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Thursday, February 28 2019

SuperATV chooses Shreveport for distribution, manufacturing center

Baton Rouge, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and SuperATV Owner and President Harold Hunt announced the company will invest $4.35 million to develop a manufacturing and distribution facility in Shreveport. A family-owned company, SuperATV specializes in aftermarket parts for a variety of all-terrain vehicles.

SuperATV will create 75 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $40,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 42 new indirect jobs, for a total of 117 new jobs in Caddo Parish and the Northwest Region.

“SuperATV is an exciting addition to our roster of quality manufacturers,” Gov. Edwards said. “Louisiana has an outstanding tradition of growing desirable manufacturing jobs, and the federal government has cited Louisiana’s manufacturing workforce as the nation’s most productive. We are happy to welcome this new manufacturing and distribution center to Shreveport as we continue to expand and diversify the economy throughout our state.”

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Thursday, February 28 2019

Huntsville, AL - Massive new utility-scale solar farm projects are poised to dramatically expand Alabama’s solar power capacity as major technology companies make their first significant investments in the state.

In the last three months alone, the Tennessee Valley Authority has announced plans for large solar installations in North Alabama tied to data centers being constructed by Google in Jackson County and Facebook in Huntsville.

The new projects build on solar capacity in Alabama that only recently came on line.

Alabama Power and its partners developed a $140 million solar installation in Chambers County that opened in late 2017 and is providing renewable energy for retailer Walmart’s ambitious sustainability plan.

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Thursday, February 28 2019

Beverage company will invest $10.3 million, create approximately 200 jobs

Murfreesboro, TN — Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced that The ICEE Company will establish its headquarters in La Vergne and create approximately 200 jobs in Rutherford County over the next five years.

“Every kid and every parent in America has craved an ICEE at one point or another, and now we’re so excited that this iconic company has chosen to call Tennessee home,” Lee said. “Tennessee is home to many major internationally recognized brand names, and we’re so proud to add ICEE to our list. This is great news for La Vergne and our entire state.”

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Wednesday, February 27 2019

New expansion will create 48 jobs, $24 million capital investment

Madison, WI — Bernatello’s Pizza, a frozen pizza manufacturer and distributor, is expanding its facility in Kaukauna—a $24 million project expected to create 48 jobs over the next three years.

"The decision by Bernatello's to invest here in Wisconsin shows the company’s continued commitment to our state and its workforce,” said Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the state’s lead economic development organization. “In addition to the jobs created by this project, this expansion will allow Bernatello’s to take advantage of a growing market and position itself for future growth.”

“Bernatello’s is excited about the opportunity to expand our footprint and strengthen our position in the Fox Valley area,” said Dave Ramsay, Bernatello’s president and second-generation owner. “The company has experienced steady growth since our acquisition of Orv’s Pizza in 2012 and we are committed to making Bernatello’s an employer of choice in the area. We believe our newly expanded state-of-the-art facility will not only provide us with significant operational efficiencies but also be a much more enjoyable and safe work environment.”

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Wednesday, February 27 2019

Establishing New Packaging and Shipping Materials Manufacturing Operation

Richmond, VA — Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Pratt Industries, Inc., the world’s largest privately held, 100 percent recycled paper and packaging company, will invest over $20 million to establish a new paper packaging and shipping materials manufacturing operation in the Botetourt County Shell Building. The facility will be Pratt’s second manufacturing operation in Virginia and will allow the company to increase market share and grow sales of its paper-based packaging and shipping materials within Virginia and the surrounding states. Virginia successfully competed with multiple states for the project, which will create 50 new jobs. 

“Pratt Industries’ decision to locate a new manufacturing operation at the Botetourt Center at Greenfield is an important win for the Roanoke region and the Commonwealth, and underscores the advantage of having infrastructure in place that accelerates the timeline to production,” said Governor Northam. “We are proud to partner with an innovative, global manufacturer like Pratt Industries that shares Virginia’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability. This major investment that will have strong positive impact on the regional economy and help advance Virginia’s thriving manufacturing industry.”

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Tuesday, February 26 2019
FCA Invests $4.5 Billion in Michigan, Adds 6,500 Jobs

Photo Caption: Plans include a $1.6 billion update of the Mack Avenue Assembly Complex to convert the two plants into the future assembly site for next-generation Jeep® models, adding 3,850 new jobs to support production. Image courtesy of FCA.

