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Thursday, March 31 2016
Port of South Louisiana Launches Redesigned Website

LaPlace, LA -- The Port of South Louisiana is pleased to announce the redesign of the website With updated features and enhanced navigability, it is set to provide its audience more relevant and accessible information on the activity within the Port of South Louisiana and the River Region.

“Our website has always been an important way for us to share information about the Port of South Louisiana and the resources of the River Region,” said Paul Aucoin, Executive Director of the Port of South Louisiana. “With its new look and improved navigability, it makes it even easier to find everything anyone wants to know about the largest tonnage port in the Western Hemisphere.”

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Wednesday, March 30 2016

Shelbyville, Indiana -- Agricultural equipment manufacturer Krone North America has announced plans to relocate its headquarters to Shelbyville, IN, and also build a new distribution center, showroom and training facility in Shelbyville.

Supported by state tax credits, an infrastructure assistance grant and City of Shelbyville economic development incentives, the company will invest $12.5 million to construct a 200,000-square-foot facility on 40 acres of undeveloped land.

While most of the space will be used for distribution and showroom facilities, the new facility will also house approximately 20,000 square feet of office space to accommodate Krone’s corporate headquarters team.

The project will bring 101 new high-wage jobs to Shelbyville and Indiana by 2021. These are jobs with average salaries that will be nearly double the state’s average wage. Krone will start hiring next year once they know how many of their current employees in Memphis will be relocating to Indiana.

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Wednesday, March 30 2016

Edgerton, KS -- NorthPoint Development has announced the start of construction of Inland Ports XXXII, a 765,927 square-foot building and XXXIII, a 927,155 square-foot building, both constructed on a speculative basis at Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC). LPKC is a 1,700-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse development anchored by BNSF Railway’s newest intermodal facility located in Edgerton, Kan., a suburb southwest of Kansas City.

Approximately two million square feet of speculative construction will be delivered this spring, and due to existing tenant demand and new tenant interest, NorthPoint has decided to start this new phase of construction. Upon completion of the two additional buildings, expected in summer 2016, there will be approximately 6.5 million square feet of new buildings at LPKC, supporting total future building capacity of 17 million square feet.

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Wednesday, March 30 2016

By Ben Meyer

The e-commerce giant said the planned 822,104-square-foot facility in Edgerton, Kan. will create 1,000 full-time hourly positions, as well as opportunities for management and support roles., Inc. will open a new 822,104-square-foot customer fulfillment center at Logistics Park Kansas City (LPKC), according to a statement from the company.

The e-commerce giant said the planned facility will create 1,000 full-time hourly positions, as well as opportunities for management and support roles.

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Tuesday, March 29 2016

By Colin McEvoy

This column, written by LVEDC President and CEO Don Cunningham, originally appeared in Lehigh Valley Business on October 19, 2015.

The recent announcement of Japanese medical device manufacturer Nihon Kohden opening a technical and product support location in the Lehigh Valley is part of a trend of international investment in the Lehigh Valley.

Nihon Kohden will create 27 new jobs in a 7,000 sq. ft. facility in South Whitehall Township. As a stand-alone development that is modest job creation but Nihon Kohden is part of a recent wave of businesses based in other countries to find their way to the region.

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Tuesday, March 29 2016
$7.3 billion in public health savings seen in 2015 from wind energy cutting air pollution

U.S. wind fleet reduces power sector CO2 emissions more than six percent

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. wind farms reduced electric power sector carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 132 million metric tons in 2015, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) forthcoming annual U.S. wind industry market report. Those avoided emissions are equal to that from 28 million cars, or more than six percent of all carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from U.S. electricity generation last year.

Wind energy also greatly reduces a variety of health-harming air pollutants, including smog-causing sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), which helps reduce rates of asthma and other respiratory issues. Electricity generated by wind in 2015 displaced an estimated 176,000 metric tons of SO2 and 106,000 metric tons of NOx, representing $7.3 billion in avoided health costs last year alone.

