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Friday, December 21 2018

Birmingham, AL -- The larger and more obvious economic development successes in the Birmingham region this year, such as Mercedes-Benz, DC BLOX, Shipt, McLeod Software and Amazon, really drive the unprecedented job numbers the region is seeing, said Brian Hilson, President and CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA). 

“By year’s end we expect the Birmingham region will surpass, for the first time ever, 4,000 announced jobs from core sector economic development projects,” Hilson said. “Similarly, capital investment for those companies should come in at just under $1 billion, which is one of our best years on record.”

While these larger projects are extremely important, the BBA is also excited about the growth of small businesses. Hilson said Birmingham has an outstanding entrepreneurial climate and that the numerous successful technology business startups the city is seeing bode well for Birmingham’s future economy, as those companies may someday be large themselves. 

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Friday, December 21 2018

Hickory, NC -- A German group of specialized radiopharmaceutical companies has selected Hickory, North Carolina, for the first North American manufacturing plant of its subsidiary Isotopes Technologies Garching, creating 137 new well-paying jobs.

The parent company Isotopen Technologien München AG (ITM), based in Garching near Munich, will invest $12 million in Catawba County. ITM develops, produces and supplies innovative diagnostic and therapeutic radionuclides and radiopharmaceuticals. Some of ITM’s products are part of a new generation of targeted cancer diagnostics and therapies.

“Establishing our first North American facility is a remarkable milestone for our company and we are very excited,” said Steffen Schuster, CEO of ITM. “This enables us to achieve further growth and to be closer to our U.S. customers providing advanced targeted radiotherapeutics, which are likely to create enormous opportunities in cancer treatment.”

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Friday, December 21 2018

McDonough, GA -- The Henry County Development Authority announced that General Mills, manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods, will invest $8.5 million in its new state-of-the-art distribution facility located on Westridge Parkway in McDonough, Georgia. The project will create more than 50 new jobs.   

General Mills, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN, serves the world by making food people love.  Following the company’s acquisition of Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc. earlier this year, they are also a leading manufacturer and marketer in the wholesome natural pet food category. The 408,000 sf McDonough facility will distribute the General Mills Blue Buffalo family of products throughout the Southeast.

“Blue Buffalo is the #1 Wholesome Natural pet food brand in the U.S. and we are pleased to be expanding with the addition of the facility in McDonough,” said Billy Bishop, President of General Mills Pet Segment.

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Friday, December 21 2018

Fort Pierce, FL -- Islamorada Beer Company’s Fort Pierce employees recently received more than $15,000 in career training opportunities, paid for in part by a State of Florida Incumbent Worker Training Grant.

The state grant reimburses a portion of pre-approved continuing education and training costs for current employees of existing Florida businesses.

“Rather than simply looking outside the company for new talent, we have always believed that investing in and training our current employees is imperative to our success,” said Tyrone Bradley, president and co-founder of Islamorada Beer Company. “The Incumbent Worker Training Grant has helped us to further execute this belief by assisting financially with the training required to elevate these employees in their positions and prepare them for expanded responsibilities.”

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Friday, December 21 2018

140,700 Square Feet Leased to Two Companies

Wilmington, OH -- The Clinton County Port Authority (Port Authority) Board of Directors recently approved three facility leases representing nearly 140,700 square feet of space in three buildings at the Wilmington Air Park.

“These leases are with businesses currently at the Air Park,” said Dan Evers, Executive Director of the Clinton County Port Authority. “Their businesses are growing, and we are glad to accommodate that.”

Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services (AMES), a division of Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) has leased over 15,000 square feet in the building immediately adjacent to the newest hangar. The Port Authority and AMES are working together to complete some building upgrades and modifications to support their expected operations.

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Friday, December 21 2018
Port of Brownsville Announces New Director of Communications

Brownsville, TX -- The Port of Brownsville announces the promotion of Jorge I. Montero as new director of communications, effective Dec. 17, 2018.

Montero has more than 14 years of experience in journalism, marketing and communications, previously serving as communications specialist for the port. He now oversees the department responsible for implementing internal and external communications and media relations efforts for the Port of Brownsville.

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Tuesday, December 18 2018

Customer service centers in Bossier City and Baton Rouge will support state agencies

Baton Rouge, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and YoungWillliams PC President Rob Wells announced the company will create 240 direct jobs and make a $4.1 million capital investment through new call centers in Bossier City and Baton Rouge. YoungWilliams will provide support for social services after reaching an agreement with the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services to operate call centers for a five-year period. Call center functions for DCFS previously were outsourced to a company operating in Florida and California.

For the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, the LAHelpU call centers field inquiries about child support enforcement, fraud and recovery, and federal assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs or SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) and the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program, known as FITAP, which provides cash assistance to low-income families with children. About 500,000 calls are placed each month to the call centers, and customer service representatives interact with about 125,000 of those calls per month. The system was established when the state closed some of its assistance offices as a cost-saving measure in 2012.

