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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.;
  • Danielle Merfeld, Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, GE Renewable Energy;
  • Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association;
  • Gregory Wolf, CEO, Leeward Renewable Energy, LLC; and
  • Adam Wright, CEO, MidAmerican Energy.

Complete conference information, as well as a schedule (all times CDT), are available on the event website: http://www.windpowerexpo.org/ 

AWEA is the national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry. We represent 1,000 member companies and over 100,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, serving as a powerful voice for how wind works for America. Members include global leaders in wind power and energy development, turbine manufacturing, and component and service suppliers. They gather each year at the Western Hemisphere’s largest wind power trade show, the AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition, this year in Chicago, May 7-10, 2018. Find information about wind energy on the AWEA website. Gain insight into industry issues on AWEA's blog, Into the Wind. And please join us on Facebook, and follow @AWEA on Twitter.

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Monday, May 07 2018

Freeport, TX -- On Saturday, May 5, voters approved Proposition A, a $130 million bond package supporting the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project. The proposition passed with 58 percent of the votes, clearing the way for the Port to proceed with an improvement project that will deepen Freeport Harbor Channel from its current depth of 45 feet to a maximum level of 55 feet at its deepest point.
 
“First and foremost, we’d like to thank the voters for helping us take the next step toward realizing our vision for Port Freeport to be the leading deep-water port in the Gulf of Mexico and one of the top in the nation. Based on the election results, it’s clear that the voters see the benefit of improving the channel so their port, Port Freeport, can safely accommodate the larger ships that are currently in use and attract new liner services,” said Phyllis Saathoff, Executive Director and CEO of Port Freeport. “Managing the total tax rate without an increase while accomplishing this project is a winning situation for everyone. We greatly appreciate the volunteers, local organizations, and community and industry leaders who worked so hard to help get the word out about the significance of this project.”

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Monday, May 07 2018

Company Doubles Local Presence in Cortex

St. Louis, MO — Square, one of the nation’s fastest growing technology companies, is set to expand its office in the Cortex Innovation Community, adding approximately 300 new jobs.

“Square is proud to be from St. Louis and thrilled to expand our presence here, where we’ve exceeded our growth expectations thanks to the wealth of local talent,” Square Co-Founder & Director said Jim McKelvey said.  “St. Louis is home to tens of thousands of Square sellers.  We’re thankful for the support of our city and state partners in furthering their growth, and excited for what’s ahead.”

“We are thrilled that Square is rapidly expanding here in St. Louis,” St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said.  “Square is another company that is helping grow our tech sector, and I want to personally thank founder Jim McKelvey for doubling down on his hometown.  With their second biggest office located right here, we look forward to Square continuing to grow with our diverse and talented workforce, affordable housing, and centrally-located space in Cortex, one of the nation’s leading innovation communities.”

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Monday, May 07 2018

Attendees from Around the World Convene to Uncover All that Plastics Has to Offer

Orlando, FL — NPE2018: The Plastics Show officially kicked off today. The Opening Ceremony included remarks from Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) President and CEO William R. Carteaux, PLASTICS Chair of the Board of Directors Wylie Royce and NPE2018 Chair Glenn Anderson. Bigger and better than ever, this year’s show will complement the business transactions and relationships made on the show floor with educational opportunities for attendees. New to NPE® are the Plastics Leadership Summit and Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit, two co-located educational events for sustainability and C-suite executives, respectively.

“We’ve intentionally designed programming for attendees who’ve expressed interest in expanded educational opportunities at NPE. We’ve created the Plastics Leadership Summit and co-located the annual Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit to bolster on-site learning,” said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO of PLASTICS. “We also announced a 100 percent waste diversion goal to further our industry’s commitment to the environment.”

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Thursday, May 03 2018
Metal Benderz to Create 50 Jobs in Lowndes County

Valdosta, GA -- The Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority (VLCDA) announced that Metal Benderz, a Georgia-based company that designs, engineers, manufactures, and fabricates cold-formed steel framing systems will be relocating to Hahira Business Park.
 
Metal Benderz will occupy the former Wireco building, which has remained vacant for the past 10 years. With an initial capital investment of $1.5 million, followed by an additional $3.5 million within the second year, Metal Benderz has started renovations on the 62,000-square-foot facility and expect to be fully operational by June 1, 2018.

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Thursday, May 03 2018

Little Rock, AR — Bank of the Ozarks will construct its fourth operations building in downtown Ozark and create as many as 133 new jobs over the next five years. Plans for the new building and local jobs were announced April 19.

George Gleason, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of the Ozarks, said the new operations building will add 36,761 square feet of office space and additional parking to the bank’s campus at the intersection of West College Street and North 7th Street. It will join three existing buildings that house Bank of the Ozarks’ operations centers and backup data facility.

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Tuesday, May 01 2018

Company to Retain and Grow Workforce to More Than 13,000 Jobs While Investing More Than $800 Million in Connecticut

Hartford, CT — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced an historic partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat (EB) that will help the company grow their workforce by nearly 1,900 bringing it to more than 13,000 by 2034, allow for capital investments of greater than $800 million in the state over the next 17 years, and more than double their spending on in-state suppliers, which are located in 102 Connecticut cities and towns. Connecticut’s investment will allow EB to maintain its position as the highest-quality provider of submarines to the U.S. Navy, thus capturing additional overhaul and repair work while continuing the delivery of the Virginia Class Submarines.

“Since the American Revolution, the Provision State has earned its reputation as the Submarine Capitol of the World, thanks to our ingenuity and ceaseless resolve,” Governor Malloy said. “From helicopters, to fighter jets and submarines, Connecticut is a worldwide leader in aerospace and defense manufacturing. Our state’s partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat will ensure that thousands of good-paying manufacturing jobs continue to grow for years to come. This isn’t just a good deal for southeastern Connecticut, it’s a good deal for residents across the state, where over 700 supply chain companies with locations in over 100 towns will see increased demand from the best submarine maker in the world.”

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Tuesday, May 01 2018

Mesa, AZ – Commercial Metals Company (CMC) has broken ground on a 63,000 square foot expansion to create spooled rebar at CMC Steel Arizona, an environmentally responsible micro mill in southeast Mesa.

"CMC Steel's commitment to innovation and new technology makes them a leader in the steel production, fabrication and recycling industry," Mayor John Giles said. "We are proud of the work they do here in Mesa and look forward to their continued success."

The company is investing in a spooler to produce hot-rolled, spooled rebar at its 260 acre campus located at 11444 E. Germann Road. This will be CMC’s second spooler operation in the United States. The first was recently built at their new micro mill in Durant, Oklahoma.

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Monday, April 30 2018

Golden Triangle, MS — Peco Foods CEO Mark Hickman announced that the company is locating in the existing 185,000-square-foot warehouse formerly occupied by AmeriCold. The facility is located in West Point, Mississippi, on 37 acres strategically located near interstate and major rail corridors. The location will provide freezer, cooler and working space to enable the company to serve its extensive customer base, which includes national restaurant chains. The investment totals $40 million and will create 300 jobs in the area.  

“The addition of the West Point facility to the Peco Foods’ portfolio and the creation of so many new jobs for the people of the Golden Triangle Region demonstrate how existing companies in our state benefit from our productive workforce and prime location in the fastest growing region of the U.S.,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.

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Monday, April 30 2018

In Concordia Parish, planned Australian-based manufacturing project will result in $25 million capital investment, more than 50 jobs

Vidalia, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and Syrah Resources CEO Shaun Verner announced the company has selected a Vidalia site as its preferred location for its $25 million capital investment to develop a graphite processing facility in Louisiana. The Concordia Parish plant will produce graphite anode materials for batteries in electric vehicles and other products. The company, based in Melbourne, Australia, plans an initial graphite processing plant in a 50,000-square-foot industrial building it intends to purchase near the Vidalia Port. The building can be expanded at a later date, should Syrah develop additional phases.

The commercial project will create 25 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $60,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project also will result in 30 new indirect jobs, for a total of 55 new jobs in Central Louisiana.

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Wednesday, April 25 2018

Music streaming giant expanding presence and workforce in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that Pandora, the largest music streaming service in the U.S., will expand its presence and create 250 jobs in Atlanta over the next three years.

“Pandora’s investment in Atlanta is a testament to the value of our highly skilled workforce and business-friendly environment for attracting innovative companies,” said Deal. “With this expansion, Pandora will benefit from the strategic resources available to digital leaders operating in Georgia, as well as close proximity to our vibrant arts and entertainment communities. We appreciate Pandora’s ongoing commitment here in Georgia and look forward to strengthening our partnership as the company continues to grow and create meaningful employment opportunities for our citizens.”

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Wednesday, April 25 2018

Global manufacturer expected to create 125 jobs as it expands its iso-thermal forging and heat-treating capacities to meet demand from aerospace customers

Cudahy, WI — Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI), a global manufacturer of technically advanced specialty materials and complex components, is expanding its operations in Cudahy with a $95 million project expected to create about 125 jobs and help the company meet the growing demand from the aerospace jet engine market.

ATI now has three iso-thermal presses at its Cudahy iso-thermal forging center of excellence and is adding a fourth, along with additional heat-treating capacity, to meet growing aerospace market customer demand. The project will take about three years to complete and fully qualify for aerospace-related production.

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Wednesday, April 25 2018
Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI) & Team Idaho's Visit to Japan a Success

Photo caption:  Idaho team members join Takayuki Ishimori, Mayor of Hachioji City, Tokyo at a welcome event in Japan.  Pictured left to right:  Celia Gould, Director, Idaho Department of Agriculture; Bobbi-Jo Meuleman, Director, Idaho Department of Commerce; Kelly Anthon, Idaho Senator/City of Rupert Administrator; Mayor Ishimori; Jan Rogers, CEO, Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho; and Dr. Marc Skinner, Executive Officer, University of Idaho’s Eastern region.

University of Idaho, Idaho Senator/City of Rupert Administrator Kelly Anthon, Idaho Departments of Commerce and Agriculture, and REDI complete six-day visit to Japan to promote foreign direct investment in Idaho.

Idaho Falls, ID — Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI) CEO Jan Rogers reported significant success from the Idaho team that just returned from a foreign direct investment trip to Japan April 13-18.

“Reciprocity is an important part of Japanese culture.  With Eastern Idaho’s new and growing relationship with Sakae Casting and Ohzen’s operations in Idaho Falls, this Japan trip was a great opportunity for us to build on our Japanese partnerships and expand Idaho’s connections in Japan,” Rogers said.  “We put Idaho on the radar for Japanese businesses considering investing in the U.S. In fact, several companies are already planning to visit Idaho this summer.  It was a very successful visit,” she said.

The trip, coordinated by REDI, was joined by the University of Idaho, Idaho Senator and City of Rupert administrator Kelly Anthon, and Idaho Departments of Commerce and Agriculture.

Select Idaho team members met with government and commerce officials, vice governors, mayors, university president and leaders, chamber of commerce representatives, and numerous industries representing nuclear energy, research, food production and processing, and manufacturing. 

At a business exchange meeting in Hachioji City, several organizations and nine companies discussed possible opportunities for their businesses in Eastern Idaho and Idaho.

There was also a visit to Tokai mura’s Sister City Center, Idaho Falls’ Sister City in Japan.

Dr. Marc Skinner, Executive Officer, University of Idaho’s Eastern region:
“It was an honor to represent the University of Idaho on this successful trip.  The University of Idaho’s Idaho Falls Center is thrilled with the relationship developed over the past year with Japan’s Sakae Casting.  UI Nuclear Engineering Professors Bob Borrelli and Rich Christensen are currently working collaboratively with Boise State University and Sakae Casting’s team on a state funded IGEM project focused on development of an aluminum cast with embedded natural boron for cooling nuclear fuel.  We believe our current project with Sakae Casting is just the beginning of future collaborative work with innovative business and education entities in Japan.”

Kelly Anthon, Idaho Senator and City of Rupert Administrator:
“I have always believed that as Idaho’s economy grows and diversifies, there will be more opportunities for Idaho families by building relationships with overseas businesses.  Our meetings in Japan not only presented opportunities to grow Idaho business but to promote my home community’s agriculture industry. I look forward to the future opportunities for Idaho that may result from this successful trip abroad.”

Kouki Kashiwada, Assistant Director, Hachioji City-Japan: (via translation)
“Idaho is good as a business environment.  We have a population reduction and the Japanese market is shrinking.  Some businesses seek to expand in the United States.  We must look at Idaho.”

