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Monday, March 02 2020

Big Dog Industries set to hire 125 over 5 years

Lovington, NM -- Big Dog Industries, a company that specializes in all areas of the hemp market, has purchased the former Lovington Cheese Plant. The company will be renovating the building that has been vacant for the past twelve years and begin operations within the next six months. Within the next five years, this company will directly employ 125 people at the Lovington facility.

Big Dog Industries and the Lovington Economic Development Corporation (EDC), who are the current owners of the property, have signed an agreement to transfer ownership of the 90,000 square foot building. To assist with the project, the New Mexico Economic Development Department has pledged a total of $750,000 from the State Economic Development Fund. In addition, the City of Lovington has pledged an additional $250,000  worth of incentives from the Local Economic Development Fund. All government funds will be paid on a reimbursement basis as the company meets the job creation and employment requirements it has agreed to.

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Monday, March 02 2020

Company to establish first recycled pulp production facility, creating 68 new jobs

Richmond, VA -- Governor Ralph Northam announced that Total Fiber Recovery (TFR) will invest $49 million to establish its first recycled pulp production facility in the City of Chesapeake. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland and South Carolina for the project, which will create 68 new jobs.

“Total Fiber Recovery’s innovative operation will produce in-demand recycled fiber that reduces our environmental footprint and positions Chesapeake as a major participant in this important sector,” said Governor Northam. “This project helps demonstrate that clean air, clean water, and a strong economy do not have to be mutually exclusive. We thank the company for investing in our Commonwealth, creating new jobs, and supporting Virginia’s conservation efforts.”

TFR will begin operations in 2021 and annually process 300,000 tons of mixed paper and other recycled fiber from the region’s materials recovery facilities (MRFs). The company will increase the region’s capacity to process recycled fiber, a commodity that has been limited due to international restrictions, prompting historically low prices for recycled fiber and added costs to recycling for communities. With domestic and international offtake agreements in place, the pulp product created by TFR in Chesapeake will be transported to paper plants to become new products.

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Monday, March 02 2020

Greensboro, NC -- Governor Roy Cooper, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore, Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan and Publix Super Markets CEO Todd Jones participated in a groundbreaking ceremony on Publix’s new refrigerated distribution center in Greensboro, North Carolina. The distribution center will be over 940,000 square feet and create up to 1,000 jobs across the region by 2025.

In addition to spurring economic growth across the state, phase one of the project will support more efficient delivery of refrigerated products to Publix locations in the Carolinas and Virginia, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

“The Greensboro Distribution Center will play a key role in supporting our growth in the region,” Jones said. “The hundreds of new associates who join the Publix family will help us provide the premier service our customers have come to expect.”

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Monday, March 02 2020
  • Project will create 50 jobs over the next three years
  • The fast-growing tech firm provides a digital platform to strengthen business relationships through expressions of gratitude and appreciation
  • Thnks will create jobs across customer support, sales, engineering, operations and more


Nashville, TN -- Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced that Thnks will relocate its corporate headquarters from New York City to Williamson County and create 50 jobs over the next three years.

Thnks provides a digital platform that enables enterprise teams to send gestures of appreciation that strengthen their business relationships and drive revenue growth. Users can send a Thnks— such as coffee for a busy week, a rideshare on a rainy day or chicken soup for someone under-the-weather— to shorten sales cycles, improve client relationships and engage employees. A Thnks can be sent instantly via SMS or email. The platform provides analytics, reporting and control features to ensure compliance with company policies as well as industry-specific regulations.

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