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Thursday, May 29 2014

El Lago Mexican Foods moves north, adds new, state-of-the-art, high-performance tortilla chip manufacturing equipment to enhance operations

Pflugerville, TX -- The Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC) today announced that El Lago Mexican Foods, Inc. will relocate its 60-plus year-old Austin tortilla chip manufacturing and distribution operation from downtown Austin to a 24,000-squarefoot space at 130 Commerce Center, a mixed-use development under construction at the southwest corner of SH 130 and Pecan Street.

El Lago, which has operated out of the same building since it was established, is the largest distributor of tortillas and chips in Texas, manufacturing custom tortilla chips and tortillas for restaurants and selling products in grocery stores under a variety of brand names.

Redevelopment in downtown Austin and the addition of high-rise apartment buildings and condominiums is forcing some changes for businesses such as El Lago. The company’s location on East Fourth Street is no longer the best distribution point for the logistics portion of the business.

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Thursday, May 29 2014

From Standard & Poor's Ratings Services

Freeport, TX -- Port Freeport officials are encouraged by the affirmation of the prior “A” rating and stable outlook by Standard & Poor’s Rating Services, based on the Port’s senior-lien revenue refunding bonds and revenue notes.

“We are pleased with the confidence shown by Standard & Poor’s in the Port’s ability to increase operating revenues while decreasing reliance on ad valorem tax revenue,” said Port Freeport Executive Port Director/CEO Glenn Carlson.  “This highly respected ratings service has again placed Port Freeport’s district among the top ranking of seaports.”

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Wednesday, May 28 2014

Sherman Economic Development Corporation (SEDCO) today announced GlobiTech will double the original planned expansion at its Sherman, Texas facility. GlobiTech will invest $18 million in new production equipment and create 20 new jobs. SEDCO is providing an incentive grant of $900,000 to assist the company in the project.

During the March 2014 meeting, the SEDCO Board of Directors approved a performance agreement to provide an incentive grant of $480,000 to assist GlobiTech with its expansion project of capital investment of $9.6 million and creating ten new jobs. Since that time, GlobiTech’s parent company decided to essentially double its investment at their Sherman facility. The existing performance agreement contract was amended to include the additional investment, jobs and incentive grant amounts.

“We are excited about adding further investment and jobs at our GlobiTech operations in Sherman, Texas.“, said Mark England, president of GlobiTech Inc. and vice president of parent company GlobalWafers Co., Ltd. “Sherman continues to be an excellent partner and we are pleased to be able to increase our presence in the community. We appreciate the continued support of the Sherman Economic Development Corporation.”

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Wednesday, May 28 2014

Firm’s $100 million investment in East Carroll Parish results in 53 new direct jobs

Lake Providence, LA -- LED Senior Director of Business Development Don Pierson and Myriant Corporation President and Chief Operating Officer Cenan Ozmeral highlighted the growth of Myriant’s flagship chemical plant in Lake Providence, a bio-succinic acid chemical plant that has reached higher thresholds for employment and capital investment than originally projected.

Gov. Jindal announced Louisiana’s attraction of the 392,000-square-foot plant in late 2010. Originally estimated at $80 million, the project has brought $100 million in capital investment to the East Carroll Parish site in Northeast Louisiana, with employment of 53, four more jobs than the original target. In addition to the direct jobs – which average $40,000 a year, plus benefits – LED estimates 137 new indirect jobs are resulting from the project, for a total of 190 new permanent jobs. Myriant estimated 500 construction jobs were created during the site’s development.

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Friday, May 23 2014

Harrisburg, PA -- Continuing to advance his JOBS1st PA initiative, Governor Tom Corbett today announced that 4moms, a manufacturer of innovative robotic baby gear products, will continue growing in the City of Pittsburgh, a move that will create 120 new jobs.
“Pennsylvania is leading a new wave of technological transformation and my administration is proud to create an economic environment that encourages innovation,” said Corbett. “4moms is a tremendous Pittsburgh success story that has recruited local talent from the region’s colleges and universities to become one of the most innovative companies in its industry. My administration is proud to be a partner in helping 4moms flourish in Pittsburgh.”

The company will lease approximately 78,000 square feet of office space in the City of Pittsburgh, a move that will allow the company to double its building space and employment. The company plans to invest more than $4.7 million at the new site and has committed to creating at least 120 new jobs and retaining 100 existing employees over the next three years.

