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Thursday, June 30 2016
Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority Receives Association of Defense Communities Award for Base Redevelopment Excellence

Photo Caption: Ivy Owen, fourth from the left, accepted the Base Redevelopment Award of Excellence on behalf of Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority at the Association of Defense Communities Summit Conference in Washington, DC, on June 21, 2016.

Award Presented at Special Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Fort Chaffee, AR -- The Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority has been honored with the 2016 John Lynch Base Development Excellence Award from the Association of Defense Communities (ADC) for spearheading the reuse of the former Fort Chaffee as Chaffee Crossing, a diverse blend of uses that have made it the premier economic development in Arkansas.

Ivy Owen, Executive Director of Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority, accepted the award June 21 at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., during the 2016 Defense Communities National Summit hosted by ADC. The ceremony featured keynote remarks by Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

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Thursday, June 30 2016

Cartersville, GA -- Shaw Industries Group Inc. (Shaw) broke ground on its three-story, 67,000 square foot Create Centre in Cartersville, Ga. on Friday, June 24. Scheduled for completion in late 2017, the Centre will house the commercial division’s marketing, design and innovation associates – including its Patcraft and Shaw Contract teams.

The Create Centre will offer a stimulating, storytelling environment that is a catalyst for growth and innovation across Shaw’s commercial business. Envisioned to inspire Shaw’s talented professionals, the Centre also will serve as a tool in recruiting new talent as the company continues to grow.

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Wednesday, June 29 2016
GPA wins EPA Clean Air Award eRTG program cuts diesel use by 95 percent

The Georgia Ports Authority is in the process of transitioning its container-handling rubber-tired gantry cranes to electric power. By using diesel power only to move between container stacks, eRTGs cut diesel use by 95 percent. Find print quality images here.  (Georgia Ports Authority/Stephen B. Morton)

Savannah, GA -- The Georgia Ports Authority has received a 2016 EPA Clean Air Excellence Award for its electric rubber-tired gantry crane program that will transfer its container handling equipment from diesel to electric power.
In 2012, GPA began to implement the electric rubber tired gantry crane program. By the end of August, 45 will have been transitioned from diesel to electric power or purchased with electric power capability, bringing GPA's eRTG fleet to 30 percent of the total.
This cutting-edge technology, built to a GPA design, is the first eRTG installation of its kind at a port in North America.

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Wednesday, June 29 2016

Fort Wayne, IN -- Indiana Economic Development Corporation President Jim Schellinger and Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry joined executives from Transpoint Intermodal LLC to break ground on a new $13.5 million cargo transfer facility on Fort Wayne’s southeast side, where the company plans to create up to 64 new jobs by the end of 2019.

“Here in Indiana, we know that roads mean jobs, and that is especially true for our growing logistics industry,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Global companies like Transpoint Intermodal are choosing Indiana for job creation because of our state’s central location, our continued investments in infrastructure, and our efforts to create a pro-growth business climate. Across the state, logistics firms are creating quality jobs for Hoosiers while serving customers across the world because Indiana is a state that works.”

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Friday, June 24 2016

Oxford, AL -- Austria-based Kronospan, a leading manufacturer of wood-based panel products, said that it plans to invest $362 million to expand its operations in Calhoun County, adding 160 jobs to its Alabama workforce.

Kronospan said the expansion consists of four separate projects:

  • Two laminate flooring and decorative paper impregnation lines
  • A particleboard and thermally infused laminate line
  • An enlargement of the KronoChem resin plant
  • Development of a furniture cluster

“I’m honored and pleased to see Kronospan embark on an expansion in Oxford that will create good jobs for the citizens of Calhoun County,” Governor Bentley said. “Job creation is my No. 1 priority because it means new opportunities for Alabama residents.”