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Tuesday, March 29 2016

Fort Smith, AR -- Veterinarians Trevor South and Rachel South broke ground for the new River Valley Animal Hospital and Emergency Services on Monday, March 28 at 10:00 a.m. The new animal hospital and 24-hour clinic will be located at 400 Frontier Road, Barling, Ark.  
Drs. South and South will operate their day practice for both small and large animals. Their practice will focus on compassionate, progressive care with emphasis on advanced diagnostics and technology. In addition to preventative wellness visits, vaccinations and urgent care, they will offer advanced technology such as digital x-ray and ultrasonic dental equipment, with plans for eventually obtaining other advanced diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. They plan to hire at least two more veterinarians before opening the after-hours emergency services clinic.

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Tuesday, March 29 2016

Merck to expand Elkton manufacturing operation

Richmond, VA -- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, a global health care leader, will invest $168 million to expand its manufacturing operation near the Town of Elkton in Rockingham County. Over a period of time, Merck will upgrade plant infrastructure, add manufacturing-related facilities and equipment, and undertake a personnel training initiative to support the bioprocessing environment.

“Virginia is proud to be a partner to this extraordinary leader in the biopharmaceutical industry,” Governor McAuliffe said. “We welcome this important project, which will enhance Merck’s position on our corporate roster and expand the contributions they make to the economy of this important region and our entire state. Our existing businesses are key to building a new Virginia economy, and we remain committed to these corporate citizens as they make the investments necessary to succeed in the 21st century economy.”

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Friday, March 25 2016

By Hannah Purnell

Independent grocers like Gutierrez Deli in Covington are carrying more fresh produce

Northern KY -- In its first year of implementation, the myNKY regional plan has made important strides toward elevating the quality of life for Northern Kentuckians. But according to those charged with developing and managing the plan, there is still work to be done — particularly in the areas of health and wellness.
Earlier this year, in response to a report that ranked Kentucky 47th out of 50 states in overall health, Skyward and its regional partners came together with the goal of moving an additional 9 percent of NKY residents (20,000 people) into “very good” or “excellent” reported health status.

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Friday, March 25 2016

Industrial distributor to invest more than $100 million in metro Atlanta

Atlanta, GA -- Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that HD Supply Holdings, Inc., one of the largest industrial distributors in North America, will create 500 new jobs and invest more than $100 million in Cobb County throughout the next 5 years.

“Our pro-business climate, highly-skilled workforce and manufacturing infrastructure continue to attract companies like HD Supply to Georgia,” said Deal. “The company’s expansion will allow them to continue growing as a leader in the industrial distribution industry. I am confident that HD Supply will benefit from opening a new facility in our state and further prove why Georgia is a top destination for job creators.”

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Friday, March 25 2016

Waxahachie, TX -- The Waxahachie city council approved an incentive agreement with Airborne Imaging that will allow the long-time business at Mid-Way Regional Airport to expand its operations by constructing a new hangar at the airport.

The $3 million project will construct a 30,000 square foot hangar that will utilize approximately 2.4 acres at the airport, according to the agreement approved at Monday night's regular meeting. Through the construction, Airborne will enter into a 30-year ground lease with Mid-Way, which is jointly owned by the cities of Waxahachie and Midlothian. The incentive agreement was expected to be presented to the Midlothian city council after press time at its Tuesday meeting for approval.

“Airborne Imaging has been a long-term tenant for us up at the airport. They have leased a 10,000-foot city-owned hangar,” said Michael Scott, the Waxahachie Assistant City Manager. “They contract with the Department of Defense and do a number of different things out there. They are a very successful business. They have an opportunity now where they want not to just lease a hangar, but to build a hangar.”

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Friday, March 25 2016
Mississippi Silicon Celebrates Grand Opening of Facility in Burnsville

Burnsville, Mississippi — Governor Phil Bryant and officials from Mississippi Silicon gathered today to celebrate the grand opening of the company’s new silicon metal production facility in Burnsville, Miss., in Tishomingo County. The project, which was announced in January 2014, represents a corporate investment of $200 million and the creation of 200 jobs.

“I appreciate the team at Mississippi Silicon for choosing a Mississippi location and creating so many new jobs in the region. This facility will generate a significant effect on the area’s economy, and its opening is a testament to the coordinated teamwork of state and local economic developers,” Governor Bryant said. “I know the region’s workforce will produce world-class results, ensuring Mississippi Silicon enjoys many successful years in our state.”