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Friday, May 23 2014

42 projects to aid 32 counties in South Carolina
Columbia, SC -- The South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has awarded nearly $12 million in grants this fiscal year for 42 water and sewer projects in 32 counties across the state. This RIA funding leverages an additional $65 million in investments in rural infrastructure improvements.
“The RIA helps rural communities succeed by investing in needed infrastructure improvements that improve quality of life for residents while supporting new and existing businesses,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, who also serves as chairman of the RIA’s Board of Directors. “These investments will help the state continue to ‘set the table’ for economic development in our rural communities.”

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Wednesday, May 21 2014

AvaSure, Steel 21, and Belding Tool & Machine investing more than $6.8 million in the region

Grand Rapids, MI -- Regional economic development organization The Right Place, Inc., The Ionia County Economic Alliance (ICEA), and its state and regional partners, today announced three West Michigan economic development projects that will bring 171 new jobs and $6.8 million to the region.
AvaSure LLC
$570,000 incentive from the MEDC for $1.9m capital investment in Plainfield Township; 110 local jobs projected over the next three years

Steel 21
$4.5m investment in Algoma Township; 61 local jobs projected over the next three years

Belding Tool & Machine
$405,000 expansion in the City of Belding; New ownership making investments in both the company’s physical assets and its employees.

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Wednesday, May 21 2014

$3.2 million investment is expected to create 68 new jobs
Columbia, SC -- Plastic Products Company Inc. (PPC), a manufacturer of plastics and injection molding, has selected Oconee County for the company's new facility. The $3.2 million investment is expected to create 68 new jobs.
The company will locate its new facility at 199 Keowee Business Parkway in Seneca, with plans to begin operations as early as June of this year. PPC plans to start operations with a small team of existing employees before hiring new employees for permanent positions beginning next month.
PPC was established in 1962 and is a 100 percent employee-owned company headquartered in Lindstrom, Minn. The new Seneca facility will be the company's eighth location and its first in South Carolina.

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Wednesday, May 21 2014

Company will create 19 new direct jobs at expanded manufacturing facility for the production of compostable coffee and tea pods

Baton Rouge, LA -- Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal and Tom Martin, executive vice president and COO of Pod Pack International, announced a $10.1 million, 75,000-square-foot expansion at the company’s manufacturing facility in Baton Rouge. The company will also install new equipment to expand its production of compostable coffee and tea pods. In addition to retaining 19 employees at the facility, the company will create 19 new jobs with an average salary of $30,100, plus benefits. LED estimates the project will result in 67 new indirect jobs for a total of more than 85 new jobs in the Capital region.  

Gov. Jindal said, “Louisiana is filled with great innovators like the leadership at Pod Pack International, and we have worked hard to ensure they have the resources to thrive, including a strong business climate, a skilled workforce and a world-class infrastructure. Pod Pack International’s expansion in Baton Rouge is proof-positive that Louisiana is succeeding not only in attracting news businesses, but also in creating an environment where native companies are reinvesting in our state.”

Pod Pack is a manufacturer of coffee and tea products for roasters and distributors in North America and Central America. The company’s signature products – compostable coffee and tea pods – are manufactured at the company’s Baton Rouge facility located on Industrialplex Boulevard in Baton Rouge. In 2013, the company produced approximately 100 million pods. The facility expansion and installation of new equipment will allow the company to further expand its output to meet the needs of recently secured client contracts.

“We considered other alternative locations, but we are truly happy we chose Louisiana,” said Martin. “We are so grateful for what we have accomplished through our employees, our customers and the local support. When we announced our growth plans, it was unbelievable how much encouragement we have received from the local Baton Rouge area, including the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, the Mayor’s Office and Louisiana Economic Development. Baton Rouge and Louisiana are a great place for doing business and for manufacturers to thrive.”

Founded in New Orleans in 1996 by Tom Martin and Bill Powell, the company relocated to Baton Rouge in 2000. The market for single-cup coffees and teas has seen tremendous growth in the past several years, and Pod Pack’s unit sales have more than quadrupled since 2010.

“Pod Pak provides an innovative and relevant product to consumers throughout the U.S. We are proud that they call Baton Rouge home and are excited to see their business grow,” Mayor-President Melvin “Kip” Holden said. “Pod Pak is a prime example of how the business-friendly environment in the Capital Region makes it ideal for growth: You just have to be ready.”