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Friday, June 24 2016

Jobs from Gloucester, Massachusetts Moving to Connecticut; Expansion Includes 15,000 Square-Foot Addition for Blown Film Die Production
Hartford, CT -- Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that Davis-Standard, LLC, the leading manufacturer of extrusion machinery in the country, is expanding its primary facility at its headquarters in Pawcatuck, in a plan that includes adding 15,000 square feet of manufacturing space and over 30 jobs in the next two years to its largest global site, which currently employs over 400 people.
The facility will house the manufacturing and precision machining of advanced multi-layer blown film dies.  It also enables Davis-Standard to move all blown film manufacturing for its Gloucester Engineering product line from Gloucester, Massachusetts, to Pawcatuck.  The addition is slated for completion later this fall.

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Tuesday, June 21 2016

New State of the Art Manufacturing Facility will Help Meet Growing Demand for Continuous Glucose Monitoring Technology

Phoenix, AZ -- Dexcom, Inc. (NASDAQ:DXCM), a leader in continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) for patients with diabetes, announced today that it will construct a new state of the art manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona for the company’s growing continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) business. This new, 180,000 square foot facility will support the company’s global manufacturing operations and is projected to create more than 500 jobs over the next several years. The company expects initial manufacturing operations in this facility to commence in the second quarter of 2017.
“We are thrilled to locate our new state of the art manufacturing facility in the greater Phoenix area where the healthcare industry is seeing accelerated growth,” said Kevin Sayer, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dexcom. “We chose Mesa due to the available, talented workforce, in addition to the proximity to our headquarters in San Diego and our key suppliers. Given our company’s growth, and the growing demand for CGM technology, we felt that a significant expansion of our manufacturing capability in this location was a good strategic fit.”

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Monday, June 20 2016

Through a partnership with NYCIDA, the move allows Krinos Foods to remain in NYC and create more jobs for New Yorkers
Bronx, New York -- New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) President Maria Torres-Springer and Krinos Foods Chairman Eric Moscahlaidis participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the grand opening of a new 100,000-square-foot international headquarters for Krinos Foods, a New York City based Greek and Mediterranean specialty food importer, distributor and manufacturer. The new Krinos Foods facility, located at 1750 Bathgate Avenue, revitalizes a key section of the Bronx Bathgate Industrial Business Zone that had been underutilized for nearly thirty years. As a result of company growth, Krinos Foods outgrew their longtime Long Island City location and invested $25 million into its new, state-of-the-art Bronx operational facility. Through a successful partnership with the New York City Industrial Development Agency (NYCIDA), NYCEDC was able to assist Krinos Foods in its commitment to retain its international headquarters within New York City.
Founded in Tribeca in 1958, and with facilities in New York, Illinois, and California, Krinos Foods has grown to become one of the world’s largest importers, distributors and manufacturers of Mediterranean specialty foods - with 3000 products that service over 5000 customers across North America. After internal expansion and acquisitions, Krinos responded to an RFP issued by NYCEDC in April 2012 seeking to remain headquartered in New York City. It subsequently purchased the Bathgate site from the City for $3.5 million.

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Monday, June 20 2016

Las Vegas, NV -- At the launch of Local Motor’s Olli self-driving vehicle, a partnership was announced between the company, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), and the Nevada Center for Advanced Mobility (NCAM) to demonstrate the real-world driving capabilities of Olli self-driving vehicles in Las Vegas beginning in the fourth quarter of 2016, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

Since the Governor’s announcement in January of this year to establish NCAM and promote the electric, connected and autonomous vehicle industry in Nevada, stakeholders have come together to get the first pilot project under this initiative moving in Las Vegas. The intent of this project is a phased approach to demonstrate the safety, reliability, and effectiveness of self-driving vehicles for public use cases in the City of Las Vegas. The progressive project will start small on the UNLV campus, and once this initial phase proves to be safe and effective, the intent would then be to scale the fleet to other public first and last mile applications in Las Vegas.

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Monday, June 20 2016

Lafayette, LA -- Gov. John Bel Edwards highlighted the announcement by Waitr Inc. that it will develop a 100-job technology operations center in Lafayette. Waitr founder and CEO Chris Meaux joined Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson and President and CEO Gregg Gothreaux of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority in making the announcement at the fifth annual ABiz State of the Economy Luncheon in Lafayette. Headquartered in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Waitr is an online and mobile software-solution business that partners with local restaurants, providing delivery service for restaurants and making available to them a new range of customers via home delivery. Diners may also pay via the free Waitr app from their restaurant tables.