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Tuesday, December 18 2018

Standard Calibrations, Inc. to invest $9.6 million to construct new corporate headquarters

Richmond, VA — Governor Ralph Northam announced that Standard Calibrations, Inc. (SCI), a global instrumentation and controls company, will invest $9.6 million to construct a 40,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in the City of Chesapeake. The expansion will include the consolidation of the company’s two existing facilities in Chesapeake, along with the addition of a calibration lab and warehouse operations. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina for this project, which will create 89 jobs.

“Supporting small businesses like SCI is key to maintaining a Virginia economy that is both diverse and resilient, and we are thrilled that the company has chosen to expand its headquarters in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Northam. “In addition creating 89 new jobs in the City of Chesapeake, SCI’s growth will have a positive ripple effect in several key areas of Virginia’s economy, including data centers, utilities, and the maritime industry.”

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Monday, December 17 2018

Operation would create 80 jobs in west Kentucky as industry gains momentum

Frankfort, KY -- Kentucky continues its role as a national leader in the burgeoning hemp industry as Gov. Matt Bevin announced GenCanna Global USA Inc., a hemp genetics and cannabidiol (CBD) formulation company based in Winchester, will add a new facility in Graves County with a $40 million investment expected to create 80 full-time jobs.

“Kentucky is quickly establishing itself at the forefront of the hemp industry, as this agricultural product begins to take root nationwide,” Gov. Bevin said. “This valuable cash crop has tremendous upside potential in the commonwealth. GenCanna was one of the first companies to capitalize on the Agriculture Act of 2014, and we are grateful that they have chosen to operate and expand in Kentucky.”

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Monday, December 17 2018

Shovel-ready site includes 184 acres

Shelbyville, IN -- A shovel-ready industrial site adjoining Interstate 74 in Shelbyville has been acquired by the Shelbyville Redevelopment Commission, the parties announced.

The 184-acre location, which is next to Exit 116 on I-74 and nearly tabletop flat, was assembled from two tracts owned by First Presbyterian Church of Shelbyville and Krone, a German farm equipment manufacturer that considered a third tract for its North American headquarters.

“This industrial has park has fantastic potential,” said Brian Asher, executive director of Shelby County Development Corp., an arm of the city and Shelby County. “It has all the infrastructure in place. It’s more than ready, and we’re excited about the future.”

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Friday, December 14 2018

Ranks Second in Value of Exports

Brownsville, TX — For the third straight year, Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 (FTZ) at the Port of Brownsville ranks second in the nation for the value of exports, according to the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board’s annual report to Congress released Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.

The port’s FTZ reported more than $3.5 billion in exported goods in 2017. Additionally, FTZ No. 62 ranked 18th nationally for the value of imports totaling more than $3.6 billion. The Port of Brownsville FTZ has consistently ranked in the top five nationally since 2012, earning the number 1 spot in the nation in 2012 and 2013. The port’s FTZ has ranked second in the list for three straight years now (2015, 2016, 2017).

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Thursday, December 13 2018

Mesa, AZ — The City of Mesa moved forward a plan for a 20 acre, multi-use, campus-style community at Crismon Road and Hampton Avenue. This $200 Million project called GrandeVita, a Biocity Enterprise by Khangura Development, will allow seniors to "age in place" in a high tech and innovative environment. A 127 room Residence Inn by Marriott is the first project to be completed on the campus and will be open in January of 2019. When completed, GrandeVita will create an estimated 326 jobs with an average wage of $45.25 an hour and generate 28.6 million dollars in wages.

GrandeVita's concept and design has been developed with the intent of creating a unique campus atmosphere with a world class resort feel. The campus is nearly 700,000 square feet of independent and assisted living, hotel rooms, multiple dining options, medical offices, a luxury tower and luxury condos, nursing school and rehab clinic spread out over 20 acres.

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Thursday, December 13 2018

Project to relocate administrative functions to Church Point; retain 38 jobs; result in 28 new jobs

Church Point, LA — Governor John Bel Edwards and Richard’s Cajun Foods Inc. President Ronnie Doucet announced Richard’s will invest $2.7 million to relocate some production and administrative functions to Church Point, Louisiana, and expand the company’s operations there. With the expansion, the food processing company will retain 38 jobs and will create 12 new direct jobs, with an average annual salary of $35,000. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 16 new indirect jobs, for a total of 28 new jobs in the Acadiana Region.

The Richard’s Church Point facility will feature 28,000 square feet of production and office space. As part of the expansion, the company is adding 6,000 square feet of space, as well as renovating 3,000 square feet of existing space in the Church Point facility. In addition to expanding the facility, Richard’s is relocating some production operations from Milwaukee to Church Point. The company anticipates construction beginning in January 2019, with completion by March 2019. Commercial operations will not cease during the expansion, and hiring for the new jobs will begin in early 2019.

