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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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.
 
Quotes
"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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Thursday, October 12 2017

Company creating more than 400 new jobs at office and research and development operations
 
Columbia, SC — Diversey, a leading global provider of cleaning and hygiene solutions, announced that it is locating its corporate headquarters in York County. The development is projected to bring $6.1 million in investment and create approximately 400 jobs.
 
Diversey is a hygiene and cleaning solutions company that integrates chemicals, floor care machines, tools and equipment with a wide range of technology-based, value-added services. Employing approximately 8,600 people globally, the company is a provider of smart, sustainable solutions designed to drive increased productivity, food safety and infection prevention to customers in more than 165 countries.

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Tuesday, October 10 2017

Los Angeles-Based Business Expanding Operations to Lubbock
 
Lubbock, TX — The Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA) announced Hoverstate, a digital design, development and marketing agency, is expanding its operations by adding a location in downtown Lubbock. The expansion will create 50 new jobs with an average salary of $60,000. The announcement was made during a press conference on Monday, Oct. 9.
 
The Los Angeles-based technology firm said their operations in Lubbock will specifically focus on the development of computer software crafted for the health care industry.

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Thursday, October 05 2017

Twin Falls, ID — Jayco®, Inc., a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO) and leader in the recreational vehicle industry, will expand their manufacturing footprint in Twin Falls, ID, after an extensive site selection search. The expansion is expected to bring approximately 300 jobs to the region by early next year.  Jayco will be partnering with the College of Southern Idaho’s Workforce Development Program to assist with training and on-boarding of new employees.

The expansion, initiated to improve service to dealers in the western U.S. and Canada, maximizes existing synergies built over the past 10 years at their Idaho campus.

“Our executive team considered several western states when searching for the right fit for expansion,” stated Matt Thompson, Chief Operating Officer for Jayco, Inc. “We concluded that capitalizing on the benefits offered in Twin Falls out-weighed benefits outside the state of Idaho. Governor Butch Otter and his team, the Idaho Commerce Department, and Don Hall, Twin Falls County Commissioner, were especially helpful in the process and supported what we were trying to accomplish in the region.”

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Tuesday, October 03 2017

Charter Commits to Additional 1,100 Jobs in Stamford
 
Hartford, CT — Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Charter Communications, Inc., a Fortune 100 company and the second-largest cable operator in the United States, announced the company’s plans to build a 500,000 square foot, 15-story headquarters at 406 Washington Boulevard in Stamford. Following its commitment to create and retain 400 jobs under the state’s First Five Program in 2012, Charter has committed to create an additional 1,100 new corporate headquarters jobs and has agreed to a total of $100 million in planned capital expenditures in Connecticut over the next several years.
 
“Today is a great day for Connecticut,” Governor Malloy said. “Charter’s announcement to create an additional 1,100 jobs shows that our strategic investments are continuing to spur economic growth and create good paying jobs in the state. We look forward to the continued success of Charter Communications as they grow within Connecticut.”

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Tuesday, October 03 2017

Industrial repair business will create 12 full-time jobs near Glasgow

Frankfort, Kentucky — Froedge Machine and Supply Co. Inc., which provides repair services to local industries, will invest $690,000 and create 12 full-time jobs to locate a new operation in Barren County, Governor Matt Bevin announced.

“Froedge Machine and Supply is a great example of Kentucky’s manufacturers who are a driving force behind our state’s growing economic success,” said Gov. Bevin. “By growing their CNC machining, tool-and-die and metalworking capabilities, Froedge will add even more momentum and resources to Kentucky’s economy. Their growth will open new opportunities in the market and we are grateful to them for establishing a second location in the commonwealth.”

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Tuesday, September 26 2017

Company creating more than 160 new jobs at manufacturing facility

Columbia, SC — BorgWarner Inc., a global leader in clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles, is expanding its operations in Oconee County. The $71.9 million investment is projected to create more than 160 new jobs. This announcement represents the company’s third expansion since 2013.

As one of the top suppliers for the global automotive industry, BorgWarner operates 62 facilities in 17 countries, employing approximately 27,000 associates worldwide. With a diverse customer base, the company serves a variety of markets, including the passenger car and light truck, commercial vehicle, off-highway, construction and agricultural markets.

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Tuesday, September 26 2017

Local companies are growing fast, raising money, creating jobs
 
Denver, CO — Starting fast out of the gate for Denver Startup Week, the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) and the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Colorado (BEN Colorado) announced their annual additions to the roster of “Denver Gazelles,” the city’s list of the rapidly growing firms here with both proven success and excellent potential in raising money and creating jobs.
 
The 2017 class, all technology companies, are CyberGRX, Evolve Vacation Rental Network, GoSpotCheck, PaySimple, and SynchHR.
 
“We’re proud to partner with Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network to celebrate the immense talent of our startup community,” said Eric Hiraga, OED executive director. “Denver’s culture of innovation and entrepreneurship continues to grow, thanks to firms like our Denver Gazelles that are experiencing rapid growth while creating jobs and shaping a stronger community.”

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Monday, September 25 2017

$520 million expansion includes the addition of office operations and brings Volvo Cars' South Carolina investment to more than $1 billion 
 

Columbia, SC — Volvo Cars announced that it is investing an additional $520 million in its Berkeley County operations and creating 1,910 new jobs. This new commitment adds to the company's initial 2015 announcement and brings the collective total to more than $1 billion in investment and 3,900 jobs, respectively.
 
Under construction currently, Volvo Cars' Berkeley County manufacturing plant will be the global production home of the company's all-new S60 sedan, which is expected to roll off the assembly line next year. With this new investment, the company is planning to add an additional product line - the next generation XC90 - to its South Carolina operations in 2021.

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Friday, September 22 2017

Deal also announced the creation of 1,300 new highly skilled jobs
 
State of Georgia -- Governor Nathan Deal joined state and local economic development partners to highlight Georgia’s ranking as the top state for business and celebrate the expansion of Atlanta’s technology infrastructure.
 
“Georgia has once again been named the top state for business, reflecting our collaborative economic development efforts and ongoing investment in the workforce and infrastructure that make us a premier destination for companies looking to relocate or expand their operations,” said Deal. “This week alone, I announced the creation of 1,300 new jobs as a result of the expansion of two of Atlanta’s leading technology firms. These numbers are just the latest testament as to why we continue to hold this coveted position. I am confident that our business-friendly climate and partnership approach to business development will help Georgia remain the nation’s strongest economic engine for years to come.“

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Friday, September 22 2017

Danville, VA — This will be Unison Ltd’s second manufacturing facility, firmly establishing Unison’s committed production capabilities in the USA.

The new factory in Danville, Virginia, is intended to support the activities of the plant in North Yorkshire, which has witnessed a considerable manufacturing growth that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that Unison Ltd will invest $5.2 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in the Cane Creek Centre Industrial Park, jointly owned by the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County.

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Thursday, September 21 2017

Idaho Falls, ID — Divina Water celebrated the grand opening of their Idaho Falls bottled water company. The startup company, known for pioneering a new patented distillation technology, welcomed business leaders to tour their expanded 12,000 square foot facility in Idaho Falls.  They were recognized internationally last year after just six months in business, winning a silver medal in the Berkley Springs International Water Tasting competition.

“We are excited to welcome the community to see our developing operations as we prepare for a momentous 2018,” said Divinia co-founder Crosby Sedlmayr.  

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Wednesday, September 20 2017

Twin Falls, ID — The Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO) received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its “12 Cool Things” project, in the Special Purpose Print Promotion category from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The award was accepted by Jeff McCurdy, SIEDO Executive Board Treasurer and city of Rupert Financial Officer, during the IEDC Annual Conference, held Sept. 17 - 20, in Toronto, Ontario.

“It was an honor to receive this award among our national and international peers and to showcase the creative ways we are communicating Southern Idaho's message nationally and across the globe," said McCurdy. 

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Tuesday, September 19 2017

Company will build an initial 247,000-square-foot headquarters building on new campus
 
Little Rock, AR — George Gleason, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Bank of the Ozarks, joined Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola in the Governor’s Conference Room at the State Capitol to formally announce the bank’s plans to build a new 247,000-square-foot corporate headquarters building in Little Rock. The bank has acquired a 44-acre site at The Ranch located on Highway 10 in west Little Rock for initial development and future expansion, as needed over time, for its corporate headquarters campus to support the bank’s continued growth. Bank of the Ozarks expects to break ground for the initial building before year-end 2017.  Approximately 500 employees are expected to move into the building when construction is completed in late 2019 or early 2020, with capacity to accommodate 800 to 900 employees.

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Tuesday, September 19 2017

Autos up 15 percent, containers up 5 percent

Savannah, GA — Auto and container volumes at the U.S. Southeast's busiest ports in Brunswick and Savannah experienced impressive growth in the month of August.
 
Colonel's Island Terminal in Brunswick moved 53,675 units of roll-on/roll off cargo, an increase of 7,109 or 15.3 percent more than August last year.
 
In its busiest August on record and the Authority's second busiest month ever for container trade, Savannah handled 348,297 twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 5.3 percent or 17,591 TEUs compared to the same month a year ago.

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Tuesday, September 19 2017

Survey Peeks into the Minds of the C-Suite on Corporate Relocation and Expansion

New York, NY -- New survey of U.S. business executives concludes corporate decision makers are more likely to consider expansion in the United States than overseas options under the Trump administration. Released at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference in Toronto, the study shows 33 percent of the corporate executives were more likely to explore domestic expansion under President Donald Trump vs. 10 percent that would explore international expansion. A majority of executives surveyed, 57 percent, reported the Trump presidency has not impacted their investment plans.

 

Conducted by Development Counsellors International (DCI) every three years, the “Winning Strategies in Economic Development Marketing: A View from Corporate America” survey has tracked trends in economic development since its inception in 1996. For the first time, the survey also includes findings about how the current political climate affects business perceptions.

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Tuesday, September 19 2017

Midland, Texas — Weir Oil & Gas, a leading supplier of equipment and services to the oil and gas sector, has agreed to build a new multi-million dollar facility in Midland, securing nearly 100 jobs over the next five years. Still pending the Midland City Council’s approval, the agreement negotiated by Midland’s Economic Development Corporation will include $1.8 million of forgivable loans payable to Weir over the next 5 years.  The investment is contingent upon Weir investing nearly $30 million in a new facility, related equipment and inventory in the City of Midland by 2019, and total employee salary and benefit payments of $6 million per year.

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Tuesday, September 19 2017

Community Systems Digital 25 Awards Digital Leaders in Economic Development at IEDC 2017
 
Toronto, ON — The Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority was recognized last night as one of the top 25 digital economic development organizations (EDOs) in North America at the 2017 International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference. The annual Digital 25 reflects those organizations that best use digital technology to differentiate their communities online, and to better serve businesses.
 