LED’s Business Expansion and Retention Group began working with Pod Pack International in February 2014 following a joint meeting held with Baton Rouge Area Chamber. To secure the expansion project, LED offered a competitive incentive package, including a performance-based $760,000 award from the Economic Development Loan Program. The company is also expected to utilize the state’s Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs.

“BRAC congratulates Pod Pak on their upcoming expansion,” said Baton Rouge Area Chamber President and CEO Adam Knapp. “Through our business retention and expansion efforts, we were able to help the company see that business growth was possible and work with them on the incentives and processes to make this happen. Small businesses in the region are the backbone of our economy, playing an integral role just as the larger companies do, and we are pleased to see Pod Pak taking their business to the next level.”

About Pod Pack
Pod Pack International Ltd. is a trusted manufacturer of espresso pods, one-cup coffee pods and other single-cup coffee systems. All Pod Pack beverage products for offices, hotels, restaurants and home brewing are made in Baton Rouge, La. For more information, visit

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Wednesday, May 21 2014

Leading supplier of assembly and fastening material selects SDL translation services and technology for a high-quality customer experience in 60 languages and 80 countries
Maidenhead, UK -- SDL (LSE: SDL) today announced that Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG, a world leading supplier of, fasteners, manual assembly tools electrical supplies and automotive chemicals has selected SDL Language Solutions to support the expansion of their ecommerce business into new geographies. SDL will deliver translated website content for Würth's online shop in 60 languages, ensuring Würth's three million ecommerce customers are receiving consistent, high quality, localised content to significantly improve customer experience online.
Established 70 years ago in Germany, Würth has grown into a worldwide business comprising 400 companies which operate in over 80 countries. To help meet the demands of such a geographically dispersed and large customer base, SDL is providing and automating delivery of local language content to help deliver an exceptional experience to all of Würth's customers, no matter what language they speak. To significantly reduce translation turnaround time, Würth is deploying SDL WorldServer, a market leading translation workflow solution that accelerates time to market.

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Tuesday, May 20 2014

Multichannel electronic retailer to add new warehouse distribution space and call center
Frankfurt, KY -- Governor Steve Beshear today announced ShopHQ plans to double the size of its operations in Warren County.  ShopHQ, a multichannel electronic retailer, will add warehouse and distribution space and expand its call center. The $25 million investment is expected to create up to 150 full-time jobs.
“I’m thrilled to celebrate ShopHQ’s expansion and the creation of these new jobs,” said Gov. Beshear. “Through our top-notch workforce and centralized location, ShopHQ has found great success in Bowling Green. I want to thank the company for its investment, and I look forward to its impact on Kentucky families.”
ShopHQ will begin construction immediately to expand its 260,000-square-foot facility on Nashville Road to nearly 600,000 square feet. The company also plans to install a new warehouse management system to improve the ordering and shipping process. The expansion and upgrades are expected to be complete in 2015.

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Wednesday, May 14 2014

Leon, Mexico -- Engineering News Record (ENR) recently selected Kajima|Alberici MX as a Merit Award winner in the Manufacturing category for their work on the Y-Tec Keylex Mexico (YKM) Automotive Parts Manufacturing Facility as part of the 2013 Global Best Projects Awards.

Kajima|Alberici MX, is a Mexico-based joint venture between The Austin Company, a subsidiary of Kajima USA Group family of companies, and the Mexican subsidiary of U.S.-based Alberici Constructors, Inc. 

“Alberici and Austin have a long and successful history collaborating on important projects,” said Kajima|Alberici chairman and Austin vice president, Ken Stone. “We share the same Values, as well as markets, yet our services are very complementary. Achieving success on projects such as these really has few barriers, as our teams are fully committed to a shared project vision.”

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Wednesday, May 14 2014

Company to add 74 new jobs, invest $60 million
Little Rock, AR -- Ben E. Keith, a distributor of food service products, today announced plans to build a new, expanded North Little Rock facility. The company will invest $60 million in a new 300,000-square-foot facility that will be the company’s Mid-South Regional Headquarters. Through the expansion, the company will add 74 new jobs and retain 260 current jobs at an average wage of $33.75 per hour.

The expansion is made possible through a $1.5 million grant through the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).  Matt Erskine, EDA’s deputy assistant secretary of commerce, joined Governor Mike Beebe, Ben E. Keith’s leadership, representatives of Arkansas’ congressional delegation and local leaders to announce EDA’s grant commitment.

