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Friday, January 30 2015

Kalamazoo, MI -- Stryker Corporation, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, today announced the grand opening of the Company’s European Regional Headquarters, located in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Regional Headquarters will support the growth of Stryker’s global business, foster collaboration and leverage the Company’s resources. The new facility serves to strengthen Stryker’s already strong presence in Europe by locating leaders in a central space to increase collaboration and communication while achieving greater operational and resource efficiencies. 
 
“The opening of the European Regional Headquarters is an exciting milestone for Stryker that demonstrates our long-term commitment to Europe and our global business,” said Lonny Carpenter, Group President for Global Quality and Operations, and European Business Operations. “There is significant opportunity for growth in Europe. Stryker is committed to continuously improving our business in this region so we have established the new headquarters to support these aspirations.”

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Friday, January 30 2015

73 Businesses Have Committed to Create More Than 2,400 New Jobs since Joining START-UP NY

New York -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 18 more businesses will expand or locate in New York State as a result of START-UP NY. These 18 companies are projected to invest more than $12 million and have committed to create at least 295 new jobs over the next five years in tax-free areas sponsored by the University at Buffalo, SUNY Canton, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Schenectady County Community College, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Plattsburgh State University and Stony Brook University.

“Today is another example of how START-UP NY is providing a critical boost to local economies across the State,” Governor Cuomo said. “By offering new companies the opportunity to operate tax-free alongside our first-class universities and talented workforce, this program is attracting significant private sector investments and creating hundreds of new jobs for New Yorkers. I am proud to welcome these latest companies under the START-UP NY banner, and I look forward to seeing them grow and thrive in the Empire State well into the future.”

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Tuesday, January 27 2015

Atlanta, GA -- John Starkey, president of U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), was named the Association’s Workhorse of the Year during the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2015 International Production & Processing Expo. The poultry industry’s most esteemed honor is given annually in recognition of dedicated service and valuable leadership given to the Association and poultry industry. 
 
Starkey was “collared” with the long-established horse collar by 2014 Workhorse of the Year recipient, Dr. Hongwei Xin. He was also presented with a commemorative plaque by newly elected 2015 USPOULTRY chairman, Sherman Miller, Cal-Maine Foods, Jackson, Miss.
 

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Friday, January 23 2015

Company to invest $1.4 million, create 120 new jobs 
 
Clarksville, AR -- HanesBrands (NYSE:HBI) today announced it is expanding its manufacturing facility in Clarksville, Arkansas. The company plans to invest more than $1.4 million in building renovations and new equipment. As part of the expansion, the company plans to add 120 new jobs, bringing total employment at the facility to 570 people. More than 85 percent of the plant’s current employees have at least ten years of service with the company.

HanesBrands’ Clarksville facility primarily produces sheer hosiery along with some seamless bras. It is one of the largest hosiery knitting facilities in the world. 

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Friday, January 16 2015

Freeport, TX -- Port Commission Chairman John Hoss announced today the signing of a second global transportation provider at Port Freeport.  Hoegh Autoliners, an ocean carrier whose ships specialize in the transport of roll-on/roll-off cargoes (such as automobiles, excavators and other related cargoes), has signed a ten year contract with Port Freeport.

"We are extremely pleased to be associated with Hoegh Autoliners, who is considered a "best-in-class" global ocean carrier.  Their extensive network of services allows Port Freeport to have access to all major trade lanes on a worldwide basis.”  Hoss went on to state, "this new service will translate to exceptional employment opportunities for the citizens of Brazoria County and is consistent with Port Freeport's mandate to create regional economic impact.”

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Thursday, January 15 2015

Covington, KY -- Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Northern Kentucky Tri-ED) announced that Kate Ferrer has joined the organization as Economic Development Manager.

“Kate’s experience in local and regional economic development and her specific training in economic development are strong assets,” said Dan Tobergte, President and CEO of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED. “The economic opportunities that exist in our region require talented individuals for continued growth. We’re looking forward to Kate’s contributions to our success.”

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Tuesday, January 13 2015

Huntsville, AL -- Governor Robert Bentley on Friday joined state and local leaders in Huntsville to announce Polaris Industries has chosen Alabama to produce off-road vehicles and create up to 2,000 new jobs for North Alabama.

“I am honored to welcome Polaris Industries to Alabama,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “The Alabama workforce, our business climate and our quality of life continue to make Alabama extremely attractive to companies. I am confident that Polaris will soon experience the success that other companies in Alabama have already experienced. Alabama’s success in advanced manufacturing is a result of the state’s successful Accelerate Alabama plan, and Polaris’ off-road vehicle production strategy fits perfectly within our manufacturing goals. I look forward to the completion of this state-of-the-art facility next year, and a continued partnership with Polaris.”

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Monday, January 12 2015

Skilled Workforce, R&D Expertise Draws Global Automotive Parts Company
 
Ontario, Canada -- Ontario is partnering with Linamar to invest a total of $506.8 million, which will include $50.25 million in support from Ontario and create 1,200 jobs over the next 10 years.
 
Linamar is a global auto parts manufacturer based in Guelph, Ontario. The company is investing in its research and development facilities to enhance the long-term competitiveness of its Ontario operations.