Detroit, MI — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced its plans to build a new state-of-the-art automobile assembly plant in Detroit and add production at five existing Michigan facilities. The transformative project will generate $4.5 billion in investment and create a nearly 6,500 Michigan jobs, representing the automaker’s largest investment in North America since the Great Recession

“This is incredible news for Michigan’s economy, our families, and the future of our state. Today’s announcement signals the strong bet FCA is making on our talent and manufacturing heritage that will continue to cement Michigan’s status as the home of automotive innovation for generations to come,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “We need to keep our foot on the gas as we work to build a Michigan where businesses can find the resources and talent to thrive in the state. Nearly 6,500 jobs, $4.5 billion in investment in Michigan and the first new automobile assembly plant in Detroit in 30 years provides a compelling testament that we are on the right path forward.”

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Tuesday, February 26 2019
First Kia Telluride Crosses Brunswick Docks 

Photo Caption: Representatives from Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, the Georgia Ports Authority, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the International Longshoremen's Association and the shipping line Glovis send off one of the first Kia Tellurides to be exported via the Port of Brunswick on the ramp of the roll-on/roll-off vessel Sirius, Tuesday Feb. 26, 2019, at Colonel's Island Terminal in Brunswick, Ga. Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia plans to ship approximately 3,000 Tellurides per year to global markets. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

Made in Georgia, vehicles destined for overseas markets 

Brunswick, GA — The first of Kia's new Telluride vehicles were loaded for export onto the Roll-on/Roll-off vessel Sirius at the Port of Brunswick. The 8-person SUVs are destined for ports around the Arabian Peninsula.
"The Telluride is a bold, capable new offering, and the largest Kia ever," said Stuart Countess, chief administrative officer and vice president of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG). "For KMMG, it's the logical next step in our commitment to meeting U.S. and global demand."

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Tuesday, February 26 2019
Port of Vancouver USA rail expansion project wins Engineering Excellence Award

Vancouver, WA — The Port of Vancouver USA’s West Vancouver Freight Access project (WVFA) won a 2019 Engineering Excellence Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Oregon.

Port Director of Engineering and Project Delivery Monty Edberg, who led a team of staff and consultants for more than 10 years to see WVFA to completion, presented the award to the port’s Board of Commissioners during a public meeting Feb. 12.

“The WVFA has been the recipient of several American awards as well as one international award, and we should all be proud of our involvement in the project,” said Edberg. “I can say that pretty much everyone on our staff has been involved in this project. And I think we need to recognize the commission’s role in this, too. Because of your steadfastness – your stick-to-itiveness with this project – and your vision, I’d like to present the Board of Commissioners with…our Grand Award for 2019.”

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Tuesday, February 26 2019

$1 million in tax credits to support 100,000-square-foot packaging center expansion

Madison, WI — The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced it is providing Lakeside Foods, a premier supplier of high-quality frozen and canned foods, with up to $1 million in tax credits over three years to support the company’s expansion of its frozen food packaging facility – a $40 million project expected to create 48 new jobs.

A groundbreaking for the expansion was held in July and construction is expected to be completed in mid-2019. In addition to WEDC, the project is also supported by the City of Manitowoc, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Wisconsin Bank and Trust.

“Lakeside Foods’ investment in Wisconsin shows the company’s continued commitment to our state and their workforce,” said Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development organization. “This expansion will require a significant capital investment on the part of the company, and WEDC is proud to provide support to make this a viable project for Lakeside Foods.”

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Monday, February 25 2019

Columbus, OH — Gap Inc., a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories and personal care products, has announced plans to expand its operations in Groveport, Ohio, investing approximately $100 million and creating 600 new jobs. Hiring for merchandise handlers and management positions will begin in Q1 and Q2 of 2020.

Gap Inc. will construct a new 420,000-square-foot warehouse adjacent to its existing 950,000-square-foot facility at 6001 Green Point Drive in Groveport. This additional space will allow the company to significantly increase daily output to support its growing online business.

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Thursday, February 21 2019

High Point, NC — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that Aetna, a CVS Health business, is expanding its operations in High Point. The business added 80 new full-time equivalent jobs in 2018 and is projected to hire approximately 300 new employees by the end of 2020. He made the announcement at a ceremony in the High Point Municipal Building.

CVS Health, including the Aetna business, has approximately 9,000 employees in North Carolina, with 1,230 of those employees in High Point at 4050 Piedmont Parkway.

Aetna currently leases more than 126,000 square feet in High Point and will be adding an additional 16,000+ square feet to its current facilities. The new space will house clinical care management and customer service positions, including roles for bswift, Aetna’s benefits administration technology and services business, and Aetna One Advocate, an integrated clinical and service model. The company will be investing approximately $2.5 million in building upfit and equipment as it creates these jobs.

