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Thursday, August 31 2017

Danville, KY — Denyo Manufacturing Corporation (DMC) announced its plans for a major expansion to its facilities and operations in Danville.

The company will invest $8,676,000.00 for construction of an additional building and purchase of new equipment, while adding up to 90 new jobs to Danville-Boyle County’s tax base.    

A new 63,000-SF facility will be constructed on the current Denyo campus for fabrication of sheet metal components used in generator and air compressor assembly. The new facility will include state-of-the-art equipment for cutting, bending, and welding of steel for complex structural components on-site.

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Thursday, August 31 2017

Temple, TX — Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC) announced Everest Rehabilitation Hospitals, LLC will build a new $17 million capital investment, 36- bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Temple, TX. The project will result in 120 new jobs with an average annual salary of $52,000. The hospital will be located in the Temple Medical & Education District (TMED) South.

The Temple EDC Board of Directors approved a cash grant for infrastructure assistance at their May Board Meeting for Everest Rehabilitation Hospital.

“Everest Rehabilitation Hospital and TMED South will be the Southeast gateway to the community which is an ideal location for a specialty healthcare companies to locate.” said Temple EDC President David Blackburn. “Taking advantage of more than just our proximity to the population in the region, Everest Rehabilitation Hospital will also benefit from the talent and cost of doing business in Temple.”

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Wednesday, August 30 2017

Food service industry equipment manufacturer to create 67 new jobs
Nashville, TN — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Franke Foodservice Systems officials announced that the company will expand its operations in Smyrna. The food service industry equipment manufacturer will invest $11.6 million and create 67 new jobs in Rutherford County.
“I want to thank Franke for choosing to expand in Smyrna,” Rolfe said. “The manufacturing sector has been experiencing enormous growth in Tennessee and it means a great deal that Franke will continue this momentum by creating over 60 new jobs in Rutherford County. I appreciate Franke’s continued investment in Tennessee and look forward to our partnership.”

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Wednesday, August 30 2017

Cincinnati, OH — Two companies that have been growing in the region for decades are growing the Cincinnati region’s economy.

Hamilton Casework Solutions
A regional company expands as it outfits five state-of-the-art hospitals in Kuwait. Hamilton Casework Solutions, headquartered in Fairfield, Ohio has been making specialty office furniture in the region since 1966 and has expanded to higher education and medical markets.

“We started as a family-owned company in the 1960s,” said Brad Quick, General Manager of Hamilton Casework Solutions. “Today, we’re selling our products around the world – all created by the talented workers we’re finding here in the Greater Cincinnati area.”

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Tuesday, August 29 2017

Company to create 65 new jobs, invest USD 4 million in facility
Dumas, AR — SAF-HOLLAND, a leading global manufacturer of trailer suspension and axle systems, truck suspensions, fifth wheels, landing gear, and coupling products, is pleased to announce it is expanding its operations in Dumas (Desha County), Arkansas. As part of the expansion, the company will open a new facility in the old Federal-Mogul building to accommodate increased business with current customers.

“Our investment in Dumas will enable SAF-HOLLAND to expand the North American business as we prepare for increasing market demand also in the mid-term,” said Bjoern Meyer – VP Operations, Americas. “It allows SAF-HOLLAND closer proximity to our OEM customers and enhances our level of service to our distributors and fleet customers. Ultimately, the location provides a means to expand our distribution network to not only support existing customers but result in additional customers.”

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Monday, August 28 2017

Corpus Christi, TX — In response to the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, the Port of Corpus Christi Authority (PCCA) has now fully transitioned to Post Storm Recovery in accordance with the Port Hurricane Readiness Plan. 
Port personnel are continuing to assess hurricane impacts with initial assessments indicating light to moderate damage and debris.  The Port has begun to recall Tier 2 Essential Personnel to support the recovery operations.  Power has been restored to several facilities and numerous others are still on emergency power including the PCCA EOC, Security Command Center and Harbor Master’s Office. These facilities have maintained continuous uninterrupted power. PCCA is working toward achieving normal operation by September 4th.

