Relocations & Expansions - Fall 2023


Airbus celebrates ongoing expansion in Mobile, Ala.

The giant facility for Airbus’ manufacturing of jetliners will employ 1,000 workers. Shown here is the celebration at the groundbreaking.

German appliance manufacturer to open Alabama plant

Germany-based Miele has chosen Opelika, Ala., for its first U.S. manufacturing facility that will house 150 workers. Miele looked at sites in Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Mississippi before choosing East Alabama.

MAAS Aviation expansion to create 150 new jobs in Mobile

The aviation paint company will invest $1.6 million in improvements in jigs and tooling of its paint shops.

Nucor plans $280 million investment in Tuscaloosa steel mill

The expansion will support current and future operations at its production lines in Tuscaloosa County where it employs over 400 workers.


Bad Boy Mowers to expand in Arkansas

The company will expand its campus in Batesville and create 300 new jobs over five years.

Big River Steel opens new electrical steel line at its plant in the Arkansas Delta

U.S. Steel’s Big River plant in Osceola, Ark., has opened a new electrical steel line that will position the company as a key supplier in the electric vehicle market. The new steel product is ultra-thin with all the magnetic properties needed for EVs. No electric vehicle, motor or generator today is operational without the steel grades needed to transform electrical power into usable energy.

Dassault Falcon Jet to expand in Little Rock

The aerospace company will bring 800 new jobs to the area in a $100 million expansion.

Elopak to invest $70 million in Little Rock

The Norway-based company will build its first U.S. production plant to produce Pure-Pak® cartons for dairy, juices, etc. The project will create 100 new jobs in the area.

GTL Americas LP to build $3.5 billion fuel factory in Jefferson County

The liquid natural gas conversion facility will hire 2,500 construction workers to build, with an estimated 225 to 250 full-time employees once complete.

Vietnamese glove maker is coming to Arkansas

Phu Duc Huy US plans on hiring about 300 people once its facility becomes fully operational in Lake Village, Ark.

SIG Sauer announces plans to expand in Jacksonville, Ark.

The New Hampshire-based firearms and ammunition manufacturer will spend $150 million to expand operations in Jacksonville. The investment will create 625 new jobs over five years.

ExxonMobil will invest $100 million in Arkansas lithium well

Touted as a demonstration of its leadership in energy transition, ExxonMobil has selected Southwest Arkansas for its first phase of American lithium production.


Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group opens office in Tampa

The Japanese bank will employ up to 500 people and sublease 80,000 square feet in MetWest International.

Bauducco Foods will invest $200 million in new production facility in Zephyrhills, Fla.

The multinational cookie company purchased a 72-acre site in Pasco County with plans to bring 600 new jobs to the area.

Cybecs to establish HQ in Tampa

The Israeli-based cybersecurity firm will bring its regional headquarters to Tampa Bay, Fla., and expects to bring 150 jobs to the area over the next three years.

Property automation company Lynx relocates HQ to Tampa Bay from California

Lynx Automation plans to hire 50 people for roles in account management, customer support, sales and software engineering.


Archer Aviation finalizes plans to develop electric aircraft plant in Georgia

The Santa Clara, California-based company is building a 350,000-square-foot plant to build electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft next to Covington Municipal Airport. Expected to be completed next year, the plant will create more than 1,000 jobs.

Microsoft invests more than $1 billion in Georgia

The technology company will bring 150 high-paying jobs with its development of a data center campus in Rome and Floyd County, Ga. The site will support cloud technologies and Azure business.

Gulfstream Aerospace completes latest expansion in Savannah

The $150 million expansion will increase the facility’s capacity by 142,000 square feet and will add 1,600 new jobs to the region.

Qcells completes $2.5 billion expansion of factory in Dalton, Ga.

The factory will produce 30,000 solar panels a day, creating 510 new jobs. By next year, the factory will employ a total of 1,800 people.

DataBank announced it plans to build $2 billion data center near Atlanta

The project will become metro Atlanta’s largest data centers and the company’s fifth in the region.

GE Vernova, a General Electric spin-off, lands in The Battery in Atlanta

The company, which encompasses GE’s portfolio of energy businesses, has leased 77,000 square feet. Around 400 employees will work out of the new hub.

