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Wednesday, August 31 2016

Ortage, MI -- Global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. has taken the next step in its proposed $146 million expansion to its manufacturing facility in Southwest Michigan.

The Portage City Council last week granted the drug manufacturer a $14.5 million tax abatement that the company will use for its Act-O-Vial Work Center and Building 41 North Warehouse projects, according to city documents.

Pfizer will invest approximately $105.5 million in the Act-O-Vial Work Center, which will house new freeze dryers and other automated equipment. The company will invest another $41 million in its 98,000-square-foot North Warehouse project, which it will use to store raw materials.

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Wednesday, August 31 2016

“In addition to talent needed to support  Elyxor’s  rapid growth, Central Arkansas also provides access to entrepreneurial entities such as the Arkansas Venture Center and the Innovation Hub. We appreciate the company’s significant investment in the citizens of our great state.” - Governor Asa Hutchinson. 

Elyxor Inc., a team of software engineering specialists, announced they are expanding their presence in North Little Rock. The company plans to hire 45 new employees in an effort to support clients across the world. Elyxor recently moved into new office space in North Little Rock’s Argenta District. The addition of 45 new employees will take total employment at the North Little Rock office from four people to 49 people.

Mark Carleo, Managing Partner, stated, “As Elyxor has grown as a firm, we have been seeking a location where we can build a strong relationship with the local business community and find great talent.  We hired our first engineer in Little Rock in 2014, and we have been growing ever since.”

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Wednesday, August 31 2016
Alabama auto industry adds jobs, investment in communities big and small

Mercedes Alabama plant robots

Alabama’s auto industry continues to power new investment and jobs across the state.

Over the past year, auto suppliers have announced new facilities and expansions worth at least $924 million and more than 2,500 new jobs in activities ranging from precision machining to engineering.

Among the companies growing in Alabama is Lear Operations Corp., which this summer announced a $27.7 million, 535-job expansion of its Tuscaloosa County plant.

The project will boost production to supply seating systems to the Mercedes-Benz factory in Vance. Lear currently makes seats for the Alabama-made C-Class, and now it is adding seats for the plant’s SUVs.

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Wednesday, August 31 2016

Golden Triangle, MS -- Plum Creek Environmental Technologies, manufacturer and distributor of waste and recycling containers and equipment, is expanding in North Mississippi, investing $825,000 and creating 50 jobs.

“I appreciate the Plum Creek team for bringing 50 new jobs to the people of North Mississippi by expanding to accommodate the company’s growth,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “When companies choose to expand in our state, they are demonstrating to the world that Mississippi has the competitive advantage needed for success in today’s dynamic marketplace.”

Plum Creek was founded in 2007 in Columbus, Miss., and has since outgrown its production facility. The company is expanding into a larger facility previously occupied by Long Branch in West Point, Miss.

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Wednesday, August 31 2016

Jefferson City, MO -- Governor Nixon this evening announced another win for Missouri’s growing automotive industry. Dana Light Axle Products plans to expand its manufacturing plant in Columbia, where it currently produces parts for major OEMs including Ford, GM and Nissan. The company’s $39 million expansion is expected to create 135 new jobs over the next few years, as well as retain its current workforce of 90 team members.

“I appreciate Dana Light Axle Products’ significant expansion in Columbia, and its contribution to Missouri’s revitalized auto industry,” Gov. Nixon said. “The historic investments made by Ford and GM in Missouri continue to pave the way for auto suppliers to grow and succeed, creating jobs for hard working Missourians throughout the state.”

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Tuesday, August 30 2016

Coweta County, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that Variety Wholesalers, Inc., a retail store chain, will establish its second major distribution center in Coweta County, creating 320 jobs and investing approximately $10.5 million in the Newnan area.

The distribution center will support Variety Wholesalers stores as the company expands its presence in the southeastern, midwestern and south central United States. 