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Wednesday, December 12 2018

New 36,000 square foot facility doubles the company’s current production capability

Mesa, AZ — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) announced that its Innovation Systems sector operations in Mesa completed the expansion of its Bushmaster® medium caliber cannon production facility. The new 36,000 square foot facility nearly doubles the company’s current production capacity by collocating warehouse and manufacturing operations into one site.

Lisa Brown (center) Northrop Grumman vice president and Mesa site operations lead, cuts the ribbon to officially open the company’s new facility. The 36,000 square foot building combines production and warehousing into one location, nearly doubling the production capability for the division that produces the world renowned Bushmaster line of medium caliber cannons. (pictured left-right: Kevin Sullivan, executive vice president, Arizona Commerce Authority; David Luna, Mesa vice mayor; John Giles, Mesa mayor; Dan Olson, Northrop Grumman armament systems vice president; Lisa Brown, Northrop Grumman vice president and Mesa site lead; Sally Harrison, CEO, Mesa Chamber of Commerce; Rudy Cota, Arizona Congressman Andy Biggs staff, constituent service representative; Bill Jabjiniak, Mesa director of economic development; Chris Keeler, Northrop Grumman deputy director Mesa operations.)

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Wednesday, December 12 2018

Leading transportation company to create 850 jobs, invest $575 million in new Fulton County campus

Fulton County, GA -- Governor Nathan Deal was joined by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to announce that Norfolk Southern Corporation, one of the nation’s premier transportation companies, will locate its headquarters in Fulton County, creating 850 jobs and investing $575 million. Norfolk Southern’s new campus will house the company’s headquarters, dispatch operations, operations and service support center, crew management center, corridor operations offices, national customer service center, administrative functions, marketing department and police communications center.

“As a major hub for both transportation and innovation, Georgia is a fitting home for Norfolk Southern’s new headquarters,” said Deal. “As the No. 1 state for business six years in a row, Georgia has become a preferred location for industry leaders like Norfolk Southern, as we have seen more than 30 locations or expansions by Fortune 500 companies in the better part of the last decade. Much of this success can be attributed to our expansive infrastructure network, our culture of collaboration and ready-to-work communities, all of which are essential in helping businesses move goods around the nation and to international markets as efficiently as possible.

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Wednesday, December 12 2018

Lansing, MI — Drive System Design, Inc., a global engineering consultancy specializing in the design, development and control of future transmission and driveline systems, is expanding in Farmington Hills with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

The project is expected to generate total private investment of $1.7 million and create 25 high-wage engineering jobs. Michigan was chosen for the expansion over a competing site in California.

“Drive System Design’s decision to invest in Farmington Hills rather than another state means excellent jobs for Michigan residents and further solidifies Michigan’s leadership position in automotive R&D and electric vehicle advancements,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of MEDC, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm that administers programs and performs due diligence on behalf of the MSF.

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Wednesday, December 12 2018

Madison, WI — Stella & Chewy’s, a natural pet food company, is expanding its manufacturing facility and headquarters in Oak Creek – a project expected to create 82 new jobs and a $30 million capital investment over the next three years.

“Stella & Chewy’s is a great example of how businesses of all industries are thriving and growing in Wisconsin thanks to our positive business climate and dedicated workforce,” said Governor Scott Walker. “Companies have many options in deciding whether to expand, and we commend Stella & Chewy’s for its continued commitment to Wisconsin.”

“Stella & Chewy’s excellent growth in sales and market share of its high-quality premium pet food products is requiring expanded manufacturing capability,” said company CEO Marc Hill. “The company is proud to call Wisconsin home and excited to expand in the state.”

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Thursday, December 06 2018

Boat manufacturer to create nearly 100 jobs in Dickson County

Nashville, TN — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Ebbtide Holdings LLC officials announced that the boat manufacturer will establish a plant in White Bluff and create nearly 100 jobs over the next five years.

“With our rich manufacturing legacy and pro-business environment, Tennessee is a place where leading businesses can invest and provide quality jobs for our residents,” Rolfe said. “I’d like to thank Ebbtide Holdings LLC for investing in Dickson County and bringing boat manufacturing back to White Bluff.”

Ebbtide Holdings LLC, makers of Boca Bay and Aquasport boats, is locating operations in an existing industrial building at 2545 Jones Creek Road in Dickson County. Ebbtide Holdings LLC is investing in facility upgrades and anticipates the 140,000-square-foot plant will be operational in the fourth quarter of 2018. The company will manufacture center console sporting boats ranging from 20 to 30 feet in length at the new facility.

