April 2021

Electric car manufacturer bringing 400 jobs to Memphis with $336 million investment

Electric vehicle manufacturer Mullen Technologies is looking to expand into Memphis, creating more than 400 jobs in the process. The California-based startup plans to spend more than $336 million setting up shop at the site, which was formerly inhabited by Nike but has been vacant for the past five years.


Red Land Cotton bringing 40 jobs to Tylertown, Miss.

Cotton producer Red Land Cotton, a manufacturer of high-end linens, has located sewing operations in Tylertown. The project is a $375,000 corporate investment and will create 40 jobs.


Robinhood creating 400 new jobs in Mecklenburg County, N.C.

Fintech company Robinhood will create nearly 400 new jobs in Mecklenburg County. The California-based financial services firm will invest $11.7 million to establish an office in Charlotte focused on customer experience roles.


Amazon adding 400 jobs in South Florida

Amazon says it hopes to create more than 400 jobs with the opening of four new delivery stations in Homestead, Kendall, Miramar and Fort Lauderdale. The new facilities are designed to ease same-day or even two-hour deliveries to residences in high-density neighborhoods.


Manufacturer bringing 50 jobs to Auburn, Ala.

After surviving Chapter 11 bankruptcy, an Auburn manufacturing company specializing in building engines is looking to add people to its team. Briggs & Stratton now has a new owner and a new CEO and is looking to fill 50 positions.


Tesla hiring hundreds in the Austin area

Electric-car and green-energy company Tesla recently posted 50 job openings for its new Gigafactory in Austin, Texas. The job listings give some insight into just how aggressively Tesla is expanding its production capacity for both electric vehicle production and battery cell production.


ExxonMobil plans $334 million expansion at Baton Rouge chemical plant

ExxonMobil is planning to invest $334 million on an expansion and maintenance project at its chemical plant  in Baton Rouge, La. The project will create about 750 temporary construction jobs over the next two years, the company says in its filing with the state. Work at the chemical plant, which employs about 3,700 workers, has begun and is expected to complete by 2023.


Danimer Scientific planning $700 million, 400-job expansion in Georgia

Danimer Scientific, a developer and manufacturer of biodegradable materials, plans to invest $700 million in expanding its Bainbridge manufacturing operations, nearly quadrupling its workforce in Decatur County. In March, Danimer and Mars-Wrigley announced a partnership to develop an innovative home compostable packaging, with Skittles candy as the brand’s first product to use the new packaging.


Coil manufacturer springs for $9 million expansion in Chesterfield County, Va.

A Minnesota-based coil manufacturer plans to expand its Chesterfield County facility for the third time since it opened in 1980. Super Radiator Coils, which builds specialty cooling coils used by data centers, food processors, the military and other industries, is expected to spend $9 million to increase the size of its facility.


Auto supplier creating 200 jobs in Louisville, Ky., with new facility

Michigan-based Eberspaecher North America, a system developer and supplier of exhaust technology, thermal management systems and automotive electronics, is expected to create 214 job opportunities with a new facility in Louisville.


Three new companies coming to Thomasville, Ga.

Under the name “Imagine Thomasville,” the chamber and the payroll development authority has secured three new companies to build in Thomasville. Ashley Home Furniture, which is already based out of Thomasville, will add a distribution center. The new building will be the first to break ground at the Red Hills Business Park site. The $13 million investment will create 150 jobs. An Alabama-based trucking company -- Yellow Freight -- will also bring at least 40 new jobs. Also coming to the Red Hills Business Park is Concrete LLC, which is owned by country music star Luke Brian.


Miller Industries bringing 80 new jobs to Greene County, Tenn.

Miller Industries, a towing and recovery equipment company, will bring about 80 new jobs to Greene County.


Virginia truck firm expands

J&J Truck Sales in Chatham plans to invest $5.2 million to add a new facility next to its existing operation and add 27 jobs. The company sells and rents trucks and construction equipment.


