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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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Tuesday, November 26 2019

Freeport, TX - As evidence of its solid financial performance and overall stability, Port Freeport is please to announced the affirmation of its "A" rating and stable outlook by Standard & Poor's (S&P) Global Ratings for the Port's senior-lien revenue bonds. The rating was presented in relation to Port Freeport's upcoming offering of approximately $43,135,000 Senior Lien Revenue Bonds, Series (AMT) and $25,420,000 Senior Lien Revenue Bonds Series B (non AMT).

"Maintaining a high bond rating is confirmation of the Port's continued focus on strong financial management practices, supportive of long-term planning for the Port's capital projects," said Port Freeport Chef Financial Officer, Rob Lowe.

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Thursday, November 21 2019

Company partners with city of Fishers, Energy Systems Network to launch autonomous microtransit pilot program 

Fishers, IN -- PerceptIn, a visual intelligence technology company specializing in autonomous driving solutions, announced plans to relocate its global headquarters from California to Indiana and create up to 160 new, high-wage jobs by the end of 2022. 

"As a state, we're laser focused on creating an ecosystem that encourages innovation across the board, allowing companies like PerceptIn to develop products geared for the future," Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. "PerceptIn’s decision to move its global headquarters to central Indiana is a testament to our state’s pro-growth business climate and commitment to innovation, and we're so grateful they chose the Hoosier state to call home."

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Wednesday, November 20 2019

Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. to invest in new headquarters operation and create more than 50 new jobs

Tel Aviv, Israel -- Governor Ralph Northam announced that Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI), Israel’s largest aerospace and defense company, will expand its North American headquarters operation at a new location in Fairfax County. The Governor made the announcement following a meeting with IAI officials in Tel Aviv during his international trade and marketing mission to Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The project will bring more than 50 new jobs to Fairfax County.

“As the largest aerospace and defense manufacturer in Israel, IAI’s decision to expand its headquarters here reinforces that Virginia is a prime location for global companies seeking growth in North American markets,” said Governor Northam. “The Commonwealth is home to more than 780 internationally-owned businesses and continues to attract technology and innovation leaders like IAI. This important project demonstrates the long-term benefits of building corporate partnerships and telling Virginia’s business story around the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to meet with IAI officials in Tel Aviv to discuss ways we can strengthen economic ties between Virginia and Israel.”

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Friday, November 15 2019
GPA Marks Best October Ever

Photo Caption: At the Port of Savannah, all nine berths are again open for business after Berths 4, 5 and 6 were strengthened to handle Neo-Panamax cranes and vessels. Savannah's Garden City Terminal serves 37 global container ship services per week. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority /Jeremy Polston)

New infrastructure helps expand market share

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority moved 428,400 twenty-foot equivalent container units in October, an increase of 14,600 TEUs or 3.5 percent. The strong month gave the Port of Savannah a fiscal year-to-date total of 1.6 million TEUs, up 90,600, or 6 percent.
 
"We have seen three years of incredible volume growth, and the economy of the U.S. Southeast remains a powerhouse," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "Georgia's market share continues to expand as new commodities come online and customers in new regions rely on our services."

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Thursday, November 14 2019

Technology innovation center to create 105 new jobs
  
Columbia, SC -- Provalus, an information technology (IT) support company, announced plans to establish operations in Clarendon County. The company's new technology innovation center is creating 105 new jobs.
 
Founded in 2017, Provalus' mission is to grow technology jobs in rural areas. The company develops undiscovered talent to deliver technology, business and support services for businesses.
 
Located at 34 North Brooks Street in Manning, S.C., Provalus' new innovation center will expand the company's domestic services for business process outsourcing, formation technology outsourcing and support. This is the third facility to open in just two years of business for Provalus. The company's other two locations in Alabama and Texas are on target to employ over 500-newly trained IT professionals.

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Wednesday, November 13 2019
  • Overall plant expansion in Chattanooga brings $800 million investment
  • Volkswagen creates 1,000 new jobs
  • Production of an electric-only Volkswagen ID. model starts in 2022
  • Volkswagen also announces new battery pack assembly facility

Chattanooga, TN -- Volkswagen of America marked the start of construction for its electric vehicle production facility. The Chattanooga site, where production begins in 2022, will be Volkswagen's North American assembly base for electric vehicles on the Modular Electric Drive Matrix (MEB). The company also announced it intends to build a plant for the assembly of battery packs for EVs at the Chattanooga site.

“This is a big, big moment for this company,” said Scott Keogh, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. “Expanding local production sets the foundation for our sustainable growth in the U.S. Electric vehicles are the future of mobility and Volkswagen will build them for millions of people. "

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Wednesday, November 13 2019

More than $10.7 million investment to create 180 new jobs
  
Columbia, SC -- The Urban Electric Co., an artisan lighting fixture designer and manufacturer, announced plans to expand its current Charleston County operations. The company's more than $10.7 million investment is projected to create approximately 180 new jobs.
 
The Urban Electric Co. designs and crafts a wide array of lighting fixtures that are bench-made and hand-finished. The company services an international client base of top interior designers and architects in the residential, hospitality and contract sectors.

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Tuesday, November 12 2019

Company investing $10 million into expansion

Seneca, SC -- ACI Plastics, a thermoplastics processor and recycler, announced plans for a $10 million expansion to its operations in Oconee County. The company will partner with PreZero, a leading recyclables manager, on this project.

For more than 30 years, ACI Plastics has been known for its separation technologies for paint removal, instrument panels, electrostatic and optical separation.

PreZero provides end-market solutions to waste generators and collectors. The company builds and operates state-of-the-art facilities that convert organic waste, plastics and paper into valuable raw materials and commodities.

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Friday, November 08 2019

Digital firm to launch in New Orleans Exchange Centre; project to result in over 300 new direct, indirect jobs

New Orleans, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and Testronic executive Mike Betti announced the company will launch a new 150-job testing facility for digital games in New Orleans. As one of the leading quality assurance firms in the digital gaming industry, Testronic provides outsourced testing services to a global game-development clientele. Testronic will open its new quality assurance location in the New Orleans Exchange Centre, formerly Chevron Place, located at 935 Gravier Street.

Upon ramping up to full employment at its New Orleans facility in five years, the company will produce an annual payroll of more than $5 million. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the Testronic project will result in another 169 new indirect jobs, for a total of 319 new jobs in New Orleans and the Southeast Region.

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Friday, November 08 2019

Lewistown, PA -- During its quarterly Board of Directors meeting on October 29th, the Mifflin County Industrial Development Corporation (MCIDC), presented a check for $8,500 to its regional marketing partner Focus Central Pennsylvania (Focus). Representing eight counties (Mifflin, Centre, Juniata, Snyder, Union, Northumberland, Montour and Columbia) in Central Pennsylvania, Focus is a nonprofit that dedicates 100 percent of its time and resources to attracting corporate investment to the region to create quality, family sustaining careers.

MCIDC Board Chair Ruth Eddy stated “Promoting and positioning our region for job creation and growth is an important component of the MCIDC’s multi-faceted economic development mission. We strongly support effective efforts to raise the visibility of Mifflin County and all of central Pennsylvania before site selectors and corporate decision makers.”

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Friday, November 08 2019

Molecular Research, Nerve Regeneration, and Cell Manufacturing Lead Local Industry Growth

New Orleans, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced expansions by three biotech firms – AxoSim, Cadex Genomics and Obatala Sciences – that will create 135 new direct jobs at the University of New Orleans and the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, a biotech incubator where all three firms launched local startup operations.

AxoSim’s innovative neuroscience drug discovery platforms are based upon technology licensed from Tulane University. The company will expand its existing facilities at the BioInnovation Center, and AxoSim projects adding 75 jobs at an average annual salary of $60,000, plus benefits.

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Friday, November 08 2019

Des Moines, IA -- Awards totaling $3,015,000 were announced for water and sewer infrastructure projects in nine communities across the state. The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) made the awards through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which provides support for downtown improvements.
 
IEDA received 21 applications totaling $7.7 million in funding requests. Grants are awarded based upon the benefit to low- and moderate-income persons, financial need, project impact and readiness and commitment of local resources to the project.

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Thursday, October 31 2019
KEG 1 O'Neal opens new $11 million distribution facility in Temple, Texas

Temple, TX -- KEG 1 O’Neal, LLC (KEG 1 O’Neal) celebrates the grand opening of its state-of-the-art distribution center in Temple, Texas. The $11-million capital investment is a consolidation and expansion of their presence in Temple to a new facility located on 23 acres in the Temple Industrial Park. The new 108,000-square-foot facility houses a regional office and commercial distribution warehouse creating 50 new jobs – totaling 110 employees in Temple.

 

KEG 1 O’Neal is a wholesale beer distributor that distributes a large assortment of alcoholic beverages to 30 counties in Texas. A leader in delivering both quality products and exceptional service to every customer, KEG 1 O’Neal has three (3) other facilities in Texas: Early, Fredericksburg, and Weatherford.

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Thursday, October 31 2019

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare to expand research and development operation
 
Richmond, VA -- Governor Ralph Northam announced that GlaxoSmithKline plc, a leading global healthcare company, will invest $16.7 million to expand its consumer healthcare research and development center in the City of Richmond. GSK chose Virginia as one of three R&D laboratory hubs for their global Consumer Healthcare business and plans to add approximately 150 new jobs at the site.
 
“We are extremely proud that GSK will make a major investment in the City of Richmond and continue to grow its footprint in Virginia,” said Governor Northam. “The greater Richmond region has emerged as a hub for leading biosciences companies, offering world-class education institutions, research assets, and a pipeline of skilled talent, and GSK’s consumer healthcare joint venture and expansion will further its position as a powerhouse in this industry. We thank GSK for its commitment to our Commonwealth, and stand ready to support the company’s success.”

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Thursday, October 24 2019

Clinton County Port Authority Recognized for Best Project 

Wilmington, OH -- The Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) presented its Annual Excellence Awards at its 2019 Annual Summit, held at the Embassy Suites Columbus-Dublin.

The Ohio Economic Development Association’s Annual Excellence Awards program recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations throughout Ohio in the areas of economic and workforce development.  

“The Annual Excellence Awards showcase the best of the best in economic development and gives members of the profession the opportunity to come together and collectively celebrate the success of the economic development profession,” Jennifer Price, OEDA Executive Director, said. 

The Clinton County Port Authority (CCPA) received an award from the OEDA in the category of Best Project. The project submission highlighted the return of Air Cargo Operations to the Wilmington Air Park, via the Amazon Air air cargo operation that began operation in late June of this year.  

The OEDA uses this award to recognize recent outstanding and innovative projects (retention, attraction, redevelopment [brownfield or historic], greenfield infrastructure, Main Street) in economic and business development that retain or generate jobs and capital investment.  

“Bringing scheduled air cargo operations back to the Wilmington Air Park was a genuine community effort,” said CCPA Executive Director Dan Evers. “It required the active engagement of local public and private sector organizations as well as elected and appointed leaders, and they all delivered to make this opportunity a reality for our community.”

The award determination is not dependent on the number of jobs created or retained, size of site, or the amount of total investment.  Rather, this award will showcase a unique approach to the project, which can include a public-private partnership, local collaboration, innovative financing and/or incentives, overcoming historic barriers or obstacles, or been a catalyst for economic development in the community.

As noted in the submission, this project was uniquely suited for this location.  Along with the local partnerships that were critical to achieving success, this effort was well supported by the community’s regional and state economic development partners The Dayton Development Coalition and JobsOhio, as well as elected officials throughout the State. CCPA officials expressed specific thanks to State Senator Bob Peterson and State Representative Shane Wilkin. 

“We truly appreciate the support of our partners for listening, for reacting quickly and for providing the technical and logistical support – often at a moment’s notice – that was critical to the success of this multi-faceted effort,” added Evers. 

The OEDA Awards Luncheon highlighted excellence in other award categories as well, including Excellence in Marketing and Communications, Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Workforce Development, Economic Development Rookie of the Year and Economic Development Professional of the Year. 

“We were delighted that Dan Evers was recognized as a finalist in the category of Economic Development Professional of the Year,” said CCPA Board Chair Walt Rowsey. “We know the effort that has gone into the many projects in the last year, and to be recognized by those at the top of the profession across the State, is certainly something special.” 

Additionally, the OEDA recognized its second class Ohio Certified Economic Developers at the Awards Luncheon. The class of eleven completed coursework and Capstone projects meeting the established standards for the OhioCED Certification. The OhioCED credential is recognized state-wide.

Clinton County Port Authority Associate Director Beth Huber was a member of this second class of graduates from the newly established professional certification program. 

“The OEDA established this program to promote a best-practices baseline for Economic Development professionals in Ohio,” said Evers, who was a member of the OEDA Board of Directors during the development of this Certification. “The classroom and project work expose students to several facets of economic development, and require candidates to demonstrate proficiency through a “hands on” capstone project. It speaks volumes about Beth that she was able to achieve this certification. Her course work is already adding value to our county-wide economic development efforts.” 

About the Clinton County Port Authority

The Clinton County Port Authority is a special purpose government formed to operate transportation infrastructure and lead economic development efforts. It owns and operates the Wilmington Air Park, an integrated aviation and logistics business park located on 1,900 acres with nearly three million square feet of industrial, office and hangar space. Learn more at www.wilmingtonairpark.com

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Tuesday, October 15 2019

Plainfield, IN -- LifeNet Health, a global provider of life sciences and regenerative medicine solutions, announced its expansion into Indiana as President and CEO Rony Thomas joined state and local officials to cut the ribbon on its new facility in Hendricks County. To support its growth, the company has already created 45 new jobs in Indiana and plans to grow its team up to 127 employees by the end of 2023.

"It's a day of celebration as we welcome another growing, innovative company to Indiana,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). “LifeNet Health is in great company here, joining an ecosystem of more than 1,750 life sciences firms that are developing life-enhancing and life-saving solutions. I’m confident the state’s skilled workforce and talent pipeline will contribute to LifeNet’s growth and continued ability to serve patients.”

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Wednesday, October 09 2019

Westfield, IN -- Gordon Food Service, a privately-held, family-managed food service distributor, announced plans to expand its Indiana footprint, establishing a distribution center in Westfield. The company, which currently operates multiple Gordon Food Service stores across Indiana, plans to create more than 400 new jobs by the end of 2025. 
 
"It's an extremely exciting day for Indiana as we celebrate another fantastic company growing in our state and creating hundreds of quality career opportunities for Hoosiers," said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. "With options all over the Midwest and around the world, Gordon Food Service chose Indiana to launch its new distribution center, and I couldn't be more grateful. We'll continue working to take Indiana's business environment to the next level, ensuring their future success in Indiana."

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Wednesday, October 02 2019
GPA Opens 40 Dockside Acres to Auto Processing

Photo Caption: The Port of Brunswick moved 614,000 units of Roll-on/Roll-off cargo in Fiscal Year 2019. The Georgia Ports Authority has enough land permitted for expansion to grow capacity to 1.5 million Ro/Ro units per year. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority)

Top Officials Thank Coast Guard, Resilient Brunswick Maritime Community

Savannah, GA -- At the Brunswick State of the Port address Wednesday, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch thanked the U.S. Coast Guard, Brunswick Bar Pilots and port workers for their efforts in the crew rescue, ongoing vessel salvage and reopening of the Port of Brunswick after the car carrying ship Golden Ray capsized Sept. 8.
 
"The Coast Guard and our Brunswick maritime community came together in an impressive display of teamwork, focused first on the safety of the crew, and now on protecting the natural environment and the safety of vessel operations," Lynch said. "In only four days, we were able to reopen the port, protecting the livelihoods of our direct employees and thousands of others across the region. On behalf of the Georgia Ports Authority, I would like to thank all those involved in the rescue and salvage operations."

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Tuesday, October 01 2019
Idaho Milk Products Celebrates Expansion with Ribbon Cutting Event at Jerome Facility

Photo Courtesy of Idaho Milk Products: Dr. Chenchaiah Marella is cutting the ribbon. Holding the ribbon from left to right: Rebecca Walker, Russell Visser, Julie Colson, Mike Metzler, Dr. Chenchaiah Marella, Micelle Schoolcraft, Rick Byrd, Mik Sherry, Luke Visser, Dave Larios, Connie Reed and Miquel Andrade. In the second row from left to right: Rick Onaindia, Daragh Maccabee, Chris Parker, Mayor Dave Davis, City Administrator Mike Williams.

Jerome, ID -- Idaho Milk Products celebrated the completion of the $30 million expansion and new R&D facility that began in October 2018 with a ribbon-cutting on September 20, 2019. Speakers included Idaho Milk Products’ CEO Daragh Maccabee,  Rick Onaindia and Russell Visser representing the owner group, City of Jerome Mayor Dave Davis and Jerome City Administrator Mike Williams and VP of Research and Development, Dr. Chenchaiah Marella. Tours of the new R&D facility were available to the general public.

“We are very pleased to reach the end of a multi-faceted $30m plus project that has been ongoing for the last year,” commented CEO Daragh Maccabee. “We have increased our capacity by a third, invested in new equipment and automation, expanded our warehouse, upgraded our people facilities and made a step change commitment to innovation and product development. The various aspects of the project speak to all the things that we try to do better every day – maximizing our efficiency and throughput, striving to create and maintain a world-class organization, being relevant to our customers and the markets we operate in and all with sustainability in mind. All who contributed along the way can be proud of the achievements in the first decade and all of us here today are excited at the potential for the next one.”

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Friday, September 27 2019

By Scott Harrison

  • Nippon Paint (USA) Inc. will expand its U.S. automotive manufacturing footprint by investing approximately $60 million and creating 150 jobs
  • Top paint and coatings manufacturer will build 270,000-square-foot LEED certified manufacturing facility
  • New plant to produce automotive paint and coatings, including electrocoat (“E-Coat”) and topcoat to supply its automotive customers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico 

Chattanooga, TN -- Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe, and Nippon Paint (USA) Inc. CEO Tetsuro Fujita announced that Nippon Paint will invest approximately $60 million to establish a facility in Chattanooga.

Nippon Paint (USA) will create 150 jobs in Hamilton County over the next five to seven years.

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Thursday, September 26 2019

$75 million capital investment will create 145 life-science jobs in the region

Madison, WI -- Catalent Biologics’ cell line development and biomanufacturing site in Madison is expanding with a $75 million investment expected to create at least 145 new jobs by the end of 2021, Governor Tony Evers, local leaders and company officials announced.

“We are grateful Catalent has decided to continue investing in Wisconsin and create opportunities in Madison,” said Governor Evers. “The numerous high-paying jobs created by this expansion will require an educated workforce to support new roles, which provides another example of how backing education in Wisconsin creates opportunities for businesses to grow and utilize our strong workforce.”

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Wednesday, September 25 2019

Specialty online retailer will retain 189 existing jobs and create 50 additional online sales jobs

Baton Rouge, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and BBQGuys CEO Mike Hackley announced the company will expand its online sales operation in Baton Rouge. Formerly known as ShoppersChoice.com, BBQGuys is an online retailer specializing in grills and smokers, outdoor kitchens, patio furniture and other leisure products.

BBQGuys will create 50 new direct jobs, with an average annual salary of $41,600, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 22 new indirect jobs, for a total of 72 new jobs in East Baton Rouge Parish and the Capital Region. The company also is retaining 189 existing jobs.

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Wednesday, September 25 2019
  • Global insurance broker Acrisure to invest $33M and create 400 new, high-paying jobs in downtown Grand Rapids
  • Project is first in Grand Rapids area to win Good Jobs for Michigan support

Lansing, MI -- Acrisure, one of the top 10 insurance brokers worldwide, will be relocating and expanding its headquarters to downtown Grand Rapids with support approved today by the Michigan Strategic Fund including support through the Good Jobs for Michigan program. When completed, the expansion into the city of Grand Rapids is expected to generate an investment of $33 million.

Acrisure has also committed to creating and maintaining a minimum of 400 new high-paying jobs, above the current statewide employment level of 873, with an average wage of $74,464. Based on the size of the investment and number of jobs to be created, Acrisure qualifies for a Good Jobs for Michigan 10-year withholding tax capture valued at $6 million.

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Tuesday, September 24 2019
Alibaba.com to Offer Northwest Illinois Businesses Global Reach 

Morrison, IL -- Leading B2B E-commerce platform Alibaba.com is coming to Whiteside County on October 3, 2019, to introduce Northwest Illinois exporters and export ready businesses to the Alibaba.com Gold Supplier Program, an eCommerce platform that offers small and mid-sized businesses the ability to sell to markets served by Alibaba.com, including the U.S., Canada, Europe, India and Brazil and Asia.  
 
Whiteside County Economic Development and its local partners will host a meeting for representatives from Alibaba B2B in North America and the region’s businesses on Thursday October 3, from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Morrison Institute of Technology.

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Tuesday, September 24 2019
Savannah Achieves 16.5 Percent Growth in Container Volumes

GPA issues call to action for development         

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority achieved its busiest month ever for containerized trade in August, handling 437,750 twenty-foot equivalent container units. At the GPA Board meeting Tuesday, Executive Director Griff Lynch reported August volumes grew by 62,000 TEUs or 16.5 percent compared to the same month last year.
 
"We're seeing an early and strong start to peak season at the Port of Savannah," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "In addition to expanding trade on our regular weekly services, shipping lines are adding calls by sweeper ships to meet rising demand."

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Monday, September 23 2019

Block.one to invest $10 million, establish U.S. headquarters

Richmond, VA -- Governor Ralph Northam announced that Block.one, a leader in providing high-performance blockchain software, will invest $10 million and establish its U.S. headquarters in Arlington County. Virginia successfully competed with Washington, D.C. for the project, which will create 170 new jobs over a period of three years.

“Block.one maintains a strong presence at its Blacksburg operation, and we are thrilled that this global company will expand its footprint in Virginia by locating its U.S. headquarters in Arlington County,” said Governor Northam. “Blockchain and other technologies are rapidly evolving, and industry pioneers like Block.one help to bolster the Commonwealth’s reputation as a leader in the information technology sector. The company’s continued growth in Virginia is a tremendous testament to the flourishing high-tech talent pool that is prevalent in diverse regions of the Commonwealth, from the New River Valley to Northern Virginia.”

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Tuesday, September 17 2019

By Colin McEvoy

Keurig Dr Pepper will operate a manufacturing facility at the site of the former Kraft-Heinz plant in Upper Macungie Township, creating 378 new jobs over the next three years.

Keurig Dr Pepper will operate a new state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facility at the site of the former Kraft-Heinz plant in Upper Macungie Township, a project that will create nearly 400 new full-time jobs in Lehigh Valley.

The company will invest $219.7 million into the new 1.5 million square-foot facility in the Park 100 Logistics Center, and has pledged to create at least 378 new jobs over the next three years, according to Keurig Dr Pepper and the office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

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Thursday, September 12 2019

Eagle Aviation Technologies, LLC to expand manufacturing facility
 
Richmond, VA -- Governor Ralph Northam announced that Eagle Aviation Technologies, LLC, an industry leader in composites design and fabrication, will invest $207,500 to expand its manufacturing facility in the City of Newport News. The company will add new production equipment at the operation and create 75 new jobs.

“Innovative companies like Eagle Aviation Technologies have an important role in propelling our 21st-century economy forward, which is why my administration has made it a priority to support businesses of every size and in all industries,” said Governor Northam. “The success of the company has reached new heights from its growing operation in the City of Newport News, and we are proud that the Virginia Jobs Investment Program will bolster the hiring and training efforts for 75 new jobs being created.”

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Thursday, September 12 2019

West Jefferson, OH -- Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Jefferson Industries Corporation (JIC) officials announced the company’s plans to expand its facility in West Jefferson, Ohio, creating 150 new jobs and investing $10.8 million. The Japanese auto supplier is a global manufacturer of automotive body frames. The news comes as Governor DeWine is visiting Saitama, Ohio’s sister state in Japan and home to Jefferson Industries’ world headquarters, alongside officials from JobsOhio and Columbus 2020.

“Jefferson Industries’ expansion brings new jobs at a cutting-edge automotive parts facility in the Columbus Region, boosting growth for both the company and Central Ohio,” said Governor DeWine. “JobsOhio and its partners continue to attract globally successful Japanese companies like Jefferson Industries that are prospering with Ohio talent.”

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Wednesday, September 11 2019

$12 Million Investment Creating 176 New Jobs
 
Columbia, SC -- R&E Automated Systems, an internationally recognized leader in the automation, engineering and prototype build industries, announced plans to expand operations in Spartanburg County. The $12 million investment is expected to create 176 new jobs.
 
Established in 1999, R&E Automated Systems is on the cutting edge of technological advancements and provides a wide range of services to companies in the automotive, defense, aerospace, heavy industrial, energy, mining and entertainment industries. The company provides clients with unique solutions that are tailored to accommodate their project needs.
 
R&E Automated Systems' expansion in Spartanburg County includes the launch of manufacturing operations at 175 Spartangreen Boulevard. The company is housing its existing office operations in the new facility.

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Tuesday, September 10 2019

New facility will create 150 jobs, draw $20 million capital investment

Madison, WI -- Officials from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), local leaders and company officials celebrated a ribbon cutting as Huffcutt Concrete LLC officially opened its new facility in Lake Hallie, a $20 million project that expects to add 150 new jobs over the next five years.

“Huffcutt’s new automated precast wall panel boasts technology and manufacturing processes never before seen in the U.S. This technology will bring quality and service to a new level, elevating innovation in precast. We are excited to bring a broad range of employment opportunities to the Chippewa Valley,” said Huffcutt President and CEO Brian Seubert.

WEDC is supporting the project by authorizing up to $1.25 million in state income tax credits over three years. The actual amount of tax credits Huffcutt will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created and the amount of capital investment during that period.

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Tuesday, September 10 2019

Legal Software firm to create 20 new direct jobs, with $65,000 Average Salary, by end of 2020

New Orleans, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards, Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Litify founder Reuven Moskowitz announced the company will open a new regional office in New Orleans and create 20 new direct jobs by the close of 2020.

Headquartered in New York City, Litify is an integrated, intuitive legal technology platform that empowers law firms of all sizes to seamlessly manage their business operations. Litify’s platform enables clients to leverage real-time data to produce insights about growing their law practices.

“We’re pleased that Litify has chosen Louisiana and New Orleans for its first regional expansion outside New York,” Gov. Edwards said. “Our recipe for talent, training and technology is unmatched. In fact, Business Facilities described New Orleans this summer as a ‘low-cost, high-culture’ business destination that is ‘the world’s next great technology hub.’ We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves.”

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Tuesday, September 10 2019

Expansion adding 63 new jobs at Summerville, S.C. facility
 
Columbia, SC -- DC Machine, an industrial design and machining center that manufactures close tolerance components, is expanding its existing Dorchester County operations. The company's investment of $9.5 million is expected to create 63 new jobs.
 
Since DC Machine established its first 250-square-foot facility in Dorchester County in 2004, the company has grown tremendously. An expansion in 2015 increased operating size to 17,000 square feet and added 17 new jobs.
 
DC Machine's current expansion includes the purchase of an existing building, located at 2735 W. Fifth North Street in Summerville and increases operational space by more than 61,000 square feet. This expansion will allow the company to grow production of existing product lines and expand into others.

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Tuesday, September 10 2019
Indiana Strengthens Transpacific Business, Cultural Connections in Tokyo

Governor & First Lady conclude economic development trip to Japan and South Korea, highlighting importance of global relationships

Tokyo, Japan -- Governor Eric J. Holcomb concluded a seven-day economic development trip to Asia today after meeting with business, industry and government leaders in Japan and South Korea. Today, Gov. Holcomb and the delegation met with leadership of two of Indiana’s largest Japanese companies – Subaru Corporation and Honda Motor Company – and hosted a Friends of Indiana reception, welcoming more than 300 stakeholders who contribute to the strong Indiana-Japan relationship. 

“The importance of our relationship with Japan cannot be overstated,” Gov. Holcomb said. “The opportunity to strengthen ties with our Japanese partners and discuss new opportunities for investment is invaluable and will lead to further growth in our state. I’m particularly grateful for the time we spent with leadership from Subaru, Toyota and Honda. With their continued success, Indiana will remain the top advanced manufacturing state in the nation.”

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Friday, September 06 2019

Jackson, MS -- Spectra Laboratories, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fresenius Medical Care North America, the nation’s leading provider of kidney care products and services, broke ground on a 200,000-square-foot laboratory in Southaven. The project is expected to create more than 300 jobs over the next three years.
 
"The state of Mississippi is proud to partner with Spectra Laboratories as the company brings significant new job opportunities to DeSoto County," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "The health care industry is a prominent economic driver in our state, and Spectra Laboratories and its employees will positively impact the North Mississippi region and further strengthen our foothold in this important sector for years to come."
 
Fresenius Medical Care North America is a leading provider of kidney care products and services for individuals with chronic renal conditions. Spectra Laboratories offers renal-specific laboratory services, using state-of-the-art equipment, automated specimen processing and reporting applications. At Spectra’s new build-to-suit facility, which will be located in the Stateline Business Park, employees will conduct comprehensive testing, analysis and reporting to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.