The recognition comes from Community Systems, a company that develops websites and software to foster economic growth and tourism in communities across the world. The Digital 25 recognition is based on results from an annual survey of over 400 EDOs, analyzing how they use digital technology to drive growth and support community businesses.

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Friday, September 15 2017

New Orleans, LA -- The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) hosted their Annual Meeting in New Orleans yesterday (Roosevelt Hotel). The President of NASDA and Commissioner of Louisiana’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. Michael Strain championed a motion supporting the deepening of the Mississippi River Ship Channel to 50 feet. Earlier in the week, Dr. Strain led the effort to gain the support of the Southern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (SASDA) on the same motion.

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Friday, September 15 2017

Talladega, AL — Georgia-Pacific announced plans to construct a $100 million lumber production facility in Talladega that will employ more than 100 full-time employees and generate an annual payroll estimated at $5 million.

Construction on the technologically advanced, 300,000-square-foot plant is scheduled to begin immediately, with an anticipated startup in late 2018.

“The availability of talent and natural resources make Talladega an ideal site for this new lumber production facility,” said Fritz Mason, vice president and general manager, Georgia-Pacific Lumber.

“The City of Talladega, Talladega County, and the State of Alabama have been incredibly supportive of this new venture, and we look forward to a long and beneficial relationship,” he added.

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Tuesday, September 12 2017

Dayton, OH -- NDC Technologies’ new Huber Heights headquarters means an additional 42 jobs for the Dayton region and an opportunity for some of its employees to make a big move to Ohio.

In early 2017, the company announced it would move its headquarters from Irwindale, California, to Huber Heights in a key decision designed to consolidate production and administrative functions. Relocation of its headquarters was one of several initiatives the company undertook in 2017 to grow its capabilities in the markets it serves. In order to expand, NDC officials had to look for a place with a more competitive business climate, a lower cost of living, and better proximity to its manufacturing partners and customers.

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Tuesday, September 12 2017

Photo Caption: Idaho Senator Jim Risch (l) is shown a mermaid tail by Steve Browning, owner of Fin Fun during a tour of the facility.  (John Roark, Post Register 9/4/2017)

Idaho Falls, ID -- Fin Fun Mermaid, a company that produces mermaid swimsuits, fin tails, swimwear and other products, was recently honored by Idaho’s U.S. Senator Jim Risch with a piece of the congressional record in recognition of being named “Small Business of The Year” and for their astounding growth.

In three years, Fin Fun has experienced 3,000 percent growth according to Idaho Department of Commerce.  CEO Eric Browning and CFO Steve Browning were named Idaho’s “Small Business Persons of the Year” by the U.S. Small Business Administration in April.  The following month, Risch named Fin Fun the small business of the month.  A piece of the congressional record was presented to Fin Fun September 4 in recognition of these achievements.

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Monday, September 11 2017

Additional 110,000 Sq. Ft. also to be utilized for product development and secondary operations such as filling and assembly

Auburn, AL – CSP Technologies, Inc. – a leader in designing and producing packaging solutions that ensure product protection, enhance brand recognition and improve consumer experiences – is expanding its Auburn, Alabama manufacturing and warehousing capacity by 110,000 square feet.  Construction of the new structure, located adjacent to the existing headquarters, is currently underway.

The expansion is necessary due to the recent growth in the areas of healthcare and food safety, and follows the commissioning of a new thermoforming line earlier in 2017.  The thermoforming operations will be the vehicle to deliver an upcoming portfolio of antimicrobial products for food safety.

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Monday, September 11 2017

Mobile, AL -- BÜR Commercial is pleased to announce a new lease with Rouses Market in Mobile, Alabama.  The new 50,000-square foot store will be located at Westwood Plaza at the southeast quadrant of Airport Boulevard and Schillinger Road. This store will be the sixth location for Rouses Market in Lower Alabama. The anticipated opening is in the first quarter of 2018.
 
Donny Rouse, CEO, says the expansion is a natural. “Customers have been clamoring for more Rouses Market since we opened our first stores in early 2014. We’re excited to share what we do and what we make with West Mobile.”

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Thursday, September 07 2017

Mandatory evacuation for some areas to begin Saturday

State of Georgia — Following a recommendation from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) officials and local Emergency Management Agencies, Gov. Nathan Deal is expanding his emergency declaration to include 24 additional counties, with a total of 30 counties now included in a state of emergency. Deal also issued a mandatory evacuation order for all areas east of I-95, all of Chatham County and some areas west of I-95 that could be impacted by potential storm surge from Hurricane Irma. The executive order also authorized up to 5,000 Georgia National Guard members to be on state active duty to support Hurricane Irma response and recovery. The state of emergency prohibits price gouging for all goods and services related to the storm. Read the executive order here.
 
“The state is mobilizing all available resources to ensure public safety ahead of Hurricane Irma,” said Deal. “I encourage all Georgians in our coastal areas that could be impacted by this storm to evacuate the area as soon as possible.

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Tuesday, September 05 2017

Company creating more than 110 jobs at Farrow Road facility
 
Columbia, SC — Charter NEX Films is locating new specialty film manufacturing operations in Richland County. The project is expected to bring $85 million of capital investment and lead to the creation of more than 110 new jobs.
 
Charter NEX Films is one of North America's leading independent producers of high-performance specialty films used in flexible packaging and other critical performance applications. With both blown and cast film capabilities, the company's products are utilized for a variety of applications, including food, medical and protective purposes.

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Tuesday, September 05 2017

Corpus Christi, TX — The Port of Corpus Christi Authority (PCCA) Commission at a special meeting Friday, approved a Project Partnership Agreement (PPA) with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the deepening and widening of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel (CC Ship Channel). The CC Ship Channel Improvement Project (CIP) will widen the CC Ship Channel to 530 feet plus additional barge shelves to allow for two way vessel and barge traffic in tandem, and deepen the CC Ship Channel to 54 feet MLLW (Mean Lower Low Water) to allow for safe passage of deep draft large vessels.
 
Upon the execution of the PPA, Port Commissioners also approved the acceleration of $32 million in Port funds to the USACE to expedite initial construction phases of the Project.

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Friday, September 01 2017

Freeport, TX — Port Freeport at Port Condition RECOVERY. The Captain of the Port Sector Houston-Galveston of the United States Coast Guard is permitting the Freeport Harbor Channel to open for vessel transits starting 7:00 a.m. on August 31, 2017. Vessel transits will be daylight restricted and limited to vessels with draft of 33 feet or less until further notice. Surveys by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are currently underway to confirm deeper drafting vessels can safely enter the channel and proceed to their designated berths.
 
Port Freeport Gates 4, 8 and 14 are open. The public terminal is in normal operating condition and the roads accessing the Port are generally passable. Please visit BrazoriaCounty.gov and DriveTexas.org for the most up-to-date road and bridge closures. The Port Freeport administration building will remain closed until Tuesday, September 5.

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Friday, September 01 2017

Corpus Christi, TX -- The United States Coast Guard Captain of the Port signed Marine Safety Information Bulletin authorizing the restricted opening of the Corpus Christi Sip Channel after a record six-day closure from the impacts of Hurricane Harvey. This opening will allow the seven local refineries to startup operations in an effort to serve the already short transportation fuels markets in the region and the nation.

The CC Ship Channel restrictions are:

  • One-way vessel movements
  • Daylight-only transits
  • Moving in convoy with 2-pilots per vessel
  • Draft restrictions of 43ft

As the Corpus Christi Ship Channels re-opens, the Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots plan to start sailing the first vessel convoy at 1700 hrs. The Port’s Harbor Masters Office in concert with Industry to prioritize the more than 20 vessels currently awaiting berth assignments.

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Friday, September 01 2017

Searcy, Arkansas — American Marksman Arkansas LLC, a distributor of ammunition of varying calibers, announced it is expanding in the Searcy region creating up to 100 new advanced manufacturing positions, coupled with significant growth in the coming years.
 
“We at American Marksman are proud and honored to be part of our nation’s military support structure and bring our operations to Searcy,” said American Marksman CEO, Thomas A. K. Schmidt. “We would like to thank Governor Asa Hutchinson, his staff, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Searcy Regional Economic Development Corporation (SREDC), Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce (SRCC) and the City of Searcy for all their hard work and support of this project.  We look forward to working with the Great State of Arkansas and continuing to grow our business operations within the state.”

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Thursday, August 31 2017

Danville, KY — Denyo Manufacturing Corporation (DMC) announced its plans for a major expansion to its facilities and operations in Danville.

The company will invest $8,676,000.00 for construction of an additional building and purchase of new equipment, while adding up to 90 new jobs to Danville-Boyle County’s tax base.    

A new 63,000-SF facility will be constructed on the current Denyo campus for fabrication of sheet metal components used in generator and air compressor assembly. The new facility will include state-of-the-art equipment for cutting, bending, and welding of steel for complex structural components on-site.

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Thursday, August 31 2017

Temple, TX — Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC) announced Everest Rehabilitation Hospitals, LLC will build a new $17 million capital investment, 36- bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Temple, TX. The project will result in 120 new jobs with an average annual salary of $52,000. The hospital will be located in the Temple Medical & Education District (TMED) South.

The Temple EDC Board of Directors approved a cash grant for infrastructure assistance at their May Board Meeting for Everest Rehabilitation Hospital.

“Everest Rehabilitation Hospital and TMED South will be the Southeast gateway to the community which is an ideal location for a specialty healthcare companies to locate.” said Temple EDC President David Blackburn. “Taking advantage of more than just our proximity to the population in the region, Everest Rehabilitation Hospital will also benefit from the talent and cost of doing business in Temple.”

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Wednesday, August 30 2017

Food service industry equipment manufacturer to create 67 new jobs
 
Nashville, TN — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Franke Foodservice Systems officials announced that the company will expand its operations in Smyrna. The food service industry equipment manufacturer will invest $11.6 million and create 67 new jobs in Rutherford County.
 
“I want to thank Franke for choosing to expand in Smyrna,” Rolfe said. “The manufacturing sector has been experiencing enormous growth in Tennessee and it means a great deal that Franke will continue this momentum by creating over 60 new jobs in Rutherford County. I appreciate Franke’s continued investment in Tennessee and look forward to our partnership.”

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Wednesday, August 30 2017

Cincinnati, OH — Two companies that have been growing in the region for decades are growing the Cincinnati region’s economy.

