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Friday, June 28 2019

Major land deal creates tribal venue for Chickahominy and permanently protects 105-acre site

Richmond, VA -- Governor Ralph Northam announced an important land acquisition by the Chickahominy Tribe. The 105-acre site, known as Chickahominy on the Powhatan, along the James River was purchased with the assistance of a grant from the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation (VLCF) to acquire the property. At the same time, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) has signed an easement with the tribe to permanently protect the site. The land, upriver from historic Jamestown Island, will be protected from development and will create a location to showcase the culture, history, and traditions of the Chickahominy Tribe.

“Our Commonwealth is full of cultural and historical sites and we must make every effort to protect and preserve their heritage, especially those that belong to or celebrate underrepresented communities,” said Governor Northam. “Returning land to the Chickahominy is an important step towards honoring their tribal history in Virginia and ensuring they have a place to continue sacred traditions.”

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Friday, June 28 2019

Company to invest nearly $400 million to expand heavy-duty truck manufacturing operation

Pulaski County, VA -- Governor Ralph Northam announced that the Volvo Group will invest nearly $400 million to expand its Volvo Trucks North America New River Valley (NRV) assembly operation in Pulaski County. Major components of the investment include a new 350,000-square-foot building that will ultimately house truck cab welding operations; an expansion of the existing plant to allow for further improvements to the facility’s paint operations and overall material/production flow; and a variety of equipment upgrades, including installation of several state-of-the-art dynamometers for vehicle testing. Volvo considered sites in multiple other states for the expansion project, which will create 777 new jobs within approximately six years.

“As the leading private employer in the New River Valley, Volvo Trucks has been a bedrock of this community for more than forty years and has fueled the regional economy,” said Governor Northam. “The company’s decision to grow its footprint in the Commonwealth not only recognizes the strength of our manufacturing sector, but also reflects the skill of our workers, the quality of life in rural Virginia, and the competitiveness of our business climate. This announcement represents one of the largest capital investments in the history of Southwestern Virginia, and I am confident that this expansion will both prepare the NRV plant for continued success and solidify Volvo’s presence in Pulaski County for decades to come.”

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Wednesday, June 26 2019

By Scott Harrison, TNECD

  • Xtend Healthcare plans to invest $1.3 million in Sumner County
  • Expansion will create 200 jobs in Hendersonville
  • Hendersonville-based company currently employs 700 Tennesseans

Nashville, TN -- Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Xtend Healthcare, LLC officials announced that the company plans to invest $1.3 million and create 200 jobs in Hendersonville.

Headquartered in Hendersonville, Xtend Healthcare is an industry leader and provider of comprehensive revenue cycle solutions for hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare providers. Founded in 2009, Xtend Healthcare employs more than 700 professionals in Tennessee. Worldwide, the company employs more than 1,000.

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Tuesday, June 25 2019
  • German battery manufacturer AKASOL establishing North American presence in metro Detroit area
  • High-tech semiconductor equipment manufacturer KLA plans additional investment, job creation in Ann Arbor
  • MSF supports community revitalization projects in Detroit, Cadillac

Lansing, MI -- Projects expected to generate $235.3 million in total investment and support the creation of 554 jobs in Michigan gained approval from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

“These projects will lead to new business growth, revitalized communities and more and better jobs for our residents,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of MEDC, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF.

“The decision by these two companies to not just expand, but establish a first North American facility here and a second U.S. headquarters underscores our business-friendly environment and talented workforce. We’re pleased to work with our local partners to support these investments,” Mason said.

