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Friday, April 29 2016

The Quad Cities Chamber and regional economic development partners were recognized today with the Professional Developers of Iowa’s (PDI) Best Single Project Award. The award recognizes the work done to retain Kraft Heinz and attract their new investment in the region.

“This was a significant and complicated project, and one we were able to successfully navigate because our region was ready,” says Tara Barney, CEO, Quad Cities Chamber. “All of the right partners were at the table to prepare a competitive package. Additionally, having a newly certified site ready for the company was a deciding factor, and one that was years in the making.

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Friday, April 29 2016

Duluth, MN -- maurices unveiled the design of its new headquarters building. The new maurices Headquarters, located at 425 West Superior Street, will be approximately 200,000 square feet, stand 11 stories in height and span an entire city block. It’s the largest downtown commercial development in Duluth’s history.

“We are so proud to be building our new headquarters in downtown Duluth, where we have been for 80 years, and to be part of the exciting growth and development in Duluth,” says George Goldfarb, President of maurices.

The new building clad in brick and precast concrete with substantial glass on the upper floors fits with the architecture of downtown Duluth. And, with its prominent glass corners, custom night lighting and a dramatic two-story lobby grand entrance, it will be an iconic gateway to Duluth. Large glass windows on the office levels will provide views of the harbor and city and allow natural light to enter the space.

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Friday, April 29 2016

Savannah, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal will hold a budget signing ceremony for HB 751, the FY17 state budget, at the Altama Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Monday, May 2, at 1:30 p.m.
 
WHO:

  • Gov. Nathan Deal
  • Commissioner Mark Williams, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Senator William T. Ligon
  • Representative Jeff Jones
  • Representative Chad Nimmer
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Thursday, April 28 2016

Morrison, IL -- Is there a shrimp harvest in Northwest Illinois’ future? The New Mexico Shrimp Co., headquartered in Mesquite, NM, has started to reach out to the Northwest Illinois region, and is looking for potential partners. The company grows fresh, locally grown shrimp using a proprietary process developed at New Mexico State University’s School of Agriculture. With a growing “Farm to Table” movement that encourages more local grown and sustainable food production, the company feels its business model can be easily transferred to other parts of the country and replicated. 

Using technology developed by NMSU’s Dr. Tracey Carrillo, the shrimp are grown in tanks and fed a shrimp feed using cottonseed, a waste product from cotton production in the American Southwest. Their first facility, a 7,000 square foot facility with eleven tanks, produces about 12,000 lbs. of shrimp annually, and consumers are extremely satisfied with the product’s taste. Other meal can be developed based on the local area’s agriculture, for example soy meal based in Illinois.

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Thursday, April 28 2016

Creating 200-300 Jobs and investing $20 Million 

Eatonton, GA -- The Putnam Development Authority announced that Legacy Housing, LTD has reached two major milestones in their first 90 days of production: 

  • Manufactured 100 single-wide homes 
  • Manufactured first double-wide home 

The project began in July 2015, when the Horton Homes was pending the loss of their manufacturing facilities to a judicial tax sale. “Even though we were facing a terrible loss of our once largest employer in the county, the Putnam Development Authority recognized the opportunity that locating another mobile home manufacturer at the vacant plant would help replace lost jobs,” recalled Terry Schwindler, Economic Development Director of the Putnam Development Authority. 

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Thursday, April 28 2016

Company will create more than 28 new jobs

Paragould, AR -- GW Communications, a company providing broadband solutions to telecommunications, cable and other industries, announced plans to locate a new office in Paragould, Arkansas. More than 28 new jobs will be created by GW Communications at the new Paragould office. The company will be located in an existing facility at 1707 Linwood Drive in Paragould.

GW Communications’ leadership joined Paragould City and Chamber officials along with Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, at the announcement in Paragould.

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Thursday, April 28 2016

Auburn, AL -- The Berghoff Group announced plans to set up its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Auburn, where it will invest $30 million and create 100 precision-machining jobs over the next five years.

John Emerson, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, announced the deal today at the 2016 Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial fair. The U.S. is the event’s official partner country this year, and President Barack Obama joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel to officially open the fair on Monday.

“The Berghoff Group is a family-owned firm with a strong tradition here in Germany,” Emerson said. “We are proud to join that tradition with U.S. productivity and innovation – among the many reasons foreign firms choose to invest in the United States.”

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Wednesday, April 27 2016

Photo Caption: Griff Lynch, incoming executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority, center left, holds the ribbon for Don Schoenl, president and chief executive officer of Nordic Logistics and Warehousing, at a ceremony April 15. The company's new 200,000 square-foot facility is part of a 3.6 million square foot expansion in the Savannah warehouse market. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority photo)

Includes owner-operated, spec buildings and build-to-suit projects

Savannah, Ga. - April 27, 2016 - Investors are adding industrial space to meet booming demand in Savannah, with more than 1.7 million square feet of warehousing recently completed, more than 1.9 million square feet under construction, and a 2,700-acre development just announced. The investments mean additional jobs, and room for port customers to grow in the Southeastern U.S.
 