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Tuesday, December 04 2018
Georgia announces new inland terminal location  

Northeast Georgia Inland Port to serve fast-growing Gainesville region

Gainesville, GA — Governor Nathan Deal, along with representatives of the Georgia Ports Authority, the Greater Hall Chamber and Norfolk Southern Railroad announced plans Monday to make Hall County the site of the GPA's next inland port.

"The Northeast Georgia Inland Port will be situated in the heart of the manufacturing and logistics corridor along Interstate 85, an important region for the production of heavy equipment, food and forest products," Deal said. "Besides serving these existing port customers, it will also act as an economic development tool, drawing new investment from business and industry to Hall and its surrounding counties."

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Tuesday, December 04 2018

Morrison, IL -- The Whiteside Carrol Enterprise Zone (WCEZ) will be hosting two Enterprise Zone Informational meetings in December to present local businesses with information about this local business incentive, and how it can assist businesses in their expansion or location in Whiteside and Carroll Counties. The meetings will be held on December 18, 2018, at 1:00 – 2:00 PM in the Whiteside County Law Enforcement Center, and on December 19, 2018, at the Carroll County Courthouse at 1:00 - 2:00 PM. The sessions will provide information on what the Enterprise Zone is, what the benefits are, who qualifies, an explanation of the application process, and answers to questions about the Enterprise Zone.     

According to Gary Camarano, WCEZ Administrator, “The Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone has shown itself to be one of the region’s most effective local incentives in attracting investment, and retaining and creating jobs to the region. Since the year 2000, the Whiteside Carroll Enterprise Zone has assisted 469 projects, attracted $414,630,240.00 in investment, and helped in retaining and creating 8,076 jobs. We want to reach out to the business community and provide information to them on this incentive, and how it could assist in business expansions or locations.” 

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Tuesday, December 04 2018

$56 million project expected to create up to 220 new jobs in southeastern Wisconsin

Madison, WI — The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the Village of Menomonee Falls and Leonardo DRS Inc. announced the company will build a new manufacturing facility and offices in Menomonee Falls to accommodate its growing Naval Power Systems line of business—a project expected to create up to 220 jobs in southeastern Wisconsin.

The company will invest $56 million in a new “best-in-class” engineering and manufacturing facility to serve as the focal point for most of its business development and production activities. The facility, expected to open in 2020, will house the design, test and manufacturing facilities for naval and marine power distribution, power conversion, motor controls, drives and automation/control equipment for the U.S. Navy, commercial and international customers.

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Monday, December 03 2018

$1 million in tax credits to support 100,000-square-foot packaging center expansion

Madison, WI — The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced it is providing Lakeside Foods, a premier supplier of high-quality frozen and canned foods, with up to $1 million in tax credits over three years to support the company’s expansion of its frozen food packaging facility – a $40 million project expected to create 48 new jobs.

A groundbreaking for the expansion was held in July and construction is expected to be completed in mid-2019. In addition to WEDC, the project is also supported by the City of Manitowoc, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Wisconsin Bank and Trust.

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Monday, December 03 2018

Ceramic tile manufacturer to create 220 jobs

Baxter, TN — Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Portobello America, Inc. officials announced that the company will locate its U.S. headquarters and first U.S. production facility in Baxter. The ceramic tile manufacturer will create 220 jobs and invest approximately $150 million in Putnam County, which represents the largest announcement in Baxter during the Haslam administration.

“Portobello’s decision to locate its new production facility and U.S. headquarters and create more than 200 in Baxter will be transformational for the community,” Haslam said. “In Tennessee, we have created a business-friendly environment that promotes growth in all of our communities across the state and I appreciate Portobello for seeing what great assets Tennessee and Putnam County have to offer. I look forward to seeing this company succeed in our state and with investments like this, Tennessee will lead in the creation of high-quality jobs.”

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Monday, December 03 2018

HR Tech Company Expected to Grow its Local Workforce to 1,700 Employees 

Hartford, CT — Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced that Indeed, the world’s number one job site, is once again expanding its presence in Connecticut.  The HR tech company, which just launched an expansion project last year, is now planning to add an additional 500 workers in Stamford, bringing its total employment in Connecticut to 1,700 workers.

Indeed plans to invest $66 million toward its expansion and is exploring real estate options to accommodate the growth. The company currently leases office space at 177 Broad Street in Stamford.

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Monday, December 03 2018

Peoria, AZ — It feels like it was only a few short months ago Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) and the City of Peoria celebrated the groundbreaking of the new 127,000 SF West Valley Primary and Specialty Care Center. Now rising three stories high and over 50 feet skyward, construction is well on its way.

The health care center is located on a 20-acre site which is part of the Peoria Place property at Grand Avenue and Cotton Crossing. When it opens in early 2020, it is estimated there will be approximately 320 staff dedicated to this site, treating an expected daily volume of about 255 patients and visitors, thus addressing the health needs of the rapidly-growing West Valley with a wide range of services.

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