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Thursday, April 27 2017

High-tech company to invest $3.7 million

Frankfort, KY -- Interapt LLC, a tech development startup focusing on business innovation services and workforce development, will establish a new Louisville headquarters with a nearly $3.7 million investment and create 250 full-time jobs over the coming years, Gov. Matt Bevin and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced.

“Interapt has dedicated itself to creating a pipeline of highly qualified software developers in Kentucky, and their work is catching the attention of a national tech industry,” said Gov. Bevin.  “The tremendous work of founder and CEO Ankur Gopal, and his team, serves to further establish Kentucky as a premier location for high-tech businesses. With its new corporate office, Interapt will invest in both its own future and that of the commonwealth’s tech industry, and we are thankful for their continued commitment to Kentucky.”

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Thursday, April 27 2017

Pataskala, OH — GROW Licking County Community Improvement Corporation and the City of Pataskala, in partnership with Columbus 2020, are pleased to announce a relocation and expansion of TechR2, LLC’s headquarters into the City of Pataskala. TechR2 is a national and global leader in digital data security. The HQ facility will accommodate TechR2’s continuing growth in its media retention and data eradication business operations based in Central Ohio.

Sean Gouhin, who serves as EVP and Corporate Counsel of TechR2, applauded the new relationship, “We recently experienced a significant growth spurt after we were granted a patent for our Tear-A-Byte® Track-Contain-Destroy onsite media security methods. GROW Licking County, The City of Pataskala and Columbus 2020 provided us with an attractive platform through which to house and implement our much needed expansion.”

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Thursday, April 27 2017

Columbus, OH – Ohio Pack LLC, a manufacturer of the raw material used in flexible packaging for the food industry, announced it will build a new manufacturing facility in Heath, OH, investing nearly $25.4 million and adding 66 jobs over five years.

The company will build a 135,000-square-foot facility on a 20-acre property located in the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority’s Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center. The new facility will manufacture blown plastic film, one of the raw materials used in flexible packaging manufacturing. Ohio Pack will invest $13 million toward building costs and nearly $12.4 million toward machinery and equipment. Hiring for the manufacturing positions will begin in 2018.

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Thursday, April 27 2017

Urban Tech Hub at New Lab part of NYCEDC’s Urbantech NYC initiative
New York, NY -- New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and New Lab launched the Urban Tech Hub at New Lab. The program connects the City of New York with New Lab’s innovative community and local stakeholders to develop and deploy meaningful tech-based solutions to pressing urban challenges.
Part of NYCEDC's Urbantech NYC initiative, the Urban Tech Hub has an inaugural member cohort of fourteen innovative companies developing advanced tech with focuses that include agriculture, alternative energy, transportation, communication, the built environment, and safety. The participating Hub companies will be supported on-site at New Lab through resident membership and bespoke programming.

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Wednesday, April 26 2017

Wilson, NC -- In January, Bridgestone America Tire Operations announced it’s investing an additional $180 million in its Wilson manufacturing facility, bringing its total investment in the facility to $344 million over the next decade. The 50,000-square-foot expansion will allow the company to meet the global demand for higher rim diameter tires and will house a new rubber mixer. The investment is expected to increase daily plant capacity by 3,000 tires, bringing daily production to 35,000 tires per day when production begins in 2018.

Thanks to the state’s rich plastics and chemicals sector— which includes companies like DAK Americas, Dow and Technimark —innovations in North Carolina’s tire industry extend beyond manufacturing, as industry giants like Yokohama look to North Carolina for their R&D operations. Last year, the company announced it will open tire R&D operations in Concord, investing $2.7 million over three years with a focus on tire design, thereby accelerating the company’s ability to deliver new tire products to manufacturers and consumers nationwide.

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Wednesday, April 26 2017

Goshen, IN — Bearcat Corporation, a manufacturer of aluminum products, announced plans to expand its operations in Elkhart County, creating up to 40 new jobs by 2019.

