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Friday, January 17 2020

At Shreveport Regional Airport, AAS will create an initial 60 jobs, with plans for major expansion

Shreveport, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards, Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins and Advanced Aero Services President Mike Anderson announced AAS will launch an aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at the Shreveport Regional Airport. The MRO facility will serve commercial airline customers at an existing hangar on the airport property.

By 2021, AAS will create 60 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of $49,600, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project’s initial phase will result in 77 new indirect jobs, for a total of 137 new jobs in Northwest Louisiana. Future phases include plans to build a narrow-body MRO hangar that would boost employment substantially.

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Friday, January 17 2020

Des Moines, IA -- The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) Board approved awards for one legacy company in Fort Madison, which will assist in the creation of 91 jobs and result in nearly $32 million in new capital investment for the state. The board also approved innovation funding in support of startups located in Ames, Iowa City, West Des Moines and West Liberty.

Manufacturer expands production in Fort Madison
Conagra Foods Packaged Foods, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Conagra Brands, Inc. and one of North America’s leading branded foods companies. Conagra’s brands include Birds Eye®, Healthy Choice®, Banquet®, Marie Callender’s®, Chef Boyardee® and Gardein®. In October 2018, Conagra acquired Pinnacle Foods, Inc., including the manufacturing location in Fort Madison.

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Friday, January 17 2020

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana to complete modernization project, add new jobs

Princeton, IN -- Governor Eric J. Holcomb joined top Toyota executives at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI), one of only four Toyota automotive assembly facilities in the U.S., as the company announced an additional $700 million investment in its Princeton operations and the addition of 150 more new jobs by the end of 2022, completing the transformation of its plant modernization project announced in January 2017.

"Hoosier manufacturers are driving our economy forward, building the products that power our world every day," said Gov. Holcomb. "For more than 20 years, Toyota has been providing quality career opportunities and helping train Indiana's future workforce. I am so grateful that Toyota remains committed to Indiana, and am thankful for all they are doing to continue making Indiana the best place to live, work and play.”

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Tuesday, January 14 2020

Business Retention Manager Hired

Vero Beach, FL -- The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the hiring of John Corapi as their new Business Retention Manager. Corapi will start his position on January 21.

“The Business Retention Manager is a new position within our Chamber”, explains Helene Caseltine, Economic Development Director for the Chamber. “Economic development activity has significantly increased over the years, both on the business recruitment side and the retention/expansion of our existing businesses.” The Chamber serves as the primary economic development organization on behalf of the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners.

Caseltine noted that John brings extraordinary talent to the position, including his fundraising skills along with a ready knowledge of the local business community. His previous experience includes designing and implementing social media strategies, developing and strengthening business relationships as related to non-profit organizations, and creating new programs. John has lived in Vero Beach for 35+ years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management and Marketing at the Phillips School of Business in High Point, NC. Among the many duties of the Retention Manager, John will coordinate the Manufacturing Boot Camp program, which launched in 2018, and the Industry Appreciation Awards program, currently in its 32 nd year. He will also be conducting business retention visits to local manufacturers, organizing industry tours for the general public, coordinating the ACCRA Cost-of-Living surveys as well as Small Business Week activities.

The Indian River County Chamber of Commerce is a county-wide non-profit organization representing the business community. The Chamber provides a wide variety of business services and benefits for its members and advocates on behalf of the local business community to create an environment where all businesses will thrive and succeed.


Helene Caseltine, Economic Development Director

PH: 772-567-3491 


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Wednesday, January 08 2020

Guilford County, NC -- The Fresh Market, a fresh-focused specialty food retailer that was founded in Greensboro in 1982, will expand their headquarters operations in North Carolina, creating 53 new jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced. The company plans to invest $5.4 million in Greensboro.

“We’re proud that The Fresh Market has chosen to expand its operations at home in Greensboro, where the company began as a single store and continues to grow,” said Governor Cooper. “In this week of Thanksgiving, I’m grateful to all the hardworking North Carolinians who make up our workforce and help us attract great paying jobs like these.”

The Fresh Market has been providing a fresh take on grocery shopping for more than 35 years. What started as a dream to bring back the old-world charm of the local market through the original store in Greensboro, has grown to include 159 locations in 22 states. The company is still committed to providing an unparalleled shopping experience with the ambience of a friendly, local market. The company is consolidating its corporate headquarters operations from two separate buildings and expanding into one new, modern location in downtown Greensboro.