“Georgia’s business climate and transportation infrastructure continue to attract major businesses such as Variety Wholesalers to the state,” said Deal. “Variety Wholesalers’ decision to expand to Coweta County speaks to Georgia’s growing commercial infrastructure, demonstrates the significant investment opportunities offered by our ports and will further establish our state as an industrial magnet.”

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Tuesday, August 30 2016
B. Norland named new Director of Marketing & Communications for Greater Mankato Growth

Mankato, MN -- Greater Mankato Growth (GMG) is pleased to announce the selection of Bridget Norland as its new Director of Marketing & Communications.
Since joining GMG at the start of the year, Bridget has immediately added value to our members and business community, our stakeholders, collaborators; as well as initiated new marketing and communications tools, programs and services.  Her degree in graphic design and 10+ years in project management and web design, along with diverse industry experience ranging from Corporate Graphics Commercial, VoyageurWeb and Angie’s Artisan Treats have equipped her with strong insight to business and a balanced, varied set of skills.

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Tuesday, August 23 2016

Seymour, IN -- Aisin USA Manufacturing, a Japan-owned manufacturer of automotive parts, announced plans today to expand its operations in Jackson County, creating up to 100 new jobs by the end of 2018.

“Indiana is home to the largest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the nation because we are a state that works,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Here in Indiana, we have balanced our budgets, cut costs and taxes, and reduced burdensome regulations that stand in the way of growth, allowing job creators to add nearly 150,000 Hoosier jobs since 2013. Manufacturers, both large and small, are growing across the state, and we are proud to support companies like Aisin USA Manufacturing as we work together to ensure quality employment for all Hoosiers.”

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Monday, August 22 2016

Trenton, NJ -- Founded in a New Jersey basement 17 years ago, family-owned and operated Adagio Teas has continued to expand, increasing its footprint into a 40,000-square-foot commercial facility and growing its workforce from a staff of three to 50. When the company wanted to upgrade its manufacturing capabilities and create operational efficiencies, it turned to the Small Business Fund, a program of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) that offers qualified businesses direct loans or participations and guarantees of commercial bank loans.

Elmwood Park-based Adagio Teas, which manufactures and sells gourmet teas and tea-making accessories, began largely as an online tea company in 1999. Today, the company offers a range of products, including the IngenuiTEA, AnTEAdote and realiTEA teabags.

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Monday, August 22 2016
Cheney Bros Exceeds Expectations

Charlotte County, FL -- Cheney Brothers Inc. has exceeded all anticipated hiring and job creation goals established at the start of the distribution center project. The Charlotte County Economic Development Office assisted Cheney Brothers with applications and support for incentives from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the Florida Department of Transportation in return for specific capital improvement and job creation conditions.

The Florida Department of Transportation committed to reimburse Charlotte County up to $722,000 for the construction of Cheney Way in return for Cheney Brothers beginning vertical construction prior to May 30, 2015.  The company received its certificate of occupancy for the facility and began operations in October 2015.

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Friday, August 19 2016

Company to initially invest approximately $3.5 million and create up to 60 new jobs

Paragould, AR -- Corbitt Manufacturing, a component manufacturing operation within American Railcar Industries, Inc. (ARI), announced the company is starting up a new manufacturing facility in Paragould, Arkansas. Governor Asa Hutchinson joined local and company leaders at the announcement in Paragould. As part of this new location, the company plans to invest approximately $3.5 million and create up to 60 new jobs. Production at the new facility is anticipated to start in August 2016.

Jeff Hollister, president and CEO of ARI, commented, “The proximity of the new facility to our railcar manufacturing plants and the work ethic of people in Northeast Arkansas were two of the factors in choosing to start up a new facility in Paragould. We are excited with the possibilities the Corbitt operations will likely bring to the city of Paragould as we expand our strong workforce and continue to support the success of our business. The capital invested in this new facility will help us to meet current and anticipated demand for key components that go on the railcars that ARI produces, at both our Paragould and Marmaduke, Arkansas railcar assembly plants.  I would also like to thank the City of Paragould, the Chamber and the Arkansas Economic Development Commission for their continued help and support through the years.”

