August 2017

Amazon posts 50,000 job openings in U.S.

Delivering on a pledge made earlier this year, Amazon announced in July that it has created 50,000 job openings for various roles across its fulfillment network in the U.S.


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.


Jobs and millions in investment roll in to Monroeville, Ala.

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.


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

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.


Oklahoma will be home to the largest wind farm in the U.S.

GE Renewable Energy and Invenergy just 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.


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.


Ritrama to spend $15 million more in Spartanburg County expansion

Ritrama, an adhesives manufacturer from Italy, plans to invest an additional $15 million into its Spartanburg County facility expansion, bringing the company’s total investment in South Carolina to $100 million.


Tom Benson to build Dixie Beer Brewery in New Orleans

Saints-Pelicans owner Tom Benson is bringing Dixie Beer back to New Orleans with plans to build a local brewery after buying the 110-year-old iconic brand.  Tom and his wife Gayle Benson purchased a majority of Dixie Brewing Co. for an undisclosed price. As part of the agreement, a brewery will be built in Orleans Parish within the next two years.


SWEPCO invests billions in Louisiana wind farm

Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) customers could see a drop in their energy bills as soon as 2021, as the power company announced recently that it has invested $3.2 billion in a wind farm project in Oklahoma. SWEPCO will own 70 percent of a $4.5 billion, 2,000-megawatt wind farm under construction in Oklahoma. It said it will send power to the Bossier City-Shreveport area through a 350-mile power line.


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.


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, with 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 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.


Tyson’s Hillshire to spend $50 million in Kentucky

A $400,000 tax incentive was recently approved to support a renovation project at The Hillshire Brands (a subsidiary of Tyson Foods) facility in Alexandria, Ky., valued at $50 million. The project will initially create 16 jobs and up to 26 jobs in the future.


Rinnai Corp. expands Georgia campus

Japan-based Rinnai Corp. (a manufacturer of gas appliances) will triple the size of its North American headquarters in Peachtree City, Ga., with a $15 million expansion.


Prysmian Group expands South Carolina complex

Prysmian Group North America, a manufacturer of electrical cables, is expanding in Abbeville County, S.C. The expansion will result in an additional $14 million of capital investment.


Davidson County, N.C., 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, will include 400 jobs and a $300 million investment.


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.


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, Ky.

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.


New jobs for Arlington County, Va.

A tech company that connects people to private investigators is planning to expand in Virginia. Trustify says it will spend $1 million to expand, creating 184 new jobs. The company was founded in 2015 and says it is the first “technology platform” to pair clients and private investigators around the country.


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.


European auto supplier to open first U.S. facility in Alabama

An automotive company based in Spain is investing $30 million in a new wheel assembly plant in Tuscaloosa County. Truck & Wheel Group’s move will create more than 70 jobs.


Bolta opens $49 million Alabama plant

Global auto parts supplier Bolta Group has opened its new $48.7 million production facility at the Tuscaloosa County Airport Industrial Park. The factory will add 350 to its current staff of 200. Bolta manufacturers parts such as nameplates and decorative trims for the automotive industry.


Escambia County, Ala., lands 300 tech jobs

The Brewton City Council has finalized a $6.5 million deal with Provalus and its parent company Optomi that will mean about 300 jobs for the area. Optomi, a tech-staffing firm, will begin construction on its flagship U.S. facility once they hire 50 employees. The project will include $1.5 million from Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s discretionary fund. “Gov. Ivey made it clear from the start that she was behind new technology coming to Alabama,” Brewton Mayor Yank Lovelace said.


Williams Sausage breaks ground on new Tennessee facility

The new Williams Sausage Company factory in Union City began construction in July. Once completed, the project will bring more than 200 new jobs to the area.


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.


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.


New jobs for Russell County, Va.

JennChem will invest $5 million in a manufacturing operation that promises to create 40 new jobs in Russell County. The company makes chemical roof support and sealing products used in mining and other industries.