Hamilton Casework Solutions
A regional company expands as it outfits five state-of-the-art hospitals in Kuwait. Hamilton Casework Solutions, headquartered in Fairfield, Ohio has been making specialty office furniture in the region since 1966 and has expanded to higher education and medical markets.

“We started as a family-owned company in the 1960s,” said Brad Quick, General Manager of Hamilton Casework Solutions. “Today, we’re selling our products around the world – all created by the talented workers we’re finding here in the Greater Cincinnati area.”

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Tuesday, August 29 2017

Company to create 65 new jobs, invest USD 4 million in facility
 
Dumas, AR — SAF-HOLLAND, a leading global manufacturer of trailer suspension and axle systems, truck suspensions, fifth wheels, landing gear, and coupling products, is pleased to announce it is expanding its operations in Dumas (Desha County), Arkansas. As part of the expansion, the company will open a new facility in the old Federal-Mogul building to accommodate increased business with current customers.

“Our investment in Dumas will enable SAF-HOLLAND to expand the North American business as we prepare for increasing market demand also in the mid-term,” said Bjoern Meyer – VP Operations, Americas. “It allows SAF-HOLLAND closer proximity to our OEM customers and enhances our level of service to our distributors and fleet customers. Ultimately, the location provides a means to expand our distribution network to not only support existing customers but result in additional customers.”

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Monday, August 28 2017

Corpus Christi, TX — In response to the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, the Port of Corpus Christi Authority (PCCA) has now fully transitioned to Post Storm Recovery in accordance with the Port Hurricane Readiness Plan. 
 
Port personnel are continuing to assess hurricane impacts with initial assessments indicating light to moderate damage and debris.  The Port has begun to recall Tier 2 Essential Personnel to support the recovery operations.  Power has been restored to several facilities and numerous others are still on emergency power including the PCCA EOC, Security Command Center and Harbor Master’s Office. These facilities have maintained continuous uninterrupted power. PCCA is working toward achieving normal operation by September 4th.

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Monday, August 28 2017

Company creating 100 new jobs and growing facility
 
Columbia, SC — Sportsman Boats Manufacturing, a provider of premium boats, is expanding its existing Dorchester County operations. To grow its facility, the company is investing $3.5 million and creating 100 new jobs.
 
Sportsman's product offerings currently include 21 models of center consoles and bay boats. Ranging in size from 17 - 31 feet, the boats are designed for saltwater enthusiasts.
 
Located at 113 Isaac Way in Summerville, S.C., the company will be adding 70,000 square feet of production space to its existing facility to accommodate the growth of its upholstery, welding and small part fabrication operations. In addition, Sportsman Boats has just completed an 800-kilowatt (kW) solar power system mounted on the roof of its facility. The state-of-the-art technology is designed to bolster the company's ongoing sustainability efforts.

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Monday, August 28 2017

Des Moines, IA -- Companies looking to build new facilities are searching for sites suitable for development and relatively risk free. Certified sites fill the demand for project-ready industrial sites - making the decision to locate in Iowa easy.

Iowa’s Certified Sites program, designed and implemented by the nationally recognized site selection firm McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC), parallels a typical site location process. A credentialed Iowa Certified Site has relevant site-related data and documentation accumulated and is designated as “development-ready”.

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Monday, August 28 2017

Morrison, IL — The newly launched Sauk Valley Innovation Awards (SVIA) is looking to identify and celebrate the region’s innovate businesses, and acknowledge them for their contribution to the region’s economy and livability. The program is a collaboration between the Whiteside County Economic Development Department and Sauk Valley Community College, and plans are to make this an annual event. 

According to Gary Camarano, Whiteside’s Economic Development Director, “Innovative businesses create a stronger, more competitive local economy, and are keys to a wealth and job creation, attraction of other businesses and quality workforce, and contribute greatly to a community’s livability. We want the Sauk Valley Innovation Awards to be a means of celebrating our innovative businesses, fostering an innovation climate in the region, and give our innovators a chance to network and possibly collaborate on other creative and innovative projects.”

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Monday, August 28 2017

The nearly 29,000-square-foot office will serve as Ensono’s new Conway base as it continues its growth in Arkansas
 
Conway, Arkansas — Ensono™, a leading hybrid IT services provider, recently opened the doors to its new office space in Conway, Ark. The company will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the occasion at its new location, 1000 SWN Drive, on August 29.
 
“Ensono has played an integral part in the betterment of Conway for more than 45 years, and their work is pivotal for our state’s initiatives toward technology skills and education,” said Governor Asa Hutchinson. “I am honored to participate in the grand opening, and I look forward to Ensono’s continued success in our community and beyond.”

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Tuesday, August 22 2017

Photo Cutline: Representatives from Port Freeport Commission, Executive Staff, and James Construction break ground for Phase 1 of the Parcel 14 Rail Development.

Freeport, TX —  Port Freeport and their honored guests joined together for a groundbreaking ceremony marking the commencement for construction of the Phase 1 of the Parcel 14 Rail Development.  The rail project has been one of the port’s long term strategic objectives for many years and will enhance landside accessibilities and supply chain efficiencies for the Port’s current and future users and for Brazoria County’s Petrochemical Industry. 
 
Parcel 14 is a 250-acre site adjacent to State Highway 36 (SH36) traversing between FM 1495 and the Brazos River Diversion Canal.  The site will be developed into a multimodal industrial park complete with new warehousing facilities for plastic resins packaging, cross-docking activities and distribution centers.  Additional areas of the site have been earmarked for new vehicle processing and storage.  Union Pacific Railroad will offer manifest train service on the new rail infrastructure. 

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Friday, August 18 2017

Open First US Offices in Hamilton, NJ
 
Hamilton, NJ — Two companies headquartered in the state of Gujarat, India – MIG Media Neurons Inc. and Add Ready Construction Material Products LLC – celebrated the opening of their first US offices in Hamilton, New Jersey.
 
MIG Media Neuron, a full-service business promotions company, helps companies promote their brands, products and services worldwide. The company promotes its clients through a variety of platforms including international trade shows, B2B and B2C websites, publications and special events. The company has successfully organized and promoted eleven international trade shows in the last six years, including trade shows in Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Sri Lanka and the US under the Made in Gujarat and India Business Trade Show banners.

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Thursday, August 17 2017

Veteran-owned MOVE Systems International investing $13 million; adding 27 jobs to expand eco-friendly food cart and electricity pedestal production

Walker, MI — The Right Place, Inc., the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and Start Garden’s venture fund spin-off Wakestream Ventures celebrated its first collaborative effort to bring jobs to the region with the announcement that New York-based mobile food manufacturer Move Systems International (dba MOVE Systems) will invest more than $13 million and add 27 jobs at its Walker production facility.

A special news conference will be held at Rosa Park Circle Aug. 16 in which Right Place, Start Garden, Wakestream Ventures and MEDC officials will discuss this collaboration. MOVE Systems will also demonstrate their innovative products.

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Tuesday, August 15 2017

Hundreds of Farmers, Area Leaders Join Poet CEO in Commemorating Start of Construction, New Jobs, New Grain Demand

Marion, OH -- POET Biorefining – Marion broke ground today to expand its production capacity from 70 million gallons per year to 150 million gallons per year. The project will also increase production of dried distillers grains from the current 178,000 tons annually to 360,000 tons. With the groundbreaking, site work has officially begun, with project completion slated for Q3 of 2018.

“This expansion will add 26 million bushels of new corn demand annually for the local area and create new jobs and economic activity for rural Ohio," POET CEO Jeff Broin said. “In recent years, I know farmers are struggling with low commodity prices, which is creating lower farm incomes and decreasing land values. Biofuels have been the only real growth sector for ag commodities in the past decade. We will need to see biofuels increase as a percentage of the US and world fuel supply, and as a percentage of our gas tanks to stabilize worldwide ag prices and land values. We are excited that the Marion plant expansion can play a small role in this important arena."

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Tuesday, August 15 2017

New storage facility to result in 70 on-site jobs, 81 indirect jobs
 
Mt. Airy, LA — Nearly two years after its groundbreaking, Pin Oak Terminals, led by CEO C. Michael Reed, along with St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom, Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin, St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Michael Tregre, Pin Oak Terminals staff, and many of its supporters, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to signal the beginning of operations in the new multi-product liquid marine terminal. Announced in October 2015, the project entails a $600 million capital investment in storage terminals, docks and related infrastructure along the east bank of the Mississippi River at Mt. Airy, near the St. John the Baptist-St. James parish line.
 
As the terminal project develops, it will create more than 70 new on-site jobs encompassing full-time company and contractor jobs, with 30 of those positions already filled. Those new jobs will have an average annual salary of more than $60,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in an additional 81 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 150 jobs in the Southeast Region and surrounding areas. At peak construction, the project generated more than 440 additional construction jobs. Of those employed, over 75% are residents of the River Region.

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Friday, August 11 2017

Freeport, TX — For the 28th year in a row, Port Freeport is awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, (GFOA), for its 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). 
 
This Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. “This is the 28th year in a row for the Port to receive this prestigious award.  The Accounting and Finance Department continues to demonstrate excellence in their practices each the year,” stated Port Chairman Paul Kresta. This outstanding achievement demonstrates the Port’s commitment to accurate, full disclosure to the public of the Port’s financial performance.

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Thursday, August 10 2017

Manufacturer creating 700 new jobs in facility expansion

Columbia, SC — Trane, a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, is expanding its existing Richland County operations. The business is projected to invest $96 million and create 700 new jobs to increase its overall flexibility in line with business growth.

Trane has approximately 600 employees in South Carolina and offers a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, as well as advanced building controls and parts support. Trane systems have leading positions in premium commercial, residential and industrial markets.

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Wednesday, August 09 2017

McLennan County, TX — Cypress Creek Renewables announces, in partnership with McLennan County and the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, a $13,000,000 solar farm project in McLennan County near Bruceville-Eddy.

The 88-acre, 13 megawatt solar farm will generate enough power to support the energy needs of 1,000 homes annually, further supporting Central Texas’ growth and additional electricity demands.   Construction is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2017, completing within a six-month timeline.  While under construction, the project is expected to support 100 related jobs.  Cypress Creek is expected to utilize a significant number of local contractors to establish the site. 

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Wednesday, August 09 2017

Startup business creating 76 new jobs in Greenville
 
Columbia, SC — Bonafide Kayaks, a manufacturer and producer of fishing kayaks, is launching new manufacturing operations in Greenville County. The company is investing $2 million to create 76 new jobs over the next three years.  
 
Bonafide Kayaks was formed in November 2016 and has spent the last several months designing its first models of fishing kayaks from the ground up. Led by Luther Cifers, an industry professional who also established YakAttack, a leading kayak fishing accessory brand, Bonafide Kayaks had a highly-successful debut at the iCAST trade show in July 2017. The company anticipates rapid growth over the next several years.