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Thursday, August 18 2016

Niagara Bottling LLC to establish Mid-Atlantic operation, creating 76 new jobs

Richmond, VA -- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Niagara Bottling LLC, a family-owned and operated bottled beverage supplier, will invest $95 million to establish a manufacturing and bottling operation at Meadowville Technology Park in Chesterfield County. The company will utilize state-of-the-art filtration to produce its Niagara brand and private label bottled water. Virginia successfully competed against Maryland for the project, which will create 76 new jobs. 

“Recruiting companies such as Niagara Bottling is at the heart of our efforts to create jobs, diversify and build a new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “We are pleased Niagara chose Chesterfield County for this significant expansion, and are confident the company will thrive in the Commonwealth, thanks to our strategic location and motivated workforce.” 

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Thursday, August 18 2016

Loudoun County, VA -- “Loudoun County is one of America’s real economic development success stories,” says Loudoun Economic Development’s Executive Director Buddy Rizer.

In the fiscal year that started July 1, 2015 and ended June 30, 2016, the department recruited or retained 71 businesses, which collectively invested more than $2.3 billion in Loudoun. That’s the most investment earned by any county in Virginia, and it’s double the amount of investment earned by Loudoun last year, which had been economic development’s best year on record.

The businesses that moved to or expanded in Loudoun in FY16 range from behemoths like Digital Realty, Equinix, Dupont Fabros and CyrusOne – international data center companies whose latest Loudoun projects added millions of square feet of flex industrial space – to Hanley Energy, an 80 year-old Irish company that opened its first U.S. office in Ashburn.

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Thursday, August 18 2016

Salem, IN -- GKN Sinter Metals, an advanced manufacturer of precision powder metal products for the automotive industry, announced plans to expand its operations in Indiana, creating up to 24 new jobs by 2020.

“Indiana supports more than 8,500 manufacturing businesses and is home to the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the nation,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Indiana offers manufacturers a low-cost, low-tax business climate and a dedicated, skilled workforce that provides global firms like GKN Sinter Metals the tools they need to succeed. The Hoosier state is a state that works for business and supports manufacturing operations that power our world.”

The company, which is a subsidiary of United Kingdom-based GKN America Corp., will invest more than $6.9 million to update equipment and renovate its current 220,000-square-foot facility at 198 S. Imperial Dr. in Salem. The new equipment will allow GKN Sinter Metals to increase its production of eight-speed and 10-speed transmissions for the automotive industry. 

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Wednesday, August 17 2016

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced that Cumberland Valley Analytical Services (CVAS), a chemistry forage lab serving the dairy industry, will relocate its operations from Maryland to a renovated facility in Washington Township, Franklin County. The move will create 78 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.

“Cumberland Valley Analytical Services chose to relocate its operations to Pennsylvania for several important reasons, including our business-friendly climate, our strong agricultural focus, and the value we place on industry’s benefits to the local economy,” Governor Wolf said. “It’s with great pleasure that we welcome this family-owned and managed business to the commonwealth. The services it provides help support our dairy sector and promote a safe food supply for our residents.”

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Wednesday, August 17 2016

Company to invest $36.4 million in move to Northern Kentucky, sees long-term employment growth in urban center

Frankfort, KY -- Governor Matt Bevin announced CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services, a global, privately held company providing therapeutic expertise to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, will relocate its headquarters to Covington with a $36.4 million investment projected to create up to 500 Kentucky-resident jobs.

“We are grateful for the decision by CTI to move its headquarters to Northern Kentucky and bring with them hundreds of highly skilled jobs,” Gov. Bevin said. “Our administration and local officials are committed to providing the space and resources needed for CTI to continue its growth in the years ahead. CTI is a recognized leader in the life sciences industry and we are delighted to welcome them to Kentucky.”

