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Friday, January 29 2016
Washington Mardi Gras Rolled Undeterred by Winter Storm Jonas

Photo Caption: Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin as emcee of the Washington Mardi Gras; RREDI Breakfast on Friday, January 22, 2016

Washington, D.C. -- As most Louisianians know, nothing stops Mardi Gras. In like fashion, nothing stopped the 2016 Washington Mardi Gras held at the Washington Hilton Hotel this past weekend. Washington Mardi Gras was only overshadowed, to some respect, by one thing: the record snow dumped on the eastern seaboard, including Washington D.C., by Winter Storm Jonas. Many of those attending the festivities found themselves stranded away from home, as transportation in and out of town was shut down for three days. Nevertheless, the event continued, virtually without a hitch.

The Washington Mardi Gras is a yearly event where local lawmakers, businessmen, industry executives, parish leaders, and economic developers connect with the state’s U.S. Congressional delegation and with one another to bring improvement or positive change to the state of Louisiana. It’s also a celebration and exhibition of Louisiana traditions.

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Thursday, January 28 2016

$300M in investment and nearly 160 new jobs planned by two companies

Covington, KY -- Northern Kentucky Tri-ED announced today that expansions by FedEx Ground Package System Inc. and Messier-Bugatti USA, LLC in Northern Kentucky were presented to the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) Board for approval.

“Northern Kentucky is proud to kick off 2016 with growing manufacturing operations such as Messier-Bugatti and logistics companies like FedEx expanding in our region,” said Dan Tobergte, president and CEO of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED. “Through NKY Boost, our business retention and expansion program, we facilitate investment and growth by our primary industry companies which ultimately leads to new jobs in our region.”

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Monday, January 25 2016
GPA container moves grow 11.7 percent in CY2015

TEUs at all-time high

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority achieved record container volumes in 2015, Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported to the GPA board Monday.
Over the last calendar year, the Port of Savannah moved an all-time high 3.73 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 391,356 TEUs, or 11.7 percent compared to CY2014.
"The expansion was fueled in part by heightened demand in the U.S. Southeast, Savannah's logistical advantages drawing new customers to Georgia, and cargo diverted from the West Coast," said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz.

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Friday, January 22 2016

Leading Gateway Logistics Provider Moves Headquarters to West Coast to Support Growth

Los Angeles, CA -- Port Logistics Group, the nation’s leading provider of omni- channel logistics services, announced it has opened its new corporate headquarters in Los Angeles.

Port Logistics Group’s new headquarters is co-located with the company’s City of Industry, CA retail distribution campus, where Port Logistics Group operates nearly 2.5 million square feet of dedicated and multi-client facilities shipping to retailers, wholesale distributors and direct to consumers.

“While we’ve experienced great growth in all of our gateways, we have expanded exponentially in Southern California, and this move aligns our executive team and West Coast operations leadership more closely with our customers,” said Bob Stull, Chief Executive Officer of Port Logistics Group.

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Friday, January 22 2016

Grapevine, Texas, is now part of only six regional facilities within key markets of the United States from which to service its MBUSA client-dealerships.

Grapevine, TX -- Seeking to capitalize on its outstanding location in the dynamic Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and its prime development opportunities, the City of Grapevine, Texas, is excited to announce the official welcome of Mercedes-Benz, USA (MBUSA). The proposed project will involve two facilities: a regional Parts Distribution Center (PDC) designed to support the sales and distribution of spare parts to the customers and dealer network of MBUSA along with a Learning & Performance Center (LPC). The LPC is relocating from Houston, Texas to this Grapevine site and planned to be a high-end technical facility to accommodate on-going training of Mercedes-Benz dealership technicians from around the Southwest region.

