Relocations & Expansions - Spring 2023


Nucor to open new facility in Decatur, Ala.

Charlotte-based steelmaker Nucor announced in the spring it will invest $125 million in an advanced manufacturing facility in Decatur. The new venture will produce transmission towers and generate 200 jobs.

Wood panel manufacturer Kronospan to expand

Kronospan will invest $350 million to expand its operations in Oxford, Ala., creating an additional 150 jobs. Once complete later this year, the company will have employed 600 people and invested a total of more than $1 billion since 2008. The Oxford facility is the largest wood products site in North America.

Walmart to invest $350 million in regional distribution center

The Cullman, Ala., project will double the amount of supplies the distribution center will ship with an implementation of a robotics and software platform developed by Symbotic LLC. Walmart operates five distribution centers and 144 retail stores in Alabama and employs over 41,000 in the state.

$100 million invested in two new Northrop Grumman offices

Offices for defense contractor Northrop Grumman have been completed at the Redstone Gateway in Huntsville, Ala. The Birmingham-based construction firm Robins & Morton completed the $100 million project, including two “build to suit” facilities and a parking deck.

Acquisition Integration to create 250 jobs in Alabama

The aerospace logistics and distribution company plans to build 170,000 square feet of hangar and office space at the Pryor Field Regional Airport in North Alabama. The $30 million investment will create 250 jobs.

Tech company Tquila Automation to create 200 jobs in Birmingham

The delivery hub will be located at The Switch, Birmingham’s innovation district, in the 65,000-square-foot Nextec building.

Westwater Resources plans $202 million graphite plant in Alabama

The Coosa County plant will supply material for EV battery manufacturer SK On.

Delivery app bringing 200 jobs to Birmingham

Food delivery company ASAP (formerly Waitr) is adding jobs in Birmingham. The deal will create 200 jobs.

Canada-based manufacturer picks Tuscaloosa for plant

Epsilon Industries is investing around $3 million to open a facility to produce prefabricated modular utility systems in an integrated factory environment at the Tuscaloosa County Airport Industrial Park. The deal will create 180 jobs.

Aerospace supplier to relocate from Texas to Creola in Mobile County

Superior Air Parts plans to relocate its corporate headquarters and manufacturing operation producing FAA-approved replacement parts for piston-engine aircraft. The $24.2 million investment will create 180 jobs over 5 years.

Window and door manufacturer to open production facility in Alabama

Sierra Pacific Windows will invest $60 million and hire 300 people in Phenix City. Its first production facility in the American South, the company has acquired 610,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space on 113 acres.


Aerojet Rocketdyne adds 200 new jobs in Arkansas

The supplier of rocket systems to the American military will expand and modernize its facilities in Camden with a $215 million investment from the U.S. Department of Defense. Shown here, an Aerojet Rocketdyne Camden employee prepares a solid rocket motor for shipment.

Little Rock MSA picks up a nice healthcare deal

RelateCare is creating 255 jobs in Sherwood, Ark. The back-office project will support hospitals and other healthcare facilities in the U.S.

Food sector servicer to supply 50 jobs in Springdale, Ark.

Cypress Cold Storage, a warehouse supplier for the food industry, has broken ground on a new state-of-the-art cold storage facility in Arkansas. The 170,000-square-foot facility of temperature-controlled space will accommodate 22,000 pallets of freezer storage.

Plans finalized for wind farm in Carroll County

Scout Clean Energy has completed its plans for developing the $300 million Nimbus Wind Farm in Northwest Arkansas. The wind farm is expected to produce enough electricity to power nearly 30,000 homes.

Clarksville to invest in hydrogen power plant

Syntex Industries of Little Rock will design and construct a hydrogen energy power plant to generate more than 500 megawatts of clean electricity in Clarksville. Construction will begin by the fourth quarter of 2023 and is slated to create more than 100 jobs.


Space Force selects Florida’s Space Coast for new training HQ

The new Space Training and Readiness Command, or STARCOM, will bring hundreds of employees to Florida’s Space Coast to train Space Force members in war gaming and tactics. The Air Force-based command will be located at Patrick Space Force Base in Brevard County, Fla.

FLUENT moves U.S. headquarters to Tampa Bay from Miami

FLUENT, a multi-state cannabis company, is moving its headquarters from Miami to Tampa. The company plans to create 30 new jobs.

Life Science company announces Tampa expansion

Versea Health is expanding in downtown Tampa. The company, which is headquartered in Tampa, performs diagnostics, therapeutics and other life science functions. The deal will create 40 jobs.