The 100 new direct jobs created by Waitr's Lafayette expansion will provide an average annual salary of $55,000, plus benefits, for software engineers and restaurant operations professionals. LED estimates the project will result in another 107 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 200 new jobs in Acadiana and surrounding regions. The company will retain 129 current full-time employees at its Lake Charles headquarters and at city team offices in markets where it operates. Additionally, Waitr will retain more than 300 delivery positions and create 100 new driver positions through the expansion.

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Tuesday, June 14 2016
Corning Pharmaceutical Glass Approved for Grow NJ Award

Vineland, NJ -- The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) recently voted to approve a 10-year, $8.3 million Grow NJ award for Corning Pharmaceutical Glass LLC located in Vineland, New Jersey.  The EDA administers the legislatively-created Grow NJ program, the primary program for job creation under the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA) of 2013.

Corning Pharmaceutical Glass is a world-leading supplier of high-quality glass tubing to the pharmaceutical packaging industry.  The company manufactures a variety of clear and amber borosilicate glass tubing, which is converted by their global customers into vials, cartridges, ampules, and syringes for drug storage and delivery.  The Grow NJ award will encourage Corning to invest in Vineland, where it employs 185 full-time positions, and will yield a net benefit of $20.4 million back to the state over a 20-year period.

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Friday, June 10 2016

Jackson, MS -- Officials from industrial general contractor BMSI Inc. announced the company is creating 100 jobs and investing $6 million in new manufacturing operations in Burnsville.

"Tishomingo County has experienced significant economic growth in recent months," Gov. Phil Bryant said. "I am pleased to continue the momentum as BMSI becomes the newest member of the Northeast Mississippi business community."

BMSI will locate in an existing 20,000-square-foot spec building at Yellow Creek Port South, with plans to expand it to 30,000 square feet. The Burnsville facility will feature a state-of-the-art fabrication shop used to manufacture specialty products for the Department of Defense and commercial restaurant equipment. BMSI will also offer plant support for maintenance, structural welding/fabrication and process piping.

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Friday, June 10 2016
Port of South Louisiana Holds Briefing for Consul General of France in Louisiana

Photo Caption: Consul General of France in Louisiana Grégor Trumel (center), Vice-Consul Olivia Lamy (left) and Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin (right)

LaPlace, LA -- The Port of South Louisiana had the privilege of hosting a visit by the Consul General of France in Louisiana Grégor Trumel and Vice-Consul Olivia Lamy. Grégor Trumel was appointed as Consul General by the President of the French Republic in 2014 and has also served as First Counselor, Press Counselor, and Deputy Chief of Mission at French Embassies in Paris, the Netherlands, and Denmark.

During the event held at the Port’s Guesthouse, Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin gave a presentation on the Port of South Louisiana and a tour of Globalplex Intermodal Terminal. Trumel, in turn, gave an overview of the Consulate General of France, serving the New Orleans region as well as the entire state of Louisiana. The Consulate’s mission is to assist and protect interests of French citizens currently in the United States and to facilitate cooperation and trade between the two countries.

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Friday, June 10 2016

GE Digital will create 250 jobs, invest $3 million in facility

Atlanta, GA -- Gov. Nathan Deal announced that GE Digital will establish its first global Digital Operations Center in Atlanta. This project will create 250 jobs and represents an investment of approximately $3 million in the local community.

“Georgia’s dynamic business infrastructure continues to cultivate an environment that attracts and retains world leaders such as GE,” said Deal. “GE Digital’s decision to establish a presence in Atlanta speaks to Georgia’s status as a thriving hub for the technology industry. Our skilled workforce, global logistics network and resources for innovation provide companies with opportunities to grow and further demonstrate why Georgia is a top destination for job creators.”

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Friday, June 10 2016

Rogers brings 15 years of rural economic development, foreign direct investment experience 

Boise, ID -- Jan Rogers, CEO of Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI), has been appointed to the United States Investment Advisory Council (IAC) established by the Commerce Department in April 2016. As one of 19 private and public sector leaders from across the nation, Rogers will advise U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on the development and implementation of strategies and programs to attract and retain foreign direct investment in the United States.