Five hundred new jobs coming to North Carolina airport

Hundreds of new jobs are coming to Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro. “Two of our major tenants – FedEx and HAECO – are adding employees,” said Kevin Baker, the airport’s executive director. “These two companies already employ a significant number of people, and that number is growing.”


Manufacturer moving to Botetourt County, Va.

Munters Group, a Sweden-based manufacturer of air treatment and cooling systems for data centers, will invest $36 million to relocate its Buena Vista, Va., operations to nearby Botetourt County. The company says it will retain 200 employees and add to its workforce in the move.


Joplin manufacturer adds 60 jobs

Babcock Power makes heat transfer technology for power generation, as well as oil, gas and chemical industry equipment. Because of a rise in sales, the company is building a new facility in Joplin, Mo., and will need 60 more workers.


FiberPro plans $3 million expansion, 69 new jobs in Hot Springs, Ark.

FiberPro of Hot Springs announced plans to expand its manufacturing facility there, investing more than $3.1 million and creating 69 jobs over three years. FiberPro designs and builds log and lumber handling equipment.


TVA to build Kentucky’s largest solar site

The Tennessee Valley Authority has announced plans to build the largest solar-plus-storage project in its Kentucky service area, which will benefit two well-known companies. The new Logan County solar farm, part of the TVA’s Green Invest program, will provide Facebook’s regional data center operations with 145 megawatts of solar power and General Motors’ Corvette Plant in Bowling Green with 28 megawatts of solar power.


Amazon building new delivery station outside New Orleans

Amazon is expected to break ground on a new delivery station in Slidell, La., within the next few weeks. The facility is expected to create hundreds of new jobs in the New Orleans suburb, and will speed up delivery times around St. Tammany Parish.


Nucor adding a tube mill in Kentucky

Nucor Tubular Products, a division of steel products manufacturer Nucor Corp., plans to build a $164 million tube mill and create 72 full-time jobs in Gallatin County. With this investment, Nucor will add to its already significant presence there.


Global IT firm investing $27 million in Tennessee

Global IT consulting firm CGI will be bringing its new operations to Knoxville, representing a $27 million investment. The move is also expected to bring 300 new jobs to the area.


Pharmaceutical company creates 74 jobs in Western North Carolina

Raybow USA will expand its operations in Transylvania County. The company plans to add 74 jobs over the coming five years and will invest $15 million at its existing site in Brevard.


Fibertex is expanding in Laurens County, S.C.

Fibertex Nonwovens is expanding its operations in Laurens County and expects to bring 39 new jobs to the area with a $49.5 million investment. Fibertex is a manufacturing company specializing in spunlace products, mainly for the wipes industry. 


Paper plant coming to Tampa Bay

Port Tampa Bay has agreed to lease 37 acres to the Celadon Development Corporation to build and run a paper-fiber manufacturing plant. The plant will recycle paper products that would normally go to fields, but will now be processed and shipped in container loads primarily to Asia to be turned into paper products. The plant represents a $400 million investment and at least 100 jobs in in this first phase. 


Covestro plans $4.7 billion expansion near Houston

German chemical manufacturer Covestro AG wants to expand its plant in Baytown, Texas, with a $1.69 billion investment. The company will build new manufacturing units for polyurethane and polycarbonates at its existing manufacturing site near Houston.


Nacero plans $7 billion gas plant in Texas

The Odessa (Texas) Development Corporation and Nacero, a Houston-based company, have announced plans to build a $7 billion lower carbon gasoline manufacturing facility at a site in Penwell, Texas (near Odessa), in two phases. Construction of the Penwell facility will employ a peak of 3,500 workers during the four years of phase one construction. When fully operational, the plant will employ 350 operators and maintenance personnel with annual salaries of approximately $85,000 per person. Construction is slated to begin in Penwell before the end of this year. 