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Friday, September 06 2019

MCA Expands Footprint in Alabama with Allcomm Wireless Acquisition

Spartanburg, SC -- Mobile Communications America, Inc. (MCA), one of the largest Motorola Solutions channel partners and a leading provider of technology solutions and services, announced the acquisition of Allcomm Wireless Inc., a full-service wireless integrator in Alabama.

Established in 1975 as an authorized Motorola Solutions partner, Allcomm specializes in mass notification systems, radio tower installations, and two-way voice and data communication systems. With more than 80 employees and service locations in Anniston, Birmingham, Gadsden, Montgomery, Sylacauga, and Tuscaloosa, Allcomm has been a premier sales and service provider to the commercial and public safety sector for more than forty-seven years. 

Billy Hinds, CEO of Allcomm, looks forward to the benefits of this acquisition, saying, "We have a great deal of synergy with MCA. This acquisition enables us to leverage the MCA footprint and increase our portfolio of solutions to better serve our customers and employees."

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Friday, August 30 2019

Honda Manufacturing of Alabama and its suppliers had a $12 billion economic impact on Alabama in 2018, employ over 45,000 in the state and produce 5.4 percent of the total Alabama GDP, according to a report released this week by the automaker and Economic Development Partnership of Alabama (EDPA).

In its “Honda Economic Impact Study,” the University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research was commissioned to examine the economic and fiscal impacts of Honda and its 26 key Tier 1 suppliers located across the state. The manufacturing plant, which started production in 2001 in Lincoln, Ala., recently celebrated 5 million vehicles produced in Alabama – the first Alabama automaker to hit that mark, said Steve Sewell, executive vice president at EDPA.

“Honda is so instrumental to our success in economic development,” Sewell said.

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Friday, August 30 2019

Nashville, TN -- Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Ernst & Young LLP (EY) officials announced that the global professional services firm will invest more than $20 million to establish a facility to deliver tax managed services for clients and tax technology operations in Nashville. EY expects to create more than 600 jobs over the next five years.

“EY’s decision to create hundreds of technology and service delivery jobs in Nashville affirms our ongoing efforts to bring high quality jobs to Tennessee,” Haslam said. “Tennessee’s pro-growth policies continue to attract leading international businesses to our state. I’d like to thank EY for making this major investment in Middle Tennessee and bringing us one step closer to making Tennessee the top state in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee is a growing home for major international businesses, particularly in the tech sector,” Rolfe said. “Since 2013, the number of tech jobs in the Nashville region has increased by almost 30 percent, far outpacing the national average. Thank you, EY, for this significant investment in Middle Tennessee. These are exactly the kind of high quality jobs we want in Tennessee.”

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Thursday, August 29 2019
Paragon Processing, the Largest Operating Hemp Processing Facility in the US, Now Open for Business

Launches Large-Scale Turnkey Services to Propel Industrial Hemp Growth

Colorado City, CO -- Paragon Processing, a state-of-the-art facility offering total seed-to-shelf solutions for industrial-scale hemp processing, manufacturing and storage, as well as private- and white-label goods, is pleased to announce it is now open for business. The high-security facility, stationed on a 38-acre property, is located 140 miles south of Denver.

Facility
At a staggering 250,000 square feet, it is the largest hemp processing facility currently operating in the U.S. It can store up to 50 million pounds of hemp biomass, and hosts 13 dock-high loading positions, along with housing Superior Flow-branded proprietary processing equipment.

Paragon Processing offers full-scale processing for up to one million pounds of hemp biomass per month, with a target to expand to 2 million pounds with the arrival of the upcoming 2019 fall harvest season, which runs from September through November.

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Thursday, August 29 2019

Increased PVC production and other activity at Baton Rouge facility will result in more than 80 new jobs

Baton Rouge, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and Plant Manager Paul Heurtevant of Formosa Plastics Corporation, Louisiana (FPC) announced the company will invest $332 million to expand its production of polyvinyl chloride resin, or PVC. Formosa Plastics also will add production equipment in two other units of the company’s Baton Rouge manufacturing facility, which FPC has operated since 1981.

The project will create 15 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $77,667, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 66 new indirect jobs, for a total of 81 new jobs in East Baton Rouge Parish and the Capital Region. Formosa Plastics also will retain 230 existing jobs. The expansion work is expected to create 500 construction jobs beginning in early 2020.

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Wednesday, August 28 2019

Wilmington, DE -- Manufacturing in America continues to be the largest economic multiplier of any industry sector, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. Delaware's manufacturing and advanced manufacturing sector are supporting that growth.

In Delaware, there was 33 percent growth this year in the students expected to complete the advanced manufacturing pathway, offered through Delaware Tech.

Kurt Foreman, President and CEO of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership, the public-private partnership that manages economic development for the state of Delaware, says that approximately half the companies looking to expand in Delaware or relocate to Delaware fall into the manufacturing sector.

A strong workforce is needed to support this growth. In Delaware, a unique training program that starts in high school is ensuring there are eager and qualified professionals to support the sector. The Pathways to Prosperity program continues with training and degree options at regional colleges and universities, including Delaware Technical Community College and proceeds into adulthood with widely-available "up-skilling" programs for existing manufacturing workers to grow and advance in their fields.

Delaware's Pathways programs are gaining in popularity among students and their parents. This year, there was 33% growth in the students expected to complete the advanced manufacturing pathway, offered through Delaware Tech. The growth is expected to continue.

Worth nearly $5 billion and accounting for more than 96% of the state's global exports, Delaware's manufactured goods industry is robust, creating deep supply chains and supporting the market entry and growth of new businesses. The manufacturing sector is one of the largest employers in the region, accounting for 5.6% of total employment in Delaware and 6.7% in the broader region.

Delaware's manufacturing sector includes a robust advanced materials manufacturing sector with structural and fabricated metals, paper products, electrical equipment, aerospace products, printing, and furniture. The manufacturing and logistics sector intersects with Delaware's science and technology sector, with firms like Agilent and Chemours producing chemicals and medical devices and with the food and agricultural sector with firms like Pepsi Bottling Ventures and Kraft Heinz manufacturing food and beverage products.

Delaware has a wealth of competitive advantages for manufacturing, advanced materials manufacturing and logistics companies. Delaware's strategic location allows companies to reach more than 50 million people within 250 miles; and public and private investment is rapidly expanding existing infrastructure. Most notably, the Port of Wilmington—already a full-service, strategically located Mid-Atlantic seaport serving more than 200 million North American consumers—is set for $600 million in upgrades in coming years. Competitive tax rates make choosing Delaware highly attractive, especially when compared to other states in the region.

Additional Competitive Advantages

  • Close proximity to major airports, with international and domestic cargo capabilities
  • Major International port, four hours from the Atlantic Ocean
  • First Foreign Trade Zone to receive approval with an Alternative Site Framework
  • Freight rail services throughout the state
  • Well-connected roads, with I-95 in Northern Delaware, the most-travelled interstate in the U.S.
  • For more information about advanced manufacturing in Delaware, visit the Delaware Prosperity Partnership's website.

About Delaware Prosperity Partnership 
Created in 2017, Delaware Prosperity Partnership (DPP) is the nonprofit that leads the state of Delaware's economic development efforts to attract, grow and retain businesses. DPP works with site selectors, commercial developers and business executives focused on where to locate or grow a business. The team helps with reviewing potential sites, cost-of-living analysis, quality-of-life information and funding opportunities, including available tax credits and incentives. For more information, visit www.choosedelaware.com.

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Tuesday, August 27 2019

Howell Metal will invest $8 million to expand production at manufacturing facility

New Market, VA -- Governor Ralph Northam announced that Howell Metal, an established manufacturer of copper tubing and line sets for residential and commercial construction markets, will invest $8 million to expand production at its operation in Shenandoah County. Virginia successfully competed with Utah, Mississippi, and Ontario, Canada, for the project, which will create 102 new jobs.

“Howell Metal’s 50-year tenure is a tremendous success story for Shenandoah County, and with this expansion and the addition of more than 100 high-quality jobs, I am confident the company will continue to be a major asset to the local economy,” said Governor Northam. “The Shenandoah Valley offers unique market access and a strong manufacturing workforce, with 14 top-tier colleges and universities ensuring a reliable pipeline of skilled talent. We are honored that Howell Metal is reinvesting in the Commonwealth and look forward to its next phase of growth in the region.”

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Tuesday, August 27 2019

Investment creating 43 new jobs
 
Columbia, SC -- Salt Marsh Brewing, a local, craft brewery, is expanding operations in Beaufort County. The $4.5 million investment is projected to create approximately 43 new jobs.

Founded in 2013, Salt Marsh Brewing is committed to brewing beers invoking true Southern hospitality and the Lowcountry lifestyle.

Located at 1111 11th Street in Port Royal, S.C., Salt Marsh Brewing's second location will be fully-equipped with an automated canning line and extensive fruited sour beer program.

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Monday, August 26 2019

NFL’s Chad Hennings, Author Frank Abagnale Jr. and Mythbuster’s Grant Imahara anchor keynote sessions

FABTECH 2019, North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event, is set to engage the industry with forward thinking, solution driven, inspirational keynote sessions on November 11-14 at Chicagos McCormick Place. The informative and captivating keynotes will be led by one of three dynamic featured speakers, including three-time Super Bowl Champion Chad Hennings, Author Frank Abagnale Jr., and Mythbuster’s Grant Imahara.

“FABTECH is distinctively positioned to provide industry professionals with access to the information, technology and equipment they need to transform their businesses—exposure to these speakers will impart insights and enthusiasm through shared passions and experiences,” said John Catalano, SME senior director, FABTECH. “This year, FABTECH is particularly honored to celebrate veterans who have served to protect our country and are now lending their leadership and talents to our industry. They are part of the blended, diverse fabric of professionals across the world that make up this amazing industry.”

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Monday, August 26 2019

Jackson, MS -- BancorpSouth Bank is increasing capacity at its Jackson Street Campus in Tupelo to accommodate the company's rapid growth. The project represents a corporate investment of more than $15 million and will create 100 jobs.
 
"Tupelo and the North Mississippi region have experienced significant job gains and new capital investment in recent years," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "BancorpSouth's expansion and addition of 100 new jobs continue that momentum while demonstrating the company's faith in the area's workforce and commitment to the Tupelo community."
 
BancorpSouth's Jackson Street Campus is designated as a data and information processing center by the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). It houses the bank's core data infrastructure, including its mainframe hardware and software, open system server and network routing systems. The campus' employees perform customer accounting, payment and information processing.

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Tuesday, August 20 2019

By Colin McEvoy, Director of Communications for LVEDC, cmcevoy@lehighvalley.org

Lehigh Valley, PA -- Allegiant Air has announced it will establish an aircraft base in the Lehigh Valley, creating 66 new high-wage jobs and providing yet another critical link for businesses seeking to come, start, and grow here in the Lehigh Valley.

The two-aircraft base will be established at Lehigh Valley International Airport (LVIA), where the Allegiant Travel Company is investing $50 million to establish its new base of operations, which is expected to be operational on Feb. 12, 2020.

“The convenience and success of the Lehigh Valley International Airport is a critical factor in both the economic and population growth of the Lehigh Valley,” said Don Cunningham, President & CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC).

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Tuesday, August 20 2019

Jackson, MS -- Boat manufacturer Avid Boats is locating a new production facility in Amory. The project is a $1.6-million corporate investment and will create 75 jobs.

"Manufacturing is a strong economic driver in North Mississippi," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "Avid Boats' decision to locate in Amory and create 75 new manufacturing jobs further strengthens the state's foothold in this important sector while helping create a stronger, more vibrant community for the residents of Monroe County."

Avid Boats is a start-up company. Its leadership was previously involved with two other successful boat manufacturing companies. The company is locating in the 80,000-square-foot facility formerly occupied by CPI Packaging, Inc., where employees will produce 17- to 23-foot aluminum bass and center console bay boats.

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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.

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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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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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Wednesday, July 31 2019
Savannah moves record 4.5M TEUs

Photo Caption: At 1,200 acres, the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal is the largest single-operator terminal in the U.S. With 151 rubber-tired gantry cranes and 30 ship-to-shore cranes, the GPA completes nearly 20,000 container moves per day to vessel, truck and rail. Find print quality images here.  (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton) 

Auto volumes near 650,000 units

Savannah, GA -- The Port of Savannah moved a record 4.5 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in the fiscal year that ended June 30, an increase of more than 305,000  TEUs or 7.3 percent.
 
"Our ports are firing on all cylinders," said Governor Brian Kemp. "This success is a testament to the men and women who work throughout our entire supply chain and make a difference for Georgia and the nation every day. Because of their commitment, our factories, farms and logistics providers are creating opportunity and prosperity in every corner of our state."

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Monday, July 29 2019

Indianapolis, IN -- Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett joined executives from eHealth Inc. (NASDAQ: EHTH), a private online health insurance exchange, as the company announced the establishment of its new Eastern U.S. Technology and Operations Headquarters (HQE) in Indianapolis, which is expected to employ up to 500 Hoosiers by the end of 2023.

“Indiana’s pro-growth economic environment continues to attract innovative companies like eHealth to establish roots in our state,” said Gov. Holcomb. “I’m extremely grateful to see a Hoosier CEO bring business and new career opportunities back to Indiana. I’m confident that our business community and skilled workforce will play an integral role in eHealth’s growth and success for years to come.”

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Friday, July 26 2019

Shreveport site will be home to 75 jobs, with retail showroom joining distribution center

Baton Rouge, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards highlighted the dedication of SuperATV’s new Shreveport manufacturing and distribution center, where the company’s 100,000-square-foot facility also hosts a retail showroom for consumers. In February, SuperATV announced a $4.35 million capital investment in its Shreveport site, where the company will create 75 new direct jobs averaging $40,000 a year, plus benefits. LED estimates another 42 new indirect jobs will result, for a total of 117 new jobs in Caddo Parish and Northwest Louisiana.

“With our reputation as the Sportsman’s Paradise and Shreveport’s strategic location on the I-20 corridor, SuperATV has selected an ideal location in Louisiana for its second manufacturing and distribution facility,” Gov. Edwards said. “Not only will area residents be able to purchase products at SuperATV’s new retail showroom, but residents along the I-20 corridor will also benefit from great employment and career opportunities. We congratulate SuperATV for this big step in their growth.”

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Thursday, July 25 2019

Four business expansions statewide, in a variety of industries, involve creation of 395 jobs and $130M in investment:

  • Woman-owned, leading AV and event tech business establishing headquarters in Novi, involves investment of $34M, creation of 81 jobs
  • Supply chain design company expands in Ann Arbor, creates 70 jobs
  • Baking company expands headquarters in Kentwood, generates investment of $85.2M, creates 238 jobs
  • Fabricating company in Baraga wins support to expand, add jobs

Lansing, MI -- Four business projects expected to generate a total investment of $130.6 million and create 395 jobs across Michigan have received support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

“These projects will lead to new business growth, stronger communities and more and better jobs for our residents. We’re pleased to work with our local partners and support these investments,” said Jeff Mason, CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF.

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Wednesday, July 24 2019

Dripping Springs, TX -- Richard’s Rainwater, the country’s first bottled rainwater and sparkling rainwater brand, is ramping up production and expanding distribution within the United States following recent retail placements at The Fresh Market and Whole Foods locations in Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.  

Earlier this year, the Company worked with Lazy Magnolia Brewery in Mississippi to gain regulatory approval for an additional rainwater collection and bottling facility, making Mississippi the fourth state to grant a rainwater public water supply permit.  Richard’s Rainwater is also in discussions with breweries in Austin, Atlanta, Houston and several other locations across the country to equip additional bottling facilities with rainwater collection capabilities. The company plans to collect rainwater in local communities across the country with the goal of moving bottled rainwater the least distance possible. 

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Tuesday, July 23 2019

Expansion Project 
Expansion will significantly increase container capacity
 
Portsmouth, VA -- Governor Ralph Northam announced the completion of the Port of Virginia’s $320 million expansion at the Virginia International Gateway container terminal. The completion of this project represents a significant milestone as the Port works to increase cargo and container capacity at its two major terminals, with an overall goal of increasing capacity by 40 percent.
 
“The completion of the VIG expansion enables the Port to move cargo more safely, efficiently, and sustainably than ever before, and cements Virginia’s status as home to a world-class port,” said Governor Northam. “That reputation will help drive economic investment and job creation across the Commonwealth.”

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Monday, July 22 2019
Aspen Returns to New Orleans to Focus on Urban Opportunity

2nd Year for Two-day Conference Includes Employment Access and Inclusion; Opening Reception to Feature Walter Isaacson

New Orleans, LA -- As New Orleans experiences downtown residential growth and urban economic resurgence, the timing is perfect for the Aspen Institute Socrates Program to return to the Crescent City and examine why residential and job growth in many cities often results in less diversity and inclusion.

Sponsored again by the New Orleans Business Alliance, “Urban Opportunity, Access & Inclusion” is a two-day conference scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 27 and Wednesday, Aug. 28.

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Tuesday, July 16 2019

Indianapolis, IN -- TOC Logistics International, a global logistics management organization, announced plans to grow its Indiana-based headquarters, creating up to 87 new jobs in Indianapolis by the end of 2023.

“As the Crossroads of America, our state is a hub for logistics and transportation, supporting an industry with 20 percent more jobs than the national average," said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. "Indiana is well positioned to support companies like TOC Logistics that serve clients across the country, and our pro-growth business climate ensures that they can expand and create new Hoosier jobs with confidence.”

The company, which develops custom solutions that result in efficient global supply chains for a variety of industries, is investing more than $1.8 million to expand its headquarters to meet demand from its growing client base. TOC Logistics currently occupies approximately 6,100 square feet at 2601 Fortune Circle Dr. in Indianapolis and plans to move to 5420 W. Southern Ave., doubling its footprint in a new 12,000-square-foot office this fall. The new space will include high-tech conference technology, new furniture, updated work stations and a variety of amenities.

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Tuesday, July 16 2019

Madison, WI -- Fresenius Kabi, a global health care company, is establishing a regional distribution center in Pleasant Prairie. The multimillion-dollar investment is expected to create 95 jobs over the next four years.

“Companies have a choice when deciding to expand, and Fresenius Kabi’s choice to establish a regional distribution center in Pleasant Prairie is a testament to Wisconsin’s strong business climate and dedicated workforce,” said Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the state’s lead economic development organization. “This investment will allow Fresenius Kabi to position itself for continued growth and success, as well as bring family-supporting jobs to the region.”

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Tuesday, July 16 2019

Company investing more than $340 million in solar farm development
 
Columbia, SC -- Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, is expanding its solar farm portfolio with new facilities in Darlington County. The company is investing in a total of six individual projects within Darlington County, bringing a collective capital investment of more than $340 million.
 
Southern Current is an owner and developer of utility-scale solar energy facilities across the southeastern United States. With an in-house team of development professionals, the company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.
 
For more information on Southern Current, visit www.southerncurrentllc.com.

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Tuesday, July 16 2019
FABTECH 2019 Set to Highlight Emerging Industry Trends

Open registration invites metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industry professionals to join the annual celebration of metal manufacturing at its best 

Chicago, IL -- With emerging manufacturing trends and the introduction of disruptive technologies making their mark on the metal fabricating industry, FABTECH 2019 will provide industry professionals with immediate access to the information, technology and equipment they need to transform their businesses for success in the future. North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event will welcome more than 48,000 attendees from around the world and over 1,700 exhibiting companies to Chicago’s McCormick Place on November 11-14.

Today’s manufacturing is seeing rapid innovation and consistent introductions of new technologies—FABTECH 2019 is poised to showcase the most noteworthy equipment that will lead the transformation of small shops and Fortune 500 companies in the years to come. At the center of this year’s discussion will be 5G, IoT, AI, robotics and automation, as well as trending industry topics including workforce development, women in the industry, veterans filling critical industry roles and more.

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Tuesday, July 09 2019

$55 million facility in Detroit, create 625 jobs

  • Dakkota committing to hire Detroiters through Detroit at Work priority list
  • Dakkota to purchase 32-acre site of former Kettering and Rose schools to build 600,000-square-foot manufacturing plant
  • Proposal to go before city council, seek zoning changes to move forward

Detroit, MI -- Mayor Mike Duggan, Andra Rush, CEO and president of Dakkota Integrated Systems, other city officials and community leaders announced a plan to build a $55 million manufacturing facility to supply parts to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). In collaboration with the City of Detroit, Dakkota plans to create 625 jobs at a new 600,000-square-foot plant at the site of the vacant Kettering and Rose schools on Detroit’s east side.

“As soon as we finished the FCA deal, we immediately got to work to bring suppliers to the area. Today, we’re announcing one of the first -- thanks to Andra Rush and Dakkota, which will bring hundreds more jobs to the east side,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “Even better, Dakkota has agreed to give Detroiters first shot at these jobs, and residents can sign up to prepare for these jobs today through Detroit at Work.”

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Wednesday, July 03 2019

Roanoke, IN -- Universal Dedicated of Fort Wayne (Universal Dedicated), a full-service provider of customized transportation and logistics solutions, announced plans to expand its Indiana operations, creating up to 130 new jobs in Allen County by the end of 2020. 

"Companies like Universal Dedicated are helping us take Indiana’s economy to the next level," said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. " As the Crossroads of America, we are perfectly positioned to help companies reach customers across the Midwest, across the country and around the globe. I will continue to be laser-focused on enhancing our infrastructure network so that Universal Dedicated can help to drive our economy forward."

The company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Universal Logistics, will invest $25 million to expand its footprint, building out approximately 10 acres at Fogwell Parkway in Roanoke. The new site, which will serve as a holding yard and house transportation assets and dispatch operations offices, will allow the company to increase efficiencies in its regional transportation services. Construction and equipment purchases are set to begin early fall 2019 and be complete by the end of the year.

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Tuesday, July 02 2019

Little Rock, AR -- The Metro Little Rock Alliance (MLRA) has launched a new brand and website to market the 12-county region to corporate executives, site selection consultants and potential new residents as a prime location to do business and live in Central Arkansas.

Metrolittlerockalliance.com positions Metro Little Rock as an epicenter of low costs, connected infrastructure and skilled talent, where companies large and small can find “Way More in Central Arkansas.” L’Oreal USA, Tyson Foods, Caterpillar, Dillard’s, Acxiom and Dassault Falcon Jet are among the global brands with major operations in the region. The website aims to promote the success that is possible in Metro Little Rock, as well as to serve as a resource for business investment decisions and talent attraction.

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Monday, July 01 2019

Marine engineering firm to expand at University of New Orleans Research and Technology Park

New Orleans, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and Technology Associates President and CEO Anil Raj announced the company will expand its presence at the University of New Orleans with 70 new jobs focused on marine engineering. With the expansion, the firm will add 70 new direct jobs with an average salary of $85,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 93 new indirect jobs, for a total of 163 new jobs in Louisiana’s Southeast Region. Technology Associates also will retain 16 employees.

Technology Associates Inc, or TAI, will relocate to 10,000 square feet of office space in the Advanced Technology Center Building at the University of New Orleans Research and Technology Park. The company will move into the new office immediately, and is expected to be completely moved in by end of July 2019. Hiring for the new positions is currently underway.

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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 https://www.readysc.org/training-opportunities.html.

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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

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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Tuesday, May 21 2019

Freeport, TX -- At the regularly scheduled meeting held May 16th, Port Commissioners voted to accept the 2019 Economic Impact Analysis performed by Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The study was based upon 2017 data and revealed a statewide economic impact of 150,651 jobs, federal tax revenues of $3.2 billion, and a total economic output of $98.8 billion, double the economic output reported in the last analysis performed in 2016.    

“Brazoria County and the surrounding area have experienced a substantial amount of growth since the 2016 TTI study.  Billions of dollars have been invested in the petrochemical industry which, coupled with the addition of new tenants and new infrastructure at Port Freeport, have expanded production capabilities and contributed to higher employment, sustaining the economic growth and competitiveness of Port Freeport and the Freeport Harbor Channel,” said Phyllis Saathoff, Port Freeport Executive Director/CEO. 

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Tuesday, May 21 2019

Jackson, MS -- Plastic housewares manufacturer United Solutions is increasing production in Sardis, making a corporate investment of $9.5 million and creating 50 jobs.

"United Solutions' expansion is great news for Panola County. Fifty new job opportunities for the people of Sardis and the surrounding area will strengthen the region's economy and manufacturing presence while helping build more vibrant communities for years to come," Gov. Phil Bryant said.

United Solutions’ expansion will enable the company to meet the demands of two additional product lines. At its manufacturing facility, the company is investing in new equipment and building renovations. United Solutions also is purchasing a warehouse in Sardis to free up space currently being used for storage in its manufacturing facility.

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Tuesday, May 21 2019

National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying relocates center of operations, employee base from Seneca to Greenville, SC

 

GREENVILLE, SC -- The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying is relocating its headquarters to Greenville, South Carolina, from its current location in Seneca, South Carolina. NCEES’ new headquarters will occupy 70,600 square feet at 200 Verdae Boulevard in Greenville.

 

“The new headquarters will provide a better position for the growth of the organization and allow NCEES to better support its member boards and the professions of engineering and surveying,” explained NCEES Chief Executive Officer David Cox. “NCEES is entering its second century of advancing licensure for engineers and surveyors, and this move will help us better fulfill our mission to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the public.”

 

NCEES is a national nonprofit organization made up of the engineering and surveying licensing boards from across the United States and its territories. It provides a range of services to support licensure and public protection, including developing the exams used to license professional engineers and surveyors.

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Tuesday, May 21 2019
CBD Made in New Mexico: Major New Employer Coming to Mesilla

Company Plans to Hire 180 New Mexicans to Manufacture CBD

Mesilla, NM -- Rich Global Hemp (RGH) announced it is launching growing operations for hemp plants as well as cannabidiol, or CBD, extraction in Mesilla, where it plans to hire 180 people in the next 18 months. 

Rich Global Hemp has acquired and is renovating an existing greenhouse facility in Mesilla Park where it will begin growing hemp plant clones that will later be processed into cannabidiol, or CBD, which is the non-psychoactive oil from the plants that has a wide variety of uses. RGH will start the plants at the greenhouse, provide the juvenile plants to farmers in New Mexico where they will be grown and harvested, then RGH will purchase the harvested plants to use in the production of CBD oil. The plants are bred for high CBD content and contain negligible percentages of THC, the psychoactive chemical in cannabis plants.

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Monday, May 20 2019
  • Orthopedic and medical device maker will invest $2.5 million to establish U.S. headquarters in Franklin
  • Medacta USA will create over 50 headquarters jobs over next five years
  • Company selected Middle Tennessee to be near fellow health care companies

Nashville, TN -- Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Medacta USA officials announced that the orthopedic and medical device maker will relocate its U.S. headquarters to Middle Tennessee from Chicago.
 
Medacta USA will invest $2.5 million and create over 50 jobs in Franklin over the next five years. The company will establish its U.S. headquarters and a research and development lab in Bowers Park at 6640 Carothers Parkway.

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Friday, May 17 2019

Des Moines, IA -- The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board approved projects for five legacy companies, which will assist in the creation of 340 jobs, retention of 406 jobs and will result in more than $632 million in new capital investment for the state. These projects are located in Altoona, Cedar Rapids, Mason City, Pella and rural Butler County. The board also approved innovation funding in support of four startups located in Ames, Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Davenport and Prole.  

Facebook expands presence in Iowa 
Siculus, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Facebook, Inc. Siculus operations involve storage and transfer of large amounts of transactional data. Siculus plans to construct a large data center facility adjacent to its current footprint in Altoona. At the request of the City of Altoona, the board authorized a local property tax exemption through the High Quality Jobs program (HQJ). This enables the city to provide the 20-year tax abatement approved by its City Council on May 6, 2019. No new state incentives are planned, but the project will result in $400 million in new capital investment and create 31 jobs at a qualifying wage of $30.32 per hour. 

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Wednesday, May 15 2019

Now Seeking Nominations 

Vero Beach, FL -- The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 2019 Industry Appreciation Awards program. Nomination forms and the awards criteria are available on the Chamber’s economic development website www.indianrivered.com, on the Business Resources page. Completed nominations are due in to the Chamber office by 5pm Friday, August 30. Award recipients are recognized at the Chamber’s annual Industry Appreciation Awards luncheon in late October at the IRSC Richardson Center. They are also highlighted in the Chamber’s e-newsletter, and provided the opportunity for local media spotlights.

“It is important to recognize the achievements of our local businesses and all they add to the quality of life we enjoy in Indian River County, either through architectural achievements or their impact on our local economy” explains Helene Caseltine, Economic Development Director for the Chamber. The Awards program is part of the Chamber’s overall economic development strategy for business retention and expansion.

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Tuesday, May 14 2019

Whitestown, IN -- Opus Packaging Group, a corrugated packaging and supplies manufacturer, announced plans to establish operations in Whitestown, creating up to 43 new jobs by the end of 2022. 