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Wednesday, April 25 2018

Technology company to invest $20 million in capital developments in metro Atlanta and Columbus

Atlanta, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that InComm, a leading prepaid product and payment technology company based in Atlanta, will create more than 150 jobs and invest over $20 million in capital developments in metro Atlanta and Columbus.

“In addition to being the No. 1 state for business, Georgia is now a recognized hub for the financial technology industry,” said Deal. “InComm has contributed to that reputation as a valued member of our business community, and the company has experienced significant growth while utilizing Georgia’s expansive resources for high-tech businesses. We appreciate the strength of this partnership and we are confident that Georgia’s highly skilled workforce and culture of collaboration will continue to provide InComm with the resources needed for a successful expansion.”

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Tuesday, April 24 2018

Savannah, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., the world’s leading business jet manufacturer, will create 200 jobs and invest $55 million in an expansion of its service center operations in Savannah. New jobs will include positions in Gulfstream’s service and support organization.
 
“Aerospace products are currently the No. 1 export for our state largely due to the growth and expansion of industry leaders such as Gulfstream who call Georgia home,” said Deal. “Georgia’s record-breaking ports system serves as a premier gateway to the Southeastern market and beyond and our skilled workforce provides a robust foundation for Gulfstream’s continued growth. With our logistics infrastructure, as well as our transportation network and digital assets, Gulfstream will continue to enhance the services offered to its worldwide customer base. We appreciate Gulfstream’s continued investment in Georgia over the past five decades and look forward to strengthening this partnership in the years to come.”

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Tuesday, April 24 2018

Atlanta, GA — Southern Telecom, Inc. (STI), a subsidiary of Southern Company, announces Georgia System Operations Corporation (GSOC) has entered a leasing agreement for dark fiber on STI’s Atlanta central business district fiber ring. GSOC is utilizing the fiber to connect the cooperative’s headquarters office in Tucker, Georgia, to Georgia EMC’s government relations, community and economic development office, located on the Georgia Tech campus in downtown Atlanta.

“Utilizing Southern Telecom’s fiber network has helped GSOC streamline our internal operations between our headquarters office and our affiliate Georgia EMC’s office, including our data management, phone systems and business tools,” says Bilal Sabusa, Director of Technology and Operations for GSOC.

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Tuesday, April 24 2018

Polk County, FL — Nucor Corporation announced that it will build a rebar micro mill in Frostproof, Florida, which is located in Polk County. This is a $240 million investment and is the second rebar micro mill Nucor is constructing. In November 2017, Nucor announced a rebar micro mill project in Sedalia, Missouri.

"Nucor has always focused on growing our business to better serve our customers. We are building this rebar micro mill in a great and growing market where demand is strong and there is currently an abundant supply of scrap, a good portion of which is handled by our scrap business, The David J. Joseph Company," said John Ferriola, Chairman, CEO & President of Nucor Corporation.

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Monday, April 23 2018

In two phases, ethane crackers and downstream plants would create up to 1,200 new direct jobs and result in thousands of new indirect jobs

St. James Parish, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and Formosa Petrochemical Corp. executive Keh-Yen Lin announced the company has selected St. James Parish in Louisiana for a $9.4 billion chemical manufacturing complex and has purchased a 2,400-acre site along the west bank of the Mississippi River.

Located just downriver from the Sunshine Bridge, the complex would be built in two phases and produce ethylene, propylene, ethylene glycol and associated polymers. Formosa plans to operate the complex under its subsidiary and Louisiana registered company, FG LA LLC, and is branding the site as “The Sunshine Project.” Pending the completion and approval of permits for the site, FG could begin construction as soon as 2019 in what projects to be a 10-year building and development process in two phases.

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Monday, April 23 2018

Concord, NH –  Governor Chris Sununu and State officials confirmed that Lonza Biologics, Inc. will be moving forward with the expansion of its Portsmouth facility, adding up to 1,000 jobs and up to one million square-feet of space. The company currently employs 800 at the facility where it primarily focuses on contract manufacturing. 

“We are thrilled that Lonza will be making a major additional investment in New Hampshire and adding more jobs to our local economy,” said Governor Sununu. “This decision by Lonza is a great testament to New Hampshire’s business friendly environment and the skill and commitment of our workforce. I look forward to working closely with our State team and Lonza officials to see this expansion through to completion.”

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Monday, April 23 2018

Plainview, TX — The Plainview - Hale County Business Park Groundbreaking Ceremony is scheduled for Monday, April 23rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Business Park located on Interstate 27, north of Highway 194 (Dimmitt Highway).

Congressman Jodey Arrrington is scheduled to attend the ceremony as well as U.S. Economic Development Association Representative Trisha Korbis. 

Others in attendance include Mayor Wendell Dunlap, Hale County Judge Bill Coleman, Hale County Commissioners, Plainview City Council and the Plainview/Hale County Economic Development Corporation. The public is encouraged to attend.

“I am excited about the opportunity to attract new businesses and jobs to Hale County and my hometown of Plainview,” says Congressman Jodey Arrington. “This is a great example of local, state and federal leaders working together to support rural economics, which are the backbone of this country.” 

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Tuesday, April 17 2018

Wilmington, OH — The Wilmington Air Park has once again earned its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 139 Certification, affirming that the airport facilities, infrastructure, staffing, and operations protocols are on par with other large airports around the country.
 
Airport operating certificates serve to ensure safety in airport transportation. An airport, in order to secure this certification from the FAA, must implement and maintain a significant level of operational and safety standards and provide for such things as on-site firefighting and rescue equipment and personnel.  

“This certification is important to maintain for both our current and future aviation tenants,” said Dan Evers, Executive Director of the Clinton County Port Authority. “It confirms a high level of readiness, best practices, and aviation infrastructure for airlines that would be considering operations at the Wilmington Air Park.”

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Tuesday, April 17 2018

New Mexico emerges as a leader, growing wind power faster than any state

Santa Fe, NM — Wind power, the largest source of U.S. renewable electricity generating capacity, now supplies more than 30 percent of the electricity in four states, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, after strong growth in 2017. Industry leaders released the news from the state capitol in New Mexico, a rising star for wind power. New Mexico added wind power capacity at a faster rate than any other state last year.

The rapid expansion of American wind power reflects its key role at the center of a transformation in the country’s electricity sector – bringing consumers more affordable, clean, and reliable energy while growing the economy. The industry’s latest trends and milestones from 2017 are detailed in the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report 2017 released today. According to the new report, more American homes and businesses use wind energy than ever before and the industry employs a record 105,500 men and women across all 50 states.

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Tuesday, April 17 2018
Hyundai Power Transformers USA to Expand Operations in Montgomery, Alabama

Investment adds to continued job growth in the region

Montgomery, AL — Hyundai Power Transformers USA, Inc. (HPT) has announced a $33 million expansion of its Montgomery facility resulting in the creation of 86 new jobs. The expansion will enable the company to establish a "Smart Factory" and increase production of its power transformers by more than 60 percent. The expansion will include a newly-constructed training facility that will contribute to fostering an advanced labor force, taking the company one step closer to achieving its plan of generating $200 million in revenue by 2021.

Hyundai Electric (HE) recently announced that it is acquiring 100 percent ownership of HPT from Hyundai Heavy Industries to accelerate its strategic approach towards the U.S. transformer market. Hyundai Electric acquired facilities in Bulgaria and China earlier this year.

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Tuesday, April 17 2018

New Development to Attract Jobs, Open Doors for Kyle

Kyle, TX – A new key commerce area is breaking ground in one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities -- Kyle, Texas, just twenty-minutes south of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Hays Commerce Center, which sits on 108-acres, is a mixed-use master development situated on the west side of I-35 between Loop 4 and Kyle Crossing.

On April 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., Hillwood Properties, HPI Real Estate Services & Investments, and officials from area municipalities will break ground on Hays Logistics Center located at 300 Vista Ridge, a two-building distribution and fulfillment center totaling over 400,000+ square feet of leasable space. Based on strong market trends in Hays County, Hays Logistics Center will be built on a speculative basis looking to support the area's growing e-commerce and logistics industries. Construction will begin with Building 1, a 220,000 SF building set to deliver Q4 2018.

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Monday, April 16 2018
Port of South Louisiana Celebrates Globalplex Intermodal Terminal's 25 Years in Operation

Photo: Globalplex Intermodal Terminal, 2017

Reserve, LA -- On April 12th, Port of South Louisiana commemorated the 25th anniversary of operations of its transshipment center, Globalplex Intermodal Terminal. The Port of South Louisiana has invested over $104 million in construction, upgrades, and improvements, which were made possible in part by grants received from Louisiana’s Capital Outlay and Port Construction and Development Priority Programs as well as other federal and state grants. Located in Reserve, Louisiana at the site of the former Godchaux Sugar Mill on the Mississippi River, the 335-acre multipurpose terminal, which handles, on average, 1.1 million tons annually, can accommodate dry bulk, breakbulk, containers and with some retrofitting, liquid bulk. Globalplex is easily accessible by way of land, water, rail and additionally, air.

“Globalplex’s transformation has been remarkable,” remarked Paul Aucoin, Port of South Louisiana’s Executive Director. “From a site filled with abandoned, dilapidated buildings and not much traffic to the vibrant terminal it is today. I’m sure that our Port of South Louisiana family will continue to work towards making the future of Globalplex even better than its past.”

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Thursday, April 12 2018

Van Hool to employ up to 600 workers at state-of-the-art facility

Morristown, TN — At the referral of site selection consulting firm Global Location Strategies, Van Hool – one of world’s largest manufacturers of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles – has selected Morristown, Tennessee for the site of its first North American manufacturing plant. Van Hool officials announced the decision along with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam at a press conference today in Morristown.

Van Hool, which is headquartered in Koningshooikt (Lier), Belgium, will invest more than $47 million in a new 500,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art manufacturing facility used predominantly for building public transportation buses. Initial production output is estimated at 400 buses annually. Construction will begin in mid-2018 with completion scheduled for 2020.

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Tuesday, April 10 2018

Albuquerque, NM — Leprino Foods, a Denver-based company that claims to be the world’s largest mozzarella cheese maker, is investing $15 million to expand its Roswell manufacturing plant.

The state is providing up to $200,000 for the expansion through the Local Economic Development Act.

The expansion will add five jobs to the 552 already at the site, according to a news release from the state’s Economic Development Department.

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Monday, April 09 2018
Mason Mega Rail Breaks Ground

Photo Caption: From left, GPA Board Member Charles Tarbutton, Savannah Mayor Eddie Deloach, Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, GPA Board Chairman Jimmy Allgood, Tracey Mason, Teresa Waters, GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch, Norfolk Southern VP of Business Development and Real Estate Rob Martinez, CSX VP of Intermodal Dean Piacente, and Garden City Mayor Don Bethune break ground on the Mason Mega Rail terminal, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the Port of Savannah. The expansion project will add 97,000 feet of track at Garden City Terminal. For details and project updates, go to MasonMegaRail.com. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Project to Double Port of Savannah’s Rail Capacity

Savannah, GA — The Georgia Ports Authority broke ground on its $126.7 million Mason Mega Rail Terminal. The expansion will increase the Port of Savannah’s rail lift capacity to 1 million containers per year, and open new markets spanning an arc of cities from Memphis to St. Louis, Chicago to Cincinnati. 

“Today is a great day for Georgia and the nation,” said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. “Not only will this new intermodal facility take trucks off the road and bring our products to market with greater efficiency, but it will open a new corridor for American commerce to and from the Midwest.” 

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Monday, April 09 2018
Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce ATLASBX Co., LTD to Locate First US Manufacturing Facility in Clarksville 

Automotive battery manufacturer to create 200 jobs 

Clarksville, TN — Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and ATLASBX Co., LTD officials announced that the company will locate its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Clarksville. The global automotive battery manufacturer will invest $75 million and create approximately 200 jobs in Montgomery County.

“We are proud to welcome ATLASBX to our state and thank the company for choosing Clarksville as the location for its first US manufacturing facility,” Haslam said. “Our central location and business-friendly environment continue to make Tennessee the perfect place for manufacturing companies to locate operations. I appreciate ATLASBX for creating approximately 200 jobs in Montgomery County and this investment is one more example of how Tennessee will lead in the creation of high-quality jobs.” 