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Friday, March 25 2016

Award-winning local manufacturer to support 25 direct and induced jobs

Santa Fe, NM -- Secretary Jon Barela announced that award-winning local manufacturer Santa Fe Spirits is expanding its facility and creating 14 high-paying manufacturing jobs, and will support several more agricultural jobs for those who supply their business. Economic Development (NMEDD) Secretary Jon Barela joined local leaders for the announcement. Santa Fe Spirits' products can be found in stores throughout New Mexico, across the U.S. and around the world.

"Santa Fe Spirits is a great example of how incentives can help small businesses get across the finish line to expand, create new jobs and increase production," Secretary Barela said. "We want to continue to help our local manufacturers succeed as we continue to diversify our economy and bring new dollars to the state."

"We are thankful for the support we've received from the Martinez Administration and our local leaders," said Colin Keegan, founder of Santa Fe Spirits. "We pride ourselves on playing our own small part in growing the economy in Santa Fe and the State of New Mexico by hiring local and using local suppliers.

They are true partners in helping us make award-winning products to distribute around the country and the globe."

Santa Fe Spirits is currently in distribution negotiations with Mexico, and other countries around the world.

"Santa Fe Spirits is growing into an economic powerhouse in local manufacturing, right here on Santa Fe's Southside," said Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales,  "Colin and his team are creating high-paying jobs and increasing business for local agriculture, all while they contribute to Santa Fe's unique cultural brand. We couldn't be more pleased to be here, in partnership with the State, helping another local business find growth and success. But the truth is, Santa Fe Spirits success is a result of their product, their hard work, and their dedication, and we are so proud of this group of Santa Feans."

Keegan has invested heavily in Santa Fe Spirits since its founding in 2010. The total expansion is expected to cost $1.25 million, including land, construction, equipment, and soft costs.

NMEDD will provide $325,000 in Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funds to assist Santa Fe Spirits with the
development of an additional 4,000 square-foot building to accommodate future expansion. The City of Santa Fe is contributing $100,000 to the project through waived fees and financial incentives.

LEDA is New Mexico's closing fund and recruits new businesses to New Mexico and helps those that are already here grow. Additionally, Governor Susana Martinez ended the practice of double and triple taxation on manufacturers, helping New Mexico earn the title of "Best in the West" for manufacturers from Ernst and Young.

This project will generate more than $5 million in new tax revenue for the state and a have total economic output of more than $60 million.


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Thursday, March 24 2016

Company to create 110 new jobs, invest $12.5 million
Jonesboro, AR -- FMH Conveyors, a global leader in material handling equipment for fluid truck loading and unloading applications, today announced it is expanding its operations in Jonesboro, Arkansas. As part of the expansion, the company will begin construction on a new 195,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, and the $12.5 million investment will create 110 new jobs.
“FMH Conveyors has experienced tremendous growth over the past several years, and our success is greatly attributed to our commitment to meeting our customers’ equipment and service requirements,” said Mike Kachmer, president and CEO of Duravant, the parent company of FMH Conveyors. “We are investing accordingly to ensure the highest standards of quality and delivery for our customers, and we are excited to build upon the local talent, resources and partnerships available here in Arkansas.” 

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Thursday, March 24 2016

Axyal brings technical plastics and composites solutions to the Space Coast 

Brevard County, FL -- The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) is pleased to announce that Axyal, a French company developing innovative solutions for technical plastics and composites, will open its first North American office in Brevard County, Florida.

Axyal, headquartered in Sauvagnon, France has established Axyal Space Coast to serve its U.S. customers. The company opened a sales office in Melbourne, Florida; with plans to expand into a full scale design and manufacturing facility serving a variety of sectors to include aerospace, medical, railway and automotive.

The EDC worked closely with company representatives to introduce them to the U.S. market, our local business community, and our existing aviation and aerospace industry leaders. “Brevard County offers a robust aerospace and aviation environment which played a major role in our decision to expand here. We are excited about the prospect of expanding our customer base in Brevard County and throughout the world,” stated Etienne Florin, General Manager of Axyal Space Coast.

