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Friday, November 15 2019
GPA Marks Best October Ever

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

New infrastructure helps expand market share

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

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Thursday, November 14 2019

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, November 13 2019

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

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Tuesday, November 12 2019

Company investing $10 million into expansion

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

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

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

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Friday, November 08 2019

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

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

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

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Friday, November 08 2019

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

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

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Friday, November 08 2019

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

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

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

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Friday, November 08 2019

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

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

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

 

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

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Thursday, October 31 2019

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

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Thursday, October 24 2019

Clinton County Port Authority Recognized for Best Project 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Clinton County Port Authority

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

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Tuesday, October 22 2019

Jackson, MS -- Recycling and refuse equipment manufacturer New Way Trucks is opening operations in Booneville. The project is a $2.5-million corporate investment and will create 100 jobs. 

"The addition of New Way Trucks to the Booneville business community shows industry leaders around the country that Mississippi is the place where manufacturing companies seeking a top-notch, skilled workforce and supportive business environment can expect to enjoy years of growth and success," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "Leaders at the state and local levels are dedicated to strengthening communities through economic growth, as evidenced by New Way's commitment to create 100 jobs in Prentiss County."

New Way Trucks, the largest privately held manufacturer of refuse and recycling equipment in North America, is locating in the former Wolverine Tube building in the Booneville/Prentiss County Industrial Park. There, employees will manufacture a full line of refuse trucks designed for the collection of residential and commercial solid waste. 

“We are thrilled to be working with the team from Booneville, Prentiss County,and the state of Mississippi who have already made us feel at home,” said New Way CEO Mike McLaughlin.

New Way Trucks, dubbed the fastest growing company in the $80 billion North American refuse industry, offers the broadest line of refuse collection equipment of any refuse truck manufacturer. 

“Our products are in high demand, and a new Mississippi facility provides a strategic advantage that will benefit our customers and extensive dealer network,” said New Way Trucks Executive Vice President Johnathon McLaughlin. “A fourth manufacturing facility will allow New Way to establish a new industry standard in efficient, time-critical solid waste equipment deliveries meeting the demand of our dealers and end users.”

The Mississippi Development Authority and Prentiss County are providing assistance for the purchase of the facility, which the company will lease from the county. New Way also qualifies for the Advantage Jobs Rebate program, which provides a cash rebate to eligible businesses that create jobs that meet or exceed the average annual wage of the state or county in which the company locates. 

"The MDA team is grateful to New Way Trucks for bringing 100 new career opportunities to Mississippians in Prentiss County," said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. "New Way's decision to locate in Prentiss County is great for the company, as Mississippi offers robust advantages to companies, enabling them to achieve their goals in our state. The people of Booneville and Prentiss County will benefit through a stronger, more vibrant economy for many years to come." 

New Way expects to begin operations in Booneville within the next three months. 

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About Mississippi Development Authority

Mississippi Development Authority is the state’s lead economic and community development agency. MDA focuses on new business recruitment, existing business expansion, workforce training, and tourism promotion. For more information, visit MDA’s website at mississippi.org

About New Way Trucks

New Way Trucks is the cornerstone brand of McLaughlin Family Companies, a diversified portfolio of businesses that include refuse, animal control and mobile veterinarian equipment, high-performance vehicle manufacturing, new and used automotive vehicle sales and automotive parts and car care products distribution and sales. To learn more about New Way Trucks and McLaughlin Family Companies, visit the company’s websites at www.newwaytrucks.com and www.mcfamco.com

GOVERNOR’S OFFICE CONTACT

Rivers Ormon: rivers.ormon@governor.ms.gov (601-576-2802)

MDA CONTACT

Tammy Craft: tcraft@mississippi.org (601-359-6556) (Cell:  601-383-4806)

NEW WAY TRUCKS CONTACTS

Mike McLaughlin, CEO: (712-652-3396)

Don Ross, VP Sales & Marketing: dross@newwaytrucks.com (712-652-3396)

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Tuesday, October 15 2019

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

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

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Wednesday, October 09 2019

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

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

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

Top Officials Thank Coast Guard, Resilient Brunswick Maritime Community

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

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

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

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

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

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Friday, September 27 2019

By Scott Harrison

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

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

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

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Thursday, September 26 2019

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

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

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

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Wednesday, September 25 2019

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

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

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

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