"As a state, we're working hard to maintain a pro-growth business climate that supports job growth and attracts new companies like Opus Packaging from across the country and around the world," said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. "Today's announcement is yet another signal that Indiana's economy is on the move. Opus Packaging's decision to locate here further strengthens our reputation as a national leader in manufacturing, and it will result in even more quality career opportunities for Hoosiers." 

The Caledonia, Michigan-based company will invest nearly $3 million over the next few years to construct and equip a new facility located in Park 130 in Whitestown. Once complete, the new production facility will total 170,000 square feet and house several new pieces of machinery to produce a full range of products, allowing the company to increase its production for clients in Indiana and other parts of the Midwest. Construction on the building is underway and expected to be complete by July 2019. 

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Tuesday, May 14 2019

Credit startup Petal to establish new service and operations center

Richmond, VA -- Governor Ralph Northam announced that Petal, a new kind of credit card company built to help people financially succeed, will make an investment of over $300,000 to establish a new service and operations center in Chesterfield County. Virginia successfully competed with Austin, Salt Lake City, and New York City—where Petal is headquartered—for the project, which will create more than 80 new jobs over the next three years.

“Petal is an innovative startup with a truly unique business model, and we are delighted that this growing company has chosen Chesterfield County as the site of its new state-of-the-art operations center,” said Governor Northam. “With its proximity to nearly 30 higher education institutions, this region will train and supply the next generation of skilled professionals, ensuring the company has access to a wealth of top talent for years to come. We welcome Petal to Virginia, and look forward to their success in Chesterfield County.”

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Tuesday, May 14 2019

Canada-based supplier selects Perry County for first US operation


Frankfort, KY -- Governor Matt Bevin announced Dajcor Aluminum Ltd., a Canadian manufacturer of extruded and fabricated aluminum products, plans to create up to 265 full-time jobs as it invests nearly $19.6 million to locate its first US operation near Hazard.

“We are excited for another major jobs announcement in Eastern Kentucky, where we have a strong, skilled workforce ready to serve any industry’s needs,” Gov. Bevin said. “Dajcor Aluminum has selected an excellent location for its first US operation and will be a great fit for the workforce in and around Perry County. We are grateful to Dajcor for their decision to locate in Kentucky, and we stand ready to help this company achieve its goals and continue its rapid growth.”

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Monday, May 13 2019

Wadersboro, NC -- Loba-Wakol, a supplier to the wood and resilient flooring industry, will expand its operations in North Carolina, establishing a new distribution and warehouse facility in Anson County and creating 24 jobs. The company plans to invest $6.6 million in Wadesboro.

The average annual wage of the new jobs announced today will be $43,750. The average wage in Anson County is currently $33,358.

“North Carolina offers an ideal location, skilled workforce, and strong transportation networks for international companies looking to expand their North American operations,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. “We’re proud to welcome this company and these new jobs to our state.”

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Monday, May 13 2019

New operations to help create 500 jobs

Columbia, SC -- JUUL Labs, Inc. announced plans to invest more than $125 million in a new assembly facility in Lexington County. This investment is expected to help create more than 500 new jobs to support the assembly operations.

JUUL Labs was established to help adult smokers switch from combustible cigarettes. Since launching in 2015, the company has maintained a commitment to keeping all tobacco products, including JUUL products, out of the hands of youth. The company stopped the sale of non-tobacco and non-menthol based flavored JUULpods to all of its traditional retail store partners in 2018. 

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Thursday, May 09 2019

Major expansion by The Hershey Company to create 65 new jobs

Stuarts Draft, VA -- Governor Ralph Northam announced that The Hershey Company, the leading North American chocolate producer and a global snacks company, will invest $104 million to grow its major manufacturing operation in Augusta County. The 111,000-square-foot expansion of the existing facility will increase production capabilities. The expanded facility will manufacture penuche and peanut cream, which will be distributed to other Hershey facilities on the East Coast. The Hershey Company evaluated potential expansion locations nationally and ultimately chose Augusta County for the project, which will create 65 new jobs. 

“For more than thirty years, The Hershey Company has continued to grow in Augusta County, creating hundreds of jobs and setting the bar for a thriving food and beverage industry cluster in the Shenandoah Valley,” said Governor Northam. “The company’s economic contribution to Virginia cannot be overstated, and we look forward to many more years of success for Hershey with this major investment and the establishment of a new Roasting Center of Excellence.”

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Thursday, May 09 2019

Propane tank producer plans first Kentucky location in Taylor County

Frankfort, KY -- Governor Matt Bevin announced Manchester Tank and Equipment Co., a division of McWane Inc., plans to locate a $10-million-plus propane tank manufacturing facility in Campbellsville, a project expected to create 175 full-time jobs in the coming years.

“Manchester Tank & Equipment Co. will be a significant addition to the Taylor County community, and we welcome them to the commonwealth,” Gov. Bevin said. “The 175 jobs associated with this project will provide exciting opportunities for central Kentucky’s workforce and overall economy. Manchester’s steady growth from a small operation to an industry leader has been remarkable, and we look forward to seeing them reach even greater heights here in Kentucky, America’s hub for engineering and manufacturing excellence.”

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Thursday, May 09 2019

REDI Cincinnati and JobsOhio partner to fuel company growth in Ohio

Cincinnati, OH -- Health management software company AssureCare announced that it would expand its headquarters to accommodate significant growth in its client-base and product offerings. Ability to reduce healthcare costs, improve quality of care, and enhance engagement for its customers has provided a growing market for AssureCare. As the result of state and local support, the company will add 100 jobs at its headquarters in the City of Cincinnati with a total of $10 million in new payroll.

The company’s growth will add a wide range of technology-based employees to the AssureCare team. While evaluating location options internally, it concluded that Cincinnati provided the best location for talent and continued growth.

“We have built a world-class, patient centric technology platform that connects a human life to its entire healthcare ecosystem and we are proud to be doing so from our great city of Cincinnati,” said Dr. Ahmad, President & CEO of AssureCare.

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Monday, May 06 2019

Rushville, IN -- Cormo USA Inc., which utilizes technology to turn corn field waste into sustainable products, announced plans to establish operations in Rushville, creating up to 250 new, high-wage jobs by the end of 2023. 

“Indiana’s economy is increasingly global, and we are excited to welcome yet another international company to the Hoosier state,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “With strong roots in agriculture and a flourishing tech sector, Indiana is the perfect destination for innovative companies like Cormo USA to locate as they work to develop and refine critical solutions.” 

The company, which was incorporated as a joint venture between Switzerland-based Cormo AG and Florida-based Sustainable Projects Group Inc. in 2018, will invest approximately $29.5 million to establish its first U.S. production plant in Indiana, constructing and equipping a state-of-the-art facility on 10 acres in the Commerce Park at Rushville. The new facility, which the company plans to break ground on this summer, will process maize straw from up to 150,000 acres of corn fields each year into a 100 percent sustainable peat moss substitute (TEFA) for agricultural uses and into foam products (BABS) for material science uses. This patented process has been utilized at the company’s pilot plant in France since 2016. 

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Friday, May 03 2019

Public-Private Agreement Will Jumpstart Economic Growth, Create Jobs

New London, CT -- Governor Ned Lamont announced that the State of Connecticut and its partners have reached an agreement on a harbor development plan for State Pier in New London that will enable its revitalization and put in place the needed components to establish the region as a central hub in New England for the developing offshore wind industry.

The Connecticut Port Authority, the state’s quasi-public agency responsible for marketing and coordinating the development of the state’s ports and maritime industry, and terminal operator Gateway, are partnering with Bay State Wind, a joint venture between Ørsted and Eversource, on a new deal that will redevelop State Pier into a world-class, state-of-the-art port facility through combined public-private investment of $93 million to upgrade its infrastructure and heavy-lift capability. These upgrades will allow State Pier to meet the facility requirements of the offshore wind industry and will benefit the port’s long-term growth by increasing its capability to accommodate heavy-lift cargo for years to come.

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Tuesday, April 30 2019

Company investing $14 million in solar farm development
 
Columbia, SC -- Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, is expanding its solar farm portfolio with a new, 10-megawatt facility in Hampton County. The company is investing $14 million in this latest project.
 
Southern Current is an owner and developer of utility-scale solar energy facilities across the southeastern United States. With an in-house team of development professionals, the company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.
 
For more information on Southern Current, visit http://www.southerncurrentllc.com.

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Tuesday, April 30 2019

Flow Alkaline Spring Water to invest $15.5 million to establish first U.S. manufacturing facility

Richmond, VA -- Governor Ralph Northam announced that Flow Alkaline Spring Water, an Ontario-based provider of naturally alkaline spring water, will invest $15.5 million to establish its first U.S. spring water manufacturing facility in Augusta County. Virginia successfully competed with New Hampshire and Wisconsin for the project, which will create 51 new jobs.

“Virginia is proud to serve as the home base for Flow Alkaline Spring Water as the company expands into the East Coast market,” said Governor Northam. “Flow’s decision to locate its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Augusta County is a powerful testament to the region’s competitive operating costs, strategic location and accessibility, and abundant natural resources. This significant investment will help drive economic activity in the Shenandoah Valley and we are confident that this environmentally conscious company will be a valuable corporate partner in this community and this Commonwealth for years to come.”

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Tuesday, April 30 2019
Branch Properties Begins Next Phase of Apartment Complex


Atlanta, GA -- Real estate developer Branch Properties, LLC, and general contractor Summit Contracting Group, Inc., have begun the third phase of a mixed-use residential development on 50 acres in northwest metro Atlanta.

“West Village is a vibrant, master-planned community being developed to serve the burgeoning rental market in affluent Cobb County,” said Jack Haylett, Senior Vice President of Branch Properties. “We continue to remain active on the multifamily front in communities where there is strong demand for thoughtful development and quality construction.”

Phase III of West Village, located in Cobb County, Ga., a bedroom community northwest of Atlanta, will include 313 apartments and 470 parking spaces on nine acres. The apartments will range in size from 660-square-foot studios to 1,484-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath apartments. Branch Properties is the owner and developer, and Summit Contracting Group is the general contractor.

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Tuesday, April 30 2019

Jackson, MS -- Mississippi-based coffee roaster Southern Coffee Services is expanding its operations in Lexington. The project is a $2-million corporate investment and will create 55 jobs.

“Southern Coffee Services is a homegrown Mississippi company that takes pride in its products, its community and providing job opportunities for the residents of Holmes County. I commend the Southern Coffee team for strengthening its roots in Lexington and look forward to the company’s continued success in our state,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.

Southern Coffee Services is expanding into a facility in Holmes County that will enable future growth, as well as the development and training of its workforce. The new location will serve as the company’s roasting and distribution center. Southern Coffee Services’ original facility has been converted to its online roastery, which packs ground coffee and single-serve cups for website and grocery sales.

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Tuesday, April 30 2019

Leading online pet supply retailer announces 1,200 jobs and $55 million investment near Salisbury 

"We're excited to expand Chewy's fulfillment operations to North Carolina, our first in the state and ninth in the country," said Pete Krilles, vice president, corporate real estate and facilities for Chewy, Inc. "We greatly appreciate the partnership with Rowan County, the Rowan EDC, North Carolina Department of Commerce, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. We look forward to making a positive economic contribution to the region with the creation of 1,200 new jobs. In addition to job creation, our new fulfillment center will enhance our delivery network across the southeastern United States, allowing us to better service Chewy customers with even faster delivery times."

NorthPoint Development has built multiple fulfillment centers for Chewy and is pleased to continue their relationship with the company in Rowan County. “In a very competitive multi-state development, Rowan County and the state of North Carolina came out on top. In the end, the outcome is simply that a great company, Chewy.com, is investing in a great community, Rowan County. We appreciate the state and the county’s efforts to reach this outcome, and we feel fortunate to be a part of this great project,” said Ian McDonald, vice president of development for NorthPoint Development. 

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Tuesday, April 30 2019
  • Titan Medical will invest $7.5 million in new facility
  • Lexington plant is company’s second Tennessee location
  • Project will create 87 new jobs over the next six years

Lexington, TN -- Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Titan Medical Manufacturing LLC officials announced that the company will expand its Tennessee presence and locate new operations in Henderson County.

The medical device manufacturer will invest $7.5 million and create 87 new jobs in Lexington.

Established in 2009, Titan Medical is a privately held company that specializes in the manufacture of high quality, close-tolerance instrumentation and implants for the medical device industry. From single piece instruments to complex instrument assemblies, Titan Medical utilizes the latest in machining technology and processes to produce quality instrumentation for the medical device industry, including companies like Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical and Medtronic.

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Monday, April 29 2019

Fox Valley, WI -- Construction recently began on a new $20 million manufacturing facility for Faith Technologies with the finished project expected to add 275 jobs to the Outagamie County workforce in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley over the next three years.

Faith Technologies is a leading full-service electrical, engineering and technology systems contractor. Founded in 1972, the employee-owned company is headquartered in Menasha, Wisconsin, and has 20 locations in nine states.

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Friday, April 26 2019

Warren County facility will build America's most advanced series-production sports car

Bowling Green, KY -- Governor Matt Bevin joined General Motors Co. Chairman and CEO Mary Barra among federal, state and local officials in announcing and welcoming the company’s plans to add a second shift and more than 400 new employees at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant in preparation to build the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette later this year.

“What a great day for Kentucky! I often speak about how we are the engineering and manufacturing hub of America. Today, we’re wearing that title more boldly than ever,” Gov. Bevin said. “These new workers, together with the plant’s current employees, will not only build the iconic Corvette and carry forward the nearly 40-year marriage between Corvette and Kentucky, but will also be members of the team that launches the technical tour-de-force, eighth-generation car off the production line and onto the global stage. Our commonwealth is incredibly proud to be the home of the Corvette. We are grateful to Mary Barra and GM for the relationship we share, and for this strong vote of confidence in Kentucky’s future.”

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Friday, April 26 2019

Liberty, TX – The City of Liberty has hired Chris Jarmon as the new Assistant City Manager to provide direction and guidance to the Liberty Community Development Corporation (LCDC), which is the City of Liberty’s economic development arm.

LCDC is a Type B Economic Development Corporation organized under the laws of the State of Texas and has a mission to facilitate the expansion and retention of businesses in the City of Liberty. LCDC collects sales tax revenues which are used to promote the economic growth and vitality of Liberty by giving the Corporation flexibility to assist companies with public infrastructure, job training, and other resources important to the business and the community. 

Click here to learn more about LCDC: https://www.cityofliberty.org/liberty-community-development-corporation

About the Liberty Community Development Corporation 
LCDC was established in 1995 to facilitate the expansion and retention of businesses in the City of Liberty by promoting quality development opportunities, supporting infrastructural improvements, and fostering a positive business climate through cooperation with the City and the community.

Our Results
Assisting the business community: In addition to promoting the City through facilitating commercial and industrial business, the Liberty Community Development Corporation has worked on several projects since inception.

Protecting our community resources: Foremost is the construction of a five-mile embankment northwest of the City near the Trinity River. Constructed in 1995 and released from debt obligations in 2009, the $5 million levee infrastructure development helps shield businesses, community neighborhoods, and public infrastructure including facilities, from rising waters.

Providing skills for jobs in demand: In 2007, LCDC was instrumental in the establishment of the Liberty County Workforce Academy which provides local job training. In addition, LCDC provides scholarships to eligible Liberty ISD students and adults residing within the district seeking to enter the workforce or improve existing skill sets. In 2008, the Liberty County Workforce Academy received the coveted Workforce Best Practices Award by the Texas Economic Development Council.

Exploring development opportunities: Released from debt obligations following the levee infrastructure project, LCDC is currently assessing potential development opportunities. Projects under discussion include downtown façade and curb appeal, revitalization of blighted areas, airport improvements, commercial and industrial developments, tourism and preservation.

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Friday, April 26 2019

Burleson, TX -- Anson PDR, along with city officials, broke ground on their 12,500-square-feet building at Highpoint Business Park Thursday, April 18.

The City of Burleson is excited to welcome the newest corporate partner. Anson PDR is the leading worldwide distributor of Paintless Dent Repair Tools and will be relocating to Burleson from Arlington, where the family-owned business has been since 1996.

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Friday, April 26 2019

Greenwood, IN -- California Custom Fruits and Flavors Inc., a food processing company that develops and manufactures custom value-added fruit and flavor ingredients for the dairy, bakery, beverage and food service industries, announced plans to establish its first Midwest manufacturing operations in Greenwood.  
 
“We’re thrilled to welcome California Custom Fruits and Flavors to the Hoosier state,” said Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch, Indiana Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “Our state’s business-friendly atmosphere and diverse agriculture industry, combined with a sophisticated transportation network, makes Indiana an excellent destination for their first Midwest operation.” 

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Thursday, April 25 2019

Columbus, Ohio – PowerBuilt Material Handling Solutions LLC, an automotive component and material manufacturer, has announced plans to expand its facility in Bellefontaine, Ohio, creating 18 new jobs and investing $2 million. Hiring for machining and fabrication, assembly, engineering and project management positions is already under way.

PowerBuilt’s existing headquarters at 230 Reynolds Avenue in Bellefontaine has been in production for nearly 20 years and currently employs 25 employees. The company’s investment will be used to expand into a new 52,399-square-foot facility at 2250 South Main Street in Bellefontaine. The building will undergo a series of renovations and add capacity for research and development, robotic equipment testing, assembly, in-house fabrication and expanded product offerings.

“Our primary goal is to serve our customers by providing quality ergonomic solutions while meeting increased production demands in a competitive automotive market,” said Nate Hauck, vice president at PowerBuilt. “We’re fortunate to call Logan County our home and thank Bellefontaine for its continued support as we take this next step in our company’s growth.”

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Monday, April 22 2019

Awards will support trade and overseas marketing efforts of 46 small businesses across the Commonwealth

Boston, MA -- The Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI) and the Massachusetts Small Business Development/ Massachusetts Export Center announced that 46 small businesses across the Commonwealth will receive $666,667 in State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) grants. Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the STEP grants support export activities such as trade show participation, overseas marketing and localization services, and subscription services from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

“The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to providing opportunities for our small businesses to showcase their products and compete in the global marketplace,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. “The STEP Grant program provides critical funding to help small businesses increase their exposure on the global stage and drive continued business growth.”

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Thursday, April 11 2019

Freeport, TX -- Port Freeport is pleased to announce the appointment of Rob Lowe as Port Freeport Director of Administration and Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for the accounting and financial reporting, treasury, risk management, financial analysis and human resource management. 

Lowe joins Port Freeport from BASF with more than 20 years of managerial experience including leading multi-business unit accounting activities, financial leadership support, acquisition integrations, contract reviews, and organizational designs. Lowe holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of South Carolina. He is also an active member of the local community as a volunteer board member of Boys and Girls Club of Brazoria County, as well as served on the Finance Committee of Brazosport Regional Health System.

“On behalf of the Port Commission, I would like to extend a welcome to Mr. Lowe as he joins Port Freeport. We look forward to working with him on the Port’s continuing success for the future,” said Port Chairman Paul Kresta. 

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Thursday, April 11 2019

Carmel, IN -- Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) President Elaine Bedel joined local officials and executives from BCforward, a global information technology consulting and staffing firm, as the company announced plans today to expand its operations in Hamilton County. As part of its growth, the company plans to create up to 300 new jobs by 2021 and establish a new digital training center to help ensure employees and customers are on the forefront of the latest skills and trends in information technology and other services.

“Thanks to companies like BCforward, tech jobs in central Indiana are growing at a rate more than double the U.S. average, creating quality opportunities for Hoosiers to advance their careers,” said Bedel. “As the Crossroads of America and a hub for growing technology, Indiana is the ideal location for global firms working with and serving customers across the country and around the world. BCforward’s commitment to advancing innovation and digital skills training is yet another step forward for this burgeoning sector, and we look forward to the many contributions they will make to our tech community here in Indiana.”

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Thursday, April 11 2019

Company to relaunch Madisonville barge facility through $7.5 million capital investment

Madisonville, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards, Arcosa Marine President Thomas Faherty and St. Tammany Corporation announced Arcosa will make a $7.5 million capital investment and create 149 new direct jobs to reopen the idle barge manufacturing operations in Madisonville. Arcosa Marine Products Inc., a division of Dallas-based Arcosa Inc., will install new equipment and complete facility upgrades to begin producing barges for customer delivery later this year.

The 149 new direct jobs will provide an average annual salary of $51,400, plus benefits. Arcosa will retain 26 existing jobs, for a total of 175 direct jobs at the La. Highway 21 manufacturing site on the Tchefuncte River. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in another 236 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 380 new jobs in St. Tammany Parish and the Southeast Region of Louisiana.

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Wednesday, April 10 2019

Production facility slated to bring 140 jobs to the West Valley

Goodyear, AZ -- fairlife, LLC announced plans to increase overall production capabilities with the construction of a new 300 thousand square foot production and distribution facility in Goodyear. The new $200+ million facility, which is slated to begin operation in the back half of 2020, will house production lines that will play a key role in meeting the growing demand for fairlife.

“fairlife is a pioneer in the dairy industry and having their new plant here will not only encourage innovation in Arizona, it will contribute to our efforts to grow our advanced manufacturing sector in our community,” stated Mayor Georgia Lord of Goodyear.

Working with the United Dairymen of Arizona (UDA) to source milk from numerous dairy farmers in Goodyear, the new fairlife plant will enable increased production of all fairlife products, including the different varieties of fairlife ultra-filtered milk®, Core Power®, fairlife® YUP!™, fairlife® smart snacks™, and fairlife® nutrition plan™.

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Tuesday, April 09 2019

Firm processes protein foods from plants

Shelbyville, IN -- Shelbyville has been chosen as the site for what is expected to be the largest facility in North America for producing plant-based protein foods. Greenleaf Foods, SPC announced that it will invest $310 million in the new plant and create as many as 460 jobs by the end of 2022.

The announcement was made during a ground breaking ceremony attended by Governor Eric Holcomb and Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger.

Greenleaf makes the foods under brands including Lightlife Foods and Field Roast Grain Meat Co., the top two brands in the refrigerated alternative protein category. Greenleaf is a wholly owned subsidiary of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. of Mississaugu, Ontario. Greenleaf was established in 2018 and is headquartered in Chicago. Greenleaf operates facilities in Seattle and Turner Falls, Mass.

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Friday, April 05 2019

Munice, IN -- Accutech Systems, a software company providing innovative wealth management solutions, announced plans to expand its operations in Indiana, investing in a new headquarters facility in downtown Muncie. With this growth, the company will nearly double its Delaware County workforce, planning to reach at least 100 local employees by 2023. 

“Indiana's tech community is on a roll thanks to the spirit and commitment of Hoosier entrepreneurs and innovators across the state," said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. "Companies like Accutech are not only helping advance our economy by developing new solutions with 21st century technology, they're also propelling our communities forward. With this announcement, it is clear that Accutech will be a true partner in enhancing the quality of place in the Muncie area and in supporting the continued momentum of Indiana’s tech industry and workforce."

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Thursday, April 04 2019

New manufacturing facility in Little Chute will create 275 jobs

Madison, WI -- Faith Technologies Inc., a leading electrical planning, engineering, design and installation expert, is expanding its Excellerate division with the construction of a new manufacturing facility in Little Chute—a $20 million project expected to create 275 jobs over the next three years.

"This investment by Faith Technologies solidifies the company’s continued commitment to Wisconsin and is a testament to the strength of our manufacturing industry,” said Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the state’s lead economic development organization. “I congratulate Faith Technologies on its expansion and look forward to its continued success in Little Chute as well as its other Wisconsin locations.”

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Wednesday, April 03 2019
Idaho Milk Products Announces Expansion to Jerome Facility

Jerome, ID -- Idaho Milk Products announces plans to grow its specialized milk protein concentrate and dairy ingredients business through a $26 million expansion to its Jerome, Idaho facility. Processing capacity will expand by one third – accommodating an additional 1 million pounds per day of locally sourced milk. The project will also include investments in new Research & Development capabilities, enhanced employee facilities and an expanded warehouse. Commenting on the project, CEO Daragh Maccabee said, “the project is a logical next step for us, one that maximizes the current potential of our exceptional facility while increasing our ability to continue to add long-term value to everything we do, acknowledging in the process that we are nothing without our people.”

“We are committed to both meeting our customers’ needs for the highest quality, most consistent dairy ingredients, and offering them new ingredient solutions.” Tara Russell, VP of Marketing & Sales explained. “The investment in enhanced Research & Development resources allows us to participate in higher levels of collaboration with our customer partners.”

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Wednesday, April 03 2019

Global logistics provider expected to create approximately 450 new jobs
 
Columbus, SC -- DHL Supply Chain, a leader in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, announced plans to construct a new distribution and warehousing park in Dorchester County that will open in phases, developed by DHL Real Estate Solutions. The company's $100 million investment is projected to create approximately 450 new jobs.
 
DHL Real Estate Solutions (RES) is a standalone product of DHL and one of the largest developers of property solutions in the logistics industry. RES is a global developer, providing both customers and non-supply chain customers with individually-tailored real estate solutions. The company's integrated approach provides a single point of contact, ensuring that building design, racking and building systems are all coordinated at the onset of the design process, resulting in smoother transitions when operations commence.

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Tuesday, April 02 2019
Reframing Retail as a Community Asset, Not a Liability

By Alexandra Tranmer, Project Manager, Camoin Associates

The transformation of the retail industry continues into 2019. Beta-testing drone deliveries, cashier-less grocery stores and sampling new paint colors through augmented reality are just a few of the strategies that retailers are using to expand their market share and reach their coveted consumers. Yet, beyond using tactics like experiential retail and re-evaluating consumers’ purchasing preferences, retailers, and perhaps community builders at large, continue to grapple with how the right retail mix can be leveraged as a complementary asset to residents and other businesses. Although Credit Suisse predicted that 20-25 percdnt of U.S. malls will close between 2017-2022, the demand for retail as an amenity that contributes to the development and competitiveness of other markets is strong. While retail is certainly still a challenging sector for small business operators, chances for success are greatly improved when retail is integrated into the fabric of our commutes, daily lives and work patterns. This article will explore how retail is positioned as a critical component of development in large metro areas and smaller cities, and the role of the economic developer in coordinating the multi-disciplinary teams that are necessary to lay the groundwork for retail success. 

Yes, retail remains in a transformative state. Yes, eCommerce has redefined the public’s expectations of how and where they can purchase everyday goods. Ecommerce sales however only comprise about 10 percent of total retail sales. The 2018 3rd Quarter U.S. Retail Sales report from the U.S. Census reports that total retail sales reached $1,340.2 billion, an increase of 0.9 percent from the 2nd quarter of 2018. Of total retail sales, eCommerce accounted for about $130.9 million, or about 9.8 percent.

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Monday, April 01 2019

Columbus, Ohio – Vantage Point Logistics (VPL), a leader in supply chain technology solutions, has announced plans to invest more than $2.5 million to expand its operations in Columbus. The company will create 80 new jobs and will immediately begin hiring for operations, software development and technology positions. VPL will expand its headquarters in Columbus to accommodate the company’s ongoing growth and allow for adding new talent to its 40-person workforce.

“We’re excited to announce this important step forward for our growing operations,” said VPL President and CEO Rob Doone. “Since launching, VPL has benefited from the rich pool of talent in the Columbus Region and we’re looking forward to furthering our success with this latest expansion.”

Founded in 2011, VPL delivers leading-edge technology solutions to healthcare and academic institutions resulting in significant expense reductions and unparalleled visibility along the supply chain. The company is dedicated to developing solutions to make supply chains smarter, easier and better.

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Monday, April 01 2019
GPA Marks Decade of Partnership with Kia 

Photo Caption: Kia Motors Manufacturing of Georgia is now exporting Telluride SUVs through the Port of Brunswick. In Fiscal Year 2018 alone, KMMG moved more than 37,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units through the Port of Savannah. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

Automaker has moved 350,000 TEUs via Savannah 

LaGrange, GA -- During a board meeting held at the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Ports Authority recognized a decade of partnership between Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia and GPA.
 
"Kia is one of our largest customers at the Port of Savannah, and a stellar example of the kind of advanced manufacturing going on across Georgia," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "At Georgia Ports, we are proud to support the positive impact Kia has on the state's economy."
 
Over the past decade, the automaker has shipped nearly 350,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units through the Port of Savannah in support of its manufacturing plant near West Point, Ga. As one of GPA's largest container customers, Kia's volumes support thousands ofjobs throughout Georgia's transportation and logistics supply chain.

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Friday, March 22 2019
New Mexico Takes Bold Step Toward a Cleaner, Stronger 21st Century Economy

The Energy Transition Act will dramatically increase New Mexico’s use of low-cost renewable energy while creating new jobs and diversifying the state’s economy

Santa Fe, NM -- New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law The Energy Transition Act (SB489), advancing the state’s national leadership in renewable energy with a goal to source 50 percent of New Mexico’s energy from renewable sources by 2030. The law sets even higher goals for the future, targeting 80 percent renewable energy by 2040 and 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2045. The law also promotes investments in New Mexico’s workforce to ensure residents benefit from new economic opportunities that come with tapping into renewable resources in their state.