“Here in Indiana, one in five Hoosier jobs are in the manufacturing industry,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. "Across the state, manufacturers like Bearcat are supporting their communities by providing good, quality jobs, while making products that power our world. With a laser-focus on advancing education and workforce development, Hoosiers will be prepared to fill the jobs of tomorrow and will help make Indiana a magnet for jobs.” 

The homegrown Hoosier company is investing more than $6 million to purchase new equipment and expand its current 44,000-square-foot facility at 2431 E. Kercher Road in Goshen, adding an additional 6,000 square feet.

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Tuesday, April 25 2017

Logistics company creating 30 new jobs at North Charleston facility
Columbia, SC — Mid-States Packaging, Inc, a full-service logistics and warehousing provider, is locating new operations in Charleston County. The $5.2 million investment is expected to bring 30 new jobs to the community.
Mid-States Packaging was established in 2001 by Tracy Giroux-Harpin and Charles Giroux, a family that has been in the transportation industry for more than four generations. Offering a range of services such as transportation, logistics, packaging, warehousing, rail service, containers and sea bulk, Mid-States Packaging provides services to meet all supply chain requirements for its customers.

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Tuesday, April 25 2017

Tucson, AZ — The Site Selectors Guild (SSG), the world’s largest group of senior location advisors, is pleased to announce the election of Mark Williams as chairman of the board at the SSG annual meeting in March.

Williams has been a member of SSG for four years and previously served on the board as treasurer. He is the founder and president of the Strategic Development Group, a business-consulting firm providing site selection and location incentive negotiation services.

“It is an honor to serve as chairman of the board for the Guild,” said Williams. “The previous chairman, Phil Schneider, did a tremendous job in this role, and I look forward to continued success.”

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Monday, April 24 2017

Columbus, OH — Keno Kozie Associates, a provider of information technology design, service and support to leading law firms and legal departments, announced it is opening a new location in the Columbus Region and hiring 36 new employees.

“Our new Columbus Region location will extend Keno Kozie’s national footprint of delivering superior solutions designed to support the legal technology community,” said Martin Catania, partner, Keno Kozie Associates. “Our focus has and will continue to be serving clients in the most creative and cost-efficient ways possible. As our clients have grown and adopted a real-time, agile approach to technology, it made sense for us to open an additional location to accommodate strong, more efficient client service and improve geographic redundancy.”

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Thursday, April 20 2017

Pickering, Ontario, Canada — The City of Pickering has been recognized as one of the 2017/2018 American Cities of the Future by fDi magazine. Pickering was ranked in the top 10 among micro cities – placing fourth for connectivity and sixth for business friendliness. 

fDi magazine is published bi-monthly by the Financial Times Ltd. and is the world’s premier publication for the business of globalization.  fDi shortlisted over 421 locations across North and South America in five categories: economic potential, business friendliness, human capital and lifestyle, cost-effectiveness, and connectivity. 

The City of Pickering was also recently named one of the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2017 by the Intelligent Community Forum. Coupled with the fDi distinction, Pickering is garnering international recognition as a preferred destination for the next generation of knowledge-based business and industry.

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Thursday, April 20 2017

​​Manufacturing Support Industries Will Expand Its Operations in Salisbury to Increase Production

Baltimore, MD — Manufacturing Support Industries, Inc. (MSI) a manufacturer of precision components for the defense industry, is expanding its operations in Salisbury. As part of a strategic affiliation with Craig Technologies in Seaford, Del., a leading manufacturer of precision ground plastic balls and custom injection molded parts, product lines are being integrated at MSI’s Salisbury facility, which will add 42 new jobs over the next three years. 

“We have always been proud to produce quality components for the Department of Defense,” said MSI President Robert Correa. “These investments will allow us to continue this important work well into the future.”

“We are expanding the capabilities of MSI,” said Craig Technologies President Don Hollenbeck. “The integration of our tool and die facilities and our molding capabilities coupled with the machining capabilities of MSI will allow MSI to become more competitive.”