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Wednesday, August 17 2016

Fort Smith, AR -- A provider of business office support functions for hospitals and healthcare facilities, will expand their presence in Fort Smith’s Phoenix Center. As part of the expansion, the company is increasing personnel to accommodate increased growth.

“The economic impact of these new jobs at Shared Services Center will reach beyond Fort Smith to benefit our state’s economy,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “From 45 new jobs at a software engineering company in North Little Rock to these new jobs that will benefit many families in Fort Smith, it’s been a great few days for job creation in Arkansas. Thanks to Shared Services Center for continuing to make significant investments in our great state.”

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Wednesday, August 17 2016

ALDI to invest $57 million to establish division headquarters and distribution center

Richmond, VA -- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that ALDI, a leader in the grocery retailing industry, will invest $57 million to establish a division headquarters and 500,000-square-foot distribution facility in Dinwiddie County. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will create 145 new jobs.

“The decision by ALDI to choose Dinwiddie County as their division headquarters and distribution center is a wonderful testament to Virginia’s economic development assets and competitiveness,” said Governor McAuliffe. “The Commonwealth continues to be a top state for the retail and distribution industry, and I am pleased to welcome one of the nation’s fastest growing retailers to Virginia. This announcement is a significant win for Dinwiddie County and a great step forward in our efforts to diversify and build a new Virginia economy.”

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Wednesday, August 17 2016

Bartow County, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. will expand its existing operation in Bartow County, creating 150 jobs and investing $50 million in the local community. voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. is the supply base for the voestalpine Group, which produces ultra-high strength body-in-white components for premium car manufacturers. 

“voestalpine’s decision to expand operations in Bartow County strengthens Georgia’s growing automotive industry and highlights the state’s extensive manufacturing capabilities,” said Deal. “When we met with voestalpine executives in Germany, we discussed the benefits that Georgia can continue to offer the growing company. The business environment in Bartow County and throughout the state will help voestalpine maintain its position as a leader in automotive supply, while bolstering Georgia’s reputation as a top state for business.” 

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Tuesday, August 16 2016
GPA extends 'gray' chassis pool agreement

Photo Caption: The Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal features 48 truck lanes and averages 9,000 truck moves per day. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

CCM ensures reliable fleet access

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority has extended its multiyear agreement with the South Atlantic Chassis Pool of Consolidated Chassis Management (CCM) to provide the region with a "gray" chassis pool, a fleet of chassis that can be used by any trucking line to serve any port terminal in the Southeastern U.S.

"The gray pool model works for the South Atlantic, and continues to meet and exceed our expectations for sufficient, safe chassis available at any time," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "This new agreement secures the future of the gray pool in our region."

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Tuesday, August 16 2016
Sauk Valley/Northwest Illinois Region takes on Work Skills Gap

Sterling, IL -- One of the biggest challenges facing U.S. manufacturers today is the growing skills gap, and local manufacturers are not immune to this problem. But rather than simply complain about the problem several manufacturers and educators in the Northwest Illinois Region have decided to take action. A group of ten local manufacturers, Sauk Valley Community College (SVCC), and the Whiteside Area Career Center (WACC) have joined together to form the Multicraft Internship Advisory Board (MIAB), a partnership determined to make a difference in workforce development for the region. 

At the heart of the MIAB’s initiative is a work skills development program that complements the Multicraft Technology degree program at SVCC. 

The college collaborated with local manufacturers in 2012 to create the Multicraft Technology Program.  A key component to the curriculum was a short work study to cement ideas taught in the classroom. This component has now led to the creation in May, 2016, of the MIAB, and now the launching of the Multicraft Extended Internship Program (MEIP). 

