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Tuesday, May 31 2016
Jimmy DeLoach Connector will enhance safety, benefit Georgia's economy

Photo Caption: Governor Nathan Deal announces the opening of the Jimmy DeLoach Connector during a ceremony, Friday, May, 27, 2016, in Port Wentworth, Ga. The newly opened roadway will cut 900 hours in truck transit time per day, yielding important reductions in highway emissions. Find print quality images here. (Georgia Ports Authority Photo/Stephen B. Morton)

Highway provides final link between Port of Savannah, I-95 and freight distribution facilities

Savannah, GA -- Gov. Nathan Deal joined Georgia Ports Authority Board Chairman-elect James L. Allgood, Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell R. McMurry and local leaders to celebrate the opening of the Jimmy DeLoach Connector. The highway extension provides the final connection between I-95, one of the country's busiest interstates, and the Port of Savannah, the nation's fourth-largest and fastest growing container port.
"Since taking office, improving and investing in our transportation and infrastructure system has been a key focus of mine," said Deal. "To that end, I prioritized infrastructure projects that will ensure Georgia remains the gateway to the South. 

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Tuesday, May 31 2016

Bristol, IN -- Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services (“Spartan”), a business unit of Spartan Motors Inc. which encompasses the Utilimaster go-to-market brand, announced plans to expand its operations here, creating up to 147 new jobs by 2019. 

“Indiana’s rich history in the automotive industry continues to attract new business and support job creation in today’s economy, helping the Hoosier state earn recognition as a top state for business,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Indiana ranks third in the country for automotive manufacturing production because of companies like Spartan Motors that serve commercial vehicle needs nationwide. As a state, we are committed to supporting job creators by cutting costs and taxes, reducing burdensome regulations and investing in our hardworking Hoosier workforce, ensuring that Indiana is a state that works for business.”

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Wednesday, May 25 2016

Success Marks Second of Three Steps in the $80 Million Finance Plan

Branson, MO -- The City of Branson and 76 Entertainment CID stakeholders are pleased to announce a 94% victory approving a 1% sales tax that paves the way for the planned revitalization of Highway 76. The Taney County Clerk’s Office reported today that it has certified mail-in ballots from property owners in Phase 1A of the 76 Entertainment CID who voted to approve the sales tax. The retail sales tax is expected to produce approximately $400,000 annually and will help to support this very important initiative in Branson’s future, ultimately improving the visitor experience along Branson’s famous Highway 76.
Larry Schmitt, Chairman of the 76 Entertainment Community Improvement District (CID) said, “I am absolutely thrilled with this outcome and I remain grateful to the property owners who showed vision and courage with this vote. This approval is an important milestone being the second of three steps necessary to improve the safety, beauty and functionality of Highway 76 following the formation of the CID. The third and final step is to expand beyond Phase 1A with the annexation of the remainder of Highway 76. We’ve been hearing from a number of property owners outside of Phase 1A who are expressing their support and enthusiasm for the project, and I truly believe that same excitement resonates with stakeholders throughout the entire corridor. I’m optimistic that most property owners will show the same courage and vision as demonstrated by those in Phase 1A.”

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Wednesday, May 25 2016

Alexandria, VA -- the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)—the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas—today is commending leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment for passing H.R. 5303, the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016. This is crucial legislation to address the needs of America’s ports and other water resources infrastructure, and help strengthen the nation’s economic competitiveness.

According to AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle, among the most important aspects of this legislation is that it puts WRDA back on an every-two-year cycle, avoiding a backlog of projects and adopting policy changes to make the system work more efficiently and fairly.  He cited House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), T&I Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), T&I Committee Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Chairman Robert Gibbs (R-OH) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Grace Napolitano (D-CA) for their leadership in bringing this important bill up for consideration this session.

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Wednesday, May 25 2016

Washington --  More than 20 representatives of Texas communities and a member of the Texas Transportation Commission were on Capitol Hill this week urging federal officials to continue and accelerate the ongoing development of Interstate 69.

Local leaders participating as members of the Alliance for I-69 Texas pressed for federal approval of federal grants for two specific Texas projects that will improve freight movement on segments of I-69. The Texas Department of Transportation is seeking funding under the FASTLANE grant program for the I-35/I-69W interchange project in Laredo and for a portion of SH 99 which will connect I-69 directly to the Port of Houston.