Google expands in South Carolina with a $500 million investment

Google is investing $7 billion nationwide and $500 million will go toward further expanding its Berkeley County, S.C., operations. With the expansion plans, the company anticipates creating 10,000 full-time jobs this year, though there are no specifics yet on how many of those positions could be in South Carolina.


Google bringing engineering hub and 1,000 jobs to North Carolina

Google is opening a new cloud engineering hub in Durham, the California-based tech giant announced recently. The company said the office could eventually support more than 1,000 jobs and grow into one of Google Cloud’s top five engineering hubs in the U.S. The company’s Google Cloud division will lease space in downtown Durham from Duke University initially and is “evaluating several locations” for a permanent home.


Gap distribution center expands in Gallatin, Tenn., creating 600 jobs

Gallatin’s Gap distribution center will expand operations with an $83 million investment and 600 new, full-time jobs. The company said that expansion is part of Gap Inc.’s long-term digital growth strategy.


New orthopedics and sports medicine facility for Northwest Arkansas

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is preparing for a new, world-class orthopedic and sports medicine facility in Northwest Arkansas. The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees approved the $85 million project, saying it will be great for the Northwest Arkansas community.


Coca-Cola UNITED announces $48 million expansion at Mobile, Ala., facility

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. UNITED plans to invest $48 million in its Mobile campus with a project to expand its existing warehouse, optimize distribution and install a state-of-the-art warehousing system. The company will also add to its existing roster of 300 employees.


Chart Industries plans Alabama expansion, creating 94 jobs

Georgia-based Chart Industries, a maker of equipment used in the clean energy and industrial gas markets, plans a $2.5 million investment in an expansion project that will create 94 jobs at its facility in Mobile, Ala. The project is expected to more than double the manufacturing capacity of hydrogen transport trailers at the Theodore facility and introduce the capability of producing hydrogen bulk storage tanks at the Mobile County site.


Over 100 jobs coming to Bainbridge, Ga.

South Florida roofing company, A-1 Roof Trusses, is building its second location in Bainbridge and is looking to hire 130 new employees. State officials said this will be a $17 million-dollar investment.


Sailfish Boats “forced” to expand in Georgia

A rise in fishing and recreational boat demand has forced Sailfish Boats to expand operations in Georgia. Sailfish will invest more than $1 million and add 70 jobs in Cairo, Ga., to manufacture dual and center console boats built for offshore and inshore fishing.


Gov. Beshear announces projects in Eastern Kentucky

Governor Andy Beshear, Congressman Hal Rogers and local leaders held a news conference recently to announce Abandoned Mine Land projects in several Eastern Kentucky counties. The projects, funded by more than $14 million in grants, will take place in Floyd, Harlan, Laurel, Morgan and Perry counties. “These projects are creating good jobs and a healthier future for Eastern Kentuckians,” Gov. Beshear said. “These projects mean drinkable water and training and re-employment for those who have been laid off.”


John Deere Reman expands in Springfield, Mo., creating 130 new jobs

Deere & Company, a world leader in agriculture and construction, is expanding operations in Springfield, Mo. The remanufacturing division of Deere & Company -- John Deere Reman -- will add drivetrain and hydraulic remanufacturing operations to its existing facilities, creating 130 new jobs.


Biopharma company creating 725 new jobs in North Carolina

North Carolina’s largest biopharmaceutical manufacturing organization, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, plans to create 725 jobs and invest $2 billion in Wake County.  The subsidiary of Japanese conglomerate Fujifilm is building a new cell culture manufacturing facility in Holly Springs, N.C. The project was announced in January 2021, and the location finalized in March, with construction beginning immediately.


T-Mobile expanding in Charleston County, S.C.

Cell phone retailer T-Mobile announced in the winter quarter it is investing $10.2 million to expand its operations center in Charleston County. The project will create 540 jobs.


New business bringing 43 jobs to Lancaster County, S.C.