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Friday, January 22 2016

Contract Expansion With United Airlines Adds 40 Jets to Fleet

Albany, NY -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that CommutAir will expand their fleet and operations at Albany International Airport with an additional 40 regional jets and more than 100 new jobs. The announcement, made possible by an expansion of CommutAir's contract with United Airlines, comes less than a year after the company opened a new $4.2 million Regional Economic Development Council grant-funded maintenance facility.

"Albany International Airport is already critical to transportation and commerce in Upstate New York and CommutAir's expansion further strengthens it through new jobs and improved passenger experience," Governor Cuomo said. "This is yet another example of how smart transportation investments are essential to growing the Upstate economy and helping New York stay competitive."

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Friday, January 22 2016

Company to create approximately 50 new jobs

Jacksonville, AR -- Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced SIG SAUER, a manufacturer of premium ammunition, is finalizing plans to locate a new ammunition manufacturing facility in an existing building in Jacksonville, Arkansas, where it anticipates creating about 50 new jobs.

The company’s plans were announced in Las Vegas at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show).

SIG SAUER was one of the six prospective companies Governor Hutchinson called on his first day in office. Hutchinson is the first Arkansas governor to attend the SHOT Show.

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Thursday, January 21 2016
Prince William County Welcomes BerkleyNet to Innovation Park

Prince William County, VA -- Prince William County’s Innovation Park is set to welcome its newest tenant – BerkleyNet, a member company of W. R. Berkley Corporation, one of the nation’s premier insurance providers. BerkleyNet has outgrown its current headquarters location in Woodbridge, Prince William County, and chose Innovation Park after an extensive search throughout Northern Virginia. Its new facility to be located at 9301 Innovation Drive, Manassas, will accommodate all 125 current employees as well as provide ample opportunity for future growth.

Due to be completed in 2017, its new 70,000 square foot facility, which will be known as BerkleyNet Center @ Innovation Park, promises to be a state-of-the-art showpiece that will be a benchmark for future development in the Corporate Park according to developers, Buchanan Partners.

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Thursday, January 21 2016

The PIC Group expands its North American footprint through the establishment of a partnership with the Tecma Group of Companies

El Paso, TX -- The Oshawa, Ontario based PIC Group has recently entered into a contractual agreement under which it will operate in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico through the Tecma Group of Companies' Mexico shelter company services.

Offerings delivered by Tecma will enable the PIC Group to begin initial operations in servicing its primary automotive OEM client that is located in the state of Baja California. Among the services that the firm will render to its customer from the facility are:

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Wednesday, January 20 2016

New York, NY -- New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced an agreement with Transcontinental Inc., which will allow Ultra Flex, a flexible plastic packaging manufacturer in Brooklyn recently acquired by Transcontinental, to keep its 260 employees in its home of more than 40 years.  The deal will also allow Ultra Flex to add an additional 50 employees to its East New York factory.  Brokered through the New York City Industrial Development Agency, the deal prevents Ultra Flex from moving its factory to Missouri.

Statement from Mayor Bill de Blasio:
“These are 300 good manufacturing jobs that mean economic opportunity for men and women in East New York. We are committed to using all our tools to help families earn a good wage and build a better life for their children.”

Statement from NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer:
“A big part of our mission at NYCEDC is to create jobs that provide a pathway to the middle class – the exact kinds of jobs supported by the manufacturing sector.  We are committed to making sure that every New Yorker has the opportunity to earn a good salary, and we will continue to work aggressively to ensure quality manufacturing jobs like those at Ultra Flex stay and grow right here in New York City.”

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Wednesday, January 20 2016

Brazilian-based logistics firm to invest $5 million in Fulton County

Atlanta, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal joined by Mayor Kasim Reed today announced that Merchant e-Solutions, a payment-processing company, will establish its new corporate headquarters in Buckhead. This project represents the creation of over 140 new jobs and a capital investment of $5 million.

“I had the pleasure of meeting with their leadership on an economic development mission to Brazil,” said Gov. Deal. “As a result, we can now celebrate the relocation of their headquarters from the Silicon Valley to Georgia. This announcement is further affirmation that our highly-skilled workforce, well-connected logistics infrastructure and culture of collaboration will continue to draw top-tier prospects like Merchant e-Solutions.”

