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Friday, August 16 2019

Company Will Create 34 Jobs and invest $860,000 in new Decatur County location

Nashville, TN -- Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Good Sportsman Marketing (GSM Outdoors) officials announced that the company will locate new operations in Decatur County.

The hunting and sporting goods manufacturing company will invest approximately $860,000 and create 34 new jobs in Parsons.

GSM Outdoors, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and distributes outdoor sports products. Its products include digital infrared motion detector scouting cameras, laser sights and super-bright LED, halogen, and krypton lighting products. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Grand Prairie, Texas.

With this new location, GSM Outdoors will be better equipped to serve the eastern U.S. The company will produce and assemble wildlife feeders and box blinds used in hunting applications at the new facility.

“I appreciate that GSM Outdoors has chosen Parsons as the location for its new operations. This investment in Decatur County showcases what a strong workforce Tennessee has in our rural counties. I look forward to seeing GSM Outdoors succeed in Parsons and in our state.” – Gov. Bill Lee

“Working to help our rural communities succeed is one of Tennessee’s main goals and with GSM Outdoors’ investment in Parsons, we are one step closer to accomplishing this goal. I appreciate GSM Outdoors for creating over 30 new jobs in Decatur County and wish the company future success.” – TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe

“For GSM Outdoors, we are thrilled to be expanding our operations into the great state of Tennessee. It was a natural fit for us to logistically service our customer base as well as build our items with people and a community that hold our same values and passion for the outdoors. Mayor Tim Boaz and the entire Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development team have been a joy to work with on this process. We will continue to expand our Tennessee operations over the next several years based on our early momentum to put more jobs in Parsons and deepen our relationship with the local community.” – GSM Outdoors CEO Eddie Castro

“GSM Outdoors has built our reputation on quality products and on-time delivery from a team with an ‘In It to Win It’ attitude. We feel that Parsons, Tennessee fits our same attitude as we continue to grow our brand’s reach. Expanding our Muddy brand hunting blind operation into Parsons strengthens our ability to supply quality products built by quality GSM employees to the Southeast.” – GSM Outdoors VP of Operations Chris Wilson 

“This large investment will have a very positive spillover effect on our communities. The governor, legislature and our county officials have worked diligently to attract investment and break down barriers to job growth, and it is producing results. This is also testament to the great people who make up our local workforce.” – Sen. Dolores Gresham (R – Somerville)

“I appreciate Governor Lee, our Department of Economic and Community Development, and GSM Outdoors for its investment in our community. Congratulations to our local leaders for securing these high-quality jobs. I appreciate their partnership, and I was pleased to support their efforts bringing more new jobs to District 72.” -– Rep. Kirk Haston (R-Lobelville) 

TNECD Media Contact and Author:
Carly Schroer, Public Information Officer

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
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Thursday, August 15 2019

The Guajiro Solar Plant will prevent the emission of 215,000 tons of CO2 and provide clean energy to more than 120,000 homes in Mexico

State of Hidalgo, Mexico -- Atlas Renewable Energy, a leading clean energy company in Latin America, inaugurated its first solar energy project in Mexico, the Guajiro Solar Plant. The event was attended by the Governor of the State of Hidalgo, Omar Fayad Meneses, and other local government and state officials.

The plant is located in Nopala de Villagrán, in the State of Hidalgo in central Mexico and has a capacity of 129 MWp, which is equivalent to generating approximately 300 GWh annually. Atlas Renewable Energy invested more than USD$118 million, with the participation of Bancomext, who provided long-term financing in the amount of USD$88.5 million.

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Thursday, August 15 2019

Indianapolis, IN -- Hoosier Logistics Inc. (Hoosier), a logistics and supply chain management provider, announced plans to grow its operations in Indiana through multiple expansions, scaling its corporate office in Indianapolis and adding its first satellite office in Fort Wayne, more than doubling its Indiana workforce by adding up to 45 new jobs over the next few years.

“As the Crossroads of America and state with the most pass-through highways, Indiana is the prime location for logistics companies like Hoosier to flourish,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). “As a state, we won’t stop delivering on our commitment to cultivating a pro-growth, business-friendly environment so job creators like Hoosier can continue driving their business forward in all corners of our state.”