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Wednesday, August 09 2017

Fulton County, GA — Governor Nathan Deal announced that ASOS, a leading online global fashion and beauty retailer, will establish an East Coast eCommerce fulfillment center in Union City, creating more than 1,600 jobs and investing more than $40 million in Fulton County throughout the next five years. In the first phase of development, the fulfillment center will have a 10 million-unit capacity with additional room for future growth.

“Georgia is an ideal location for innovative international retailers like ASOS to reach new customers,” said Deal. “In choosing to locate in Fulton County, ASOS will benefit from the robust transportation network, highly skilled workforce and growing economy that we as the top state for business have to offer. We appreciate ASOS’ significant investment in Georgia as they grow their presence in the U.S. and look forward to the company’s success here.”

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Tuesday, August 08 2017

Charles City, IA -- Cambrex invests $24 Million in new highly potent API manufacturing capacity at its Charles City, Iowa facility.

Cambrex Corporation, a manufacturer of small molecule innovator and generic Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), announced that it is to invest $24 million in a new facility to manufacture highly potent APIs (HPAPIs) at its Charles City, Iowa plant.

The 4,500 sq. ft. production area will operate to an occupational exposure limit (OEL) down to 0.1µg/m3 and have a total reactor capacity of 2,200 gallons, which will be made up from a range of 200, 500 and 1,000 gallon glass and Hastelloy vessels to manufacture batches from 50 to 300kg.

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Tuesday, August 08 2017

Warrensburg, MO — Dollar Tree broke ground on their new 1.2 million sq. ft. distribution facility in Warrensburg, Missouri. The new facility was announced earlier this year, and represents more than $110 million in capital investment.

“Dollar Tree’s decision to grow its business in Missouri is great news for people in Warrensburg,” said Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, when the expansion was announced. “This new distribution center means hundreds of new quality jobs for families. We’re fighting to grow jobs every day, and we’re grateful to Dollar Tree for recognizing that Missouri is open for business and our people are ready to work.”

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Tuesday, August 08 2017

Montgomery, AL — Governor Kay Ivey announced that Provalus, a company specializing in business technology service and support, plans to invest $6.5 million to open a center in Brewton staffed with 300 workers.

Atlanta-based Optomi, one of the nation’s fastest-growing tech-staff firms, launched Provalus to provide an alternative to overseas outsourcing of business functions. Provalus aims to utilize untapped talent in small communities for technology, business and support positions.

“Our main mission is to provide value from the U.S. by bringing jobs back, especially to rural areas,” Provalus President Chuck Ruggiero said.

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Friday, August 04 2017

The company has invested an estimated $30 million in the project

Siloam Springs, AR -- Simmons Feed Ingredients, an affiliate of Simmons Foods Inc., held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its 72,000-square-foot ingredient facility in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Since 2015, the company has invested an estimated $30 million in the facility where it will produce fresh and frozen meat ingredients for pet food manufacturers. The company expects the new facility’s operations will create 78 new jobs.

“This wet ingredient facility is a model for the future of high-quality ingredient production for pet food manufacturers,” said Todd Simmons, CEO at Simmons Foods. “This new facility enables our team here to safely and reliably produce the highest quality, customizable ingredients for Simmons Feed Ingredients’ customers.” Simmons Foods Inc. and Affiliates are producers of poultry, pet food and ingredient products. They are one of the state’s largest private companies and employs over 1,000 people in its Siloam Springs operations.  

Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, joined the Simmons leadership and local officials at the event. “Simmons Foods has a long history of investing in Arkansas,” said Preston. “Through the establishment of this new facility, the company is making another significant commitment to doing business in the state. Arkansas has a large presence in food processing and this expansion is a testament to our strength in this sector.”

City of Siloam Springs City Administrator Phillip Patterson also spoke at the event saying, “Siloam Springs is a thriving City that continues to meet the demands of a new world. With this new facility we celebrate new jobs, new opportunity and new growth for this community. We are proud to have Simmons Foods headquartered here in Siloam Springs.”

Founded in 1949, Simmons Foods has been known for its business foresight, innovation, and loyalty to its customers and community. Some customer relationships go back almost 50 years. In the late 1990s, the company began to concentrate on business-to-business customers.

“For over 65 years Simmons Foods has been a valued member of the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce,” said Wayne Mays, President and CEO of the Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce. “Today, we continue to work closely on many job-creating projects and appreciate their efforts and commitment to our community.”

Those interested in employment opportunities at Simmons can visit simmonsfoods.com/careers.

About Simmons Feed Ingredients
Simmons Feed Ingredients, an affiliate of Simmons Foods, is focused on producing high quality animal nutrition for pet food, aquaculture and livestock. Through an integrated model that allows for maximum quality control, the company uses patented and proprietary processes to deliver top quality ingredients to our customers.

Simmons currently operates a feed ingredient facility in Southwest City, Missouri, along with an ingredient production facility in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. For more information on Simmons Feed Ingredients, visit www.simmonsfeedingredients.com.

About Simmons Foods and Affiliates
Simmons is a vertically integrated, leading supplier of poultry, pet food and feed ingredient solutions based in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Founded in 1949, the company and its affiliates remain a privately owned and family led business.

Simmons Foods works with farmers, communities, and employees to apply more than 60 years of experience to serving customers. With more than 5,800 employees across more than 30 facilities, Simmons is committed to providing innovative food products and services to the world. For more information on Simmons Foods, visit www.simmonsfoods.com.


WET INGREDIENT FACILITY FACTS

Simmons Wet Ingredient Facility is a model for the future of high-quality pet food ingredient production. The facility features unprecedented sourcing traceability, proprietary processes and innovative food safety systems to produce the highest quality, customizable ingredients for Simmons Feed Ingredients’ customers’ products. The company entered the feed ingredients market in the 1950’s.

WHEN:
July 31, 2017
WHERE:
Simmons Wet Ingredient Facility 1113 East Ashley Street
Siloam Springs, Arkansas 72761

SPEAKERS:

  • Opening Prayer: Chaplain Nick Braschler
  • Phillip Patterson, City Administrator, Siloam Springs
  • Todd Simmons, CEO, Simmons Foods
  • Governor Asa Hutchinson, State of Arkansas
  • Don Austin, Chairman, Siloam Springs Chamber of Commerce, Executive Committee

By the numbers:

  • $50 million: Estimated economic impact to the state of Arkansas
  • 72,000: Estimated square footage
  • $30 million: Estimated Simmons investment in the plant
  • 78: Estimated full time jobs created
  • 1,000+: Approximate total of Simmons team members in Siloam Springs
  • 1949: Year Simmons Foods began

Design and construction:

  • December 2015 groundbreaking
  • Project partner: CRB Consulting (crbusa.com)
  • Other partners: Shepard Construction, Central Electric, Southwest Vault, The Brandt Companies, Wiese Doors and Peachey Landscape Company.

Financing and Incentives:

  • Supported by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC)
  • Arkansas Advantage (Income Tax Credit): Supports job creation based on the payroll of new, full-time, permanent employees hired
  • Tax Back: Provides sales and use tax refunds on the purchase of building materials and taxable machinery and equipment to qualified businesses
  • $1 million grant supporting wastewater pretreatment operations at the facility

Production:

  • Meat ingredients for pet food (beef, chicken, pork, fish)
  • Custom blends and recipes for customers in ambient, refrigerated and frozen environments

Leadership Team:

  • John Whatley,​ Sr. Director of Operations, Simmons Wet Ingredient Facility
  • Jeff Webster, President and COO, Simmons Feed Ingredients
  • Dan Henson, Vice President of Operations, Simmons Feed Ingredients
  • Mike Buccheri, Vice President of Business Development, Simmons Feed Ingredients

For more information contact: Donny Epp, Communications Director, ​donny.epp@simfoods.com

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Thursday, August 03 2017

Canadian based custom metal manufacturer acquires existing operation

Conway, AR -- Canadian based manufacturer DBG announced plans to establish a US headquarters in Conway, Arkansas. The 41-year-old company supplies the heavy truck, automotive, agriculture and commercial industries as a tier one and tier two provider of custom metal products. The company will begin operations immediately.

“The acquisition of Navistar’s former IC Bus operations allows us to be part of a growing community, provides us with a strong experienced workforce, increases our technical capabilities and diversifies our product offering.” says President and CEO, Mike De Biasi “DBG has been looking for a location to establish our USA Operations for many years and today, we are excited that our research has led us to Conway, Arkansas.”

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Monday, July 31 2017

GDX to provide innovative approach to Department of Defense contracting

Atlanta, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal announced the launch of the Georgia Defense Exchange (GDX), an interactive business development platform designed to assist Georgia businesses in finding new opportunities in Department of Defense (DOD) contracting.
 
“From the Bell Bomber Plant during WWII to the NSA and U.S. Army Cyber Command in Augusta today, Georgia enterprises enjoy a storied history of fulfilling contracts for national defense,” said Deal. “Last year alone, defense contracts executed in Georgia were valued at $6.4 billion. These contracts provide significant opportunities for Georgia businesses and drive new development in local communities across the state. The GDX platform will allow us to equip companies with the tools they need to be competitive in acquiring DOD contracts while ensuring that this long-standing tradition continues in Georgia.”

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Thursday, July 27 2017

Six new ship-to-shore cranes approved

Savannah, GA -- At its July board meeting, the Georgia Ports Authority reported record fiscal year results and approved the purchase of six new ship-to-shore cranes.
 
In FY2017, the GPA moved an all-time high of 3.85 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 6.7 percent, or 242,221 TEUs over the previous year. In the last half of FY2017 alone, the Port of Savannah handled an impressive 1.99 million TEUs, for a growth rate of 11.6 percent over the same period in FY2016.

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Tuesday, July 25 2017

Company creating more than 150 jobs at new logistics operations
 
Columbia, SC — Rudolph Logistics Group, an international logistics service provider, is launching a new warehousing operation in Spartanburg County. The Germany-based company is projected to bring more than $18 million of capital investment and create at least 150 new jobs.
 
Headquartered in Baunatal, Germany, Rudolph Logistics Group is a globally-active logistics and supply chain company that develops and provides comprehensive solutions for a wide range of industries. With an emphasis on the automotive and transportation sectors, the group implements a variety of services to optimize its clients' supply chains.
 

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Monday, July 24 2017

To Create 30 New Full-Time Jobs

Valdosta, GA -- Hunt Industries, a full-service provider of high-quality specialty construction and general contracting services for industrial projects is expanding its operations in Valdosta-Lowndes County, Georgia. This expansion will create 30 new jobs, and represent a capital investment of $5 million.