Ingredion expands in North Charleston

Global ingredients solution company Ingredion is expanding its operations throughout North Charleston bringing five new jobs and $10 million in capital investment to the area. The company’s growth is a result of its exports doubling out of the Port of Charleston. Ingredion turns grains, fruits, vegetables and other plant materials into value-added ingredients and biomaterial solutions for a variety of industries


German logistics firm launches in Greer, S.C.

Rudolph Logistics Group is launching a new warehousing operation in Greer, bringing more than $18 million of capital investment to the Upstate and creating at least 150 new jobs. Its customers include Audi, BMW Group, Continental and Mercedes parent group, Daimler.


Plano, Texas adds another California HQ

Solid, an amplifier, radio and optical transport solutions company, has moved its headquarters from Northern California to Plano and will double its current headcount of 60 employees.


Hunt Industries expanding in Georgia

Hunt Industries, a provider of specialty construction and general contracting services for industrial projects, is expanding in Valdosta with $6.7 million and 49 new jobs.


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, avionics, and industrial equipment as well as information technology.


DuraFiber closing facilities in North Carolina, cutting 462 jobs

Huntersville, N.C.-based textile manufacturer DuraFiber Technologies is closing its plants in Salisbury and Grover, a move that will result in the loss of over 460 jobs.

In a filing with the N.C. Commerce Department, the manufacturer said it is permanently closing its facilities in Salisbury and Grover as part of the company’s efforts to cut costs in a time when the textile industry faces an increasingly competitive environment.


Alabama pharmaceutical plant closing, 875 jobs cut

A generics and specialty branded pharmaceuticals company, Endo International, is planning on shutting down its operations in Huntsville, Ala., over the next year and a half. Approximately 875 positions at Endo may be lost as a result.


NXP to invest $22 million in Austin

Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors announced plans to spend $22 million to expand its production capabilities in the Texas capital and Chandler, Ariz. The expansion will allow NXP to produce more secure chips for U.S. government agencies, including those involved in homeland security.


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


BMW facility to draw thousands to College Park, Ga.

BMW plans to open a training center in College Park next to the Georgia International Convention Center, moving the training out of its Southern region headquarters in Sandy Springs. Officials in College Park expect the training center will draw as many as 10,000 BMW workers annually for corporate training. At 53,000 square feet, the new $16.6 million center will be four times as big as the old one. It will mainly be used for interactive training of dealership employees.


Trump: Corning considering major investment in the Southeast

At a White House event in July, Trump said Corning is investing $500 million alongside Merck and Pfizer to manufacture a new, more resilient kind of glass for injectable drug vials. The move means nearly 1,000 jobs at facilities in New York and New Jersey, as well as at a yet-to-be-determined site in the Southeast, Trump said. According to Reuters, Trump said the deal could mean $4 billion in investment and about 4,000 new jobs.


Lyondellbasell to build $2.4 billion chemical plant in Houston area

LyondellBasell Industries announced in July its final investment decision to build the world’s largest propylene oxide and tertiary butyl alcohol plant in the Houston area. The $2.4 billion project will be the single-largest capital investment in the company’s history. It’s expected to create up to 2,500 jobs at the peak of construction and about 160 permanent jobs once the plant is operational.


Medical manufacturer plans 100 new jobs in Tampa

Medical device manufacturer Corin USA will expand its U.S. headquarters in Tampa by adding up to 100 new jobs by 2022 and investing $500,000 in new offices.


Gateway Tire to invest $11 million in Alabama

Gateway Tire, a wholesale distributor of brands such as Toyo and Hankook, announced plans  to invest $11 million to open a 200,000-square-foot tire distribution center in Dothan.


Inland Seafood to expand in Alabama

A Georgia-based seafood company has plans to invest $4 million to relocate operations and develop new products at its facility in the Birmingham area. Inland Seafood will renovate an existing storage and distribution center and transform it into a state-of-the-art production plant, where it will make its value-added seafood and meat products. The expansion is expected to create at least new 100 jobs over time.