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Tuesday, June 25 2019

$6.3 million investment to create 64 jobs

Columbia, SC -- MobileFleet Inc., a widely-respected manufacturer and distributor in the public safety industry, announced plans to establish operations in Marion County. The $6.3 million investment will create 64 jobs.
Having distributed products from valued manufacturers in the public safety industry for more than 20 years, MobileFleet Inc.'s staff of experienced sales, service and support professionals help specify, implement and service all of the products the company distributes. The new Marion County location will also include the company's manufacturing division that builds custom storage solutions for public service providers, including fire and police departments and government municipalities.
MobileFleet Inc. will establish its S.C. operations in the 113,000-square-foot Spartan Building located at 2914 Spartan Place in Marion County. New operations are projected to come online in the fall of 2019. Hiring information, when available, will be posted on

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Monday, June 24 2019

Company will grow to 270 local jobs with West Monroe contact center supporting federal programs

West Monroe, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and CEO Brian Davis and President Everett Stagg of Coast Professional Inc. announced the company will create 146 new direct jobs in an expansion of its West Monroe contact center. Operating in Ouachita Parish since 2007, Coast Professional will maintain its 9,000-square-foot office on Expo Circle while adding a new 8,200-square-foot facility on Downing Pines Road.

With the expansion, Coast Professional will make a $750,000 capital investment and retain 125 existing jobs. The new project will add 146 direct jobs with an average annual salary of more than $36,500, plus benefits. In addition, Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 85 new indirect jobs, for a total of 231 new jobs in Ouachita Parish and Northeast Louisiana.

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Monday, June 24 2019
Savannah expands RTG fleet

Photo Caption: Five new Rubber-Tired Gantry cranes arrived at the Port of Savannah on Saturday, bringing Garden City Terminal's RTG fleet to 151. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton) 

Ensures capacity to meet growing demand

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority received five new Rubber-Tired Gantry (RTG) cranes Saturday, with five additional units due to arrive in July, and two in September. With more RTG cranes than any other single container terminal in all of North America, the expanding 150-unit plus fleet will keep the Port of Savannah ahead of record growth and demand for its services.
"These new RTGs will keep our vessel services and yard operations world-class," said Griff Lynch, GPA's Executive Director. "The added capacity will maintain low turn-times and help expand and expedite intermodal cargo throughout the U.S. Southeast and Midwest regions."

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Monday, June 24 2019
Port of Brownsville Achieves Significant Milestone in Channel Deepening Project

Brownsville, TX -- The Port of Brownsville is closer to deepening the Brownsville Ship Channel after receiving a key permit June 6 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to advance the Brazos Island Harbor Channel Improvement Project (BIH) to its construction phase.

The USACE permit is the latest milestone in the port’s effort to deepen the ship channel from 42 feet to 52 feet, resulting in significant navigational safety improvements for commercial shipping in South Texas.

“Today we find ourselves on the verge of a new economic era for the Rio Grande Valley and the channel deepening is essential for our continued progress and success,” said John Reed, Brownsville Navigation District Chairman. “These crucial infrastructure projects solidify our presence in the global market and create better economic opportunities for our local workforce.

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Monday, June 24 2019

Cincinnati, OH -- Bon Secours Mercy Health announced that it intends to expand its presence at its City of Cincinnati hub in Bond Hill by creating 500 jobs and $50 million in new payroll. The Bond Hill office has, and will continue to house, the majority of the ministry’s shared services and a substantial amount of the ministry’s executive team.

“As Bon Secours Mercy Health continues to grow, we’re pleased to add 500 new jobs at the ministry’s Bond Hill campus,” said John Starcher, Bon Secours Mercy Health President and CEO. “Consolidating the bulk of our shared services at one location enhances efficiencies and effectiveness for our ministry, while benefiting the economic health of Bond Hill and Cincinnati.”

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Thursday, June 20 2019

Company Will Bring 237 New Jobs to Morganton

Burke County, NC -- North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that SynergyLabs, a manufacturer of specialty pet products, will locate an operation in Hildebran creating 237 jobs and investing $11.2M over the next five years. SynergyLabs will locate in the former PEDS building at 9451 Neuville Avenue.
"Burke County welcomes SynergyLabs as the newest member of our economic community" said Johnnie Carswell, Chairman of the Burke County Commissioners.  "SynergyLabs is a prime example of a company that will help Burke County to continue its "All About Advancing" theme.

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Tuesday, June 18 2019

USDA’s Economic Research Service, National Institute of Food & Agriculture will relocate operations from D.C. to K.C.; project expected to bring 568 new jobs to K.C. area   

Kansas City, MO -- The Kansas City Area Development Council and its partners are proud to announce that the Kansas City region will become the new home of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The USDA team is evaluating multiple Class-A office properties in Kansas and Missouri for its 120,000-square-foot space, which will house both agencies and 568 employees, and expects to be operational this fall.