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Thursday, August 11 2016

Orlando’s pool of IT talent draws the leading telecommunications firm to Orlando

Orlando, FL -- Massachusetts-based Granite Telecommunications, LLC, a provider of communications solutions to businesses, announced it will open a new office in Orlando creating 54 new, high-wage jobs over two years and making a capital investment of $100,000 in the region.

Granite provides one-stop solutions for voice, data, internet, wireless, video and secure network options to corporate customers in the U.S. and Canada. The company’s client base includes over 85 of the Fortune 100 companies.

“Granite has seen tremendous growth and record sales across the country, and Florida especially has been one of the top growth areas for the company,” said Granite COO Rand Currier. “The speed of business growth overall in the Orlando region made it an ideal location for Granite to enter the market and provide business-critical communications services to these companies.”

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Thursday, August 11 2016

Atlanta, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal and economic development partners celebrated the news that adidas will open a new footwear production site in Cherokee County, creating approximately 160 new jobs. To read more about this new adidas operation in Georgia, read the company’s full press release here.

Statement from Deal:
“Georgia offers industry leaders such as adidas the necessary resources to compete worldwide,” said Deal. “Our state is emerging as a sports corridor for Southeastern U.S., and our business-friendly climate will be a match for adidas’ new operation. We look forward to working with our partners in Cherokee County and the Metro Atlanta Chamber to support adidas in future growth.”

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Wednesday, August 10 2016
Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Appointed to Louisiana Board of International Commerce by Governor Edwards

On August 5th, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced the appointment of Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin to the Louisiana Board of International Commerce (LaBIC).

LaBIC, whose distinguished members serve in all capacities of trade and business development, was formed to advance Louisiana’s international commerce initiatives in an effort to enhance the state’s position in international trade by attracting foreign and domestic investment and boost the state’s trade-based economy. Paul, who has successfully served as executive director of the Port of South Louisiana for the past three years, will serve as a representative of international ports.

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Wednesday, August 10 2016
Port Corpus Christi Celebrates Commencement of World Class Cable Stayed Bridge Construction with State and Federal Officials

Photo Caption: Texas Governor Greg Abbott provides opening remarks.

Corpus Christi, TX -- Along with State and Federal Officials, Port Corpus Christi is excited to announce the beginning of a truly momentous project.  With a symbolic turning of the dirt the official U.S. 181 Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge Replacement Project is set to begin.  The groundbreaking ceremony took place at the Solomon P. Ortiz International Center on the afternoon of Monday, August 8, 2016, in the shadow of the current Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge.

The U.S. 181 Harbor Bridge Replacement Project will result in the longest precast concrete cable-stayed span in the United States, the third largest of its kind in the world. The height of the new Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge will allow some of the world’s largest ocean-going vessels entrance to the Inner Harbor at Port Corpus Christi.  With a draft of 205 feet, the current Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge could fit underneath the structure of the proposed new Harbor Bridge. 

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Wednesday, August 10 2016

Company invests $1.6 million

Lyndhurst, VA -- Innovative Refrigeration Systems announces it will invest $1.6 million and create 100 new jobs over the next three years.  The Lyndhurst, Virginia-headquartered business currently employs 94 at its Lyndhurst plant and employs 235 employees throughout the U.S.

Michael McGinnis, President of Innovative Refrigeration, is proud of Innovative Refrigeration’s growth and success over the past 23 years.  “I am extremely pleased with the company’s continued success, and the relationships we have developed with our customers. We use a tailored approach with our clients and their customized systems in order to offer them the most cost-effective, efficient systems to meet their refrigeration needs. Our success would not be possible without qualified, dedicated employees. I’m very proud of our staff and look forward to expanding our team,” said Mr. McGinnis.

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Tuesday, August 09 2016

Brownsville, TX -- The Port of Brownsville is launching an electronic newsletter on Monday, August 8, 2016, describing the port and maritime industry to interested readers.

The e-newsletter, Port Matters, is designed to give readers inside access to understanding how the port works, its role as a partner with other businesses and its place in the global marketplace.

