolidation of operations currently underway outside of Utah to ultimately create 1,000 new full time jobs in the state over the next 20 years. 

“Utah is home to hardworking people with immense engineering and technical talent, many of whom can be credited with Varian’s success in the manufacturing of our state-of-the-art X-ray technology,” said Dow Wilson, CEO of Varian Medical Systems. “Today we celebrate more than 45 years of Varian’s economic partnership with Utah which continues to be a sound investment for the future of our company, the state of Utah and Utah’s citizens.”

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