“We applaud the leadership of the New Mexico legislature and Governor Lujan Grisham for setting New Mexico on a path to a cleaner and stronger economy just months into her new administration,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). “Ambitious renewable energy policies turn heads in the business community, drawing nationally-recognized corporate brands into the state and encouraging developers to invest billions of dollars into wind farms that create jobs and revenues for rural communities.”

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Friday, March 22 2019

Company to invest $46 million to expand Lafayette office; project to result in additional 242 new indirect jobs in Acadiana

Lafayette, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and LHC Group Chairman and CEO Keith Myers joined state, local and federal officials to break ground on the home health company’s $46 million Lafayette home office expansion. With the groundbreaking, LHC Group will create 500 direct new jobs in Lafayette with an average salary of $40,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 242 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 740 new jobs in Acadiana.

The LHC Group expansion follows the April 2018 completion of its merger with Almost Family of Louisville, Kentucky. The combined companies, operating under LHC Group, now cover 60 percent of the nation’s age 65-and-older population. From over 780 locations, LHC provides home health, personal care and hospice services. Some Louisville-based roles will be relocating to Lafayette as part of the expansion. The company will retain 612 Lafayette-based jobs, bringing the total Lafayette workforce to more than 1,100 employees.

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Friday, March 22 2019
  • Developments in Mt. Clemens, Pontiac, Evart will generate private investment of $29.6 million
  • Korean auto supplier erae AMS USA establishing new manufacturing operations in Pontiac
  • Expansions underscore strength of state’s automotive manufacturing talent

Lansing, MI -- Three business expansions that will generate a total of $29.6 million in private investment and create 262 jobs in Michigan have received support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

“The decision by these Tier 1 auto suppliers to not just expand but to establish new facilities in Michigan further underscores our leadership position in automotive manufacturing and the strength of our talented workforce,” said Jeff Mason, CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF.

“Collaboration with our local partners is key to attracting these kinds of investments and further building the economy around the state,” Mason said.

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Thursday, March 21 2019

Ongoing Success and Positive Outlook Underscore Port’s Pivotal Role in North American Trade

Brownsville, TX -- The Port of Brownsville set new records in tonnage and total operating revenue in 2018, moving 11.3 million tons of diverse cargos with operating revenues of more than $24.2 million. The results, announced today at the annual State of the Port Address, reveal a 6.6 percent increase in cargos, a 25 percent increase in rail movements, and a 2.5 percent increase in operating revenues from the previous year.

“Congratulations to our partners, customers, and port users who all contributed to these new high-water marks,” said John Reed, Chairman of the Brownsville Navigation District. “Steel was up, almost all petroleum categories were up, dry bulk cement and sugar were way up.

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Thursday, March 21 2019

Expansion at manufacturing plants will result in 128 new direct jobs, 296 indirect jobs

Baton Rouge, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards highlighted the announcement by Stupp Corp. that the company will invest $22 million to upgrade its two steel pipe manufacturing plants in Baton Rouge. Stupp Corp. is a family-owned company that has operated in north Baton Rouge since 1952. The company provides custom pipe for the transport of oil and natural gas, along with other services for the energy industry.

The expansion project will create 128 new direct jobs at an average annual salary of $60,567, plus benefits, while retaining 338 existing jobs at the Baton Rouge facility. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project also will result in 296 indirect jobs, for a total of 424 new jobs for East Baton Rouge Parish and the Capital Region. Stupp estimates the expansion activity will support 93 construction jobs.

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Tuesday, March 19 2019

A Career Exploration Program for High School Seniors 

Vero Beach, FL -- In partnership with the Indian River County School District and CareerSource Research Coast (CSRC), the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Office has launched its first Manufacturing Boot Camp program.  The Boot Camp will run May 20-24, from 8am to 4pm each day and is free to all high school seniors in Indian River County.  Each day will begin and end at the Treasure Coast Technical College in Gifford.

The program introduces high school seniors to the manufacturing industry, providing an opportunity for students who are not college-bound to explore potential careers in this exciting and diverse industry sector. Students will tour local facilities each day, talking with owners and plant managers about the skills needed to operate machinery plus what it’s like working as a “team player” in this type of environment.  A total of 11 plant visits are scheduled:  Triton Submarines, Dragonfly Boatworks, Girard Equipment, Float-On Boat Trailers, M.A. Ford, Nylacarb, Aluma Tower, Fibealumn, United Juice, CVS distribution facility, and Piper Aircraft.

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Friday, March 15 2019
Port Freeport Recognizes Port Partners for Environmental Stewardship

Photo Caption: Port Freeport Commission and Executive Director/CEO, Phyllis Saathoff, present Brian Fielkow, CEO of Jetco Delivery and Brittany Schaeffer, Tenaris Community Relations, with The Environmental Stewardship Award.

Freeport, TX -- On March 12th, Port Freeport Commissioners awarded Tenaris and Jetco Delivery with “The Environmental Stewardship Award.” The award recognizes both partners for their utilization of the Freeport heavy-lift corridor (HLC) as part of their operations.

“The Port Commission is proud to recognize our partners that support the vision of positive economic impact while improving the quality of life and creating jobs in our local communities,” said Port Commission Chairman Paul Kresta. “The entire community benefits from fewer trucks on the road and reduced emissions.”

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Thursday, March 14 2019

Company projects a total of 575 workers at Elkton facility by 2023

Baltimore, MD -- Northrop Grumman, a global security company that designs, builds, and delivers space, defense, and aviation-related systems, is expanding its manufacturing operations in Cecil County and plans to add 175 new jobs over the next five years. This operating sector of the company, which was known as Orbital ATK before it was purchased by Northrop Grumman Corp. last year, currently operates in Elkton where it employs 400 workers.

“Our team in Elkton has delivered rocket motors for space launch and military applications for 70 years,” said Mike Kahn, vice president and general manager, Northrop Grumman. “We are extremely pleased that the state of Maryland will be supporting investments in both infrastructure and in our workforce. Our continued partnership with both the state and county will ensure that the Elkton operation will continue to provide innovative technology to NASA and the Department of Defense for many years to come.”

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Thursday, March 14 2019

Columbus, OH -- DuPont, the premier innovation provider of value-added specialized solutions that transform industries and everyday lives, has announced plans to expand its facility in Circleville, Ohio, creating 46 new jobs and investing roughly $220 million. Hiring will begin in Q3 and Q4 of 2019.

DuPont’s existing facility at 800 DuPont Road in Circleville has been in production for more than 60 years and currently employs 500 employees. The company’s investment will be used for machinery and equipment as well as construction costs to significantly expand its DuPont™ Kapton® film production capabilities. With the increased demand in its Electronics & Imaging business, this expansion will allow DuPont to further advance its plant and competitive offerings.

“Innovations in 5G, automotive, flexible displays and artificial intelligence are driving the demand for our advanced, high-reliability materials. Expanding further at our Circleville site will help us meet our customers’ growing needs around the world,” said Avi Avula, global business director, Interconnect Solutions at DuPont Electronics & Imaging. “We appreciate the strong support we receive from the Circleville community, and look forward to our continued partnership for future growth.”  

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Wednesday, March 13 2019
Deice Infrastructure a Priority Project

PDAC List Includes Recommendation for Wilmington Air Park

Wilmington, OH -- A proposed project to enhance the ability of the Wilmington Air Park to handle and process aircraft deice fluids is one of the top 23 Priority projects for the Dayton Region Priority Development and Advocacy Committee (PDAC). 

The list, released last week, is the result of reviewing nearly 50 project submissions from the 14-county Dayton region in five categories. 

“The Wilmington Air Park continues to see significant opportunities for employment growth,” said Dan Evers, Executive Director of the Clinton County Port Authority. “Nearly all space within the Air Park is leased, and this project proposes infrastructure investment that will allow for an operational and technological expansion necessary to enable larger-scale cold-weather operations at the airport.”

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Wednesday, March 13 2019

Company to invest $25.1 million to expand ModularMEP™ manufacturing and systems integration facility

Richmond, VA -- Governor Ralph Northam announced that M.C. Dean, Inc., a leading electrical design-build and systems integration firm for mission-critical organizations, will invest $25.1 million to incorporate a new product line at its fabrication and distribution facility in Caroline County. Virginia successfully competed with several states for the project, which will create 100 new jobs.

“With over 1,500 employees and a 70-year history in Virginia, M.C. Dean is a valued employer that continues to demonstrate tremendous confidence in the Commonwealth’s business climate and skilled workforce,” said Governor Northam. “The company’s major expansion in Caroline County will help strengthen both the regional economy and Virginia’s growing advanced manufacturing sector, and we thank M.C. Dean for its long-term partnership and reinvestment in the Commonwealth.”

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Monday, March 11 2019

Swiss firm’s SH09 helicopters to be assembled at Lafayette Regional Airport and result in over 275 new jobs

Lafayette, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards joined CEO Andreas Löwenstein of Kopter Group AG, Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux, Secretary Don Pierson of Louisiana Economic Development, and other state, regional and local officials to celebrate Kopter’s selection of Lafayette for assembly of its SH09 helicopters.

The ribbon-cutting event followed Tuesday’s announcement at the world’s largest helicopter trade show in Atlanta that Lafayette had been selected by Kopter for production and support of its helicopters throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Kopter’s manufacturing site will be located at the Lafayette Regional Airport, where the company will create 120 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of more than $55,000, plus benefits. In addition, the company will make a $4.2 million capital investment to modify and equip a state-of-the-art, 84,700-square-foot helicopter assembly building at the Lafayette airport. LED estimates the project will result in an additional 157 new indirect jobs, for a total or more than 275 new jobs in Acadiana and surrounding regions.

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Monday, March 11 2019

Evansville, IN -- Atlas World Group Inc., which is composed of a portfolio of companies that delivers transportation and related services globally through a network of agents and select service partners, announced plans to expand its Vanderburgh County headquarters. The company will move its international relocation services to Evansville from Seattle while separately forming a new leasing company, AWG Equipment Leasing Inc. to offer competitive financing to its agents and owner-operators. With this growth, the company plans to add up to 75 new jobs in Indiana by the end of 2023. 

"To take our economy to the next level, we need to keep attracting companies like Atlas World Group to locate and grow in Indiana," said Governor Eric J. Holcomb. "We are grateful for their commitment and we'll continue to do our part to build on this momentum by sustaining our pro-business climate and show businesses large and small why Indiana is the best state to live, work, grow, play and stay."

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Tuesday, March 05 2019

Assembly of SH09 helicopters in Lafayette to result in more than 275 new direct and indirect jobs

LaFayette, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and CEO Andreas Löwenstein of Kopter Group AG announced the Switzerland-based helicopter maker will assemble its new SH09 helicopter in Lafayette, Louisiana, for customers throughout the Americas. The executives announced Kopter’s selection of Louisiana in Atlanta, where 18,000 industry professionals and 700 exhibitors are taking part in the 2019 HAI Heli-Expo.

In Louisiana, the Kopter Production and Product Support Center will deliver SH09 models throughout the Western Hemisphere and source parts representing at least 50 percent of aircraft value from U.S. suppliers. Kopter will lease an 84,700-square-foot facility from the Lafayette Regional Airport, which owns the state-of-the-art helicopter assembly building on airport property beside the Evangeline Thruway (U.S. Highway 90).

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Tuesday, March 05 2019

Columbus, IN -- OSR Inc., a manufacturer of automotive fasteners, announced plans to increase its manufacturing production in Columbus, breaking ground on a new $7 million expansion that will support its future growth in Indiana.
 
"OSR’s decision to expand in Indiana continues a long-standing tradition of Japanese manufacturers choosing our state for growth," Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger said. "We're proud of and grateful for our strong cultural and economic ties with Japan. Indiana is home to more than 290 Japanese business facilities that support thousands of quality jobs across the state, and we look forward to continued growth as companies like OSR grow and create even more career opportunities for Hoosiers."

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Tuesday, March 05 2019

The Results Companies to invest $1.5 million to expand client engagement operations

Richmond, VA -- Governor Ralph Northam announced that The Results Companies, a leading provider of business processing outsourcing services, will invest $1.5 million to expand its client engagement operations in Chesterfield County. The company will lease additional space for its second call center in the area. Virginia successfully competed against New Mexico for the project, which will create 600 new jobs.

“The success of our corporate partners is vital to Virginia’s economic strength, and The Results Companies’ continued growth is a prime example of what can be achieved in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam. “With client engagement centers throughout South and Central Virginia, The Results Companies is a respected major employer in the Commonwealth, and we thank the company for its decision to expand and reinvest in Chesterfield County. To support this significant expansion, the company will also benefit from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, which remains one of our strongest and most effective workforce development tools.”

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Tuesday, March 05 2019
Indian River Chamber Welcomes Dr. Sean Snaith, UCF

A Focus on the U.S. and Florida Economies

Vero Beach, FL - The Economic Development Office of the Indian River County Chamber welcomes Dr. Sean Snaith, Director of the Institute for Economic Competitiveness at UCF, as guest speaker for a special event for Chamber members and investors in the Chamber’s economic development program. Dr. Snaith will focus on the U.S. economy and its policies, and the impact this has on Florida’s economy.

A special “Thank You” to TCPalm for being an event sponsor.

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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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Wednesday, January 30 2019

Photo Caption: The Port of Savannah moved more than 350,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units in December. Nine of the Georgia Ports Authority's 10 busiest months were in 2018. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

Infrastructure expanding to handle new business

Savannah, GA — The Port of Savannah moved 4.35 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Calendar Year 2018, its highest annual volume ever, and a 7.5 percent increase over 2017, according to a report from Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch to the GPA Board Tuesday.
 
"The level of business Georgia has captured is a testament to the world-class service provided by our stevedores, ILA, pilots, other port stakeholders, and our partners at Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "Georgia's unrivaled connectivity to Atlanta, Memphis, Charlotte and beyond allows port customers to reach new and growing markets."

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Monday, January 28 2019

Chattanooga chosen as company’s U.S. base for electric vehicle production

Nashville, TN — Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe along with Volkswagen AG announced that Chattanooga will be home to the company’s first electric vehicle manufacturing facility in North America.

The project represents an investment of $800 million by Volkswagen and the creation of 1,000 jobs in Hamilton County.

“The shift toward electric vehicles is a trend that can be seen worldwide, and Volkswagen’s decision to locate its first North American EV manufacturing facility in Chattanooga underscores Tennessee’s manufacturing strength and highly-skilled workforce,” Haslam said. “As one of Hamilton County’s top employers, these additional 1,000 jobs will have a lasting impact on the region. I thank Volkswagen for its partnership and also applaud the company for its ongoing commitment to education and workforce alignment, which helps Tennessee build a pipeline of talent for years to come.”

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Monday, January 28 2019

Energy fabrication company to expand oil and gas, processing industry services through $2.5 million capital investment

Delcambre, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and Bagwell Energy Services CEO Rodger Bagwell announced the company will create 150 new jobs in the next five years and make a $2.5 million capital investment at its Port of Delcambre fabrication center in Iberia Parish.

Bagwell Energy Services is situated on the Iberia Parish side of the Twin Parish Port District of Iberia and Vermilion parishes, also known as the Port of Delcambre. There, Bagwell Energy is expanding its services to the chemical manufacturing and liquefied natural gas processing industries, as well as serving its offshore and onshore oil and gas customers.

Through the expansion project, Bagwell Energy’s $2.5 million capital investment will add precision fabrication equipment for process industry piping and vessels, install new bridge cranes, and build a 15,000-square-foot addition to its fabrication center and a 4,000-square-foot addition to its painting-and-blasting facility. The project will retain 46 existing jobs while creating 150 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $74,000, plus benefits. In addition, Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 240 new indirect jobs, for a total of 390 new jobs in Acadiana and surrounding regions.

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Thursday, January 24 2019

Smyth County Machine, LLC to invest $2.1 million to expand manufacturing operation

Atkins, VA — Governor Ralph Northam announced that Smyth County Machine, LLC, a full service machining and fabrication facility, will invest $2.1 million to add equipment and expand its product line in Smyth County. Virginia successfully competed against Tennessee for the project, which will create 35 new jobs.

“Smyth County Machine has been creating jobs and stimulating the economy of Southwest Virginia for more than 40 years, helping make this region a hub for the Commonwealth’s manufacturing industry,” said Governor Northam. “We are pleased that this homegrown company has decided to expand and add new jobs in Smyth County, which will provide opportunity for our skilled workforce and result in a significant local economic impact.”

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Thursday, January 24 2019

Indianapolis, IN — Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett joined executives from Kerauno, a communications workflow software company, as the company announced plans to expand its operations here, selecting Indianapolis to serve as its official headquarters as the scaleup continues to grow. With this expansion, Kerauno plans to increase its Indiana team up to 140 by 2022.
 
“Central Indiana’s tech community just keeps thriving with an impressive number of tech companies, like Kerauno, choosing to expand operations and continue to grow in our state,” said Gov. Holcomb. “Through our commitment to building a skilled workforce and our business-friendly environment, we continue cultivating opportunities for innovation and growth in Indiana.”

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Wednesday, January 23 2019

Beloit, WI — Seal-Rite Door has announced plans to relocate operations from Rockford, Illinois, to Beloit, where it will open and operate a state-of-the-art facility.

The 105,000-square-foot operation in Rock County’s 28-acre Wisconsin Stateline Industrial Park will house the rapidly growing company’s design and manufacturing operations for its high-performance residential doors, which include the ThermaTru line. The new complex will offer the latest equipment for increasing efficiency and improving overall production to position the company for future growth—capabilities unavailable at its current manufacturing site.

Seal-Rite, a subsidiary of Palmer-Donavin Manufacturing Co., is expected to bring 84 jobs to Wisconsin as part the $16 million expansion plan, which was supported by an award from WEDC of up to $250,000 in state tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of credits the company will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created during that period.

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Tuesday, January 22 2019

Newton, KS — Through regional efforts, Harvey County Economic Development and the Greater Wichita Partnership worked with the Kansas Department of Commerce to assist Weatherly Aircraft Company in locating their headquarters and assembly operations to a 26,000 sq. ft. facility at the Newton City-County airport.

Weatherly Aircraft Company is an American agricultural aircraft manufacturer of planes designed for small grain farming. The company plans to add about 109 jobs in the next five years and invest over $1 million in capital investment. 

Gary Beck, General Manager for Weatherly said, “As a first move to make Weatherly Aircraft Company’s new home in Kansas, we have selected hangar space at the Newton City-County Airport as an assembly facility for our model 620-B plane.  We appreciate the support we have been provided and will begin production within the first quarter of 2019.”

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Friday, January 18 2019

Lansing, MI — Three business expansions and two community revitalization projects that will generate a total of $17.7 million in private investment and create 173 jobs have received Michigan Strategic Fund support, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

“These projects will lead to new business growth, revitalized communities and more and better jobs for our residents. We’re pleased to work with our local partners and support these investments,” said Jeff Mason, CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, 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 companies to expand in Michigan means good jobs for our residents and demonstrates the strength of our state’s talented workforce,” Mason said

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Friday, January 18 2019

Topeka, KS – Park Aerospace Technologies Corporation announced that it will be undergoing a massive expansion in Kansas.

At a special joint meeting Monday, the Newton City Commission and Harvey County Commission approved a development agreement with Park for a $19 million expansion.

The expansion will allow Park to double its number of employees, with plans to go from the current 73 employees to 146 in the next five years. The company intends to build a new 90,000 square-foot facility in order to accommodate the increased workforce, as well as to create more production space.

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Thursday, January 17 2019
  • Project will generate private investment of $42.8 million
  • Company adding nonstop service to two new cities
  • Location key to company’s strategic growth

Lansing, MI — Allegiant Air, LLC, a provider of nonstop air service to 120 popular destinations in the United States, plans to expand its operations at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

The project is expected to generate a total capital investment of more than $42.8 million and create at least 66 permanent jobs, resulting in a $200,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund. Michigan was chosen over competing airports in several other states.

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Thursday, January 17 2019
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Thursday, January 17 2019

Leader in cancer treatment will also have R&D, manufacturing in new Rockville facility, will create 170 jobs

Baltimore, MD — Maryland joined with Montgomery County to announce support for the new U.S. headquarters of Autolus, a U.K.-based biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing treatments for cancer. The company plans to create approximately 170 new jobs by 2021. A leader in T-cell programming and manufacturing technology, the company will also have research and development and manufacturing operations in Rockville.

“Autolus is delighted to base its U.S. headquarters in Montgomery County, Maryland. With its educated and diverse workforce and proximity to world-class research facilities and universities, Montgomery County was the natural choice for us to base our U.S. hub,” said Matthias Alder, senior vice president and chief business officer of Autolus.

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Tuesday, January 15 2019

Minnesota-based financial services company expects to create 180 jobs over three years

Madison, WI — EQ, a Minnesota-based financial services and corporate services company, is establishing operations in Milwaukee—a project expected to create 180 jobs on the city’s northwest side.

The company, established in 1929, provides a range of transfer agent services that enable clients to manage share registers, communicate with shareowners and undertake significant corporate actions—simply and effectively. Formerly known as Wells Fargo Shareowner Services, EQ is part of an international organization that services 23 million shareholders and more than 1,200 clients worldwide.

“Milwaukee is a fabulous city with a talented and diverse workforce. We know that this facility, along with the future staff, will become a strategic asset to our organization as we support our clients in exceeding their goals. We look forward to becoming an integral part of the community,” said Todd May, CEO of EQ.

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Monday, January 14 2019

Fort Smith, AR — Crafton Tull is a civil engineering, surveying, architecture, landscape architecture, and planning firm with more than 200 employees working out of seven offices across Arkansas and Oklahoma—until now. The firm announces the early 2019 opening of their eighth office in Chaffee Crossing at One McClure Place, 8101 McClure Drive, Fort Smith, Ark.
 
One McClure Place developer ERC courted Crafton Tull for the available space because ERC and many other organizations, including Fort Chaffee Redevelopment authority and city of Fort Smith, work with the firm regularly. ERC chairman Rod Coleman says, “It is time for a major firm like Crafton Tull to have a presence in Arkansas’ second largest city. Their work is influencing new development, city planning, and landscape architecture all across the region. We both agree that Fort Smith is the next logical place for them to be established.”

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Thursday, January 10 2019

Health IT company to create 500 jobs, invest more than $5 million

Cobb County, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that BioIQ, a health IT company, will create 500 jobs and invest more than $5 million in Cobb County through the location of its new headquarters. New jobs will include positions in technology, sales and operations.

“BioIQ has significant reach across the nation and has proven itself to be a leader in health care innovation,” said Deal. “By locating its headquarters in Cobb County, BioIQ will join Georgia’s thriving technology innovation sector and enjoy the benefits of our deep talent pool. I am confident BioIQ will find quick and lasting success with the help of Georgia’s low-tax, top-ranked business climate. We are proud to welcome BioIQ to the No. 1 state for business and we look forward to the growth of this partnership in the years to come.”

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Thursday, January 10 2019

Microsoft investment and expansion will create more than 100 new jobs

Richmond, VA — Governor Ralph Northam announced that Microsoft Corporation, one of the largest and most influential companies in the world, will inject significant capital investment to expand its enterprise data center in Mecklenburg County. The project is Microsoft’s sixth expansion at the facility since 2010 and will allow the company to further enhance its ability to serve customers in the U.S. and across the globe. Virginia successfully competed against multiple states for this significant investment, which will create more than 100 new jobs.

“When Microsoft established its new enterprise data center in 2010, it represented the largest economic investment in southern Virginia history, and we have been thrilled to see the company continue expanding in the Commonwealth ever since,” said Governor Northam. “Microsoft’s sustained investment in Virginia has created hundreds of new jobs for our citizens and advanced our position as a leader in information technology. We thank Microsoft for its tremendous contribution to the economies of Mecklenburg County and to the Commonwealth as a whole.”

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Wednesday, January 09 2019

Nashville-based manufacturer investing $9 million, creating 70 jobs

Nashville, TN — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Military Systems Group, Inc. (MSG) officials announced that the Nashville-based manufacturer will expand its operations in Davidson County and anticipates creating 70 new jobs during the next five years.

“The strength of Middle Tennessee’s robust economy is built around companies like MSG,” Rolfe said. “We look forward to the benefits these new high-quality jobs will have for residents in Davidson County.”

Founded in 1977 to manufacture the legendary .50 caliber machine gun, MSG now designs and manufactures specialty weapons mounting systems for various U.S. national defense programs. The company caters primarily to the U.S. Government and also supports U.S. partners and allies around the globe.

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Wednesday, January 09 2019

Joint venture with SABIC would result in 75 new direct jobs, estimated 350 new indirect jobs

Baton Rouge, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and South Louisiana Methanol CEO Paul Moore announced the company plans to pursue a $2.2 billion capital investment in a new methanol complex in St. James Parish. Preliminary work on the project began last year at a 1,500-acre Mississippi River site. South Louisiana Methanol could begin formal construction later this year subject to successful negotiations with a new joint venture partner, a Houston-based subsidiary of Saudi Arabia-based SABIC.

Through the project, South Louisiana Methanol and SABIC would create one of the world’s largest methanol production sites. Originally announced in 2013 as a project of Texas-based ZEEP Inc. and New Zealand-based Todd Corporation, South Louisiana Methanol is now majority-owned by Todd Corporation and will pursue the joint-venture methanol project with SABIC.

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Wednesday, January 09 2019

Manufacturers, service and tech companies in 2018 announced plans to create 14,500 full-time jobs

Frankfort, KY — Companies pledged nearly $5.3 billion in expansions and new facility locations throughout Kentucky this year, making 2018 the second-highest in state history for corporate investment, Governor Matt Bevin announced.

From those investments spanning 374 individual projects, businesses plan to create more than 14,500 full-time jobs in the coming years. The state’s 2018 performance brings the Bevin administration total to $18.1 billion in announced investment and 50,745 jobs announced, more than any previous four-year administration in Kentucky.

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Wednesday, January 09 2019

McDonough, GA — The Henry County Development Authority announced that GFA, a premier provider of total logistics solutions and supply chain analysis, has located in Henry County to provide enhanced logistics solutions for LG Electronics.  The company is creating 34 new jobs at their new facility in Greenwood Industrial Park (McDonough, Georgia) to support their client.

GFA, headquartered in Valley, Alabama, fulfills its mission by providing innovative solutions and supply chain analysis that fit their customers’ needs.  The company’s 300,000 sf McDonough facility will distribute a wide array of LG Electronics products.

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Friday, December 21 2018

Birmingham, AL -- The larger and more obvious economic development successes in the Birmingham region this year, such as Mercedes-Benz, DC BLOX, Shipt, McLeod Software and Amazon, really drive the unprecedented job numbers the region is seeing, said Brian Hilson, President and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA). 

“By year’s end we expect the Birmingham region will surpass, for the first time ever, 4,000 announced jobs from core sector economic development projects,” Hilson said. “Similarly, capital investment for those companies should come in at just under $1 billion, which is one of our best years on record.”

While these larger projects are extremely important, the BBA is also excited about the growth of small businesses. Hilson said Birmingham has an outstanding entrepreneurial climate and that the numerous successful technology business startups the city is seeing bode well for Birmingham’s future economy, as those companies may someday be large themselves. 

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Friday, December 21 2018

Hickory, NC -- A German group of specialized radiopharmaceutical companies has selected Hickory, North Carolina, for the first North American manufacturing plant of its subsidiary Isotopes Technologies Garching, creating 137 new well-paying jobs.

The parent company Isotopen Technologien München AG (ITM), based in Garching near Munich, will invest $12 million in Catawba County. ITM develops, produces and supplies innovative diagnostic and therapeutic radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals. Some of ITM’s products are part of a new generation of targeted cancer diagnostics and therapies.

“Establishing our first North American facility is a remarkable milestone for our company and we are very excited,” said Steffen Schuster, CEO of ITM. “This enables us to achieve further growth and to be closer to our U.S. customers providing advanced targeted radiotherapeutics, which are likely to create enormous opportunities in cancer treatment.”

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Friday, December 21 2018

McDonough, GA -- The Henry County Development Authority announced that General Mills, manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods, will invest $8.5 million in its new state-of-the-art distribution facility located on Westridge Parkway in McDonough, Georgia. The project will create more than 50 new jobs.   

General Mills, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, serves the world by making food people love.  Following the company’s acquisition of Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc. earlier this year, they are also a leading manufacturer and marketer in the wholesome natural pet food category. The 408,000 sf McDonough facility will distribute the General Mills Blue Buffalo family of products throughout the Southeast.

“Blue Buffalo is the #1 Wholesome Natural pet food brand in the U.S. and we are pleased to be expanding with the addition of the facility in McDonough,” said Billy Bishop, President of General Mills Pet Segment.