“Valdosta-Lowndes County is proud to be home to Hunt Industries and thrilled they are expanding in our community”, said Tom Call, chairman of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority. “Investments into job creation in Valdosta and Lowndes County is important, because it enhances to the economic vitality of our community”, said Call.

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Wednesday, July 19 2017

Biopharmaceutical manufacturer creating 100 jobs to accommodate growth
 
Columbia, SC — AmbioPharm, Inc. (API), a full-service peptide and biopharmaceutical manufacturing company, is expanding its existing Aiken County operations. The expansion is projected to bring $18 million of new capital investment and lead to the creation of 100 jobs over the next five years.
 
AmbioPharm started its business in South Carolina in 2007 by establishing its company headquarters and downstream manufacturing operations in a 10,000-square-foot facility in the North Augusta Industrial Park. That same year, API also opened its Shanghai, China operations, which focuses on the synthesis, as well as the research and development, of pharmaceutical products. In 2014 and 2015, the company made major facility expansions to its Aiken County operations.

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Friday, July 14 2017

Company to invest $79 million to double current Florence manufacturing capacity

Columbia, SC — Ruiz Food Products, Inc., a producer of frozen food and snack products, is expanding its existing Florence County operations. The $79 million investment is expected to create 705 new jobs over the next several years.
 
El Monterey™ is the flagship frozen Mexican food brand for Ruiz Foods and the top-selling brand of frozen Mexican food in the United States. Its products include burritos, tamales, breakfast burritos, empanadas, quesadillas, taquitos and more. Tornados™, also distributed nationally, is the company's snack brand and a leader on convenience store roller grills. Ruiz Foods produces these items at facilities in California, South Carolina and Texas, employing nearly 3,600 team members nationwide.

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Friday, July 14 2017

Trenton, NJ —- Following approval of Grow New Jersey (Grow NJ) tax credits by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) Board, Nuts.com announced its decision to expand its presence in New Jersey by opening a state-of-the-art corporate office in Jersey City, where it plans to create more than 150 new jobs.

Advanced under the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act (EOA), Grow NJ is the State’s main job creation and retention incentive program. The approval of Grow NJ tax credits for Nuts.com was based solely on creation of new jobs in New Jersey that would otherwise be created outside of the State. The company will also maintain its primary manufacturing and distribution operations in Cranford, where it employs 158.

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Friday, July 14 2017

Tech Company Plans to Invest $26.5 Million to Expand its Stamford Offices, Where it Will Add 500 New Jobs to its Current Workforce of 700 Employees
 
Hartford, CT — Governor Dannel P. Malloy and executives from Indeed announced that the internet company has plans to significantly increase its presence in Connecticut by investing $26.5 million to expand its Stamford offices, where its workforce already exceeds 700 employees. The expansion project will see the creation of as many as 500 new jobs in the coming years, bringing the company’s Connecticut job presence to over 1,200 employees.
 
“This is a significant win for Connecticut’s economy and a testament to the quality of our workforce,” Governor Malloy said. “Indeed is an innovative, high-tech company that has been steadily growing services and adding hundreds of new, good-paying jobs, going from a handful of employees over a decade ago to 700 working in Stamford today. The company is now poised to significantly expand again, and we welcome the company’s capital investment in our state and the growth of hundreds of high-quality jobs that will follow.”

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Friday, July 14 2017

Newburgh, IN — Alcoa Corporation announced plans to restart three idled lines at its aluminum smelting facility in southwest Indiana, affirming its commitment to manufacturing in Indiana. 


“With its decision to restart operations in Indiana, Alcoa is showcasing the value that this facility and Indiana’s manufacturing expertise provide to its global operations,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “In Indiana we’re witnessing incredible momentum as manufacturers continue to choose Indiana for growth, and we’re pleased that Alcoa once again chose Indiana.” 

The Pittsburgh-based company will invest between $30 and $35 million to restart the three lines supporting Alcoa’s existing rolling mill at the facility, which produces flat-rolled aluminum for the food and beverage market in North America. Alcoa is currently in the process of restarting the lines, which were previously shut down in March 2016, and plans to have them fully operational by the second quarter of 2018. Once operational, the lines will have an annual smelting capacity of 161,400 metric tons.

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Friday, July 14 2017

Orlando, FL - Amazon.com, Inc. announced plans to open a new fulfillment center in Orlando, Fla. When the site opens in 2018, Amazon will create 1,500 new full-time jobs with benefits and opportunities to engage with Amazon Robotics in a highly-technological workplace.
 
“We are excited to join the Orlando community, creating more than 1,500 full-time jobs at our new fulfillment center,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North America operations. “We very much appreciate the state and local elected leaders who have supported Amazon’s arrival in Orlando and we look forward to bringing more jobs and investment to the state in the coming months.”

Amazon employees at the more than 850,000 square-foot fulfillment center located at Lake Nona will pick, pack and ship small items to customers like books, electronics or consumer goods.

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Thursday, June 29 2017

Morrison, IL — Senator Tammy Duckworth wants to hear from small and mid-sized enterprises (SME) in the Whiteside/Northwest Illinois Region about the challenges and obstacles they face in doing business. The Senator, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, is looking for information on the state of rural entrepreneurship, and find effective solutions to unlock rural growth potential. With that purpose in mind, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, the Whiteside County Economic Development Department, and Sauk Valley Community College have scheduled two business 'sound off' meetings on July 13th to allow local SMEs to identify the challenges and obstacles they face in doing business, propose possible solutions, and comment on current and future Federal initiatives to help rural SMES.

Laura Ortega, Executive Director with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce explained, “The ‘sound off’ meetings will allow rural SMEs the chance to voice their concerns, suggest solutions, and give their opinions on policies that affect them directly.

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Wednesday, June 28 2017

State-of-the-art home appliance production facility will create more than 950 jobs
 
Columbia, SC — Samsung, one of the world's leading technology companies, is opening a new home appliance manufacturing facility in Newberry County. The $380 million facility will produce some of Samsung's most popular, industry-leading appliances and generate more than 950 new jobs over the next three years.
 
Established in 1969 and employing nearly half a million people worldwide, Samsung has transformed the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, cameras, digital appliances, network systems and more. Over the last 40 years, Samsung Electronics' U.S. subsidiary, Samsung Electronics America, has steadily expanded its footprint in the U.S., creating thousands of high-skilled jobs and investing in cutting-edge manufacturing.
 

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Tuesday, June 27 2017

Continued growth, acquisitions bring need for new operational HQ

Frankfort, KY — Maxim Crane Works LP, the nation’s leading crane rental and lifting services provider, will build a $4.71 million office and create 100 full-time jobs in Wilder as it consolidates its operational offices in Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin announced.

“Maxim Crane Works is integrally involved in constructing our nation’s infrastructure, skylines, factories and amenities. They are also busy building on their own success here in the commonwealth,” Gov. Bevin said. “Kentucky is an attractive choice for corporate investment, thanks to recent improvements we’ve made to our business climate, a high quality of life and our gateway location between the Midwest and South. We are grateful for Maxim’s decision to grow in Kentucky and I look forward to the company’s success in the years ahead.”

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Friday, June 23 2017

Package metals industry partner to invest $870,000 to add equipment, expand capacity
 
Richmond, VA — Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Winchester Metals, a complete package metals industry partner, will invest $870,000 to expand its manufacturing operation in Frederick County. The company will add laser/punch combination equipment, which will expand capacity and allow Winchester Metals to add a third shift. The expansion at its existing site in Virginia will create 17 new jobs. Today's announcement is the second Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP) grant award for the company, which benefitted from the program in January 2017 with the retraining of 29 jobs.
 
"On the heels of its jobs retraining announcement earlier this year, Winchester Metals continues its impressive growth with this expansion," said Governor McAuliffe. "Strengthening industries that create jobs of the 21st century is a critical component of our efforts to build the new Virginia economy, and the burgeoning advanced manufacturing sector is impacted by businesses of all sizes across the Commonwealth. Winchester Metals has been an ideal corporate steward in Frederick County since 1975, and we look forward to seeing what the coming decades hold for the company."

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Thursday, June 22 2017

Financial Services Company Seeking Local Talent for Open Positions
 
Orlando, FL — CardWorks Servicing, LLC (“CardWorks”), a provider of servicing, operational support, and portfolio management to credit card issuers and installment lenders, announced the opening of its third operational center in the U.S. will be located in Orlando. CardWorks expects to make a $4.2 million capital investment in the area, creating approximately 240 new jobs over the next two years.
 
Located at 100 Colonial Center Parkway in Lake Mary, the 24/7 facility will occupy 30,000 square feet of [prime] office space, housing back office financial service personnel. The company is actively seeking qualified applicants to fill these positions.

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Thursday, June 22 2017

Company investing $2.5 million in solar farm development

Columbia, SC — Southern Current, a leading developer in the residential, commercial and utility-scale solar markets, is launching a new solar farm in Hampton County. The company is investing $2.5 million in the project.

Southern Current is an owner and developer of utility-scale solar energy facilities across the southeastern United States. With an in-house team of development professionals, the company manages projects from site selection and origination through construction and operation.

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Wednesday, June 21 2017

Freeport, TX — During the June 9th Port Commission Meeting, Commissioners unanimously elected Paul Kresta Chairman of the Port Commission. John Hoss will serve as the Port Commission Vice Chairman.  The other officers are as follows:  Shane Pirtle, Port Commission Secretary; Bill Terry, Port Commission Assistant Secretary; Rudy Santos, Port Commissioner and Ravi Singhania, Port Commissioner. 

Paul Kresta has served on the Port Commission since 2009 and is a life-long resident of Brazoria County.  Employed by Phillips 66 since 1978, Kresta holds the position of Shift Superintendent and for 28 years has been in the private ranching business.  Kresta served on the Board of the Brazoria County Fair Association for 25 years, contributed over 20 years to the Brazoria County Cattlemen’s Association as a member of the board and had served as president for two years.  Kresta stays involved in other community organizations.  Kresta has been married to Peggy Kresta since 1983 and has four children and one granddaughter. 

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Tuesday, June 20 2017

Regarding Trilateral Agriculture Meetings in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, GA — Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay; Mexican Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food Jose Calzada; and United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement at the conclusion of their first trilateral meetings in Savannah, GA, June 19-20, 2017.

"Our three nations are connected not only geographically, but through our deeply integrated agricultural markets. Our trading relationship is vital to the economies - and the people - of our respective countries. We are working together to support and create good jobs in all three countries. We share a commitment to keeping our markets open and transparent so that trade can continue to grow. That mutual commitment was reaffirmed in our discussions this week.