"These commitments by the private sector on numerous commercial real estate projects show confidence in the continued success of Savannah as a cargo hub for the U.S. Southeast," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz. 

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Tuesday, April 26 2016

Software development and IT support firm to create 10 full-time jobs

Frankfort, KY -- Advanced Business Solutions (ABS), which designs and implements software for the medical and banking industries, plans to buy a nearby building to expand its Louisville operations with a $2.5 million investment and 10 full-time positions, Gov. Matt Bevin and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced.

“As a Jefferson County corporate citizen of more than 20 years, Advanced Business Solutions has proved to be a great partner for both the local community and Kentucky,” Gov. Bevin said. “The company’s decision to expand comes as welcome news. It means more jobs and positive economic impact, as well as a stronger IT industry in the Commonwealth.”

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Tuesday, April 26 2016

Harrisburg, PA -- Governor Tom Wolf announced that SalonCentric, Inc., a nationwide provider of wholesale cosmetic and beauty products for licensed beauticians, will expand operations at its existing facility in East Manchester Township, York County, a move that will create 45 new jobs over the next three years.

“SalonCentric has proven to be a strong partner and employer in the York region and once again they are growing and hiring even more Pennsylvania residents,” Governor Wolf said. “I am pleased that we can be a part of a project that promises such positive impacts.”

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Tuesday, April 26 2016

Lincoln, NE -- The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $64,500 in 2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) second round open cycle Planning Category funding to seven communities for ongoing planning efforts.

The grants are part of Nebraska’s annual allocation of CDBG funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funds are administered by DED.

The villages of Ewing, Brunswick, Oakdale, Orchard, and Page were each awarded $5,250 to complete housing studies.

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Tuesday, April 26 2016

Company to invest $1 billion, create 250 new jobs

Little Rock, AR -- Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that Sun Paper will open a bio-refinery in Clark County. Hongxin Li, chairman and founder of Sun Paper, joined Governor Hutchinson for the announcement in the Governor’s Conference Room at the Arkansas State Capitol. Sun Paper will invest more than $1 billion in the bio-products mill and create 250 new jobs.

This will be the company’s first facility in North America.

During Governor Asa Hutchinson’s trade mission to Asia in November, Governor Hutchinson and Chairman Li signed a letter of intent of investment cooperation in which Sun Paper committed to studying the feasibility of building the facility in South Arkansas.

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Tuesday, April 26 2016

Flooring manufacturer to expand luxury vinyl tile production, invest $100 million in Dalton-Whitfield County

Atlanta GA -- Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, will expand its existing vinyl flooring operations in Dalton-Whitfield County. This project will significantly increase the company’s current U.S. luxury vinyl tile (LVT) manufacturing capacity. The $100 million capital investment in infrastructure and equipment will generate approximately 200 jobs for the region. 

“Mohawk’s continued expansion in Georgia underscores how a premier flooring manufacturer helps Georgia’s entire floor covering industry remain competitive,” said Deal. “This is a great indicator of the strength of the carpet and floor covering industry. We look forward to Mohawk’s continued job creation and investment in our state.”

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Monday, April 25 2016

Expansion to add more than 100 full time jobs to local Waco and Central Texas economies

Waco, TX -- Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN), a leading global pharmaceutical company, broke ground on a $200 million expansion of its Waco, Texas facility. The expansion will add 322,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the current facility, nearly doubling its current footprint. Once completed, the expansion is expected to add approximately 100 full-time jobs, with the potential for the expanded operations adding as many as 250 full-time jobs as the facility reaches full utilization. New positions that will be added include chemists, microbiologists, process engineers and production and maintenance technicians.

  • Will add 322,000 square feet of manufacturing space, nearly doubling current footprint
  • Will increase Waco facility production capacity by more than 50 percent
  • Provides manufacturing capabilities for more than 40 different product formulations
  • Expansion expected to be completed by 2020
  • Baylor University analysis shows Allergan expansion to add $380 million in economic impact during construction, $460 million in ongoing impact to Central Texas economy
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Monday, April 25 2016

By Roland C. Mower, President and CEO — Port San Antonio

Planned facility will attract, expand operations in multi-billion-dollar industry

Port San Antonio, TX -- The time-tested adage of “nothing attracts a crowd like a crowd” has held true for a broad spectrum of industries around the country—from Silicon Valley’s technology cradle to Detroit’s automotive resurgence. Centers of gravity for different employment sectors flourish in places where they achieve economies of scale, tap into the talent of a well-prepared workforce and count on focused and nuanced support of local policy-makers.