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Thursday, March 24 2016

Danby Group Announces Warehouse & Distribution Center in Saraland
Mobile, AL -- Danby Products, a manufacturer of appliances announced it will open a southern distribution warehouse in Saraland, Ala., to serve customers located across the Southeastern U.S. in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and parts of Texas. The operations will be located in a 125,000 square-foot facility that will ultimately include a small factory outlet retail store.
The new facility, slated to open in late April, is located at 252 Jacintoport, and the company worked with NAI Mobile on the lease. Once fully-operational, the company will employ 25 full-time workers.
Eian Campbell, director of operations with Danby, said the company evaluated the ability of numerous locations to receive inbound ocean containers in conjunction with a review of outbound transportation services - specifically road transportation and intermodal rail service. They also evaluated warehousing opportunities coupled with a review of the skill sets of the local workforce. 

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Thursday, March 24 2016

Shelby, NC -- Attorneys with Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein and advisors with Parker Poe Consulting facilitated KSM Castings USA Inc. with finalizing plans for an $80 million expansion of the company’s casting facility in Shelby, NC.  The German company will add as a first step a 50,000 square-foot building and 80 jobs to the $55 million, 120,000 square-foot plant it built in 2014 that currently employs about 130 people.

“This expansion solidifies our commitment to the region as a supplier of aluminum-cast auto parts for all major automakers,” said Franz Friedrich Butz, CEO of KSM Castings Group, the parent company of KSM Castings USA Inc., which is owned by CITIC Dicastal Co. Ltd. Of China.

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Thursday, March 24 2016

April 5 marks day of recognition for port contributions to the economy 

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) -- AAPA announced that its entire membership will celebrate Western Hemisphere Ports Day on April 5. On this special occasion, the association will recognize the industry’s role in job creation and economic prosperity, and its commitment to education, training and environmental stewardship initiatives on behalf of the communities they serve across the Americas.

“As the unified and recognized voice of the port industry, AAPA is excited to tell the world our story,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO. “Ports Day is part of an ongoing commitment to highlight to policymakers and the public about the vital role ports play in moving the goods we depend on and linking us to the global economy.”

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Thursday, March 24 2016

New partnership will bring hundreds of additional units on-line within two years
San Antonio, TX -- Port San Antonio is in negotiations with Dallas-based Granite Redevelopment Properties and locally-owned Mission DG to significantly grow residential workforce housing on its 1,900-acre campus. In the days ahead, the Port will work with the developers to establish a plan to upgrade almost 300 existing unoccupied townhome-style units at the Billy Mitchell Village apartment complex, located along the northern boundary of the property.
The project—with a total cost estimated of $20 million—will more than triple residential offerings for the growing number of families who work at the Port and in the surrounding area.
Before construction work begins later this year, the Port will enter into a formal agreement with Granite, whose development team includes Mission DG.

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Friday, March 18 2016
Walmart Selects Indiana for New Milk Processing Plant, 200+ Hoosier Jobs

Facility to be one of nation's largest, support Indiana's agriculture industry

Fort Wayne, IN -- Walmart, the nation’s largest grocer, announced plans today to establish a milk processing plant in Fort Wayne, providing new opportunities for Indiana’s dairy industry and creating more than 200 good-paying jobs ranging from milk processing to transportation by the end of 2017. 

“Today, Indiana’s agriculture industry contributes $31 billion to the state’s economy and supports more than 100,000 Hoosier jobs,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Last year, Walmart opened a 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center in Plainfield, creating more than 300 jobs, and today we celebrate 200 more. I’m proud to welcome this expansion as we work to create quality jobs for Hoosiers and support our Indiana farmers.” 

With construction anticipated to begin this summer, Walmart will build a more than 250,000-square-foot milk processing plant, which is expected to be one of the largest in the industry, at 2322 W. Pleasant Center Road. 