“I am honored to have been appointed to the IAC and look forward to providing counsel on issues that affect foreign investment into the United States, particularly in rural communities,” said Rogers, who will serve a two-year term. “I’m excited to help set the priorities for this newly established council and work among many of the top public and private sector economic development and business leaders in the nation.”

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Friday, June 10 2016

Morrison, IL -- Bringing expertise and networking opportunities to local businesses is one way economic developers can assist businesses to grow and thrive, and the Whiteside County Economic Development Department (EDD) and Morrison Institute of Technology (MIT) are joining forces to accomplish this. The County EDD is introducing a “Virtual Incubator” and MIT has stepped up to become one of their first partners.

According to Whiteside County EDD Director Gary Camarano, “The Virtual Incubator is a group of people, government bodies, academia, businesses and economic development organizations that can bring expertise on a number of different topics that businesses may find helpful in running their operations. The Virtual Incubator isn’t a physical location, but a network that can provide assistance. In MIT’s case they will provide additive manufacturing in the form of 3D printing to area businesses at cost. This can be a real benefit to manufacturers and entrepreneurs that are looking a cost effective and timely method for prototyping and testing.”

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Thursday, June 09 2016
Eissmann Automotive to expand Alabama operation with 200 new jobs

Eissmann Automotive is investing $14.5 million in its seventh Alabama expansion project. (Image: St. Clair EDC)

Pell City, AL -- German auto supplier Eissmann Automotive will invest $14.5 million to expand its St. Clair County facility with a 130,000-square-foot building and advanced manufacturing equipment for a new production line, officials said.

Eissmann, which has expanded its Pell City facility six times since opening a decade ago, will hire 200 additional workers as part of the expansion project. It will also introduce a new manufacturing process that is currently performed only at Eissmann facilities in Slovakia and China.

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Wednesday, June 08 2016


Washington D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Commerce will host the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit June 19-21, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. The administration-wide effort will feature remarks from President Obama, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, and Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. 

This year’s Summit theme, “The Innovation Advantage,” will highlight American leadership in research and development, entrepreneurship, advanced manufacturing, and other areas. The innovative climate and diversity of resources across the United States contribute to global success for foreign investors.

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Wednesday, June 08 2016
Laird Expands Research And Development For Connected Vehicles

Laird more than doubling operations near Original Equipment Manufacturers in Michigan

Detroit, MI -- Global technology leader Laird announces a major expansion and relocation project for its vehicle connectivity research and design center near Detroit, Michigan.

Laird will relocate its engineering, research and design center from Holly, Michigan to a 14.5 acre site in an industrial park in Grand Blanc, Michigan a few miles down the road. A new building at that location will have more than 43,000 square feet with the ability to add an additional 20,000 square feet in the future. This new building doubles the size of Laird’s current, 22,000 sq. ft. facility.

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Monday, June 06 2016

Brownsville, TX -- The Brownsville Navigation District Board of Commissioners have elected John Wood chairman.

During its regular board meeting on May 18, 2016, the commission also elected John Reed as vice-chairman and Sergio Tito Lopez as secretary. Carlos R. Masso and Ralph Cowen also serve as commissioners.

Additionally, during the meeting Vice-Chairman Reed, Secretary Lopez and Commissioner Cowen were sworn in to begin their third four-year terms on the BND Board.

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Monday, June 06 2016

McKinney, TX -- J&B Prime Marketing Solutions announces the grand opening of a branch of the company in Durant, Oklahoma coming June 6, 2016. In the last few months, J&B Prime Marketing Solutions tripled their footprint in Texas, landing them on the radar of their multi-million dollar clients. This growth ultimately opened the door for the expansion, taking place in mere weeks.

In March, J&B Prime Marketing Solutions had a hold on the marketing and promotions for their clients in McKinney, Plano, Sherman and Denison. Because of their consistent productivity and outstanding client relations, the company expanded into Allen, Lucas and Princeton. Director of Operations, Jordan Roberts suggests the company owes their success to the lifeline of their organization -- their associates. "Without our associates representing our brand and our client's brand with the utmost respect and dedication, we would not be where we are today."