In this vein, San Antonio has ably leveraged its longstanding Military City, U.S.A. credentials to quickly become a national leader in cyber security. Thanks to existing secure facilities throughout the area’s bases, our city was first in line to accommodate large numbers of newly-minted cyber-warriors as recently as five years ago.

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Monday, April 25 2016

Caldwell, ID -- American Food Equipment Company (AMFEC), a food-processing equipment manufacturer, breaks ground Monday, April 25 in Caldwell on its new manufacturing facility. The California company plans to bring close to 90 new jobs with total wages over $4 million annually to the Valley as part of its national expansion.  

"AMFEC outgrew the existing Hayward, California location; and that location was landlocked preventing expansion of the current facility. As we looked beyond our California home for a location to support our growth, the passionate recruitment and support from Idaho Commerce and the communities of Nampa and Caldwell made this Valley an excellent choice," said Darrell "Gus" Gustaveson of American Food Equipment Company. "The work ethic and availability of labor in this market stood out, along with the Workforce Development Training dollars to help us bring that workforce up to speed for our specific manufacturing needs. "

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Friday, April 22 2016

​One of Region’s Oldest and Largest Commercial Real Estate Firms Picks Bethesda for Future Growth

Baltimore, MD -- The Donohoe Companies, one of the region’s oldest family-owned commercial real estate companies, is relocating its corporate headquarters as well as its construction, real estate, hospitality, and dev​elopment divisions from Washington, D.C. to Maryland. The 132-year old company has signed a lease for office space along Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, will move 240 employees to Maryland later this year, and plans for continued job growth companywide.  

“Our continued growth and success has paved the way for expansion into larger, new, vibrant offices in Montgomery County’s urban core – Bethesda,” said Chris Bruch, president and chief operating officer of The Donohoe Companies. “With this move we are proud to plant roots in Bethesda, a thriving business district, as well as maintain a significant presence in the District where the business began in 1884.”

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Friday, April 22 2016

Global linen and uniform rental service hired 40, plans to add 30 more jobs in the state
 
Baltimore, MD -- Alsco​, a family-owned-and-operated linen supplier with 150 global locations, has relocated its laundry processing facility from Washington, D.C. to Prince George’s County. The company recently hired more than 40 employees at its new facility in Lanham, bringing their current employment at that facility to 225, and anticipates creating 30 more jobs by the end of the year. The company will host a grand opening for its new Maryland facility next week.​
 
The 84,000-square-foot space, located at 4900 Philadelphia Way in Lanham, includes state-of-the-art systems that process more than 125,000 pounds of laundry each day. The Lanham facility currently services nearly 1,600 customers in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

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Friday, April 22 2016

Family owned company to invest more than $11.1 million, create 150 jobs in Walton

Frankfort, KY -- Governor Matt Bevin announced Sherwood Bedding, a fast-growing independently owned manufacturer, will locate a 174,000-square-foot mattress production factory in Walton, investing approximately $11.1 million in its operation and creating up to 150 jobs.
 
Sherwood Midwest could open as soon as next month in Boone County and will be the company’s fourth U.S. factory.
 
“Bringing the Sherwood Midwest facility to the Commonwealth represents a great win for Northern Kentucky and the state,” said Gov. Bevin. “We are grateful they recognize Kentucky is the right choice for Sherwood Bedding. Our workforce’s manufacturing experience and our shipping and logistics infrastructure make us the perfect partner. We welcome Sherwood Bedding to Kentucky and look forward to a lasting and productive relationship.”

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Friday, April 22 2016

Xcel Energy has recognized Enabled Energy, Inc. as a top Energy Efficiency Partner for 2016

Denver, CO -- Xcel Energy has named Enabled Energy, Inc. its 2016 Trade Partner of the Year for Data Center Programs. The award was presented at Xcel Energy's annual Energy Efficiency Partner event to recognize top-performing commercial trade partners based on energy savings projects completed.

Enabled Energy led its field by qualifying the highest number of companies for rebates, representing extensive energy cost savings for its clients. Xcel Energy reviews commercial projects by total rebate dollars paid, kWh and Decatherm savings by program. Enabled Energy principals Joe Staib and Jon deRidder accepted the award on behalf of the company.

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Thursday, April 21 2016

New manufacturing facility will bring $2 million investment to Summerville, S.C.

Columbia, SC -- The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc., a private nonprofit organization providing employment and training for blind individuals, is establishing a manufacturing facility in Dorchester County. The new development will result in a $2 million investment and create more than 20 new jobs by this time next year.

Founded in 1918, with 13 locations on the West Coast, The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. creates and enhances opportunities for independence and self-sufficiency for people who are blind, DeafBlind or blind with other disabilities. To establish operations in the Lowcountry, the organization has purchased a manufacturing facility in Dorchester County, which will specialize in product assembly and light machining for the aerospace sector.

