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Monday, November 23 2015
Savannah adds Peruvian avocados to perishable imports

Mission Produce touts GPA customer service

Savannah, GA -- The Port of Savannah has added Peruvian avocados to its expanding portfolio of perishable goods.
"Importing avocados through Savannah was a first for Mission Produce, and for the avocado industry," said Jose Maldonado, Director of Global Logistics and Transportation for Mission Produce. "During the Peruvian season, we brought containers through Savannah to give us quicker access for our customers in the Southeast."
With farms located in the La Libertad region, near the city of Chao in Peru, Mission Produce ships avocados to the U.S. from May through September.
"Adding Savannah as an import location to serve the Southeast means fewer road miles, lower transit costs and fresher produce," said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. "Garden City Terminal's refrigerated cargo infrastructure is unmatched on the U.S. East Coast."

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Friday, November 20 2015

200,000-square-foot, $33 million office space addition proposed

Milwaukee, WI -- Brookfield-based Milwaukee Electric Tool Co. announced that it plans to build a 200,000-square-foot office space expansion to its corporate headquarters at 13135 W. Lisbon Road and will add 500 jobs.

Milwaukee Electric Tool is planning a $33 million expansion of its headquarters in Brookfield.

Under the company’s plans, a 200,000-square-foot, four-story office building would be built on the campus, adjoined to the current main facility.

Milwaukee Electric Tool currently has 800 employees at its headquarters campus in Brookfield. The company estimates that 300 new jobs would be added in the next three years, and 500 in the next five years.  The majority of these new positions will be focused around engineering and marketing.

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Thursday, November 19 2015

Supports State’s Small Business Awareness Initiative
Trenton, NJ -- Continuing the State’s efforts to raise awareness of financing programs available to small businesses, New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) Chief Executive Officer Melissa Orsen visited Tri-Power Consulting Services, LLC (“Tri-Power”) in Denville on Monday. The engineering, design, manufacturing and consulting business recently received a direct loan through EDA’s Small Business Fund, which provides financial assistance to qualified businesses through direct loans, participations or guarantees. 
“Tri-Power and businesses like it are so important to our communities for the skilled jobs they create, and the services they provide to other businesses,” said Orsen.  “We are committed to the success of New Jersey’s small businesses and encourage business owners to explore resources offered by the State.”
Tri-Power received a loan through the Small Business Fund to consolidate leasehold capital improvement costs it made in connection with a full interior renovation prior to the purchase of the building it had been leasing since 2010, establishing a permanent home for the company in Denville.  Tri-Power provides document/contract management services and staffing solutions ( and services, to development services for custom computer applications which model business processes.

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Thursday, November 19 2015
USACE Brigadier. General David C. Hill Visits Port Freeport

Freeport, TX -- Port Freeport Commissioner Ravi Singhania welcomed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Brig. General David C. Hill and the Galveston District’s Colonel Richard P. Pannell.  General Hill, the Delegation was briefed on the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project (FHCIP) and the current General Reevaluation Report (GRR). The Delegation toured each unique feature of the Project.   
The widening of the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project will offer many benefits to Port Freeport, the petrochemical industry as well as improve the navigation and safety of the Brazos Harbor. CEO Glenn Carlson, in addition to discussing the progress and time tables of the Project, briefed the Corps on the current operating challenges as well as the increase of approximately $25 billion in capital expansion projects from local industries.  Carlson stated that “upon completion the Freeport Harbor Channel Improvement Project will both support those expansion projects and create opportunities for new projects which will continue to support the numerous jobs created in the Region”.

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Thursday, November 19 2015

Company plans $200 million investment in state-of-the-art facility

Des Moines, IA -- The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board approved a High Quality Jobs Program (HQJ) award to Kraft Heinz Foods Company to construct a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Davenport.

Earlier this year, H.J. Heinz Holding Corporation and Kraft Foods Group, Inc. consummated a merger to form The Kraft Heinz Company. The Kraft Heinz Company is the third-largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world. Some of the Company's brands include Kraft, Heinz, ABC, Capri Sun, Classico, Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Lunchables, Maxwell House, Ore-Ida, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia, Planters, Plasmon, Quero, Weight Watchers Smart Ones and Velveeta.

Currently, Kraft Heinz’s Davenport facility manufactures Oscar Mayer products and is the largest bologna plant in the world. Initially built in 1915, Kraft Heinz purchased the facility from Kohr’s Packing Company in 1946. Located along the riverfront, this historic facility is not optimally designed for 21st century food manufacturing. As part of the merger, Kraft Heinz had been evaluating its North American facilities to optimize its operations.

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Thursday, November 19 2015
October container volumes up 3 percent at GPA

Board approves new truck program

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority handled a total of 321,094 Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit (TEUs) containers in October 2015, an additional 9,335 units, or 3 percent increase over the same period last year. For the fiscal year to date (July-October), the GPA has moved 1.27 million TEUs, up 74,754 units, or 6.2 percent.
"Month over month container volume growth continues to outperform expectations," said Foltz in his report during GPA's board meeting Monday. "Inflated volumes in 2014 due to West Coast cargo diversions are beginning to return to normal levels. We are optimistic consumer spending in the U.S. during the upcoming holiday season will lead to volume growth going into 2016."
Also during the November meeting, the Authority approved $12.75 million in spending for a 63-acre expansion of the Port of Brunswick's vehicle storage area. "The growing strength of the Southeastern U.S. market, combined with increased market share at Georgia's deepwater ports, have required a steady increase in capacity in both Savannah and Brunswick," said Jim Walters, GPA's Chairman of the Board.  "The action taken by the Board today will serve as a strong sales tool to prospective customers."

