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Thursday, December 22 2016

Maiden, NC — GKN Driveline announced it intends to expand its Catawba County manufacturing facility again. The company plans to create at least 143 new jobs by the end of 2019 and invest more than $110 million in this location. This is the second major expansion of the Maiden facility in two years.  In 2014, GKN Driveline expanded this facility by committing to invest $122 million and creating 228 new jobs. 

GKN Driveline’s expansion in Maiden is facilitated in part by an award to the company from North Carolina’s Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program that was approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee and announced today. Local incentives will be considered by both the Town of Maiden and Catawba County at their regularly scheduled meetings in January.

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Thursday, December 22 2016

Claremont, NC — Prysmian Group, a global cable producer serving the energy and telecom industries, is expanding its manufacturing facility in Claremont, North Carolina.  The company’s $20 million investment is expected to create 50 new jobs over the next three years, with an average wage of approximately $47,000.  These new jobs will be a mix of hourly production workers, hourly technicians and salaried managers/engineers.

Prysmian’s expansion in Catawba County is facilitated in part by a $500,000 grant to the City of Claremont from the Building Reuse Program, under the Rural Development Division of the North Carolina Department of Commerce.  This grant will aid Prysmian in undertaking a significant renovation at their existing facility.  Local incentives will be based on job creation and an investment performance standard and will be considered in a public session by local governing boards.

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Thursday, December 22 2016
Venture Global Announces $8.5 Billion LNG Complex in Plaquemines Parish

Liquefied natural gas project to create 250 new direct jobs and result in 728 new indirect jobs

Belle Chasse, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and Venture Global LNG executives Bob Pender and Mike Sabel announced the company will invest $8.5 billion to develop a natural gas liquefaction facility and LNG export terminal in Plaquemines Parish. Plaquemines LNG will be Venture Global’s second major natural gas liquefaction and export project in Louisiana, joining the $4.5 billion Calcasieu Pass project that was announced in Cameron Parish in December 2014 and is under development. 

Plaquemines LNG will create 250 new direct jobs at an average annual salary of $70,000 per year, plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates that the project will result in an additional 728 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 975 new jobs for Plaquemines Parish and the Southeast Region. The project also is expected to generate 2,200 construction jobs.

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Thursday, December 22 2016
Wind across rural and Rust Belt America powers big brands

New analysis reveals how and why the Fortune 500 buy wind energy


Washington, D.C., — More and more Fortune 500 companies are emerging as major customers of American clean energy and, according to a new report released from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), we now know what, where and how they are buying. 


“In recent years Fortune 500 companies have led an intense search for the best ways to buy more clean energy,” said Tom Kiernan, AWEA CEO. “And when big-named brands buy clean energy, they overwhelmingly choose wind because of our reliable, low cost. Survey after survey shows Americans want more wind, and we want them to know brands behind the well-known products they buy — Amazon, General Motors, Google, Walmart and many more — are already wind powered.”

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Wednesday, December 21 2016

Cattle feed producer will create 30 full-time jobs with nearly $2.3 million investment


Frankfort, KY — Governor Matt Bevin announced Performance Feeds LLC, a manufacturer of nutritional feed products for cattle, will relocate its primary production facility from Tennessee to Bowling Green with a nearly $2.3 million investment expected to create 30 full-time jobs.


“We are grateful for Performance Feeds’ decision to relocate its primary production facility from Tennessee to Bowling Green,” said Gov. Bevin. “Performance Feeds has built a reputation as a dependable provider of nutritional cattle feed for nearly 15 years. It’s a testament to our southcentral region, booming agriculture industry and the Commonwealth as a whole that the company selected Kentucky in its search for a strong workforce and an environment supportive of future growth.”

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Wednesday, December 21 2016

Valdosta, GA — At their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday, the Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority (VLDA) voted to approve and sign the economic development agreement with Georgia Beer Company. The agreement allows both parties to move forward with the development of Georgia Beer Company.

The agreement includes development and leasing of the property.  Through the agreement, the Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority will act as the landlord and Georgia Beer Company as the tenant. They will lease the building for a sixteen-year term.

The brewery will be located in the old Waterworks building located on South Briggs Street in Downtown Valdosta.