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Thursday, April 21 2016

Florence, NJ -- Invata Intralogistics, Inc., experts in the design, implementation, and support of advanced automation systems, announces the successful delivery of a new 406,000 square foot, omni-channel fulfillment center for Destination Maternity Corporation in Florence, NJ.

Destination Maternity is the world’s largest designer and retailer of maternity apparel. As of January, 2016, it operates 1,815 retail locations, including 536 retail locations under the trade names: Motherhood Maternity®, A Pea in the Pod®, and Destination Maternity®, and 1,279 apparel departments within retailers such as Macy’s®, Sears®, Buy Buy Baby®, Boscov’s®, and Century 21®. The Company also provides maternity apparel for Kohl’s Department Stores®. Destination Maternity’s inventory is also available for direct to consumer shipments on brand websites and other e-commerce sites.

The Invata designed, built, and controlled warehouse automation system handles all aspects of Destination Maternity’s retail distribution, wholesale distribution, e-commerce fulfillment, and reverse logistics processing (consolidations and returns) for the U.S. market and various international markets. This includes e-commerce business coming through some of its retail partners’ websites as well.

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Wednesday, April 20 2016

Pittsboro, NC -- At its April 18, 2016 meeting, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners approved an option for purchase of the Chatham-Siler City Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) site west of Siler City. The county would only be obligated to purchase the land if and when a company chooses the CAM site.

“Putting the property under public control is a major enhancement in marketing the site and will ensure that the NC Department of Commerce will give priority to promoting the CAM site to potential industries,” said County Commissioner Chairman James Crawford. “In a very competitive market, we need every advantage we can leverage. This is a huge step.”

Crawford added, “This is our chance to stand up and say that we want jobs in this county. Our megasite is further along in its development than other megasites in the state, but the others are catching up. Public control is another major selling point for our site.”

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Wednesday, April 20 2016

Portland, OR and Nashville, TN -- Harry’s Fresh Foods, a Portland, Oregon-based manufacturer of premium refrigerated and frozen soups, entrées, sides and desserts, announced its intention to expand operations with a production facility in Nashville, Tenn.

“This expansion increases Harry’s capacity on both sides of the country and enables us to offer the same high-quality products with less distance to travel,” said Harry’s Fresh Foods CEO Jamie Colbourne. “Having a 200,000-square-foot facility east of the Rocky Mountains improves efficiency and available delivered shelf life on the company’s fresh, natural and organic products.”

The reduced travel distance for products also has environmental benefits that align well with Harry’s fresh, natural and organic approach.

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Wednesday, April 20 2016

Greer, SC -- South Carolina Ports Authority announced plans to pursue a second inland port facility, driven by tremendous success of Inland Port Greer and demand for enhanced efficiency of international container movements between the Port of Charleston and growing markets in South Carolina and North Carolina. 

"Inland Port Greer is one of SCPA's most successful investments, as the growth of intermodal container volume movement in our state and region requires appropriate facilities in the interior to ground loaded and empty containers and to leverage the efficiency and sustainability of rail transportation," SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome said. "If it is feasible, an additional inland port will be a great diversification of our logistics footprint. We believe that building intermodal infrastructure in our state goes hand-in-hand with the significant investments we are making to our port facilities in Charleston. This is an exciting opportunity for SCPA."

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Tuesday, April 19 2016

Lake Providence Port, LA -- Lake Providence Port is the fastest growing inland port in the United States. The port has access to many international shipping lines. Therefore, they provide transport solutions efficiently. This port is also a fundamental component in Louisiana’s economic engine. It is an exemplary channel that is set to enhance the economic growth and development of the entire Northeast Louisiana.

The port is accessible via road, rail and water making it an important transit epicenter. Additionally, the accessibility has attracted different kinds of industries that have made the economy of the port and the whole of Louisiana expand exponentially. Through the set up of many industries in the area, more job opportunities have been created.

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Tuesday, April 19 2016

Winnipeg, MB, Canada -- Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. (EDW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dayna Spiring as the corporation’s new president and CEO. Spiring brings over a decade of progressive business and community leadership to the role and is a passionate advocate for Winnipeg.

Most recently an executive at the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB), serving as its chief strategy officer and general counsel, Spiring was selected from an outstanding group of candidates to lead Winnipeg’s foremost economic development agency as it continues to promote Winnipeg to the world through the parent organization, its YES! Winnipeg initiative and its Tourism Winnipeg division.

“We were very fortunate to have attracted such strong interest in this position, and I’m completely confident Dayna is the right person to chart EDW’s future course,” said Mike Scatliff, principal of Scatliff + Miller + Murray and co-chair of EDW’s board of directors. “Dayna’s dynamic leadership style, warm and engaging personality, and extensive expertise spanning professional and volunteer realms coalesce in someone who is well-equipped to articulate and meet EDW’s challenges and opportunities in the years ahead.”   