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Monday, June 06 2016

Chicken producer to expand production with new machinery at Graves County facility

Frankfort, KY -- Gov. Matt Bevin congratulated Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a leading poultry producer, on announcing a $24 million project to increase production and create about 140 jobs for Kentuckians at its Graves County plant.

“Pilgrim’s Pride, a strong corporate partner in Kentucky since 1990, has grown its business across the globe and has become a well-respected household name,” said Gov. Bevin. “We are thankful for the company’s reinvestment in Graves County. It will have tremendous impact on southwest Kentucky through new jobs, additional production and increased sales for area growers, farmers and feed suppliers. We are working every day to make the Commonwealth even more supportive of developments like this, and are grateful to Pilgrim's Pride for leading the way for others to follow.”

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Monday, June 06 2016

Global automotive manufacturing company is seeking employees for new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in middle Tennessee

Detroit, MI -- Ficosa North America, a branch of the global automotive technology manufacturing company Ficosa International, is now hiring hundreds of employees from a variety of skill levels and educational backgrounds for their new 270,000 square foot automotive manufacturing facility in Cookeville, Tennessee, which is about 80 miles east of Nashville.

“We’re looking to fill positions practically from top to bottom,” said Fred Zicard, vice president of Ficosa North America. “From production and project managers, technicians and engineers, to human resource specialists and assembly and warehouse workers. There are a lot of opportunities for anyone who has the skills and desire to be a part of building the car of the future. Some of our more successful employees even get the opportunity to live and work in other countries.”

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Thursday, June 02 2016

Waco, TX -- Channel Control Merchants, LLC (CCM), has selected Greater Waco for the site of its first Texas distribution operation. The company has acquired a 200,000 square foot building located at 401 Precision Drive and will invest $1,050,000 in capital improvements and hire 116 employees. The company plans to have the facility updated, fully staffed and operational by September 2016.

CCM chose Waco as its first Texas distribution location due to the central location within the state.

The company will also open a 38,000-square-foot retail location at 300 North Valley Mills Drive under its Dirt Cheap brand with plans for multiple retail locations throughout Texas. Dirt Cheap is the largest retailer of customer returns and marked out of stock merchandise in the United States.

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Wednesday, June 01 2016

Roofing and siding manufacturer will add equipment for new panel production line

Frankfort, KY -- Governor Matt Bevin announced Pride Industries Inc., an architectural building products manufacturer and installer, will expand its Union County operation with a $150,000 investment that will create 10 full-time jobs.

“When a Kentucky based, family owned company decides to reinvest and diversify with new products, we will do everything in our power to ensure that growth occurs right here at home,” Gov. Bevin said. “The addition of Pride Industries’ new production line not only means new jobs for north western Kentucky, but establishes the company as a leading source for aluminum composite metal wall panels which are increasingly in demand. We extend our congratulations to Pride and Union County on this expansion and look forward to many more years of continued growth in the future.”

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Wednesday, June 01 2016
Port of South Louisiana to Restore Historic U.S. Navy Blue Angel

Photo Caption: Blue Angel #6 during its time flying with the 1967 team, shown here flying over Mt. McKinley, Alaska

Reserve, LA -- In partnership with the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida, the Port of South Louisiana has acquired the sponsorship rights to the Blue Angel aircraft displayed at the entrance to the Port of South Louisiana’s Executive Regional Airport in Reserve, Louisiana. The aircraft is an original Grumman F-11 Tiger jet fighter that flew with the U.S. Navy flight demonstration team in 1967. 

The aircraft will be restored to its original Blue Angels configuration, as it appeared when performed in air shows throughout the United States and other parts of the world, including Europe. “We are very proud of this honor and look forward to completing the restoration of this historic aircraft. Sitting on its pedestal at the entrance to our airport, this authentic Blue Angel has become a landmark within the River Parishes community,” said Port Executive Director Paul Aucoin.

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