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Wednesday, December 21 2016

Valdosta, GA — Saft, the world’s leader in the design and manufacture of advanced technology batteries for industry is expanding their Valdosta plant to increase the TEL.X production line. 

“Saft’s priority is to provide customers with customized, high technology battery solutions with the reliability required in critical operations,” said Joseph Harrison, General Manager for the Saft Valdosta facility. “We’ve been in the Valdosta-Lowndes County area for more than 40 years and have recently invested an additional $3.2m in our Valdosta facility as a result of customer demand for our TEL.X battery solution.

The design, build and installation of this fast track project was completed in eight months and the new capacity will come on line in January 2017.  This capacity increase will add approximately eighteen operator positions, two material handling positions, a maintenance technician and a process technician” Harrison said.

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Wednesday, December 21 2016
Executive Director Aucoin Meets with Washington Influencers to Promote Port of South Louisiana

Highlights Priorities with Key Trump Transition Team Member

This week, Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin travelled to Washington for a daylong series of meetings with key transportation influencers and stakeholders to discuss the Port’s priorities.

There, Paul briefed key journalists, think-tank scholars and a member of the President-Elect Donald Trump’s Transition Team about issues impacting the Port, including securing federal assistance to dredge the mouth of the Mississippi River.

“Ensuring the mouth of the Mississippi River is always dredged to 50 feet is critical for both Louisiana, and the entire nation,” said Executive Director Paul Aucoin. “I stressed at every meeting, that ensuring the river is open for business will stimulate impressive economic growth and generate thousands of good paying jobs for working Americans. As a country, the Mississippi River is one of our most valuable resources and we must take steps to ensure its continued reliability.”

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Tuesday, December 20 2016
GPA marks 6.5 percent November growth

Export, import loads see double-digit improvement

Savannah, GA -- Fueled by a strengthening export market and a busy peak holiday season, the Georgia Ports Authority reported for the month of November a 6.5 percent increase in total container traffic.

"Last month capped an active peak season, with November import and export cargo growing significantly," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.

The Port of Savannah moved 167,333 containers, an improvement of 10,210 over November 2015.

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Monday, December 19 2016

Region to see significant economic impact over decades
Idaho Falls, ID -- Eastern Idaho will be home to a new $1.65 billion Naval Reactors Facility (NRF) facility to handle fuel waste from the U.S. fleet of nuclear-powered warships, according to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Energy.

The NRF will be located at the Naval Reactors facility on the Energy Department’s southeastern Idaho site, also site of the Idaho National Laboratory – the country’s premier nuclear research laboratory.  Officials say the new facility will operate through 2060 and can handle new type of spent-fuel shipping container which is currently not possible at its current facility.*

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Friday, December 16 2016
Great Lakes Tech Park Approved for Certification from the State of Michigan Great Lakes Tech Park

Saginaw, MI, part of the Great Lakes Bay Region -- The Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) announced that the Great Lakes Tech Park, located in Saginaw County Michigan’s Thomas Township, has the qualifications needed to be a Michigan Certified Business Park. The Tech Park has the quality standards that make it a unique, first-rate business location.  

The Certified Business Park program was established by MEDA and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. This program was designed to prepare quality business districts for securing business in Michigan. This results-oriented approach has been used to rebuild and revitalize the economic development of communities.

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Friday, December 16 2016

Brownsville, TX -- The Port of Brownsville expects to set tonnage and revenue records in 2016 predicts Eduardo A. Campirano, Port Director & CEO.

Campirano made the prediction before a group of 150 present Thursday at his State of the Port Address in Brownsville.

In 2015, the port handled more than 10.1 million tons of cargo, exceeding the 2014 record of 8.4 million tons, and recorded almost $20 million in revenue. Although the final numbers for 2016 are not yet available the port is on track to set new tonnage and revenue records. Campirano credits the Brownsville Navigation Board (BND) of Commissioners, customers and business partners for the port’s best performance to date.

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Friday, December 16 2016

Port of Brownsville, TX -- West Plains LLC, a grain elevator subsidiary of the BioUrja Group, hosted a grand re-opening event Thursday, December 15, 2016, officially opening one of the port’s most iconic buildings.

The 50-year-old grain elevator has handled millions of tons of grain passing through the port, and upon completion of its modernization it will be equipped for efficient and high-speed handling of grain through all modes of transportation – truck, rail and vessel.