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Thursday, February 21 2019

Auto supplier to invest $11.4 million, create 58 new jobs in Robertson County

Nashville, TN — Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today that Togo North America Inc. will invest $11.4 million to establish a production facility in Portland and create 58 jobs over the next five years.

Togo North America, a subsidiary of Japan-based Togo Seisakusyo Corporation, produces automotive parts, including hose clamps, return springs and flat springs.

“Tennessee is an ideal place for international manufacturers and offers them a wide range of advantages,” Lee said. “I’d like to thank Togo North America for its commitment to Robertson County and we welcome the company to Tennessee.”

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Tuesday, February 19 2019

Birmingham, AL — United States Steel Corporation announced it will add around 150 full-time employees and invest $215 million to restart construction on a technologically advanced electric arc furnace (EAF) steelmaking facility in the Fairfield community of Birmingham.

U.S. Steel currently employs 750 in Fairfield, and anticipates adding the 150 additional jobs by 2020, bringing the total employee count to 900. The company previously initiated construction of the EAF in March 2015 and suspended construction later that year because of a downturn in the steel market.

U.S. Steel president and CEO David Burritt cited improved market conditions, President Donald Trump’s strong trade actions, support from the United Steelworkers and incentives from the State of Alabama and the Jefferson County Commission as reasons for the regeneration of the project.

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Tuesday, February 19 2019

Company will lead with a Phase 1 deployment of a 418,000-square-foot facility with expansion up to 2 million square feet

Phoenix, AZ — Stream Data Centers, an industry leader in providing premium data center solutions, announces today that it has acquired a 418,000-square-foot facility on 157 acres of land in Goodyear, Arizona, where it will establish a data center campus for hyperscale and enterprise customers in the Greater Phoenix region. Initially, Stream will redevelop the existing facility, which at full build-out will contain approximately 50 MW of critical load and will be fully operational for customers in the first quarter of 2020.

This acquisition marks the company’s entrance into the Phoenix market and will enable it to scale with the needs of the area’s growing number of cloud providers and enterprise users.  At full build, the entire campus can support approximately 2 million square feet.  Stream will dedicate land for an onsite substation to be constructed by Arizona Public Service Electric Company (APS) with ultimate power capacity of 350 MW.

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Tuesday, February 19 2019

Photo Cutline: Port Freeport Commission and Executive Director/CEO, Phyllis Saathoff, join the Brazos Pilots Association to commemorate the approval of a port dispatch center.

Freeport, TX — A new port dispatch center could prove to have an invaluable economic impact on Freeport area jobs, the local shipping industry and beyond.

The Port Freeport Commission voted unanimously to approve a contract for pilot dispatch services with Fort Velasco Signal Station, LLC for monitoring and managing the ship traffic coming in and out of the Freeport Harbor as the port continues to grow and flourish.

Larger ports have used and operated dispatch centers for decades to help manage their ship traffic, but it has not been economically efficient to have one in Freeport until now. 

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Monday, February 18 2019

Company expects to create approximately 140 jobs over five years to support Birds Eye

Madison, WI -- Congra Brands, a leading branded food company in North America and owner of Birds Eye, a leading brand in frozen vegetables, is expanding operations at its Beaver Dam facility—a  project expected to create about 140 full-time jobs over the next five years.

Conagra Brands plans to invest approximately $78 million to modernize and expand the current 350,000-square-foot cold storage and vegetable packaging facility on Green Valley Road, which supports the Birds Eye frozen vegetables operation. The Birds Eye operations are supported by almost 800 employees at both the Beaver Dam and Darien plants in Wisconsin.

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Monday, February 18 2019

Lafayette celebrates Waitr Day to hail technology expansion that also will net 227 new indirect jobs

Lafayette, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and Waitr Holdings Chairman and CEO Chris Meaux announced the rapidly growing technology firm will locate its Lafayette headquarters in the city’s downtown district, where Waitr will deliver 200 new direct jobs. Waitr deploys online apps for convenient delivery of restaurant food to customers throughout a multistate network of drivers. From Lafayette, Waitr will lead corporate growth initiatives as the company expands to a national footprint.

The 200 new direct jobs will provide an average salary of $55,000 per year, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 227 new indirect jobs, for a total of 427 new jobs in Acadiana and surrounding regions. Waitr will retain 315 existing full-time jobs in Louisiana, and it also employs thousands of delivery drivers.

“From an idea to a small business, and from a small business to a major disruptor in the food delivery industry, Waitr is an example of Louisiana ingenuity with a strong vision for growth,” Gov. Edwards said. “This brand can be found on our smartphones and at our favorite restaurants. Now that Waitr delivers well beyond our state’s borders, I’m proud to say that this ingenious technology firm was born in Louisiana and continues to thrive here. Waitr’s expansion in Lafayette demonstrates the company’s commitment to our state, to our people, and to our growing startup culture.”