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Monday, June 19 2017

Paris – Governor Eric J. Holcomb joined leaders from Rolls-Royce and Purdue University at the Paris International Air Show, where they announced a new partnership to advance research and development for next-generation gas turbine technology in Indiana.

“Here on the world stage of the Paris Air Show, Indiana’s leadership in the global aerospace industry is clear,” said Governor Holcomb. “Many of the innovations we’re seeing presented on the trade show floor were fostered by key partnerships between our state’s universities and industry leaders. With this latest team-up between the state, Purdue and Rolls-Royce, I can’t wait to see new turbine technology take flight in Indiana.”
 
The new $24 million public-private partnership will establish the nation’s most advanced turbine lab for compact gas turbine engines at Purdue University. Used by companies like Rolls-Royce and government agencies such as the U.S. Air Force and NASA, this technology can help reduce pollution and advance fuel efficiencies.

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Tuesday, June 13 2017

Urgent care clinic to create 70 new jobs
 
Nashville, TN — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe along with Fast Pace Urgent Care officials announced the company will expand in Waynesboro. The urgent care medical company will invest $1.3 million and create 70 new jobs in Wayne County. 

“The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in Tennessee,” Rolfe said. “Employment in the healthcare industry has grown by 9 percent in Tennessee since 2010 and I want to thank Fast Pace for making this industry even larger by creating 70 new jobs for Wayne County residents. I appreciate Face Pace for its investment in Tennessee and Waynesboro and I look forward to our future partnership.”

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Tuesday, June 13 2017

Japanese automotive bearing parts manufacturer to invest $13.7 million, create 60 new jobs

Surgoinsville, TN — Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Miyake Forging North America Corporation officials announced the company will build a new automotive bearing parts manufacturing facility in Surgoinsville.

Miyake Forging North America Corporation will create 60 jobs and invest $13.7 million in the company’s first U.S. manufacturing operations that will better supply the company’s North American customers due to increased product demand.

“I’d like to welcome Miyake to Tennessee and look forward to the company’s future in Hawkins County,” Rolfe said. “Tennessee prides itself on craftsmanship and manufacturing excellence and I’m pleased that Miyake has chosen to call Tennessee home.”

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Friday, June 09 2017

Global retailer to create more than 500 new jobs 

Nashville, TN — Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Gap Inc. officials announced that the global retailer will create more than 500 jobs at the company’s distribution center in Sumner County.

Gap Inc. is investing approximately $41.7 million in its Gallatin distribution campus on Gap Boulevard. The new capital investment will go into technology upgrades as Gap Inc. expands its online fulfillment capabilities in Sumner County.

“Gap Inc.’s latest commitment to create more than 500 new jobs is yet another confirmation that Tennessee’s central location and skilled workforce make it the ideal place for global companies to operate major distribution facilities,” Haslam said. “Gap Inc. has long been a crucial part of Sumner County and this significant expansion brings us closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.” 

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Friday, June 09 2017

Company’s Investments Will Bring Jobs, Economic Activity, and Tax Revenue to the Town, Region, and State
 
Hartford, CT — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that Amazon – the largest internet-based retailer in the world – has decided to expand its presence in Connecticut with the creation of a new state-of-the-art, 855,000 square-foot fulfillment center in North Haven. The company plans to spend $255 million on the project, where it will create 1,800 jobs at the new facility.
 
The company, which recently opened a fulfillment center in Windsor and a sorting center in Wallingford, currently employs approximately 2,000 people in Connecticut. With the addition of the North Haven facility, that number will increase to approximately 3,800 Connecticut-based employees.

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Thursday, June 08 2017

Solar farm development to bring $100 million of new investment
 
Columbia, SC — Adger Solar, a clean energy development company, intends to invest $100 million in a new solar project in Aiken County.
 
Active in the southeastern United States since early 2014, Adger Solar is a clean energy development company focused on creating lower-cost, utility-scale, solar-electric generating facilities, with developments underway in multiple S.C. counties. Using innovative commercial and financing solutions, the Adger Solar team has already assembled a project portfolio of 750 megawatts (MW) of solar projects.

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Wednesday, June 07 2017

Company bringing $3.7 million in new investment

Columbia SC — Protego, a global manufacturer of tank and flammable vapor processing safety equipment, is expanding its South Carolina presence by establishing a new facility in North Charleston, S.C. The new development is projected to bring $3.7 million of capital investment and lead to the creation of 17 jobs.
 
With more than 60 years of innovation and experience, Protego manufactures a variety of explosion protection and tank safety equipment, such as flame and detonation arresters, low-pressure tank vents, tank equipment and more. The company's products are featured in a wide range of applications, and utilized in refineries, chemical plants and offshore platforms.
 
Located in Landmark Business Park, Protego will be establishing a new sales and assembly operation at 9551 Palmetto Commerce Parkway in North Charleston, S.C. Hiring for the initial positions is already underway, and interested applicants should visit the company's careers page online.

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Wednesday, June 07 2017

Photo Caption: Last year’s China General Chamber of Commerce Gala 2016 in Chicago. 

Morrison, IL — Promoting the County, its businesses, and the region is a top priority for Gary Camarano, Whiteside County’s Economic Development Director, and on June 29th he will have an opportunity to promote the Whiteside County/Northwest Illinois Region at the 2017 Annual Gala of the China General Chamber of Commerce in Chicago (CGCC). At the all-day event titled “New Era – Opportunities & Challenges in U.S. – China Economic Cooperation”, Mr. Camarano will be speaking about regional trade and investment opportunities in the Whiteside County/Northwest Illinois Region to a large Chinese business delegation from various Chinese cities and provinces. 

Camarano explained, “The purpose of this event is to connect both Chinese and U.S. businesses who want to explore new opportunities for export to China, to increase trade cooperation, to attract additional Chinese companies to invest in the Midwest, and for us to showcase our Region as an attractive place to do business. There have been about 260 Chinese companies that invested $20.3 billion in the nine-state Midwest Region from 2000 to 2016, creating at least 45,000 jobs, and I would like to see future investment in the Northwest Illinois Region.

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Wednesday, June 07 2017

Port of South Louisiana — In an opinion editorial in a national publication, World Trade Center of New Orleans CEO Caitlin Cain and Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin explain that, for Louisiana, there may be no more critical economic issues than agriculture and infrastructure and hope that both U.S. legislators and the Trump administration come to support infrastructure improvements, especially that of the Mississippi River, the nation’s most vital shipping channel.
 
The piece, incorporated below, was published by Real Clear Policy, a highly influential online journal read by Washington, D.C. insiders including members of Congress, congressional staff, administration officials and policy experts.

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Wednesday, June 07 2017

Photo Caption: Nature Nate's has bottled millions of pounds of honey in their first year of operation since opening their plant located in Valdosta-Lowndes County, Georgia. 

Million Pounds of Honey Bottled in Lowndes County for Consumption Across the U.S., Canada and Asia

Valdosta, GA — Nature Nate’s 100% Pure, Raw & Unfiltered Honey has bottled millions of pounds of honey in their first year of operation since opening their first Georgia plant. The Valdosta based facility distributes honey across the United States and exports to Canada and Japan, employs 39 people from Valdosta and surrounding communities, and partners with local bee farmers in Georgia and Florida to supply several varieties of honey including Orange Blossom, Palmetto, Gallberry, Tupelo, Wildflower and Honeycomb.
 
“Nature Nate’s investment in our community has doubled from initial projections to $3.5 million dollars invested since 2015,” said Andrea Schruijer, Executive Director of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority. “Nature Nate’s honey company is an example of the positive national impact companies can have here in Valdosta-Lowndes County.”

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Monday, June 05 2017

Mesa, AZ — Niagara Bottling, LLC, the largest, private-label bottled water supplier in the U.S., announced it will establish a 450,000-square-foot, highly automated manufacturing and bottling operation in the City of Mesa’s Elliot Road Technology Corridor.
 
“The investment that Niagara Bottling is making in Mesa is a very significant one and I could not be happier that they have chosen to make it in District 6,” District 6 Councilmember Kevin Thompson said. “The Elliot Road Technology Corridor is such an important area for our region and they will be a tremendous addition.”
 
Niagara Bottling will invest $76 million in the facility and will create 45 to 55 new jobs with a total payroll of more than $2.5 million annually. The company expects to begin construction in June this year and commence production in the first quarter of 2018.

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Thursday, June 01 2017

An estimated 180 new jobs will be created directly by McCain Foods

Burley, ID -- McCain Foods USA, a division of McCain Foods Limited, the world’s largest producer of frozen potato products, announced their plans to expand production capacity in Burley, Idaho for frozen french fries. McCain plans to invest over $200 million to expand its state-of-the-art production facility, and expects to create over 180 new jobs directly.

This investment is in response to increased demand for McCain branded products in North America and around the world. “In 2016, we reviewed all of our North America sites and narrowed the potential for expansion to a handful that could best help us meet the growing demand for McCain products” said Jeff DeLapp, Regional President, North America “In the end, we chose Burley due to its proximity to quality potatoes, availability of skilled workforce, and strong community and state level support.”

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Tuesday, May 30 2017

Princeton, NJ -- Evotec AG, a global drug discovery alliance and development partnership company headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, celebrated the opening of its U.S. headquarters and expanded facility in Princeton, New Jersey.

Werner Lanthaler, Chief Executive Officer of Evotec AG and Ryan Brady, the company’s Executive Vice President Business Development and Head of U.S. Operations were joined by Michele Brown, President and CEO of Choose New Jersey, Inc. and Debbie Hart, President and CEO of BioNJ to cut the ribbon for the new U.S. headquarters. Invited guests representing the biopharmaceutical and business community also were on hand to celebrate the headquarters opening and Princeton facility expansion.

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Tuesday, May 30 2017

State also on pace to create most new jobs since 2006

Frankfort, KY -- In fewer than five months, companies pledged nearly $5.8 billion in new-facility investments and expansion projects in Kentucky, eclipsing the state’s full-year record from 2015 of $5.1 billion, Gov. Matt Bevin announced during a news conference at the Capitol.

Those corporate investments also put Kentucky on pace this year to create the greatest number of new jobs in a decade. To date in 2017, more than 9,500 new jobs have been announced. And the numbers for both jobs and investment are increasing daily.

“We are delighted by the fact that here, not even yet to the end of May, we are already in excess of $5.8 billion in economic development investment,” said Gov. Bevin. “The net result is a sense of enthusiasm within the business community like never before about Kentucky. The world truly is watching the Commonwealth, and we’re just getting warmed up.”