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Monday, August 28 2017

Company creating 100 new jobs and growing facility
Columbia, SC — Sportsman Boats Manufacturing, a provider of premium boats, is expanding its existing Dorchester County operations. To grow its facility, the company is investing $3.5 million and creating 100 new jobs.
Sportsman's product offerings currently include 21 models of center consoles and bay boats. Ranging in size from 17 - 31 feet, the boats are designed for saltwater enthusiasts.
Located at 113 Isaac Way in Summerville, S.C., the company will be adding 70,000 square feet of production space to its existing facility to accommodate the growth of its upholstery, welding and small part fabrication operations. In addition, Sportsman Boats has just completed an 800-kilowatt (kW) solar power system mounted on the roof of its facility. The state-of-the-art technology is designed to bolster the company's ongoing sustainability efforts.

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Monday, August 28 2017

Des Moines, IA -- Companies looking to build new facilities are searching for sites suitable for development and relatively risk free. Certified sites fill the demand for project-ready industrial sites - making the decision to locate in Iowa easy.

Iowa’s Certified Sites program, designed and implemented by the nationally recognized site selection firm McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC), parallels a typical site location process. A credentialed Iowa Certified Site has relevant site-related data and documentation accumulated and is designated as “development-ready”.

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Monday, August 28 2017

Morrison, IL — The newly launched Sauk Valley Innovation Awards (SVIA) is looking to identify and celebrate the region’s innovate businesses, and acknowledge them for their contribution to the region’s economy and livability. The program is a collaboration between the Whiteside County Economic Development Department and Sauk Valley Community College, and plans are to make this an annual event. 

According to Gary Camarano, Whiteside’s Economic Development Director, “Innovative businesses create a stronger, more competitive local economy, and are keys to a wealth and job creation, attraction of other businesses and quality workforce, and contribute greatly to a community’s livability. We want the Sauk Valley Innovation Awards to be a means of celebrating our innovative businesses, fostering an innovation climate in the region, and give our innovators a chance to network and possibly collaborate on other creative and innovative projects.”

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Monday, August 28 2017

The nearly 29,000-square-foot office will serve as Ensono’s new Conway base as it continues its growth in Arkansas
Conway, Arkansas — Ensono™, a leading hybrid IT services provider, recently opened the doors to its new office space in Conway, Ark. The company will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion at its new location, 1000 SWN Drive, on August 29.
“Ensono has played an integral part in the betterment of Conway for more than 45 years, and their work is pivotal for our state’s initiatives toward technology skills and education,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “I am honored to participate in the grand opening, and I look forward to Ensono’s continued success in our community and beyond.”

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Tuesday, August 22 2017
Port Freeport Celebrates Rail Groundbreaking

Photo Cutline: Representatives from Port Freeport Commission, Executive Staff, and James Construction break ground for Phase 1 of the Parcel 14 Rail Development.

Freeport, TX —  Port Freeport and their honored guests joined together for a groundbreaking ceremony marking the commencement for construction of the Phase 1 of the Parcel 14 Rail Development.  The rail project has been one of the port’s long term strategic objectives for many years and will enhance landside accessibilities and supply chain efficiencies for the Port’s current and future users and for Brazoria County’s Petrochemical Industry. 
Parcel 14 is a 250-acre site adjacent to State Highway 36 (SH36) traversing between FM 1495 and the Brazos River Diversion Canal.  The site will be developed into a multimodal industrial park complete with new warehousing facilities for plastic resins packaging, cross-docking activities and distribution centers.  Additional areas of the site have been earmarked for new vehicle processing and storage.  Union Pacific Railroad will offer manifest train service on the new rail infrastructure. 

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Friday, August 18 2017
MIG Media Neurons Inc. and Add Ready Construction Material Products LLC

Open First US Offices in Hamilton, NJ
Hamilton, NJ — Two companies headquartered in the state of Gujarat, India – MIG Media Neurons Inc. and Add Ready Construction Material Products LLC – celebrated the opening of their first US offices in Hamilton, New Jersey.
MIG Media Neuron, a full-service business promotions company, helps companies promote their brands, products and services worldwide. The company promotes its clients through a variety of platforms including international trade shows, B2B and B2C websites, publications and special events. The company has successfully organized and promoted eleven international trade shows in the last six years, including trade shows in Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Sri Lanka and the US under the Made in Gujarat and India Business Trade Show banners.