The FASTLANE program was established as part of the FAST Act, the five-year federal transportation bill passed by Congress last year. This program will provide $4.5 billion over five years in competitive grants or credit assistance to nationally and regionally significant freight and highway projects.

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Monday, May 23 2016

New Orleans, LA -- Thousands of wind power developers, manufacturers, workers, executives, and more arrive from around the world to New Orleans for a four-day conference and exhibition today as America’s industry with the fastest growing job kicked off its largest event all year.

WINDPOWER 2016 began this morning with the election of new leadership by the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Board of Directors and takes place as wind energy stays on track to supply 20 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030 – and with Louisiana rising as an emerging player in the industry. Former Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu will provide local flavor for the wind industry’s largest gathering in the Western Hemisphere by speaking during tomorrow’s Welcome & Opening General Session at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center starting at 9:00 a.m.

“With long-term policy certainty in place, this year’s attendees are excited to arrive in New Orleans and see what’s next for our industry,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA. “Thanks to U.S. factory workers building wind turbine parts and supplies, including hundreds here in Louisiana, we continue to lower our costs and give Americans the power to power ourselves.”

Wind power now supports 88,000 jobs in the U.S. and could support 380,000 jobs by 2030. American innovation has helped wind power lower its costs by two-thirds in just six years, passing the savings onto American homeowners and businesses.

“Thanks to 20 percent job growth over the previous year, there are more workers in wind power than there are seats in the Superdome,” continued Kiernan. “With its continued technology upgrades wind energy continues to expand throughout the Southeastern U.S. By adding new transmission lines we can bring even more of wind power’s clean, low-cost source of electricity to more Americans in this region.”

As its technology changes and new leaders emerge a new generation of wind power is arriving in the U.S. Those changes led to this year’s WINDPOWER theme to be labeled ‘Generation Wind’ The theme helps to promote future leaders in the industry and, with over 100 sessions and presentations, this year’s conference offers more opportunities than ever for attendees to learn and to network.

“Wind power has become a key part of America’s electricity mix, and generation wind has arrived here in New Orleans,” said Jana Adams, Senior Vice President of Member Value and Experience, AWEA. “Our flagship trade show WINDPOWER 2016 is changing to match our industry’s progress, we’re engaging the industry on many levels, training future leaders, and together preparing to meet America’s energy needs.”

This year’s WINDPOWER comes at a pivotal point for the industry as long-term policy certainty was passed by a bipartisan Congress last year, a continued rise of new investment in clean energy technology by Fortune 500 companies and other emerging buyers, and an unstoppable shift to a safer, cleaner-powered future by many states and the electricity sector takes hold.

New AWEA leadership
AWEA’s membership elected Chris Brown, President of Vestas Americas, its new Board chairman, succeeding Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy Group LP.  Other officers elected today are Chair-Elect Tristan Grimbert, President and CEO of EDF Renewable Energy, Treasurer Ray Wood, Managing Director – Global Head of Power & Renewables at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Secretary Michael Skelly, President of CleanLine Energy Partners.

Also joining as new additions to AWEA’s Board of Directors through its member elections are:

  • Bill Fehrman, Chief Executive Officer and President, MidAmerican Energy Company
  • Rafael Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer, Enel Green Power North America, Inc.
  • Greg Wolf, President, Commercial Portfolio, Duke Energy Renewables

Finally, we welcome new interim Directors recently voted in by AWEA’s Board:

  • Frank Burkhartsmeyer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Avangrid Inc.
  • Karen Lane, Chief Financial Officer, Wind Power and Renewables, Siemens Energy
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Monday, May 23 2016

Company to invest $5.1 million, create 51 jobs

Nashville, TN -- Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Bath Fitter Manufacturing, Inc. officials announced the company will expand in Springfield. Bath Fitter will invest $5.1 million and create 51 jobs in Robertson County.

“It says a lot about our state when a company chooses to expand here, and I want to thank Bath Fitter for expanding in Robertson County,” Boyd said. “With over 333,000 Tennesseans employed in the manufacturing sector, it is great news that Bath Fitter will be adding jobs to this steadily growing sector. Thanks, Bath Fitter, for creating these jobs for our Team Tennessee workforce and I look forward to our future partnership.”