“Port Matters is a play on words,” explains Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Wood. “The articles highlight port matters and also explain why the port matters to the local, state and international economy.”

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Tuesday, August 09 2016
Congressman Charles Boustany Visits the Port of South Louisiana

Photo Caption: U.S. Congressman Charles Boustany at a meet and greet hosted by the Port of South Louisiana

Reserve, LA -- On August 2nd, the Port of South Louisiana hosted a meet and greet with U.S. Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr. MD. at the Guesthouse, located within the grounds of Globalplex Intermodal Terminal. Congressman Boustany spoke to an audience of industry, river region, and port leaders about issues important to the maritime industry and the citizens of Louisiana, such as infrastructure maintenance and improvements (e.g., dredging and coastal restoration), growing trade agreements (e.g., the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP), and domestic energy production (e.g., LNG).

Congressman Boustany was instrumental in securing legislative language in the Water Resources Reform & Development Act (WRRDA) that was passed into law which will increase the amount of federal dollars spent on port maintenance every year until 2025. He also authored the Realize America’s Maritime Potential (RAMP) Act, which forces the federal government to adequately maintain ports and harbors to their authorized depths.

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Tuesday, August 09 2016

Austin, TX -- Governor Greg Abbott announced that The Charles Schwab Corporation will be establishing a new regional campus in Westlake, Texas. Schwab’s new campus will include more than 500,000 square feet of commercial office space, $100 million in planned capital investment and the creation of at least 1,200 new jobs over the next ten years. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant offer of $6 million has been extended to Charles Schwab. The project will create the largest number of new jobs by a TEF grant recipient since the beginning of Governor Abbott’s administration.

“Texas remains the brightest beacon of free enterprise in the nation, and Charles Schwab’s decision to expand its operations in North Texas is yet another testament to the Lone Star State’s promising economic climate,” said Governor Abbott. “By expanding their facilities, pouring millions into the Texas economy and creating more than a thousand new jobs, Charles Schwab is investing in the North Texas community and bringing more opportunities for our world-class workforce. I am proud this leader in the financial industry has chosen to expand in the Lone Star State."

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Tuesday, August 09 2016
Crane Delivery Signifies South Carolina Ports Authority's Big-Ship Readiness

Charleston, SC -- The delivery of two super post-Panamax cranes at South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) on Friday marked a significant milestone in the Port's big ship readiness, to be followed in the coming years by the completion of the Wando Welch wharf project and harbor deepening to 52 feet. 

The cranes, produced by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) in China, provide 155 feet of lift height from the dock to enable SCPA to work larger container cargo ships. The cranes will be located at the Wando Welch Terminal, which is undergoing a $44 million project to strengthen and upgrade the wharf and infrastructure required for handling bigger vessels and cranes. Last month the SCPA Board of Directors approved the purchase of two additional cranes of this size for delivery at the end of 2017, coinciding with the completion of the wharf project.

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Tuesday, August 09 2016

Morrison, IL -- American companies are increasingly going overseas in search of growth and new opportunities – opportunities that could mean more sales and profits. In an effort to help the region’s businesses identify these opportunities for growth. The Whiteside County Economic Development Department (WCEDD) has begun working with the International Trade Association of Greater Chicago (ITAGC), a leading non-profit business association that provides a forum for the exchange of up-to-date and practical information on the latest trends and tools that affect the ever changing global market place. With more than 600 members, the ITAGC represents a range of interests – consular/diplomatic groups, industrial, merchandise, service companies, and academic organizations - and the WCEDD is looking to tap into the group’s network to uncover trade opportunities for the region’s businesses, assistance in organizing and conducting inbound and outbound trade missions, and to increase the market’s awareness of the Whiteside County/Northwest Illinois Region as a suitable location for Foreign Direct Investment. 