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Thursday, August 17 2017

Veteran-owned MOVE Systems International investing $13 million; adding 27 jobs to expand eco-friendly food cart and electricity pedestal production

Walker, MI — The Right Place, Inc., the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and Start Garden’s venture fund spin-off Wakestream Ventures celebrated its first collaborative effort to bring jobs to the region with the announcement that New York-based mobile food manufacturer Move Systems International (dba MOVE Systems) will invest more than $13 million and add 27 jobs at its Walker production facility.

A special news conference will be held at Rosa Park Circle Aug. 16 in which Right Place, Start Garden, Wakestream Ventures and MEDC officials will discuss this collaboration. MOVE Systems will also demonstrate their innovative products.

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Tuesday, August 15 2017

Hundreds of Farmers, Area Leaders Join Poet CEO in Commemorating Start of Construction, New Jobs, New Grain Demand

Marion, OH -- POET Biorefining – Marion broke ground today to expand its production capacity from 70 million gallons per year to 150 million gallons per year. The project will also increase production of dried distillers grains from the current 178,000 tons annually to 360,000 tons. With the groundbreaking, site work has officially begun, with project completion slated for Q3 of 2018.

“This expansion will add 26 million bushels of new corn demand annually for the local area and create new jobs and economic activity for rural Ohio," POET CEO Jeff Broin said. “In recent years, I know farmers are struggling with low commodity prices, which is creating lower farm incomes and decreasing land values. Biofuels have been the only real growth sector for ag commodities in the past decade. We will need to see biofuels increase as a percentage of the US and world fuel supply, and as a percentage of our gas tanks to stabilize worldwide ag prices and land values. We are excited that the Marion plant expansion can play a small role in this important arena."

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Tuesday, August 15 2017

New storage facility to result in 70 on-site jobs, 81 indirect jobs
Mt. Airy, LA — Nearly two years after its groundbreaking, Pin Oak Terminals, led by CEO C. Michael Reed, along with St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom, Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Michael Tregre, Pin Oak Terminals staff, and many of its supporters, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to signal the beginning of operations in the new multi-product liquid marine terminal. Announced in October 2015, the project entails a $600 million capital investment in storage terminals, docks and related infrastructure along the east bank of the Mississippi River at Mt. Airy, near the St. John the Baptist-St. James parish line.
As the terminal project develops, it will create more than 70 new on-site jobs encompassing full-time company and contractor jobs, with 30 of those positions already filled. Those new jobs will have an average annual salary of more than $60,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 81 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 150 jobs in the Southeast Region and surrounding areas. At peak construction, the project generated more than 440 additional construction jobs. Of those employed, over 75% are residents of the River Region.

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Friday, August 11 2017
28th Year in a Row, Port Freeport Receives Award from GFOA

Freeport, TX — For the 28th year in a row, Port Freeport is awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, (GFOA), for its 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). 
This Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. “This is the 28th year in a row for the Port to receive this prestigious award.  The Accounting and Finance Department continues to demonstrate excellence in their practices each the year,” stated Port Chairman Paul Kresta. This outstanding achievement demonstrates the Port’s commitment to accurate, full disclosure to the public of the Port’s financial performance.

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Thursday, August 10 2017

Manufacturer creating 700 new jobs in facility expansion

Columbia, SC — Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, is expanding its existing Richland County operations. The business is projected to invest $96 million and create 700 new jobs to increase its overall flexibility in line with business growth.

Trane has approximately 600 employees in South Carolina and offers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as advanced building controls and parts support. Trane systems have leading positions in premium commercial, residential and industrial markets.

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Wednesday, August 09 2017

McLennan County, TX — Cypress Creek Renewables announces, in partnership with McLennan County and the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, a $13,000,000 solar farm project in McLennan County near Bruceville-Eddy.

The 88-acre, 13 megawatt solar farm will generate enough power to support the energy needs of 1,000 homes annually, further supporting Central Texas’ growth and additional electricity demands.   Construction is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017, completing within a six-month timeline.  While under construction, the project is expected to support 100 related jobs.  Cypress Creek is expected to utilize a significant number of local contractors to establish the site. 

