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Thursday, December 26 2019

Donkers Promoted; White and Ratchford Hired to Support Strategic Growth Initiatives

Greenville, SC -- Global Location Strategies Founding Principal Didi Caldwell has announced the addition of three senior executives to the company. Sarah White has been hired as Principal and Vice President of Site Selection. Susan Donkers has been promoted to Vice President of Strategic Development. Andrew Ratchford has been hired as a Consultant. All are newly created positions designed to skillfully manage a prodigious influx of new business while continuing to achieve ambitious goals for future expansion.

Global Location Strategies (GLS) is one of the world’s leading site selection firms specializing in location advisory services for industrial manufacturers.  

“Sarah, Susan and Andrew are all extremely accomplished professionals who have tremendous drive and enthusiasm for their work,” said Caldwell. “We have set ambitious goals for the years ahead and establishing these new positions will ensure that we meet them.”

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Thursday, December 26 2019

Madison, WI -- The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today released its list of Wisconsin’s biggest economic development deals of 2019. This calendar year, WEDC assisted 289 businesses and communities across 16 industries, totaling more than $250 million in awards.

The more than $1.2 billion in planned capital investments for the projects supported by WEDC this year are expected to create more than 3,165 jobs and retain almost 14,000 jobs across the state. Of these awardees, 31 have planned capital investment of more than $10 million.

WEDC’s 2019 awards consisted of 158 grants, 47 investor tax credit awards, 20 loans and 57 historic preservation or business tax credit awards.

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Friday, December 20 2019

Company to retain 150 jobs statewide, expand existing facility as 85th anniversary approaches

Crowley, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and Supreme Rice President and CEO Bobby Hanks announced a $20 million expansion of the rice mill’s facilities in Crowley, Louisiana. The project will secure the company’s position as a leading rice processor by adding 25,000 square feet of manufacturing space, bringing the facility to 75,000 square feet.

Supreme Rice is the largest rice-milling operation in Louisiana. With the expansion, the company will retain 150 employees across Louisiana, including 105 at the Crowley site. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the Crowley mill supports an additional 374 indirect jobs, for a total of more than 475 jobs in Acadiana and surrounding areas.

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Friday, December 20 2019

Electrical infrastructure firm to retain 120 jobs, consolidate multiple St. Tammany locations in new headquarters

Covington, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and Ampirical Solutions LLC President Matthew Saacks announced the company will build a 78,000-square-foot corporate headquarters near Covington, Louisiana, and consolidate its existing St. Tammany Parish locations into the new office building.

A national company specializing in electrical infrastructure engineering, design and construction management, Ampirical will create 400 new direct jobs over the next decade, with an average annual salary of more than $85,000, plus benefits. Ampirical will retain 120 existing jobs, with the project generating an estimated 350 construction jobs. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project – which includes a $20 million capital investment – will result in 244 new indirect jobs, for a total of 644 new jobs in Southeast Louisiana.

“Ampirical is a great example of the private-sector business development we’re cultivating for a better, stronger Louisiana economy,” Gov. Edwards said. “Launched by entrepreneurs in post-Katrina Louisiana, Ampirical has developed a team of electrical engineers, 3D-design professionals, construction project managers and support staff who are building a company steeped in cutting-edge technology and service. We applaud the company’s decision to continuing growing its base here in St. Tammany Parish and Louisiana.” 

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Friday, December 20 2019

$27 million investment will greatly expand production capacity for automotive supplier

Greenville, SC -- Pierburg US, LLC, a manufacturer of components for air supply and emission control, announced plans to expand its existing operations in Greenville County. The $27 million investment will create 95 new jobs.

Founded in 1996, Pierburg US, LLC’s 100,000-square-foot facility produces exhaust gas recirculation modules, bypass valves and components for electric throttle controls.

“We are very excited to add several new lines to our facility, some of them for parts to be produced in the USA for the first time. That means creating more local jobs and investing in people by training them and creating technologically advanced workforce,” said Pierburg North America President Stevan Zivanovic.

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Thursday, December 19 2019

Valdosta, GA -- At their regularly scheduled monthly board meeting, the Valdosta Lowndes County Development Authority (VLCDA) Board of Directors voted and approved the development agreement that benefits the growth of a local existing industry.