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Thursday, April 20 2017

Clinical trial manager creating 80 jobs at new corporate headquarters
Columbia, SC — NCGS, Inc., a clinical research organization (CRO) supporting the pharmaceutical industry, is expanding its Charleston County operations. The company is constructing a new corporate headquarters, which will bring $10 million of new capital investment and create 80 new jobs.
Founded in 1984, NCGS is a privately-held, international, full-service CRO which specializes in conducting and managing clinical trials. Focusing on complex areas of clinical development, such as oncology, infectious diseases and critical care, NCGS has worked on the approval or expanded approval of 34 drug, biologic and diagnostic products.

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Wednesday, April 19 2017

Corpus Christi, TX -- After months of negotiations, ExxonMobil and SABIC announced they have selected the San Patricio County site as their location to build its $10 Billion, 1,300-acre plastics manufacturing complex on the South Texas Gulf Coast.

The joint venture project between ExxonMobil and SABIC is a unique opportunity created by the abundance of low cost U.S. natural gas. ExxonMobil and SABIC bring unmatched expertise to this project, having worked together in petrochemical ventures for more than 35 years.  

The economic forecast for this project indicates the multi-billion-dollar investment would create significant benefits for the South Texas region and beyond, generating thousands of jobs and stimulating positive economic growth.  The plant would produce ethylene, one of the key ingredients for products ranging from antifreeze to plastics and it is scheduled to come online as early as 2020.

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Wednesday, April 19 2017

Charleston, SC - The South Carolina Military Base Task Force (Task Force) will be releasing an updated study, which reflects that the South Carolina military community collectively creates an economic impact to the state of $24.1 billion. The 2017 study was prepared by Dr. Joey Von Nessen of the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. The Palmetto State is home to eight major military installations and numerous facilities, supporting 62,520 in Department of Defense (DoD) personnel with $2.6 billion in payroll. Additionally, $2.1 billion in DoD contracts is currently being executed among 752 firms within the state.

The 2017 study reports that the military community represents 8.4 percent of the South Carolina economy, composed of 181,847 jobs, or one of every 12 jobs in the state. The average compensation for jobs supported by the military community is $54,701 per year, 37 percent higher than the average job.

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Wednesday, April 19 2017

Jackson, MS — As a testament to the skilled workforce and welcoming business climate found in Lowndes County, New Process Steel is expanding its footprint in Columbus, investing $7.5 million and creating 50 jobs.

“The Golden Triangle Region’s economic growth over the last few years continues to set the precedent for companies like New Process to expand and create new jobs for the area’s workforce,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. “The company has been an asset to the region’s economy for many years, and I am pleased its leadership will continue to invest in Mississippi and its people.”
New Process is a one-of-a-kind metals solutions business focused on value-add, lean transformation, supply chain excellence, capital efficiency and environmental stewardship. New Process will construct a new rail spur and access road and expand its existing facility in Columbus.

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Wednesday, April 19 2017
Wind Adds Jobs Over Nine Times Faster than the Overall Economy

St. Paul MN — American wind power added jobs over 9 times faster than the overall economy amid robust growth for another year, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which released its 2016 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report at the Minnesota State Capitol. Installing over 8,000 megawatts (MW) of new wind power for a second straight year, the U.S. industry invested over $14 billion in 2016 in new wind farms built in rural America, and now supports a record-high 102,500 jobs.
“Thanks to another year of strong, steady growth, wind increasingly powers the U.S. economy, adding nearly 15,000 jobs just last year and bringing total wind industry employment to over 102,000 jobs across all 50 states,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA, speaking in St. Paul. “By building new wind farms we are investing in rural and Rust Belt America. And last year, wind energy became America’s number one source of renewable generating capacity, further advancing U.S. energy security.”