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Friday, April 06 2018

Cutting-Edge, Health Information Technology Company Picks Connecticut for its Expansion Plans

Hartford, CT - Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that Sema4, a Mount Sinai venture providing advanced genomic testing, is planning grow its presence in Connecticut by adding 408 new jobs over the next five years. The health information technology company is moving forward with expansions at its two existing locations in the state, including its recently announced headquarters at 333 Ludlow Street in Stamford and its laboratory at 1 Commercial Street in Branford. In addition, the company will soon be relocating laboratory facilities from New York City to a yet-to-be-determined site in Stamford. The move will bring the company’s job presence in Connecticut to at least 553 employees.

“We are thrilled that Sema4 has chosen to significantly expand its operations in Connecticut, bringing their total workforce to over 550,” Governor Malloy said. “It’s no surprise that this cutting-edge, health information company has decided to grow here, thanks to our first-class talent pipeline and exceptional educational institutions. Today’s announcement isn’t just about economic development, it’s about a vision we began years ago to turn Connecticut into a hub for bioscience and tech growth. Thanks to our targeted investments, that vision is coming to life.”

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Thursday, April 05 2018
Seaports: Creating Jobs and Propelling the Economy

Ports Day Being Recognized Today by Seaports Throughout the Western Hemisphere

LaPlace, LA — On April 5th seaports of the Americas will again celebrate Western Hemisphere Ports Day, an opportunity to highlight our industry’s role in job creation and economic prosperity. Ports are a vital part of the transportation infrastructure within the Western Hemisphere connecting farmers, manufacturers, workers and consumers to the global marketplace.

Led by the American Association of Port Authorities – and united in our common goal of creating prosperity throughout the Hemisphere – we are proud to join hundreds of ports in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, to highlight and celebrate the value of ports.

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Wednesday, April 04 2018

Manufacturing plant to create approximately 120 new jobs over the next several years
 
Columbia, SC — Governor Henry McMaster and the S.C. Department of Commerce announced that Universal Forest Products, a provider of wood and wood-related products, plans to open a manufacturing facility in Orangeburg County. Operating as UFP Cameron, LLC, the $6.1 million facility is projected to create more than 120 new jobs over the next several years.
 
UFP Cameron, LLC will be located at 106 Logistics Drive in Cameron, S.C. and is expected to come online in the fourth quarter of 2018. The facility will be dedicated to manufacturing products for the industrial market.

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Monday, April 02 2018

Warehousing and Production Improvements Will Double Capacity for Company’s World-Renowned Bushmaster Family of Medium Caliber Cannons - Capital Investment Grows Facility Capability While Also Creating New Jobs

Dulles, VA — Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, announced the expansion of the company’s production facility in Mesa, Arizona.
 
“Orbital ATK is engineering products that are critical to keeping our nation safe, and the State of Arizona is very proud of our longstanding partnership with the company,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “I thank Orbital ATK for continuing to invest in Arizona and create new, high-wage opportunities for our residents.”

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Thursday, March 29 2018

Manufacturer expects to create 66 jobs with $15 million expansion project

Janesville, WI -- United Alloy Inc. (UAI), a serial production metal fabrication and powder coating company, is expanding its operations in Janesville, a project expected to create up to 66 jobs over the next three years.

The new 100,000-square-foot facility will be located on a 17-acre lot adjacent to the company’s existing building on Kennedy Road. The $15 million project also includes a 7,500-square-foot addition to the current facility and the installation of new equipment at both buildings. The new facility will include an entirely new painting system that would occupy about one-fourth of the building, while the rest of the facility would be use for assembly and loading areas for trucks.

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Monday, March 26 2018

One in 11 Peach State jobs - across all regions - related to Savannah, Brunswick ports

Brunswick, GA -- Georgia's ports support 439,220 full- and part-time jobs across the state, according to a study released by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at UGA's Terry College of Business.
 
The Georgia Ports Authority board reviewed the study's findings at its meeting Monday. The latest figure is based on Fiscal Year 2017 impacts, and represents an increase of 70,000 jobs (up 19 percent) compared to the previous report covering FY2014. Georgia ports now account for 9 percent of total state employment, or one out of 11 jobs. Personal income derived from port-supported jobs totaled $25 billion statewide in FY2017.

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Thursday, March 22 2018

Moncks Corner, SC — Santee Cooper has approved a $3 million loan to the Oconee Economic Alliance (OEA) for a 50,000-square-foot industrial speculative building to help Oconee County attract new businesses and jobs.

The loan was approved through the Santee Cooper Economic Development Loan Program. The spec building will be located within the Golden Corner Commerce Park, which is just two miles off Interstate 85 and just 60 miles from the Greer Inland Port. Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative will distribute electricity to the site.

Operating in its sixth year, Santee Cooper’s Economic Development Loan Program acts as a resource for localities served by Santee Cooper and the state’s electric cooperatives or municipal customers, to help those localities build spec buildings and other infrastructure attracting new industry.

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Thursday, March 22 2018
First new crane begins work at Port of Savannah

Ship-to-shore fleet grows to 30 by the end of April; six more to arrive in 2020

Savannah, GA -- The first of Georgia Ports Authority's four new Neo-Panamax cranes came online this week, bringing GPA's operating fleet to 27 - more than any other single terminal in the nation.

"Georgia's ports are dedicated to staying a step ahead of market demand," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "These investments ensure port users can grow their business and supply chain efficiencies in Savannah."

The super-sized crane is tall enough to lift containers 152 feet above the dock. The crane started work before dawn Wednesday on a 13,300 twenty-foot equivalent container unit Hapag Lloyd vessel. Crane operators moved an estimated 2,700 containers on and off the ship during its time at the Port of Savannah.

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Thursday, March 22 2018

Stockton, CA — The Port of Stockton announced that 2017 was a record-setting year. Overall cargo volume was up over 21% and the number of vessel calls increased by more than 10%.

“Strengthening our infrastructure will help us meet the needs of continued growth and capacity. We anticipate that even more companies will follow suit and set down roots at the Port of Stockton.”

“In 2017 we grew our cargo business to record levels and our tenant base is at an all-time high,” said Port Director, Richard Aschieris. “Those are remarkable achievements. I’m proud of our team for competing to earn and retain our clients’ business by leveraging our unique operational strengths which help our customers profit and grow.”

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Tuesday, March 20 2018

Guelph, Ontario, CN — The Conference Board of Canada, a national, independent research organization, has projected economic growth in the Guelph region at 2.2 percent in real gross domestic product (GDP). The Guelph region includes the City of Guelph, and Guelph/Eramosa and Puslinch Townships.

The Winter 2018 Outlook report states that Guelph’s economy has performed strongly in recent years and is expected to continue to grow above the provincial pace for both 2018 and 2019. Guelph’s expected real GDP growth in 2018 is the ninth highest in Canada and is one of only three Ontario cities in the top 10, along with Toronto and Oshawa.

“We expect Guelph to enjoy continued albeit slower growth in the next two years, with GDP advances of 2.2 percent and 2.1 percent in the cards for 2018 and 2019 respectively,” the report states. “Both these figures will slightly exceed the provincial pace [2.0 percent for both years].”

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Thursday, March 15 2018

Company investing $33 million in sawmill expansion
 
Columbia, SC — Charles Ingram Lumber Co., a family-owned sawmill located in Effingham, S.C., is expanding its existing operations. With $33 million of capital investment, the company is expected to create 22 new jobs.
 
Serving the southeastern U.S. since 1931, Charles Ingram Lumber Co. owns timberland where trees are grown for pulpwood and saw timber. The company also operates a lumber mill, which produces approximately 120 million board feet of Southern Yellow pine annually.

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Thursday, March 15 2018

Hartford, CT — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology, and next-generation IT services, is planning to establish a technology and innovation hub in Hartford. The $20.6 million project will see the creation of 1,000 good paying, high-tech jobs in the state’s capital city by 2022.

“Today marks yet another landmark day in Connecticut’s economic development efforts at a time when our investments are bringing new life and vigor to our capital city,” Governor Malloy said. “I am thrilled to welcome Infosys to Connecticut and congratulate them on their decision to establish a technology and innovation hub in Hartford. Connecticut’s tremendous assets and talent pipeline continue to attract high caliber companies to the state, and I look forward to the value that Infosys will bring to our business community. 

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Monday, March 12 2018

Recycling plant expected to create 200 new jobs
 
Columbia, SC — Ecomelida, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Zhangzhou Sanlida Environmental Technology Corporation, announced plans to locate its first North American operations in Orangeburg County. The $52 million investment is projected to create 200 new jobs.
 
Zhangzhou Sanlida Environmental Technology Corporation is an importer and recycler of waste paper and plastic. Utilizing creative processes to separate pulp, plastic and aluminum from soft drink cartons and other products, the company's recycled plastics are used in foam, cast plastic parts and more.

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Monday, March 12 2018

Record-setting accomplishments, current and future projects highlighted during annual State of the Port Address

Brownsville, TX — A full house of regional stakeholders applauded Port of Brownsville officials during reports of record revenue and tonnage in 2017 at its annual State of the Port Address March 8.

“The state of the Port of Brownsville is strong and getting stronger,” said Brownsville Navigation District Vice Chairman John Reed. “As evidence, I offer two critical measures of success: total operating revenue and tonnage.”

The port’s total operating revenue reached nearly $24 million in unaudited total revenue, exceeding the previous high-water mark of $19.9 million set in 2015 by more than $4 million. On the annual tonnage side of the business, the volume of cargo handled at the port topped 10.3 million short tons, also a new record.

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Thursday, March 08 2018

Social media giant to create at least 100 jobs

Stanton Springs, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that Facebook will create at least 100 full-time jobs and invest $750 million in a new data center in Stanton Springs over the next five years. New jobs will include positions in engineering and management, as well as opportunities for data center technicians.

“Georgia’s business-friendly climate and world-class technological infrastructure continue to attract innovative companies like Facebook,” said Deal. “It is fitting that the No. 1 company in the world in terms of active users has chosen the No. 1 state for business for this project. We appreciate Facebook’s leadership for recognizing Georgia as a state that serves not only as a major hub for general business, but also as a place where tech firms can be successful in the future. This project represents a significant investment and will create meaningful opportunities for the surrounding community. We welcome Facebook to Georgia and look forward to the growth of this partnership.”

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Thursday, March 08 2018

Mesa, AZ... A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for EdgeCore Internet Real Estate’s Mesa Data Center Campus,13303 S. Ellsworth Road. The 180-thousand square foot building will help EdgeCore offer cloud-connected data center solutions to the world’s most demanding customers.
 
“We’re thrilled that EdgeCore has selected Mesa, Arizona as the site for its first North American data center campus,” Governor Doug Ducey said. “We’re focused on making sure Arizona remains the ideal place for technology companies to succeed over the long-term, and this impressive project shows we’re achieving that mission. I thank EdgeCore for their commitment to our state.”

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Wednesday, March 07 2018

Birmingham, AL – Motion Industries, Inc., a leading distributor of maintenance, repair, and operation replacement parts and a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company, will open a new distribution center in Auburn, WA, late spring in 2018.

Enhancing Motion Industries’ logistical network, the new distribution center (DC) will serve 24 area Motion Industries branch locations daily, as well as the entire Motion Industries North American footprint (500+ locations) as needed. Covering just over 62,000 square feet, the DC will stock and ship a broad range of industrial parts and supplies including bearings, power transmission products, fluid power components, electrical parts, safety supplies, and more.

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Wednesday, March 07 2018
CARDONE Industries Makes History in Harlingen, TX - Announces Construction of Distribution Center

Image Source: Harlingen Economic Development

Groundbreaking ceremony announced for distribution center in Harlingen, TX

Harlingen, Texas – CARDONE Industries, Inc., a global leader in the automotive parts industry, announced plans to build a state-of-the-art distribution center in the Harlingen Industrial Park. CARDONE will make history as the largest industrial project to ever break ground in Harlingen, Texas.

Construction of the new facility will commence following a formal groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m., at 815 FM 509, Harlingen, TX 78550. Operations are expected to begin in Summer 2018. The facility is expected to be finished in December 2018.

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Friday, March 02 2018

Company creating 15 new jobs in North Charleston
 
Columbia, SC — Holy City Brewing, a craft brewery based out of Charleston, S.C., is expanding its existing operations. The company is expected to create 15 new jobs.
 
Established in 2011, Holy City Brewing is a craft brewery that creates handcrafted ales and lagers with a 15-barrel (bbl) system. Featuring a full taproom, kitchen and state-of-the-art brewing operation, Holy City has become a staple in the South Carolina craft brewing industry.