Ace Electric, Inc. will expand their footprint in Valdosta-Lowndes County with additional capital investment and new jobs. Ace Electric, Inc. will build a new fabrication facility located in Westside Business Park to support their industrial and commercial customers.

The new facility will create 15 new jobs in Valdosta-Lowndes County, with an average wage of 18 to 20 dollars an hour. They will invest $5.5 million into the facility.

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Thursday, December 19 2019

In St. Tammany Parish, $53 million project to result in over 1,000 new direct, indirect jobs

Covington, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and Medline Industries Inc. announced the company will build an 800,000-square-foot distribution center and create more than 460 new direct jobs in St. Tammany Parish, near Covington, with 170 new jobs created within two years of opening. The $53 million medical supply facility will be built on the north side of Interstate 12 at La. 21, and will replace a smaller Medline distribution center located between Covington and Goodbee.

With the project, Medline will retain 36 existing jobs while creating an additional 464 new direct jobs in the parish. The average annual salary of those Medline team members will be $37,400, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 611 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 1,070 new jobs in Southeast Louisiana.

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Wednesday, December 18 2019

More than $4.2 million investment to create 669 jobs
Columbia, SC -- Global Lending Services LLC (GLS), an automotive lending company, announced plans to expand its current operations in Greenville County. The more than $4.2 million investment is expected to create 669 new jobs.
Founded in 2011, GLS provides consumer financing for the purchase of new and used vehicles at more than 12,000 automotive dealerships that service over 150,000 customers throughout the U.S. The company has developed state-of-the-art technology and analytics with the ability to approve more customers at competitive rates and provide automated decisions to customers and dealers in less than 20 seconds. GLS currently employees more than 550 employees in its Greenville, S.C. offices, along with an additional 200 employees nationwide.
Located at 1200 Brookfield Boulevard in Greenville, S.C., GLS' expansion will increase its footprint and capacity to accommodate growing sales. This expansion will enable GLS to double its operations in Greenville over the next five years to support customer growth and dealer demand.

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Tuesday, December 17 2019
Whitmer: Ford Motor Company investment in Michigan creating 3,000 jobs and extending state's leadership in design and production of autonomous and electric vehicles

Photo Caption: Trunita Hawkins, Ford Motor Company employee, works on the Customer Acceptance Line to ensure quality for customers at Michigan Assembly Plant, home of the Ford Ranger and future all-new Ford Bronco. (Ford)

  • Ford will add 3,000 jobs, invest $1.45 billion at two of its key Southeast Michigan manufacturing sites with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund
  • Expansions expected to result in significant opportunities for suppliers and communities across Michigan
  • New vehicle modification center will be the first of its kind for Ford, will complete Ford’s first autonomous vehicles starting in 2021

Lansing, MI -- Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a decision by Ford Motor Company to expand at two if its key facilities and establish a new vehicle modification center in southeast Michigan, creating more than 3,000 well-paying and skilled trades jobs for Michigan workers.

With support approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund, Ford is investing approximately $750 million and adding 2,700 new direct jobs at its manufacturing facility in Wayne, Mich. during the next three years. Ford will install new equipment to support production of the all-new Ford Bronco and Ford Ranger, as well as create a new vehicle modification center at that location where Ford’s first autonomous vehicles will be completed starting in 2021.

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Tuesday, December 17 2019

$8.5 million investment to create more than 60 new jobs
Columbia, SC -- Palmetto Pedic, a mattress manufacturing company, announced plans to establish operations in Cherokee County. The $8.5 million investment is expected to create more than 60 new jobs.
Founded in 2018 as a joint venture between industry veterans from the U.S. and China, Palmetto Pedic will be a fully-vertical manufacturer of memory foam, hybrid foam and coil mattresses, along with bed pillows and mattress toppers. The company's new operations will service an increased demand in the mattress industry from U.S. consumers.
Located at 418 Chandler Drive in Gaffney, S.C., the company's manufacturing processes will include a foam pouring line, computer cutting machines, injection molding machines, inner spring mattress coil manufacturing and all cutting, sewing and packaging of the final products.