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Friday, December 21 2018

Fort Pierce, FL -- Islamorada Beer Company’s Fort Pierce employees recently received more than $15,000 in career training opportunities, paid for in part by a State of Florida Incumbent Worker Training Grant.

The state grant reimburses a portion of pre-approved continuing education and training costs for current employees of existing Florida businesses.

“Rather than simply looking outside the company for new talent, we have always believed that investing in and training our current employees is imperative to our success,” said Tyrone Bradley, president and co-founder of Islamorada Beer Company. “The Incumbent Worker Training Grant has helped us to further execute this belief by assisting financially with the training required to elevate these employees in their positions and prepare them for expanded responsibilities.”

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Friday, December 21 2018

140,700 Square Feet Leased to Two Companies

Wilmington, OH -- The Clinton County Port Authority (Port Authority) Board of Directors recently approved three facility leases representing nearly 140,700 square feet of space in three buildings at the Wilmington Air Park.

“These leases are with businesses currently at the Air Park,” said Dan Evers, Executive Director of the Clinton County Port Authority. “Their businesses are growing, and we are glad to accommodate that.”

Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services (AMES), a division of Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) has leased over 15,000 square feet in the building immediately adjacent to the newest hangar. The Port Authority and AMES are working together to complete some building upgrades and modifications to support their expected operations.

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Friday, December 21 2018
Port of Brownsville Announces New Director of Communications

Brownsville, TX -- The Port of Brownsville announces the promotion of Jorge I. Montero as new director of communications, effective Dec. 17, 2018.

Montero has more than 14 years of experience in journalism, marketing and communications, previously serving as communications specialist for the port. He now oversees the department responsible for implementing internal and external communications and media relations efforts for the Port of Brownsville.

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Tuesday, December 18 2018

Customer service centers in Bossier City and Baton Rouge will support state agencies

Baton Rouge, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and YoungWillliams PC President Rob Wells announced the company will create 240 direct jobs and make a $4.1 million capital investment through new call centers in Bossier City and Baton Rouge. YoungWilliams will provide support for social services after reaching an agreement with the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services to operate call centers for a five-year period. Call center functions for DCFS previously were outsourced to a company operating in Florida and California.

For the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, the LAHelpU call centers field inquiries about child support enforcement, fraud and recovery, and federal assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs or SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) and the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program, known as FITAP, which provides cash assistance to low-income families with children. About 500,000 calls are placed each month to the call centers, and customer service representatives interact with about 125,000 of those calls per month. The system was established when the state closed some of its assistance offices as a cost-saving measure in 2012.

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Tuesday, December 18 2018

Standard Calibrations, Inc. to invest $9.6 million to construct new corporate headquarters

Richmond, VA — Governor Ralph Northam announced that Standard Calibrations, Inc. (SCI), a global instrumentation and controls company, will invest $9.6 million to construct a 40,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in the City of Chesapeake. The expansion will include the consolidation of the company’s two existing facilities in Chesapeake, along with the addition of a calibration lab and warehouse operations. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for this project, which will create 89 jobs.

“Supporting small businesses like SCI is key to maintaining a Virginia economy that is both diverse and resilient, and we are thrilled that the company has chosen to expand its headquarters in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam. “In addition creating 89 new jobs in the City of Chesapeake, SCI’s growth will have a positive ripple effect in several key areas of Virginia’s economy, including data centers, utilities, and the maritime industry.”

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Monday, December 17 2018

Operation would create 80 jobs in west Kentucky as industry gains momentum

Frankfort, KY -- Kentucky continues its role as a national leader in the burgeoning hemp industry as Gov. Matt Bevin announced GenCanna Global USA Inc., a hemp genetics and cannabidiol (CBD) formulation company based in Winchester, will add a new facility in Graves County with a $40 million investment expected to create 80 full-time jobs.

“Kentucky is quickly establishing itself at the forefront of the hemp industry, as this agricultural product begins to take root nationwide,” Gov. Bevin said. “This valuable cash crop has tremendous upside potential in the commonwealth. GenCanna was one of the first companies to capitalize on the Agriculture Act of 2014, and we are grateful that they have chosen to operate and expand in Kentucky.”

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Monday, December 17 2018

Shovel-ready site includes 184 acres

Shelbyville, IN -- A shovel-ready industrial site adjoining Interstate 74 in Shelbyville has been acquired by the Shelbyville Redevelopment Commission, the parties announced.

The 184-acre location, which is next to Exit 116 on I-74 and nearly tabletop flat, was assembled from two tracts owned by First Presbyterian Church of Shelbyville and Krone, a German farm equipment manufacturer that considered a third tract for its North American headquarters.

“This industrial has park has fantastic potential,” said Brian Asher, executive director of Shelby County Development Corp., an arm of the city and Shelby County. “It has all the infrastructure in place. It’s more than ready, and we’re excited about the future.”

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Friday, December 14 2018

Ranks Second in Value of Exports

Brownsville, TX — For the third straight year, Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 (FTZ) at the Port of Brownsville ranks second in the nation for the value of exports, according to the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board’s annual report to Congress released Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.

The port’s FTZ reported more than $3.5 billion in exported goods in 2017. Additionally, FTZ No. 62 ranked 18th nationally for the value of imports totaling more than $3.6 billion. The Port of Brownsville FTZ has consistently ranked in the top five nationally since 2012, earning the number 1 spot in the nation in 2012 and 2013. The port’s FTZ has ranked second in the list for three straight years now (2015, 2016, 2017).

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Thursday, December 13 2018

Mesa, AZ — The City of Mesa moved forward a plan for a 20 acre, multi-use, campus-style community at Crismon Road and Hampton Avenue. This $200 Million project called GrandeVita, a Biocity Enterprise by Khangura Development, will allow seniors to "age in place" in a high tech and innovative environment. A 127 room Residence Inn by Marriott is the first project to be completed on the campus and will be open in January of 2019. When completed, GrandeVita will create an estimated 326 jobs with an average wage of $45.25 an hour and generate 28.6 million dollars in wages.

GrandeVita's concept and design has been developed with the intent of creating a unique campus atmosphere with a world class resort feel. The campus is nearly 700,000 square feet of independent and assisted living, hotel rooms, multiple dining options, medical offices, a luxury tower and luxury condos, nursing school and rehab clinic spread out over 20 acres.

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Thursday, December 13 2018

Project to relocate administrative functions to Church Point; retain 38 jobs; result in 28 new jobs

Church Point, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and Richard’s Cajun Foods Inc. President Ronnie Doucet announced Richard’s will invest $2.7 million to relocate some production and administrative functions to Church Point, Louisiana, and expand the company’s operations there. With the expansion, the food processing company will retain 38 jobs and will create 12 new direct jobs, with an average annual salary of $35,000. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 16 new indirect jobs, for a total of 28 new jobs in the Acadiana Region.

The Richard’s Church Point facility will feature 28,000 square feet of production and office space. As part of the expansion, the company is adding 6,000 square feet of space, as well as renovating 3,000 square feet of existing space in the Church Point facility. In addition to expanding the facility, Richard’s is relocating some production operations from Milwaukee to Church Point. The company anticipates construction beginning in January 2019, with completion by March 2019. Commercial operations will not cease during the expansion, and hiring for the new jobs will begin in early 2019.

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Wednesday, December 12 2018

New 36,000 square foot facility doubles the company’s current production capability

Mesa, AZ — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced that its Innovation Systems sector operations in Mesa completed the expansion of its Bushmaster® medium caliber cannon production facility. The new 36,000 square foot facility nearly doubles the company’s current production capacity by collocating warehouse and manufacturing operations into one site.

Lisa Brown (center) Northrop Grumman vice president and Mesa site operations lead, cuts the ribbon to officially open the company’s new facility. The 36,000 square foot building combines production and warehousing into one location, nearly doubling the production capability for the division that produces the world renowned Bushmaster line of medium caliber cannons. (pictured left-right: Kevin Sullivan, executive vice president, Arizona Commerce Authority; David Luna, Mesa vice mayor; John Giles, Mesa mayor; Dan Olson, Northrop Grumman armament systems vice president; Lisa Brown, Northrop Grumman vice president and Mesa site lead; Sally Harrison, CEO, Mesa Chamber of Commerce; Rudy Cota, Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs staff, constituent service representative; Bill Jabjiniak, Mesa director of economic development; Chris Keeler, Northrop Grumman deputy director Mesa operations.)

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Wednesday, December 12 2018

Leading transportation company to create 850 jobs, invest $575 million in new Fulton County campus

Fulton County, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal was joined by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to announce that Norfolk Southern Corporation, one of the nation’s premier transportation companies, will locate its headquarters in Fulton County, creating 850 jobs and investing $575 million. Norfolk Southern’s new campus will house the company’s headquarters, dispatch operations, operations and service support center, crew management center, corridor operations offices, national customer service center, administrative functions, marketing department and police communications center.

“As a major hub for both transportation and innovation, Georgia is a fitting home for Norfolk Southern’s new headquarters,” said Deal. “As the No. 1 state for business six years in a row, Georgia has become a preferred location for industry leaders like Norfolk Southern, as we have seen more than 30 locations or expansions by Fortune 500 companies in the better part of the last decade. Much of this success can be attributed to our expansive infrastructure network, our culture of collaboration and ready-to-work communities, all of which are essential in helping businesses move goods around the nation and to international markets as efficiently as possible.

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Wednesday, December 12 2018

Lansing, MI — Drive System Design, Inc., a global engineering consultancy specializing in the design, development and control of future transmission and driveline systems, is expanding in Farmington Hills with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

The project is expected to generate total private investment of $1.7 million and create 25 high-wage engineering jobs. Michigan was chosen for the expansion over a competing site in California.

“Drive System Design’s decision to invest in Farmington Hills rather than another state means excellent jobs for Michigan residents and further solidifies Michigan’s leadership position in automotive R&D and electric vehicle advancements,” 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.

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Wednesday, December 12 2018

Madison, WI — Stella & Chewy’s, a natural pet food company, is expanding its manufacturing facility and headquarters in Oak Creek – a project expected to create 82 new jobs and a $30 million capital investment over the next three years.

“Stella & Chewy’s is a great example of how businesses of all industries are thriving and growing in Wisconsin thanks to our positive business climate and dedicated workforce,” said Governor Scott Walker. “Companies have many options in deciding whether to expand, and we commend Stella & Chewy’s for its continued commitment to Wisconsin.”

“Stella & Chewy’s excellent growth in sales and market share of its high-quality premium pet food products is requiring expanded manufacturing capability,” said company CEO Marc Hill. “The company is proud to call Wisconsin home and excited to expand in the state.”

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Thursday, December 06 2018

Boat manufacturer to create nearly 100 jobs in Dickson County

Nashville, TN — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Ebbtide Holdings LLC officials announced that the boat manufacturer will establish a plant in White Bluff and create nearly 100 jobs over the next five years.

“With our rich manufacturing legacy and pro-business environment, Tennessee is a place where leading businesses can invest and provide quality jobs for our residents,” Rolfe said. “I’d like to thank Ebbtide Holdings LLC for investing in Dickson County and bringing boat manufacturing back to White Bluff.”

Ebbtide Holdings LLC, makers of Boca Bay and Aquasport boats, is locating operations in an existing industrial building at 2545 Jones Creek Road in Dickson County. Ebbtide Holdings LLC is investing in facility upgrades and anticipates the 140,000-square-foot plant will be operational in the fourth quarter of 2018. The company will manufacture center console sporting boats ranging from 20 to 30 feet in length at the new facility.

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Tuesday, December 04 2018
Georgia announces new inland terminal location  

Northeast Georgia Inland Port to serve fast-growing Gainesville region

Gainesville, GA — Governor Nathan Deal, along with representatives of the Georgia Ports Authority, the Greater Hall Chamber and Norfolk Southern Railroad announced plans Monday to make Hall County the site of the GPA's next inland port.

"The Northeast Georgia Inland Port will be situated in the heart of the manufacturing and logistics corridor along Interstate 85, an important region for the production of heavy equipment, food and forest products," Deal said. "Besides serving these existing port customers, it will also act as an economic development tool, drawing new investment from business and industry to Hall and its surrounding counties."

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Tuesday, December 04 2018

Morrison, IL -- The Whiteside Carrol Enterprise Zone (WCEZ) will be hosting two Enterprise Zone Informational meetings in December to present local businesses with information about this local business incentive, and how it can assist businesses in their expansion or location in Whiteside and Carroll Counties. The meetings will be held on December 18, 2018, at 1:00 – 2:00 PM in the Whiteside County Law Enforcement Center, and on December 19, 2018, at the Carroll County Courthouse at 1:00 - 2:00 PM. The sessions will provide information on what the Enterprise Zone is, what the benefits are, who qualifies, an explanation of the application process, and answers to questions about the Enterprise Zone.     

According to Gary Camarano, WCEZ Administrator, “The Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone has shown itself to be one of the region’s most effective local incentives in attracting investment, and retaining and creating jobs to the region. Since the year 2000, the Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone has assisted 469 projects, attracted $414,630,240.00 in investment, and helped in retaining and creating 8,076 jobs. We want to reach out to the business community and provide information to them on this incentive, and how it could assist in business expansions or locations.” 

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Tuesday, December 04 2018

$56 million project expected to create up to 220 new jobs in southeastern Wisconsin

Madison, WI — The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the Village of Menomonee Falls and Leonardo DRS Inc. announced the company will build a new manufacturing facility and offices in Menomonee Falls to accommodate its growing Naval Power Systems line of business—a project expected to create up to 220 jobs in southeastern Wisconsin.

The company will invest $56 million in a new “best-in-class” engineering and manufacturing facility to serve as the focal point for most of its business development and production activities. The facility, expected to open in 2020, will house the design, test and manufacturing facilities for naval and marine power distribution, power conversion, motor controls, drives and automation/control equipment for the U.S. Navy, commercial and international customers.

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Monday, December 03 2018

$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.

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Monday, December 03 2018

Ceramic tile manufacturer to create 220 jobs

Baxter, TN — Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Portobello America, Inc. officials announced that the company will locate its U.S. headquarters and first U.S. production facility in Baxter. The ceramic tile manufacturer will create 220 jobs and invest approximately $150 million in Putnam County, which represents the largest announcement in Baxter during the Haslam administration.

“Portobello’s decision to locate its new production facility and U.S. headquarters and create more than 200 in Baxter will be transformational for the community,” Haslam said. “In Tennessee, we have created a business-friendly environment that promotes growth in all of our communities across the state and I appreciate Portobello for seeing what great assets Tennessee and Putnam County have to offer. I look forward to seeing this company succeed in our state and with investments like this, Tennessee will lead in the creation of high-quality jobs.”

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Monday, December 03 2018

HR Tech Company Expected to Grow its Local Workforce to 1,700 Employees 

Hartford, CT — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that Indeed, the world’s number one job site, is once again expanding its presence in Connecticut.  The HR tech company, which just launched an expansion project last year, is now planning to add an additional 500 workers in Stamford, bringing its total employment in Connecticut to 1,700 workers.

Indeed plans to invest $66 million toward its expansion and is exploring real estate options to accommodate the growth. The company currently leases office space at 177 Broad Street in Stamford.

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Monday, December 03 2018

Peoria, AZ — It feels like it was only a few short months ago Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) and the City of Peoria celebrated the groundbreaking of the new 127,000 SF West Valley Primary and Specialty Care Center. Now rising three stories high and over 50 feet skyward, construction is well on its way.

The health care center is located on a 20-acre site which is part of the Peoria Place property at Grand Avenue and Cotton Crossing. When it opens in early 2020, it is estimated there will be approximately 320 staff dedicated to this site, treating an expected daily volume of about 255 patients and visitors, thus addressing the health needs of the rapidly-growing West Valley with a wide range of services.

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Thursday, November 29 2018

E-commerce retailer to open new facility in Savannah

Savannah, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that Wayfair Inc., one of the world’s largest online destinations for the home, will create 1,000 jobs and open a new 1,164,800-square-foot facility in Savannah. New jobs will include supervisory, administrative and warehouse positions. Wayfair and its landlord plan to invest approximately $45 million in the project over the next five years.

“As the gateway to the Southeastern market and beyond, Georgia continues to attract and retain industry leaders such as Wayfair as they look to expand operations,” said Deal. “By establishing this new facility in Savannah, it’s clear that Wayfair’s leadership recognizes the strength of our workforce, as well as our dedication to preserving Georgia’s top-ranked and nationally recognized business climate. Georgia’s high-performing transportation infrastructure and strategic resources, including our world-class ports system, will help Wayfair expand its distribution network and support the company’s plans for long-term growth. We appreciate Wayfair’s commitment to creating even more jobs here in Georgia and look forward to further strengthening this partnership.”

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Thursday, November 29 2018
Dkota Investments, Inc. to Build Distribution Center for Bimbo Bakeries USA in Tomball Business & Technology Park 

Pictured from left to right: Justin Leitch, President, Leitch Properties; Russell Leitch, President, Dakota Investments; Tomball Mayor Gretchen Fagan, Kelly Violette, Executive Director, TEDC; Tom Condon, Jr., Senior Vice President-The Woodlands, Colliers International 

Tomball, TX — The Tomball Economic Development Corporation (TEDC), is pleased to announce that it has sold its fifth lot in the Tomball Business & Technology Park.  The buyer, Dkota Investments, Inc. of Dallas, is a national company that provides build-to-suit facilities in the warehouse and mixed-use segments for large multi-national corporations as well as smaller, privately owned businesses.   

Dkota Investments, Inc. purchased 4 acres in the Tomball Business and Technology Park for a 20,000 square foot build-to-suit distribution center for Bimbo Bakeries, USA. This project is anticipated to create 14 new full-time jobs operating two 8-hour shifts within the city of Tomball once operational later in 2019.   

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Wednesday, November 28 2018

Jackson County, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that SK innovation, a developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for hybrid electric vehicles, is estimated to create more than 2,000 jobs and invest $1.67 billion in a new manufacturing plant in Jackson County in the long term.

“As the No. 1 state for business six times over, Georgia continues to maintain strong partnerships with Korean businesses and international industry leaders that lead to real results,” said Deal. “SK innovation’s decision to make this significant investment and create more than 2,000 jobs in Jackson County reflects Georgia’s reputation as a top destination for international businesses, especially those in the automotive supply sector. By choosing Georgia, SK innovation will have access to our skilled workforce and extensive manufacturing resources, while also joining a number of other Korean-affiliated companies that operate manufacturing facilities across the state. We appreciate SK innovation’s investment in the Jackson County community and look forward to the company’s success long into the future.”

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Monday, November 19 2018

St. James Parish project will result in 1,230 new direct, indirect jobs

Convent, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and Wanhua Chemical Group Co. Ltd. executive Weiqi Hua announced the company will develop a $1.25 billion chemical manufacturing complex in the St. James Parish community of Convent, Louisiana. The 250-acre manufacturing site will be developed at the northwest corner of the intersection of Louisiana Highways 3125 and 3214, on the east bank of the Mississippi River with deep-draft river access and available rail service.

The project will create 170 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of more than $80,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in additional 1,060 new indirect jobs, for a total of 1,230 new permanent jobs in the state. Wanhua will leverage its $1.25 billion capital investment to produce MDI, or methylene diphenyl diisocyanate. MDI is commonly used for polyurethane automotive parts, foams and elastomers, with applications in such consumer areas as appliances, electronics, spray-foam insulation, furniture, textiles and footwear.

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Thursday, November 15 2018

1901 Group to invest $4 million to expand Enterprise IT Operations Center and corporate footprint 

Richmond, VA — Governor Ralph Northam announced that 1901 Group, a trusted provider of IT services for the public and private sectors, will invest $4 million to expand its Enterprise IT Operations Center headquartered in Montgomery County and its corporate offices in Fairfax County. The company will receive funding for the project from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP), which will support the addition of 580 new jobs in Montgomery County and 225 new jobs in Fairfax County by 2021.

“The decision by 1901 Group to expand its operations in Montgomery and Fairfax Counties is a strong testament to Virginia’s ability to compete for major projects that will result in tremendous opportunity for citizens across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “With one of the largest technology talent pools in the nation, Virginia’s thriving IT industry promises high anticipated growth and upward mobility for employees. We thank 1901 Group for creating more than 800 new 21st-century jobs and for contributing to our efforts to ensure that all Virginians, no matter who they are or where they live, have access to a promising future.”

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Wednesday, November 14 2018

2.5-million-square-foot campus in Milwaukee Harbor District could create more than 400 jobs

Madison, WI — Komatsu Mining Corporation announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art headquarters and manufacturing campus in Milwaukee – a project with the potential to create more than 400 jobs.

“With a 134-year history in Milwaukee, Komatsu is one of Wisconsin’s oldest employers, and we thank the company for making a long-term commitment to our state with this significant investment, which will position Komatsu for continued growth,” Governor Scott Walker said. “We are pleased to be able to add Komatsu to the growing list of longtime Wisconsin companies that have decided to grow here because of the state’s strong business climate and dedicated workforce.”

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Wednesday, November 14 2018

Nashville to be home to 5,000 new jobs

Nashville, TN — Amazon announced its decision to create 5,000 new jobs in Nashville in its new Operations Center of Excellence.

The Operations Center of Excellence will serve as the company’s Eastern U.S. hub for the company’s Retail Operations division and will be located in downtown Nashville. Nashville and the state of Tennessee will benefit from Amazon’s 5,000 full-time, high-paying jobs, $230 million in capital investment and one million square feet of energy-efficient office space. Currently, the company employs approximately 2,500 people in the Nashville region across four distribution centers. Amazon invested more than $5 billion into Tennessee between 2011-2017, including customer fulfillment infrastructure and employee compensation. Company investments have added more than $4 billion to Tennessee’s GDP.

Amazon’s decision to create 5,000 new jobs at its Operations Center of Excellence in Nashville makes this the largest jobs announcement since the inception of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Partnership 2020 economic development initiative in 1990.

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Monday, November 12 2018

Dynamic new shop/Makerspace at CSU made possible thanks to a partnership with The Austin Company

Cleveland, OH -- Cleveland State University has opened a new state-of-the-art, hands-on, woodshop within The Dan T. Moore Makerspace at the Washkewicz College of Engineering. The facility, made possible through a collaboration between The Austin Company and CSU will contain teaching space, multiple pieces of woodworking equipment and an advanced Shopbot, a 3-axis CNC machine for fabricating wood, plastic and aluminum.  

In recognition of The Austin Company’s support in making the facility possible, CSU is pleased to announce the new woodshop will be named the Samuel Austin Woodshop (SAW), after company founder, Samuel Austin. The SAW will provide CSU students with maker-based learning opportunities through hands-on workshops, industry expertise and student projects.

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Friday, November 09 2018

Automotive and appliance supplier investing approximately $14 million

Nashville, TN — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Truform Manufacturing LLC officials announced that the automotive and appliance supplier will invest approximately $14 million to expand its operations in Dickson and create nearly 90 jobs over the next five years.

“Tennessee’s existing businesses are the driving force behind our economic growth and job creation,” Rolfe said. “Truform’s expansion underscores the many advantages Tennessee offers global businesses. This is Truform’s third major expansion since 2012, and I’d like to thank the company for creating nearly 90 quality job opportunities in Middle Tennessee and strengthening its commitment to Dickson County.”

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Thursday, November 08 2018

Carry-On Trailer, Inc. to expand manufacturing operation

Montross, VA — Governor Ralph Northam announced that Carry-On Trailer, Inc., a leading manufacturer of steel and utility trailers, will invest $1.6 million to expand its facility in Westmoreland County. Virginia successfully competed against Georgia and Pennsylvania for this investment opportunity, which will create 42 new jobs and allow Carry-On Trailer to meet growing market demand for its products.

“Virginia’s manufacturing sector is an important engine for economic development in rural communities across our Commonwealth, and it is an honor to partner with companies like Carry-On Trailer that catalyze industry growth and job creation,” said Governor Northam. “We thank Carry-On Trailer for reinvesting in Westmoreland County and look forward to the addition of 42 new jobs in the Northern Neck with this expansion.”

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Thursday, November 08 2018

$7.4 million expansion in New Richmond expected to create 52 jobs

Madison, WI — Federal Foam Technologies Inc., a leading global supplier in the foam and plastics industry, is expanding its operations at its New Richmond facility – a $7.3 million project expected to create 52 new jobs over the next three years.

“Wisconsin is proud to be home to innovative and forward-thinking companies like Federal Foam Technologies,” said Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the state’s lead economic development organization. “This project marks the latest example of companies choosing to establish or expand operations in Wisconsin because of our positive business climate and dedicated workforce.”

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Thursday, November 08 2018

Brownsville, TX — The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has awarded the Port of Brownsville a $1.5 million Rider 45 grant to enhance the port’s intermodal connectivity, further facilitating domestic and international trade in the Rio Grande Valley.

The state funds will be used for the construction of the South Port Connector Project, which is part of the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority’s (CCRMA) East Loop Corridor plan. When complete, the port connector road will span two miles and will connect Ostos Road at the port with State Highway 4.

“The Port of Brownsville is a valuable asset to the Texas economy and a major economic force in the region,” said John Reed, Brownsville Navigation District Chairman. “Infrastructure improvements such as the port connector facilitate our efforts in strengthening the port’s position as the main hub for domestic and international trade in South Texas.”

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Thursday, November 08 2018

Jesup, GA — Due to overwhelming demand for the Sierra REB line of two-ram balers and conveyors, Sierra International Machinery is adding a 24,000-square-foot expansion at their manufacturing facility in Jesup, Georgia. This expansion will allow Sierra the ability to increase production and meet the demand for the full Sierra product line, and is the third expansion Sierra has added to its Georgia facility since it opened in 2008.

"We are proud to announce the expansion of our facility in Jesup, Georgia," said John Sacco, President and Owner of Sierra International Machinery. "The success of our two-ram balers and conveyors in the waste sector has grown exponentially, far more than we initially anticipated.

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Monday, October 29 2018

North American bakery to create 90 jobs 

Nashville, TN — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Weston Foods officials announced the company will expand its Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC operations in Wilson County. The bakery company will create 90 new jobs and invest $53 million in Lebanon. 

“I want to thank Maplehurst for choosing to expand its operations in Lebanon,” Rolfe said. “Since 2011, TNECD has supported the creation more than 4,000 new jobs in Wilson County and I appreciate Weston Foods for bringing 90 new jobs to Lebanon and for continuing to invest in our state. I look forward to seeing this company continue to succeed in Tennessee and in Wilson County.” 

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Friday, October 26 2018

New Zealand ag-tech company to open new office on College of Southern Idaho campus

Twin Falls, ID — CropLogic is pleased to announce it will locate a regional sales office in Twin Falls, ID. CropLogic, a New Zealand company, is an international provider of digital agricultural technology and agronomy services for growers of irrigated crops. The announcement is in partnership with CropLogic, the City of Twin Falls, the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) and Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO).

“Partnerships and relationships are a top priority for CropLogic. Having established ourselves in the Columbia Basin, Washington State in early 2017 the take up of our technology in that region has been beyond our expectations. This has been largely due to the partnerships we have developed in that area,” said James Cooper-Jones, CEO of CropLogic. “As we have looked at expansion opportunities into the greater Pacific North West the response from Twin Falls has been excellent. We’re excited about offering Idaho growers greater access to our technologies and look forward to further developing our partnerships and relationships in this region.”

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Wednesday, October 24 2018

Leading manufacturer of vinyl windows and fiberglass entry systems to invest $6.5 million in Swainsboro facility

Swainsboro, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that Wincore Window Company LLC, a leading American manufacturer of premium vinyl windows and fiberglass entry door systems, will create 150 new jobs and invest $6.5 million in a manufacturing facility in Swainsboro. 

“Our highly skilled workforce, proximity to the Southeastern market and unmatched logistics infrastructure continue to attract industry-leading manufacturers like Wincore Window Company to Georgia,” said Deal. “Wincore’s choice of Emanuel County reflects Georgia’s commitment to providing industry leaders with the best resources to compete nationwide. With this investment, Wincore will build upon the strategic resources of the No. 1 state for business to spur further economic growth in the Swainsboro community and create quality jobs for Georgians. We welcome Wincore to Georgia and look forward to the company’s success here in our low-tax, business-friendly climate.”

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Wednesday, October 24 2018

KPMG LLP to invest more than $30 million to expand in Tysons Corner

Richmond, VA — Governor Ralph Northam announced that KPMG LLP, a U.S. audit, tax, and advisory firm, will invest more than $30 million to expand its operations in Fairfax County. Virginia successfully competed against Washington, D.C. for this project, which will create more than 500 new jobs.

“With nearly 2,000 employees across Fairfax County, KPMG is an invaluable contributor to the regional economy, and we are honored that a corporate services provider of this caliber has chosen to grow in Virginia,” said Governor Northam. “This major expansion reinforces the company’s commitment to the Commonwealth and to Northern Virginia’s dependable talent pipeline. We thank KPMG for creating over 500 new, high-quality jobs and look forward to its continued success in Fairfax County.”