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Tuesday, April 18 2017

Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho Announces Two New Business Expansions
Idaho Falls, ID — Leading ethics and compliance software and services company NAVEX Global announced that it will expand its contact center operations in Rexburg, Idaho to meet the demands of the company’s rapidly growing business and global customer base. 

In addition, Utah’s modular home builder Zip Kit Homes has announced plans to expand their operations into the Pocatello-Chubbuck area this summer, possibly adding 40 new jobs.  

“We continue to see positive growth in our region with business expansions including NAVEX and Zip Kit Homes,” said Jan Rogers, CEO of Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI).  “Eastern Idaho offers an opportunity for businesses to tap into our large skilled labor pool and enjoy a low-cost location to grow their businesses.  We welcome them to our region,” she said.

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Monday, April 17 2017

Company to invest $5 million, create 70 new, full-time jobs

Danville, AR — Pet Won Pet Products announced it is locating a new facility in Danville, Arkansas (Yell County), to develop pet treats. The company will create 70 new jobs at the 28,887-square-foot facility, formerly home to Petit Jean Poultry. Pet Won Pet Products will invest $5 million in the building prior to the start of production, which is scheduled to start in June 2017.  

Pet Won Pet Products’ parent company is headquartered in Taian City, Shandong Province, China. Sun Paper, which announced plans in 2016 to build a $1 billion bio-products mill in Clark County, Arkansas, is also headquartered in Shandong Province.

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Monday, April 17 2017

Tech company plans new jobs while training tomorrow's workforce

Carmel, IN —- EduSource, a custom software development firm, announced plans to expand its operations in Carmel, creating up to 30 new high-wage jobs by 2019.
“EduSource’s unique business model is changing the equation for software development, " said Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. "By training the next generation of Indiana's tech leaders, EduSource is growing its business while actively investing in tomorrow’s Hoosier workforce, ensuring that the state is prepared to capitalize on our future as a top hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.”  

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Thursday, April 13 2017

Huntsville, AL — Aerojet Rocketdyne announced plans to expand its presence in Huntsville with a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for the company’s AR1 rocket engine and the relocation of engineering, program management and other jobs.

Altogether, Aerojet Rocketdyne’s overall growth plans for Huntsville calls for the California-based company to add 800 jobs to support the U.S. space and defense programs for the next quarter century and beyond.

As part of a strategic Competitive Improvement Program, Aeroject Rocketdyne previously selected Huntsville as the home of its Defense division headquarters and its Rocket Shop advanced programs.

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Wednesday, April 12 2017

Manufacturer investing $2.3 million and creating new jobs

Columbia, SC -- Wagner Systems Inc., a global manufacturer of systems for the surface finishing of liquid paints, powder coating and adhesives, is launching a new application center operation in Charleston County. 

Representing a capital investment of $2.3 million, the new development will lead to the creation of more than 30 jobs over the next five years.

With more than 70 years of experience in coatings applications, Wagner features a full range of fluid delivery, mixing and application products for use in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, infrastructure, domestic appliances, furniture and more. The company has a workforce of more than 1,500 people globally, along with an extensive network of distribution partners.

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Wednesday, April 12 2017

Energy management company creating new jobs at Seneca location

Columbia, SC — Schneider Electric (link is external), a global specialist in energy management and automation, is expanding its Oconee County operations. The company will be creating 56 new jobs at its existing Seneca facility.

Specializing in energy management and automation, Schneider Electric is a global company that develops connected technologies and solutions that manage energy and processes in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable. From switches to complex operational systems, the company’s technology, software and services are designed to improve its customers’ automation efforts.