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Thursday, March 01 2018

Freeport, TX — Port Freeport recently selected winners of the 18th Annual Logo Drawing Contest for its Take-A-Child Fishing Tournament (TACFT) to be held on May 5th at Freeport Municipal Park. Brazoria County’s youth ages 3-14 are eligible to enter the contest and are invited by fliers distributed to the schools within the area.

The first-place winner of the TACFT Logo Drawing Contest is Isabella Nunez, a first-grade student at O.A Fleming in Freeport. Isabella was awarded a framed print of her drawing and a $100 Visa gift card. Mikalah Hegefeld, an eighth-grade student at Lake Jackson Intermediate, won second place and was presented a $50 Visa gift card and a framed print of her drawing. The third-place winner, Serena Aad, a seventh-grade student from Brazosport Christian School, also received a framed print of her drawing and won a $25 Visa gift card.

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Wednesday, February 28 2018

Completion of outer harbor dredging marks SHEP midpoint

Savannah, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed outer harbor dredging at the Port of Savannah, marking the midpoint of the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP).

“The completion of outer harbor dredging marks the midpoint for SHEP and represents a crucial milestone for the Savannah community, the State of Georgia and the nation as a whole,” said Deal. “The Port of Savannah is already the second busiest port in the nation for exports and the timely completion of this project will be a major step forward for our nation’s infrastructure. To ensure that SHEP remains on schedule, my FY 2018 budget proposal calls for $35 million in additional support for the project.

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Monday, February 26 2018

Project will create an initial 150 full-time jobs

Norwalk, IA — Michael Foods, a $2 billion manufacturer and distributor of food service, food ingredient and retail offerings and the nation's largest processor of value-added eggs, has selected Norwalk as its preferred location for a new regional manufacturing and distribution facility. Contingent upon securing state and local assistance, the project will create 100-150 full-time jobs initially.

The company, whose brands include Papetti’s and Simply Potatoes, is proposing to build a 150,000-square-foot facility on Highway 28 and Delaware Street on the remaining 33 acres of Norwalk’s ‘Certified Site’.

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Friday, February 23 2018

Small businesses invited to apply for nationally acclaimed program

Baton Rouge, LA — LED encouraged Louisiana companies to apply for the nationally acclaimed Economic Gardening Initiative, which helps second-stage firms gain new markets in other states, thereby generating new sales and importing greater value and income to Louisiana communities.

The Louisiana initiative has been recognized as a best practice by the Edward Lowe Foundation, which administers the program nationwide and hosts the National Center for Economic Gardening. Eligible Louisiana businesses will be growing companies of $600,000 to $50 million in annual revenue, and staffs of five to 100 employees. For more information and an online application, visit OpportunityLouisiana.com/Economic-Gardening. Since inception of the program seven years ago, 213 companies from all eight regions of Louisiana have combined to create 1,367 new full-time-equivalent jobs while increasing annual sales by more than $215 million.

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Thursday, February 22 2018
Ports of Indiana completes unprecedented four-year growth run

Indianapolis, IN — The Ports of Indiana handled 11.8 million tons in 2017, resulting in a 5 percent increase from 2016 and the second-highest annual shipment total in the organization’s 57-year history. This was the fourth-consecutive year that the Ports of Indiana handled over 10 million tons of cargo, the only four years this has been accomplished. The ports’ average annual shipments in 2014-2017 totaled over 45 million tons, exceeding the previous four-year average by nearly 50 percent.

Major cargo increases for the Ports of Indiana in 2017 included coal (+9%), steel (+14%), fertilizer (+14%), ethanol (+14%), limestone (+26%), and minerals (+28%). Shipments of heavy lift and project cargoes, such as wind turbines, laboratory equipment and mega storage tanks, had a 27 percent increase.

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Thursday, February 22 2018

Orlando, FL — Patriot Defense Group, a defense and intelligence services company, announced this week the acquisition of Winter Park based Innovative Logistics, LLC. in keeping with its 10-year acquisition growth strategy.
 
“This transaction is our second acquisition over the past six months and continues to fuel our expansion of mission critical services to those who defend America,” said Todd Wilcox, Executive Chairman of Patriot Defense Group. “We plan to continue making significant investments to build out our specialized Warfighter support capabilities and the robust defense industry ecosystem along the I-4 corridor makes Orlando, Florida the perfect location for our company headquarters.”

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Wednesday, February 21 2018
Experience 1920s Luxury Aviation When EAA's Ford Tri-Motor Tour Stops at Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport

Reserve, LA — The Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport (KAPS) will serve as  host of the Ford Tri-Motor Tour Stop along with our local EAA Chapter #971 on April 26th through the 29th at the airport in Reserve, Louisiana. Lamarque Ford in Kenner, Louisiana will serve as the title sponsor of the event. “We are excited to be bringing this part of history right here to the Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport,” said Paul Aucoin, executive director, “and we are grateful that Lamarque Ford has chosen to sponsor this event.”

The Ford Tri-Motor or the “Tin Goose” was first built by the Ford Motor Company in the late 1920s. EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor was constructed in 1929 and has an intriguing history, with roles ranging from service as a Cuban airliner to an extensive background fighting forest fires while transporting smoke jumpers.

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Wednesday, February 21 2018

Fabricated wire and metal display manufacturer to create 20 new jobs

Nashville, TN — Nashville Display announced that it will expand its operations in Dover. The fabricated wire and metal display manufacturer will create 20 jobs and invest $3 million in Stewart County.

“I want to thank Nashville Display on its decision to expand its operations in Dover,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “This is the first announcement we have had in Stewart County since 2011, and I appreciate the company for continuing to invest in our state and for creating 20 new jobs in Stewart County.”

Nashville Display designs, prototypes and manufactures both standard and custom retail displays and fixtures. The company works with major retail stores such as Cracker Barrel, Dollar General and Tractor Supply.

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Wednesday, February 21 2018

Company investing $100 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 Lee County. The company is investing in a total of five individual projects within Lee County, bringing a collective capital investment of $100 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. 

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Tuesday, February 20 2018

Changes would double state standard deduction, reduce income tax rates for individuals and businesses

Savannah, GA — Governor Nathan Deal, along with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston, outlined updates to HB 918, which addresses state tax code. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Chuck Efstration, now combines the 2017 Internal Revenue Code (IRC) bill, HB 821, with 2018 IRC updates. It also addresses the state revenue projections resulting from the Federal Tax Act.

HB 918 would double the standard deduction for Georgia taxpayers for all filing statuses, effective Jan. 1, 2018. It would also reduce the income tax rate for individuals and businesses from 6 percent to 5.75 percent effective Jan. 1, 2019. Finally, the legislation includes a provision further reducing the tax rate to 5.5 percent, effective Jan. 1, 2020. This reduction would require approval of the General Assembly and signature of the governor in order to take effect.

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Monday, February 19 2018

Freeport, TX — Port Freeport Commissioners passed a resolution calling an election on May 5, 2018, for residents in the Navigation District to vote on a ballot measure authorizing the Port to issue up to $130 million in bonds for the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project. The proposed bond package, coupled with approximately $165 million in federal funds, would pay for the deepening and partial widening of the Freeport Harbor Channel and is intended to be accomplished without an increase in the Port’s total tax rate. 

“The $130 million bond package will allow us to complete the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project and make Port Freeport the deepest port in Texas,” said Phyllis Saathoff, Executive Director and CEO of Port Freeport. “The entire federal cost-shared project, authorized by Congress in 2014, is estimated to cost approximately $295 million to construct, and more than half of this amount would be paid for with federal funds.”

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Monday, February 19 2018

New 250,000-square-foot automotive manufacturing plant will bring 300 new jobs to the region

Blue Springs, MO — The Kansas City Area Development Council announced that Faurecia, a leading automotive technology company, will build a new $60 million, 250,000-square-foot interiors production facility in Blue Springs, Missouri, part of the Kansas City area. The company, a global leader in developing automotive seating, interior systems and clean mobility, will create 300 new jobs.

"Kansas City offers a strong competitive advantage to growing manufacturing operations, particularly in the automotive industry," said Tim Cowden, president and CEO, Kansas City Area Development Council. "We are very proud to welcome Faurecia to our robust automotive cluster and look forward to the company's success in our region.

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Thursday, February 15 2018

Foxconn, HARIBO, Generac among companies that plan to hire new workers to support expansion and new operations

Madison, WI — Nineteen companies in the seven-county metropolitan Milwaukee area are expected to create nearly 15,000 jobs after signing agreements with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) in 2017 to expand their operations or build new facilities in the region.

The companies include the Foxconn Technology Group, which plans to hire 13,000 workers in Racine County as part of the state’s largest economic development project ever; Haribo of America, which will bring nearly 400 jobs to Kenosha County; Generac Power Systems Inc. in Waukesha, which plans to add 400 workers as part of an expansion; and Molson Coors Brewing Co., which is adding 150 positions to its facility in Milwaukee’s Miller Valley.

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Thursday, February 15 2018

Jerome, ID — Magic Valley Quality Milk Producers (MVQMP) announces the expansion of its plant at 1756 S Buchanan St, Jerome, Idaho.

“The Board of Directors have approved a $20 million expansion project designed by Power Engineers and Dairy Industry Consultants with Petersen Bros. Construction as our General Contractor and Advanced Process Technologies, Inc as our main milk process equipment supplier. The project will take 12 months to complete, and we expect to employ at least 15 new employees.” Says Alan Stutzman, General Manager, MVQMP.

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Thursday, February 15 2018

Savannah, GA — Governor Nathan Deal released the following statement on the $49 million included in President Trump’s budget for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP):

“I am encouraged to see that SHEP was President Trump’s top priority when it comes to port investments,” said Deal. “The expansion of the Port of Savannah is the single most important infrastructure project not only for Georgia, but for the Southeast as a whole, and deepening it is necessary to allow larger ships like the Neo-Panamax to navigate through our ports more quickly and ensure that a greater volume of goods will be able to move through our state.

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Tuesday, February 06 2018

New $30 Million Investment in Waco, Texas Facility

Waco, TX — Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S., part of the world's largest manufacturer of chocolate, confections, gum and mints, announced that it will invest an additional $30 million in its Waco, Texas site, breaking ground on a 65,000 square foot product distribution expansion.
 
"For over a century, Mars has been committed to making our products in the markets where we sell them," said Dan Brawell, Waco Site Director, Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. "We are grateful for the continued support from the Waco community and state of Texas, and we are pleased to further invest in the community with economic development."

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Tuesday, February 06 2018

Polymer extrusion manufacturer creating 20 new jobs
 
Columbia, SC — Zeus Industrial Products (Zeus), Inc., a leading polymer extrusion manufacturer and material science innovator, is expanding its existing operations in Orangeburg County. The company's $15.9 million investment in Orangeburg complements a $76 million Calhoun County expansion, which was announced last week. With this project, Zeus is expected to create an additional 20 new jobs in Orangeburg.
 
Founded in 1966, Zeus develops and manufacturers polymer tubing for a variety of industries, including the medical, fluid handling and electrical markets. Zeus works with customers in collaborative relationships to design, engineer and produce fluoropolymer and specialized plastic tubing that delivers the temperature resistance, chemical resistance and high tensile strength demanded by today's applications.
 
Zeus' global headquarters is located at 620 Magnolia Street in Orangeburg, S.C. The company will be adding 64,000 square feet to its existing facility in order to house engineering, equipment and tooling design, parts fabrication, tooling production and machine assembly operations in one centralized engineering center. Initial hiring for the new positions should begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, and interested applicants should visit the company's careers page online for more information.
 
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to the project.
 
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"We are truly excited about expanding our presence in Orangeburg. We have been pleased with all of the local and state support that we have received since commencing our Orangeburg operations back in 1982. We remain committed to being a good citizen of the county, meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and, most importantly, providing quality careers for all of our employees in an atmosphere that will allow them to flourish." -Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. President and CEO John Winarchick

"For more than three decades, Zeus has been a tremendous member of the South Carolina business community, and we're proud to see them grow once again. I offer my congratulations and look forward to many more years of success for this innovative company." -Governor Henry McMaster
 
"Zeus has been a longtime member of Team South Carolina, and I'm excited to see their operations grow once again. Over the last two decades, South Carolina has built an international reputation as a place that not only makes complex products, but makes them well. This announcement is a further testament to that." -Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt
 
"We are so grateful to have Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. headquartered in Orangeburg County and for their commitment to our residents and community with this most recent expansion. The success and growth of Zeus, both in Orangeburg and statewide, reinforces their sustainability and commitment to their associates. It's indeed a great day in Orangeburg County!" -Orangeburg County Council Chairman Johnnie Wright
 
"We congratulate Zeus on this latest expansion announcement, as well as thank them for the more than 30 years that they've been an invaluable member of the business community. This is an exciting win for Orangeburg County, and we look forward to Zeus' ongoing success in the region." -Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan
 
Five Fast Facts

  • Zeus Industrial Products, Inc. is expanding its Orangeburg County operations.
  • $15.9 million investment to create 20 new jobs.
  • This project complements a $76 million Calhoun County expansion, which was announced last week.
  • Located at 620 Magnolia Street in Orangeburg, S.C., the company will be adding 64,000 square feet to house its engineering, equipment design, tooling production and more.
  • Initial hiring for the new positions should begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, and interested applicants should visit the company's careers page online for more information.