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Monday, January 12 2015

Bessemer City, NC -- The Gaston County Economic Development Commission is pleased to announce that Tosaf USA will purchase approximately 18 acres from Gaston County in the Southridge Business Park in Bessemer City.  The company plans to construct a compounding and master batching production center to serve the US market. The facility will house these functions to serve the plastic molders and processors. The initial investment will be $13.1 million. The company expects to employ up to 75 persons.

The parent company of Tosaf USA, Tosaf Compounds Ltd., is based in Israel and specializes in the manufacturing and marketing of advanced polymers and compounds. The company’s products are used by plastic molders and processors serving a wide range of industries including automotive, medical, electrical and packaging. “We are excited about the Bessemer City plant being the first location in the US market and establishing operations in North Carolina,” said Amos Megides, Chairman of the Board of Tosaf Compounds, Ltd. “I personally appreciate the State and local assistance with our search for the best location for this facility. I appreciate the kind remarks from the State Representatives and Senators and hope that they will continue to support Tosaf USA as we apply for the various State programs outlined by NC Commerce.”

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Thursday, January 08 2015

Specialty Grocer to Join CIW’s Fair Food Program, Increase Purchases from Participating Florida Growers in Support of Groundbreaking Human Rights Initiative
 
Immokalee, FL -- The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and Greensboro, N.C.-based The Fresh Market are proud to announce their national partnership to support fair farm labor conditions and verifiable, worker-driven social responsibility in US agriculture.

The collaboration breaks new ground in the CIW’s award-winning Fair Food Program in two significant ways. First, starting with the 2015-2016 season, The Fresh Market will increase its purchases by 15% year-over-year from Florida tomato growers participating in the Fair Food Program. This is an important new precedent that recognizes and supports growers who are making significant investments to improve labor conditions on their farms with increased market share.

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Thursday, January 08 2015

Charleston, SC -- SC Ports Authority recently handled one of its heaviest energy project moves to date, a 1.5 million pound Westinghouse Electric Company steam generator for the South Carolina Electric & Gas Company nuclear power plant expansion near Columbia, SC.
 
The generator was off-loaded from the BBC AQUAMARINE directly onto a Schnabel car, a specialty railcar designed to transport heavy and oversized loads. The 36-axle railcar, among the largest of its type in the world, transported the equipment from Charleston to the V.C. Summer site in Jenkinsville, SC where two Westinghouse AP1000® nuclear power plants are under construction.
 

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Thursday, January 08 2015

BTS Releases October 2014 North American Freight Numbers NAFTA freight totaled $108.2 billion in October 2014 as three transportation modes – air, rail, and trucks – carried more U.S.-NAFTA freight than in October 2013, according to the TransBorder Freight Data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). October 2014 was the highest month on record for the value of U.S.-NAFTA trade flows, not adjusted for inflation.

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Wednesday, January 07 2015

Collaboration benefits land conservation efforts along Cooper River Corridor 
 
Charleston, SC -- SC Ports Authority, Lowcountry Open Land Trust, Coastal Conservation League and the Southern Environmental Law Center announced a milestone agreement for the Post-45 Harbor Deepening Project that includes a significant Port contribution to land conservation efforts along the Cooper River Corridor. 
 
SC Ports Authority (SCPA) is partnering with Lowcountry Open Land Trust (LOLT), Coastal Conservation League (CCL) and the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) to form a new collaboration that invests in the conservation of the Cooper River Corridor and ensures the timely progress forward of harbor deepening. Pending final approval by the Joint Bond Review Committee later this month, this regionally significant conservation commitment represents a substantial increase in resources available to protect wildlife, water quality and overall land conservation in the area. 

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Wednesday, January 07 2015

Today, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and collective voice of public seaports in the Americas – voiced its support that both the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), representing West Coast dockworkers, and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), whose principal business is to negotiate and administer maritime labor agreements with the ILWU, have jointly requested a federal mediator to help resolve their stalled contract negotiations.

On Dec. 17, AAPA sent a letter to President Obama, advocating that he begin the process of assigning a federal mediator to help the two parties reach an amicable contract agreement.

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Wednesday, January 07 2015

Today, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and collective voice of public seaports in the Americas – voiced its support that both the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), representing West Coast dockworkers, and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), whose principal business is to negotiate and administer maritime labor agreements with the ILWU, have jointly requested a federal mediator to help resolve their stalled contract negotiations.

On Dec. 17, AAPA sent a letter to President Obama, advocating that he begin the process of assigning a federal mediator to help the two parties reach an amicable contract agreement.

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Wednesday, January 07 2015

Today, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and collective voice of public seaports in the Americas – voiced its support that both the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), representing West Coast dockworkers, and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), whose principal business is to negotiate and administer maritime labor agreements with the ILWU, have jointly requested a federal mediator to help resolve their stalled contract negotiations.

On Dec. 17, AAPA sent a letter to President Obama, advocating that he begin the process of assigning a federal mediator to help the two parties reach an amicable contract agreement.

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Wednesday, January 07 2015

Today, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and collective voice of public seaports in the Americas – voiced its support that both the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), representing West Coast dockworkers, and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), whose principal business is to negotiate and administer maritime labor agreements with the ILWU, have jointly requested a federal mediator to help resolve their stalled contract negotiations.

On Dec. 17, AAPA sent a letter to President Obama, advocating that he begin the process of assigning a federal mediator to help the two parties reach an amicable contract agreement.

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