The renovated facility will provide storage for nearly 3 million bushels of grain, and in addition it will add eight full-time, year-round jobs.

“The agricultural industry in the Rio Grande Valley continues to have a tremendous economic impact for the region,” said John Wood, Brownsville Navigation District Chairman. “We’re pleased that the partnership between West Plains LLC, OmniTRAX Inc. and the Port of Brownsville will benefit our local growers and connect them with new markets.”

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Friday, December 16 2016

Portage, IN -– Ratner Steel Supply Company announced plans to expand its operations at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor in Portage, creating up to 37 new jobs by 2019.
“Once companies choose to hire Hoosiers, they’ll almost always want to hire more,” said Governor Mike Pence. “After picking Indiana for a new facility in 2012, Ratner Steel experienced the benefits of employing a strong team of Hoosiers, who are among the nation’s most skilled manufacturing professionals. Today, one in five Hoosiers work in the manufacturing industry, and that’s a strong asset for companies like Ratner Steel as they consider where to grow and invest in their futures.”

The Roseville, Minnesota-based company will invest $8.83 million to nearly double the size of its facility at 655 George Nelson Drive in Portage. Construction is currently underway to add an additional 100,000 square feet and is expected to be complete by March 2017.

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Friday, December 16 2016

America’s leading retail pharmacy plans to open 762,000 sq. ft. center in 2018

Kansas City, MO -- Governor Jay Nixon today announced that major retailor CVS Pharmacy will build a new 762,000 sq. ft. distribution center in Kansas City, Mo, at the Skyport Industrial Park. The company’s expansion is expected to create more than 360 new jobs in the region.

“Missouri recently reached record employment, with more folks back at work in our state than ever before,” Gov. Nixon said. “Today’s announcement by CVS Pharmacy to create 360 new jobs in Kansas City will continue this momentum, and is great news for area families. Once again, Missouri has shown the nation that we are open for business with a strong and growing economy.”

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Friday, December 16 2016

Chattanooga, TN -- U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) applauded the announcement by Wacker Chemical that the company will make an additional $150 million investment at its Charleston, Tenn. production plant, which will create 50 new jobs in Bradley County.

“Today’s announcement that Wacker will invest an additional $150 million and create 50 new jobs at its Charleston plant is outstanding news for Bradley County and surrounding areas,” said Corker. “These high-quality jobs will benefit Tennessee families in a real way, and I thank Wacker for its continued investment in our state. I also appreciate the work Governor Haslam and his economic development team did to make this important expansion a reality.”

The $150 million investment adds to the $2.5 billion investment the company has made in its polysilicon production plant in Bradley County since 2009. The company currently employs more than 600 individuals.

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Friday, December 16 2016

$75 million investment expected to create 250 new jobs in the Upstate
Columbia, SC -- Techtronic Industries (TTI), a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of quality consumer, professional and industrial products, is expanding its Power Equipment Group's operations in Anderson County. The $75 million investment is expected to create 250 new jobs in the Upstate over the next several years.
Founded in 1985 and headquartered in Hong Kong, TTI has continuously expanded around the world through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. TTI now boasts, among its product offerings, some of the world's most famous and iconic brands, including Milwaukee®, AEG®, Ryobi®, Homelite®, Hoover®, Oreck®, Vax® and Dirt Devil ®. As a global leader in the home improvement, construction and consumer product markets, the company employs more than 20,000 people worldwide.

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Wednesday, December 14 2016
Big River Steel Commissions Melt Shop and Hot Mill

Zekelman Industries Buys First Hot Rolled Coil Alongside Charity Donation

Osceola, AR -- Big River Steel, the world’s first Flex Mill™, has begun operations in its melt shop and hot mill. These are the third and fourth areas of the mill to be commissioned following the batch anneal facility and temper mill earlier this year. The first hot rolled coil produced was purchased by Zekelman Industries and will be sent to Atlas Tube, one of the company’s structural tube mills in Blytheville, Arkansas, just miles from Big River’s site.  Zekelman Industries purchased the coil for $100,000 with the entire amount jointly contributed by Big River and Zekelman Industries to Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and Arkansas Northeastern College (ANC).