Merchant e-Solutions is a commercial acquirer and global payment processing company. The company’s technology platform supports the needs of a variety of merchant segments, from small businesses to B2B wholesalers and global e-commerce enterprises.

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Tuesday, January 19 2016

Corpus Christi, TX -- At the first regular meeting of the Port Corpus Christi Commission for 2016 W. Wes Hoskins was sworn in and welcomed as the new member of the Port Corpus Christi Commission representing San Patricio County, Texas.  Mr. Hoskins was administered the Oath of Office by Nueces County Judge, Lloyd Neal.  Additionally, Judge Neal administered the Oath of Office to Richard Ralph Valls, Jr. as he was re-appointed to his seat on the Commission by the City of Corpus Christi.   

The San Patricio seat Mr. Hoskins is appointed to was formerly held by Commission Chair, Judy Hawley, and made available as she served the Commission through her term limit.  Nueces County Appointee, Charles Zahn takes over as Chair; City of Corpus Christi Appointee, Wayne Squires Vice-Chair; and Nueces County Appointee, Barbara Canales retains her position as Secretary of the Port Corpus Christi Commission.

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Monday, January 18 2016

Atlanta, GA -– Non-stop order-writing, record year-over-year traffic growth and hundreds of new and newly expanded showrooms are setting the mark for the January 2016 Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market® and The Atlanta International Area Rug Market®  in the opening wave of its eight-day run.  The 59th consecutive winter show under continuous Portman Family ownership and management kicked off January 12 with fast-paced buying and selling across all product categories.

Leading retailers, designers, specifiers and tastemakers from throughout the U.S. and around the world are making AmericasMart® Atlanta their market of choice to source a merchandise line-up featuring thousands of lines and countless introductions, many in exclusive U.S. debut. Top lines and designs in showrooms and temporary booths housing leading manufacturers, importers and sales representative organizations—all looking to harness the global power present at AmericasMart—are selling first, here, in the first U.S. global market event of 2016.

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Friday, January 15 2016
Economist Dr. Loren Scott Presents on Impact of the Port of South Louisiana at River Region Chamber of Commerce Banquet

LaPlace, LA -- Economic consultant Dr. Loren Scott presented a summary of the study he conducted in 2014 on behalf of the Port of South Louisiana about the economic impact of the Port on the River Region during the River Region Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet, which was held at the St. John the Baptist Parish Community Center on January 13, 2016. Findings of the study released in early 2015 showed that port operations results in $14 billion in new business sales, $1.8 billion in household earnings, the creation of over 30,000 jobs, and an average salary of over $60,000. The latter is 36% higher than the average wage in the state of Louisiana.

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Wednesday, January 13 2016

Impacts during Media Briefing in Tampa, Jan. 21
Alexandria, VA -- Shifting international trade patterns at America’s seaports – with mega-size vessels requiring higher capacity road and rail freight connections serving ports, along with deeper harbors, bigger cranes and sturdier berths – can bolster a region’s economy while straining its infrastructure. Because there’s no stopping these trade shifts, ports – and the communities they serve – must learn to adapt in order to bolster job growth, prevent traffic snarls and remain competitive.  

To address these issues, executives representing Port Tampa Bay and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and recognized voice of America's seaports – will hold a media briefing on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. The briefing is part of the ninth annual Shifting International Trade Routes conference at Le Méridien Tampa Hotel, in Tampa, Fla., Jan. 21-22.  Hosted by Port Tampa Bay, the program is sponsored by AAPA, in cooperation with the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the Transportation Research Board (TRB).

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Tuesday, January 12 2016

Peoria, AZ -- This week, Huntington University finalized an eight-year lease for a new campus in Peoria, Ariz. The former Dolce Salon and Spa building in the P83 district will be the new site of Huntington's digital arts degree programs. The university expects to hold classes in the new location for the 2016-2017 school year.