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Tuesday, April 19 2016

Woodgrain Millwork to Expand Manufacturing Facility, Purchase $4.6 Million in Virginia Forest Products

Richmond, VA -- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Woodgrain Millwork, a family-owned and operated company headquartered in Idaho, will expand its door and window component manufacturing facility in Smyth County.  The company will create seventeen new jobs in the county and source 78 percent of its timber needs from Virginia land owners.  Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project.

Speaking at the announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Virginia’s forestry industry supports thousands of good jobs in our rural communities and provides important market opportunities for the Commonwealth’s private forestland owners.  Partnering with a company like Woodgrain Millwork is a great way my administration can support Virginia’s forest products sector, one of Virginia’s top private industries.  Woodgrain Millwork’s new expansion will bring welcomed employment opportunities and economic vitality to the region, further helping with my administration’s efforts to build a new Virginia economy.  I applaud the company’s commitment to Marion and continued investment in Smyth County and Virginia.”

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Tuesday, April 19 2016

Jeffersonville, IN -- POSCO (NYSE: PKX), a multinational steel producer headquartered in Pohang, South Korea, announced plans to establish operations at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville, creating up to 60 high-wage jobs by 2018.

“Although we are located on different continents, South Korea and Indiana both share a reputation of excellence when it comes to advanced manufacturing,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Having a globally-focused company like POSCO select Indiana to grow its business is a strong endorsement of our state’s low-cost, low-tax business climate, robust transportation infrastructure and dynamic port system. This company could have established operations anywhere in the world, but has found exactly what it needed right here in Indiana. POSCO is a major supplier to the automotive industry which already supports more than 100,000 jobs in our state, and we look forward to the new jobs this state-of-the-art facility will create.”

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Tuesday, April 19 2016

Vancouver, B.C., Canada --  HQ Vancouver congratulates Valhalla Game Studio International Ltd. on the announcement that it is transferring its global headquarters to Vancouver, British Columbia. Valhalla established its gaming studio in Tokyo, Japan in 2008.

Among the main reasons for moving its global headquarters to Vancouver, the company cited access to talent and the presence of a gaming industry cluster.  Noting that creative talent is drawn to Vancouver from all over the world, Valhalla plans to create games for the North American market and beyond.

In announcing the move, Valhalla President, Chief Technology Officer and Director Tomonobu Itagaki stated, “It is better to set a development base in Western countries than Japan in order to gather talented creators scattered from all over the world and I have made a judgment that Vancouver is the most appropriate place for this.”

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Monday, April 18 2016

Waco, TX -- Central Tube and Bar expands their operation into the greater Waco, Texas area by adding 20 Waco jobs to a 40,000 square foot facility and the largest tube laser operating in Texas.

Conway, Arkansas based Central Tube and Bar has announced their new location in Waco, Texas. Operations will officially start April 25, 2016, and will include the largest tube laser operating in Texas with a 16 inch diameter capacity. The announcement was made by Dustin Ward, President of the company.

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Friday, April 15 2016

Nearly 4.3 Million Total Jobs in New York City Labor Force Participation Also Reaches All-Time High

New York, NY -- The City of New York announced that based on an analysis of seasonally adjusted job numbers for March 2016 provided by the New York State Department of Labor, New York City added 2,800 jobs in February, reaching an all-time high total of just below 4.3 million jobs across all five boroughs.  Labor force participation also reached an all-time high of 61.5 percent.  Since Mayor de Blasio took office in January of 2014, New York City has added 254,900 private sector jobs, an increase of 7.3 percent during this time of record job creation.

Since Mayor de Blasio took office, the strongest employment gains are in Health Care & Social Assistance, with growth of 48,000 jobs, and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services, with growth of over 38,200 jobs.

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Friday, April 15 2016

Adds 200,000 square-foot cold storage facility

Savannah, GA -- Nordic Logistics and Warehousing has doubled capacity at its Savannah location, holding a ribbon cutting Friday for a new 200,000-square-foot cold storage and blast freezing facility.
 
"Exactly three years ago, Nordic opened its doors here in Savannah to give our customers the logistical advantages that come with one of America's most efficient ports, combined with the superior connectivity of Interstates 95 and 16," said Don Schoenl, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nordic.
 
Nordic, a member of AGRO Merchants Group, LLC, opened its initial 200,000 square-foot cold storage warehouse in Savannah April 11, 2013. Nordic's Phase I facility has exported over half a million tons of frozen food since its opening.