Under construction since July 2014, Big River is commissioning some of the world’s newest steelmaking technology and will recycle approximately 2 million tons of scrap metal and other metallics to produce 1.6 million tons of finished steel products annually. The company’s Flex Mill™ is the first in North America to connect an electric arc furnace (EAF) to a Ruhrstahl Heraeus degasser and will be the only EAF mill in the United States to produce hot rolled steel as thick as 1” and as wide as 78”.

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Wednesday, December 14 2016

Manufacturing and distribution center to bring $45 million investment and create 450 new jobs
Columbia, SC -- PL Developments, a manufacturer, packager and distributor of pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products, is launching new Greenville County operations to expand its presence in South Carolina. The new development is projected to bring $45 million in new capital investment and lead to the creation of 450 jobs.
Founded in 1988 and headquartered in Westbury, N.Y., PL Developments primarily serves U.S. retailers with an assortment of more than 450 unique products across several healthcare applications, the company's nationwide facility footprint exceeds one million square feet.

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Wednesday, December 14 2016

Frankfort, KY -- Governor Matt Bevin announced the appointment of Terry R. Gill, Jr. as Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. 

The Cabinet is the primary state agency responsible for encouraging new jobs and investment in the state. Gov. Bevin says Gill is the right choice to help lead the Commonwealth to new heights.

“Kentucky is poised for unparalleled success in the years ahead,” said Gov. Bevin. “Thanks to a new pro-business majority in the legislature and our focus on eliminating bureaucratic red tape, Kentucky is becoming more business-friendly by the day. Terry brings integrity, business competence and a passion for economic development that will foster a stronger environment for job creation in every region of Kentucky.

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Tuesday, December 13 2016

New development will result in at least $120 million of new investment in Lowcountry
Columbia, SC -- Evonik Corporation, a German chemical manufacturing company, is launching new operations in Berkeley County. The project will result in at least $120 million of new capital investment and the creation of more than 50 jobs.
Evonik is one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies and employs more than 33,500 people worldwide. With business activities across more than 100 countries, Evonik produces chemicals for a variety of applications, including adhesives, cleaning products, construction materials and more.
Located at the Charleston International Manufacturing Center at 1588 Bushy Park Road in Goose Creek, S.C., Evonik is building a precipitated silica plant to supply the tire industry. The industry requires high-quality precipitated silica to produce fuel-efficient tires with wet grip properties, which can save up to eight percent in fuel consumption compared to conventional car tires.

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Tuesday, December 13 2016
Port of South Louisiana Safety Risk Agency Manager and Infragard Louisiana President, Millet, Receives USCG Meritorious Public Service Award

Photo Caption: Lester Millet III pictured with USCG Captain Wayne R. Arguin

LaPlace, LA -- During the November 17, 2016 Facility Security Officers (FSO) workgroup meeting, Lester Millet III, Port of South Louisiana’s (PSL) Safety Risk Agency Manager and InfraGard Louisiana President, was presented with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Meritorious Public Service Award by Captain Wayne R. Arguin, USCG Sector New Orleans Captain of the Port. Some of the achievements Mr. Millet was recognized for included the following:

  • As Chairman of PSL’s FSO workgroup (2007 to present), Mr. Millet expanded membership from 25 to over 800 public and private stakeholders. PSL’s FSO workgroup is recognized as one of the largest in the country and considered a best practice model by USCG
  • Mr. Millet has organized and conducted numerous free training opportunities, including the following: Three successful FBI Explosive Awareness Training events, two major FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) conferences, a Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Standards (CFATS) Awareness course, and an FSO Refresher course
  • Establishment of notification protocols for aerial flyovers and U.S. Corps of Engineers hydro surveying, which significantly reduced erroneous suspicious activity reporting to the National Response Center (NRC), thereby saving several hundred hours of unwarranted investigations by USCG and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)
  • Through a vetted distribution list, Mr. Millet has shared situational awareness with 800 + local, state, and federal public and private stakeholders
  • Mr. Millet’s collective work as President of InfraGard Louisiana

About the Port of South Louisiana
The Port of South Louisiana is a 54-mile port district on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, encompassing the parishes of St. Charles, St. John and St. James.   The facilities located within the port’s district consistently handle over a quarter billion short tons of cargo annually, ranking it the largest tonnage port district in the Western Hemisphere, the nation’s greatest grain exporter, and the number one energy transfer port in the United States. Along the 108 miles of deep-water frontage on both banks of the river there are seven grain transfer facilities, four major oil processing plants,  11 petrochemical manufacturing facilities and several other facilities for a total of more than 50 docks owned and operated by an impressive group of resident tenants  such as ADM, ArcelorMittal, Dow, Cargill, DuPont, Motiva Enterprises, Marathon, Shell,  Nucor Steel., Occidental, Valero, and Occidental Chemical. To learn more, visit us at, like us on Facebook, and follow us on LinkedIn.