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Friday, March 18 2016
FCRA Sells Historic Warehouses for Commercial Development

Fort Smith, AR -- Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority (FCRA) staff and board members have dreamed of developing the Chaffee Crossing Historic District into an urban, walking district and now those dreams are coming true. FCRA board members approved an offer today from Diades Investments, LLC to purchase five warehouse buildings located in the 7400 block of Ellis Street, Fort Smith, Ark. The buildings will be converted into a multi-use property to include retail, office and restaurant space.
Built in 1941-1942, the WWII-era warehouses face the Chaffee Crossing Historic District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. TheDiades group plans to begin renovation of the buildings into retail and commercial space that retains as much of the original architecture and atmosphere as possible. Work is expected to begin in June 2016 and be completed by the end of first quarter 2017. Construction of a restaurant in one of the warehouses is under consideration. Work on that project may also begin in 2016. Various uses and potential tenants are being explored for the remaining retail spaces.

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Friday, March 18 2016
Chobani Announces Major Expansion of World's Largest Yogurt Manufacturing Plant in Twin Falls, Idaho

Nearly $100 million incremental investment to fuel momentum as company continues to grow category and push into new areas
Twin Falls, ID --  Chobani, America's #1 Greek yogurt brand, announced today a major expansion to its manufacturing facility in Twin Falls, Idaho, which will be used to drive continued growth in the region, the state and the community and expand production capability to meet demand for new and existing products. 

“Building the largest yogurt manufacturing plant in the world and expanding it three years later is a really proud moment for us and an example of how right it was to pick Idaho as our second home,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Chobani. “Our success in Idaho and New York is an example of the power and strength of U.S. manufacturing. To food companies like ours, it’s a signal of the momentum of the food movement that we started: better food for more people.”

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Friday, March 18 2016
Design & Construction Leader Makes Shift to the Austin Company

National industrial plant design and construction leader makes big move to America’s original industrial design-build firm, The Austin Company.

Cleveland, Ohio -- The Austin Company (, a leading international design, engineering, construction, design-build and site location consulting firm is pleased to announce that J. Brandon Davis has joined the firm as Vice President and General Manager of Austin’s Cleveland operations. In this role, Davis will have overall responsibility for Austin’s largest operation, which includes consulting, design, engineering, planning, construction and design-build operations.

“Brandon is a great addition to our executive team and we are confident that he will help drive and continue our growth and our commitment to high-quality, on-time, on-budget, project delivery. We are proud to welcome Brandon to the team – his values, leadership style and commitment to excellence fit in perfectly at The Austin Company,” said Mike Pierce, president of The Austin Company.

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Thursday, March 17 2016

Funding Part of Obama Administration’s POWER Initiative

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the availability of $65.8 million through the Obama Administration’s Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative  to develop new strategies for economic growth and worker advancement for communities that have historically relied on the coal economy for economic stability.  With this announcement, communities and regions that have been negatively impacted by changes in the coal economy -- including mining, coal fired power plants and related transportation, logistics and manufacturing supply chains -- can apply for resources to help strengthen their economies and workforces. 

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Wednesday, March 16 2016

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to keynote on April 6

American Association of Port Authorities -- High-ranking government officials, policy influencers, port authority CEOs and senior staff from throughout the Western Hemisphere, along with a host of maritime industry leaders will converge on Washington, D.C., April 4-6, to participate in the 2016 Spring Conference of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas.

Among the conference highlights will be a keynote luncheon address by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx on April 6; an April 5 luncheon to kick off Western Hemisphere Ports Day – celebrating the unity and value of seaports throughout the Americas; an analysis of the 2016 U.S. presidential election by political columnist and commentator Charlie Cook; an interactive conversation on planning and coordinating the multimodal freight system between Maj. Gen. Ed Jackson, Deputy Commanding General for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Civil and Emergency Operations, Capt. Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, U.S. Maritime Administrator, and Bud Wright, Executive Director for the American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO); and perspectives on FAST Act implementation from Vinn White, Deputy Assistant Secretary at USDOT, Roger Bohnert, Deputy Executive Director of USDOT’s Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC), and Rolf Schmitt, Deputy Director of USDOT’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research & Technology at the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

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Wednesday, March 16 2016
Governor Abbott Announces Pegasus Foods Expansion In Texas

(PHOTO: Office of the Governor, 3/14/2016)

Austin, TX -- Governor Abbott announced that California-based Pegasus Foods will be expanding new operations to Texas. Pegasus Foods will construct a new, 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Rockwall, Texas in order to expand its food production capacity. The expansion is projected to create at least 325 jobs and $10 million in capital investment.