Cotton distributor expansion to create 72 jobs in Texas

A Mission, Texas-based logistics group, Ci Logistics, considered to be among the largest distributors of U.S. cotton in Mexico is planning an expansion that may create as many as 72 new jobs in Weslaco, Texas.


UPS subsidiary to create 325 jobs in Atlanta

A UPS-subsidiary, Chicago-based Coyote Logistics, will invest $6 million into a new sales and customer service hub in Atlanta. The project will create 325 jobs.


U.S. and China sign rice agreement

A historic trade agreement with China will allow exports of milled rice from the United States. “This is a, I don’t want to say a saving grace, but it’s definitely a huge accomplishment for the rice industry as a whole,” said Glenden Marceaux, a rice farmer and president of the Louisiana Independent Rice Producers Association. China consumes the equivalent of the entire U.S. rice crop every 13 days.


Gulf Coast park opens in Alabama

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians' Park at OWA amusement park officially opened in July. The park, which first two phases cost $241 million, is located in Foley, Ala., about nine miles from the Gulf of Mexico. The facility is the first major amusement park to open in the Gulf region since Hurricane Katrina swamped the now-abandoned Six Flags New Orleans in 2005.


Shapiro Metals opens second Alabama plant

Shapiro Metals recently launched its 11th North American plant with the opening of a new 20,000-square-foot facility in Decatur, Ala. The plant recycles metals from aerospace, trailer manufacturing, automotive and medical device customers.


Jasper Products expansion to create 75 jobs

Joplin, Mo., manufacturer Jasper Products has announced a $25 million expansion that will add 75 jobs at its plant. Jasper Products makes and stores various nutritional beverages.


Knapp expands North American presence in Georgia

Knapp has purchased a new building adjacent to its current location in Kennesaw, Ga. The planned expansion will more than double the current North American workforce to approximately 300 for the company that designs, manufactures and installs integrated material handling distribution systems.


Nomadic Display expands to Fairfax County, Va.

Nomadic Display, a producer of trade show displays, will invest $940,000 to expand its production center and relocate its headquarters to Fairfax County. The company plans to create 30 new jobs.


Manufacturer bringing 150 jobs to Bastrop, Texas

Granite & Stone LLC, a fabricator of granite and stone materials, plans to build a $9 million facility that will eventually house 150 new employees.


Fertilizer company opening in Alabama

Pursell Agri-Tech is set to open a fertilizer coatings plant which will result in the creation of 22 jobs in Sylacauga, Ala., and a capital investment of $8 million.


Georgia’s Premium Peanut to expand with oil facility 

Premium Peanut, a peanut co-operative based in Douglas, Ga., has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art peanut oil facility and significantly expand its current shelling operations. This expansion has been made possible through $90 million in financing arranged by SunTrust Bank. The company will also add 80 employees to its growing roster of nearly 135.


Manufacturers adding jobs in Hillsboro, Texas

The Hillsboro community, about 30 miles north of Waco, is enjoying a manufacturing surge, softening the blow of watching the once popular Outlets at Hillsboro lose dozens of stores over the years as shopping trends change. A $100 million IKO Southwest facility for making shingles will create 65 jobs initially, with payroll increasing to more than 100 if work expands to seven days a week, which the company says is likely to happen.


Kloeckner Metals expands in Greenville, S.C.

Kloeckner Metals, one of the largest producer/independent distributors of steel and metal products, is expanding its existing Greenville County operations. The company, which is headquartered in Roswell, Ga., is planning to invest $11.3 million and create 19 jobs.


Software development company expands HQ in South Florida

Software development startup Zudy has expanded to new headquarters in Miami Beach, and plans to add at least 150 new employees before yearend.