Cosentino Group to build $270 million facility in Jacksonville

The natural stone and architectural surfaces manufacturer has announced a major investment in a 408,000-square-foot facility at the Cecil Commerce Center. The company plans to hire about 180 people with an average salary of $56,000. This would be the Spanish company’s first facility built in North America.


Sam’s Club to create 600 jobs in Georgia

Retailer Sam’s Club is establishing a new fulfillment center in Douglas County, Ga. The project will create 600 jobs.

Idea Nuova to invest nearly $20 million in rural Georgia

Idea Nuova is establishing a new manufacturing facility in Screven County, Ga. The deal will create 80 new jobs.

Medical device manufacturer to bring 340 jobs to Atlanta’s former State Farm campus

Boston Scientific Corp. will lease nearly 250,000 square feet in Johns Creek. The largest office deal so far this year, it will bring life science research and development to the metro.


Trader Joe’s breaks ground on distribution facility in Kentucky

In the spring, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear joined local officials to break ground on a new Simpson County facility for Trader Joe’s East Inc., a leading retail distributor and supplier of food and beverage products. The project will create 876 full-time jobs, behind a $259 million investment.

A $240 million investment begins at MAGMA tech facility in Bowling Green

O-I Glass has begun construction on a revolutionary greenfield glass facility, utilizing MAGMA technology. The technology is used for manufacturing flexible, modular glass production.

Clean energy manufacturer to establish $264 million plant in Shelby County

EnerVenue will establish a new manufacturing facility in Shelby County, creating 450 full-time jobs with a $264 million Phase 1 investment with potential for further investment. The company manufactures energy storage products and systems. 

New distillery headed to Georgetown, Ky.

A planned $51 million distillery coming to Georgetown will be an architectural innovation from the same Danish firm that designed Google’s headquarters and the Lego brand museum, according to the Lexington Herald Leader. According to the media property, Blue Run, which announced in August 2022 that it planned to build a whiskey operation in Georgetown, released preliminary designs by
Bjarke Ingels Group. Called “Meander,” the design shows one swooping half-mile-long building housing the entire operation including distilling, aging and blending. The design is meant to evoke Georgetown’s Royal Spring, according to a news release. The whiskey operation in Georgetown, home of Toyota’s largest assembly plant in the U.S., will create 45 new jobs.

Congo will expand its HQ in Louisville

The $8.25 million project will produce 500 high-paying jobs. The beverage maker plans to relocate to a 110,000-square-foot location on Triton Park Boulevard.

Castellini creates 180 jobs, to invest $16.6 million in Kentucky

The third-party logistics company for the food industry is expanding its Wilder operations with a $16.6 million investment.


Vacant shipyard near New Orleans catching new sails

It’s not a big deal, but it is a start. An offshore wind hub is coming to the site of the former Avondale Shipyard in Louisiana as the region ramps up to serve the growing renewable energy industry in the U.S. in the Gulf of Mexico. New Orleans-based Gulf Wind Technology (GWT) announced in the spring that it is venturing with energy giant Shell to start a research, training and technology demonstration program at GWT’s facility within the Avondale Global Gateway in Jefferson Parish. The news comes after the Biden administration in February proposed the first-ever offshore wind lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico as part of the government’s plan to spur offshore wind deployment beyond the East Coast. The project will start off with 30 new jobs.

Georgia-Pacific spends $50 million to upgrade paper towel mill

Georgia-Pacific’s mill in Port Hudson, La., will be upgraded with increased capacity and improved equipment. Twenty miles north of Baton Rouge, the mill produces paper towels for Brawny and other brands.

Oil and gas refiner to relocate HQ from Dallas to Baton Rouge

Petroleum company Placid Refining will move its headquarters from Dallas to downtown Baton Rouge. Placid is also investing $66 million to improve its existing facility in Port Allen, La. The deal will create 20 new jobs. 

CGI has created more than 700 jobs at its center in Lafayette

Global IT and business consulting firm CGI has created more than 700 jobs at its U.S. Onshore Delivery Center in Lafayette, La., which opened in 2014. This is almost double the number of jobs it originally expected to bring to the region. CGI’s Acadiana workforce supports federal and commercial clients across the nation undertaking critical digital transformation projects.


Steel Dynamics breaks ground on $2.5 billion aluminum factory in Mississippi

Steel Dynamics recently broke ground on its Aluminum Dynamics mill. The $2.5 billion project — “biggest economic development project” in state history — will be located near the Golden Triangle Regional Airport. The Lowndes County plant was announced by the Golden Triangle CEO Joe Max Higgins. The mill will produce nearly 650,000 tons of finished product for the beverage packaging, automotive and alloy industry. Shown here, Steel Dynamics CEO Mark Millett and Gov. Tate Reeves detonate a charge, sending a mound of dirt flying at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Distribution center set for Byhalia, Miss.