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Friday, November 13 2015

Officials at Kamtek expansion announcement in Birmingham

Birmingham, AL -- Auto supplier Kamtek announced plans to invest $530 million in an expansion of its Alabama operation that includes opening a new aluminum casting facility to meet automaker demands for lighter parts.

Kamtek, whose parent company is Canada-based Magna International, says the expansion project in Birmingham will add 354 jobs to its current Alabama workforce of more than 900. Kamtek primarily produces stamped parts for Mercedes-Benz and other automakers at its Jefferson County facility.

Kamtek will invest $530 million to expand its Alabama auto parts manufacturing facility.

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Friday, November 13 2015

Lincoln, NE -- Nebraska has been named one of America’s ten most business-friendly states for 2015 by Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc., a national leader in corporate site selection based in Chicago. The ranking is based on independent research conducted by Pollina. Nebraska ranked second behind Utah. It moved up a spot from its last Pollina ranking. States rounding out the top ten were Indiana, Virginia, Kansas, North Dakota, North Carolina, Wyoming, Missouri and Michigan.

“If you’re a corporate executive who has never considered Nebraska as a possible location, then you should probably add Nebraska to your list of possibilities. Governor Ricketts, with the support of the legislature ‘gets it,’ and they are working hard and smart to develop an economy that will work to the benefit of all its corporate partners and Nebraskans alike,” said Brent A. Pollina, President of Pollina Corporate Real Estate Inc., and author of the study. “We are pleased that we continue to earn high rankings from the prestigious Pollina organization, which indicates that we’re doing what it takes to contend with other states and countries in the fast-paced business of global business attraction and expansion,” said Eric Zeece, Acting Director of the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.

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Friday, November 06 2015

Boise Valley Economic Partnership, City of Boise, and Idaho Department of Commerce

Boise, ID -- Paylocity, a provider of cloud-based payroll and human capital management software solutions for medium-sized organizations, has selected Boise for a new expansion facility with plans to create more than 500 quality jobs.

“Paylocity is thrilled to be opening an office in Boise. With an expanding tech presence and a flourishing community and culture, Boise was the ideal choice for Paylocity’s newest location. We look forward to building a team in Boise to help us on our mission to elevate payroll and HR professionals from the backroom to the boardroom,” says Steve Beauchamp, Paylocity CEO.

Choosing the City of Boise was part of a seven-month process, which required a collaborative effort with many partners including the City of Boise Mayor’s Office, Boise Valley Economic Partnership, Capital City Development Corporation, Idaho Department of Commerce, Boise State University, CBRE, Trailhead, community leaders and HR representatives. 

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Thursday, November 05 2015

Columbus, OH -- Italy-based Sofidel Group has announced plans to locate a new U.S. manufacturing facility in the Columbus Region. Pending required approvals and favorable due diligence, the facility will be located in Circleville.
The project represents the first U.S. greenfield project for Sofidel Group, one of the world’s leading integrated paper manufacturers. Founded nearly 50 years ago in Italy and still privately held by families of the founders, the company is recognized as the sixth largest manufacturer of tissue paper in the world, with operations in 13 countries.
“The U.S. is the most important market in the tissue paper industry, so selecting an ideal facility location was critical to our continued growth in American markets,” said Luigi Lazzareschi, chief executive officer, Sofidel Group. “Assistance from SelectUSA, JobsOhio, Columbus 2020 and the Pickaway Progress Partnership was critical in our evaluation of communities and selection of Circleville for our new plant.”

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Tuesday, November 03 2015

Mesa, AZ -- Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC, “Santander Consumer USA”), a consumer finance company focused on vehicle finance, third-party servicing and delivering superior service to more than 2.5 million customers across the full credit spectrum, announced it will expand its operations to the Centrica project at 1550 W. Southern Ave. in Mesa’s Fiesta District.

“We welcome Santander Consumer USA to Mesa’s Fiesta District,” Mayor John Giles said. “This neighborhood is experiencing a renaissance with new housing, new jobs and growing education and healthcare industries. Santander Consumer USA’s addition of nearly a thousand new jobs is a big deal.”

Santander Consumer USA is new to the Phoenix market and will lease the entire 117,000 sq. ft. Centrica project. Santander will employ more than 970 people over three years with an average wage of approximately $51,000.

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Tuesday, November 03 2015

In St. John the Baptist Parish, new joint venture is acquiring DuPont’s Neoprene business and creating its corporate headquarters in greater New Orleans

LaPlace, LA -- Governor Bobby Jindal and Denka Performance Elastomer LLC President and CEO Koki Tabuchi announced the creation of a new corporate headquarters at the company’s LaPlace site, where Denka has acquired the Neoprene synthetic rubber business of DuPont Performance Polymers. The project will create 16 new corporate executive jobs with an average annual salary estimated by LED at $80,000, plus benefits. LED also estimates the project will result in another 81 new indirect jobs, for a total of nearly 100 new jobs in the greater New Orleans area and the Southeast Region of Louisiana.

Denka Performance Elastomer will retain 235 existing manufacturing jobs associated with the Pontchartrain Works production site in LaPlace, where DuPont will continue to operate its separately owned DuPont™ Kevlar® business.

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