Relocations and Expansions - Summer 2017



Blue Origin to build rocket engine plant in Huntsville, Ala.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin will build its next-generation BE-4 rocket engines at a new 400,000-square-foot facility in Huntsville, Ala. The $200 million capital investment will create 340 manufacturing jobs in Huntsville, dubbed the “Rocket City.”

Alabama aerospace company plans major expansion

Huntsville-based Dynetics Inc. has broken ground on a three-building complex to develop and test large rocket components. Dynetics plans to use the three buildings in Decatur, Ala., to build the Space Launch System Universal Stage Adapter and perform structural testing for the Department of Defense, NASA and commercial customers.


Aerospace manufacturer expands in Alabama

UTC Aerospace Systems unveiled its new 80,000-square-foot nacelle assembly facility in the summer quarter. The plant, located in Foley, Ala., will house 260 more workers, and ultimately up to 1,000.


Chinese aerospace manufacturer investing in Alabama

Continental Motors Group, a subsidiary of Beijing-based AVIC International Holding Corp., will invest in a new plant and headquarters at the Mobile Aeroplex in Mobile, Ala. The site is where Airbus fully assembles the A320 jetliner series. The company will make aviation piston engines and parts in a new 250,000-square-foot facility. The deal is expected to create 450 jobs.


United Launch Alliance makes capital investment at North Alabama plant

United Launch Alliance is investing in new technology and infrastructure for the production of the Vulcan thrust assembly. The launch system is the newest for ULA. The company is investing $115 million in its facility in Morgan County, Ala.


Boeing ramping up in Alabama

The aerospace manufacturer Boeing, which already has about 2,700 Alabama employees, expects to add 400 more by 2020, along with an additional capital investment of $70 million.


Medical device company completes $270 million expansion in Opelika

A dialyzer manufacturing company has completed a $270 million expansion of its east Alabama facility. Baxter doubled both the physical size of its plant and number of employees to 350, allowing them to increase the production of dialyzers for patients with end-stage renal disease.


Manufacturer restarts Alabama operations after decade-long hiatus

Wolverine Tube will resume manufacturing at its plant in Morgan County, Ala. The copper tube manufacturer will make aluminum components at the new plant, which will house 250 workers.


IT services company to open Alabama center

Provalus, a firm specializing in business technology service and support, announced it will locate a $6.5 million center in Brewton, Ala. The deal will create 300 jobs.


Jobs and millions in investment roll in to Monroeville

A Canadian packaging company recently broke ground on a state-of-the-art facility in Monroeville. Sterling Packaging is investing $6 million and is expected to create up to 55 new jobs there.


Mohawk adding 150 jobs in Northeast Alabama

Georgia-based Mohawk Industries is making upgrades and adding jobs at its plant in Bridgeport, Ala. The company will add 150 jobs at its nylon fiber plant there.


Dynetics to invest in Alabama aerospace testing center

Huntsville-based Dynetics is moving forward on a $14 million aerospace testing center near Decatur, Ala. The company recently won a $221 million contract to design, manufacture and test the universal state adapter that will couple the Orion space capsule to its upper stage. Dynetics will invest $14.2 million in the project that will create 10 jobs.





Chinese textile factory will consume almost all of the cotton grown in Arkansas
Shandong Ruyi will build a $410 million textile factory in Forrest City, Ark. The project will create 800 jobs. The facility will process 200,000 tons of Arkansas cotton annually... approximately what is now grown in the state.

Robots to make Chinese T-shirts in Arkansas

A Chinese company, Tianyuan Garments Co., will soon open a T-shirt factory in Little Rock, Ark. Its workforce will feature 330 robots from Atlanta-based Softwear Automation. The $20-million factory should produce about 23 million shirts a year at a cost of 33 cents each. The project is expected to create 400 jobs.


Union Tank Car adding jobs in Arkansas

Union Tank Car is adding about 100 jobs at its production plant in Texarkana. The Chicago-based company moved into the former General Electric Railcar Repair facility last year.


American Marksman Arkansas expands in Searcy, Ark.