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Tuesday, April 11 2017
Strong demand drives record growth

Gateway hubs plan regional response

Savannah, GA — The Georgia Ports Authority experienced strong growth in containerized, auto and breakbulk trade in March.
The Port of Savannah moved 311,770 twenty-foot equivalent units last month, an increase of 5.6 percent or 16,621 TEUs. Total tonnage across all terminals increased 9.8 percent (258,627 tons), moving 2.89 million tons for the busiest March ever in the Authority's history.
"Strong demand from retail and manufacturing customers -- both in the U.S. and abroad -- is driving growth in Savannah and Brunswick," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "As existing port users expand their trade through our terminals and new customers tap into Georgia's connectivity to major population centers across the Southeast, we expect to see additional job and economic development opportunities for our region."

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Tuesday, April 11 2017

48 sites have now been certified through the program 

Nashville, TN — The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced four new Select Tennessee Certified Sites.

The Select Tennessee program was launched in 2012 to help Tennessee communities prepare available industrial sites for investment and expansion. The program sets rigorous standards to give companies reliable information during the site selection process. To date, 48 sites have been certified. The four newest sites and their local sponsoring agencies include:

  • Eastbridge Business Park Lots 4, 5 & 6: The Development Corporation of Knox County (0 Holston Bend Drive, Knoxville)
  • Mountain View Industrial Park North Site: Industrial Development Board of McMinnville-Warren County (Progress Boulevard, Morrison)
  • Mountain View Industrial Park South Site: Industrial Development Board of McMinnville-Warren County (Progress Boulevard, Morrison)
  • Runway Centre Industrial Park: Fayetteville Lincoln County Industrial Development Board (2800 Huntsville Highway, Fayetteville)
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Monday, April 10 2017

Charleston, SC -- South Carolina Ports Authority announced the strongest monthly container volume in its history, with 192,411 twenty foot-equivalent units (TEUs) handled in March.

The month was nearly 13 percent higher than March 2016 and surpassed SCPA's previous record, set in January 2017, by more than 7,000 TEUs. Fiscal year to date, the Port has handled 1.58 million TEUs.

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Monday, April 10 2017
Port of Vancouver USA tonnage breaks the 7 million mark in 2016

Grains, wind energy and copper among cargoes on the increase
Vancouver, WA — For the first time in its 105-year history, the Port of Vancouver USA has recorded more than 7 million metric tons of cargo across its docks.
The port recorded 7.49 million metric tons in 2016, nearly eight percent more than the 2015 record of 6.95 million metric tons.
"In nine years at the Port of Vancouver, I've never seen tonnage like this," said port CEO Julianna Marler. "It's a testament to the investments we and our partners have made to provide world-class rail and marine services, access to efficient transportation and excellent customer service."

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Monday, April 10 2017
Japan-Based Sakae Casting to Open Office in Idaho Falls

Aluminum Casting Company Announces First U.S. Location in Eastern Idaho

Idaho Falls, ID — Japan-based Sakae Casting today celebrated the grand opening of their first U.S. location in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  The aluminum casting company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, has selected Eastern Idaho’s City of Idaho Falls to open their first U.S. office. 

 Sakae Casting specializes in castings for inserting stainless steel pipes into an aluminum casting product with minimized clearance, necessary for optimal performance of semi-conductors and super computers.  The Idaho Falls office will give Sakae the best U.S. location to work directly with the University of Idaho, Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the region’s extensive nuclear and advanced manufacturing sectors to further their research capabilities and U.S. product sales.

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Monday, April 10 2017
Congressman Scalise Receives AAPA's 2017

Port of South Louisiana Praises Cong. Scalise’s Efforts to Secure Funding for Mississippi River Dredging

Port of South Louisiana -- On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at a reception held in Washington, D.C. during the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) spring conference, U.S. Congressman and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) received the organization’s 2017 “Port Person of the Year” award for his continuous support of the maritime industry.

A strong leader, Congressman Scalise is resolute in upholding the Constitution, is an advocate for fiscal responsibility and lower taxes, and is a proponent of a national energy strategy that encourages independence from foreign oil. At the same time, he is praised for his aptitude in uniting his colleagues to pass effective legislation, so much so that Congressman Scalise has been elected House Majority Whip twice since his election into Congress in 2008.

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