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Tuesday, August 09 2016
Deal announces Kia, rail provider partnership

Cordele Intermodal Services to handle Kia parts imported via GPA

West Point, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that Cordele Intermodal Services (CIS), Georgia's first inland terminal, will partner with Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), to handle up to 30,000 TEU containers per year to supply the Kia manufacturing plant in West Point. This partnership will save more than 6 million truck miles each year.
"Kia has been a remarkably successful economic driver for West Point and Georgia's inland terminals provide a new efficient way for companies to transport goods throughout the state," said Deal. "This partnership and use of the inland port will reduce congestion on our highways and lower transportation costs, using new infrastructure to benefit both companies and the West Point area. The inland rail yards enable Georgia companies to grow to meet the demands of the Southeastern states, while bolstering economic development across the state."

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Tuesday, August 09 2016

Innovative customer experience and tech support provider to invest $4 million in Athens facility

Athens-Clark County, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that Voxpro, an innovative customer experience and tech support provider, will create more than 500 jobs and invest $4 million in a new Center of Excellence in Athens-Clarke County by 2020. 
“Georgia offers a wealth of resources for an innovative company like Voxpro to grow its business,” said Deal. “Georgia’s top-ranked business climate and highly skilled workforce is critical to attracting international business. We established a strong relationship with Voxpro leadership in Ireland and look forward to the company’s continued investment in Georgia.”
Headquartered in Cork, Ireland, Voxpro employs more than 1,700 people worldwide and delivers customer support experiences in more than 32 countries. Voxpro’s clients include Google, Airbnb and Nest.

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Monday, August 01 2016

Robotics, machine-tool provider will increase its showroom, engineering and automation group space

Frankfort, KY -- Meredith Machinery LLC, a Jeffersontown-based machine-tool provider that designs and installs automated metal-cutting systems, plans to build a $2 million facility and add 10 full-time jobs.

“Kentucky’s manufacturing industry, which makes products known and revered around the world, relies on companies like Meredith Machinery for engineering, equipment and production expertise,” said Gov. Bevin. “With this expansion, Meredith Machinery contributes to our growing manufacturing sector in the Commonwealth. We applaud them on their continued success and look forward to assisting their further progression in the months and years ahead.”

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Monday, August 01 2016

Washington D.C. -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced nearly $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country in the eighth round of the highly successful and competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.  Secretary Foxx was joined by Jeff Zients, Director of the National Economic Council at the White House, and Mayor William Peduto of Pittsburgh, PA on a national call with reporters to highlight how this funding will improve safety and economic opportunity in two U.S. territories, 32 states, and 40 communities across the country.“For the eighth year running, TIGER will inject critical infrastructure dollars into communities across the country,” said Secretary Foxx. “This unique program rewards innovative thinking and collaborative solutions to difficult and sometimes dangerous transportation problems.  A great TIGER program doesn’t just improve transportation; it expands economic opportunity and transforms a community.”

The highly competitive TIGER grant program supports innovative projects, including multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional projects, which are difficult to fund through traditional federal programs.  This year’s awards focus on capital projects that generate economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable transportation for communities, both urban and rural. 

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Monday, August 01 2016
Historic Visitors Land at Whiteside County Airport

Morrison, IL -- Four vintage World War II era aircraft, part of the “The Wings of Freedom Tour,” landed at the Whiteside County Airport this week, much to the delight of over 600 visitors who came out to participate in this “living history” event. Presented by the Collings Foundation, the “Wings of Freedom Tour” honors the sacrifices made by our veterans that allow us to enjoy our freedom; and to educate visitors, especially younger Americans, about our national history and heritage. 

The four aircraft included the B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine;” the B-24J Liberator, “Witchcraft;” the B-25 Mitchell bomber "Tondelayo;" and the P-51C Mustang fighter, "Betty Jane."   The B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” is one of the few remaining B-17s still capable of flight. The B-24J and P-51C Mustang are the last remaining aircraft of their type flying in the world today. 

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