"Huntington University is very excited not only to find a permanent location for our new site, but also one that fits our digital media arts degree programs so well," said Huntington's Director of Arizona Operations, Jeff Berggren. "Not only does the building look like a facility that houses a creative educational community, it has fantastic visibility from both the 101 and 83rd Avenue."

The city worked to attract higher education partners as part of its Economic Development Implementation Strategy, a plan established to focus the long-term economic development efforts for Peoria by targeting certain industries the city is primed to suport.

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Monday, January 11 2016

Industrial hose facility to add 30,000 square feet, 12-14 workers; Increase capacity by 20 percent

Mount Pleasant, IA -- ContiTech has announced a $7.2 million expansion of its industrial hose plant in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, responding to the increasing demand for industrial hoses in the NAFTA region.

“We have plans to add 30,000 square feet to our plant, and that includes an additional production line which will increase our total floor area and our capacity by 20 percent,” said Rick Anderson, plant manager. “We anticipate that the expansion will enable us to add about 12 to 14 workers.”

Purchased in 1977, the plant currently employs slightly more than 200 workers. Anderson said that construction work will begin in late first quarter of 2016 and be completed by the end of the year. The facility primarily manufactures industrial hose as well as hoses for the transportation industry.

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Monday, January 11 2016

Project Partners Receive Record of Decision from Federal Highway Administration

Corpus Christi, TX -- The Harbor Bridge replacement project cleared the last major hurdle in moving toward construction with a record of decision from the Federal Highway Administration.

The Harbor Bridge replacement project brought multiple partners together for the common good of the region including the Texas Department of Transportation, the Port of Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Corpus Christi Housing Authority, the City of  Corpus Christi and many elected officials on local, state and federal levels. Reaction to the good news including the following comments:

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Monday, January 11 2016

Automotive performance track to be launched under iconic Champion® auto parts brand through new sponsorship agreement
Southfield, MI -- Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation and M1 Concourse, Michigan's highly anticipated automotive enthusiast destination, announced they have forged a robust partnership that has resulted in Champion® becoming the official sponsor of a new, state-of-the-art, 1.5 mile automotive performance track in Pontiac, Mich.
M1 Concourse is a $40 million-plus development being built on an 87-acre former General Motors plant site in Pontiac, Mich.  The development will include a private community of more than 250 private garages, a 1.5-mile performance track and a public experiential restaurant and retail destination. The new performance track will be utilized for a variety of purposes. Most notably, it will available to the automotive industry for testing, training and marketing events. M1 Concourse will also offer a multitude of events open to the public, including driving schools, open track days, autocross and more.  Owners of the Private Garages at M1 Concourse will have track access through the M1 Motorsports Club.

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Monday, January 11 2016

Shawnee Canning Company to Double Capacity of Processing Operation; Commits to Purchase Majority of Fruit Needs from Virginia

Richmond, VA -- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Shawnee Canning Company, a family-owned fruit processor, will invest nearly $500,000 to expand its operation in Frederick County.  The company will rehabilitate its cannery, built in 1947, and double production capacity on-site by adding a new filling line for its fruit products.  With this expansion, Shawnee Canning Company will create five new jobs and commit to purchase 80 percent – or over 300,000 pounds – of its fruit from Virginia over the next three years.

Speaking about today’s announcement, Governor McAuliffe said, “Shawnee Canning Company is a legend in the Virginia fruit processing industry with decades of rich history.  Shawnee has thrived over the years due to its strategic location to key markets, a strong and dedicated workforce, and Virginia’s abundant natural resources, including our world-class apples and peaches.  Today, Shawnee is poised to write the next chapter of its story in Frederick County and I’m pleased that my administration could partner with the company as it grows.  The investments being made by Shawnee will increase production, create jobs, but further highlight the role that agriculture can and will play in building the new Virginia economy.”