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Tuesday, October 23 2018

Two Six Labs to invest $3.4 million to expand headquarters

Richmond, VA — Governor Ralph Northam announced that Two Six Labs, LLC, a cybersecurity and IT company that develops applications for problem solving in the field, will invest $3.4 million to relocate to a new office and expand its corporate headquarters in Arlington County. Two Six Labs will receive funding from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP) to support the recruitment and training of 87 new employees who will specialize in machine/deep learning, distributed computing, vulnerability research, and reverse engineering at the new facility.

“Virginia has emerged as a national leader in cybersecurity and cutting-edge technology, and we are thrilled that an innovative cybersecurity company like Two Six Labs has chosen Arlington County as the site of its multi-million-dollar investment and will more than double its workforce in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “Creating quality jobs in high-growth sectors is one of my top priorities as Governor, and expansions such as this one demonstrate that our efforts are having a positive impact.” 

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Monday, October 22 2018

Foreign Direct Investment project to retain 150 jobs and result in 22 new direct, indirect jobs

Shreveport, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and Ternium USA Inc. President Michael Guhl announced the international steelmaker will invest $14.7 million to expand and upgrade its facility at The Port of Caddo-Bossier in Shreveport.

Through the project, the company will retain 150 existing jobs and create six new direct jobs with an average salary of $65,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 16 new indirect jobs, for a total of 22 new jobs in Louisiana’s Northwest Region.

“Ternium’s expansion at The Port of Caddo-Bossier is a vote of confidence in the effectiveness of our port system, the talent of our people, and the strength of our business economy,” Gov. Edwards said. “The decision to upgrade this facility sends a message that Louisiana is well-positioned for foreign direct investment projects to thrive. Ternium’s reinvestment also secures the retention of 150 jobs and affirms the company’s confidence in Louisiana’s Northwest Region as a place to grow.”

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Friday, October 12 2018

$12.7 million expansion will create 136 jobs

Madison, WI — Zendesk, Inc., a customer engagement platform, is expanding its operations in Madison and establishing a Midwest regional hub—a project expected to create 136 jobs over the next three years.

“Companies have a choice when deciding to expand, and Zendesk’s decision to establish a regional hub in Madison is a testament to Wisconsin’s strong business climate and dedicated workforce,” said Tricia Braun, deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), who joined company and community leaders today in a grand opening on West Main Street. “This investment will allow Zendesk to position itself for continued growth and success, and at the same time, create family-supporting jobs in the Madison area.”

"Since our earliest days in Madison, the city has felt like a second home for Zendesk," said Mikkel Svane, Zendesk CEO and founder. "It offers a vibrant tech and business community, an abundance of talent, and a culture that supports our growth in the region and globally.”

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Wednesday, October 10 2018

Texarkana, USA — Governors from both sides of the state line will converge in downtown Texarkana on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at 3 p.m. to announce the creation of the AR-TX Regional Economic Development Incorporation (AR-TX REDI)—an organization formed to serve as a catalyst for regional growth and a strengthened economy for southwest Arkansas and northeast Texas. The public is invited to attend the announcement ceremony held on the steps of the United States Post Office and Courthouse.

The historical joint appearance by Governor Greg Abbott (TX) and Governor Asa Hutchinson (AR) will headline the launch of AR-TX REDI, a new nonprofit organization that aims to create jobs and expand the regional economic base by attracting new businesses and industries. AR-TX REDI was created to promote the value of the area’s unique resources along the regional interstate corridors in Bowie (TX) and Miller (AR) Counties. Currently, the area has 106 miles of interstate frontage along the corridors of I-30, I-49, and future I-69 (currently called I-369).

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Tuesday, October 09 2018

Canadian manufacturer to invest nearly $6.4 million, create 80 jobs in Lawrenceburg

Lawrenceburg, TN — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Craig Manufacturing Ltd. officials announced that the company will establish its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Lawrenceburg.

Craig Manufacturing plans to invest nearly $6.4 million and create 80 jobs in Lawrence County during the next five years.

“I’m pleased Craig Manufacturing, a third-generation, family-owned business, has picked Lawrence County, Tennessee as the home of its U.S. operations,” Rolfe said. “Because of exceptional international businesses like Craig Manufacturing, Tennessee continues to be a leading state for foreign direct investment. Craig Manufacturing will be a tremendous addition to Lawrence County and we are grateful that it will bring high quality jobs to this thriving community.”

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Tuesday, October 09 2018
TCAA Celebrates Aerospace Park Groundbreaking

Photo Caption: Representatives of the TCAA; the Cities of Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee; and Sullivan County and Washington County, Tennessee; as well as State of Tennessee officials celebrate the next phase of development for Aerospace Park.

Blountville, TN – Community leaders and construction vehicles were on site at Tri-Cities Airport setting the stage for the next phase of Aerospace Park site development. 

Site construction in Aerospace Park will begin tomorrow and is scheduled to be completed in late fall 2020. Once this phase of construction is complete, Aerospace Park will have a total of 105 acres ready for immediate development. 

Aerospace Park already offers 32 acres ready for development. TCAA staff continue to heavily promote the current availability of the site to target industries. The completion of each phase of Aerospace Park development has offered additional promotional benefits and recognition for the site.

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Tuesday, October 09 2018

Jackson, MS — Automotive supplier Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi is increasing production in Lee County, investing $100 million and creating 50 jobs.

“Auto Parts Manufacturing Mississippi’s growth in Lee County is strong indicator the state’s automotive industry continues to gain momentum and will be a major economic driver in North Mississippi and throughout the state,” Governor Phil Bryant said.

A Tier 1 automotive supplier located in Guntown, APMM produces stamped auto parts, body weld parts and plastic parts. The company’s expansion accommodates increased production for the 2019 Toyota Corolla, which is produced at Toyota Mississippi in Blue Springs. APMM, which is owned by Toyota Auto Body Co., LTD, is retooling its facility and investing in workforce training.

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Tuesday, October 09 2018

Fort Wayne, IN — Governor Eric J. Holcomb, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and Allen County commissioners joined officials of Sweetwater, the No. 1 online retailer of music instruments and audio gear in the U.S., as the company announced plans to significantly expand its operations in Fort Wayne, creating up to 1,009 new jobs by 2022. 

"Sweetwater is a strong, Indiana-built company with a proven track record of recruiting and retaining employees from other states, boasting employees from 48 states and seven countries," said Gov. Holcomb. "Sweetwater brings a welcome diversity to the industry base in northeast Indiana and is a driving force in the quality of life in Fort Wayne." 

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Wednesday, September 26 2018

Company’s data center site will grow from two buildings to five

Henrico County, VA — Governor Ralph Northam announced that Facebook will invest an additional $750 million to expand its data center in Henrico County. This investment is in addition to the $1 billion investment in Henrico County that Facebook announced last year. The company will construct three new 500,000 square-foot buildings, bringing the planned total square footage to over 2.4 million square feet.

Facebook anticipates that the expanded site will support over 200 jobs once operational and will represent more than 1,500 construction jobs at peak. In addition, this phase will be supported by 100 percent renewable energy through the renewable energy tariff offered by Dominion Energy.

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Wednesday, September 26 2018

Worldwide leader in outdoor maintenance equipment increasing capacity in Monroe County

Madison, WI — The Toro Company, a leading worldwide provider of outdoor maintenance equipment and irrigation and professional lighting solutions, is expanding its facility in Tomah. The project will add 180,000 square feet to its facility and is expected to create 35 new jobs.

“Companies have a choice when they are looking to expand, and we’re pleased The Toro Company has chosen to make this investment right here in Wisconsin,” said Governor Scott Walker “The new jobs and capital investment this project will bring to Tomah underscores Toro’s continued commitment to the state and our workforce.”

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Tuesday, September 25 2018

Cloud solutions provider creating approximately 50 new jobs
 
Columbia, SC — Green Cloud Technologies, one of the nation's fastest-growing providers of hosted solutions and services, announced the opening of its new Greenville County headquarters. The company's $7.8 million investment is projected to create approximately 50 new jobs over the next five years.
 
Green Cloud Technologies was founded in 2011 by a team of industry veterans with more than a century of combined information technology, telecom and communications experience. The start-up was established with a business model focused on building partner networks and providing customers with world-class servers, as well as backup and recovery solutions. The company's expansive suite of Cisco-powered, cloud-based products, services and support is scalable to applications of any size - from small and medium-sized businesses to enterprise-class organizations.

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Thursday, September 20 2018

Cullman, AL — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2 million grant to Wallace State Community College (WSCC) of Cullman, Alabama, to build a technical education center that will help workers gain new, in-demand skills. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 68 jobs.

“Under the Trump Administration, workforce development and training are of the utmost importance as some workers continue to struggle in communities across the United States,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “This new facility in Cullman will provide the innovative education workers need to compete for jobs in the global economy.” 

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Thursday, September 20 2018

Four-plus-year renovation of legendary property results in tourism destination, promise of 100 new jobs

Milville, KY — At the opening of Castle & Key Distillery, Governor Matt Bevin congratulated the company’s leaders on their $30 million renovation – a project expected to create 100 jobs in the coming years – and welcomed the public’s return to the restored, long-dormant grounds of the former Old Taylor Distillery Co. in Woodford County.

“In the middle of an international resurgence of Kentucky’s bourbon industry, we welcome Castle & Key as another crown jewel of spirits production, tourism and hospitality,” Gov. Bevin said. “I commend the owners’ vision to resurrect the historic property and their team’s tremendous effort in renovating and preserving the buildings and grounds, creating jobs and, as of today, opening to the public.”

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Thursday, September 20 2018
Italian Manufacturer to Establish North American Headquarters in Indiana

Photo Caption: Filtrec S.p.A. announces plans to establish a North American headquarters in Daleville, Indiana, at a Friends of Indiana reception in Milan on Wednesday, Sept. 19. From left to right: Andrea Pernici, Filtrec; Christian Lochis, Filtrec; Sergio Modina, Filtrec; Giacoma Modina, Filtrec; Gov. Holcomb; James King, Delaware County Commissioner; Bill Walters, East Central Indiana Regional Planning District; Brad Bookout, Delaware County Director of Economic Development and Redevelopment; and Jim Schellinger, Indiana Secretary of Commerce.  

Milan, IN — Governor Eric J. Holcomb and Delaware County officials joined Filtrec S.p.A., an Italy-based manufacturer of filters and filter elements, in Milan this week as the company announced plans to locate its first U.S. operation in Indiana. The company will invest $1.3 million to establish a facility in Daleville, which will serve as the company's North American headquarters. 

“We’re thrilled Filtrec is establishing its North American headquarters in Daleville and glad to be in Milan to celebrate this milestone with them,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Our partnership with Filtrec is possible because of our continued efforts to take Indiana to the world and bring the world back to Indiana and we can’t wait to see Filtrec’s success in Indiana.”

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Thursday, September 20 2018
GPA approves $92M rail expansion

Photo Caption: As part of the Mason Mega Rail project, the GPA Board approved on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, the addition of 23 miles of track on Garden City Terminal to better accommodate 10,000-foot long unit trains. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton) 

Savannah container trade up eight percent in August

Savannah, GA — The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) moved 375,833 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit containers (TEUs) in August, an eight percent increase over August 2017.  In addition, the GPA handled 86,200 intermodal TEUs, a 33 percent jump.

"A strengthening economy and a greater reliance on GPA in major inland markets is driving growth at the Port of Savannah," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "We expect this trend to continue as more customers take advantage of Garden City Terminal's central location and efficient terminal operations."

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Thursday, September 20 2018

Freeport, TX — At the regularly scheduled meeting on September 10th, the Port Freeport Commission approved a resolution to hold the ad valorem tax rate at $0.0401 per $100 of property valuation. Holding the tax rate allows Port Freeport to meet the 2019 debt service obligations and support the expansion of the Port’s operations. The current total tax rate of $0.0401, reduced 25 percent since 2011, includes approximately three cents directed to Maintenance and Operations and one cent dedicated to debt service. 

In August, the Port Commission approved a resolution to provide further tax relief to individuals 65 years of age and older or disabled. The resolution expands the residence homestead exemption for individuals 65 years of age and older or disabled from $100,000 to $150,000. The increased exemption, along with the 20 percent general homestead exemption, will provide tax relief opportunity to qualifying navigation district residents.

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Wednesday, September 19 2018

Monogram Foods to invest $30 million in fourth manufacturing operation expansion

Martinsville, VA — Governor Ralph Northam announced that Monogram Food Solutions, LLC, a Memphis-based manufacturer of value-added meats, will invest $30 million to expand its manufacturing operation, Monogram Snacks, in Henry County. The company will expand its product lines to accommodate new and expanding contracts. Virginia successfully competed against six other states for the project, which will create 300 new jobs.

“When an industry-leader like Monogram Foods expands its operation four times in less than a decade, it is a powerful testament to Henry County’s skilled workforce, competitive operating costs, and infrastructure,” said Governor Northam. “Monogram has quickly become one of the region’s top employers and we are honored that the company has chosen to reinvest here, creating an additional 300 high-quality jobs in the Commonwealth. We congratulate Monogram on its remarkable growth, and are confident the company will continue to succeed in Southern Virginia.”

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Wednesday, September 19 2018
Interstate Industrial Park receives AdvantageSite Re-Designation

Birmingham, AL — Interstate Industrial Park has received AdvantageSite Re-Designation for another four years. The park is located along I-65 in Montgomery. The total acreage of the industrial park is 700 acres with 350 acres still available. Two projects have located in the industrial park since receiving AdvantageSite designation.

The AdvantageSite program requires that community economic development organizations provide documentation specific to a proposed industrial site, including a set of standard data related to ownership/control, environmental and geotechnical conditions, and infrastructure status. Sites must also meet size, zoning and accessibility requirements.

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Monday, September 17 2018

Des Moines, IA — The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced that a development-ready site located in Cherokee is the latest industrial site to achieve certification through the Iowa Certified Site Program. It joins 20 other sites in the state that have been designated as project-ready.

“Having a certified site is about creating a competitive advantage,” said Debi Durham, director of the IEDA. “Companies exploring expansions or new operations often do not have the luxury of dedicating substantial amounts of time to the site location process. Having a site where all the development questions have been asked and answered demonstrates that the community is open for business and prepared to welcome new investment.” 

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Monday, September 17 2018
Mirexus launches operations in Hanlon Creek Business Park

Photo caption: Mirexus Ribbon Cutting Line (from left: Mayor Cam Guthrie, Malcolm Campbell, MP Lloyd Longfield, Trevor Jones).

Guelph, Ontario, CN — Local business Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc. has moved into their newly built headquarters in the Hanlon Creek Business Park at the corner of Downey Road and Hanlon Creek Boulevard. Mirexus adds to the strong and diverse businesses that already operate in the business park.

Following the purchase of the 1.75–hectare (4.3–acre) parcel of land in July 2017, Mirexus broke ground on their development in September 2017 and completed construction this past July.

Mirexus was launched in Guelph in 2008 and has seen positive growth over their 10 years. From their beginnings at the University of Guelph to their new location and staff complement of 27, Mirexus has thrived as part of Guelph’s business community and all the support that comes with that.

“Guelph is renowned as Ontario’s agri-innovation cluster attracting both local and international companies,” says Barbara Maly, manager of Economic Development for the City of Guelph. “We’re happy that Mirexus continues to invest in Guelph, and that they play an important role in growing our community of innovative and progressive thinkers.”

Mirexus chose to stay and further invest in Guelph because of the community’s desirable location in the centre of Canada’s Innovation Corridor, access to research and talent provided by the close proximity to multiple post-secondary institutions, and great quality of life for employees.

“Our current location provides us with access to a group of top post-secondary institutions for research needs as well as the opportunity for future expansion of our facility,” says Phil Whiting, President and Chief Executive Officer at Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc. “Our employees also enjoy living here which makes Guelph the perfect place for our operation.”

The new Mirexus headquarters is 1,115 square metres (12,000–square feet) with room to grow in the future. Cutting-edge design features make Mirexus’ building an attractive entryway to the Hanlon Creek Business Park at Downey Road.

About Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc.
Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc. is a safe and natural biomaterials company based in Guelph, Ontario that is commercializing a novel nanotechnology, PhytoSpherix®. As a multifunctional additive, PhytoSpherix® can be used in a wide variety of markets ranging from cosmetics to nutraceuticals to biomedical applications in animal and human health. This technology was originally developed at the University of Guelph by Professor John Dutcher.

About Invest in Guelph
Invest in Guelph represents the business development outcomes identified in the City of Guelph’s economic development strategy, Prosperity 2020. Its purpose is to position and promote Guelph as an ideal place to do business.

For more information
Barbara Maly, Manager, Economic Development
Business Development and Enterprise Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2822
barbara.maly@guelph.ca

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Thursday, September 13 2018

Hartford, CT — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that Gartner, Inc., one of the world’s leading research and advisory companies, is moving forward with plans to expand its global headquarters in Stamford. The company has signed a lease for additional space at 700 Fairfield Avenue that will accommodate growth of 400 new jobs over the next five years.

Gartner, which provides business leaders with indispensable insights, advice, and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities, employs more than 15,000 associates worldwide, including more than 1,300 that are already based in Connecticut. The company is a trusted advisor and objective resource for more than 15,000 organizations in more than 100 countries.

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Thursday, September 13 2018

Asheville, NC — Reich LLC announced plans to invest $10.9 million in its Arden operations. The investments in new technology, machinery, and equipment will require the addition of 15 new positions to its current workforce of 148. The new positions will pay, on average, nearly 40% above the Buncombe County average wage.

Reich LLC is a subsidiary of Reich USA GmbH which, together with Reich GmbH, is a leading manufacturer of turned parts, ball bearings, components for fuel injection systems and other automotive parts as well as equipment for the food industry. Reich LLC is known for the outstanding level of quality of its parts and components. The vertical range of manufacturing, i.e., the different processes, further reflects the high level of quality.

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Thursday, September 13 2018

Columbus, NE — Earlier this month, Governor Pete Ricketts attended a ribbon cutting in Columbus to celebrate the grand opening of Nebraska-based Prairie Catalytic, LLC’s new $50 million bio-based ethyl acetate production facility. Prairie Catalytic, a subsidiary of Greenyug, LLC, is a leading manufacturer of renewable chemicals. The new facility will produce ethyl-acetate — a chemical found in dozens of common household products — by way of a proprietary manufacturing process that utilizes ethanol produced from Nebraska corn.

“Value-added agriculture is one of the best ways we can grow Nebraska,” said Governor Ricketts. “We are not only the nation’s third-largest corn producer, but also the second-largest producer of ethanol. With this new facility, Prairie Catalytic is leveraging Nebraska’s quality ag resources, our world-class business climate, and our welcoming communities to produce an innovative product that will reshape the industry.”

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Wednesday, September 12 2018

Madison, WI — Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer Tricia Braun has been named one of the top economic development officials in North America by a national consulting firm.

Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants, this week named Braun to its list of “North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers” for 2018.

“This annual list is designed to acknowledge the hard work of the top leaders in this field and elevate the conversation around economic development and job creation,” said Ron Kitchens, managing partner of Consultant Connect. “Each of the leaders represented on this year’s list is beyond deserving of this recognition for their efforts in building our communities.”

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Wednesday, September 12 2018

Company to Invest More than $105 Million and Create 415 Jobs Over Five Years
 
Goodyear, AZ — Andersen Corporation, America's premier window and door manufacturer, announced its intent to build a new manufacturing and distribution campus in the western United States. The company is working with the State of Arizona and the City of Goodyear, Ariz., regarding a proposed location. Andersen plans to invest more than $105 million and create more than 415 jobs during the first phase of this expansion.

Andersen has been leading the window and door industry for more than 115 years by creating different and better products and services and building brands people value and trust. In recent years, the company has achieved unprecedented growth driven in part by its proprietary Fibrex® engineered composite products, including its Andersen® 100 Series and Renewal by Andersen® product lines. This expansion is part of the company’s strategy to make significant investments to meet current and future demand for its Fibrex material-based products.

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Tuesday, September 11 2018

McLean, VA — The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), opened this morning to record numbers: 1,424,232 sq. ft. of exhibit space and 2,123 booths representing 2,563 exhibiting companies. Exhibitors have brought in more than 55 million lbs. of machinery on 4,465 trucks with eight machines weighing more than 100,000 lbs. As of Sept. 7th, the number of pre-registered visitors exceeded 113,000, which is also on pace for a possible record. IMTS 2018 runs from Sept. 10 – 15 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

“IMTS 2018 is setting records because manufacturing technology has grown exponentially since last show,” says Peter R. Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions & Business Development at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which owns and produces IMTS. “The rapid growth of digital technology, automation and additive manufacturing are especially driving interest. The booming manufacturing economy means visitors have capital and are ready to invest.”

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Monday, September 10 2018

70-job, phase II project will add ability to manufacture wider steel coils

Frankfort, KY -- Governor Matt Bevin congratulated Nucor Corp. on its plans for a $650 million, 70-job expansion at its mill near Ghent, Nucor Steel Gallatin, and thanked the company for its ongoing commitment to the commonwealth.

“Nucor is doing incredible things at its Kentucky steel mill. We are excited that, after a substantial investment in 2017, the company has decided to move forward with its phase II project and create additional job opportunities for the county and surrounding communities,” Gov. Bevin said. “The steel and primary metals industry are a driving force behind the commonwealth’s surging economy, and this announcement reflects the distinct advantages we have to offer engineering and manufacturing companies. Nucor is certainly a major player in this industry, and we are grateful for their commitment to continue forging success right here in Kentucky.”

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Monday, September 10 2018

Tallahassee, FL — At the Florida Ports Council Annual Board Meeting last week in St. Petersburg, PortMiami Director and CEO Juan Kuryla was elected chairman. Kuryla replaces Port Everglades Chief Executive/Port Director Steve Cernak. Port of Palm Beach Executive Director Manuel Almira was elected as vice chairman and Port Panama City Executive Director Wayne Stubbs was elected secretary/treasurer. All positions serve one-year terms.
 
The Florida Ports Council is the professional association of Florida’s 14 public seaports, providing advocacy, leadership and research on seaport-related issues at the state and federal level.

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Friday, September 07 2018

Company says business climate, workforce are key reasons why it’s growing in Wisconsin

Madison, WI — Nolato Contour, a plastics manufacturer, is expanding its facility in St. Croix County – a $17.9 million project expected to create 62 jobs over the next three years.

“Nolato Contour is a global leader in manufacturing plastics, and we applaud the company for its continued investment and commitment to the State of Wisconsin,” said Governor Scott Walker. “This growth is great news for the entire region, and the expansion will position the company for future success right here in Wisconsin. This is another example of a Wisconsin business that has chosen to grow in our state because of our outstanding business climate and dedicated workforce.”

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Friday, September 07 2018
Groundbreaking ceremony welcomes Pfaff Subaru to Guelph

Photo Caption: Pfaff Subaru Groundbreaking ceremony at 12 Wilbert Street

Guelph, Ontario, CN — Pfaff Subaru broke ground on their new 2,050–square metre (22,000–square foot) dealership during a ceremony attended by Mayor Cam Guthrie, Pfaff Automotive Partners, Subaru and other community partners.

Guelph’s newest dealership will be built in the north end of the city at 12 Wilbert Street near Woodlawn and Elmira Roads. Pfaff Subaru will add to the existing strength and diversity of automotive dealerships already located in the area, providing new options for Guelph residents.

“I am thrilled to welcome Pfaff Subaru,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “This new dealership brings investment, jobs, and more consumer choice to our city. It’s a great addition to Guelph.”

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Thursday, September 06 2018

Recycling plant to create approximately 200 jobs
 
Columbia, SC — Green Tech Solution, Inc. announced plans to locate new recycling operations in Cherokee County. The company's $75 million investment is projected to create approximately 200 new jobs.
 
Green Tech Solution, Inc will be establishing a new recycling operation to collect and process a variety of materials, including plastics, scrap metal, electronics and more. Green Tech Solution, Inc is a subsidiary of Tianjin Sheng Xin Non-Financing Guarantee Co., Ltd., an investment company headquartered in Tianjin, China.

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Thursday, September 06 2018

Little Rock, AR — Aerojet Rocketdyne, a leader in the development and manufacture of aerospace and defense products, announced plans to expand its Southern Arkansas facility near Camden, where the company manufactures solid rocket motors and warheads critical to national defense.

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s currently envisioned expansion plans include investing in new infrastructure and creating more than 140 new jobs over the next three years. The growth would bring total employment to approximately 900 employees at the facility. Working in partnership with Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), Calhoun and Ouachita Counties, more than $50 million dollars will be invested in the expansion.

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Thursday, September 06 2018

Manufacturing facility to bring more than $14 million of capital investment
 
Columbia, SC — ShayoNano USA, Inc., an innovative developer of advanced materials, announced plans to construct a new manufacturing facility in Chester County. The company's $14.7 million capital investment is projected to bring approximately 40 new jobs to the community.
 
ShayoNano is a manufacturer and provider of nanomaterials, such as synthesizing additives that improve the profitability and performance of a variety of products. The company harnesses its unique, patented technology to support a range of uses, including paints and coatings, fire retardants, nanocomposites and more.

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Wednesday, September 05 2018

Exports grew 15 percent between the second quarters of 2017 and 2018

St. Paul, MN — Sales of Minnesota agricultural, mining and manufactured exports grew 15 percent to a second quarter record of $5.9 billion, according to figures released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Minnesota represents the 11th largest gain in exports nationwide for this period. U.S. exports as a whole were up 11 percent, with 43 states reporting increased export sales.

It is unknown whether countermeasures on U.S. exports had any impact on these statistics. Countermeasures were implemented in June and July by Canada, Mexico, China, and the European Union as a response to U.S. tariffs on select products from those regions.

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Wednesday, September 05 2018

Company brings approximately 100 jobs to Greenville, S.C.
 
Columbia, SC — JTEKT North America (JTEKT), a subsidiary of global automotive and industrial supplier JTEKT Corporation, has completed a $5.8 million expansion of its headquarters on the campus of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). The expansion project began in 2017 to accommodate the new jobs JTEKT has and will continue to create in Greenville, totaling 100 positions, all of which will be filled by 2020.
 
JTEKT manufactures steering systems, driveline components, bearings technologies and precision machine tools, all critical to the state's automotive industry. The company employs more than 6,000 associates at 24 sites across North America, including four manufacturing facilities located in South Carolina. In 2015, JTEKT strengthened its presence in the state by announcing the consolidation of a portion of its headquarters to CU-ICAR in Greenville.

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Wednesday, September 05 2018

Dinner roll producer plans installation of new baking line

Frankfort, KY — Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls Inc., a major producer of frozen dinner rolls, has announced a $50 million phase I expansion of its manufacturing operation in Hart County expected to create 72 full-time jobs.

“It is a strong endorsement of the workforce in and around Hart County that Sister Schubert’s has selected Kentucky for this substantial expansion,” Gov. Bevin said. “These delicious dinner rolls have become a household name, and we are proud to support the continued growth of this marquee brand. Sister Schubert’s is quite literally a company on the rise, and we are grateful that they have found a recipe for success right here in the commonwealth.”

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Wednesday, September 05 2018

Manufacturer of environmentally friendly brake pads to invest $72 million in Covington facility expansion

Covington, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that Nisshinbo Automotive Manufacturing, Inc. (NAMI), a leading manufacturer and supplier of environmentally friendly brake pads, will create 100 jobs and invest $72 million in an expansion of its Covington facility. New jobs at the facility will include positions in production and administration.

“Georgia provides the business climate, skilled workforce and thriving automotive sector necessary for manufacturers like NAMI to enjoy long-term growth," said Deal. “With this facility expansion in Newton County, NAMI will continue to benefit from close proximity to top vehicle manufacturers while also reaching customers across the nation and around the world with Georgia’s logistics infrastructure. I am encouraged to see our international economic missions once again delivering tangible results, as NAMI’s commitment directly reflects the strength of Georgia’s manufacturing environment for global industry leaders. We appreciate NAMI’s investment over the last 20 years and look forward to the future growth of this partnership.”

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Tuesday, September 04 2018

Express lanes will open to southbound traffic on Saturday, September 8

Smyrna, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes will open to southbound traffic mid-morning on Saturday, September 8. This infrastructure project, the largest of its kind in state history, adds approximately 30 miles of express lanes along I-75 from Akers Mill Road to Hickory Grove Road, and along I-575 from I-75 to Sixes Road.

The first 14 days of operation will be free for motorists with registered Peach Passes to encourage commuters to utilize the express lanes. More information about the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes is available here.

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Tuesday, September 04 2018

Distillery to create 52 jobs

Nashville, TN — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Corsair Distillery officials announced the company will expand its operations in Davidson County. The distillery will create 52 new jobs and invest $11.1 million in Nashville.

“I want to thank Corsair for choosing to expand its operations in Davidson County and for creating 52 new jobs in Nashville,” Rolfe said. “Tennessee puts a major emphasis on creating a business-friendly environment that not only makes our state a perfect location for new businesses to locate operations, but also makes it the ideal place for existing companies to expand. I look forward to seeing Corsair’s continued success in our state and continuing our partnership with this great company.”