“Once again, a California company has decided there is no better place to grow and operate a business than the Lone Star State,” said Governor Abbott. “Less government, lower taxes, smarter regulations and right-to-work laws create an economic framework that allows free enterprise to flourish and attracts employers to our large cities and small towns. Texas offers room to grow, and I look forward to welcoming even more businesses from California.”

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Wednesday, March 16 2016

Genomics testing company adding 130 jobs with nearly $12.5 million investment

Frankfort, KY -- Governor Matt Bevin and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer joined company and community officials to cut a ribbon on Eurofins MWG Operon LLC, an industrial-scale genomics lab in Louisville.

The area’s shipping and distribution infrastructure helped draw the 130 job, $12.5 million facility, an investment by a division of Eurofins Genomics, a global provider of genomic products and services including DNA/RNA synthesis and DNA sequencing.

“We are pleased to welcome Eurofins Scientific to Kentucky and excited about creating jobs in the promising career field of genomics right here in Louisville,” said Governor Matt Bevin. “We are glad they will be taking advantage of the many logistical capabilities that are unique to Kentucky. This is a testament to the quality of Louisville's workforce and further indication that Kentucky is open for business.”

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Friday, March 11 2016

Austin, TX -- Governor Greg Abbott announced that McKesson Corporation will consolidate and expand its operations in the Dallas metro area and open a new regional office in Irving, Texas. McKesson’s expansion is projected to create at least 975 new jobs and $157 million in capital investment in the State of Texas. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant offer of $9.75 million has been extended to McKesson Corporation, the largest TEF award offer made by Governor Abbott to date.

“I am proud that McKesson has chosen to expand their operations in the Lone Star State and create hundreds of new jobs,” said Governor Abbott. “This expansion is yet another testament to the power of Texas’ low-tax, low-regulation economic climate that continues to attract industry leaders, innovators, and job creators from around the globe. I am confident McKesson’s outstanding leadership in the pharmaceutical and healthcare technology sectors will serve as an invaluable contribution to the Texas economy.”

“After a thoughtful and thorough selection process, we’re excited to consolidate our Dallas-area offices into a new, state-of-the-art facility in Irving, Texas,” said David Evangelista, Senior Vice President and General Manager of McKesson Financial Center. “Investing in this new, modern workspace will enable our associates to more effectively serve McKesson customers in the evolving healthcare industry.”

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Thursday, March 10 2016

Memphis, TN -- Varco Pruden Buildings announced its 2016 Hall of Fame winners. This annual competition recognizes top projects by Varco Pruden (VP) builders that display innovation and excellence through the integration of VP building systems, products, architectural appearance, end use and design.

A total of 58 projects in 16 different building categories are included in this year’s Hall of Fame Awards.

“This year’s competition produced some impressive examples of the capabilities of our builder network,” said Jim Peckham, marketing manager at Varco Pruden. “Our building systems can meet the needs of virtually any commercial or industrial end-use. The list of winning projects shows the range of size, shape and architectural complexity that can be accomplished by our authorized builders and VP products.” 

“The Hall of Fame awards provide an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate and recognize exceptional builders. These winners reflect the broad scope of capabilities and variety of end-use possibilities for buildings constructed by our builder network. VP builders consistently produce incredible results for their clients,” said Chuck Haslebacher, president of Varco Pruden.

This year’s Best of Category winners are listed below. For a list of all the winners, click here.


VP Builder



Pat Munger Construction Co. Inc.

Stony Creek Brewery


JohnsonKreis Construction Co., Inc.

Limbaugh Toyota


M & F Litteken Co.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church


Ascent Construction, Inc.

FedEx Ground


R. W. Allen, LLC

Towns County Recreation/Conference Center


Baldwin & Shell Construction Co.

Southwind Milling


Ourown Construction Corp.

Pro Products Inc.


Pence Construction, Inc.

Pali Mountain Dining Hall


Gregory Development, LLC

Walnut Street Phase II


Crossland Construction Co., Inc.

Bentonville Community Center


Cooper Construction Co., Inc.