A third-party logistics firm that is based in Massachusetts has opened its seventh Memphis-area distribution center. Barrett Distribution Centers’ new operations in Byhalia employs 100 workers at a 960,000-square-foot facility. 

Cold-Link Logistics invests $64 million in Mississippi

The 200,000-square-foot cold storage facility will create 84 new jobs in Jones County. In partnership with the transportation logistics company Whitestone Transportation, the corporate site will be developed with the assistance of the Mississippi Development Authority, the city of Ellisville and Jones County.


Meta expands in Durham

Meta, the parent company of Facebook, announced in the spring it will create 100 jobs in downtown Durham. Meta joins other large tech companies such as Microsoft and Google that have operations in the Research Triangle.

Energizer Holdings plans Randolph County expansion

With a total investment of $43 million over four years in Asheboro, Energizer will create an additional 178 jobs with an average salary of $54,000. Asheboro and Randolph County together offered $420,000 in incentives for the battery manufacturer.

Bosch expands its Charlotte manufacturing capabilities

The tool company announced a major expansion with a $130 million investment to increase its production of power tool accessories in Lincoln County. The expansion will create 404 jobs with an average annual wage of $53,000.

CommScope adding hundreds of jobs in Catawba County

The Hickory, N.C.-based CommScope is investing $47 million and creating 250 jobs at its fiber optic cable plants. Ninety percent of those jobs will not require a college degree. The added manufacturing will produce rural area applications of fiber optic cable to expand broadband service to areas that are lacking high-speed internet.

Cross Technology of Winston-Salem is expanding with a $3.4 million grant

A 140,000-square-foot building upgrade for machining company Cross Technology will employ 120 more people over the next two years in Yadkin County, N.C.

Over 200 high-paying jobs created by Marshall Aerospace in North Carolina

Marshall Aerospace has selected Piedmont Triad International Airport for its first location in the United States to service C-130 aircraft. The company plans to invest $50 million.

TAT Piedmont Aviation to expand operations at the Piedmont Triad International Airport

The aviation repair company will create 85 jobs with a $13.8 million investment. “Aviation and aerospace companies of every stripe are choosing North Carolina as the best place to grow their business,” said Governor Cooper.

Siemens Mobility to establish its first East Coast operation in Lexington, N.C.

Manufacturer Siemens Mobility has announced it is investing $220 million in a plant to make passenger rail cars. The company picked Lexington for the 506-job project.

New distribution center slated for Eastern North Carolina

UPS is building a new distribution center in Onslow County, N.C. The project will create 98 new jobs.


Big solar deal in Oklahoma

Italy’s Enel will invest more than $1 billion in an Oklahoma solar panel factory in Inola, Okla. According to Reuters, “The investment is one of the biggest in solar manufacturing since the passage of U.S. President Joe Biden’s landmark climate change law, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), last year. Facilities built with panels containing domestically made cells may receive a lucrative IRA bonus tax credit worth 10 percent of a project’s cost.”



E. & J. Gallo Winery opens New Amsterdam Vodka production line in South Carolina

The nation’s largest winemaker will invest a combined $423 million with a creation of nearly 500 new jobs in Chester County. Operations include a distribution center, production lines, warehousing, bottling, canning and an import and export center at the Fort Lawn hub.

Big semiconductor-related deal in South Carolina

Pallidus, a silicon carbide wafer semiconductor manufacturer, announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations to York County. The company’s $443 million investment will create 405 new jobs. Founded in 2015, Pallidus leverages its proprietary M-SiC technology to increase the quality and lower the cost to produce silicon carbide wafers used in semiconductors.

Albemarle Corp. will invest $1.3 billion and create more than 300 new jobs in Chester County

Approval has been granted for Albemarle Corp.’s investment in its lithium hydroxide processing facility in Chester County, S.C. The significant investment comes after previous passes for incentives by the county when the project was going under the code name Project Raven.

Firearm manufacturer subsidiary FN America plans expansion in South Carolina

The company plans to expand in Pickens County with a $33 million investment that will create 176 new jobs.

Alabama food and beverage company announces $130 million project in South Carolina

Milo’s Tea announced in March it will create more than 100 jobs in Spartanburg County. The project will entail production of tea and lemonade on site by fall 2024.