About S.C. Department of Commerce
As South Carolina's leading economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing business grow. S.C. Commerce has recruited world-class companies to South Carolina such as BMW, Boeing, Continental, Giti Tire, LPL Financial Holdings, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Samsung, Toray and Volvo Cars and also supports startups, small and existing business, innovation and rural development initiatives. S.C. Commerce partners with the S.C. Technical College System via readySC to support workforce training and recruiting, and with the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce, which provides worker training and employment opportunities within the state. With a strong international footprint, since 2011, the Palmetto State has ranked among top three in the nation for attracting jobs through foreign investment on a per capita basis, according to IBM-Plant Location International. Additionally, in five of seven years, the state has won the Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine; and, in 2017, the state was recognized as Business Facilities' State of the Year. For more information, visit www.SCcommerce.com.

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Monday, February 05 2018

Springfield, MO -- Bluebird Underground, an underground data center management company, announced it is expanding in the Springfield Underground in Springfield, Missouri. The company will expand its footprint in the underground to more than 80,000 sq. ft. allowing them add a third two-megawatt generator, 14,000 more gallons of fuel storage and a second uninterruptible power supply system.

Springfield Underground also recently expanded with the opening of Building 19. The new 205,000-square-foot dry building brings the Underground’s total leasable space up to 2.5M sq. ft. and provides much needed speculative space for our region to market to prospects.

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Monday, February 05 2018
Georgia Ports Authority: 10M-TEU capacity in 10 years

Savannah Harbor deepening reaching midway point

Savannah, GA — At the 50th annual Georgia Foreign Trade Conference Monday, GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch reviewed the strategic plan for Georgia's ports that will allow for 10 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, 1 million rail lifts, and more than 1 million auto and machinery units per year.
 
"Georgia is home to both the single largest container and roll-on/roll-off facilities in North America," Lynch said. "Our goal is to maximize capacity, create jobs and reduce impact on our local communities."
 
Lynch provided an overview of GPA's 2028 Plan that calls for 42 ship-to-shore cranes, 200 yard cranes, new RTG lanes and significant intermodal expansion in Savannah. The GPA will soon open its second inland terminal in Northwest Georgia and break ground on the Mason Mega Rail project at Garden City Terminal. Combined, both intermodal projects will open new markets while significantly reducing rail crossings and over the road freight through Savannah, Atlanta and beyond.

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Monday, February 05 2018

Reserve, LA — The Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport welcomes its first tenant to its new 6,363 square foot transient hangar. Air2, established in 1998, is the leading provider and innovator of helicopter-assisted utility construction and maintenance services for extra-high voltage (EHV) transmission lines throughout North America. Air2’s fleet of MD500 helicopters and highly trained, specialized airborne crews enable them to deliver customer-focused services with maximum efficiency and productivity. Air2’s mission is to deliver safe, quality service with integrity and respect to their customers while providing premier construction, maintenance, emergency response and inspection services to North American utility companies. 

Air2 is headquartered in Maryland with operational centers throughout the United States. Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin stated, “We are excited to have Air2 as a current tenant as they work with Entergy on maintenance of their power lines in the south Louisiana area.” The self-funded transient hangar came on-line a couple of months ago and is part of many improvements planned by the Port of South Louisiana. “I’m very happy that we’re beginning this new hangar operation featuring the Air2 staff and fleet,” said Vincent Caire, Airport Director.

The Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport (KAPS) is located right in the heart of the industrial corridor in southeast Louisiana and serves business aircraft as well as general aviation.  KAPS is located outside of congestion of local Class B airspace and closer to your ground destination eliminating your drive time.

About the Port of South Louisiana
The Port of South Louisiana is a 54-mile port district on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, encompassing the parishes of St.   Charles, St. John and St. James. The facilities located within the port’s district consistently handle over a quarter billion short tons of cargo annually, ranking it the largest tonnage port district in the Western Hemisphere (and the 16th largest in the world), the nation’s greatest grain exporter, and one of the major energy transfer ports in the United States. Along the 108 miles of deep-water frontage on both banks of the river there are seven grain transfer facilities, four major oil refineries, 11 petrochemical manufacturing facilities and several other facilities for a total of more than 50 docks owned and operated by an impressive group of resident tenants such as ADM, ArcelorMittal, Dow, Cargill, DuPont, Marathon, Shell, Nucor Steel, Occidental, Valero, and Occidental Chemical. To learn more, visit us at www.portsl.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on LinkedIn.

For information about this particular topic, contact Vincent Caire, Airport Director, at (985) 652-9278 X8512 or vcaire@portsl.com.

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Monday, February 05 2018

Fort Smith, AR — Silgan Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: SLGN), a leading supplier of rigid packaging for consumer goods products, announced to its shareholders Wednesday they have initiated construction of a new manufacturing facility in Fort Smith.

“Silgan is excited about our expansion in Fort Smith. The warm welcome from both state and local authorities make us confident we have chosen the right location to serve our customers. We look forward to extending the Silgan family in the Fort Smith community,” said Robert Lewis, Silgan executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Silgan generates annual net sales, on a pro forma basis to include the Dispensing Systems operations which was acquired on April 6, 2017, of approximately $4.2 billion in 2016. Silgan operates 100 manufacturing facilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

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Tuesday, January 23 2018

Automotive supplier creating more than 150 jobs at three facilities
 
Columbia, SC — Grupo Antolin, a designer and manufacturer of components for the automotive industry, is launching new operations in Spartanburg County by establishing three separate facilities. The $50 million investment is expected to create more than 150 new jobs over the next five years.
 
Grupo Antolin offers high-value-added solutions for vehicle interiors, including overhead systems, doors, lighting, cockpits and interior trim. Headquartered in Spain, Grupo Antolin is an international automotive supplier with 149 plants in 26 countries.

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Tuesday, January 23 2018

Lockhart, TX — College Station-based Dailey Electric, Inc., will open a 9,100-square foot facility on six and half acres in Lockhart, Texas. The company has purchased a property at the intersection of SH-130 and Maple Street and expects to grow to 100 electrical construction employees in over five years. The facility is located at 2201 Maple Street and is the latest company to choose a site along SH-130 to better serve the growing Central Texas marketplace.

The Lockhart facility will handle the electrical contracting work in Lockhart and the surrounding areas. The SH-130 toll road, which connects Austin to San Antonio with an 85 MPH speed limit, and the access to talent were large factors in the company’s decision to expand to the city.

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Monday, January 22 2018

Manufacturer of Firearm Products to Locate in Rutherford College

Burke County, NC — ZRODELTA will open a company headquarters in Rutherford College creating 151 jobs and investing $34M over the next five years. Ammunition and firearms will be manufactured and distributed from the 120,000 sq. ft. facility.

"This is wonderful news for Burke County," said Jeff Brittain, Chair of the Burke County Commissioners. "We have had several big announcements lately and it is nice to know that the secret is out about Burke County."

ZRODELTA is best known for its true return-to-zero DLOC optical mounts, bipod and tripod shooting interfaces, and OEM supply chain services. It will co-locate in the building along with Modern Munitions Group, which manufactures specialized, work-class ammunition, and Critical Resources, which is the contractual and distribution arm of Modern Munitions and ZRODELTA.

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Wednesday, January 17 2018

Mesa, AZ -- Governor Doug Ducey announced that Arizona will be home to SkyBridge Arizona, the nation's first international air cargo hub to house both Mexican and United States customs. The first-of-its-kind service, which will be operated out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, will enable E-commerce companies, manufacturers and other commercial interests conducting business in Mexico and throughout Latin America to more efficiently and cost-effictively transport goods between countries, while ensuring proper inspections and safety controls.

The project is expected to create 17,000 direct and indirect jobs and increase cargo flights out of Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport by 2,000 a year, eventually reaching 10,000 by 2036.

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Thursday, January 11 2018

Montgomery, AL — Governor Kay Ivey joined Toyota and Mazda leaders to announce that the automakers have selected Huntsville, Alabama, as the site of their new joint-venture manufacturing plant.

The new plant will have the capacity to build 300,000 vehicles annually, with production split evenly between two lines for each company to produce a new Mazda crossover model that will be introduced to North American markets and the Toyota Corolla.

The joint venture represents a $1.6 billion investment that Mazda and Toyota plan to make with equal funding contributions. The site for the new plant in Huntsville sits just 14 miles from Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Alabama, which produces four-cylinder, V-6 and V-8 engines for several Toyota models.

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Wednesday, January 10 2018

Birmingham, AL — The Alabama International Trade Center (AITC), an SBA Resource Partner based at the University of Alabama was instrumental in joining two Birmingham Metro area small businesses - Diamond Fortress Technologies (DFT) and PAKUSA.com (PAKUSA) - to introduce an innovative biometric solution to the Pakistani banking community.

A recent national law in Pakistan requires commercial financial institutions to verify the parties associated with all financial transactions with a biometric feature. The law was implemented to reduce money laundering and other illegal financial activities and particularly those in support of subversive organizations.

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Wednesday, January 10 2018

Vancouver, WA — The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 to provide notice to Vancouver Energy that its project must receive the necessary licenses, permits and approvals required to operate by March 31, 2018, or the lease will be terminated, per the lease amendment approved by the board in April 2016.

Licenses, permits and approvals is one of the conditions precedent on which the lease was extended in April 2016. Since then the lease has extended automatically every three months.

Today’s vote came after Commission President Eric LaBrant made a motion to direct CEO Julianna Marler to provide notice that the port elects to negate and nullify the next extension period such that the Conditions Precedent Outside Date (CPOD) remains March 31, 2018. The CPOD is the date by which both parties must be satisfied that conditions such as permits and environmental baseline work are met.

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Thursday, January 04 2018

Business climate improvement helps secure more than 17,200 jobs, highest number in 17 years

Frankfort, KY — Shattering its previous investment record, Kentucky announced $9.2 billion in corporate expansion and new-location projects in 2017, bringing commitments to create more than 17,200 jobs, the most since 2000, Gov. Matt Bevin said.

“Kentucky’s record-setting performance this year in job creation and corporate investment is a direct result of the pro-business legislation, policies and programs we’ve enacted over the past two years,” Gov. Bevin said. “Due to our ideal geographic location, high quality of life, low costs for business operation and exceptional work force, we are confident that the economic future of Kentucky is very bright indeed. We are well on our way to becoming the globally recognized center of excellence for engineering and manufacturing in the United States.”

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Wednesday, January 03 2018

New facility to produce larger boats and generate 100 new jobs
 
Columbia, SC — Tidewater Boats, a designer and manufacturer of premier saltwater boats, is growing its Lexington County operations. To accommodate the production of larger models, the company is investing $8.3 million and creating 100 new jobs.
 
Founded in 2006, Tidewater Boats uses state-of-the-art marine craftsmanship to design and build some of the most popular saltwater boats in the industry. The company has grown from a modest five models 10 years ago to 24 models today. Boat sizes range from 17 to 32 feet, with more models currently in the design process. Tidewater Boats accommodates a variety of customers by offering plush amenities for the whole family and the tools for the serious fisherm

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Friday, December 29 2017

Company to invest $1.4 million, create 45 new jobs

Little Rock, AR -- Cooks BBQ Products, a provider of eco-friendly premium natural coconut, hardwood, lump charcoals, flavored smoking chips, wood chunks, and pellets, announced it is opening a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Pindall, Arkansas (Searcy County), under the name Ozark Mountain Wood Products LLC. The company will invest approximately $1.4 million in the facility and create 45 new jobs.

“We’re excited for the opportunity to expand into Arkansas,” said Shawn Elbaz, CEO of Cooks BBQ Products. “Arkansas is the ideal location for us thanks to its central location and abundant natural resources that go into our products.”