The ammunition maker and recycler is expanding its operations center in Searcy and creating up to 100 new advanced manufacturing jobs.




New “Delta Region” facility to employ 50 in Pine Bluff

A new company is coming to Pine Bluff and creating 50 jobs. Western Foods of Woodland, Calif., will open a gluten-free flour mill in an existing 50,000-square-foot building in the city’s industrial park.





Northrop Grumman adding jobs in Central Florida
Virginia-based Northrop Grumman is hiring 102 workers in Melbourne, Fla., for work in cybersecurity and software development. The work is in support of the E2 aircraft program. That program supports about 800 jobs in Melbourne.


USAA plans major expansion in Tampa

USAA is expanding its campus in Tampa, adding a 250,000-square-foot office building in suburban Tampa. The new building will house 1,000 new workers, bringing USAA employment at the site to nearly 4,500.


Online pet product retailer hiring 1,100 in South Florida

Chewy, an online retailer of pet food products, will create a customer service hub in Hollywood, Fla. The development will create 1,100 jobs.


Lockheed Martin hiring hundreds in Central Florida

Maryland-based Lockheed Martin is hiring 663 workers in Orlando, Cape Canaveral, Melbourne and Titusville, Fla. The defense giant employs almost 8,000 workers in Central Florida.


Modernizing Medicine announces 800 new jobs in Boca Raton, Fla.

The Boca Raton-based medical records firm Modernizing Medicine, already one of the fastest growing tech companies in South Florida, announced an expansion in July that will create more than 800 new jobs there. The company, which developed an electronic medical records and data system for specialty physicians, already employs 550 people.


Georgia-Pacific investing $400 million in Florida mill

Georgia-Pacific is investing $400 million in its tissue and towel mill in Palatka, Fla. A new paper machine will be installed and 80 jobs will be created. 





Canada-based company building $105 million greenhouse in Middle Georgia
Pure Flavor plans to build a $105 million greenhouse in Peach County, Ga. The 75-acre greenhouse will grow tomatoes and cucumbers year-round. The facility will also include a distribution center and will house 200 workers.

Canadian company investing $400 million in new Georgia plant

Irving Consumer Products, based in Canada, will build a new $400 million, 700,000-square-foot bath tissue and paper towel plant in Macon, Ga. The facility will house 200 workers.


British online fashion company to hire 1,600

British online fashion giant ASOS will open an East Coast fulfillment center in Union City, Ga. The company will invest $40 million in the project and hire 1,600.


British aerospace manufacturer adding jobs in Georgia

Meggitt Polymers & Composites, a maker of engine and aerodynamic seals, flexible fuel tanks and other aircraft engine components, is expanding its plant in Rockmart, Ga. The $30 million project will create 211 jobs. The company currently employs 1,000 people at the Rockmart facility.


Japanese manufacturer to establish operations in Georgia

Japanese manufacturer Rinnai, a maker of tankless water heaters, will establish a plant in Griffin, Ga. The $69 million facility will initially house 150 workers.


Robins AFB to hire 400

Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex in Georgia is seeking about 400 new hires in maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft, commodities and avionics as well as information technology.


Starbucks to expand Georgia coffee plant, create 100 jobs

Starbucks will expand its coffee roasting facility in Augusta, Ga., creating 100 new jobs and investing $120 million. The new operation is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.


Flexport to locate $100 million Southeast hub in Atlanta

The San Francisco-based logistics technology provider Flexport will receive $100,000 in economic incentives from Atlanta to locate a Southeast sales and operations hub in Midtown — a $100 million expansion project that will create 250 jobs.


Grocer to establish regional HQ, distribution center in Georgia

German grocer Lidl announced in the spring it will place a $100 million regional headquarters and distribution center in Cartersville, Ga. The deal will create 250 jobs.


Boston Consulting Group picks Atlanta for center

The Boston Consulting Group announced in the spring quarter it will locate a new regional support center in Atlanta. The $9.2 million project will create 200 positions in creative services, finance, legal and information technology.





Denyo Manufacturing plans Kentucky expansion
Denyo Manufacturing Corporation is planning a major expansion to its facilities and operations in Danville, Ky. The company will invest $8.7 million to construct an additional building and purchase new equipment, adding up to 90 new jobs fabricating sheet metal components used in generator and air compressor assembly.