The Kansas City region was selected for its existing concentration of USDA employees and operations, the more than 150 federal agencies in the area, proximity to 13 land grant universities, and central location in the agricultural heart of the country. This concentration is enhanced by the area’s research capabilities and industry-led initiatives like the KC Animal Health Corridor.

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Tuesday, June 18 2019
SC Ports Celebrates 550,000 Square-Foot Synthetic Resin Transload Facility in North Charleston

North Charleston -- South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) officials celebrated the expansion of the Frontier Logistics local operations, with the groundbreaking of an approximately 550,000 square-foot warehousing facility, which will support the handling of plastic and resin exports from the Port of Charleston.

“Frontier plays an integral role in the handling of SCPA’s plastics and resin business,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “Charleston is the emerging pivot point for both export and import U.S. resin, and the Frontier Logistics expansion is a key component of the Port’s planned above-market volume growth.”

With the Ports synthetic resin exports growing by 55 percent since 2011, demand for facilities has increased. Frontier’s groundbreaking on 26 acres at the former Navy base will be a significant advantage for continued growth.

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Tuesday, June 18 2019

Freeport, TX --  On June 12th, Port Freeport was awarded $6.3 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) Grant Program to assist with funding the second phase of the Parcel 14 Rail Development.

“These investments in intercity passenger and freight rail will benefit surrounding communities, make grade crossings safer and improve service reliability,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. The CRISI Program funds a wide range of projects that improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of passenger and freight rail in the United States.  Grant funding was awarded to 45 projects in 29 states, with Port Freeport being the sole recipient from Texas.

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Tuesday, June 18 2019

Plans Major Indiana Expansion, 800+ Jobs

Jeffersonville, IN -- PharmaCord, a privately-held health care solutions provider offering customized patient support services for the life sciences industry, announced plans to establish operations in Clark County. With its growth, the company plans to create up to 850 new jobs by the end of 2023. 

“It’s an exciting day for Indiana and the city of Jeffersonville as we welcome PharmaCord to the Hoosier state,” said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. “Indiana has quickly established itself as a global leader in life sciences, gaining national recognition and attracting new businesses from around the world. I’m confident that Indiana’s pro-business environment and talented workforce will allow the company to grow and thrive here as they work to deliver critical health care solutions.”

The Louisville, Kentucky-based company will invest more than $52 million to launch its Indiana operations at the River Ridge Commerce Center in Jeffersonville, initially leasing two floors at America Place's Gallery Building at 101 Logistics Ave. and later constructing and equipping an 80,000-square-foot facility at 850 Trey Street.

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Tuesday, June 18 2019

Freeport, TX -- Port Freeport is pleased to announce that Moody’s Investors Services has assigned a rating of Aa2 for the Port’s 2019 General Obligation Bonds Series which will be used to fund the local sponsor share of the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project.

“We are proud to receive a high rating given by a respected, independent source for credit ratings.” said Port Freeport Chief Financial Officer, Rob Lowe.  “The Aa2 rating takes in to account the large and growing industrial tax base, as well as the strength and competitive nature of our port operations.” 

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Tuesday, June 18 2019
Good News for Whiteside County on the Job Growth Front

Morrison, IL -- The 2018 Employment Base Growth for Whiteside County showed positive gains for local industries, especially when compared to the State and neighboring counties. Whiteside County’s 4th quarter employment base showed a +1.9% gain, putting it in the 70th percentile when compared to its peer group of 548 “small counties” nationwide. The State ranked last for the 4th quarter compared to other states, with +0.4% growth. 

For 2018, Whiteside County also showed solid gains of +1.4% putting it in the 63rd percentile nationwide versus it peer group of “small counties”. This number put it well ahead of the State and neighboring counties. 

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Wednesday, June 05 2019

Thomasville, AL -- U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.9 million grant for critical infrastructure needed to support a regional medical center and related business growth in Thomasville, Alabama. The project, to be matched with $724,000 in local funds, is expected to help create 65 jobs and generate $25 million in private investment.