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Tuesday, May 30 2017

Corpus Christi, TX -- The Port Corpus Christi announced the arrival of a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), the largest oil tanker ever to call on a Gulf of Mexico Port. The ship docked safely at the Oxy Ingleside Energy Center (OIEC) export terminal, the first crude oil export facility in the U.S. to receive such a large vessel.

The arrival of the VLCC reflects the port’s commitment to becoming a major exporter of Permian Basin crude and securing the infrastructure necessary to do so. Occidental Petroleum Corporation is using the visit for operational planning in preparation to regularly load VLCCs in the future from its oil export terminal.

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Tuesday, May 30 2017

Jackson, MS -- Northrop Grumman is adding a mix of new work to its Unmanned Systems facility in Jackson County, including sub-assembly work for the F-35 program. This $3.7 million investment will create 60 jobs in the coming years.

“This reinforces Northrop Grumman’s commitment to Jackson County, solidifies the company’s position as a leader in the aerospace and defense industries, and strengthens Mississippi’s standing in the Southeast Aerospace Alliance,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.

Moss Point is an important manufacturing center for Northrop Grumman, where Gulf Coast employees manufacture rotary and fixed-wing autonomous systems, such as Fire Scout and Triton, and now manned platforms, which support the United States and its global allies. The company celebrated its 10-year anniversary in Moss Point in 2016.

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Wednesday, May 17 2017

Blair, NE — Less than five years after Novozymes opened a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility in Blair, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the company has selected the site for its most recent expansion efforts in North America. The company’s new $36 million investment in the facility, which produces enzymes for renewable fuels, will increase the plant’s capacity to meet growing needs within the bioscience industry and global biofuels market. Novozymes’ expansion efforts support the company’s long-term commitment to the production of enzymes for the biofuels industry, a segment within the larger bioscience industry.

“Nebraska’s biofuels industry has been a focus for my administration on trade missions because of the international investment we’ve seen here in Nebraska,” said Governor Pete Ricketts. “Meeting face-to-face with Novozymes’ CEO, Peder Holk Nielsen, not only allowed us to thank him for doing business in our state, but also allowed us to make the case for additional investment in Nebraska. Novozymes’ recent investment in Blair is an example of the importance of trade missions and how this evolving industry is helping grow Nebraska.”

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Tuesday, May 16 2017

Mesa, AZ — DuPont Fabros Technology Inc. (NYSE:DFT), a leading owner, developer, operator, and manager of multi-tenant wholesale data centers, has announced it has purchased an undeveloped 56.5 acre site on Crismon Road just north of Elliot Road in Mesa’s Elliot Road Technology Corridor. The company plans to develop a data center campus with capacity for up to 1 million square feet in the future.
 
“DuPont Fabros Technology’s selection of Arizona for a data center site is another excellent example of how our state provides an unmatched platform supporting the world’s leading companies,” Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said. “Arizona’s pro-business environment and stable climate enable companies like DFT to provide their clients with data center services affordably and reliably.”

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Tuesday, May 16 2017

Wilmington, OH — The Wilmington Air Park has once again earned its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 139 Certification, recognizing that the airport facilities, staffing, operations and infrastructure 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 certain operation and safety standards and provide for such things as on-site firefighting, and rescue equipment. 
 
“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 for airlines that would be considering operations at the Wilmington Air Park.”

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Monday, May 15 2017

Vivek Sarin’s broad private-sector experience to boost state’s workforce development efforts and business climate

Frankfort, KY — Less than five months into 2017, Kentucky is about to break its all-time, full-year capital-investment record of $5.1 billion in corporate projects. New jobs this year could surpass the nearly 16,200 announced in 2016, the most in a decade. To ensure Kentucky’s businesses can source the employees they need, leaders across state government are revolutionizing the commonwealth’s workforce development systems.

To focus on workforce-development initiatives, Sec. Terry R. Gill and the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership Board today named manufacturing executive Vivek Sarin as executive officer with the Cabinet for Economic Development.

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Thursday, May 11 2017

Latest expansion to bring at least $10 million investment and create more than 90 new jobs
 
Columbia, SC — Booz Allen Hamilton, a management consulting and technology firm based in the United States, is expanding its Berkeley County operations with the opening of a new Digital Hub. This latest expansion is projected to bring at least $10 million of new capital investment and lead to the creation of more than 90 new jobs. Booz Allen Hamilton currently employs more than 550 associates in the Greater Charleston area.
 
Headquartered in McLean, Va., Booz Allen Hamilton provides management and technology consulting and engineering services to leading Fortune 500 corporations, governments and non-profits worldwide. The company partners with public and private sector clients to solve challenges through a combination of consulting, analytics, mission operations, technology, systems delivery and more.

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Thursday, May 11 2017

Zoetis expanding in Kalamazoo, Portage

Lansing, MI —- A global animal health company is expanding in the Kalamazoo area with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.
 
That expansion, along with four other business expansion projects that have also received MSF approval, will generate a total private investment of more than $71.5 million and create 203 jobs in Michigan.
 
“The successful expansion of these companies is a testament to Michigan’s growing economy and our state’s talented and abundant workforce,” said Steve Arwood, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF.

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Wednesday, May 10 2017

Arkansas-Based SCA Pharmaceuticals to Establish a Manufacturing Facility in Connecticut

Hartford, CT -- Governor Dannel P. Malloy aannounced that SCA Pharmaceuticals, an Arkansas-based company, has decided to establish a presence in Connecticut through the creation of a new 90,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Windsor, where the company has plans to create approximately 361 new jobs over the next four years.

SCA manufactures injectable pharmaceuticals in ready-to-administer dosages for use at hospitals and healthcare facilities.  The company helps healthcare facilities increase efficiencies and reduce costs while improving patient care.

“The commitment from SCA Pharmaceuticals to choose Connecticut for its expansion reinforces how our strategic location and world-class workforce makes our state a great place for businesses that are looking to bring their operations to the east coast,” Governor Malloy said.  “This is an important sector of our economy, and we are thrilled that this company is adding hundreds of good, high-quality jobs in our state.”

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Wednesday, May 10 2017

Bridge will open nearly two weeks ahead of Memorial Day weekend deadline, five weeks ahead of original June 15 projection

Atlanta, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal, along with Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Commissioner Russell McMurry and State Transportation Board Chairman Robert L. Brown Jr., announced the reopening of I-85, six weeks after a March 30 fire and bridge collapse closed the corridor. The northbound and southbound lanes of the I-85 bridge over Piedmont Road in Metro Atlanta are projected to open to traffic by morning rush hour on May 15. The new opening date is nearly two weeks earlier than GDOT’s most recent commitment of Memorial Day weekend, and five weeks ahead of the original projected opening date of June 15.

“While this situation has been a tremendous challenge, the response from the people of Georgia has been nothing less than remarkable,” said Deal. “It is extraordinary that in just six weeks, this critical piece of infrastructure is nearly ready to reopen for motorist use following the fire and bridge collapse. I am grateful to President Trump and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for providing the financial assistance necessary to complete the bridge on an expedited timeframe. I'd also like to thank Commissioner Russell McMurry for his leadership throughout this project, as well as the leadership of MARTA, the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and the State Road and Tollway Authority for leading the charge in providing alternative commute options. Most importantly, I thank the motoring public for their patience and the Atlanta business community for its flexibility. In Georgia, we get things done, and we have risen to the occasion for I-85 to be completed as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

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Wednesday, May 10 2017

Columbus, NE -- Cargill celebrated the opening of its new cooked meats facility in Columbus, Neb., marking the completion of a project that began in late 2015. The $111-million project expanded the facility 52,000 square feet – from 108,000 square feet to 160,000 – and converted a fresh ground beef plant to a cooked meats operation, making it a new addition to the company’s portfolio. Employment at the plant will increase from 240 to around 460 due to the conversion.

“The newest and best equipment and technologies to produce cooked ground beef, sausage, hot dogs and other products have been incorporated into our Columbus facility, underscoring our commitment to invest in, and grow, our protein business by better meeting our customer’s needs and expectations,” said Brian Sikes, corporate vice president for Wichita-based Cargill told a reporter from Meat + Poultry. “We take a great deal of pride in knowing this facility, located in America’s heartland, will help us achieve our goal to nourish people in a safe, responsible and sustainable way.”

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Wednesday, May 10 2017

New Castle, IN -- Micronutrients, an agribusiness that produces animal feed additives, announced plans to expand its operations in Indiana, establishing a new facility in Henry County and creating up to 50 new jobs by 2020.

"Indiana has a strong tradition in agriculture, and the industry continues to grow today as companies like Micronutrients are utilizing new techniques and technology to provide innovative solutions to farmers and consumers across the globe," said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as Indiana Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. "Agriculture and agribusiness are vital contributors to the state's economy, providing $31 billion annually toward the state's GDP. We are excited to see companies like Micronutrients choosing to grow here in Indiana, and I am confident that our hardworking Hoosier workforce will help propel their future success."

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Thursday, May 04 2017

Nappanee, IN — Sullivan Group, a full-service promotional products company, announced plans to expand its operations in Nappanee, creating up to 30 new jobs by 2020. 

“Indiana’s small businesses like Sullivan Group play a key role in growing the state’s economy,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. “With nearly 500,000 small businesses operating across the state, every new Hoosier job they add creates a strong and positive impact in communities throughout the state. As we celebrate National Small Business Week, we’re thrilled to celebrate Sullivan Group’s big plans for Indiana.”

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Thursday, May 04 2017

An estimated 180 new jobs will be created directly by McCain Foods
 
Burley, ID — McCain Foods USA, a division of Canadian-based McCain Foods Limited, the world’s largest producer of French fries, announced their plans to expand production capacity in Burley, Idaho for frozen French fries, adding significant capacity to their current production. McCain plans to invest over $200 million to expand its state-of-the-art, high capacity production facility, and expects to create over 180 new jobs directly.
 
This investment is in response to increased demand for McCain branded products in North America and around the world. “In 2016, we reviewed all of our North America sites and narrowed the potential for expansion to a handful that could best help us meet the growing demand for McCain products” said Jeff DeLapp, Regional President, North America “In the end, we chose Burley due to its proximity to quality potatoes, availability of skilled workforce, and strong community and state level support.”

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Tuesday, May 02 2017

Company bringing $15 million investment and creating 182 jobs
 
Columbia, SC — Moore's Food Resources, a provider of all-natural foods, is locating new operations in Greenville County. The company is projected to bring $15 million of new capital investment and create 182 new jobs.
 
Established in 1997, Moore's Food Resources has decades of experience in the flavor ingredient and food service industries. Certified as a Female Business Enterprise by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council, the company features nutritious, farm-to-table foods and dessert baked goods under the Sheila Moore's Gourmet Recipes™ brand name.
 