Swedish Match to invest $41 million in Owensboro, Ky.

Swedish Match, a smokeless tobacco products manufacturer, will add to its Owensboro production facility with a $40.9 million investment and 36 new full-time jobs in Daviess County.


Audubon Metals expanding in Henderson County, Ky.

Aluminum producer Audubon Metals will expand its Henderson plant with an $8.3 million investment that will create 39 full-time jobs.


Carter Lumber announces new facility in Bowling Green

Ohio-based Carter Lumber recently announced the location of its new $10 million Kight Home Center manufacturing facility at the Kentucky Transpark, creating 50 new jobs in South Central Kentucky.





Port Cameron to bring thousands of jobs to Southwest Louisiana
A massive, 500-acre port will be built over the next four years on the Calcasieu Ship Channel, creating close to 4,000 permanent jobs – doubling the employment in Cameron Parish, La.

Plastipak investing in Central Louisiana plant

Plastipak Packaging, a maker of plastic containers for the food and beverage industries, is investing $15 million in its plant in Pineville, La. The investment will add seven new production lines and 10 workers to the plant.


Noranda Bauxite & Alumina investing $35 million in Louisiana

Noranda Bauxite & Alumina will invest $35 million to expand and upgrade its alumina refinery in St. James Parish. The company also plans to establish its headquarters at the Gramercy complex. The project will create 65 new jobs.


Waitr to bring meals and 150 jobs to Monroe, La.

The restaurant on-demand platform Waitr recently debuted in the city of Monroe. To meet anticipated demand, Waitr expects to hire 150 people in Monroe between now and year’s end.


Mattress manufacturer to bring tech jobs to New Orleans area

Select Comfort, maker of the Sleep Number mattress, will open a technical support center in Jefferson Parish, La. The new project will create 225 jobs.





Distribution center slated for North Mississippi

Cosmetics chain Sephora America will open a distribution center in Olive Branch, Miss. The 720,000-square-foot center will house 400 workers.


Health care firm to create 200 jobs in Jackson, Miss.

Baptist Memorial Health Care announced in the summer it will establish a regional business office in downtown Jackson. The company will lease four floors in Regions Plaza and 250 jobs will be created.


Manufacturer creates new division, 50 jobs

Multicraft, a manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, HVACs and other industrial and consumer products, has created a new division in Pelahatchie, Miss. The division is being formed to exploit new product opportunities. The deal will create 50 jobs.


MRO in Mississippi completes expansion

Sunshine Aviation completed the expansion of its facilities at the Grenada Municipal Airport in Grenada, Miss., in the summer quarter. The $50,000 project will include a larger facility and 15 new jobs.





Jasper Products expansion to create 75 jobs in Missouri
Joplin manufacturer Jasper Products has announced a $25 million expansion that will add 75 jobs at its plant. Jasper Products makes and stores aseptic beverages.


Insurer to create 1,000 new jobs in downtown Kansas City

Spring Venture Group, a Medicare supplemental insurance firm, will move into a largely vacant building in downtown Kansas City, Mo., to accommodate growth. The company expects to create nearly 1,000 jobs in the move.


Aerospace manufacturer expands in St. Louis

St. Peters, Mo.-based Seyer Industries, a maker of assemblies for the aerospace industry, is expanding its facilities in St. Louis. The company will invest $25 million and add 125 jobs.


Bank adding 200 new jobs in St. Louis

U.S. Bank is adding 200 new jobs in the St. Louis area, thanks, in part, to growth in its home mortgage division. To keep up with demand, the bank launched an electronic loan portal over the summer quarter.


KC manufacturer plans to add 200 jobs

Over $400 million in new contracts have prompted Lake City Army Ammunition Plant to hire about 200 people.





Infosys plans 2,000 new tech jobs in North Carolina
India-based information technology outsourcing company Infosys plans to hire 2,000 workers within four years in Wake County, N.C., — the second of four planned expansion sites in the U.S. intended to create 10,000 jobs. President Trump has blasted an American visa program that tech companies have heavily relied upon to temporarily bring in workers from other countries at lower wages. Infosys emphasized that the jobs created as part of its U.S. expansion would go to American workers.