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Monday, May 23 2016
Allgood to lead GPA board; Board OKs $116M capital budget for FY2017

Savannah, GA -- The Board of Directors of the Georgia Ports Authority elected James L. Allgood as chairman.
"With more than 40 years experience as a business leader, Jimmy Allgood provides the insight and leadership skills necessary to continue GPA's progress toward a prosperous future," said outgoing Chairman James Walters.
Allgood, who served as vice chairman for two years, will assume his new responsibilities July 1.
"I'm excited to have this new opportunity to serve the state," Allgood said. "With our harbor deepening under way, the infrastructure investments we're making on terminal, and the improvements to road and rail connections we're building in Georgia, there is a wealth of opportunity ahead of us."

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Wednesday, May 18 2016

Project expected to provide more than $5 million in economic impact to Harrison economy

Harrison, AR -- North Arkansas College and Entegrity Energy Partners of Little Rock agreed to a $1.7 million energy performance contract through the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting (AEPC) Program which will implement efficient LED lighting technology, replace and improve HVAC equipment, and replace critical roofing infrastructure damaged in a recent storm. The project is expected to provide more than $5 million in economic impact to the Harrison economy while generating significant energy savings.

The energy performance contract will have a 15-year payback and is fully funded by guaranteed energy savings. North Arkansas College will be able to finance the project through annual savings currently being spent on utility costs.

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Wednesday, May 18 2016
Whiteside County Airport named Illinois General Aviation Airport of the Year 2016

Photo Caption: Whiteside County Airport Manager Mike Dowell (center) holding the Illinois General Aviation Airport of the Year 2016 award, with Steven Young (left), and Steven Long (right) of the Illinois Department of Aeronautics. 

Morrison, IL -- Whiteside County Airport-Joseph Bittorf Field has been named the 2016 Illinois General Aviation Airport of the Year by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Division of Aeronautics. The award, presented earlier this month at the Illinois Aviation Conference, was based on the airport’s safety record, general maintenance, and services provided to the community. 

Steven Young, IDOT Interim Director who presented the award to airport manager Michael Dowell, said, “Congratulations to you and the staff for efforts in making Whiteside County Airport one of the most outstanding examples of aviation excellence in Illinois.” 

Whiteside County Airport Manager Mike Dowell thanked the Division of Aeronautics and Director Young, and said, “We’re honored to receive this award - this is like the ‘Super Bowl’ for General Aviation Airports - and I want to thank the staff of FBO M & M Aviation for all their hard work and making a difference at the airport.” 

Dowell later described Whiteside County Airport, noting its longest runway is 6500’, a longer available landing distance than Chicago-Midway Airport, and that airport provides sites for several organizations like the Unified Area Command Site (nuclear emergency response), the Civil Air Patrol Emergency Response Command, and is a staging site for the Illinois National Guard. The airport has hosted well attended community recreational activities like the “Warbirds over Whiteside” (2012), and “The Last Time” (2010), a reunion of DC-3/C-47 aircraft.  Dowell added, “We will be hosting the RV Aircraft Formation Flying Clinic this July 22nd thru the 24th. This is the sixth year we’ll host this group, and it’s a chance to see the most of one type of aircraft in a formation. This event is a lot of fun.” 

Whiteside County Board President Jim Duffy also congratulated the airport on its award, and stated, “This is a great example of the assets we have in Whiteside County. We have the people, location and infrastructure here, but need to work on our ‘market awareness.’ An award like this is a good way to start spotlighting our strengths and assets. Well done Whiteside County Airport!”

For more information about Whiteside County contact the Whiteside County Economic Development Department at For information about the Whiteside County Airport contact

“The Last Time” DC-3/C-47 reunion at Whiteside County Airport in 2010. 

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Wednesday, May 18 2016

Fremont, IN -- Cold Heading Company, a global manufacturer of cold formed fasteners for the automotive, heavy truck, agriculture, marine and industrial industries, announced plans to double the size of its manufacturing facilities here, creating up to 30 new jobs by 2019.

“Indiana is home to the highest concentration of manufacturing jobs in the nation, helping our state add more than 136,000 Hoosier jobs in just the last three years,” said Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce. “The industry’s rich history here has created a strong and skilled Hoosier workforce, building products here in Indiana that are shipped across the country and around the world. Combined with the state’s central location and strong business climate, it’s clear why companies like Cold Heading Company are choosing Indiana to create new manufacturing jobs.”