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Wednesday, January 08 2020

Morrison, IL -- Economic activity in the Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone (WCEZ) picked up in 2019, with 19 projects and an investment of $38.6 million, up from 2018’s 13 projects with an investment of $10.5 million. The 2019 projects are on track to create over 450 jobs in the Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone.  The Enterprise Zone is the region’s most effective local incentive, with $453.3 million invested in 488 projects, creating and retaining 8,526 jobs between 2000 and 2019.

The 2019 projects included a variety of size and type, including HALO Branded Solution’s $25 million expansion and a small retail expansion of $41,000.  According to Gary Camarano, WCEZ Administrator, “The Enterprise Zone is available to help all types of businesses - small to large, new or existing, home grown or a relocation, industrial or retail or commercial, and its proven itself to be a very effective incentive.”

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Thursday, December 26 2019

Donkers Promoted; White and Ratchford Hired to Support Strategic Growth Initiatives

Greenville, SC -- Global Location Strategies Founding Principal Didi Caldwell has announced the addition of three senior executives to the company. Sarah White has been hired as Principal and Vice President of Site Selection. Susan Donkers has been promoted to Vice President of Strategic Development. Andrew Ratchford has been hired as a Consultant. All are newly created positions designed to skillfully manage a prodigious influx of new business while continuing to achieve ambitious goals for future expansion.

Global Location Strategies (GLS) is one of the world’s leading site selection firms specializing in location advisory services for industrial manufacturers.  

“Sarah, Susan and Andrew are all extremely accomplished professionals who have tremendous drive and enthusiasm for their work,” said Caldwell. “We have set ambitious goals for the years ahead and establishing these new positions will ensure that we meet them.”

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Thursday, December 26 2019

Madison, WI -- The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) today released its list of Wisconsin’s biggest economic development deals of 2019. This calendar year, WEDC assisted 289 businesses and communities across 16 industries, totaling more than $250 million in awards.

The more than $1.2 billion in planned capital investments for the projects supported by WEDC this year are expected to create more than 3,165 jobs and retain almost 14,000 jobs across the state. Of these awardees, 31 have planned capital investment of more than $10 million.

WEDC’s 2019 awards consisted of 158 grants, 47 investor tax credit awards, 20 loans and 57 historic preservation or business tax credit awards.

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Friday, December 20 2019

Company to retain 150 jobs statewide, expand existing facility as 85th anniversary approaches

Crowley, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and Supreme Rice President and CEO Bobby Hanks announced a $20 million expansion of the rice mill’s facilities in Crowley, Louisiana. The project will secure the company’s position as a leading rice processor by adding 25,000 square feet of manufacturing space, bringing the facility to 75,000 square feet.

Supreme Rice is the largest rice-milling operation in Louisiana. With the expansion, the company will retain 150 employees across Louisiana, including 105 at the Crowley site. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the Crowley mill supports an additional 374 indirect jobs, for a total of more than 475 jobs in Acadiana and surrounding areas.

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Friday, December 20 2019

Electrical infrastructure firm to retain 120 jobs, consolidate multiple St. Tammany locations in new headquarters

Covington, LA -- Governor John Bel Edwards and Ampirical Solutions LLC President Matthew Saacks announced the company will build a 78,000-square-foot corporate headquarters near Covington, Louisiana, and consolidate its existing St. Tammany Parish locations into the new office building.

A national company specializing in electrical infrastructure engineering, design and construction management, Ampirical will create 400 new direct jobs over the next decade, with an average annual salary of more than $85,000, plus benefits. Ampirical will retain 120 existing jobs, with the project generating an estimated 350 construction jobs. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project – which includes a $20 million capital investment – will result in 244 new indirect jobs, for a total of 644 new jobs in Southeast Louisiana.

“Ampirical is a great example of the private-sector business development we’re cultivating for a better, stronger Louisiana economy,” Gov. Edwards said. “Launched by entrepreneurs in post-Katrina Louisiana, Ampirical has developed a team of electrical engineers, 3D-design professionals, construction project managers and support staff who are building a company steeped in cutting-edge technology and service. We applaud the company’s decision to continuing growing its base here in St. Tammany Parish and Louisiana.” 

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