Walmart fulfillment center expected to bring 1,000 jobs to Florida’s Bay Area

The world’s largest retailer has opened a new $300 million large-scale e-commerce fulfillment center campus in Davenport , Fla., that is expected to bring over 1,000 new jobs to the Bay Area over the next year. The 50-acre campus in Polk County features two buildings spanning more than 2.2 million square feet. It currently employs more than 550 recently hired associates with plans to hire at least 1,000 more over the next year.


Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announces new manufacturing jobs

Advanced Digital Cable, a manufacturer of electronic and communication wire and cable, is expected to create 65 jobs and invest $15 million in a Union County facility expansion. The new jobs will include positions in manufacturing and operations.


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.


Hiring in Jacksonville, Fla.

Jacksonville Jaguars held a job fair last month to fill more than 1,000 part-time positions to work at home games and other events. Ikea began recruitment for the 250 positions it will fill by the time its new store opens this fall. Florida Blue announced it would hire 600 temporary contractors in Jacksonville for the health insurance open enrollment period this fall and winter. Cowford Chophouse is holding job fairs to fill 50 positions at the downtown restaurant currently under construction. Goodwill Industries of North Florida is holding a job fair for 30 positions it wants to fill immediately. That’s a total of 3,430 jobs.


Merck locates its hub in Austin, Texas

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


Calsonic Kansei undertakes major expansion at Mississippi plant

Japan-based automotive supplier Calsonic Kansei will invest $16.33 million to expand its manufacturing plant in Madison, Miss. The company plans to create 98 new jobs, bringing its total employment in the area to about 600. Calsonic Kansei is a supplier to Nissan’s Canton automotive assembly plant.


Virginia farmers open new meat manufacturing facility

A new line of meat snacks will be made in a new facility to open in southwest Virginia.

Landcrafted Food, a natural, grass-fed beef company in Grayson County, Va., has completed construction of a $2.1 million meat processing facility that will create 11 new jobs over the next few years.


Three-hundred new jobs coming to Williamsburg County, S.C.

At least three new businesses are planning to move into Williamsburg County:

Starcyl Cylinders, which develops pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders and presses, will open a location in Hemingway snd will create 25 new jobs that will include welding, metal working, assembly and fabrication. United Phosphorus Incorporated will be making pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides, at its first United States manufacturing operation in Williamsburg County with 100 new hires. Louis Hornick SC, a new textile company, will be creating blinds and curtains for institutional use in Kingstree. Over 100 jobs are expected to be created there.


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.


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.


Bongards’ Creameries expands Tennessee production center

Bongards’ Creameries will invest $35 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Humboldt, Tenn. The company expects to create approximately 95 jobs to produce a range of cheese products.


Wright-Mix Material Solutions to build Kentucky plant

Wright-Mix Material Solutions will invest $8.5 million in a production facility in Greenup County, Ky. The company plans to create 130 full-time jobs to produce a variety of cement-based products.


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 comes as part of a $45 million investment across its global network.


A $13.7 million expansion planned in Murray, Ky.

A manufacturing facility in Murray, Ky., is getting a $13.7 million expansion. Vanderbilt Chemicals makes smectite and bentonite clay used in pharmaceutical and agri-science items and other products.


Ajinomoto announces $30 million expansion in Triangle

The $30 million expansion of Japanese company Ajinomoto comes 35 years after the food and chemical corporation first put down roots in North Carolina. The average salary for the new jobs will be around $70,000 and company leaders want to hire locally.


Lockheed Martin expects 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 the Fort Worth plant.


Ambiopharm expanding in Aiken County, S.C.

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.


Thomas & Betts to create 90 jobs in Memphis move

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


Change of plans for North Carolina’s Alcami

Although Alcami announced in 2015 that it would be locating its global headquarters to Wilmington, N.C., there has been a change in ownership and a change of plans for the pharmaceutical development company. Alcami will retain its offices and 450 employees in Wilmington, but has decided to locate its HQ within the RTP in Durham.