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Wednesday, May 18 2016
Milwaukee Tool to Expand Brookfield Headquarters, Add Nearly 600 Jobs

Brookfield, WI -- Iconic Wisconsin company Milwaukee Tool recently announced plans to embark on a 200,000-square-foot expansion of its headquarters in Brookfield, a project that is expected to create nearly 600 jobs in the next five years.
The expansion will include a new four-story office building connected to the current facility, as well as the hiring of hundreds of new employees in the next five years, making Milwaukee Tool the largest employer in Brookfield. Most of the new positions will focus on research and development within the company’s engineering and marketing departments.

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Wednesday, May 18 2016

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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Wednesday, May 18 2016

Aviation MRO company investing $1 million, adding 75 new jobs
Myrtle Beach, SC -- Executive HeliJet, a local maintenance, repair and completion center for aircraft, today announced expansion plans in Horry County.  The company will add 75 new, full-time jobs to their current operations, investing approximately $1 million dollars in equipment and facility improvements over a five-year period. 

Executive HeliJet performs all aircraft maintenance and repair actions, including aircraft painting, interiors, avionics installations, engine and propeller overhaul services, phase and annual aircraft inspections, structural and sheet metal repair, as well as commercial airline maintenance and support. Additionally, the company operates a fleet of 25 aircraft, providing numerous flight services and pilot training.

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Tuesday, May 17 2016

Corpus Christi, TX, USA – Port Corpus Christi helps to provide support for a Driscoll Children’s Hospital patient with Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. Six year old, Brandon Quintanilla was fitted with an AmTryke adaptive tricycle on Monday, May 16, 2016 at Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

Brandon, his Physical Therapist, and his family will bring his AmTryke to the Port Corpus Christi Commission Meeting to meet Commissioners and share how he uses the tricycle on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 8:30 AM at the Congressman Solomon Ortiz International Center, 402 Harbor Drive.

Port Corpus Christi is sponsoring an AMBUCS project helping to provide Brandon with the new AmTryke tricycle to continue his therapy at home. 

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Tuesday, May 17 2016

New development to bring $28 million investment and 200 new jobs
Columbia, SC -- Viva Holdings Group, Inc., an international leader in the worldwide rubber and plastic recycling industries, is launching a new operation in Berkeley County. The first phase of the new development is expected to bring a $28 million investment and create 200 new jobs with the potential for additional expansion.
Viva Holdings Group, Inc., through its subsidiary Viva TPE Products, LLC, is a manufacturer of semi-finished rubber goods with proprietary technology for export to China, along with a variety injection-molded finished products. The company’s proprietary technologies use a combination of recycled rubber and recycled plastics from post-industrial and post-consumer sources.

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Friday, May 13 2016

Four new organic tea varieties expand Milo’s famous sweet tea offerings

Bessemer, AL -- It wasn’t hard for family-owned Milo’s Tea Company to decide what delicious products to launch next.

Milo’s has introduced four new USDA certified Café Style Organic Teas in the refrigerated section of stores across the country. Bottled in 59-ounce carafes, Milo’s Café Style Organic Teas are fresh brewed from custom-blended organic tea leaves and sweetened with certified organic cane sugar or a blend of organic cane sugar and organic stevia.

“Our loyal Milo’s customers reached out to us,” said Milo’s Tea CEO Tricia Wallwork, who is also the granddaughter of company founders Milo and Bea Carlton. “They called, emailed, contacted us through social media and communicated to their local grocery stores that they wanted the same great Milo’s Tea flavor using organic ingredients and also green teas. So that’s what we have created.”

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Friday, May 13 2016

Alexandria, VA -- The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas—is praising Senate passage today of the fiscal 2017 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill (S. 2804) by a vote of 90-8.  The bill, which is the first fiscal 2017 appropriations legislation to pass the Senate, funds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers navigation program, which is crucial for the maintenance and improvement of America’s coastal and inland navigation waterways.