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Thursday, January 07 2016

Implosion of Original Structure Paves Way for New Span

Pittsburgh, PA -- Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, consulting, planning, technical and professional services, is serving as the primary construction management and inspection services firm for the $17.5-million project to replace the former Greenfield Bridge in Pittsburgh.  The City of Pittsburgh closed the 462-foot structure to all traffic in October 2015. Michael Baker then oversaw construction activities that included the implosion, demolition and removal of the bridge last month, clearing the way for development of a new span that will sit above I-376/Parkway East.  

“Throughout its history, Michael Baker International has played a key role in the redevelopment of our nation’s roads, bridges and airports,” said David Martin, P.E., senior vice president and Pittsburgh office executive for Michael Baker International.  “The Greenfield Bridge is a critical artery in the city of Pittsburgh, and its implosion marks a new chapter for this historic span. Michael Baker is proud to be part of the team that will build a new bridge.” 

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Tuesday, January 05 2016

Grand Island, NE -- Part of the Layer Business Unit of Hendrix Genetics will expand its hatchery operation to Grand Island, Nebraska in Spring 2016. This expansion, along with fully operating hatcheries in Ephrata, Pennsylvania and in Blackstone, Virginia, demonstrates the commitment of Hendrix-ISA in serving the US-market with premium quality, day-old, cage free, egg laying chicks (layer chicks).

"After a thorough exploration phase and an investigation of multiple locations and possibilities, we have chosen Grand Island, Nebraska for our company's expansion," Peter Mumm, Managing Director of Hendrix-ISA LLC says. "The minute we stepped off of the plane in Grand Island we were impressed with the community. The community's readily available infrastructure, progressive growth, both industrial and commercial, and people all contributed to our decision to make Grand Island the future home of our expansion."

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Monday, January 04 2016
Port Freeport Recognizes Shintech for Environmental Stewardship

Freeport, TX -- Port Freeport Commissioners proudly presented Shintech with the “Partners in Environmental Stewardship Award” at the December 17th regular commission meeting. 

Shintech received the award for using the Heavy Lift Corridor (HLC) as part of their operations. This project started four years ago by Port Freeport, as a result of Texas House Bill 1305, which was authored by Representative Dennis Bonnen and supported by Senator Joan Huffman.  The Bill was passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011. The Heavy Lift Corridor lowers the truck pollution by 20-22%, fees paid by the trucks help pay for highway maintenance so the local tax payers save tax dollars.  Also, the corridor makes the highways safer.

Chairman Ravi Singhania said “We want to thank Shintech and the Environmental Defense Fund for working with Port Freeport”.  

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Monday, January 04 2016

Corpus Christi, TX -- Following the United States government’s repeal of a 40 year ban on the export of U.S. crude oil,  NuStar Energy and ConocoPhillips have loaded the nation’s first export cargo at Port Corpus Christi. The light crude oil sold to the international trading company Vitol, has set sail from Port Corpus Christi.

Major investments in terminal operations at Port Corpus Christi in recent years have primed the South Texas port for a position as a leading exporter of U.S. crude oil. Deep water, dock space, and abundant storage along with plans for further channel deepening will accommodate some of the world’s largest tankers for efficient movement of crude and condensate from Port Corpus Christi. Port Corpus Christi is connected via intricate pipeline systems to the South Texas Eagle Ford Shale and to the Permian Basin.

“Infrastructure improvements at Port Corpus Christi have placed our port in a unique position as a critical component in the export of U.S. crude and condensate. Port Corpus Christi’s deep draft ship channel and strategic location to some of the largest production areas in the US provides a secure and competitive supply chain to markets worldwide. Future capital improvements including deepening the ship channel will accommodate larger vessels that are required to cost effectively supply US crude oil to global markets,” said John LaRue, Port Corpus Christi Executive Director.

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