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Wednesday, August 09 2017

Startup business creating 76 new jobs in Greenville
Columbia, SC — Bonafide Kayaks, a manufacturer and producer of fishing kayaks, is launching new manufacturing operations in Greenville County. The company is investing $2 million to create 76 new jobs over the next three years.  
Bonafide Kayaks was formed in November 2016 and has spent the last several months designing its first models of fishing kayaks from the ground up. Led by Luther Cifers, an industry professional who also established YakAttack, a leading kayak fishing accessory brand, Bonafide Kayaks had a highly-successful debut at the iCAST trade show in July 2017. The company anticipates rapid growth over the next several years.

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Wednesday, August 09 2017

Fulton County, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that ASOS, a leading online global fashion and beauty retailer, will establish an East Coast eCommerce fulfillment center in Union City, creating more than 1,600 jobs and investing more than $40 million in Fulton County throughout the next five years. In the first phase of development, the fulfillment center will have a 10 million-unit capacity with additional room for future growth.

“Georgia is an ideal location for innovative international retailers like ASOS to reach new customers,” said Deal. “In choosing to locate in Fulton County, ASOS will benefit from the robust transportation network, highly skilled workforce and growing economy that we as the top state for business have to offer. We appreciate ASOS’ significant investment in Georgia as they grow their presence in the U.S. and look forward to the company’s success here.”

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Tuesday, August 08 2017

Charles City, IA -- Cambrex invests $24 Million in new highly potent API manufacturing capacity at its Charles City, Iowa facility.

Cambrex Corporation, a manufacturer of small molecule innovator and generic Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), announced that it is to invest $24 million in a new facility to manufacture highly potent APIs (HPAPIs) at its Charles City, Iowa plant.

The 4,500 sq. ft. production area will operate to an occupational exposure limit (OEL) down to 0.1µg/m3 and have a total reactor capacity of 2,200 gallons, which will be made up from a range of 200, 500 and 1,000 gallon glass and Hastelloy vessels to manufacture batches from 50 to 300kg.

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Tuesday, August 08 2017

Warrensburg, MO — Dollar Tree broke ground on their new 1.2 million sq. ft. distribution facility in Warrensburg, Missouri. The new facility was announced earlier this year, and represents more than $110 million in capital investment.

“Dollar Tree’s decision to grow its business in Missouri is great news for people in Warrensburg,” said Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, when the expansion was announced. “This new distribution center means hundreds of new quality jobs for families. We’re fighting to grow jobs every day, and we’re grateful to Dollar Tree for recognizing that Missouri is open for business and our people are ready to work.”

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Tuesday, August 08 2017

Montgomery, AL — Governor Kay Ivey announced that Provalus, a company specializing in business technology service and support, plans to invest $6.5 million to open a center in Brewton staffed with 300 workers.

Atlanta-based Optomi, one of the nation’s fastest-growing tech-staff firms, launched Provalus to provide an alternative to overseas outsourcing of business functions. Provalus aims to utilize untapped talent in small communities for technology, business and support positions.

“Our main mission is to provide value from the U.S. by bringing jobs back, especially to rural areas,” Provalus President Chuck Ruggiero said.

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Friday, August 04 2017

The company has invested an estimated $30 million in the project

Siloam Springs, AR -- Simmons Feed Ingredients, an affiliate of Simmons Foods Inc., held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its 72,000-square-foot ingredient facility in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Since 2015, the company has invested an estimated $30 million in the facility where it will produce fresh and frozen meat ingredients for pet food manufacturers. The company expects the new facility’s operations will create 78 new jobs.

“This wet ingredient facility is a model for the future of high-quality ingredient production for pet food manufacturers,” said Todd Simmons, CEO at Simmons Foods. “This new facility enables our team here to safely and reliably produce the highest quality, customizable ingredients for Simmons Feed Ingredients’ customers.” Simmons Foods Inc. and Affiliates are producers of poultry, pet food and ingredient products. They are one of the state’s largest private companies and employs over 1,000 people in its Siloam Springs operations.  

Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, joined the Simmons leadership and local officials at the event. “Simmons Foods has a long history of investing in Arkansas,” said Preston. “Through the establishment of this new facility, the company is making another significant commitment to doing business in the state. Arkansas has a large presence in food processing and this expansion is a testament to our strength in this sector.”

City of Siloam Springs City Administrator Phillip Patterson also spoke at the event saying, “Siloam Springs is a thriving City that continues to meet the demands of a new world. With this new facility we celebrate new jobs, new opportunity and new growth for this community. We are proud to have Simmons Foods headquartered here in Siloam Springs.”