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Wednesday, December 20 2017
City Officials Tour Progress of New York's First Advanced Cancer Treatment Facility

New York Proton Center will open in 2019 and is anticipated to serve 1,500 patients a year
 
New York, NY -- New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President and CEO James Patchett, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer toured the construction progress of the New York Proton Center (NYPC) in East Harlem.

NYPC, the first proton beam therapy facility in New York State, will provide advanced cancer treatment using targeted radiation and beam therapy that is especially effective on pediatric, head and neck, and eye cancers among others, and is expected to treat 1,500 patients a year. Today there are 25 proton centers in the United States and the nearest facility for New Yorkers is in Somerset, New Jersey. NYPC is operated by a consortium of three New York healthcare institutions—Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Montefiore Health System, Mount Sinai Health System and ProHEALTH Proton Management, LLC.

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Wednesday, December 20 2017

Governor taps three new members, reappoints two

Governor Nathan Deal announced the reappointments of Don L. Waters and Dr. C. Thomas Hopkins Jr. to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Deal also appointed Bárbara Rivera Holmes, W. Allen Gudenrath and Erin Hames to the board. These appointments will be effective Jan. 1, 2018.

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Tuesday, December 19 2017

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC to grow New Hampshire facility, jobs

Manchester, NH — Allegro MicroSystems, LLC, a leader in developing high-performance power and sensor semiconductors, held a groundbreaking ceremony on a 15,000-square foot expansion at their Manchester, NH facility. The building expansion will support Allegro’s ongoing growth and investment in research and development as well as reinforce this location as the company’s center of strategic business development. 

“Allegro will continue to strengthen its investment in its technical talent and focus on high growth technological segments. Our ability to attract and retain skilled, high-tech talent to our Manchester facility will allow us to further invest in this prime location,” said Allegro President and Chief Executive Officer, Ravi Vig. Allegro’s facility is conveniently located minutes from the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, is close to leading New Hampshire and Massachusetts research universities, and is within a one hour radius of the Seacoast, mountains, lakes, and urban environments like downtown Manchester and Boston, making it an attractive location for existing and prospective employees.

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Monday, December 18 2017

Kitchen cabinet and flooring company to invest $6.5 million, create nearly 70 jobs

Nashville, TN -- Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Cabinets To Go officials announced that the Lawrenceburg-based company will expand its operations in Lawrence County. Cabinets To Go plans to invest $6.5 million and create nearly 70 new jobs in Lawrenceburg.

“Just last year, Cabinets To Go made a major investment to make Lawrence County the hub for its distribution and corporate operations,” Rolfe said. “Cabinets To Go’s decision to expand its manufacturing capabilities in Lawrenceburg is a testament to the region’s strong workforce and a business environment in Tennessee that supports job creation. I’d like to thank Cabinets To Go for investing further in Lawrenceburg and creating nearly 70 high quality jobs in Lawrence County.”

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Thursday, December 14 2017

New operations to create 500 jobs
 
Columbia, SC — Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK), one of the world's largest tool and storage companies, is opening a new manufacturing facility in York County. The new operations are projected to bring $31 million in capital investment and lead to the creation of 500 new jobs.
 
An internationally-recognized Fortune 500 company, Stanley Black & Decker is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories; electronic security solutions; and, engineered fastening systems.
 
Stanley Black & Decker will be occupying a new 345,000-square-foot facility for the manufacture and assembly of DEWALT cordless power tools. The new facility will be located in the Lakemont Business Park in Fort Mill, S.C.

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Wednesday, December 13 2017
Port Freeport's Golf Tournament Raises Over $43,000 for Texas Port Ministry

Photo Cutline: Port Commission and staff presents check to Bobby Fuller, Director of Texas Port Ministry.

Freeport, TX -- In October, Port Freeport hosted its Annual Golf Tournament at The Wilderness Golf Course in Lake Jackson benefiting Texas Port Ministry. During today’s meeting, the Port Commission presented a check in the amount of $43,500 to Bobby Fuller, Director of Texas Port Ministry.

“Over one hundred forty golfers participated in the tournament this year, most from the Freeport and Houston maritime transportation industry, as well as local businesses within the district,” said Port Freeport Executive Director/CEO Phyllis Saathoff.  “It is an honor to host the annual tournament knowing all the proceeds benefit the mariners and truckers that come into contact with our Port community.”

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Tuesday, December 12 2017

35 Full Time Jobs Being Added in Valdosta-Lowndes County, Georgia

Valdosta, GA — American Drill Bushing (ADB), the largest manufacturer of hoist rings in the world, is expanding its plant in Valdosta-Lowndes County, Georgia to add additional product lines.
 
In 1945, ADB started in Los Angeles making drill bushings. A focus on the current product line, the hoist rings, began in 1964 when the company patented the first design for a hoist ring.
 
“The upcoming facility expansion allows for infrastructure, equipment, and personnel to be put in place to support the existing hoist ring growth and support new manufacturing opportunities with strategic partners,” said Benjie Bradshaw, vice-president and general manager of American Drill Bushing.

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Monday, December 11 2017

HVAC manufacturer creating 100 new jobs
 
Columbia, SC — Allied Air Enterprises, a manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions, has committed to investing approximately $10 million at its existing Orangeburg County manufacturing facility over the next five years. This new capital investment is expected to create 100 new jobs.
 
Allied Air is a component of Lennox International, Inc. (NYSE: LII), a global leader in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration markets.  Allied Air brings together the collective strengths of six comfort brands - Armstrong Air™, AirEase™, Concord™, Ducane™, Allied Commercial and Magic-Pak™). The company is headquartered in West Columbia, S.C., with its flagship manufacturing plant located in Orangeburg, S.C.
 

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Monday, December 11 2017

Guelph, Ontario, CN — International engineering firm Control Systems International (CSI) is celebrating the opening of their third satellite office, their first in Guelph.

CSI provides engineering design solutions for clients. Their new office will lead the design of robot systems used in client manufacturing processes. The Guelph office will also provide servicing and troubleshooting services to clients, and the company has plans to hire electrical apprentices, robot technicians and engineers in the near future.

Guelph is ideally located with access to educated talent developed at the University of Guelph and Conestoga College. Guelph’s proximity to the Toronto-Guelph-Waterloo Innovation Corridor, the second largest cluster of technology innovators in North America, also makes the city an ideal choice for new businesses to set up, or for existing businesses to expand. CSI’s new Guelph office provides them with a unique opportunity to research and operate new projects, while having easy access to their client’s needs on a day-to-day basis.

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Wednesday, December 06 2017

A $1 million facilities improvement grant will fund a new Rupert clinic with modernized exam rooms and expanded services including care management, outreach and dental

Rupert, ID — Family Health Services (FHS) and the city of Rupert announced today the construction of a new clinic following the award of a $1 million grant through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Health Infrastructure Improvement Program.  The new 10,000 sq. ft. clinic will modernize exam rooms and add space for new medical services like care management, outreach and expanded dental services.

“All of us at Family Health Services are excited to be able to provide new and improved services to the people of Rupert,” said Aaron Houston, CEO of Family Health Services. “We were thrilled to be awarded the HRSA grant to help us continue to offer affordable and accessible care to our communities. With tremendous support from the city of Rupert, the city council and local businesses, our partnership has made the project a success at every stage.”

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Wednesday, December 06 2017
Port of Brownsville Inaugural Chairman's Award Presented to International Shipbreaking Ltd.

Photo Caption:  Brownsville Navigation District Chairman John Wood (fourth from left) presents the Chairman’s Award to ISL President Chris Green (center) and the ISL management team.
 
Brownsville, TX — The Port of Brownsville today presented International Shipbreaking Ltd. (ISL) with its inaugural Chairman’s Award in recognition of the company’s outstanding commitment to community, economic development, and representation of the port to trading partners around the world.
 
The Chairman’s Award will be an annual award to highlight the achievements of port tenants in the areas of business growth, leadership, job creation, customer service, innovation, safety, and community involvement.
 
“The Port of Brownsville succeeds when its tenants and users succeed,” said Brownsville Navigation Chairman John Wood. “The Chairman’s Award is an expression of appreciation and support for the efforts that our tenants put forth to make the port the leading economic engine of the Rio Grande Valley.”

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Wednesday, December 06 2017

Peoria, AZ — Founded in 1995, Zona offers broadband Internet and telephone services to residents and businesses in portions of Peoria, Buckeye, Surprise and northwest Maricopa County. Zona’s service area includes premier communities such as Vistancia and Festival Ranch, as well as the recreation and public safety facilities surrounding Lake Pleasant.

Zona was one of the first telecommunications companies in the nation to deploy fiber-to-the-home network technology and offers world-class Internet speeds up to one gigabit per second.

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Monday, December 04 2017

Columbus, OH – Cintas Corporation – a leading supplier of corporate identity uniform programs, promotional products, restroom supplies, first aid, fire safety products and services, and industrial carpet and tile cleaning – announced plans to invest $10.4 million in a new distribution center in Groveport, OH. The company will lease 217,000 square feet to create its first free-standing distribution center in 10 years. Cintas will add 69 jobs in picking, shipping and office operations. The company will begin hiring for those positions in March 2018.  All positions will be posted at www.cintas.com/careers.

“As our business evolves, we are exploring ways to take better care of our valued customers and establishing a distribution presence is a key step,” said Terri Cain, vice president of Distribution, Production Planning and Replenishment at Cintas Corporation. “This new facility in the Columbus Region will allow Cintas Corporation to better and more efficiently serve our vast customer base.”

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Monday, December 04 2017

Columbus, OH – PharmaForce Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical R&D and manufacturing company, will expand two of its existing facilities in the Columbus Region, investing approximately $145 million and creating 80 new jobs. Construction and remodeling will commence in 2018, with hiring for packaging, mechanical, sterile, quality assurance and validation beginning in Q1 and late 2018 for the New Albany and Hilliard facilities respectively.

“Our operations in New Albany and Hilliard have played a critical role in the growth of our company, and the investment in our manufacturing, warehouse and R&D capabilities supports that growth,” said PharmaForce Vice President and General Manager Dante Serricchio.

PharmaForce will add approximately 140,000 square feet to its New Albany facility to build out its manufacturing and warehouse operations. The company will also reconfigure and remodel a portion of the existing warehouse and production space. In Hilliard, PharmaForce will remodel and add 1,800 square feet to its existing facility, with plans to invest in new production equipment and supporting infrastructure.

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Thursday, November 30 2017

North Manchester, IN -- Precision Medical Technologies, a contract manufacturer of orthopedic implants and instruments, announced plans today to expand its operations to Wabash County, creating up to 60 new jobs by 2022.

"Indiana's reputation as the orthopedics capital of the world is made possible because of growing companies like Precision Medical Technologies," said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). "By leveraging our sound fiscal policies and pro-growth business environment, Indiana delivers the resources and the people that companies need. We look forward to witnessing Precision Medical Technologies' success."
 
The company, which already has facilities in Kosciusko and Noble counties, will invest nearly $5 million to expand its operations, purchasing and renovating a 9,000-square-foot manufacturing space at 400 Beckley St. in North Manchester. The site will house CNC machinery and related equipment to support the company’s new operations for disposable surgical instruments, and the company's current manufacturing implants and reusable instruments operations will continue at its existing sites in Warsaw and Rome City, Indiana.

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Tuesday, November 28 2017

Company to invest $31.3 million, create 124 new jobs
 
Fayetteville, AR — OurPharma, a start-up manufacturer of generic medications, announced it is locating a facility in Fayetteville to develop lower cost alternatives to generic drugs. The company plans to invest approximately $31.1 million in the Fayetteville facility where they will initially hire 10 to 12 new employees and expand to more than 100 employees within a seven-year period. Construction will begin this winter on the 14.9-acre site in the Fayetteville Commercial Park.

“We want to fill a great need for generic drugs locally, in the region, and nationally by starting with compounding, and then progressing into the manufacturing of generic pills, tablets and capsules,” said Dr. Peter Kohler, CEO of OurPharma. “Our goals are to be a major generic drug company over the next decade and to provide affordable and much needed medications to the patients.”

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Monday, November 27 2017
Four more Neo-Panamax cranes arrive at the Port of Savannah

Photo Caption: The Georgia Ports Authority welcomed the arrival of four massive ship-to-shore cranes Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, at the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal. Find print-quality images here. Watch a video of the cranes' arrival here. (Georgia Ports / Stephen B. Morton)

Georgia Ports Authority ship-to-shore fleet climbing toward 36

Savannah, GA - Four additional Neo-Panamax cranes sailed into the Port of Savannah last week, with a 50- by 100-foot American flag across the side.
 