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Friday, April 15 2016

Howell County earns Certified Work Ready Community designation as retrofitting begins for new Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology building

West Plains, MO -- The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) announced Howell County has achieved designation as a Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC). The ceremony was held at the location that will become Missouri State University-West Plains’ new Greater Ozarks Center for Advanced Technology (GOCAT). 
        
“I applaud Howell County’s concerted efforts to align area workforce skills with those area employers need,” said Mike Downing, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. “These efforts complement each other well. The CWRC demonstrates national competitiveness, and both will help in attracting advanced manufacturing businesses that the community has clear advantages in. The new technical center will enhance the existing workforce pipeline.” 

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Thursday, April 14 2016

Temple, Tx -- Performance Food Group Company (PFG) and The Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC) announced that Performance Foodservice ‒ Temple will soon begin a $10-million expansion project. The expansion will include construction of a 76,000-square foot addition to the current operation at 4141 Lucius McCelvey Drive and is expected to create 100 additional jobs during the next 60 months.

The Temple EDC Board of Directors approved an economic development agreement that includes a cash grant, and The City of Temple also provided a 50 percent tax abatement to the company for five years.

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Wednesday, April 13 2016

Rupert, ID -- Transystems LLC, a bulk commodities transportation company, has announced that it will build a new trailer manufacturing facility in southern Idaho’s City of Rupert.  The company will invest over $1 million to acquire and renovate an old industrial building.

Transystems will build new office space and bring in state-of-the-art metal fabrication equipment to manufacture specialized truck trailers for agriculture commodity transportation.  Renovations will begin in the next two weeks and operations are slated to begin this summer.

“We are excited about the expansion of our manufacturing project in Rupert, said Errol Rice, Transystems’ executive vice president of strategic development.  “We have built trailers for our own use for nearly a decade and have reached the point of needing to upgrade our facility to match our production needs.  We started building our own trailers to better match our customers’ needs and expect that the new Rupert facility will have a positive impact on the quality and quantity of trailers we produce each year.

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Tuesday, April 12 2016

Innovative Package Includes Loan/Grant Plus Tax Abatement

Center, Texas -- The Center Economic Development Corporation recently closed on an incentive agreement with Yoakum-based Sustainable Soil Solutions, LLC, which plans to produce an organic fertilizer product.

“We are delighted that Sustainable Soil chose Center over other communities and plans to re-use an existing facility,” said Center Mayor David Chadwick. Sustainable Soil recently purchased the former Bruce’s Hardwood Flooring plant in Center, which closed in 2009. Following a successful rezoning effort, Sustainable Soil bought the 38 acre facility from a group of local investors.

“We ultimately chose Center over another city because of the existing building and proximity to our primary feedstock,” explained Dennis Kaspar, President of Sustainable Soil. “Also the City and Economic Development were very welcoming to us and our product.” Sustainable Soil agreed to invest $5 million in facility improvements and equipment and create 22 local jobs.

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Tuesday, April 12 2016

DeForest, WI -- Alberta, Canada-based The Little Potato Company recently announced plans to create a U.S. headquarters in DeForest, Wis. with a $20 million, 130,000-square-foot facility.

The company plans to hire 129 new full-time employees beginning in early 2017 to staff the new facility, which was made possible with the help of $740,000 in Business Development Tax Credits from WEDC and additional funding from the Village of DeForest.

Little Potato considered locations in Michigan and Illinois before choosing Wisconsin for its major transportation and logistics networks and the availability of skilled workers. The site was also pre-certified as development-ready through WEDC's Certified In Wisconsin® Program.

“By locating its U.S. headquarters in DeForest, The Little Potato Company leverages Wisconsin’s strong agricultural history and global leadership in advanced food processing, tapping exceptional educational resources and an unmatched supply chain,” said Mark Hogan, secretary and CEO of WEDC.

Source: Inwisconsin.com/select-wisconsin/

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Tuesday, April 12 2016

Plainfield, IN -- Governor Mike Pence joined Knight Transportation (NYSE: KNX), a truckload transportation and logistics service company, to announce the opening of the company’s new Regional Operations Service Center here, which will create up to 426 new jobs by 2021.

“As the Crossroads of America, Indiana is the crucial link connecting millions of Americans across the nation to the goods they need,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Indiana is home to thousands of highway miles, award-winning airports and a state line that’s more than half water. We continue to make unprecedented investments in state and local infrastructure to support businesses like Knight Transportation, which in turn are driving Indiana’s economy and creating quality jobs for Hoosiers.”

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Monday, April 11 2016

Huntington, IN -- Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) Inc., a tier 1 automotive supplier specializing in vehicle lightweighting technologies, announced plans to expand its operations in Huntington, creating up to 80 new jobs by 2020.
 