Founded in 1949, Simmons Foods has been known for its business foresight, innovation, and loyalty to its customers and community. Some customer relationships go back almost 50 years. In the late 1990s, the company began to concentrate on business-to-business customers.

“For over 65 years Simmons Foods has been a valued member of the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce,” said Wayne Mays, President and CEO of the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce. “Today, we continue to work closely on many job-creating projects and appreciate their efforts and commitment to our community.”

Those interested in employment opportunities at Simmons can visit

About Simmons Feed Ingredients
Simmons Feed Ingredients, an affiliate of Simmons Foods, is focused on producing high quality animal nutrition for pet food, aquaculture and livestock. Through an integrated model that allows for maximum quality control, the company uses patented and proprietary processes to deliver top quality ingredients to our customers.

Simmons currently operates a feed ingredient facility in Southwest City, Missouri, along with an ingredient production facility in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. For more information on Simmons Feed Ingredients, visit

About Simmons Foods and Affiliates
Simmons is a vertically integrated, leading supplier of poultry, pet food and feed ingredient solutions based in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Founded in 1949, the company and its affiliates remain a privately owned and family led business.

Simmons Foods works with farmers, communities, and employees to apply more than 60 years of experience to serving customers. With more than 5,800 employees across more than 30 facilities, Simmons is committed to providing innovative food products and services to the world. For more information on Simmons Foods, visit


Simmons Wet Ingredient Facility is a model for the future of high-quality pet food ingredient production. The facility features unprecedented sourcing traceability, proprietary processes and innovative food safety systems to produce the highest quality, customizable ingredients for Simmons Feed Ingredients’ customers’ products. The company entered the feed ingredients market in the 1950’s.

July 31, 2017
Simmons Wet Ingredient Facility 1113 East Ashley Street
Siloam Springs, Arkansas 72761


  • Opening Prayer: Chaplain Nick Braschler
  • Phillip Patterson, City Administrator, Siloam Springs
  • Todd Simmons, CEO, Simmons Foods
  • Governor Asa Hutchinson, State of Arkansas
  • Don Austin, Chairman, Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce, Executive Committee

By the numbers:

  • $50 million: Estimated economic impact to the state of Arkansas
  • 72,000: Estimated square footage
  • $30 million: Estimated Simmons investment in the plant
  • 78: Estimated full time jobs created
  • 1,000+: Approximate total of Simmons team members in Siloam Springs
  • 1949: Year Simmons Foods began

Design and construction:

  • December 2015 groundbreaking
  • Project partner: CRB Consulting (
  • Other partners: Shepard Construction, Central Electric, Southwest Vault, The Brandt Companies, Wiese Doors and Peachey Landscape Company.

Financing and Incentives:

  • Supported by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC)
  • Arkansas Advantage (Income Tax Credit): Supports job creation based on the payroll of new, full-time, permanent employees hired
  • Tax Back: Provides sales and use tax refunds on the purchase of building materials and taxable machinery and equipment to qualified businesses
  • $1 million grant supporting wastewater pretreatment operations at the facility


  • Meat ingredients for pet food (beef, chicken, pork, fish)
  • Custom blends and recipes for customers in ambient, refrigerated and frozen environments

Leadership Team:

  • John Whatley,​ Sr. Director of Operations, Simmons Wet Ingredient Facility
  • Jeff Webster, President and COO, Simmons Feed Ingredients
  • Dan Henson, Vice President of Operations, Simmons Feed Ingredients
  • Mike Buccheri, Vice President of Business Development, Simmons Feed Ingredients

For more information contact: Donny Epp, Communications Director, ​

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Thursday, August 03 2017

Canadian based custom metal manufacturer acquires existing operation

Conway, AR -- Canadian based manufacturer DBG announced plans to establish a US headquarters in Conway, Arkansas. The 41-year-old company supplies the heavy truck, automotive, agriculture and commercial industries as a tier one and tier two provider of custom metal products. The company will begin operations immediately.

“The acquisition of Navistar’s former IC Bus operations allows us to be part of a growing community, provides us with a strong experienced workforce, increases our technical capabilities and diversifies our product offering.” says President and CEO, Mike De Biasi “DBG has been looking for a location to establish our USA Operations for many years and today, we are excited that our research has led us to Conway, Arkansas.”

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