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Thursday, December 12 2019

More than $13.9 million investment will create 193 new jobs
Columbia, SC -- Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC), a leading manufacturer of premium vehicle chassis, announced plans to expand operations in Cherokee County. The more than $13.9 million investment is expected to create 193 new jobs.
Established in 1995, FCCC is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC and currently employs more than 1,000 team members at its headquarters located at 552 Hyatt Street in Gaffney, S.C.
FCCC is a leading manufacturer of premium chassis for the luxury RV, school bus, commercial bus and walk-in van markets. As a leader in diesel and gasoline engine powered chassis, FCCC is also on the leading edge of alternative propulsion vehicle design and manufacturing, including propane, natural gas and all-electric chassis.

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Tuesday, December 10 2019
Savannah Continues to Build Container Volumes

Photo Caption: The Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal has handled nearly 2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in the first five months of Fiscal Year 2020. Find print quality images here.(Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Garden City Terminal marks cargo gains 34 out of past 36 months
Savannah, GA -- The Port of Savannah moved 363,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units in November, a 5.4 percent increase over the same month last year, or an additional 18,460 TEUs. For the fiscal year to date (July-November), the Georgia Ports Authority has handled nearly 2 million TEUs, an increase of 109,000 TEUs, or 5.8 percent.
The positive numbers achieved last month mean Savannah's Garden City Terminal has marked year-over-year increases for five consecutive months, and 34 out of the past 36 months.
"After nearly three full years of cargo growth, with dozens of monthly records, it is frankly surprising to see our numbers continue to grow upon such a large base," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

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Friday, December 06 2019
Port of Brownsville Recognizes Welding Works International with Annual Chairman's Award

Photo Caption: From left to right: Ralph Cowen, Brownsville Navigation District Secretary; John Wood, Brownsville Navigation District Commissioner; Sergio Tito Lopez, Brownsville Navigation District Vice Chairman; Mary Treviño, Welding Works International, Inc. Executive Administrator; Alfredo de la Fuente, Welding Works International, Inc. President; Christina de la Fuente, Welding Works International, Inc. Manager; John Reed, Brownsville Navigation District Chairman; and Esteban Guerra, Brownsville Navigation District Commissioner.

Brownsville, TX -- Tuesday, December 3, 2019— Welding Works International, Inc. has been named the Port of Brownsville 2019 Chairman’s Award honoree in recognition of the company’s 20-plus years of setting a high standard in safety training and providing ongoing contributions to the well-being of the Rio Grande Valley community.

Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Reed presented the award to Welding Works President Alfredo de la Fuente at the Customer Appreciation Luncheon event held on December 3. The event was attended by more than 200 guests, including port tenants, business leaders and local, regional and state public officials.

“Welding Works International is a homegrown success story that is well-known for supporting a range of services to South Texas,” said Reed. “With large scale-industrial projects expected to kick-off at the port, specialized construction skills will be at a premium. Such skills are what distinguish the 2019 winner of the Chairman’s award.”

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Thursday, December 05 2019
Executive Management Firm 98 Ventures Adding 150 Positions in Greenville County, SC

Photo Caption: Scott Moore, President of 98 Ventures

Company expanding into new facilities in Poe West development in Village of West Greenville in early 2020 
Greenville, SC -- 98 Ventures, an executive management services company, announced plans to expand operations in Greenville County, South Carolina, creating 150 new jobs. 
To accommodate this expansion and be positioned for future growth, 98 Ventures will relocate to the Poe West development in the Village of West Greenville in January of 2020, allowing the company and its affiliates to continue to provide clients with a high level of service. The company’s expansion includes a more than $600,000 building renovation investment.

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Wednesday, December 04 2019
GPA set to exceed 4.6M TEUs

Photo Caption: The Port of Savannah's Mason Mega Rail Terminal Phase I will open in the spring of 2020. Intermodal rail cargo is growing twice as fast as Georgia Ports' overall container trade. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority/Jeremy Polston)

Rail cargo leaps 30 percent in three years

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority is on track to exceed 4.6 million twenty-foot equivalent container units for the first time in a calendar year.

That level of trade would be a 14 percent increase over volumes moved through Savannah just three years ago, or an additional 550,000 TEUs. Over the same period, the Authority has increased the annual capacity at the Port of Savannah from 5 million to 5.5 million TEUs.

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