S.2804 includes $1.3 billion for Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT)-funded work, $37 million above the fiscal 2016 funding level and $160 million above the HMT funding target for the year that was established in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014.  The bill also includes new navigation study and construction starts, as well as funding Donor and Energy Transfer Ports at $50 million, which is double last year’s funding level and the full amount authorized in WRRDA 2014. 

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Tuesday, May 10 2016
Port of South Louisiana Safety Risk Manager, Millet, Receives LEPA Dedication Award

Lester Millett, III, pictured right, receiving the LEPA Dedication Award

Port of South Louisiana's Safety Risk Agency Manager and President of InfraGard Louisiana Lester Millet, III, recently received the 2016 Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association (LEPA) Dedication Award for past efforts affiliated with both InfraGard Louisiana and the Port of South Louisiana’s Facility Security Officers Workgroup.

The LEPA Dedication Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have contributed to the enhancement of emergency response and management within the State of Louisiana.

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Tuesday, May 10 2016

Indianapolis and Bloomington, IN -- Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Wabash Valley Power Association – Indiana’s generation and transmission electric cooperatives, have entered into a 20-year purchase power agreement that will add 100 megawatts (MW) of wind energy from an Indiana wind farm for the benefit of their rural electric cooperative members across the state.

The wind power agreement with EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA) is for 100 MW from the Meadow Lake V Wind Farm located in White County. Under the terms of the agreement, Hoosier Energy and Wabash Valley Power, which supply power to 41 rural electric distribution cooperatives in Indiana and parts of Illinois and Missouri, will share the 100 megawatts of renewable energy.

The Meadow Lake Wind Farm, which currently consists of four operational phases, flanks Interstate 65 in northwestern Indiana and has been in operation since 2009.  Meadow Lake I, II, III, and IV currently have a total installed capacity of about 500 MW and generate enough electricity to power about 169,000 average-sized Indiana homes.  The wind farm co-exists well with the agricultural land use in the area, allowing farmers to continue growing crops while generating revenue from the wind turbines.

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Thursday, May 05 2016

Brownsville, TX -- Since beginning operations in 1965, the use of the Port of Brownsville’s grain elevator was in high demand. Millions of tons of grains like sorghum, corn, seed meal and oats were shipped from the port all over the world.

In a deal that seeks to recapture those glory years, West Plains LLC signed an agreement with the Brownsville Navigation District to modernize and reactivate the grain elevator in support of grain farmers throughout South Texas.

During its meeting Wednesday, May 4, the BND Board unanimously approved the lease, pumping new life into one of the port’s most iconic buildings.

“Farming is part of the DNA of the people of the Rio Grande Valley and many of its residents remember when the port used to move millions of tons of sorghum, corn, and other grain commodities,” stated BND Chairman Ralph Cowen. “We worked really hard to make this project become a reality and I am very pleased to have had the full support of the board as well as the support from the port’s staff who worked diligently to achieve this objective.

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Thursday, May 05 2016

Holiday Express Inns Grand Opening

Morrison, IL -- The grand opening of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Rock Falls marks the completion of the first phase of the City’s Riverfront Revitalization. The $6.1 million, 68 unit hotel is considered the anchor to Rock Falls’ RB&W (Ride, Bike & Walk) District, which will include a Riverwalk and bike path, entertainment venue, splash pad and restrooms. The hotel is also expected to draw other commercial enterprises to the riverfront and uptown area.

Rock Falls Mayor Bill Wescott exclaimed, “We feel this is the centerpiece to our riverfront development. This will make our riverfront and uptown area a more vital area than it has been in a long time. New jobs, commercial activity and a better quality of life for Rock Falls are all anticipated results from our the riverfront revitalization and the RB&W District. And I want to give thanks to City staff, and the hotel’s investors and developers, who all worked hard and diligently to see this project’s completion.”

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Thursday, May 05 2016
GPA will continue weighing containers at no cost to shippers

Photo Caption: All containers are weighed on chassis upon entry at the Port of Savannah's Garden City Terminal. (Georgia Ports Authority / Stephen B. Morton)

Savannah, GA -- The U.S. Coast Guard announced last week that state-calibrated scales already in use at the Port of Savannah meet a new requirement of the international Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention.
"We would like to commend the U.S. Coast Guard for bringing clarity to the SOLAS issue," said Griff Lynch, incoming executive director at Georgia Ports Authority. "In conjunction with the International Longshoremen's Association, the GPA currently weighs all loaded export containers, and will continue to do so at no cost to the customer."