“Indiana is a global leader in advanced manufacturing,” said Governor Mike Pence. “CSP’s growth speaks volumes about this company and its talented Hoosier employees. The fact that Indiana is the home of the nation’s largest concentration of manufacturing jobs is a source of pride for this state. As CSP grows its operations here in Indiana, Hoosiers can rest assured that this administration will continue to pursue the kinds of policies that make our state a destination for investment and growth.”

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Monday, April 11 2016

Range of State Resources Help Businesses Thrive

Trenton, NJ -- As the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) continues its efforts to raise awareness of State resources available to small businesses and not-for-profit entities, organizations across New Jersey are realizing the benefits of EDA programs.  Espinosa Beef and Provisions Inc. in Hudson County, C&A Marketing in Middlesex County, and Millville Rescue Squad in Cumberland County are all investing and expanding in New Jersey with support from these programs.

“It’s encouraging to see such a diverse group of businesses recognizing benefits of financing options offered by the State,” said EDA Chief Executive Officer Melissa Orsen. “Small businesses and not-for-profits create jobs and provide valuable resources to our residents and communities.”

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Monday, April 11 2016

Tanner, AL -- There’s a new state-of-the-art tool in Alabama’s worker training efforts. The Alabama Robotics Technology Park opened in 2010 and represents an $80 million investment.

Gov. Robert Bentley and other officials are cutting the ribbon on Phase 3 of the Robotics Technology Park, an $80 million, 85-acre campus in Limestone County where employees from Alabama companies receive training on the latest equipment from top industrial robot makers and automation software firms.

The RTP is one of Alabama’s biggest economic development assets, said Ed Castile, director of the worker training agency AIDT and head of the Alabama Department of Commerce’s workforce development office.

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Friday, April 08 2016

Waco, TX -- Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. announces plans to establish a state-of-the-art manufacturing operation in Waco, Texas. Polyglass will invest $19 million in the 145,000-square-foot facility, located at 1701 Exchange, to produce modified bitumen roofing membrane. Employment will reach 45 full-time associates within the first three years of operation.

"Polyglass is excited to open its fifth American manufacturing facility in Waco," said Natalino Zanchetta, CEO of Polyglass U.S.A., Inc. "We chose Waco as our next location because of the outstanding support from the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, the centralized location and the pool of talented people in the surrounding communities."

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Friday, April 08 2016

Freeport, TX -- Ravi K. Singhania, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Port Freeport, announces the selection and appointment of Phyllis Saathoff as Executive Port Director/Chief Executive Officer.  Chairman Singhania noted that after several months of diligent searching and review of a number of excellent applicants, the Board reached a unanimous decision in her selection.  We are delighted to have a person of her background, join us again.
 
Phyllis Saathoff is an accomplished executive with over 20 years of service in the port industry. With a strong finance background, combined with her operational leadership, Saathoff brings a proven track record to Port Freeport.

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Friday, April 08 2016

York, NE -- York County Development Corporation is pleased to announce Pellet Technology USA will be building their first production facility on North Division Ave. in York, Nebraska.  The company will be making a multi-million dollar investment and creating 38 new jobs at start-up. An additional economic impact will be the company’s purchase of excess corn stover for use in the manufacturing of high quality animal feed.  Corn stover bales will come mainly from a 50 mile radius of York, providing an additional cash crop for our area corn farmers.

Pellet Technology USA is a Nebraska based agricultural manufacturing company. The company’s innovative processing of agricultural residues produces consistent, safe and high-quality animal feed.

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Thursday, April 07 2016

Fortune 500 companies, cities and universities dawn as major customer class

Washington, D.C. -- Major brands and other emerging non-utility customers signed 52 percent, or 2,074 megawatts (MW), of the wind power capacity contracted through power purchase agreements (PPA) in 2015. Customers driving this new demand for wind energy include Fortune 500 companies behind household brands, like Tide and Downy, high-tech companies, universities, and major U.S. cities.

This non-traditional customer class contracted for the majority of electric generating capacity though wind PPAs in a given year for the first time, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) forthcoming 2015 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, set for release on April 12 in Denver, Colorado.

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Thursday, April 07 2016

Edgerton, KS -- Amazon.com, Inc. announced plans to open a state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Edgerton, Kansas. This facility will create approximately 1,000 full-time hourly positions, plus many managerial and support roles to support customer fulfillment. In Kansas, Amazon currently operates facilities in Lenexa.

“We’re excited to bring 1,000 great full-time jobs with benefits to the Kansas City region and proud to further invest in the state with this new fulfillment center,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “We are grateful for the enthusiasm of our many state and local partners who have supported Amazon in bringing a new fulfillment center to Kansas. This has been a true team effort.”

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Thursday, April 07 2016

Mando Alabama expansion

Opelika, AL -- Mando America Corp. plans to invest $19 million in its Alabama manufacturing operation and hire 32 new workers to support the expansion, officials said Tuesday night.

