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Tuesday, March 31 2015

Temple, TX -- Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC) partners with five economic development organizations: Belton Economic Development Corporation, Cameron Industrial Foundation, Killeen Chamber of Commerce, McGregor Economic Development Corporation and Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce to form the regional group Grand Central Texas. The new economic development team will serve as a partnership to promote Central Texas to businesses interested in expanding or locating to the five county region.

“This unique, multi-county coalition allows us to better leverage our region’s many assets and offer our prospective companies and clients a wider range of business, talent and investment options,” said Temple EDC President David Blackburn. “A strong regional economy benefits all of Central Texas communities and this is an opportunity to establish a brand and image for the entire region that doesn’t end at the city limits.”

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Tuesday, March 31 2015
Bimbo Bakeries USA/Lehigh Orograin Bakery LEEDŽ Gold-Certified with Design and Construction by The Austin Company

The design-build bakery facility project’s LEED® Gold certification is a first for Bimbo Bakeries USA.

Lehigh Valley, PA -- The Austin Company (, an international design and construction firm, is pleased to announce Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) first LEED® Gold-certified bakery facility, located in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.  

The Austin Company has successfully completed multiple bakery projects for BBU and once again partnered with BBU to deliver complete design-build services for this new facility.

The 231,000 SF commercial baking facility includes Austin’s engineering and construction of the bakery and ingredients processing area, receiving and shipping facilities, packaging and warehouse areas, office and employee facilities, and other support areas.

The new facility features multiple production lines, utilizing some of the most efficient baking equipment available.

The facility was designed and constructed to support BBU’s vision for environmental sustainability and achieve LEED® standards. The LEED® Gold recognition is a first for BBU. Austin’s site work included: rain gardens, multiple infiltration ponds and riparian buffers for storm water management, highly-efficient HVAC, energy-efficient equipment and fixtures, solar tube skylights, and hot water return recirculation.

“BBU has partnered with The Austin Company on several projects and we are grateful for their efforts in helping us achieve LEED® Gold Certification on the Lehigh Valley project,” stated Jim McKeowan, Director of Environment and Sustainability, Grupo Bimbo/Bimbo Bakeries USA.

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About The Austin Company
The Austin Company provides design-build and location consulting services for commercial and industrial operations. Austin offers a comprehensive portfolio of in-house services, including architectural design, engineering, design-build, construction management, operations improvement and consulting.

The Austin Company was founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1878 and its headquarters remain in Cleveland, with additional offices in Irvine, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Portage, Michigan; and St. Louis, Missouri; in addition to a joint venture company in Mexico. Austin became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kajima USA Group in 2006 and is a proud member of the Kajima family of companies. Kajima Corporation is a leading global engineering and construction contractor.

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Tuesday, March 31 2015
Jeco Plastic Products Increases Manufacturing Capacity

Picture: Jeco adds manufacturing capacity;  New Ferry 2600 rotational molding machine.

Plainfield, Indiana -- Jeco Plastic Products, designer and manufacturer of plastic pallets and containers for the worldwide printing and automotive industries since 1973, has dramatically increased manufacturing capacity.  Jeco has installed a new Ferry 2600 rotational molding machine, nearly doubling Jeco output.  Jeco CEO Craig Carson, discussing the expansion, said: "This new capacity represents a substantial investment by Jeco and enables us to better serve Jeco customers around the world.  Most significantly, our need for more manufacturing capacity was created by increased demand for our mainline printing industry products, as well as a significant increase in our business with a major automobile manufacturer."

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Friday, March 27 2015

IT Industry Leaders Honored at Data Center World in Las Vegas

West Chester, OH -- AFCOM, the world's leading data center association, today announced the finalists for its annual “Data Center Manager of the Year” award. The 2015 finalists are Michael Cunningham, Director, University Data Centers at The University of Texas at Austin; Bryon Miller, SVP of Operations at FORTRUST and Brian Smith, Director, Critical Facilities at Cerner Corporation.  These ITprofessionals have all been recognized for outstanding leadership and excellence in the field of data center and facilities management and were nominated by their peers. The Data Center Manager of the Year winner will be announced during a special awards luncheon on Tuesday, April 21 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in the Grand Ballroom at Data Center World Global.   