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Wednesday, May 14 2014
Port Freeport Announces the Sailing of Cranes

Freeport, TX -- Port Freeport is pleased to announce the sailing of our two Post Panamax Cranes.  “The Gantry cranes departed from Shanghai, China on May 7th and are expected to arrive at Port Freeport by the end of July,” Executive Port Director/CEO Glenn Carlson said.   
Being approximately 80 feet wide each, both cranes will occupy a portion of Berth 7 at Velasco Terminal.  They will stand just less than 300 feet from the ground and can lift up to 75 tons.  “These cranes will allow the Port to continue to support our current container carrier customers through increased marine productivity and to attract new services opening new markets from Port Freeport for the petrochemical industry in the Brazoria County region,” said Carlson. 

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Tuesday, May 06 2014

$1 million investment expected to create 60 new jobs
Columbia, SC -- Aeterna Zentaris Inc., a specialty biopharmaceutical company developing novel treatments in oncology and endocrinology, has selected Charleston County for the company’s newest North American business and global commercial operations. The $1 million investment is expected to create 60 new jobs.
The company, which is based in Quebec, Canada, plans to begin operations in the SCRA Applied Research Center on International Blvd. in North Charleston. In locating to the Charleston region, Aeterna Zentaris plans to establish strategic partnerships with MUSC and other clinical and research facilities in the area as part of the company’s ongoing research and development activities.
Over the next five years, Aeterna expects to expand its staff to support the areas of commercial operations, business development, regulatory and quality assurance, manufacturing management, clinical and product development, as well as various administrative functions.

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Tuesday, May 06 2014

Quad Cities -- The Quad Cities Chamber won the Best Overall Business Retention & Expansion award from Professional Developers of Iowa. The Chamber was recognized at an awards banquet in Des Moines May 1, 2014. The Quad Cities Chamber won the award for its Business Connections and Critical Talent Network programs.

“This award shows the impact of the alignment our community has worked toward over the past five years,” says Tara Barney, President and CEO, Quad Cities Chamber. “Eighty percent of economic development growth comes from businesses already in the community, and having the tools in place to help local firms add and retain jobs is a key to economic prosperity in the region.”  

Through the Chamber’s Business Connections program, chamber staff and local government partners meet with targeted companies to determine business growth obstacles and opportunities, to track trends related to business growth, and to assist companies with potential business expansions.  

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Friday, May 02 2014

Company selects Mississippi River site for boron plant that would create 200 new direct jobs

Reserve, LA -- Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Etimine USA President and CEO Gokhan Yazici announced Etimine is studying the feasibility of building a $200 million boron manufacturing facility at the Robert Farms site on the west bank of the Mississippi River in St. John the Baptist Parish. The project would lead to the creation of 200 new direct jobs, with an average annual salary of $50,000, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project would result in another 590 new indirect jobs in the region, for a total of nearly 800 new jobs.

The facility would manufacture and process boron compounds for chemical and construction products, such as glass, as well as for other customers primarily in the North American market. Etimine would purchase 1,300 acres of the Robert Farms site near the Gramercy Bridge for $25 million, and the company would develop its manufacturing operations on approximately 200 acres of that site. Etimine will make a final investment decision on going forward with the project in the first quarter of 2015.

Gov. Jindal said, “Etimine USA is part of a growing international company that would be establishing its fourth location in the United States right here in Louisiana. Etimine’s potential decision to build its new manufacturing facility in our state is further proof that Louisiana is leading the way for major new business investments, including world-scale projects in the chemical manufacturing sector, because of our strong business climate and skilled manufacturing workforce. Etimine would be joining a long list of companies that are choosing to expand in Louisiana and create high-paying jobs for our people, because it knows investing here will yield endless returns for its business.”

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Friday, May 02 2014

Trade mission delegates well received by Mexican government & business leaders

Salt Lake City, UT -- Gov. Gary R. Herbert recently concluded a successful trade mission to Mexico to broaden collaboration opportunities in education, innovation and technology.

“Utah and Mexico have a rich history of economic trade,” Gov. Herbert told a gathering of reporters from the major Mexican media. “We can maximize the expertise and business opportunities we have in common and explore new ones. There is room to deepen that relationship to benefit both economies.”

Thirty-nine business leaders and six government leaders from Utah accompanied the governor on the trip. Utah exports to Mexico were nearly $550 million in 2013. This trade mission was designed to capitalize on new investment opportunities and build an even stronger trade relationship with one of the state’s closest neighbors. Wells Fargo was a major sponsor of this trade mission.

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