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Friday, August 31 2018

Company adding to manufacturing operations, creating 132 jobs

St. Paul, MN — Commercial HVAC manufacturer Daikin Applied Americas Inc. will create 132 jobs and invest $40.3 million to expand its manufacturing operations in Faribault.

The company said it will buy an existing 300,000-square-foot warehouse and renovate the building into a state-of-the-art production facility. The new jobs will be created within five years and pay wages that average $22.20 an hour.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is supporting the project with a $750,000 loan from the Minnesota Investment Fund and a $1.6 million grant from the Job Creation Fund. The company will receive the funding after it meets investment and hiring commitments.

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Wednesday, August 29 2018

Proposed expansion represents $3 billion in capital investment and 1,100 jobs

Manassas, VA — Governor Ralph Northam announced that Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) will invest $3 billion to increase memory production at its operation in the City of Manassas, creating 1,100 new jobs by 2030. Virginia successfully secured Micron’s commitment after the company considered multiple other locations around the world. The expansion will position the Manassas site as Micron’s Center of Excellence for long-lifecycle memory and will cement the company’s position as one of Virginia’s largest exporters, as it is expected to increase exports from the Commonwealth by more than $1 billion annually after completion.

As part of the expansion, Micron will establish a global research and development center in Manassas for memory and storage solutions primarily focused on the automotive, industrial and networking markets. The research and development center will include laboratories, test equipment and approximately 100 product engineers focused on applications such as unmanned and autonomous automotive systems, the IoT (Internet of Things), and other industrial and networking applications. Additionally, the company announced that the Micron Foundation, the company’s philanthropic organization, will commit $1 million toward growing the next generation of scientists, engineers and technicians at several Virginia universities and community colleges.

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Wednesday, August 29 2018

New Mississippi River port facility could ship crude oil beginning in 2020

Baton Rouge, LA — Tallgrass Energy and Drexel Hamilton Infrastructure Partners have announced plans to build a crude oil export terminal on the Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish. The proposed Plaquemines Liquids Terminal is permitted for up to 20 million barrels of crude oil storage and could be fully operational by mid-2020.

“Louisiana’s port infrastructure is a vital framework for our economy, and this project will make good use of our export capabilities along the Mississippi River,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “Adding a project such as this to our crude oil facilities, our refineries and our growing LNG export network will further strengthen Louisiana’s position as a world energy export leader.”

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Tuesday, August 28 2018
BG breaks ground on new distribution facility

Photo caption: Darin Greseth, President/CEO, and Ron Garcia, COO and CFO

El Dorado, KS — BG Products, Inc., broke ground for what will be a 145,000-square-foot facility near its existing distribution center. The massive structure will house its warehousing and distribution operations while a portion of production operations transition to the existing distribution facility. In response to product demand in the marketplace, the added space will increase efficiency.  

“We are pleased to announce the expansion of what will be a state-of-the-art, higher capacity facility,” said Ron Garcia, BG’s COO and CFO. “We continue to look forward to a bright future at BG.” Construction will be complete by September 30, 2019.

Thursday’s groundbreaking follows the current construction of a new 34,000-square-foot BG Technology and Training Center at BG corporate headquarters in Wichita.

About BG Products, Inc.
BG’s purpose is to ensure every vehicle owner is aware of the importance of automotive maintenance. To support our efforts in this cause, we offer the highest quality maintenance products. We study the latest technologies so we can supply the appropriate chemistry using the most effective method of delivery. We provide products, equipment and training to thousands of fixed operations worldwide so they can train vehicle owners on the best ways to care for their vehicles.

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Tuesday, August 28 2018
  • New service center is double the size of the previous facility
  • Growth in international e-commerce a major factor

DHL, the world’s leading international express services provider, recently moved its service center facility in Tucson to a new location nearly double in size to handle the increased volume of international shipping.

“As the world’s leader in international shipping, DHL is able to quickly respond to the explosive growth in international e-commerce we’re seeing throughout the country, including in the Tucson area,” said John Fox, VP and General Manager, Western U.S. for DHL Express. “Our new facility is addressing the overall increase in international shipping volume among all of our Tucson-based customers.”

DHL in Tucson is also seeing increased volumes as the result of cross-border trade with Mexico, including shipments from “maquiladoras” -- manufacturing plants that assemble products in Mexico which are then exported to the U.S.

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Monday, August 27 2018

WillowTree, Inc. to invest $12.3 million, expand headquarters

Charlottesville, VA — Governor Ralph Northam announced that WillowTree, Inc., a mobile applications developer, will invest $12.3 million to relocate and expand its headquarters in Albemarle County. The company will renovate and lease 50,000 square feet in the former Woolen Mills factory. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina for the project, which will create 200 new jobs.

“As a homegrown Virginia company, WillowTree’s rapid growth is a strong testament to what technology companies can achieve in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam. “Aided by Virginia’s outstanding higher education system and strong tech workforce, this impressive startup has come a long way since its founding in 2008 with three people. We are thrilled WillowTree will remain an integral part of the community, and are confident this innovative company will continue to thrive in its new Albemarle County headquarters.”

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Monday, August 27 2018

Little Rock, AR — Energy Security Partners (ESP), an independent developer of major gas-to-liquids (GTL) projects, has secured funding to complete Front End Engineering & Design (FEED) and related development activities for the GTL Americas (GTLA) Project near Pine Bluff, Arkansas. The GTL facility is expected to produce 33,000 barrels per day of ultra-clean transportation fuels from natural gas, with an anticipated capital cost of approximately $3.5 billion. Major GTL facilities are in operation or construction in the Middle East, Asia and Africa but the GTLA Project will be the first of its scale in the U.S.

“Obtaining FEED financing is a significant milestone in our drive to secure full funding for the construction of the Phase 1 GTL facility in Jefferson County,” said Roger Williams, chief executive officer of ESP. “The GTL process converts natural gas into ultra-clean diesel fuel and naphtha, and it produces electricity from thermal energy released during the process. GTL products can also be processed and upgraded into ultra-clean jet fuel and gasoline, which ESP hopes to do in future expansion phases.”

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Monday, August 27 2018

El Dorado, KS — BG Products, Inc., broke ground for what will be a 145,000-square-foot facility near its existing distribution center. The massive structure will house its warehousing and distribution operations while a portion of production operations transition to the existing distribution facility. In response to product demand in the marketplace, the added space will increase efficiency.

“We are pleased to announce the expansion of what will be a state-of-the-art, higher capacity facility,” said Ron Garcia, BG’s COO and CFO. “We continue to look forward to a bright future at BG.” Construction will be complete by September 30, 2019.

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Monday, August 27 2018

Analytical reference standards manufacturer creating approximately 20 new jobs
 
Columbia, SC — Organic Standard Solutions International, LLC (o2si smart solutions), a subsidiary of LGC Group's Standards division, announced expansion plans for its existing Charleston County facility. The company's $2.4 million capital investment is projected to create approximately 20 new jobs.
 
Founded in 1997, o2si smart solutions provides organic calibration standards for a variety of markets, including chemical, environmental, pharmaceutical, food safety and more. Selling its products directly to laboratories and through distributors worldwide, the company also offers custom organic solutions to meet its consumers' needs.

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Monday, August 27 2018

The Winery at Bull Run to double production, receive county’s first AFID award

Centreville, VA — Governor Ralph Northam announced that The Winery at Bull Run will invest $1.7 million, create 38 new jobs, and double production of its award-winning wines, which are made using only Virginia-grown grapes. The winery, which opened in 2012 on 225 acres adjacent to the Manassas National Battlefield Park, also produces grapes on site and at its 40-acre vineyard in Rappahannock County. Its location by the battlefield and proximity to Washington D.C. have made the winery an important tourist attraction, bringing thousands of tourists to the Commonwealth each year.

“The Commonwealth is home to a vibrant agribusiness economy, with the Virginia wine industry contributing nearly $1.37 billion dollars to our economy each year. Today’s expansion is a clear sign that Virginia’s world class wine industry is continuing to grow and succeed,” said Governor Northam. “Strong local support for these businesses is essential to maintaining their growth, and I am pleased that we are able to assist with this important expansion.”

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Tuesday, August 21 2018

SELIT North America to invest $45 million in new manufacturing facility

Atlanta, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that SELIT North America, a German manufacturer of polystyrene foams, will create 100 jobs and invest $45 million in a new manufacturing facility in Banks County. New jobs will include manufacturing and administrative positions.

“In choosing Georgia, SELIT North America will enjoy the benefits of the No. 1 state for business, including our logistics infrastructure and a climate conducive to manufacturing,” said Deal. “This facility in Banks County will provide the company with access to a robust workforce and close proximity to the Southeastern market for ideal production conditions and shorter delivery times. I am encouraged to see yet another leading European company locate here, as our efforts to build international relationships continue to translate into real investments. I welcome SELIT North America to Georgia’s growing community of manufacturing companies and wish them great success.”

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Tuesday, August 21 2018

MAG Aerospace to invest $5.5 million to relocate and expand corporate headquarters

Richmond, VA — Governor Ralph Northam announced that MAG Aerospace, the leading independent provider of manned/unmanned full-spectrum outsourced Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) services, will invest $5.5 million to relocate and expand its corporate headquarters in Fairfax County. The company’s new headquarters facility, which officially opened August 20th, is located at 12730 Fair Lakes Circle in Fairfax. Virginia successfully competed against Alabama and North Carolina for the project, which will create 120 new jobs.

“Virginia is taking unmanned aerial systems to new heights because of our unique combination of research and development assets, acclaimed universities and industry training programs, and skilled talent pipeline,” said Governor Northam. “This rapidly-growing sector presents enormous economic opportunity for the Commonwealth, and we are pleased that this industry leader has chosen to remain and grow in Northern Virginia.”

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Friday, August 17 2018

Des Moines, IA — The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to two companies for job creation and expansion projects. These awards will assist in the creation of 90 jobs and will result in close to $30 million in new capital investment for the state. The board also approved a Strategic Infrastructure Program grant.

The board approved assistance for planned or proposed projects located in Sioux County, Ames and Cedar Falls. 

Specialty pork processor to expand Sioux County facility
Sioux-Preme Packing, Co. plans to expand its pork harvest operation in Sioux County with a 50,000 square-foot addition to help meet demand for its specialty pork products. The Sioux Center facility was acquired by Perdue Farms in 2015 as part of its acquisition of Natural Food Holdings and its brands. The expansion will include installation of high tech automated pork cutting equipment and water jet cutting technologies. The project represents a $29 million investment by Sioux-Preme and will create 50 new jobs, of which 10 are incented at a qualifying wage of $20.41 per hour. Sioux-Preme was awarded tax incentives from the High Quality Jobs (HQJ) Program. 

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Thursday, August 16 2018

Funding includes grants for mega-site advancement project and regional workforce development initiatives

Richmond, VA — Governor Northam announced three regional projects funded through GO Virginia (Growth and Opportunity for Virginia) grants totaling $4,217,500. Key members of the Governor’s cabinet, the General Assembly and the business community approved the GO Virginia regional per capita and competitive grants for projects across the Commonwealth. These grants are for projects each region identified as vital to their efforts to diversify the regional economy, strengthen their workforce and support collaborative programs between localities, public entities and private businesses.

“GO Virginia invests in key projects that are focused on creating a strong regional workforce and enhancing infrastructure to attract new businesses and improve the quality of life for all residents,” said Governor Northam. “We have developed a unified strategy for regional economic development in all areas of the Commonwealth—these GO Virginia grants will support important local projects and solidify Virginia’s place as the best state to do business.”

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Thursday, August 16 2018

From Tour de France to global defense markets, advanced materials solutions company develops, designs and manufactures composites that are making a difference

Greenville, SC — Materials Sciences Corporation (MSC), a technology-driven designer and advanced manufacturer of composite materials and structures for government and industry, will expand its presence in Greenville County with the addition of a second facility. The company’s $2.7 million capital investment is projected to create 23 new jobs over the next five years.

Yet the company’s impact is felt over far larger an area than their new 32,000 square foot location located at 101 Pelham Davis Circle in Greenville might suggest. 

High-tech Bianchi racing bicycles made from MSC’s patented Countervail vibration-cancelling materials and technology have propelled Team Lotto NL-Jumbo to four stage wins in the just-completed 2018 Tour de France.  The bike is a favorite of competitive cyclists worldwide and has been sold out globally for months

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Thursday, August 16 2018
Aerojet Rocketdyne expands Solid Rocket Motor Center of Excellence at Arkansas facility

Photo Caption: An Aerojet Rocketdyne Camden employee prepares a solid rocket motor for shipment.

Camden, AR -- Aerojet Rocketdyne, a leader in the development and manufacture of aerospace and defense products, announced plans to expand its Southern Arkansas facility near Camden, where the company manufactures solid rocket motors and warheads critical to national defense.

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s currently envisioned expansion plans include investing in new infrastructure and creating more than 140 new jobs over the next three years. The growth would bring total employment to approximately 900 employees at the facility. Working in partnership with Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), Calhoun and Ouachita Counties, more than $50 million dollars will be invested in the expansion.

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Wednesday, August 15 2018

Jaguar Land Rover Classic continues worldwide expansion, creating 75 jobs in Chatham County
 
Chatham County, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that Jaguar Land Rover Classic will create 75 jobs in Chatham County. The new operations hub in Savannah will be Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s first facility in the U.S.
 
“Georgia’s business-friendly climate and world-class logistics infrastructure continue to attract industry leaders like Jaguar Land Rover Classic,” said Deal. “I applaud the leadership of Jaguar Land Rover Classic for recognizing the strength of Georgia’s automotive sector and for creating high-wage jobs for our deep talent pool. By choosing Savannah for its first facility outside of Europe, Jaguar Land Rover Classic will enjoy the benefits of close proximity to the Port of Savannah while streamlining services for American customers. We appreciate Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s investment in the Chatham County community and look forward to the growth of this partnership in the years to come.”

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Tuesday, August 14 2018

St. Johns, MI — Two new world-class dairy processing facilities are expected to dramatically improve the production, profitability and long-term prospects for one of Michigan’s top agricultural products. Glanbia plc, a global nutrition group with a presence in 32 countries, has partnered with Select Milk Producers Inc. and Dairy Farmers of America to form Spartan Michigan LLC, which will develop a new $425 million, 146-acre dairy processing facility in St. Johns, which is expected to create 259 new jobs. The facility will process more than 8-million pounds of milk per day.

Proliant Dairy Michigan is investing up to $85 million in an adjoining facility, which will manufacture whey permeate products and employ 30 to 38 new workers. Construction for both facilities is expected to begin in September and be completed by December 2020.

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Tuesday, August 14 2018

Denver, CO — VF Corporation, one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies and owner of outdoor brands including The North Face®, JanSport® and Smartwool®, is moving its global headquarters to Denver.

“We are thrilled to welcome a new partner that embodies the values that define Colorado,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “VF’s move underscores the critical driver that the outdoor recreation industry plays in our economy where business meets lifestyle.”

VF Corporation becomes the latest Fortune 250 to call Colorado home.

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Tuesday, August 14 2018

Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America to update machinery at manufacturing operation

Richmond, VA — Governor Ralph Northam announced that Sumitomo Machinery Corporation of America (SMA) will make a multi-million dollar investment in new machinery at its manufacturing operation in Augusta County. The company will purchase new 10-and 20-ton overhead cranes, a new paint booth, a washer/deburrer, an automatic storage retrieval system, and new assembly workstations. Sumitomo recently built a new 72,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its former Mill Place Commerce Park location that will serve as SMA’s new Gearbox Center of Excellence. The company will receive funding from the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP) to support the retraining of 34 existing employees on the new equipment, processes, and certifications.

“Sumitomo is a longtime, valuable corporate partner to the Commonwealth, and we are glad this global company has chosen to reinvest in Augusta County and Virginia,” said Governor Northam. “Companies in the Shenandoah Valley benefit from the region’s skilled manufacturing workforce, unmatched infrastructure, and access to major interstates. I am confident Sumitomo will continue to be successful in Augusta County.”

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Tuesday, August 14 2018

Company investing approximately $10 million in solar farm development
 
Columbia, SC — Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, is expanding its solar farm portfolio with three new solar facilities in Clarendon County. The company is projected to invest approximately $10 million in these new projects.
 
Southern Current is an owner and developer of utility-scale solar energy facilities across the southeastern United States. With an in-house team of development professionals, the company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.

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Monday, August 13 2018
Amazon Chooses Garner for New Facility

2.6-Million-Square-Foot Distribution Center to be Located at Former ConAgra Site

Garner, NC — Town of Garner officials are hailing Amazon’s selection of the Garner Technology Center as the location for a new 2.6-million-square-foot, state-of-the-art distribution center.

The Seattle-based e-commerce company will invest approximately $200 million in the site on Jones Sausage Road, formerly the location of the ConAgra plant where a deadly explosion occurred in June 2009. The investment will create an estimated 1,500 jobs, making the distribution center Garner’s largest employer. Amazon hopes to open the center by fall 2019.

The e-retailer’s investment in Garner will be approximately four times the amount of peak investment by ConAgra at the site, while the number of employees at the facility will be several hundred more than peak employment at the ConAgra plant.

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Monday, August 13 2018
Busy July boosts GPA container trade 12.7 percent 

New record for intermodal moves 

Savannah, GA — The Georgia Ports Authority moved 378,767 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUS) in July, an increase of 12.7 percent, or 42,668 TEUs, compared to the same month last year. It was the second busiest month on record for the Port of Savannah.
 
"July was an incredible start to our fiscal year, with double-digit growth across our container, breakbulk and dry bulk operations," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.
 
In Fiscal Year 2018 (July 2017-June 2018), rail cargo at Garden City Terminal increased by 16 percent (60,000 containers) for a total of 435,000 intermodal rail lifts. July continued that trend, with the busiest month on record for intermodal cargo, at 41,070 container moves, for an increase of 20.8 percent (7,087 containers) compared to July 2017.

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Friday, August 10 2018

Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding to construct a coal cleaning plant accessible by a new rail line in Shade Township, Somerset County.

“I am pleased to announce this funding, which will help keep Pennsylvania miners working and Pennsylvania mines producing the high-quality, low-emitting metallurgical coal that helped build America’s cities and continues to fuel advanced manufacturing both here and around the world,” said Governor Wolf.

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Thursday, August 09 2018
Port of Vancouver USA, partners dedicate $251 million West Vancouver Freight Access project

Vancouver, WA — With the ring of an antique train bell, the Port of Vancouver USA and its partners dedicated a $251 million rail project that is bringing congestion relief and efficiency to port and regional businesses as well as rail users and communities across the Western U.S.
 
The West Vancouver Freight Access Project (WVFA) is a concerted, decade-long effort by the port to create jobs and generate economic benefit by investing in freight rail infrastructure. WVFA improves freight rail movement through the port and along the BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad mainlines connecting the Pacific Northwest to major rail hubs in Chicago and Houston, and from Canada to Mexico.

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Tuesday, August 07 2018

Atlanta, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that Hanwha Q CELLS Korea, a leader in the global solar industry, will create more than 500 jobs and invest $150 million in a new solar module manufacturing facility in Dalton.

“Georgia has maintained strong partnerships with Korean businesses for more than three decades and this announcement is yet another reflection of our reputation as a premier destination for international business,” said Deal. “By establishing a presence in Whitfield County, Hanwha Q CELLS Korea will join a number of Korean-affiliated companies that operate at least 80 facilities in our state. As the No. 1 state for business, Georgia offers the skilled workforce and extensive manufacturing resources needed for Hanwha Q CELLS Korea to maintain its competitive edge in the global solar industry. We appreciate Hanwha Q CELLS Korea’s significant investment in Georgia and look forward to the company’s success in Dalton.”

Hanwha Q CELLS Korea will produce high-performance and high-quality photovoltaic modules at the new facility. The facility is scheduled for completion in 2019.

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Monday, August 06 2018

$60 million in tax credits to help support new paper mill expected to create 200 jobs

Madison, WI -- The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced it is providing Green Bay Packaging with $60 million in tax credits over 12 years to support the company’s plan to build a new paper mill in Green Bay – a project expected to create 200 jobs.

Governor Scott Walker recently joined company officials and community leaders to announce the construction of a new recycled paper mill and an expansion of the Green Bay shipping container division. Green Bay Packaging’s $500 million investment will be one of the largest economic development projects in state history and the largest ever in Brown County.

“This project will provide an economic boost to Green Bay, the region and the entire state,” said Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development organization. “WEDC is proud to support this company’s investment in Wisconsin and the many family-supporting jobs it will bring with it.”

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Monday, August 06 2018
American Wind Week 2018 kicks off

Wind power supporters organize nearly 30 events nationwide in recognition of U.S. leadership in wind power and its benefits

Washington, D.C. -- America celebrates U.S. leadership in wind energy production and the benefits it creates this week as American Wind Week 2018, August 5-11, officially kicks off. Wind power is an affordable, reliable and rapidly growing segment of the U.S. electricity supply that supports jobs in all 50 states. Those benefits help drive broad popular support for wind power, on display this week at nearly 30 events in over 15 states, on social media, and through proclamations from governors and mayors from Washington to Kansas and North Carolina.

“This American Wind Week, we salute the more than 105,000 U.S. workers who make it possible to transform the power of wind into affordable electricity that our families and businesses rely on,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA. “We’re building more U.S. wind power today than ever before. This is what leadership looks like – growing economic opportunity, homegrown energy, and cleaner air from sea to shining sea.”

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Monday, August 06 2018

Savannah, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal today announced that Georgia’s net tax collections for July, the first month of FY 2019, totaled nearly $1.78 billion, for an increase of $59.4 million, or 3.5 percent, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled almost $1.72 billion. July’s gross tax revenue receipts totaled $2.41 billion, for an increase of $136 million, or 6 percent, over July 2017.

The changes within the following tax categories contributed to the overall net tax revenue increase in July:

Individual Income Tax: Individual Income Tax collections for July totaled $897.1 million, for an increase of $35.6 million, or 4.1 percent, compared to last year when Individual Income Tax collections totaled $861.5 million.

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Thursday, August 02 2018

GDEcD’s Global Commerce Division helped create 27,373 jobs in FY 18

Savannah, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s (GDEcD) Global Commerce Division helped create a total of 27,373 new jobs during FY 18, generating $5.56 billion in investments. This growth is the result of a record-breaking 419 expansion or relocation projects throughout the state.

“Industry leaders and companies from around the world continue to choose Georgia thanks to the world-class, business-friendly environment we have built over the last eight years,” said Deal. “Georgia’s unparalleled resources, including our highly skilled workforce and our physical and digital infrastructure, continue to attract international companies that are planning to expand or relocate. These numbers reflect Georgia’s appeal to global job creators and translate to real economic growth in our communities and new job opportunities for families across the state. Nearly 80 percent of these projects brought investments to communities outside of the metro Atlanta area, demonstrating the depth of talent, investment and connectivity available in every corner of the state.

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Tuesday, July 31 2018

Lead AQST Space Systems is moving its headquarters from Puerto Rico to Mesa's Falcon District and expects to hire up to 125 employees over the next three years

Mesa, AZ — AQST Space Systems announced the company is moving its headquarters from Puerto Rico to Mesa, Arizona. The company plans to manufacture and assemble rockets for small satellites and expects to begin production by the end of 2018.

The aerospace systems technologies solutions company has secured space for headquarters operations at Falcon Field Airport in the City of Mesa’s Falcon District, and plans to acquire additional space for its manufacturing operations. AQST expects to hire up to 125 employees, including engineers, welders, technicians, satellite operators, data scientist managers and other support personnel over the next three years.

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Tuesday, July 31 2018

Wilmington, NC — North Carolina Ports moved a record number of containers through the Port of Wilmington during the 2018 fiscal year, which ended June 30. Wilmington recorded 38 percent year-over-year container growth and year-over-year general cargo growth is up 18 percent.

“This is an exciting time for North Carolina Ports. In the last few months of FY18 the Port of Wilmington handled a record number of containers, specifically during the month of March Wilmington recorded its highest month of container volume in the Authority’s history,” said NC Ports Executive Director Paul J. Cozza. “With NC Ports’ model of best in class gate truck turntimes coupled with our high crane productivity rates; it’s evident by these numbers that carriers, BCOs and truckers are taking notice.”

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Friday, July 27 2018
Stork makes first deliveries to Savannah

Photo Caption: Five ship-to-shore cranes work the Ocean Network Express vessel Stork during its maiden voyage to the Port of Savannah, Friday, July 27, 2018, at the Garden City Terminal. The 14,000-TEU ship is the first of the ONE line's new magenta vessels to call on Savannah. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

Takes on 3,400 export containers

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority welcomed the container ship Stork on its maiden voyage Thursday.
 
The vessel, part of the Ocean Network Express (ONE) shipping company, has a capacity of 14,026 twenty-foot equivalent units. The newly built Stork was just delivered to ONE on June 12.
 
"It's an honor to welcome this distinctive ship to the Port of Savannah," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "Vessels in the 14,000-plus range represent the future of global shipping, and play to Savannah's strengths of space, infrastructure and cargo fluidity."

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Wednesday, July 25 2018
Deal breaks ground on first Major Mobility Investment Program project

I-85 Widening Project expected to reduce overall future delay in corridor by up to 56 percent

Savannah, GA — Governor Nathan Deal and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) held a ceremonial groundbreaking in Braselton for the first phase of the I-85 Widening Project. This project is the first of 11 initial Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP) projects to break ground.

“In recent years, thousands of new citizens have come to Georgia to find the opportunities and quality of life indicative of the No. 1 state for business,” said Deal. “This rapid population growth requires transportation infrastructure that moves products and people more quickly and efficiently. Thanks to the General Assembly’s bold action in passing the Transportation Funding Act in 2015, we are now able to begin this first MMIP project, an unprecedented and innovative step to significantly improve Georgia’s transportation network for its users. I also appreciate the work of the State Transportation Board in seeing one of the nation’s largest infrastructure undertakings come to fruition. Today, we ensure that the initiatives we have put into place over these last seven and a half years will continue into the next decade to benefit generations of Georgians yet to come.”

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Wednesday, July 25 2018

Nationally-ranked credit union investing $42 million in relocation
 
Columbia, SC — Sharonview Federal Credit Union, a provider of financial services, announced it is relocating and expanding its corporate headquarters in Lancaster County. The company's $42 million capital investment is projected to create more than 115 new jobs.
 
Established in 1955, Sharonview Federal Credit Union serves more than 79,000 members nationwide and manages more than $1.5 billion in assets. It is also ranked as one of the top 200 credit unions in the country, providing its members with a variety of value-added financial services at 18 branches throughout North and South Carolina.
 
Located at the Edgewater Corporate Center in Fort Mill, S.C., Sharonview Federal Credit Union's new Indian Land, 182,000-square-foot corporate headquarters facility is projected to come online in late 2018. Hiring for the new positions is already underway, and interested applicants can visit the company's careers page online.

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Wednesday, July 25 2018

NewCold will invest $90 million to build a fully automated cold storage facility in Burley, Idaho

Burley, ID — Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter announced that Netherlands-based NewCold is investing $90 million to build a 140-foot-high, 25 million cubic feet sub-zero cold storage warehouse in Burley, Idaho. This will be one of the largest frozen storage facilities of its kind in the United States.

The 180,000-square foot fully automated building will serve frozen food producers throughout the area. NewCold in Burley is slated to open in spring of 2019.

“Providing state-of-the-art, conveniently located cold storage is a critical part of keeping Idaho producers’ operating costs down and our value-added Idaho products competitive in the dynamic global market,” said Governor Otter. “This huge new addition to our food distribution chain will help keep Idaho on the leading edge of innovation when it comes to farm-to-market efficiency and delivering high-quality, Idaho-grown foods to the world.”

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Wednesday, July 25 2018

South Korean manufacturer establishes first US plant in West Kentucky’s Calloway County
 
Frankfort, KY — Governor Matt Bevin congratulated leaders of South Korea’s DAE-IL Corp. and the Murray community as officials broke ground for the company’s $50 million, 120-job automotive parts plant in West Kentucky.

“We are grateful for DAE-IL’s decision to build its first US manufacturing facility here in the commonwealth, and we congratulate them on starting construction in Murray,” Gov. Bevin said. “Kentucky has a proven track record of successfully attracting and integrating businesses into our economy, and our relationship with another South Korean company set the stage for this opportunity. DAE-IL’s significant investment will create great jobs for citizens of Calloway County and West Kentucky, and we are confident that they will thrive and grow in the commonwealth.”

Company leaders expect the 295,000 square-foot plant, being built in the Murray-West Industrial Park, to open in May 2019. Employees at the new facility will manufacture automotive transmission gears.