Moore's Food Resources is locating its new 131,200-square-foot baking facility at the intersection of Matrix Parkway and Old Grove Road in Piedmont, S.C. Hiring for the new positions is projected to begin in the third quarter of 2017, and interested applicants should send their resumes to Sheila@mooresfoodresources.com.  

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Monday, May 01 2017

$25 billion plan prioritizes education, child welfare and law enforcement
 
State of Georgia — Governor Nathan Deal held budget signing ceremonies across the state for next year’s $25 billion state budget. The legislation, HB 44, will support Georgia citizens by funding initiatives in education, human services, public safety, state infrastructure and other key areas. This budget is based on a 3.5 percent increase in general fund revenues over FY 2017, reflecting Georgia’s sustained economic growth.
 
“The FY 2018 budget maintains Georgia’s position as a national leader in conservative fiscal management and further strengthens our top priorities: quality education for all children, public safety in our communities, an economy that continues to generate jobs and an infrastructure system that supports a growing population,” said Deal. “With this budget, we are working to make Georgia a better place to live, work and play by investing in public safety personnel, teachers and others responsible for ensuring the safety of Georgia’s children. 

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Monday, May 01 2017

Blair, NE — The State of Nebraska and the Greater Omaha Chamber Economic Development Partnership are cheering another successful attraction effort, a multi-million-dollar endorsement of the region’s economic amenities. International biotech company Evolva has announced plans to grow its global operation in collaboration with Cargill’s campus in Blair, Neb.
 
The Switzerland-based company develops high-value specialty ingredients, including stevia, nootkatone and resveratrol. It is the latest to join a cluster of major producers, including Novozymes, Evonik, Corbion and NatureWorks, with a presence on the Cargill campus.
 
“Once again, collaboration was the key – Gateway Development Corporation working closely with our economic development partners and the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Cargill and the City of Blair to promote the benefits of our region and the Cargill campus.

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Thursday, April 27 2017

High-tech company to invest $3.7 million

Frankfort, KY -- Interapt LLC, a tech development startup focusing on business innovation services and workforce development, will establish a new Louisville headquarters with a nearly $3.7 million investment and create 250 full-time jobs over the coming years, Gov. Matt Bevin and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced.

“Interapt has dedicated itself to creating a pipeline of highly qualified software developers in Kentucky, and their work is catching the attention of a national tech industry,” said Gov. Bevin.  “The tremendous work of founder and CEO Ankur Gopal, and his team, serves to further establish Kentucky as a premier location for high-tech businesses. With its new corporate office, Interapt will invest in both its own future and that of the commonwealth’s tech industry, and we are thankful for their continued commitment to Kentucky.”

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Thursday, April 27 2017

Pataskala, OH — GROW Licking County Community Improvement Corporation and the City of Pataskala, in partnership with Columbus 2020, are pleased to announce a relocation and expansion of TechR2, LLC’s headquarters into the City of Pataskala. TechR2 is a national and global leader in digital data security. The HQ facility will accommodate TechR2’s continuing growth in its media retention and data eradication business operations based in Central Ohio.

Sean Gouhin, who serves as EVP and Corporate Counsel of TechR2, applauded the new relationship, “We recently experienced a significant growth spurt after we were granted a patent for our Tear-A-Byte® Track-Contain-Destroy onsite media security methods. GROW Licking County, The City of Pataskala and Columbus 2020 provided us with an attractive platform through which to house and implement our much needed expansion.”

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Thursday, April 27 2017

Columbus, OH – Ohio Pack LLC, a manufacturer of the raw material used in flexible packaging for the food industry, announced it will build a new manufacturing facility in Heath, OH, investing nearly $25.4 million and adding 66 jobs over five years.

The company will build a 135,000-square-foot facility on a 20-acre property located in the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority’s Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center. The new facility will manufacture blown plastic film, one of the raw materials used in flexible packaging manufacturing. Ohio Pack will invest $13 million toward building costs and nearly $12.4 million toward machinery and equipment. Hiring for the manufacturing positions will begin in 2018.

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Thursday, April 27 2017

Urban Tech Hub at New Lab part of NYCEDC’s Urbantech NYC initiative
 
New York, NY -- New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and New Lab launched the Urban Tech Hub at New Lab. The program connects the City of New York with New Lab’s innovative community and local stakeholders to develop and deploy meaningful tech-based solutions to pressing urban challenges.
 
Part of NYCEDC's Urbantech NYC initiative, the Urban Tech Hub has an inaugural member cohort of fourteen innovative companies developing advanced tech with focuses that include agriculture, alternative energy, transportation, communication, the built environment, and safety. The participating Hub companies will be supported on-site at New Lab through resident membership and bespoke programming.

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Wednesday, April 26 2017

Wilson, NC -- In January, Bridgestone America Tire Operations announced it’s investing an additional $180 million in its Wilson manufacturing facility, bringing its total investment in the facility to $344 million over the next decade. The 50,000-square-foot expansion will allow the company to meet the global demand for higher rim diameter tires and will house a new rubber mixer. The investment is expected to increase daily plant capacity by 3,000 tires, bringing daily production to 35,000 tires per day when production begins in 2018.

Thanks to the state’s rich plastics and chemicals sector— which includes companies like DAK Americas, Dow and Technimark —innovations in North Carolina’s tire industry extend beyond manufacturing, as industry giants like Yokohama look to North Carolina for their R&D operations. Last year, the company announced it will open tire R&D operations in Concord, investing $2.7 million over three years with a focus on tire design, thereby accelerating the company’s ability to deliver new tire products to manufacturers and consumers nationwide.

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Wednesday, April 26 2017

Goshen, IN — Bearcat Corporation, a manufacturer of aluminum products, announced plans to expand its operations in Elkhart County, creating up to 40 new jobs by 2019.

“Here in Indiana, one in five Hoosier jobs are in the manufacturing industry,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. "Across the state, manufacturers like Bearcat are supporting their communities by providing good, quality jobs, while making products that power our world. With a laser-focus on advancing education and workforce development, Hoosiers will be prepared to fill the jobs of tomorrow and will help make Indiana a magnet for jobs.” 

The homegrown Hoosier company is investing more than $6 million to purchase new equipment and expand its current 44,000-square-foot facility at 2431 E. Kercher Road in Goshen, adding an additional 6,000 square feet.

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Tuesday, April 25 2017

Logistics company creating 30 new jobs at North Charleston facility
 
Columbia, SC — Mid-States Packaging, Inc, a full-service logistics and warehousing provider, is locating new operations in Charleston County. The $5.2 million investment is expected to bring 30 new jobs to the community.
 
Mid-States Packaging was established in 2001 by Tracy Giroux-Harpin and Charles Giroux, a family that has been in the transportation industry for more than four generations. Offering a range of services such as transportation, logistics, packaging, warehousing, rail service, containers and sea bulk, Mid-States Packaging provides services to meet all supply chain requirements for its customers.

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Tuesday, April 25 2017

Tucson, AZ — The Site Selectors Guild (SSG), the world’s largest group of senior location advisors, is pleased to announce the election of Mark Williams as chairman of the board at the SSG annual meeting in March.

Williams has been a member of SSG for four years and previously served on the board as treasurer. He is the founder and president of the Strategic Development Group, a business-consulting firm providing site selection and location incentive negotiation services.

“It is an honor to serve as chairman of the board for the Guild,” said Williams. “The previous chairman, Phil Schneider, did a tremendous job in this role, and I look forward to continued success.”

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Monday, April 24 2017

Columbus, OH — Keno Kozie Associates, a provider of information technology design, service and support to leading law firms and legal departments, announced it is opening a new location in the Columbus Region and hiring 36 new employees.

“Our new Columbus Region location will extend Keno Kozie’s national footprint of delivering superior solutions designed to support the legal technology community,” said Martin Catania, partner, Keno Kozie Associates. “Our focus has and will continue to be serving clients in the most creative and cost-efficient ways possible. As our clients have grown and adopted a real-time, agile approach to technology, it made sense for us to open an additional location to accommodate strong, more efficient client service and improve geographic redundancy.”

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Thursday, April 20 2017

Pickering, Ontario, Canada — The City of Pickering has been recognized as one of the 2017/2018 American Cities of the Future by fDi magazine. Pickering was ranked in the top 10 among micro cities – placing fourth for connectivity and sixth for business friendliness. 

fDi magazine is published bi-monthly by the Financial Times Ltd. and is the world’s premier publication for the business of globalization.  fDi shortlisted over 421 locations across North and South America in five categories: economic potential, business friendliness, human capital and lifestyle, cost-effectiveness, and connectivity. 

The City of Pickering was also recently named one of the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2017 by the Intelligent Community Forum. Coupled with the fDi distinction, Pickering is garnering international recognition as a preferred destination for the next generation of knowledge-based business and industry.

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Thursday, April 20 2017

​​Manufacturing Support Industries Will Expand Its Operations in Salisbury to Increase Production

Baltimore, MD — Manufacturing Support Industries, Inc. (MSI) a manufacturer of precision components for the defense industry, is expanding its operations in Salisbury. As part of a strategic affiliation with Craig Technologies in Seaford, Del., a leading manufacturer of precision ground plastic balls and custom injection molded parts, product lines are being integrated at MSI’s Salisbury facility, which will add 42 new jobs over the next three years. 

“We have always been proud to produce quality components for the Department of Defense,” said MSI President Robert Correa. “These investments will allow us to continue this important work well into the future.”

“We are expanding the capabilities of MSI,” said Craig Technologies President Don Hollenbeck. “The integration of our tool and die facilities and our molding capabilities coupled with the machining capabilities of MSI will allow MSI to become more competitive.”

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Thursday, April 20 2017

Clinical trial manager creating 80 jobs at new corporate headquarters
 
Columbia, SC — NCGS, Inc., a clinical research organization (CRO) supporting the pharmaceutical industry, is expanding its Charleston County operations. The company is constructing a new corporate headquarters, which will bring $10 million of new capital investment and create 80 new jobs.
 
Founded in 1984, NCGS is a privately-held, international, full-service CRO which specializes in conducting and managing clinical trials. Focusing on complex areas of clinical development, such as oncology, infectious diseases and critical care, NCGS has worked on the approval or expanded approval of 34 drug, biologic and diagnostic products.

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Wednesday, April 19 2017

Corpus Christi, TX -- After months of negotiations, ExxonMobil and SABIC announced they have selected the San Patricio County site as their location to build its $10 Billion, 1,300-acre plastics manufacturing complex on the South Texas Gulf Coast.

The joint ventur