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Thursday, August 15 2019

More than $10 million investment creating 210 jobs
Columbus, SC -- Adornus Cabinetry, LLC, a leading manufacturer and distributor of kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities, announced plans to establish manufacturing operations in Lancaster County. The more than $10 million investment is expected to create 210 new jobs.
With a commitment to delivering significant value to homeowners and builders, Adornus Cabinetry, LLC uses high-quality, all-wood construction and materials in all of its luxury cabinetry. The company sells its products through a network of authorized dealers, including retail showrooms, builders and kitchen cabinet professionals.
Located at 1551 S.C. 9 Bypass, Adornus Cabinetry, LLC's Lancaster County operations will serve as a manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters for North America.

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Wednesday, August 14 2019

Hopkinsville, KY -- OZ Capital, LLC (“OZ Capital”) is pleased to announce its initial Qualified Opportunity Zone investment in  Halcyon Thruput, LLC (“Halcyon”). Halcyon, located in Hopkinsville, KY is a post-harvest, midstream drying and processing facility for the recent federally legalized hemp crop. The business expects bring more than thirty jobs to the Hopkinsville community, and provide essential agricultural infrastructure that will support the needs of local and regional farmers throughout Southwest Kentucky and Northern Tennessee.

"We are very excited not only that Halcyon Thruput has decided to locate in Hopkinsville, KY, but also that they are the first commercial real estate transaction in an Opportunity Zone in the county,” said Mark Lindsey of the Southwestern Kentucky Economic Development Council. “They will operate a hemp business in the city limits that will bring jobs and capital investment into our community."

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Thursday, August 08 2019

Jerome, ID -- Idaho Milk Products is celebrating completion of the $30 million expansion at their Jerome facility that began in October 2018 with a ribbon-cutting planned in September 2019. The site has undergone many changes in recent months, including the new Research and Development (R&D) pilot plant. One of the benefits our customers will enjoy is access to more of our award-winning ingredients as we will increase our processing capacity by 1 million pounds of milk per day.

“We are excited about the capabilities our pilot plant space will provide us to help our customers,” reports Dr. Chenchaiah Marella, VP of Research and Product Development. “With state-of-the-art equipment, a product characterization lab and 1500 sq. ft. of processing area, we will offer our customers faster response time and a higher level of confidence in formulating successful, trending products.”

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Tuesday, August 06 2019

Birmingham Alabama — Expansion Solutions Magazine (ESM), one of the top economic development/site selection publishing & marketing companies in the USA and North America, today announced the appointment of Kimberly Merkel as its Publisher, effective August 1, 2019. Merkel, a native of West Virginia and a graduate of UAB has more than a decade of experience in economic development, marketing and branding, reporting, writing and editing, while also serving as a lead generation specialist for our clients.

“The appointment of Merkel is an important step for Expansion Solutions as the company continues to evolve,” said President and CEO, Jeff Cornett. “We look forward to a long and continued partnership together.”

As an integral member of the executive team at ESM, Merkel will play a major role in setting strategies as well as working to develop and execute clear goals for the already motivated team. “I am excited by this opportunity and the challenges that come with it,” said Merkel. “Expansion Solutions is unique in the industry and I look forward to contributing and being part of this continued growth.”

About Cornett Publishing Co Inc. dba Expansion Solutions Magazine

Expansion Solutions Magazine, published by Cornett Publishing Co Inc. is a well-respected and recognized publication in the economic development, site selection and industry relocation markets. The magazine format is a bi-monthly printed edition and digital online edition promoted on their website at  

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Thursday, August 01 2019

Shamokin Dam, PA -- The Port of Philadelphia is investing $1,000 for 2019 to support regional marketing efforts of Focus Central Pennsylvania. Known as “PhilaPort,” this independent agency of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is charged with the management, maintenance, and marketing of port facilities along the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, as well as strategic planning throughout the port district. PhilaPort works with its terminal operators to improve its facilities and to market those facilities to prospective port users around the world. Port cargoes and the activities they generate are responsible for thousands of direct and indirect jobs throughout Pennsylvania.

“Central PA is our heartland, and a key part of our growth strategy,” said Sean Mahoney, Director of Marketing for PhilaPort.  “We want to help Central PA businesses better access global markets.”

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