Saint Thomas Health plans expansion in Rutherford County, Tenn.

Saint Thomas Health officials have filed two certificates of need with state health officials for projects expected to meet Rutherford County’s growing population. Plans call for additions totaling more than $71 million.


Netherlands-based manufacturer bringing 71 jobs to Spartanburg County

Netherlands-based AWL-Techniek, a producer of high-tech welding machines primarily for the automotive market, will invest $2.53 million to establish its first plant in the U.S. The project also means 71 new hires.


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.


Topgolf Nashville hiring 500

Topgolf Nashville is now accepting applications for 500 new jobs at the location slated to open this fall.


Wood products manufacturer creating 145 jobs in South Carolina

Roseburg Forest Products, a wood products manufacturer based in Oregon, announced it will bring a much-needed 145 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.


Frick’s expanding Missouri meat facility, adding 40 jobs

Sausage maker Frick’s Quality Meats is expanding its manufacturing facility in Washington, Mo., and adding 40 jobs. The company plans to spend $8 million.


Auto supplier adding 98 jobs in Tennessee

Automotive supplier Cooper Standard will create approximately 98 new jobs at its facility in Surgoinsville. Alongside the new jobs, the company, which is headquartered in Michigan, is investing $1 million in new plant equipment.


Prescient moving HQ from Denver to North Carolina

High-tech construction firm Prescient Company recently announced it will move its corporate headquarters to North Carolina after calling the Denver area home for the past five years. The news came at the July 12th grand opening of its new Mebane (N.C.) manufacturing facility. Within the next year, Prescient expects to add 25 to 35 new employees to the Durham space, which has capacity for 65.


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.


Electro-Spec launching new operations in Lexington County, S.C.

Electro-Spec, a specialty plating manufacturer for the aerospace and auto industries among others, is locating new production operations in Lexington County. The development is projected to bring $3.1 million of capital investment and create 53 new jobs.


Honeywell to add 30 jobs at South Carolina location

Honeywell plans to add about 30 jobs to its aerospace facility in Greer, S.C.  The company will spend more than $10 million on its airfoil machining and special processes operation in Greer.


Steel galvanizing plant coming to South Carolina

A company that coats steel to prevent corrosion plans to open a plant in Blacksburg, S.C., that will create 72 jobs. Steel Creek Galvanizing Co. will invest $14 million.


MicroHealth to create 65 jobs in Fairfax County, Va.

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that MicroHealth, a provider of health information technology, will invest $395,000 to expand its operation in Fairfax County, creating 65 new jobs.


Honda supplier expanding and hiring in Alabama

A Canada-based automotive metal-forming company is planning another facility for its plant in Sylacauga, Ala. Fleetwood Metal Industries is building a 60,000-square-foot facility close to its current plant in Sylacauga’s industrial district, and plans to hire 70 more employees by year’s end.


Boeing ramping up in Alabama

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.


Ikea begins hiring 250 jobs in Jax

The furnishings company said 250 positions are available at its new facility in Jacksonville, Fla., in sales and warehouse.


Halliburton hiring 100 per month to meet Texas fracking demand

The Houston oil field service company has hired about 100 new workers each month this year to keep up with surging demand for fracturing in West Texas, a sharp turnaround after the job-killing oil bust. Its workforce in the region has grown by more than a third to 2,700 employees.


Tech services firm moving HQ to Charlotte, N.C.

Sitehands, which provides IT field services to large companies, will take 13,524 square feet in the recently-delivered office building along the booming Stonewall corridor. They also plan to add at least 200 new jobs.


Pharma company has prescription for growth in South Carolina

Neither hurricanes nor floods have thrown off major expansion work ongoing at the pharmaceutical operation purchased in 2012 by an Australian company. A Mayne Pharma production facility north of Greenville is scheduled for completion in December. The project represents an $80 million investment and an addition of more than 100 science and technology jobs to its base of 350 workers.