"To see these massive new cranes arrive flying the stars and stripes makes us proud to be part of an operation that provides jobs and opportunity for so many," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch.
 
Once commissioned, the new cranes will bring Savannah's fleet to 30. Six additional cranes will arrive in 2020. When all are commissioned, the upgrade will allowthe nation's largest single container facility to move nearly 1,300 containers per hour.

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Tuesday, November 21 2017

Lockhart, TX -- Irby Construction Company, a premier transmission construction company based out of Richland, MS, has expanded to Lockhart, Texas, just 30-minutes southeast of downtown Austin. The new facility includes 14,000 square feet (SF), of which 4,000 SF is office space and 10,000 SF is warehouse. The Lockhart facility will begin with eight employees in the office who will be supporting over 200 employees in the Texas market. Due to the boom in energy infrastructure projects, Irby expects to continue hiring employees over the next 10 years to support expected growth. The leased facility is located at 1406 Blackjack Street, Lockhart, Texas, 78644.
 
“We’re looking forward to our new operations in the BBQ Capital of Texas, Lockhart,” said Andre Foster, Executive Director of Business Development for Irby Construction. “The access to future-focused infrastructure, an abundant and skilled workforce, and business friendly climate of the community made the decision to locate in Lockhart easy. We’re excited to engage with and support the Lockhart and Caldwell County community as one of its newest corporate citizen.”

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Friday, November 17 2017
Eastern Idaho's First FDI Awarded Nearly $238,000 for Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Grant

Idaho Falls, ID — The Idaho Department of Commerce has awarded an Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) Grant to the University of Idaho, Boise State University and their Center for Advanced Energy Studies, to partner with Sakae Casting - a Japan-based company that opened their first U.S. location in Eastern Idaho in April.

IGEM Grants are awarded to state research universities to partner with industry leaders on research projects geared toward commercialization.

The nearly $238,000 grant will help fund Sakae Casting’s research and development efforts by partnering with Idaho’s leading research universities to potentially change spent nuclear fuel storage and cooling capabilities at nearly 100 nuclear power sites.

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Tuesday, November 14 2017

Manufacturer to invest $2 million, create approximately 50 jobs
 
Nashville, TN — Magnum Manufacturing, Inc. announced plans to invest $2 million in its operations in Erin and create approximately 50 jobs in Houston County during the next five years.
 
“This expansion by Magnum is significant for Erin and Houston County,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “It is critical for us to encourage job creation and private investment in a Tier-4 county such as Houston. One of our top priorities is to have zero distressed counties by 2025. The creation of approximately 50 jobs in Erin will go a long way toward achieving this goal, and we thank Magnum for its commitment to the people of Houston County.”

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Friday, November 10 2017
Chobani Announces Expansion of Twin Falls, Idaho Facility
Company breaks ground on 70,000 square foot new state-of-the-art Innovation and Community Center
 
Twin Falls, ID -- Chobani, America’s #1 Greek yogurt brand and second largest U.S. yogurt manufacturer, announced the expansion of the world’s largest yogurt plant in Twin Falls, Idaho, breaking ground on a 70,000 square foot facility that will serve employees, guests and house Chobani’s Global Research and Development Center.
“I’m grateful for the specialness we share with the people of the Magic Valley,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder and CEO, Chobani. “Twin Falls is one of those special places where there’s a strong entrepreneurial mindset, the people are incredible, and a handshake truly means something. It’s a special ecosystem when it comes to food making. Our home in Idaho is not only a celebration of our employees and our community, but is also a space to inspire creativity, drive even more innovation and take us further on our mission to bring better food to more people.”
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Thursday, November 09 2017
Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Honored with World Trade Center of New Orleans Awards

New Orleans, LA  — Last week, the World Trade Center of New Orleans celebrated Louisiana International Trade Week, a week-long event that included industry panel sessions and workshops. Presenting sponsors were the Port of South Louisiana and Associated Terminals.
 
The week’s activities culminated last Friday evening, November 3, 2017, with the Louisiana International Trade Jubilee, a black-tie celebratory affair and fundraiser benefiting the World Trade Center of New Orleans. During the jubilee, the Port of South Louisiana’s Executive Director Paul Aucoin received this year’s Eugene J. Schreiber Award, established in memory of the late Eugene “Gene” Schreiber, which honors an individual who demonstrates exceptional knowledge and leadership in promoting international trade policy for the benefit of the State of Louisiana.

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Tuesday, November 07 2017

Company investing in one million-square-foot expansion
 
Columbia, SC — Harbor Freight Tools, Dillon County's largest employer, announced a one million-square foot expansion of its East Coast distribution facility. This expansion is projected to create more than 500 new jobs, bringing the company's total investment in South Carolina to more than $200 million.
 
Founded in 1977, Harbor Freight Tools is a family-owned national tool retailer based in Calabasas, Calif. With more than 800 stores nationwide and a new store opening approximately every three days, the company has more than 40 million customers.

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Monday, November 06 2017
Port of Savannah achieves 32 percent growth in October

Savannah Harbor deepening to provide more than $14B in savings

Savannah, GA — Container trade at the Port of Savannah grew by 32 percent in October, with Garden City Terminal moving 410,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of nearly 100,000 TEUs.
 
It was the first time in the port's history that it topped 400,000 TEUs in a single month. For the fiscal year to date (July 1-Oct. 31), the Port of Savannah has moved 1.42 million TEUs, up by 155,050 or 12.3 percent.
 
"Since the opening of the expanded Panama Canal, Garden City Terminal has experienced meteoric growth," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "We're now handling more ships, bigger vessels and larger cargo exchanges. By working more weekly vessel calls than any other East Coast port, and serving more neopanamax ships than any other port in the U.S. Southeast, Savannah has strengthened its position as a vital gateway to the global marketplace."

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Thursday, November 02 2017

Lubbock, TX -- The Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA) announced the creation of 66 new jobs and $66 million in capital investment at a press conference Wednesday morning. The additional jobs and investment come as a result of the expansion of two local businesses.

X-FAB Texas, Inc. expanded its operations to include the production of silicon carbide power devices. Now, Lubbock is the first 6-inch silicon carbide foundry in the world. The company made a capital investment of more than $15 million to adapt its production to manufacture high-efficiency electrical power via Wide BandGap materials such as the silicon carbide wafers, and expects to spend as much as $50 million in capital investment over the next 10 years to increase capacity for Wide BandGap manufacturing.

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Wednesday, November 01 2017

Company investing more than $5 million to expand Lowcountry operations
 
Columbia, SC — AHT Cooling Systems USA, Inc., a provider of custom refrigerated and frozen merchandising solutions, is expanding its existing Charleston County facility by adding assembly and distribution operations. The project will result in more than $5 million in capital investment and lead to the creation of more than 70 new jobs.
 
With more than 30 years of experience, AHT Cooling Systems services the grocery and small format retail markets with manufacturing sites in Austria, China and Brazil. To establish its first production site in the U.S., the company is upfitting its Charleston County operations with a production business unit for the assembly of commercial refrigeration and freezing equipment.

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Wednesday, November 01 2017

Company a stop on Walmart manufacturing tour

Sterling, IL — Wahl Clipper has fought to hold onto its core values in an age of increasing globalization, but it hasn’t always been easy.

While its larger competitors were outsourcing jobs, the Sterling-based worldwide leader in consumer personal care products has continued to invest at home, continually increasing its local workforce and putting millions into the expansion of its headquarters. Ground will be broken on another building project next year.

Walmart, the company’s largest customer, brought its “Made in America” movement to Sterling on Monday, drawing a large group of politicians, local leaders and employees of both companies. Central to Walmart’s initiative, which began in 2013, is the retail giant’s pledge to buy an additional $250 billion in American-made products by 2023.

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Wednesday, November 01 2017
Honda nearly triples its Brunswick cargo

47,700 HRV, FIT and Civic vehicles cross Colonel's Island docks in FY2017

Savannah, GA — American Honda Motor Company nearly tripled its business through the Port of Brunswick in Fiscal Year 2017, adding 34,700 vehicles over the previous year.
 
"We'd like to thank Honda and International Auto Processors for their part in helping GPA move more than 600,000 vehicles through the Port of Brunswick last fiscal year," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. "To ensure Brunswick continues to provide world-class service, GPA is expanding auto processing infrastructure to stay ahead of demand."

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Wednesday, November 01 2017
Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport (KAPS) Opens First Transient Hangar

Reserve, LA — The Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin and Airport Director Vincent Caire, along with members of the Board of Commissioners, commemorated the official opening of the first transient hangar (1) at Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport, expanding services at the aero center in Reserve, Louisiana. Designed by NY Associates, Inc. and constructed by Justin J. Reeves, LLC, the 6,363 square-foot hangar has the capacity to accommodate a variety of large corporate and business aircraft, which are utilizing the Executive Regional Airport in Reserve on a more frequent basis.
 
“The commemoration of the new hangar demonstrates Port of South Louisiana’s commitment to making the Executive Regional Airport a full-service airport,” said Executive Director Paul Aucoin. “The new hangar, along with our other improvements, allows us to be very competitive and we will continue to make additional improvements to attract more aircraft.”

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Wednesday, November 01 2017

Six new ship-to-shore cranes on order to handle Port's record-breaking container growth

Charleston, SC — The South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors approved a $69.5 million contract for the purchase of six new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes to serve growing container volumes and big ships calling the Port of Charleston.
 
"As the largest crane purchase in our history, the contract approved is an important part of our overall investment in infrastructure and capacity to ensure the Port is well-positioned for the future," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "When the cranes arrive in late 2019, deepening of the Charleston Harbor to 52 feet will be nearly two-thirds complete and construction of our new container terminal will also be nearly finished."

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Wednesday, November 01 2017

Columbus, OH — Le Tote Inc., the fashion rental service that delivers unlimited clothing and accessories for a flat monthly fee, announced plans to open a distribution center in the Columbus Region, creating 400 new jobs. Hiring for positions in warehouse, quality control, receiving, inventory and laundry will begin in Q4 2017.
 
The new 250,000-square-foot facility will be located in Obetz on 5465 Centerpoint Parkway. Le Tote will invest more than $1.1 million in training costs, machinery and equipment.
 
“We chose the Columbus Region for its prime access to our customers and to global retail brands,” said Brett Northart, president and co-founder of Le Tote. “The Obetz location will enable us to upgrade our distribution capabilities while ensuring costs remain low.”

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Monday, October 30 2017
Techni-Glass, Inc. to Expand in Surgoinsville 

Custom glass manufacturer to create 54 new jobs

Nashville, TN — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe along with Techni-Glass, Inc. officials announced the company will expand in Surgoinsville. The custom glass manufacturer will invest $1.5 million and create 54 new jobs in Hawkins County.

“I want to thank Techni-Glass for choosing to expand in Surgoinsville and for creating over 50 new jobs in Hawkins County,” Rolfe said. “This is the third announcement we have had in Hawkins County since May, and it is great news that Techni-Glass is helping us continue this momentum in Hawkins County and the state of Tennessee by expanding here.”

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Monday, October 30 2017
Port of South Louisiana expanding, working with Dow St. Charles on railroad

LaPlace, LA — The Port of South Louisiana has committed $9.5 million to build a railroad for Dow St. Charles capable of handling 250 rail cars.
 
Port Executive Director Paul Aucoin announced the rail project as part of his annual report to the Parish Council at Monday’s meeting. The port is providing the property, and railroad for the project that is just east of Dow, which Dow will lease from the port.
 
Aucoin said the project is in the engineering phase and they were meeting with Dow engineers to work out drainage issues. Overall, the port continues to grow in its three parish of St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and St. James. Aucoin also praised his 9-member commission, which includes three St. Charles Parish members.

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Friday, October 27 2017

Projects total $407.6 million in investments, about 250 jobs

Frankfort, KY — Governor Matt Bevin congratulated local officials and executives from Logan Aluminum Inc. and its parent companies on the opening of the aluminum plant’s phase I expansion in Logan County, as well as the groundbreaking of phase II of the project. 

Together the expansions represent about $407.6 million in new investments, which are creating about 250 full-time jobs at the sprawling mill in southwest Kentucky.

“Logan Aluminum is a standard bearer of growth and foresight in its industry, and we are thankful for its decision to expand in Kentucky,” said Gov. Bevin. “Logan Aluminum is no stranger to diversification, making large-scale investments to increase beverage-can sheet production while simultaneously meeting an ever-increasing demand for automotive-grade aluminum sheet metal.