Allstate adding over 2,000 jobs in Charlotte

Allstate announced in the summer quarter it would bring 2,250 jobs over three years to an operations center in Charlotte. The insurance company is spending $22.6 million on the operations center.


Pfizer investing $100 million in North Carolina

Pfizer, a giant pharmaceutical manufacturer, is investing $100 million at its facilities in Sanford, N.C. The company is entering the gene therapy sector and will add 40 jobs.


Charlotte-based company adding jobs

Albemarle Corp., a producer of chemicals such as lithium for batteries, is adding 170 jobs at its plant in Kings Mountain, N.C. It will also add 30 jobs to its headquarters in Charlotte.


Danish manufacturer to locate new facility in rural North Carolina

Fibertex Personal Care, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of spunbond/spunmelt nonwovens used to produce diapers and other care products, is investing $114 million in a new plant in Asheboro, N.C. The project will create 145 jobs.


Amazon bringing 600 new jobs to Charlotte

Amazon has announced another distribution center in the South, this one in Kannapolis, N.C. The $85 million, 1 million-square-foot center will house 600 workers.


Davidson County lands 770-job deal

One of the biggest economic development projects in Triad history was announced in July with an Austrian furniture and flooring industry supplier committing to a $700 million project in Davidson County. Egger Wood Products will eventually create up to 770 jobs. The first phase of the particle-board plant project is expected to take six years, and will include 400 jobs and a $300 million investment.


Centene division relocates HQ to Rocky Mount Mills

Envolve Vision, the vision benefits unit of Centene Corp., will relocate its headquarters from North Carolina’s Rocky Mount business park to Rocky Mount Mills, a mixed-use project on the Tar River. The deal will bring 120 employees to the former mill.


Manufacturer expands in Monroe

American Wick, a maker of drainage systems for buildings and highways, is expanding its facilities in Monroe, N.C. The company is investing $8.7 million to replace and add equipment at its 100,000-square-foot facility.





Oklahoma will be home to the largest wind farm in the U.S.
GE Renewable Energy and Invenergy announced that Oklahoma will soon be home to the largest wind farm in the U.S. — the Wind Catcher project. The size edges out the current largest wind farm in the country, California’s Alta Wind Energy Center.

Big manufacturing capture for Tulsa

Wisconsin-based Greenheck Group, a manufacturer of commercial ventilation systems, broke ground on a new facility in Tulsa during the summer quarter. The company plans to hire about 75 employees when the facility is completed in summer 2018, and up to 900 over the next 10 years.


Manufacturer restarts operations in Oklahoma

TMK IPSCO, which suspended operations in September 2015, has restarted its pipe welding operation at its facility at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. The restart will bring back 168 jobs.


Cherokee Nation hiring for tribal health center in Oklahoma

“When this new facility is complete, it will be the largest tribal health center in the country,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “This world-class health center will open in 2019 and eventually create more than 800 permanent health care jobs.” For now, the construction project in Tahlequah, Okla., has created a need for hundreds more jobs across a variety of construction trades.


Water bottler to grow Oklahoma City jobs

Niagara Bottling, based in California, will build and operate a $57 million manufacturing plant in OKC expected to add about 45 new jobs during the next five years.





HVAC manufacturing adding 700 jobs in South Carolina
Trane, an HVAC manufacturer, is making a $96 million investment in its Richland County, S.C., facilities. The project will create 700 jobs.



Film manufacturer to invest $85 million in South Carolina

Charter NEX Films, a specialty film manufacturer, will locate a new plant in Blythewood, S.C. The company will build a new 140,000-square-foot facility that will house 110 workers.


Wood products manufacturer creating 145 jobs in South Carolina

Roseburg Forest Products, a wood products manufacturer based in Oregon, announced it will bring 145 much-needed new jobs and invest $200 million in rural Chester County, S.C. The facility will primarily make wooden structural beams used in residential and commercial construction.