South Korea-based Mando, one of the world’s largest auto parts suppliers, has based its North American headquarters in Opelika, where it makes brake components, suspension modules and steering systems for U.S. industry customers.

Mando Alabama expansion
Mando’s latest expansion will push its investment in Alabama to $220 million.

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Thursday, April 07 2016

Photo Caption: Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin

Reserve, LA -- The Port of South Louisiana dedicated a new fireboat, the M/V Nathan Folse, which joins the fleet of fireboats already in place: the John James Charles, the PSV Accardo, and the PSL Responder. It is named in honor of Nathan J. Folse, who served as Executive Counsel for the Port between 2005 and 2010. Folse, who passed tragically in an automobile accident in February 2010, was a native of Donaldsonville, Louisiana and served as Assistant City Attorney for his hometown, then as Assistant District Attorney for the 23rd Judicial District before becoming the Port’s attorney.

“Not only are we christening a vessel which will play a significant role in fire prevention and rescue on the Lower Mississippi River,” said PSL Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin, “but we are also honoring Nathan Folse for all he did for the Port of South Louisiana during his time as Executive Council.”

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Tuesday, April 05 2016

Who: Port of South Louisiana

What: Dedication Ceremony

When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 10:00 AM

Where: Globalplex Intermodal Terminal
              General Cargo Dock
              147 Henderson Street
              Reserve, Louisiana 70084

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Monday, April 04 2016

Grandview, MO -- Sika Global Automotive announces completion and opening of a 40,000 square foot expansion project at its Grandview, Missouri manufacturing facility.  Additional space will allow more efficient supply base and logistic operations as well as enable the further addition of new technologies that will add to the supply base at the facility.

The expansion includes sustainability additions including motion controlled lighting and stable, climate controlled environments for material handling.  A wire-guided pick and place system and associated equipment has been added for more efficient material management, and to take advantage of the smaller space requirements required introducing maximum density space utilization.

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Monday, April 04 2016

Wind industry set to release annual report at Denver press conference

Denver, CO -- Members of the press are invited to attend an exclusive live press conference release of the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) 2015 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report, which will show the U.S. wind energy industry supporting more jobs than ever.

Colorado’s leadership in expanding wind power has enabled the state to attract thousands of quality jobs while cutting costs on electricity bills and creating clean air.

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Monday, April 04 2016

Cleveland, OH -- Since 1916, The Austin Company (www.theaustin.com) has served the aviation, aerospace and defense industry, and is proud to celebrate 100 years of service to this industry in 2016 – a centennial that we share with The Boeing Company and Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine.

Throughout these 100 years, Austin architects, engineers and constructors have accomplished great feats and devised many innovations for the aviation sector. We designed and built the largest industrial building in the world for The Boeing Company in Everett, WA. Our innovations include bi-fold hangar doors, fiberglass wall panels for WWII bomber plants that saved metal, induced airflows to improve ventilation in large plants, and rolling work platforms to speed schedules.

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Friday, April 01 2016

Situated in one of the Largest Industry Clusters in Latin America

Mexico -- A brand new logistics center for Yusen Logistics will handle import/export of cargo for international trade. The new warehouse is 53,820 sq. ft. and located on 17 arces in the world-class Amistad Industrial Park, one of the largest auto clusters in Latin America.

Highly developed road and rail networks are easy accessable, which stregthens Yusen Logistics global capibilities offering automotive supply chain solutions of OEMs, Tier 1 and 2 suppliers. Services will include just-in-time scheduling, domestic truck, rail and intermodal transportation, international freight forwarding, project cargo, import/export services, warehousing and value-add services, and trade compliance.

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Friday, April 01 2016

By Liz McEwan

Sweet Tooth in Newport serves family-recipe confections year round

Hebron, Campbell County, Bellevue, Boone County, Erlanger, Newport, KY -- The Easter candy season is upon us, and Northern Kentucky residents won’t have to travel far to find everything they need to stock those baskets. In fact, Northern Kentucky is home to a wide range of purveyors who have been producing sweet treats — while creating jobs and stabilizing communities — for decades.

In Bellevue, the Schneider family of chocolatiers claims 100 years of experience in candy making and operates two independent candy and ice cream shops in the NKY region.

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Friday, April 01 2016

Washington, D.C. -- The United States and China issued a joint statement today announcing the two nations will sign the Paris Agreement, last year’s international agreement to lower greenhouse gas emissions, on Friday, April 22 (this Earth Day). AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan reacted with the following statement:

“This historic announcement shows the U.S. is in the market for climate solutions that work. Wind power is one of the biggest, fastest, cheapest ways the U.S. can reduce carbon pollution. Through deploying more wind energy, we can cut out a tenth of the nation’s entire carbon footprint by the year 2030 and keep more money in the pockets of American consumers while doing so."

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