Lionsgate to invest $200 million in Douglas County film studio

The California-based entertainment giant says the film studio could launch in February 2024, becoming the company’s Georgia home base.

Gerresheimer will expand in Fayette County

The pharma and life science industry manufacturer will create 200 jobs with its $88 million expansion.

U.S. Soccer to build National Training Center near Atlanta

The move will bring 440 new jobs to Fayette County through a $228 million investment. U.S. Soccer anticipates breaking ground in spring 2024.

Walmart plans to build a $350 million dairy facility in South Georgia

The dairy plant will create 400 jobs in Valdosta. It will produce dairy products that will be distributed to 750 Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in the region.


Nucor opens $1.7 billion steel mill in Brandenburg, Ky.

Gov. Andy Beshear joined local officials and Nucor Corporation leadership for the grand opening of the company’s steel plate manufacturing facility in Meade County. The project has created hundreds of high-paying jobs.

GE completes $450 million dishwasher manufacturing lines

GE Appliances, a Haier company, cut the ribbon on its investment in the company’s headquarters in Louisville.

Radial, a leader in eCommerce solutions, to hire 2,000 in Louisville

The company plans to fill the entry-level fulfillment positions to support the eCommerce demand.

IT firm Optomi to locate in Wayne County

Provalus, a division of information technology company Optomi, will operate in Monticello, bringing 200 new jobs.

Stellar Snacks plans $137 million facility in West Louisville

The Nevada-based snack food company will employ 350 people at the 434,000-square-foot facility, located at 1391 Dixie Highway.

UPS Supply Chain Solutions projected to create 500 jobs in Bullitt County

The Velocity facility is a modernized warehouse with a digital ecosystem that can process 350,000 units per day.

80 Acres Farms to invest $95 million in Frankfort

The vertical farming facility will bring 125 new jobs. Gov. Beshear touted the move as a part of the state’s growing agritech industry.


Weyerhaeuser to upgrade lumber mill in Winn Parish, La.

The timber company will spend $96.2 million to modernize and de-carbonize its lumber mill in Dodson, retaining 157 direct jobs.

Venture Global LNG continues work on $10 billion facility in Cameron Parish

The Virginia-based company’s third Louisiana facility has come under opposition from environmentalists and regulators.

Albemarle will create 40 new jobs in Baton Rouge

The global chemical manufacturer will expand its facilities with a $53 million total investment.

Cornerstone Chemicals to build new production unit in Jefferson Parish

A new $491 million production unit will be built in Waggaman, La., to produce dimethyl carbonate and ethyl methyl carbonate, or DMC and EMC. The chemicals are used as solvents in lithium-ion EV batteries.

Shell relocates its Gulf of Mexico HQ to New Orleans

The energy company will enter a 12-year lease for a 142,000-square-foot building in the River District that will result in the retention of 850 jobs and more than 2,000 offshore jobs.


PACCAR is expanding operations in Columbus, Miss.

The global automotive technology company is investing $209.4 million in two projects that will create 100 jobs. An industry leader in the design and manufacture of premium trucks, the company is expanding its existing facility by 50,000 square feet to add re-manufacturing operations to the site.

Alden Group opening new facility in Mississippi

The renewable energy company works with area poultry processors to transform waste products into dry matter to supply refineries to make biodiesel. Its Smith County facility will employ 30 workers.

Aviation manufacturer to bring operations to Hancock County

Skydweller Aero is bringing its flight test and aircraft modification operations to Hancock County. The project represents a corporate investment of $15 million, as well as $40 million in advanced solar powered aircraft inventory. The project will create at least 36 new jobs. Skydweller Aero is a transatlantic cutting-edge aerospace company developing solar powered aircraft solutions capable of achieving perpetual flight with heavy and powerful payload capacity. 

Quality Beverage expanding in Lowndes County

The food and beverage company will hire 31 workers in the Golden Triangle with an investment of $10 million.


Wolfspeed begins hiring 1,800 for semiconductor factory in North Carolina

Announced last year, the $5 billion facility near Siler City will cover more than 1 million square feet.