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Monday, February 11 2019

Atlanta, GA — Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc., a leading animal health company, will create 225 jobs and invest more than $120 million in Gwinnett, Clarke, and Hall counties. The company has located its North American headquarters in Duluth, creating 75 new jobs; is adding more than 100 new jobs at its manufacturing and R&D facility in Athens; and more than 50 jobs at the company’s Gainesville manufacturing facility.

“We’re excited to welcome Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. to the Peach State,” said Governor Kemp. “As a family-owned business, they will join a first-class corporate family here in Georgia. I look forward to working with them to strengthen our university system and existing industries in agribusiness, health technology, and science.”

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Friday, February 08 2019

Headquartered in St. Helena Parish, steel fabricator will retain 176 jobs and create 70 new direct jobs

Amite, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and President/Owner Joey Lombardo of Southland Steel Fabricators Inc. announced the Greensburg-based company will expand to a second Louisiana site, with Southland Steel creating new fabrication and coating lines through a $18 million capital investment at the former Bradken foundry in Amite.

The project will create 70 new direct jobs, with an average annual salary of $46,000, plus benefits, and retain 176 existing jobs that are based at the company’s St. Helena Parish headquarters and manufacturing site. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project also will result in an estimated 111 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 180 new jobs in Tangipahoa Parish and surrounding areas. 

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Friday, February 08 2019

Port St. Lucie, FL — Ophthalmic surgical instrument maker OCULUS Surgical, Inc. held an expansion announcement ceremony on February 7 on the future site of the company’s planned $7 million, 55,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the Tradition Center for Commerce.   

OCULUS Surgical, a global leader in the medical device industry, is headquartered in the St. Lucie West Commerce Park. Over a three-year period, the addition of the new facility and its operations will increase the company’s St. Lucie County employment from 29 to 79. 

Founded in 2012 by OCULUS Optikgerate GmbH, a 120-year-old corporation based in Wetzlar, Germany, the company’s surgical instruments support vitreoretinal surgery and are marketed worldwide.

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Thursday, February 07 2019

Hotel management software company to create 45 new jobs

Nashville, TN — Quore announced that it will expand its Franklin operations. The hotel management software company will create 45 new jobs and invest approximately $780,000 in Williamson County.

“Tennessee prides itself on being the perfect location for companies not only seeking to locate new operations, but also for companies looking to expand,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said. “I appreciate Quore on its decision to expand in Williamson County and create more than 40 jobs, which will almost double the company’s current employment in Tennessee.”

“I congratulate Quore on its decision to expand in Franklin,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “In 2018 alone, more than 800 new jobs were created in Williamson County and I appreciate Quore for creating even more high-quality jobs for the citizens of Franklin. I thank Quore for its continued investment in our state and look forward to seeing this company continue to succeed in Tennessee.”

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Thursday, February 07 2019
Kia to tap Savannah for Telluride components, Brunswick for export

Photo Caption: The south side of Colonel's Island at the Port of Brunswick features an additional 400 acres permitted for development. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

Vertical integration aids supply chain efficiency

Savannah, GA — At the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference today, Stuart Countess, chief administrative officer and vice president of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, announced that the Telluride, its new 8-person SUV, will begin crossing the Port of Brunswick's docks for global markets this month.
"The launch of the Kia Telluride, our largest and most refined SUV to date, will be a monumental achievement for KMMG," said Countess. "From the support we receive from GPA with our inbound parts from our global supply chain to supporting our export of finished vehicles to current and future markets, GPA will play an important role."

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Thursday, February 07 2019
Big Berth/Big Ship: Savannah set to serve six 14,000-TEU vessels simultaneously 

Photo Caption: By 2024, the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal will feature 37 cranes and the ability to serve six 14,000-TEU vessels at a time. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton) 

January GPA's busiest month ever; container volumes up 28 percent 

Savannah, GA — At the Georgia Foreign Trade Conference, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch unveiled GPA's Big Berth/Big Ship program that will allow the Port of Savannah to simultaneously handle six 14,000 TEU vessels by 2024.

"No other single container terminal in North America has the ability to expand berth capacity at this rate," said Lynch. Currently, Savannah's Garden City Terminal is equipped to handle two of these vessels and by April of this year that number will increase to three.
During his presentation titled "2019: The Triple Crown?" Lynch told an audience of 350 logistics professionals that the Port of Savannah had just last week achieved the busiest month ever in its history, moving 433,975 TEUs, a whopping 28 percent jump over the previous year.

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