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Friday, October 27 2017

$12 million investment to create 100 new jobs
 
Columbia, SC — KB Biotech Solutions, a venture of Chinese-based Anhui Chem-bright Bioengineering Co. Ltd., is launching new manufacturing operations in Dillon County. The $12 million investment is expected to create 100 new jobs.
 
Founded in August 2006, Anhui Chem-bright Bioengineering Co. operates the largest production base of natural steroidal raw materials and intermediates in China. With an agricultural industrialization-leading enterprise, the company specializes in biomedicine and the deep processing of agricultural byproducts. Its products are widely used in pharmaceutical raw materials, cosmetics, functional foods and feed additives.

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Friday, October 27 2017

LaPlace, LA -- Year-to-date, facilities within Port of South Louisiana’s district handled over 228 million short tons of cargo. Tonnage data thus far seems to suggest that, once again, it is on course to surpass last year’s total throughput. If so, 2017 will be, yet again, a record-breaking year.
 
Overall cargo handling increased by 7% during the first three quarters of 2017 as compared to the same period of 2016 (214,199,175 million short tons). Likewise, both vessel and barge calls increased by 5% and 17%, respectively.
 
Of the seven main cargos handled within Port of South Louisiana, five of those showed significant increases in overall handling (that is, foreign and domestic trade combined): crude oil by 8% (up to 66.6 million short tons), petrochemicals by 2% (up to 45.5 million short tons), chemicals/fertilizers by 3% (up to 20.9 million short tons), steel products by 20% (up to 4.8 million short tons), and coal/lignite/coke more than doubled (up to 10.2 million short tons).

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Wednesday, October 25 2017
BD Breaks Ground on $60 Million Expansion of Nebraska Manufacturing Facility

Photo caption: BD broke ground on the $60 million expansion of its Columbus-East facility. Pictured from left to right are: Columbus City Councilman John Lohr, BD Columbus-West Plant Manager Duane Ostdiek, BD Chief Supply Chain Officer Jim Borzi, Governor Pete Ricketts, Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley, BD Columbus-East Plant Manager Bill Campbell and BD Plastic Injection Molding Manufacturing Plant Manager Laurie Reagan.

Company Also Celebrates 50 Years of Cannula Production in Columbus

Columbus, NE — BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, was joined by Governor Pete Ricketts and other state and local leaders to break ground on a $60 million upgrade of its Columbus-East facility.

The 69,000 sq. ft. expansion will transform the Columbus-East facility into the flagship plastic injection molding manufacturing facility for BD, and it will become one of the largest and most sophisticated plastic molding plants in the world. The project is expected to be completed by 2021.

“This is an exciting day for growing the community of Columbus and the State of Nebraska,” said Governor Ricketts.  “BD’s $60 million expansion at their Columbus-East facility is another example of how the industry’s faith in our state can help create new opportunities in our communities.

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Tuesday, October 24 2017

Simplifies Payment Calculations for Eligible Companies

Vero Beach, FL -- The Indian River County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved revising the methodology used in payment calculations for the county’s Local Jobs Grant program.

The Jobs Grant is a local incentive program available to new and expanding businesses meeting eligibility criteria, such as wages, number of new jobs and inclusion in the county’s Targeted Industry list. The program, paying $3000 to $7000 per new job depending on wages paid, is performance-based, meaning the funds are paid to the company after the jobs are in place. It mirrors Florida’s Qualified Targeted Industry Tax Refund program, and can be used as the local match requirement under QTI.

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Tuesday, October 24 2017
Pocatello, ID -- One new business and one business expansion in Eastern Idaho will bring more than 400 new job openings to the region. The FBI is building a new data center in the City of Pocatello and will be looking to hire about 350 by their 2019 opening. In addition, Buchanan & Edwards, a national cyber security and data management company recently announced expansion plans at their Pocatello facility with 50-80 hires needed.

“These are two significant economic development announcements for Eastern Idaho and the City of Pocatello,” said Jan Rogers, CEO of Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI).  “The economic impact of these projects will be significant and will offer excellent employment opportunities for high tech talent,” she said.
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Tuesday, October 24 2017

Morrison, IL — While rumblings of the approval of the Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone application circulated last month, it can now be officially announced that the Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone application has been approved by the State of Illinois’ Enterprise Zone Board, and its Certificate of Designation issued by the he Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as of October 16, 2017. The Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone includes 13 governmental entities in Whiteside and Carroll Counties, and covers approximately 14 square miles. The Enterprise Zone is an important economic development incentive used at the local level to assist businesses in expansions or new locations. The incentive includes sales tax exemption on building materials for businesses who are building or improving facilities within the Enterprise Zone boundaries, and if not located in a TIF District, temporary tax abatements. 

Upon completion, the Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone application consisted of ten four inch binders, and according to Gary Camarano, Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone Administrator, “It ‘took a village’, and a city, and a county, and several other partners and stakeholders to complete.

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Thursday, October 19 2017
SSAB Americas announces plans to move head office from Chicago area to Mobile

Photo Caption: Sweden-based SSB, which has operations around the world, has invested $800 million in its Alabama steel mill. The company is moving its U.S. headquarters to Mobile. (Image: SSAB)

Mobile, AL — SSAB Americas, a division of global steelmaker SSAB, today announced plans to relocate the division’s head office from Lisle, Ill., to Mobile, Ala., a move that will bring 60 jobs to Alabama. Since 2001, the company has operated a steel mill in nearby Axis, Ala., which employs nearly 600 SSAB employees.

“Mobile is a growing community with a booming economy; we are excited to expand our presence in the area as a trusted employer and community partner,” said Chuck Schmitt, President, SSAB Americas. “Moving our team to Mobile will ensure that our senior leaders and support staff work in closer proximity to our front-line operations, where key decisions are made for our business and customers.”

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Thursday, October 19 2017

Ice-cream and coffee-stir stick manufacturer unveils facility capable of 2 billion-stick annual output

Corbin, KY  -- Governor Matt Bevin joined local and state officials and executives from Smart Wood, a French family-owned manufacturer of ice-cream and coffee-stir sticks, to open the company’s Corbin facility — a 90-job, $15 million operation capable of producing up to 2 billion sticks annually.

“From our first meeting with Smart Wood’s executive team in France, I was confident this was a company that could thrive in Kentucky,” said Gov. Bevin, who toured Smart Wood’s headquarters and parent plant last year during an economic development mission to Europe. “Smart Wood is dedicated to producing high-quality products by using the latest advanced manufacturing equipment. They were looking to potentially locate in a region that would best support that vision. The Corbin area’s foresight in preparing for economic development, the region’s ready workforce and their abundant natural resources, made them the perfect fit for this company. We believe that Smart Wood will be the perfect fit for Eastern Kentucky as well. I’m grateful to celebrate with the company and community today, and I look forward to many years of continued success.” 

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Wednesday, October 18 2017

Multimillion-Dollar Capital Investment Happening in Valdosta-Lowndes County, Georgia

Valdosta, Georgia — Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc.®, home of the number one branded hamburger roll in the United States, is expanding their bakery in Valdosta-Lowndes County, Georgia, to add additional production capacity.  

Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc., has been known for their continual pursuit of a higher level of service and best practices in the baking industry. The upcoming construction project includes a major expansion of the bakery. 

“Martin’s expansion in our community will account for a multimillion-dollar capital investment, adding an estimated 36 new jobs with continued market growth,” said Andrea Schruijer, executive director of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority. “Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc., is an example of the positive economic impact companies have here in Valdosta-Lowndes County. We are thrilled they are expanding,” said Schruijer.

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Tuesday, October 17 2017
Port of Savannah moves 1M TEUs in first quarter

Photo Caption: At Georgia's deepwater ports, container trade grew by 5.8 percent in the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2018. Total tonnage increased by 7.3 percent. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

GPA growing capacity to handle new business

Savannah, GA — The Port of Savannah moved more than 1 million twenty-foot equivalent container units across Garden City Terminal in the first quarter of FY2018 (July 1-Sept. 30), growing by 5.8 percent or 55,629 TEUs over the same period in FY17. In September alone, the GPA moved 325,141 TEUs, an increase of 5.4 percent or 16,792 TEUs compared to the same month last year.
 
"Sustained organic growth coupled with increased market share are driving these volume increases," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "We have also achieved major gains through the addition of Neo-Panamax vessels to the fleet serving Garden City Terminal."

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Tuesday, October 17 2017

Blackfoot, ID — Vancouver, British Columbia based eCobalt has announced plans to develop a cobalt mining operation in Salmon, Idaho and hydrometallurgical refinery on a railhead in neighboring Blackfoot, Idaho. The Salmon mine is the only environmentally permitted primary cobalt project in the United States.  

With pre-construction activities already underway, the vertically integrated Idaho Cobalt Project is designed to produce cobalt for the rechargeable batteries market. The total capital and reclamation cost is estimated at $288.1 million.

“We are thrilled to announce eCobalt’s massive investment in our community that could create 60-90 full-time, well-paying jobs,” said Blackfoot Mayor Paul Loomis.  “The Idaho Cobalt Project is projected to support mining and refining capabilities through 2029.  We’re excited to welcome eCobalt to Blackfoot and support their Idaho Community Block Grant application requesting funds to build a new railroad spur here, vital to improving their mine to refinery transport capabilities,” he said. 

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Monday, October 16 2017

Medical device manufacturer launching new operations in the Upstate
  
Columbia, SC — Arthrex, Inc., a global orthopedic medical device company, headquartered in Naples, Fla., is launching new manufacturing operations in Anderson County. The $69 million capital investment is expected to create more than 1,000 new jobs over the next several years.
 
With a corporate mission aimed at helping surgeons treat patients better, Arthrex is a leader in new product development and medical education in orthopedics. The company is a pioneer in the field of arthroscopy and has developed more than 11,000 innovative products and surgical procedures to advance minimally invasive orthopedics worldwide.

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Monday, October 16 2017

Montgomery County tract becomes the fourth certified in the commonwealth this year

Frankfort, KY -- In receiving Build-Ready certification for an industrial site this week, Mount Sterling became the fourth location designated this year and the 16th statewide since the program –designed to streamline site selection, construction and opening of new industrial facilities – began in 2014.

The nearly nine-acre tract, expandable to nearly 140 acres, includes a building pad that can accommodate a manufacturing facility of 50,000 to 100,000 square feet or more. The site, zoned for heavy industrial use, includes access to water, sewer, natural gas and electric.

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Thursday, October 12 2017
FY17: Surge of private investments, record cargo volumes

Photo Caption: Governor Nathan Deal provided opening comments for the Savannah State of the Port event Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, focusing on the state's world-class logistics network and the business-friendly atmosphere that sets the Peach State apart. (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

GPA's Lynch announces 1M square feet of new e-commerce warehouse space

Savannah, GA — During his annual State of the Port Address, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch announced record cargo volumes, infrastructure development and two new customers bringing a combined 1 million square feet of additional distribution center space to Savannah.

"We're expanding on all fronts," Lynch said. "We're adding market share through organic growth and the addition of new accounts, and we're building the new infrastructure necessary to continue processing this cargo with world-class efficiency."

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Thursday, October 12 2017
Wisconsin-Based Mitchell Metal Products Wins First National Reshoring Award

Photo caption: Reshoring Initiative President Harry Moser presents National Reshoring Award to Tim Zimmerman of Mitchell Metal Products in front of the award-winning cultivator handle subassembly.

Cleveland, WI — Mitchell Metal Products of Merrill, WI has received the first National Reshoring Award in recognition of the company’s success bringing manufacturing back home to the United States. The award, given by The Reshoring Initiative and the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), honors a company that has effectively reshored products, parts or tooling made primarily by metal forming, fabricating or machining.
 
Mitchell Metal Products was selected after using reshoring to complete more end products with less lead time. In 2016, the company manufactured a cultivator handle subassembly product, increasing the production volume from 4,500 made overseas to 30,000 made in Wisconsin.

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Thursday, October 12 2017

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $30 million to support 35 projects in 15 states under the 2017 Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC 2017) initiative. The funding will assist locally-driven efforts to communities and regions severely impacted by the declining use of coal through activities and programs that support economic diversification, job creation, capital investment, workforce development and re-employment opportunities.
 
“From his first days in office, President Trump ended the Federal government’s assault on the coal industry and the communities who rely on it,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The previous administration fought this war through unilateral executive actions and regulatory edicts, and the casualties were American workers and families.”

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