Ambiopharm expanding in Aiken County

AmbioPharm, a peptide and biopharmaceutical manufacturing company, is expanding its existing Aiken County operations. The expansion is projected to bring $18 million of new capital investment and lead to the creation of 100 jobs.


Supplier of housewares investing in Sumter, S.C.

Sumter East Home, a supplier of housewares and other retail items, is investing $37 million to move into an existing facility in Sumter, S.C. The manufacturing facility will house 88 workers.


Patheon will expand South Carolina site as part of $45 million global investment

Patheon, a pharmaceutical development and manufacturing company, announced a 15,000-square-foot expansion planned for its Florence location, where it will replace the Roche Carolina operation. The expansion is part of a $45 million investment across its global network.


Food processor adding 700 jobs in South Carolina

“Project Horseshoe” has been revealed. It is a $79 million expansion of the Ruiz Foods facility in Florence County, S.C. The deal will create 700 new jobs.





Lifetime Products opens plant near Knoxville
Lifetime Products, a maker of kayaks, paddle boards and outdoor play equipment, opened its new plant in Knox County, Tenn., in the summer quarter. The company is investing $115 million and hiring 500.


Milestone for East Tennessee community

Twelve years ago, Bledsoe County lost its biggest private employer when Dura Automotive shut down its 580-employee plant there. Soon, the shuttered plant will reopen as a textile operation employing nearly twice as many people. Textile Corporation of America will spend $27 million to move its headquarters and manufacturing facility to 1,600-population Pikeville. . .the largest private investment in county history.


LG Electronics breaks ground on Tennessee plant

In the summer quarter, South Korea-based LG Electronics broke ground in Clarksville, Tenn., on its 1 million-square-foot appliance plant. The $250 million project will create 600 jobs and will be operational the first quarter of 2019.


Tech firm to create 800 jobs in Nashville MSA

Amsterdam-based Philips, with primary divisions in electronics, healthcare and lighting, is establishing a new health technology center of expertise in the Nashville area. The deal will create 800 jobs.


Textile manufacturer to create 1,000 new jobs in Tennessee
Traditional Southern industries such as textiles are making a comeback as some reshore from overseas. One example is Textile Corporation of America. The company is locating its headquarters and manufacturing facility to Pikeville, Tenn. The $27 million project will create 1,000 jobs. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, center, hand for the big announcement.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Pennsylvania-based e-commerce fulfillment company Radial just announced its plan to bring on an additional 3,000 workers in Memphis, Tenn., to handle the holiday shopping hustle. The company will also hire an additional 3,750 workers for its fulfillment centers in Louisville and Shepherdsville, and 4,100 additional workers for its two fulfillment centers in Northern Kentucky.


Thomas & Betts to create 90 jobs in Memphis move

Thomas & Betts, a designer and manufacturer of connectors and components for electrical and communication markets, is moving but staying in Memphis. The company will invest $20.7 million and create 90 new Shelby County jobs.


Team Technologies invests $6 million in Tennessee expansion

Team Technologies has announced plans for a $6 million expansion of its medical equipment manufacturing plant in Morristown, Tenn. The expansion is expected to create 160 jobs in Hamblen County. Founded in 1988, Team Technologies is a manufacturer of dental, medical, cosmetic and industrial products.


Label printer doubles workforce in Collierville

CCL-Korsini recently completed the expansion of its label printing facility in Collierville, Tenn. The $25 million project will add 150 jobs.


Gap to add 500 jobs near Nashville

Retailer Gap is investing $42 million in its Tennessee distribution center in Sumner County, Tenn. The San Francisco company will hire 500 in the deal.





ExxonMobil to move 1,600 jobs to Houston by 2020

ExxonMobil plans to move 1,600 jobs from its Fort Worth-based XTO Energy to its campus in Springwoods Village over the next three years. About 9,000 people currently work at the North Houston campus. The relocation will allow XTO Energy to work more efficiently with ExxonMobil’s other business lines housed at the campus, according to a company spokesperson.


Lockheed Martin to hire 2,000 in Fort Worth

Lockheed Martin says it has 2,000 jobs to fill as it ramps up production of the F-35 fighter jet production at its Fort Worth plant.