“President Trump is working hard to revitalize our country’s infrastructure and provide crucial services for the rural areas of our country that long been neglected,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “This investment will help support a regional medical center that will provide life-saving emergency care to Clarke County Alabamians who, for years, traveled up to 90 miles to receive medical care.”

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Wednesday, June 05 2019

Industrial chemical company will serve refinery clients from industrial park in Jefferson Davis Parish

Baton Rouge, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and Lacassine Operating Company CEO Van Eversull announced the company will invest $12.5 million to construct a catalyst blending plant in Lacassine, Louisiana. Designed to serve oil refineries throughout the world, the catalyst plant will become the anchor tenant of the Lacassine Rail Terminal operated by Rail Logix in Jefferson Davis Parish.

With the new project, Lacassine Operating will create 40 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $45,760, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project also will result in 123 new indirect jobs, for a total of 163 new jobs for Jefferson Davis Parish and the Southwest Region of Louisiana. Lacassine Operating is a newly formed partner company of Equilibrium Catalyst Inc.

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Wednesday, June 05 2019

Evansville, IN -- EFP, LLC, a leading manufacturer and converter of expanded foam protective packaging, announced plans to locate its 4th U.S. manufacturing location in the Vanderburgh Industrial Park, creating 29 new jobs by 2020.

"We're thrilled EFP has selected Vanderburgh County for its fourth manufacturing facility," said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). "EFP's commitment to add an additional Indiana manufacturing operation is a testament to the pro-growth business climate that we work hard to provide every day. Indiana leads the nation in manufacturing because of companies like EFP, and we're thrilled to watch its continued success in our state."

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Tuesday, June 04 2019

Shelby, NC -- Greenheck Group, an international manufacturer of commercial and industrial ventilation equipment, has selected Cleveland County for a major expansion of its presence in North Carolina. Greenheck will create more than 400 jobs and invest $58.8 million in Shelby.

“Leading manufacturers with firsthand experience of what it’s like to do business in North Carolina time and again choose to expand in our state,” state Gov. Roy Cooper said. “Industrial companies know our state has a healthy market, a skilled workforce and communities ready to grow with them.”

Greenheck Group will expand within the Foothills Commerce Center. The company is creating a campus in Shelby and will offer state-of-the-art amenities for all employees.

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Tuesday, June 04 2019

Renewable energy development company to build six anaerobic digester facilities near Burley, Idaho

Cassia County, ID -- GESS International has announced a $240 million investment in Cassia County. The company will build six anaerobic digester facilities near Burley, Idaho, totaling $40 million for each digester and making it a part of the company’s first tranche biogas plants in the US. GESS International is a renewable energy development company that specializes in solar and biogas projects around the US and internationally.
“GESS is excited to be a part of the welcoming community of Southern Idaho. These biogas projects create a new revenue stream for area farmers, reduce the environmental impacts associated with the agricultural industry, while also producing a renewable energy that will reduce our fossil fuel use, and create economic development for a wonderful area of Idaho. There is plenty of opportunity for these types of projects in such a cattle rich area and we look forward to working in Cassia County,” said Seth Daughety, GESS International’s Grant Coordinator.

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Monday, June 03 2019
Port Freeport Expands Acreage with Horizon Terminal Services

Photo Caption: Horizon Terminal Services has a state-of-the-art processing facility at Port Freeport for the import and export of vehicles and heavy construction equipment.  

Freeport, TX -- On May 29, 2019, Port Freeport and long-term partner Horizon Terminal Services (HTS) took another step toward building one of the finest roll on roll off service centers on the Gulf Coast with the signing of an agreement to add a 20-acre tract to their current lease holdings in order to accommodate additional automobiles and Ro/Ro cargo.

“Horizon Terminal Services continues to grow because of their innovative approach to a seamless automotive supply chain, a fully integrated technological solution providing total logistics and not the least, a solutions-oriented customer approach. We are pleased to partner with HTS on the expansion and look forward to their continued growth at Port Freeport,” stated Phyllis Saathoff, Port Freeport Executive Director/CEO.

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