Hendersonville Community Co-op


GarVin Construction, Inc.

National Restaurant Supply Co.


Coil Construction Inc.

Central Methodist University’s Allied Health Professions Bldg.


Vanston/O'Brien Inc.

Pirates Cove Building 


MBG Buildings Inc.

YVR Airside Operations Building


a.j. Veneklasen, Inc.

Broadmoor Industrial

About Varco Pruden Buildings

Varco Pruden Buildings is a division of BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc. Through advanced engineering and proprietary building products, Varco Pruden provides innovative steel building solutions worldwide for low-rise commercial and industrial applications – including offices, warehouses, schools, manufacturing and retail projects. Headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., Varco Pruden markets its products through a network of more than 1,000 authorized builders within the United States and Canada. Varco Pruden is a member of the MBMA, CSSBI and the USGBC. For additional information, visit

Media Contact:

Erin Townsend

Public Relations

Varco Pruden Buildings, a division of BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc.

Phone: 901-748-9336


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Monday, March 07 2016

Charleston, SC -- The South Carolina Ports Authority announced plans to bring solar power to the Wando Welch and Columbus Street terminals, making SCPA the largest rooftop solar host in the state and further enhancing the Port's commitment to environmentally-responsible operations.

Two solar panel arrays generating 3.7 total megawatts of electricity will be installed on warehouse rooftops at the two SCPA terminals by summer 2016. The panels will provide a significant off-set to the Port's energy usage, returning power to the grid during peak hours of energy demand and resulting in a direct reduction to SCPA's power costs.

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Monday, March 07 2016

Total Number of Jobs Reaches All-Time High; Job Growth Since Mayor de Blasio Took Office is Largest Two Year Jump in New York City History

New York City, NY -- The City of New York announced that based on an analysis of seasonally adjusted job numbers for January 2016 provided by the New York State Department of Labor, New York City has reached a record 4.29 million total jobs.  Additionally, the data confirm that the average number of jobs added since Mayor de Blasio took office in January 2014 through December 2015 was 249,000, the largest two year job gain in New York City History.  The City added 35,400 private sector jobs in January 2016, with largest growth demonstrated in the Educational Services field.  The City’s unemployment rate is down nearly three percentage points since Mayor de Blasio took office.
"The incredible growth we're seeing shows we can make our economy stronger and more fair at the same time," said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen. "We're making strategic investments in fast-growing fields with good-paying jobs and real career pathways for New Yorkers."

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Tuesday, March 01 2016

Los Alamos, NM -- Los Alamos County announced today that Los Alamos and Los Alamos-based Descartes Labs has signed a lease on a 3,000 square foot commercial building abutting Los Alamos Canyon in downtown Los Alamos. The property located at 1925 W. Trinity Drive was built in 2012 by the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities in partnership with the Japanese government’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) who invested $30 million in Los Alamos to test and validate smart electric grid equipment capabilities. After NEDO completed their research, the building sat vacant for over a year and was recently remodeled to accommodate commercial office use. 

Descartes Labs had outgrown their former space in Los Alamos and was being heavily courted to relocate to another community. The vacant NEDO smart house was quickly converted by the County to serve the needs of a new high tech firm like Descartes, removing bedroom walls to create an open floor plan with just a few small offices. The building already contained a full kitchen with top of the line Japanese smart appliances, a solar array, and LED lighting.

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Tuesday, March 01 2016
U.S. number one in the world in wind energy production

Wind supplied Iowa with over 31 percent of its electricity last year
Washington, D.C. -- The United States continues to lead the world in wind energy production according to recently released data by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). 
Over 31 percent of Iowa’s in-state electricity generation came from wind last year – marking another major milestone. This is the first time wind has supplied a state with more than 30 percent of its annual electricity. Iowa, Kansas and South Dakota all generated more than 20 percent of their electricity from wind in 2015. 
“The U.S. is blessed with world-class wind resources,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. “We’re tapping into this homegrown resource more than ever thanks to American innovation and U.S. workers building some of the most productive wind turbines in the world. Now more than ever, low-cost, stably-priced, zero-emission wind energy is keeping our air clean and cutting costs for consumers. American wind power is well on its way to supplying 20 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030.”

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