Flexport to locate $100 million Southeast hub in Atlanta

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.


Boston Whaler to expand Florida Headquarters

Boston Whaler has just confirmed a major land acquisition, resulting in the expansion of its Edgewater, Fla., headquarters by approximately 60 acres on the facility’s northern border.


Georgia program launches $150-hour jobs

Students at Putnam County High School can become commercially licensed drone pilots through a new career pathway there. The drone, or unmanned aircraft, industry is expected to have an economic impact of about $82 billion across the United States by 2025, according to a report from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration predicts that the number of commercially licensed drone pilots will increase from 20,000 in 2016 to as many 400,000 by 2021.


Toyota opens the doors of its billion-dollar campus

About 2,000 team members are arriving at Toyota North America’s new 100-acre, 2.1 million-square-foot campus it expects to operate for the next 60 years.


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.


Giti Tire building $560 million campus

Singapore-based Giti Tire, the 10th largest tire company in the world, is on track to open its first North American manufacturing and distribution facility on a 1,100-acre site, 170 miles northeast of Charleston, in Richburg, S.C. The company expects to invest $560 million and create 1,700 new jobs over the next decade in Chester County.


North Alabama aviation firm upgrading Austrian helicopters

Huntsville-based Ace Aeronautics, which does business as Global Aviation Solutions, has about 50 employees and plans to add 25 to 50 positions at its Alabama location over the next two years. Most of the jobs will be at a hangar the company is building at the airport in Guntersville, Ala., to upgrade Black Hawk helicopters.


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.


Furniture maker adding jobs in North Carolina

Sutter Street Manufacturing, a Williams-Sonoma operation, plans to create 72 new jobs with an expansion in Catawba County. The upholstered furniture manufacturing company plans to invest $1.9 million over three years to upgrade its facilities in Claremont.


British medical device maker plans HQ expansion, 100 new jobs in Tampa

Corin, a manufacturer of orthopedic devices, will invest $500,000 to expand and relocate its U.S. headquarters to a new complex in Tampa, Fla. The expansion will create 100 high-wage jobs by 2022.


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.


Spectrum opens Texas call center, 600 jobs expected

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 United States.


Automotive supplier to build in Charleston County, S.C.

Knapheide Manufacturing Co. announced recently it is opening a new manufacturing facility in Charleston County, expected to bring an investment of $1.3 million and create 63 jobs. The new plant will install van interiors and bodies for Mercedes-Benz


New cash crop for Lake City, S.C.?

An industrial hemp extraction plant is coming to Lake City in Florence County. Twenty-five new jobs will be created once the renovated facility is open, with the possibility of more hires after the plant is in operation. State agricultural officials will offer 20 permits to farmers across the state, allowing them to grow hemp, which can be used to treat seizures and other medical conditions. Hopes are high that hemp plants will be just as profitable as tobacco once was in the Pee Dee region.


Arms manufacturer to locate plant in Tennessee

Campbell Arms Manufacturing will invest $1.1 million to establish a facility west of Nashville in McKenzie, Tenn. The company, which plans to hire 50, will upgrade an existing 20,000-square-foot facility to manufacture firearm components predominantly for military agencies and police departments.


International Beams plans $20 million manufacturing center in Dothan, Ala.

International Beams, a producer of engineered wood products, will invest nearly $20 million to open a manufacturing facility near Dothan. The facility will create 60 full-time jobs to produce timber panels and beams using Southern Pine lumber.


BMW commits to new jobs in U.S.

BMW AG is the latest auto maker to commit to new jobs at a U.S. factory following criticism from President Donald Trump, saying it will create 1,000 American jobs through 2021 as it works to boost its production of sport-utility vehicles in South Carolina. The jobs are part of a $600 million investment planned for the German auto maker’s Spartanburg factory.

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