Railcar company TTX has chosen The Line in South End for its new Charlotte headquarters

The company, which provides railcars and freight car management services, will invest $14.5 million into its 150-job headquarters.

Epsilon Advanced Materials will create 500 jobs in Brunswick County

The Indian manufacturer of synthetic graphite used in EV batteries will invest nearly $650 million at the Mid-Atlantic Rail Industrial Park.

Chick-Fil-A Supply invests $58 million in North Carolina

The Chick-Fil-A subsidiary will bring a second distribution center to North Carolina. The move is expected to create at least 82 new jobs in Kannapolis.

Global pharmaceutical company Indivior selects Raleigh site for its first facility in the U.S.

The company will invest $60 million and hire an additional 35 employees at its new site which will produce treatments for opioid addiction and schizophrenia.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport to begin construction of $500 million runway

Following the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of the airport’s new international runway, officials gathered on RDU’s airstrip to celebrate with ceremonial shovels. The project will take seven years and $534 million to complete.

Thermoplastic piping manufacturer expands in North Carolina

Canadian-based IPEX will create 150 new jobs in Mecklenburg County with its $200 million, 200,000-square-foot facility in Pineville.

Charlotte Pipe invests $460 million in Stanly County, N.C.

The move, a game-changer for rural Stanly County, will enable the company to become more efficient. Charlotte Pipe will employ 500 workers at the new plant.


Filmmakers Ranch expands in Oklahoma City

Filmmakers Ranch, Oklahoma’s first film and television studio campus, has announced the expansion of its 52,000-square-foot facility with two new production vendors — Apex Post Production, a full-service post-production company, and NGP Film, one of Oklahoma’s largest film equipment rental vendors. In partnership with Apex Post OKC, the studio campus will now include a certified Dolby Atmos sound-mixing stage. This represents a $500,000 investment, creating up to 15 full-time jobs within Oklahoma’s film and television industry, which saw nearly $300 million in qualified expenditures from productions utilizing the state’s film incentive program in fiscal years 2021 and 2022.

Lithium refinery set for Tulsa region

Stardust Power is bringing the largest lithium refinery in the country to the greater Tulsa area. The company plans to address a huge lithium supply shortage in the U.S. as the demand for electric vehicles increases.

GF Central Plastics breaks ground on second plant in Shawnee

Expanding its footprint in the City of Shawnee, Georg Fischer Central Plastics has broken ground for a new, 150,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The $30 million investment will accommodate the company’s growing business needs while creating as many as 300 full-time jobs upon opening. GF Central Plastics is North America’s largest single-source manufacturer of metal and polyethylene pipe-joining products in the gas and municipal water utility industry.


eVAC Magnetics to build first U.S. facility in Sumter, S.C.

eVAC Magnetics announced in the fall quarter it will be building its first U.S. production facility in Sumter County, S.C. The project will lead to an investment of more than $500 million and the creation of 300 new jobs. The announcement represents collaboration between the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Team Sumter, and Sumter Economic Development. eVAC Magnetics is part of the VAC Group, which develops magnetic materials and solutions. More specifically, eVAC creates Neodymium-Iron-Boron (NdFeB) permanent magnets that are essential to fields including automotive, defense, industrial and renewable energy.

Latitude Corp. hosts shovel ceremony in Clarendon County

Initially lured to the state by readySC, a technical college system program to train and recruit workers, the Wisconsin-based company will spend $29 million and hire 200 employees in the rural county.

TMC Transportation to expand regional HQ in Richland County

The flatbed carriers company will invest $38 million and create 185 jobs with its expansion project.

Nissin Foods will invest $228 million in Greenville County

Nissin Foods, the  inventor of the instant ramen noodle, will expand operations in Greenville. The investment will create more than 300 new jobs.

Keurig Dr Pepper plans $100 million expansion in South Carolina

The hot- and cold-beverage producer will invest in development for its state-of-the-art coffee roasting and manufacturing facility in Spartanburg County. The investment will create 250 new jobs.

West Fraser expands sawmill in Newberry County

The North American timber producer will bring 30 new jobs with its $17.7 million investment.

Silfab Solar invests $150 million in South Carolina

The solar panel manufacturer will establish a site in Fort Mill, creating 800 jobs. Workers will create next-generation solar cell technology.