AFCOM’s Data Center Manager of the Year Award recognizes outstanding leadership and excellence in the field of data center and facilities management. Award recipients are effective leaders who run highly efficient data centers, giving their company an edge in the industry. The award embodies a tenure of excellence, innovation, superior customer service, creating a positive teamenvironment and overall community focus.

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Wednesday, March 18 2015

Company to invest $2.5 million, create 10 new jobs

Maumelle, AR -- Plastic Ingenuity today announced it is expanding its facility in Maumelle, Arkansas. The company plans to invest $2.5 million in the facility and add 10 jobs, bringing total employment to 60 once the expansion is complete.

The expansion will allow Plastic Ingenuity to increase production of their plastic food packaging lines.

“Plastic Ingenuity is thankful for the continued support from the State of Arkansas and the City of Maumelle,” said Jess Mellenthin, Plastic Ingenuity Plant Manager.  This expansion will allow the Maumelle facility to become a larger player in the rapidly growing food segment of plastic packaging.  The added space and new auxiliary equipment will increase our efficiency and bring more work to central Arkansas.”

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Monday, March 16 2015

Tampa, FL -- Florida's Governor Rick Scott announced the expansion of Xcelience, an international contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) servicing the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Xcelience will expand product development services and manufacturing operations in Tampa, creating 100 new jobs and retaining another 100 jobs. Xcelience will also invest $9 million in the region as part of the expansion.

Governor Scott said, “We are proud to announce that Xcelience is adding 100 new jobs in Florida because we know that every new job helps a family in our state. We are glad that Xcelience has continued to invest and expand in Florida, and it is announcements like this that are helping our state become the global destination for jobs.”

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Monday, March 16 2015
Clif Bar & Company Hosts Groundbreaking Celebration for New Sustainable Bakery in Twin Falls, Idaho

Twin Falls, ID -- Clif Bar & Company, a leading maker of nutritious  and organic foods and drinks, today celebrated the groundbreaking of its first owned and operated bakery, the Clif Bar Baking Company, in Twin Falls, Idaho. With a focus on people and sustainability, the new 275,000-square-foot bakery will help the company meet growing demand for organic energy and nutrition bars. Construction on the bakery will begin in April, and the bakery plans to open in spring 2016. When fully operational, the bakery will create more than 200 jobs in the community.

“Beautifully designed, sustainable and people-inspired, the Twin Falls bakery showcases our company values and our desire to serve as a community partner to Twin Falls,” said Clif Bar & Company chief executive officer, Kevin Cleary. “When operating, the new bakery will help us continue to craft delicious, organic food that feeds and inspires adventure.”

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Friday, March 13 2015

Murray County, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced today that PolyTech Fibers LLC, a Georgia-based polyester fiber manufacturer, will create 114 jobs and invest more than $12 million into its first manufacturing facility over the next three years in Murray County. 

“PolyTech Fibers is an excellent addition to our state’s manufacturing sector, an industry that employs more than 360,000 Georgians,” said Deal. “Our No. 1 business climate, which includes a top-ranked technical workforce and solid logistics system, makes Georgia an ideal location for this company. I am confident that our state will continue to foster growth in manufacturing firms across Georgia.”  

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Wednesday, March 11 2015

Bipartisan Bill Would Provide Certainty to Railroads, Boost Rural Economic Development

Washington D.C. -- Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, today introduced the Short Line Railroad Rehabilitation and Investment Act of 2015. They were joined by Senators Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., John Boozman, R-Ark., Bob Casey, D-Penn., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. This bill will extend the short line railroad track maintenance tax credit that expired in 2014.