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Monday, July 23 2018
Savannah TEU volume reaches 4.2 million in FY18

GPA growth hits 20 consecutive months

The Georgia Ports Authority achieved records in total tonnage and twenty-foot equivalent container units handled in Fiscal Year 2018, which ended in June. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

Savannah, GA — The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) handled a record 4.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Fiscal Year 2018 (July '17 - June '18), for an impressive 8.4% increase year-over-year, or 325,000 additional units.   
 
"Moving more than 4 million TEUs in a single fiscal year is an important milestone for Georgia," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "Georgia's logistical advantages, along with the Southeast's population growth, have resulted in increased demand, while the expanded Panama Canal has cleared the way for larger vessels to call Savannah." 
 

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Friday, July 13 2018

Stampede Meat will invest more than $36 million in Modern Facility

Sunland Park, NM — Governor Martinez was joined by state and local leaders to announce that Stampede Meat will expand to Sunland Park creating up to 1,295 new food processing and manufacturing jobs over the next five years. The company will invest more than $36 million in infrastructure and the renovation of the former Tyson plant in Sunland Park. New Mexico beat out Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa for the competitive expansion. 

"It’s an honor to welcome Stampede and their large-scale job creation to New Mexico," said Governor Susana Martinez. “Since day one, we’ve been committed to making New Mexico business-friendly, and it’s paying off. We’ve cut taxes, slashed through red tape and strengthened our key economic development tools – and now companies like Stampede, Facebook, Safelite, and many more are expanding and creating jobs in New Mexico.” 

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Thursday, July 12 2018

Company partnering with Alorica on state-of-the-art facility, creating 400 new jobs
 
Columbia, SC — Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced plans to open a cutting-edge customer care center in Greenville County. Established in partnership with Alorica, one of the world's leading platforms for customer interactions, the new Connected Customer Care Center will bring 400 additional jobs to the region by 2020.
 
This new facility is part of Samsung's continued efforts to deliver exceptional customer care at more touchpoints throughout the United States and ensures that critical support systems are in place as consumers increasingly move toward integrated connectivity between Samsung products and services. It will include two advanced training centers for on-site agents, a showcase of the latest Samsung products across all categories, a private and secure video chat support area and a connected living lab with Samsung and competitive products.

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Wednesday, July 11 2018

Logistics firm hiring 180 new workers
 
Columbia, SC — Kuehne + Nagel, Inc., a global transport and logistics company, is launching operations in Charleston County. With this new facility, the company will be creating 180 jobs over the next three years.
 
Established in 1890, Kuehne + Nagel has grown into one of the world's leading logistics providers. With more than 1,300 offices and 70,000 employees, the firm provides logistics solutions to a variety of key industry sectors, including automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, retail and more.
 
Located on the Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC (MBV) site off of Palmetto Commerce Parkway, Kuehne + Nagel's new facility will be providing production logistics services to support MBV's expanding manufacturing operations. Comprehensive services will include goods receiving, inventory management, just-in-time picking and sequencing for delivery.

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Tuesday, July 10 2018

Jackson, MS — Contract sheet metal fabricator Hawkeye Industries is expanding in Tupelo, Miss. The expansion accommodates increased production demand for the company’s core business technologies, as well as its entrance into the high volume laser processing of tubing market. The project is a $3 million corporate investment and creates 10 jobs.

“For more than two decades, Hawkeye Industries has enjoyed success at its Lee County location. Our skilled, dedicated workforce and the fact we are a hard-working manufacturing state allows manufacturing companies like Hawkeye to pursue growth opportunities and create high-tech jobs in North Mississippi,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.

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Tuesday, July 10 2018

Birmingham, AL — Atlanta-based DC BLOX announced plans for a data center in Birmingham that has the potential to grow into a flagship operation with an investment that could total $785 million.

DC BLOX, a provider of data center, network and cloud services, plans to use the 27-acre, former Trinity Steel site in downtown Birmingham to develop a technology and innovation campus that will drive the connected digital economy in Birmingham and all of Alabama.  

The company said the project has the potential to be a $785 million investment over the next 10 years, depending on the success it and Birmingham has in attracting marquee clients and their employees.

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Tuesday, July 10 2018

June marks highest monthly volume in SCPA history 

SC Ports achieved the highest monthly volume in its history in June and completed FY18 with record container volume.

Charleston, SC — South Carolina Ports Authority announced record container volume of 2.2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) handled during the 2018 fiscal year, an increase of three percent over the previous fiscal year.

SCPA handled 201,163 TEUs in June, the single highest month for container volume in the Port’s history and a 10 percent increase over June 2017. June was a strong finish to the Port’s fiscal year, which began in July.

As measured in pier containers, or the number of boxes that moved across the docks of SCPA’s two container terminals, the Port handled 115,696 containers in June and a total of 1.25 million containers in FY2018.

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Monday, July 09 2018

Nearly $18 million investment to support company’s digital and eCommerce services

Frankfort, KY — Only nine months after opening, a Kroger distribution center in Florence will add 250 full-time associates, majority full-time roles, as the company invests nearly $18 million at the facility to support its ecommerce and digital services, Governor Matt Bevin announced.

“It was less than a year ago that Kroger opened its distribution center in Boone County, and it is clear from this additional investment that the company recognizes Northern Kentucky as the best possible location for further success and growth,” Gov. Bevin said. “Distribution and logistics is a thriving industry in the commonwealth, and this announcement is just the latest confirmation of that fact. We greatly appreciate Kroger’s confidence in the Northern Kentucky region and its ongoing commitment to investing and growing in our state.”

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Tuesday, July 03 2018

Project Expected to Create 330 Jobs in West Hartford at the Former UConn Campus

Hartford, CT — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that Seven Stars Cloud Group, Inc., will be establishing its global headquarters for technology and innovation in Connecticut, transforming UConn’s former campus in West Hartford into a thriving center for research, training, and business development. The $283 million project, called Chain Valley, is expected to create 330 jobs over the next five years.

“Thanks to our best-in-the-nation workforce, high-quality education system, and forward-looking vision, Connecticut has the potential to be a hub for investment in fintech and other high-tech industries` to our state shows that our strategy for recruiting and retaining cutting-edge employers is working. When companies like SSC decide to locate and grow here, combined with unprecedented investments in making our communities more livable and walkable, it makes Connecticut a more attractive place to live and work. Today’s announcement is a major economic milestone for the entire Hartford region.”

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Monday, July 02 2018

Japanese firm creating 67 new jobs
 
Columbia, SC — FUJIFILM Manufacturing USA, Inc., one of the strategic manufacturing locations for Tokyo-based FUJIFILM Corporation, announced plans to expand its existing operations in Greenwood County. The company's $3.9 million investment is projected to create 67 new jobs.
 
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in South Carolina this year, FUJIFILM is a manufacturer of industrial and commercial imaging products. The company operates five, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities on its 500-acre campus located at 211 Puckett Ferry Road near Lake Greenwood.

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Friday, June 29 2018

$1.2 billion investment will double capacity of technology-based steel mill and recycling facility
 
Osceola, AR — Big River Steel announced that it is expanding its LEED-certified, Arkansas-based scrap recycling and steel production facility. The expansion will double Big River Steel’s hot-rolled steel production capacity to 3.3 million tons annually. In addition, the expansion will facilitate the company’s ability to produce even higher grades of electrical steel, demand for which is expected to increase with continued focus on energy efficiency and the increase in hybrid and electric vehicle sales. 
 
“Our $1.2 billion expansion will further cement Big River Steel’s position as a global leader in terms of advanced manufacturing and environmental stewardship,” said Dave Stickler, Big River Steel’s chief executive officer. “Announcing this investment less than 18 months after beginning operations is a testament to the hard work and great success of the men and women on our team.”

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Thursday, June 28 2018

New facility will support Inland Port Dillon and create 54 new jobs
 
Columbia, SC — Container Maintenance Corporation announced plans to open a new facility in Dillon County. Designed to support the newly-opened Inland Port Dillon, Container Maintenance of Dillon is bringing $11.5 million of capital investment and creating approximately 54 jobs.
 
Providing container and chassis maintenance for a variety of regional clients, Container Maintenance Corporation offers repair, upkeep and depot services, as well as storage and redistribution of intermodal equipment. The company's new Dillon County facility complements its existing Charleston County facility, which supports the Port of Charleston.
 

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Tuesday, June 26 2018

Nearly 400 people gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Inland Port Dillon.

Dillon, SC -- South Carolina Ports Authority held the grand opening of Inland Port Dillon, its second inland facility constructed in the state to handle strong growth of the Port's intermodal rail cargo volumes and deepen the Port's reach into markets through the Carolinas to the Northeast and Midwest.

"Inland ports provide needed infrastructure in the interior of the state to support the movement of freight to and from our marine terminals," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "The addition of Inland Port Dillon to the Port's network diversifies our reach and enables port users to gain logistics efficiencies through rail transportation of their cargo. We've had tremendous support from the Dillon region to date and look forward to growing our cargo base for the facility."

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Tuesday, June 26 2018

Golden Triangle, MS -– Steel Dynamics, Inc. announced plans to expand its offering of value-added flat roll steel products through the addition of a new galvanizing line in Columbus, Mississippi. The company plans to invest more than $200 million and create 45 new jobs over three years, adding a third galvanizing line at its Columbus Flat Roll Division.

“Since our acquisition of Columbus in late 2014, the team has done a tremendous job transforming the through-cycle earnings capability of this facility. This wave of investment is the next step in our vision,” said Mark D. Millett, President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Tuesday, June 26 2018

Gilbert, AZ -- Gilbert, Arizona is thrilled to welcome leading professional services organization, Deloitte, as it announces an expansion of its Arizona footprint with a new U.S. Delivery Center for technology solutions. The initial $34 million investment will result in the occupancy of 102,000-square-feet of space at The Commons at Rivulon, a development at Gilbert Road and the Santan Loop 202 freeway. The project is expected to generate 2,500 jobs in the Gilbert community over multiple phases.

“Gilbert is the perfect home for Deloitte as there are a multitude of opportunities for synergy between the world class organization and this community,” said Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels. “With the creation of these high-wage jobs, Deloitte will be one of the largest employers in Gilbert. This will not just benefit those in Gilbert but all of the Phoenix-metro area.”

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Thursday, June 21 2018

Newly Merged Company Creates 85 New Jobs, $1.6 Million Investment

Fort Smith, AR -- As a result of a recent merger, Midwest Automation Custom Fabrication Inc. announced it has chosen Fort Smith as its new manufacturing headquarters location. The new entity was conceived after a merger between Custom Fabrication and Engineering, a steel manufacturer in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Midwest Automation in Arkoma, Oklahoma. The new company, Midwest Automation Custom Fabrication, Inc., is creating 85 new jobs and investing more than $1.6 million in the Fort Smith region. Combined the two companies will employ approximately 120 employees with a total annual payroll of nearly $5 million.

“To be able to bring this new company to Fort Smith is extremely exciting for us,” said Darrell Robinson, partner with Midwest Automation Custom Fabrication. “Working closely with the Fort Smith Regional Chamber and Arkansas Economic Development Commission tipped the scales in favor of Fort Smith.”

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Thursday, June 21 2018

Timken Company Expanding Operations at the Tyger River Plant in Union, S.C.

Union, SC -- Timken Tyger River Plant, a leading manufacturer of bearings and bearing components, announced that it is acquiring new equipment and machinery to increase capacity at the Union County facility. The project is expected to bring over $2.5 million in capital investment to expand operations and industrial growth.  

The Timken Company is a Fortune 500 company which began in 1899. Timken has operated in Union County more than 52 years and supplies over 17,000 different bearings components to industrial customers worldwide. The Timken Tyger River Plant is a 350,000 square foot building located at 408 Industrial Drive, Union SC.

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Tuesday, June 19 2018

Metal, millwork and stonework manufacturer to create 50 new jobs

Nashville, TN -- Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Tate Ornamental, Inc. officials announced it will expand its White House operations. The metal, millwork and stonework manufacturer will create 50 new jobs and invest $6 million in Robertson County.

“I want to thank Tate Ornamental for choosing to expand in Robertson County and for its continued investment in White House,” Rolfe said. “Since 2011, more than 77,000 jobs have been created in the manufacturing sector and I appreciate Tate Ornamental for creating 50 new manufacturing jobs in White House.”

Tate Ornamental is a family owned and operated company that has been in business since 1988. The company manufactures ornamental metal, architectural millwork and stonework for many industries including hospitality, corporate offices, shopping centers, museums, government buildings and more.

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Tuesday, June 19 2018

Company produces high quality dietary supplements, plus nutritional, prescription and OTC products, for leading U.S. and global retailers and contract customers

Greenville, SC -- International Vitamin Corporation (IVC), which produces high quality dietary supplements along with nutritional, prescription and OTC products, will invest several million dollars and add a significant number of positions to expand operations at its Greenville County, S.C. facilities over the next several years.

Founded more than 55 years ago, IVC produces high quality dietary supplements for leading food, drug, mass and club retailers in the United States. The company also produces nutritional, prescription and OTC products for contract customers around the world. IVC’s recognized ability to deliver on innovation, quality and supply chain efficiency has enabled IVC to become one of the largest and fastest growing private label nutritional supplement companies in the nutritional marketplace.

“This expansion of our Greenville County presence represents an important step in the growth of our business,” said Steven Dai, President and CEO for International Vitamin Corporation.

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Friday, June 15 2018

Electric motor manufacturer to create 300 new jobs

Lexington, TN — Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Nidec Motor Company officials announced that the company will expand its current operations in Lexington. The electric motor manufacturer will create 301 new jobs and invest $18 million in Henderson County.

“I want to thank Nidec for choosing to expand its operations in Lexington and for creating more than 300 new jobs in Henderson County,” Haslam said. “This is a big deal for Lexington and one of the largest economic development announcements we’ve had here since 2011. I appreciate Nidec for continuing to invest in Henderson County and helping Tennessee lead in the creation of high-quality jobs.” 

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Thursday, June 14 2018
GPA sees busiest May for total tons, TEUs

Photo Caption: Hopper dredge Padre Island as seen working in the Port of Savannah shipping channel earlier this year. The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is on schedule for completion in late 2021. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

Harbor expansion receives full funding for year

Savannah, GA — The Port of Savannah handled 3 million tons of cargo in May, an increase of 8.9 percent or 247,671 tons compared the same month a year ago. Total cargo crossing all terminals reached 3.22 million tons.
 
"Our May numbers reflect strong performances in breakbulk and containerized trade, showing growing global demand for both retail goods and manufacturing inputs," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

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Wednesday, June 13 2018

National cost comparison survey finds food processors can save up to 25% in Great Falls due to proximity to raw materials, low costs and transportation access

Great Falls, MT — The Great Falls Montana Development Authority (GFDA) announced that Great Falls is the least expensive market to operate a food processing plant based on a review of 25 U.S. cities. The study, conducted by The Boyd Company, found that annual operating costs for a 325-person food processing plant in Great Falls are 25% less than the most expensive metro, Boston, MA.

"Our analysis focused on geographically variable cost elements considered to be most pivotal within the corporate site selection process," says John Boyd, Principal, The Boyd Company, a Princeton, NJ-based site selection firm. "Great Falls came out on top because of its low land and construction costs, and its proximity to raw materials including livestock, wheat, nuts and seeds."

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Wednesday, June 13 2018

Medical technology company creating 125 new jobs
 

Columbia, SC — BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company announced a $150 million investment in its existing Sumter County manufacturing facility. The company is projected to create an additional 125 new jobs over the next several years.
 
Employing more than 65,000 associates worldwide, BD is one of the world's largest medical technology companies and supports health care providers in more than 190 countries. BD's Sumter County facility has been in operation since 1970, manufacturing blood collection devices that are critical to the health care industry. 

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Tuesday, June 12 2018

Jackson, MS — Leading industrial supply company Fastenal is locating a distribution center in Madison County, Mississippi. The project is an $11.5 million investment and will create 60 jobs over the next three years. 

“Fastenal’s decision to locate in Mississippi shows we have the right tools for global companies to grow their operations. The state’s skilled workforce and logistical advantages make Mississippi a top destination for any company looking to accelerate their business,” Governor Phil Bryant said.

Fastenal provides companies with fasteners, tools and supplies needed to manufacture products, build structures and maintain facilities and equipment. The new 129,000-square-foot Madison County distribution center, the company’s 15th in North America, will be located off of Sowell Road.

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Tuesday, June 12 2018

Morrison, IL — The Innovation Center at Morrison Tech is rapidly proceeding, with construction of the exterior and infrastructure nearly complete. Chris Scott, Morrison Tech’s President said, “We’re right on schedule, and we expect the center to be operational by late August.  This is the culmination of years of planning and effort, and it will be a symbol of Morrison Tech’s commitment to Engineering Technology and STEM education. It will provide unique opportunities for students, educators, businesses, innovators, and artists.” 

Scott added, “This significant investment will enable the college to host numerous activities and foster collaboration between Postsecondary Education, K-12, and Private Industry. The regional workforce climate is very important to Morrison Tech, and we believe that regional success is furthered by a combination of quality school facilities and programs, thriving businesses, resilient local economies, and communities with a high quality of life. The Innovation Center is a product of this type of collaboration.” 

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Tuesday, June 12 2018

Photo Caption: Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter (center in navy blazer) joins Premier Technology and other dignitaries for the ground breaking of the company’s multi-phase expansion in Blackfoot, Idaho.

Blackfoot, ID — Premier Technology, Inc. has initiated a multi-phase expansion to its facility in Blackfoot, Idaho. Improvements to existing facilities are already underway and will continue throughout the summer. Premier is also adding new equipment with state-of-the-art technology and over 100 new jobs in professional and various skilled trades, such as welding.

“Doug and I are pleased to continue making investments not only in our employees but also the facilities, local infrastructure, and the community around us that have been so supportive,” said Shelly Sayer, Chief Executive Officer. “We are grateful to the City of Blackfoot and Bingham County for championing the project.”

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Friday, June 08 2018

Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf announced that AmerisourceBergen, a global health care solutions provider, has selected Pennsylvania as the location to expand its national headquarters, a move that is expected to create more than 550 new family-sustaining jobs in Montgomery County where the expansion will take place.

“This project is so significant not just because one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical distributors is expanding its headquarters here, but because of the magnitude of that expansion,” Governor Wolf said. “This expansion will create more than 550 jobs in IT, management, accounting, and human resources that will provide family-sustaining wages to so many workers in the region and bring a significant boost to the regional economy. Opportunities like this are rare, so to have AmerisourceBergen commit to Pennsylvania for its future growth is truly exciting news. I applaud AmerisourceBergen and welcome them to many more years of success here in the commonwealth.”

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Friday, June 08 2018

Morrison, IL — There have been several food trends emerging over the past few years, and one of the biggest is the “Farm-to-Fork” movement, where people are getting closer to the source of their food, and knowing the producer and their production methods. To help people connect directly with growers and producers in the Whiteside/Northwest Illinois region, Gary Camarano, Whiteside County’s Economic Development Director, and Lauren Lee, the County’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator, collaborated on developing a “Local Food Hub” map to help consumers identify and visit local growers and food producers. 

The collaboration has resulted in a “Whiteside County Story Map” that identifies several categories of food growers and producers, including Farmer’s Markets, Farm Stands, Orchards & Pumpkin Patches, Local Food & Meat Processing, Wineries & Breweries, Family Farms, and the almost famous “Chocolate Trail”. The link to the “Local Food Hub” map can be found on the County’s website under the Economic Development department’s tab, or at the following link: http://arcg.is/2wlrTqZ

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Tuesday, June 05 2018

Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf announced that Acutec Precision Aerospace (Acutec), Inc., a woman-owned manufacturer of components and subassemblies for the aerospace industry that has been located in Crawford County for more than thirty years, will further invest in the city of Meadville by expanding its aerospace manufacturing facility located in the city and creating 60 new manufacturing jobs.

“The decision by a high-tech manufacturer like Acutec Precision Aerospace to grow its workforce here in Pennsylvania shows that the industry recognizes the quality of our workers,” Governor Wolf said. “Acutec has a decades-long history in Crawford County, and I applaud their decision to stay here and grow in the years ahead. This is great news for workers in the area, great news for Acutec, and great news for Pennsylvania.”

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Tuesday, June 05 2018

Tallahassee, FL — Charlotte County, Florida earned two of twelve awards presented by The Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC) at their annual conference. The conference was held at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott in Fort Myers from May 21st to May 23rd.  FEDC is Florida’s professional association for economic, workforce and community developers. It represents over 500 members across 67 counties and 400 cities, as well as universities, utilities, seaports, airports and industrial authorities. The organization is headquartered in Tallahassee.

Charlotte County won two “2018 Promotional, Marketing and Innovation Awards” for best ad campaign and best external publication. The County created an inspirational, multi-media ad campaign called “Sky’s the Limit,” building on the success of the community landing one of the nation’s top aviation colleges. The ad campaign drew over 7,500 new visitors to the County’s economic development website in its first three months, a 66% increase over the previous site. A media campaign on Twitter and LinkedIn produced over 800,000 impressions in the same time period.

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Tuesday, June 05 2018

Whitestown, IN — Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK), a Fortune 500 company specializing in industrial automation and information, announced plans to establish operations in Boone County, moving current operations in Champaign, Illinois, and Memphis, Tennessee, to Indiana. With its growth, the company plans to create up to 231 new jobs by the end of 2023. 
 
“Indiana’s central location, pro-growth business climate and skilled workforce continue to attract leading companies from around the world,” Gov. Holcomb said. “With the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the nation and a thriving tech ecosystem, Indiana is positioned to be a leader in smart manufacturing. We look forward to Rockwell Automation joining the Indiana team and being a critical resource for our 8,500 manufacturers across the state.”

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Friday, June 01 2018

New Jobs Coming to Brunswick County

Brunswick County, VA -- The Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority, the Brunswick County Board of Supervisors,  and the Town of Lawrenceville announced today KASS Foods, a healthy snack food manufacturer, will invest to establish an operation in Brunswick County, Town of Lawrenceville. Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina and Maryland for the project, which will bring eight new jobs to the region.

Mike Dotti, Chair of Brunswick County IDA Board said, “It is an easy thing to say Brunswick County is open for business. To create an environment where new business is possible takes the work of a lot of people. We could not have done this without our team. The Board of Supervisors, Carthan Currin, Economic Development Director, C. J. Dean and the Town of Lawrenceville, the Tobacco Commission, the amazing IDA board all moving forward under the proactive leadership of our County Administrator, Dr. Woolridge. A special thanks to Ajay and the fine people of KASS for their investment in our County.”

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Friday, June 01 2018

Charlotte County, FL -- Governor Rick Scott announced on May 30 that Charlotte County will receive an $800,000 grant as part of the Florida Job Growth Fund. The Job Growth Fund provides financial assistance for public infrastructure projects and job training. Grant recipients are selected by the governor following recommendations from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Enterprise Florida, a public-private partnership created to spur economic development in the state.

“Florida Job Growth Fund grants are awarded to a limited number of applicants. This grant shows that Gov. Scott and his team are believers in the economic potential of Charlotte County. We are proud of our strong working relationships with the state and sincerely appreciate being selected for a grant of this magnitude,” said Charlotte County Commission Chairman Ken Doherty.

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Wednesday, May 30 2018

Companies Launching New Entertainment Production Hub in Stamford, Plan to Create 450 Jobs

Hartford, CT -- Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that award-winning entertainment production group ITV America – the largest independent producer of non-scripted entertainment content in the United States – will be relocating a significant portion of its business operations to Stamford (the company will also maintain production and office staff in its New York and Los Angeles offices). Additionally, newly launched Wheelhouse Entertainment – founded by entrepreneur and media magnate Brent Montgomery – also will be using Stamford as one of its bases of operations.

Combined, the two entertainment companies plan to create approximately 450 jobs in Stamford across areas of finance and operations, production, and post-production, and more.

“Over the last several years, Connecticut has seen significant growth among media production companies, and we are pleased that ITV America and Wheelhouse have decided to establish operations in our state,” Governor Malloy said. “Connecticut is home to more than 1,200 media-related businesses that employ over 16,000 people. These two nationally renowned production companies plan to create hundreds of good jobs for our state’s residents, and we welcome them to our community.”

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Wednesday, May 30 2018

Community and Economic Development Director JJ Johnston

Oro Valley, AZ -- The Town of Oro Valley will officially welcome Jimmy (JJ) Johnston as the Director of Community and Economic Development. The addition of Johnston to the Oro Valley team is part of the Town’s efforts to streamline processes, expand levels of service to the community, and fulfill Council’s goal of increased focus on economic development.

During his many years of experience in economic development, Johnston has held executive leadership roles, including president/CEO, of six regional economic development organizations/chambers of commerce located in Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. He has helped to facilitate the retention, expansion and attraction of hundreds of primary employers into client communities. Those companies have created thousands of new job opportunities and have generated billions of dollars of new capital investment into the United States.

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Wednesday, May 30 2018

Hanwha Q CELLS Korea to invest $150 million in Dalton

Dalton, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that Hanwha Q CELLS Korea, a leader in the global solar industry, will create more than 500 jobs and invest $150 million in a new solar module manufacturing facility in Dalton.

“Georgia has maintained strong partnerships with Korean businesses for more than three decades and this announcement is yet another reflection of our reputation as a premier destination for international business,” said Deal. “By establishing a presence in Whitfield County, Hanwha Q CELLS Korea will join a number of Korean-affiliated companies that operate at least 80 facilities in our state. As the No. 1 state for business, Georgia offers the skilled workforce and extensive manufacturing resources needed for Hanwha Q CELLS Korea to maintain its competitive edge in the global solar industry. We appreciate Hanwha Q CELLS Korea’s significant investment in Georgia and look forward to the company’s success in Dalton.”

Hanwha Q CELLS Korea will produce high-performance and high-quality photovoltaic modules at the new facility. The facility is scheduled for completion in 2019.

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Thursday, May 17 2018

Automotive supplier investing $19.4 million to create 56 new jobs
 
Columbia, SC — JTEKT North America, a producer of bearings, driveline components, steering systems and machine tools, announced that it is investing $19.4 million to expand its existing Koyo Bearings production facility in Oconee County. The growth will result in the creation of 56 new jobs.
 
Established in 1960, this manufacturing plant was purchased by JTEKT Group in 2010 and operates as Koyo Bearings, supplying bearings and steering systems to major automotive manufacturers. A subsidiary of JTEKT Group, JTEKT North America currently employs more than 5,400 associates at 14 manufacturing facilities across the continent.

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Monday, May 14 2018

Manufacturer to invest $3.4 million, create nearly 70 jobs 

Nashville, TN — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Coil Design Corporation officials announced that the manufacturer will invest $3.4 million to establish its corporate headquarters and a manufacturing plant in Dayton.

Coil Design Corporation plans to create nearly 70 jobs over the next two years.

“For decades, Dayton has had a rich manufacturing legacy, especially in skilled trades that supply the HVAC industry,” Rolfe said. “By establishing its headquarters and production in Dayton, Coil Design Corporation will play a crucial role in boosting the local economy and providing jobs for the citizens of Rhea County. I’d like to thank Coil Design Corporation’s leadership for the confidence it has in the skilled workforce of Rhea County and look forward to its future impact on the community.” 

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Tuesday, May 08 2018

Amada North America, Inc. will invest $87 million in High Point

Raleigh, NC — Amada North America, Inc., a manufacturer of precision sheet metal fabricating equipment, will develop a new product line in Guilford County creating 201 new jobs over the next five years, Governor Roy Cooper announced. Amada will invest $87 million in a facility in High Point that will manufacture and assemble a line of high-precision press break bending equipment for the U.S. market.

“Manufacturers choose North Carolina because of our existing skilled workforce and our commitment to training the workforce they’ll need in the future,” said Governor Cooper. “I join Guilford County and High Point communities in welcoming Amada’s new facility and the opportunities it will bring.”

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Tuesday, May 08 2018

Largest wind and renewable energy event in Western Hemisphere opens Tuesday

Chicago, IL — WINDPOWER 2018 Conference and Exhibition, the largest wind and renewable energy event in the Western Hemisphere kicks off in Chicago tomorrow, and you can register for a livestream to hear industry leaders share what’s next for wind. The wind industry was founded on bold thinking and a long-term vision. Today, that innovative and entrepreneurial spirit continues to be demonstrated by rapid growth and major advances in technology.

Registration and streaming link: http://awea.live.conferencecontent.net/

When: Livestreams will air from 10 am to 11am CT on Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9.

Who: Over the next two days, hear from the following industry leaders who will share their vision for the future of wind power:

  • Mark Albenze, CEO, Wind Power Service, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy;
  • Laura Beane, CEO, Avangrid Renewables;
  • Chris Brown, President, Vestas Americas;
  • Evan Caron, Cofounder and Managing Director, Swytch;
  • Tristan Grimbert, President and CEO, EDF Renewables;
  • Brian Janous, Director of Energy Strategy, Microsoft;
  • Tom Kiernan, CEO, American Wind Energy Association;
  • John Lavelle, CEO, Offshore Wind, GE Renewable Energy;
  • Steve Lockard, President & CEO, TPI Composites, Inc.;
  • Daniell