Malibu Boats expands manufacturing operations in Roane County, Tenn.

The powerboat company will invest $75 million and create 750 jobs at its operation at the Roane Regional Business Technology Park.

National outdoor retailer REI Co-op opens state-of-the-art distribution center

REI’s huge 400,000-square-foot facility in Wilson County, which will run exclusively on renewable power, will employ more than 230 workers.

Genera to expand facility in Vonore, Tenn.

The ag-fiber and biomass company will invest nearly $350 million and hire 230 to expand production in Monroe County.

Stone Mountain Technologies will invest $13.9 million in new manufacturing operations in Sullivan County

The heat pump and water heater manufacturer will create 111 new jobs, adding to the state’s growing advanced energy economy.

Axle Logistics expands HQ in Knoxville

The third-party logistics company will invest $37.9 million and will create 651 new jobs.


Samsung’s $17 billion chip plant won’t be fully operational until 2025

Previously slated to begin production in 2024, the Central Texas chip manufacturing plant, about 30 miles northeast of Austin, was hailed as the largest economic development deal in Texas history when Samsung announced in November 2021.

Goldman Sachs Group breaks ground on $500 million campus in Dallas

The financial giant’s 800,000-square-foot building will be constructed on three acres on the southeast corner of the North End Development. The campus will serve as the regional base for Goldman Sachs, eventually employing 5,000 people when it opens in 2027.

Ascension Seton plans $230 million expansion in Round Rock

The St. Louis-based company will expand its Seton Parkway facility with the addition of 160 new patient rooms, operating rooms and expanded space for emergency and other departments. The expansion will create about 400 new jobs.

ZT Systems intends to expand in Georgetown, Texas

The New Jersey-based company manufactures equipment used for cloud computing and artificial intelligence systems. With the purchase of a 435,000-square-foot facility, the expansion will employ at least 1,500 people.

Alcon plans $100 million expansion in Fort Worth

The eyecare company’s proposed expansion entails the construction of a 250,000-square-foot facility on the Swiss-American pharmaceutical and medical device company’s campus.

Schneider Electric expanding in Red Oaks and El Paso

The global leader in energy management and automation is expanding its footprint in Texas. A $3 billion integration facility in Red Oak will be built in partnership with Compass Datacenters, creating more than 100 new jobs. Schneider Electric is also investing $300 million in its manufacturing plant in El Paso, which employs 1,500.


Florida-based maker of windows and doors will invest $54.3 million in Georges, Va.

PGT Innovations’ 659-job glass manufacturing operation will take place in the former Rolls-Royce facility in
Prince George County.

French nuclear power company to expand in Lynchburg

Framatome will invest $49.4 million to expand its facilities to meet increasing demand for servicing existing nuclear power plants and developing solutions for small nuclear reactors. The expansion will create 515 jobs.

Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards to move to Alexandria in $2 billion deal

The sports franchises will exit Washington, D.C., by 2028 according to Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin.

Northrop Grumman will invest $200 million to expand in Waynesboro

The aerospace and defense technology company will establish a new advanced electronics manufacturing and testing facility.

Wells Fargo to expand customer support center in Roanoke County

Wells Fargo & Company will invest $87 million in the largest commercial office investment and single project employment announcement in Roanoke County’s history with the creation of 1,100 new jobs.

DOMA Technologies to expand in Virginia Beach

The software and digital transformation company will invest $3.7 million, creating 307 new jobs.

Two-billion-dollar entertainment district coming to Alexandria

The public-private partnership between the Commonwealth of Virginia, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the City of Alexandria, and JBG SMITH will create a world-class entertainment district at Potomac Yard. Slated to break ground in 2025 and open in late 2028, the project will generate a combined $12 billion in economic impact as well as create 30,000 jobs over the next several decades.

Amazon to build two state-of-the-art facilities in Virginia Beach

Amazon will build a multi-story robotics fulfillment center and delivery station, bringing 1,000 new full-time jobs to the area.

Lyon Shipyard to expand in Virginia

The full-service ship repair provider will invest $8.5 million in its operation in the City of Norfolk, which will create 134 new jobs.

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