USAA doubling workforce in Plano

USAA is expanding its North Texas campus in Plano by adding a 150,000-square-foot building. The company also plans to add 850 workers.


Formosa expansion underway in Texas

Formosa Plastics Corp. Texas is investing $5 billion into a plant expansion that will extend into Jackson County and provide about 340 jobs. Construction began about two and a half years ago and is scheduled to finish in late 2018.


Merck locates its hub in Austin

The global biopharmaceutical company Merck will invest more than $20 million to locate its newest IT Hub in Austin. The company plans to create over 600 jobs there.


Dallas cybersecurity center to employ 300

Ernst & Young is investing $10 million to expand its Dallas footprint with a new cybersecurity center that will house 300 employees — about three-fourths of them new hires.


GE could add 225 employees to Fort Worth locomotive facility

In an effort to cut costs amid a sharp downturn in the domestic rail market, Boston-based General Electric plans to end most locomotive manufacturing at a century-old Pennsylvania factory. GE will then shift production to a facility in Texas and could recall 225 workers to its Fort Worth facility six months after laying off more than 200.


Texas bank to build $52 million HQ in McKinney; add 400 jobs

Independent Bank Group— a longtime North Texas company — plans to build a new $52 million corporate campus in McKinney, which will accommodate 400 new employees.


Spectrum opens Texas call center, 600 jobs

Charter’s Spectrum showed off its new, modern call center in McAllen recently, where the telecommunications company has already hired 250 of the 600 positions it will fill by the beginning of 2018. The 95,000-square-foot center is the location of a former Kmart. Representatives at the center are bilingual, servicing calls in Spanish, which has previously been outsourced to call centers outside the U.S.


Brazilian company to launch $675 million project

Brazil-based Braskem will move forward on a $675 million petrochemical plant in La Porte, Texas. The factory will be built next to the company’s existing facilities and will be the largest polypropylene line in the Americas.





Almost 4,000 employees to relocate to Northern Virginia

The General Services Administration has agreed to consolidate part of the Department of Homeland Security into a new headquarters in Prince George County, Va. Over 3,700 workers will make the move to Virginia.


IT firm hiring 400 in Northern Virginia

Mission Services, a provider of information technology services to federal agencies — specifically the Department of Defense — is expanding its footprint in Tysons, Va. The company is adding 400 jobs.


Kaiser Permanente plans $200 million medical hub in Northern Virginia

Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States is seeking approval to build a $200 million medical facility in Woodbridge on a 15-acre parcel the company already owns as a “hub” for its ongoing growth in Greater Washington.


Organ transplant company adding 300 jobs

LifeNet Health, an organ and tissue transplant company, is adding 321 jobs at its Princess Anne biomedical corridor facility in Virginia Beach. The company will invest $12 million in the deal.


PowerSchool to create jobs in Roanoke

PowerSchool, a leader in education technology platforms for K-12, is investing $1.8 million to expand its presence in Roanoke, Va. The project will add 96 jobs.


Sykes plans 300 new jobs in Wise, Va.

Sykes Enterprises says it is in the process of adding 285 new jobs by the end of the year. The call center Sykes purchased from Frontier Secure earlier this year will add 175 of the new jobs.





Insulation company to build $150 million plant in Ranson, W.Va.
Roxul, which makes stone wool insulation, has announced plans to build a $150 million plant in Ranson, creating 150 new jobs there.

Tech firm adding 300 jobs in West Virginia

An Atlanta-based technology sales and marketing firm is opening an office in West Virginia and creating up to 300 new jobs. N3 said in a news release the office will be located at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston.


West Virginia lands new chemical plant

U.S. Methanol broke ground on a new methanol plant in Kanawha County, W.Va., in the summer quarter. The plant will generate 50 jobs.


Italian manufacturer to build West Virginia plant

TeMa North America plans to build a manufacturing plant in Kearneysville, W.Va. The new 42,000-square-foot facility will produce insulation and drainage systems for the residential, industrial and commercial real estate sectors. The new facility will house 30 workers.

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