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Thursday, May 05 2016

Siler City, NC -- Mountaire Farms is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement to acquire the former Townsend processing plant and an adjoining property in Siler City, NC on May 5, 2016. Work will begin immediately to renovate and update this facility into a modern state-of-the-art food plant. This expansion will add over 500 jobs and will provide a significant contribution to the local economy. In addition to the permanent full time positions, the renovation process will provide employment opportunities for a multitude of skilled contractors and fabricators.

According to Paul Downes, President and CEO, "Mountaire Farms has a long tradition of producing high quality poultry products for our domestic and international customers. The increasing demand for our products requires us to expand our production and we believe North Carolina is the perfect place for that growth. Mountaire has a deep rooted commitment to quality, service, and value and we look forward to growing our business in North Carolina and strengthening the ties we have with the local communities."

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Thursday, May 05 2016

AEDC to award contracts in three specialized areas

Little Rock, AR -- The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s (AEDC) Marketing and Communications Division announced that it has issued three bids, or Requests for Qualification (RFQs) to support its marketing and public relations efforts.

This is the first time that three separate contracts will be awarded. Interested vendors may seek to qualify for one, two, or all three professional services contracts, including:

  • AED-16-0015 – Branding and Multi-Channel Marketing
  • AED-16-0016 – Digital Marketing
  • AED-16-0017 – Public Relations
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Wednesday, May 04 2016

Newington, NH -- SIG SAUER, Inc. announced it has finalized plans to relocate its ammunition manufacturing operation from Eubank, Kentucky to a permanent site in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Documents were finalized with the state of Arkansas the last week of April following a preliminary announcement by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson at the 2016 Las Vegas SHOT Show. 
SIG SAUER will relocate its Elite Performance Ammunition manufacturing operation to an existing, and soon-to-be renovated, building in Jacksonville and anticipates employing 50 people in the initial relocation phase, with additional jobs planned for the future. The new site provides significant room for expansion, a key factor in the company’s decision to relocate to Jacksonville.

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Monday, May 02 2016

The Port of South Louisiana has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Nicholls State University to promote the university’s successful Coastal Restoration Program, dedicated to provide storm surge protection, ending coastal land loss and restoring Louisiana land.

Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin and Nicholls State University President Dr. Bruce Murphy signed the agreement, which commits the Port to financially assist Nicholls in their endeavors. In turn, Nicholls will supply monthly status reports and other data pertaining to Nicholls’ goals and milestones.

“Restoration of our coast is important to all Louisianians,” Aucoin said. “It’s important for our country.  Coastal restoration benefits all of us, male and female, young and old.  The Port of South Louisiana is proud to assist Nicholls State University with its coastal restoration efforts.”

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Monday, May 02 2016

Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge, Inc. chooses Kalama for location, business incentives, skilled workforce; commences move-in May 1, 2016 

Kalama, WA -- Specialty metals manufacturing distributor Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge, Inc. has chosen the Port of Kalama to expand its business. The company, which moves both its corporate headquarters and production facility to Kalama from Orange County, California, has just signed a 23,000 square foot lease effective May 1, 2016.

“There are so many reasons we are moving our operations to Kalama: it is a prime location for production, distribution, and transportation; the buildings and amenities exceed those we’ve seen elsewhere; there are incredible business and tax incentives; and a ready and skilled workforce,” says Tim LuMaye, President, Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge. “Frankly, in addition to the business aspects, I fell in love with Kalama for its small town appeal and the natural beauty—the river and mountain views are exceptional. I cannot wait to move!”

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Monday, May 02 2016

Company to create approximately 100 new jobs by end of 2016

Little Rock, AR -- Sprint (NYSE: S), Governor Asa Hutchinson, Mayor Mark Stodola, and the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the wireless carrier recently opened a regional office in Little Rock, Arkansas, to serve as the South Central headquarters which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oklahoma. As part of the expansion, Sprint plans to add approximately 100 new, full-time employees in Little Rock by the end of 2016. 

Sprint currently has more than 230 company and dealer-owned stores across Arkansas, with 34 in Little Rock. Over the last three years, Sprint has spent more than $62 million on network enhancements in the state, which included voice and LTE optimization

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