“Small railroads provide a critical service to communities and businesses across Oregon, and this bill means continued investment in important infrastructure,” said Wyden. “The short line rail credit empowers railroads to make investments in the first and last mile of what is often a transcontinental journey for goods destined for factories, grain elevators, mills, and other vital parts of the economy in Oregon and across the country.”

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Monday, March 09 2015

Investors already approved for two-thirds of the money allotted for the Kentucky Angel Investment Tax Credit

Frankfort, KY -- The Kentucky Angel Investment Tax Credit is a hit among investors. Because of the strong interest, investors wanting to apply should act soon because of the limited funds still available.

In the program’s first two months, 64 angel investors – people who provide capital for startup companies – announced plans to invest $5.4 million in 17 Kentucky businesses. As a result, those investors are eligible for $2.1 million in angel investment tax credits after making their approved investments. That’s more than two-thirds of the state’s allotted angel tax credits for all of 2015.

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Tuesday, March 03 2015

Long Beach, CA -- With the Chairman of the Board at the hands of a large backhoe machine, Nautilus International Holding Corp. and its Metro subsidiaries today broke ground on its new headquarters before an audience that included Mayor Robert Garcia, Port of Long Beach officials, community leaders and other dignitaries.
The future headquarters for Nautilus and its subsidiaries—Metro Ports, Metro Cruise Services, Metro Shore Services and Metro Risk Management—will continue the more than 90-year prosperous journey for a suite of companies known internationally as leaders in stevedoring, terminal operations, logistics, risk management and more. 
“Our long and rich association with the City and Port of Long Beach is literally going to be written in stone by moving our headquarters here,” James R. Callahan, Nautilus Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said before he broke ground on the new facility by scooping dirt with a backhoe. “Our team of professionals can’t wait to be in this very modern, business friendly and environmentally advanced location.”

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Monday, March 02 2015
Konecranes to deliver 10 more RTGs to GPA

Savannah, GA -- Konecranes will deliver 10 all-electric Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes to Georgia Ports Authority in the US. The RTGs will go into service at Garden City Terminal, Port of Savannah. With this delivery, scheduled for the summer of 2016, the Port of Savannah will operate a total of 146 Konecranes RTGs.

“This order moves us another step closer to achieving an all-electric RTG fleet at the Port of Savannah,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “It’s an important part of our long-term mission to reduce emissions and protect the environment around the port, while increasing the port’s efficiency and growing our business. Konecranes is our long-term partner in this endeavor.”

“It’s a pleasure to play this key role in GPA’s continuing story,” says Tuomas Saastamoinen, Konecranes’ Sales and Marketing Director, Port Cranes. “We provide GPA with reliable, eco-efficient container handling equipment that keeps their productivity high.”

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Monday, March 02 2015

Automotive supplier to add state-of-the-art production line

Frankfort, KY -- Gov. Steve Beshear announced that NHK of America Suspension Components Inc. (NASCO) is planning a $15 million expansion in Bowling Green.

NASCO will invest $15.2 million to construct a new building next to its existing facility on Nashville Road. The project will be completed in the next two years.

“NASCO demonstrates why Kentucky’s reputation continues to grow as an ideal location for automotive manufacturers and suppliers,” Gov. Beshear said. “We’re thrilled to partner with the company and are excited about this significant expansion in Bowling Green.”

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Monday, March 02 2015

Commerce names Ted Clem director of business development

Montgomery, AL -- The Alabama Department of Commerce announced today that Ted Clem has been named director of business development, placing the veteran economic developer in a leading role in the agency’s efforts to recruit new jobs and investment.

Clem, whose appointment is effective March 1, joined the Department of Commerce in February 2014 as a senior project manager. Since then, he has been involved in projects including Baxter International’s plant expansion in Opelika and the new Golden State Foods meat processing facility, also in Opelika. Between them, the two projects involve around $340 million in capital investment and nearly 400 direct jobs. Read Full Story...

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