For more information about this particular topic or about the Port of South Louisiana, contact Alexandra “Alex” Hernández, Public Information Officer, at 985-652-9278 or

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Thursday, December 08 2016

Information technology solutions provider investing $41 million and creating 1,500 new jobs
Columbia, SC -- CompuCom Systems, Inc. (CompuCom®), a leading technology infrastructure services company, is locating its new global headquarters operations in Lancaster County. The new development is projected to bring $41 million in new capital investment and lead to the creation of 1,500 new jobs over the next five to seven years, making this the largest single job announcement in Lancaster County history.
Founded in 1987, CompuCom is a global company which provides IT managed services, infrastructure solutions, consulting and products to Fortune 1000 companies. With approximately 11,500 employees, CompuCom manages and supports more than 4.4 million end users and is a partner to six of the top 10 Fortune 500 companies.

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Tuesday, December 06 2016
Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce Leclerc Foods to Establish US Headquarters in Kingsport

Food manufacturer investing $49 million, creating 105 jobs

Nashville, TN -- Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and Leclerc Foods officials announced that the food producer will establish its U.S. headquarters in Kingsport and expand production operations.

Leclerc Foods is investing approximately $49 million to establish a second facility in Kingsport and create 105 new jobs. The facility will include a new manufacturing line for granola bars, warehousing and distribution space as well as Leclerc Foods’ U.S. headquarters operations.

“Leclerc Foods’ decision to bring its U.S. headquarters to Kingsport is a prime example of our economic development efforts hitting on all cylinders,” Haslam said.  “Since first establishing a new manufacturing plant in Kingsport eight years ago, Leclerc Foods has expanded considerably.

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Tuesday, December 06 2016

Automotive supplier investing $29 million and creating 480 jobs in Spartanburg County
Columbia, SC -- Magna International, a leading global automotive supplier, is constructing a new seat manufacturing plant in Spartanburg County. Representing its fourth manufacturing plant in South Carolina, the company is projected to invest $29 million in the facility, creating 480 new jobs over the next five years.

Headquartered in Aurora, Ontario, Canada, Magna International operates facilities across the globe, employing approximately 155,000 people worldwide. The company's product capabilities include producing many parts of the automobile, such as the body, chassis, exterior, seating, powertrain, electronic, vision, closure and roof systems and modules, as well as contract manufacturing.

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Tuesday, December 06 2016

Mesa, AZ -- Infineon, a Germany-based world leader in semiconductor solutions, celebrated the Grand Opening of its new warehouse and Gallium Nitride (GaN) cleanroom at its Mesa facility located at 550 W. Juanita Ave. The multi-million-dollar expansion project added approximately 11,500 square feet and will create more than 20 new high-quality jobs.

“Infineon has been an important part of Mesa’s technology community for years and it is great to see them expand their facility,” Mesa Mayor John Giles said. “It’s exciting when a business in Mesa is on the cutting edge of new semiconductor technology.”

GaN is a new semiconductor material that will help increase the efficiency and performance of power electronics used in everyday life such as power adapters for laptops.

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Tuesday, December 06 2016
Four New Panamax cranes arrive at the Port of Savannah

Savannah, GA -- Four new Super Post Panamax ship-to-shore cranes arrived at Garden City Terminal Monday, bringing the Port of Savannah's total to 26, more than any other terminal in the U.S.
"For customers, it means the capacity to move up to a thousand containers per hour across a single dock at America's largest terminal - allowing us to work more vessels, more quickly," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. "It means getting cargo to market and getting ships back out to sea with unmatched efficiency."
Designed by Konecranes of Finland, these enormous cranes can work the largest ships calling on the U.S. East Coast, reaching across vessels 22 containers wide.

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