Global renewable energy company SPI Energy Co. Ltd. to invest $65.9 million in South Carolina

SEM Wafertech and Solar4American Technology announced an investment to establish operations in Sumter County. The solar companies’ investment will create 300 new jobs there.

Electric deal in Lexington County

Cooperative Electric Energy Utility Supply, a consumer-owned electric materials supplier, announced plans to expand operations in Lexington County. The company’s approximately $52 million investment will create 61 new jobs.

Big building materials deal in the Palmetto State

IKO, a manufacturer of roofing products, announced it will establish its first South Carolina operations in Chester County. The company’s $363 million investment will create 180 new jobs.

Laser technology manufacturer relocating headquarters to Greenville County

Erchonia Corp., a global laser technology manufacturer, announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters to Greenville County. The company’s $6.7 million investment will create 51 new jobs.

GE Appliances to invest $50 million in South Carolina

GE Appliances, a Haier company, announced plans to expand its South Carolina operations with a distribution center in Greenville County. The $50 million investment is projected to create 45 new jobs. The company also has manufacturing facilities at its Kentucky headquarters and in Alabama, Georgia and


Richardson International, Canadian-based agri-business leader, to invest $220 million in Memphis, Tenn.

According to the Memphis Business Journal, the upgrade of the Wesson Oil production plant is pending approval. Richardson expanded into Memphis in 2019 with the purchase of the Wesson Oil production plant.

Manufacturer investing over $10 million in rural Tennessee

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart McWhorter and The Robinette Company officials announced the company will invest $10.3 million to construct a new 100,000-square-foot facility in Piney Flats, Tenn. With a headquarters in Bristol and manufacturing operations in both Bristol and Piney Flats, the new facility will be The Robinette Company’s fourth location. Through this expansion, the company will create 70 new production jobs in Sullivan County. The company employs more than 450 in Northeast

Steel manufacturer to locate first U.S. plant in Memphis

MSS Steel Tubes USA plans to open its first U.S. plant in Memphis, the Greater Memphis Chamber announced in the spring. The Portuguese-owned company will hire 129 in the deal.


One billion dollars invested in a high-tech paperboard recycling mill in Waco

Graphic Packaging International plans to break ground this spring on a 640,000-square-foot facility in Waco’s Texas Central Park. The mill will turn corrugated box cardboard into thinner paperboard packaging for cereal boxes and other consumer products. Production will commence in 2026, company officials said. The company is set to hire 230 people with average pay of $65,000 plus benefits.

Construction for Goldman Sachs’ $500 million new campus to begin later this year in Dallas

Regional offices of the Manhattan-based banking firm Goldman Sachs are to be built in the Uptown area of Dallas. Downsized by 10 percent, the project is to be completed by 2027.

CharterUp is relocating its HQ to Austin, Texas

The online bus-booking platform plans to add 100 jobs.


Lego breaks ground on $1 billion facility in Chesterfield, Va.

Lego has broken ground on the first manufacturing plant in the U.S. for the Denmark-based toymaker. The project is one of Virginia’s largest economic development projects ever announced, according to Virginia Business, and will create 1,761 jobs, with production starting in 2025.

Church & Dwight Company will expand

The baking soda manufacturer plans to invest $27 million in the expansion of its Chesterfield County operations, which will create an additional 53 new jobs.

Delta Star will invest $30.2 million in Lynchburg expansion

The industrial power equipment manufacturer will create 149 jobs by adding 80,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 14,000 square feet of new office space.

Richmond National Group to create 100 jobs in Henrico County

The specialty insurer plans to expand its headquarters by adding 7,200 square feet of office space to its Greater Richmond footprint.

German manufacturer picks Virginia for 100 more jobs

Zollner Elektronik AG, which is based in Germany, will invest $18 million to expand in Virginia. The company is expanding in Danville and will add 100 jobs.

Big apparel project in Richmond MSA

SanMar Corp., the largest supplier of wholesale printable accessories and apparel in the United States, will create an expected 1,000 jobs in Hanover County, Va. The company will invest $50 million on an existing 1.1 million-square-foot distribution center.

Ship repair contractor expanding in Hampton Roads

Advanced Integrated Technologies is expanding its Norfolk ship repair operations. The project will create 76 jobs.

Healthcare project to create nearly 300 jobs in Virginia

PRINCO, a healthcare products manufacturer, is investing over $18 million in Norfolk. The deal will create 284 jobs. The products will be sold to hospitals throughout the U.S.

Organic poultry producer creating 300 jobs in Virginia

Farmer Focus is expanding its facilities in Harrisonburg, Va. The nearly $18 million deal will create 300 jobs. J

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