Studio Displays, a custom exhibit manufacturer, announced it will be establishing operations in Lancaster County. The $7.1 million investment will create 43 new jobs.


Tyson Foods reopening shuttered plant in Columbia, S.C.

Less than a year after shutting down its Richland County facility, Tyson Foods announced plans to return to Columbia with a multi-million-dollar investment to create hundreds of jobs. When the plant closed in August 2020, 146 people lost their jobs. But Tyson’s plan to invest $55 million at the Columbia operation will create 330 jobs.


PAC Worldwide investing $47 million in Fulton County, Ga., with 400 jobs

PAC Worldwide, a global manufacturer of custom packaging, will open its first location in Georgia with a $47 million investment in Fulton County. The company’s new advanced manufacturing facility in Union City is expected to open in summer 2021 and will create 400 jobs.


French pet food company to expand Tennessee facility

Royal Canin, a pet food company headquartered in France, will expand its Lebanon facility to support the company’s future growth. The company will expand its Wilson County operations, adding more than 90 jobs and investing more than $200 million. The facility expansion began in 2019 and is scheduled for completion in 2022.


NTT Data chooses Nashville for its digital innovation center

NTT Data Services, a global technology firm, says it will make Nashville, Tenn., the home of its new digital innovation center. The company, which has several offices across the U.S., will invest $9.9 million and create 350 jobs with a focus on healthcare and manufacturing technology.


Customer service company hiring in Rowan County, N.C.

FCR, an Oregon-based live agent call center, will expand into Rowan County to provide work-from-home career opportunities in the customer service sector. A news release stated the company will start by hiring 20 employees and plans on adding more than 400 jobs.


Alphatec to build Memphis facility, adding 95 jobs

Spine device maker Alphatec is seeking a tax abatement to build a distribution and repairs facility that will bring 95 jobs to Memphis, Tenn. The project will require a $3.5 million capital investment. The 95 jobs planned for the Memphis site include 70 distribution roles and 25 engineering and management roles positions.


Frozen treat maker expanding in West Virginia

The Ziegenfelder Company is immediately creating 40 jobs at its manufacturing plant in Wheeling, W.Va. The hiring need is fueled by the company’s expansion and the addition of a new frozen dessert line.


IMTT headquarters expands in New Orleans

International-Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT), a North American leader in bulk-liquids handling and storage, will expand its headquarters in New Orleans, La. IMTT will make a $1.3 million capital investment, and will create 42 new jobs with an average annual salary of $133,000.


Second Amazon facility to open in Appling, Ga.

Columbia County, Ga., recently announced a second Amazon facility will break ground in the area. This new sortation center will employ hundreds of full-time and part-time employees. It will be located in the same business park as an Amazon fulfillment center that promises 800 jobs and significant growth for the area.


Motion control manufacturer to expand in Virginia

A New York-based manufacturer of motion control products will expand its operations in Southwest Virginia. Moog, whose products control military and commercial aerospace vehicles as well as industrial machinery, marine systems and medical equipment, will invest more than $10 million to relocate operations from a facility in Blacksburg, Va., to a larger site in nearby Christiansburg.


AI company to establish HQ in Loudoun County, Va.

Zasti, an artificial intelligence (AI) tech company that develops risk screening primarily for the for the healthcare industry, will invest $5.9 million to establish its U.S. headquarters and operations in Loudoun County. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland for the project, which will create 60 new jobs.


Amazon opening fulfillment center in Amarillo, Texas

A new 1-million-square-foot Amazon warehouse is coming to Amarillo early next year. The $100 million facility will hire over 500 employees to pick, pack and ship larger items like outdoor furniture and workout equipment.


New London Technology Park brings jobs to Bedford County, Va.

Belvac, a can-forming and printing company, will be the owner of the brand new, state-of-the-art shell building in the New London Technology Park. The company will invest $3.5 million and add 50 new jobs.


Metalsa expanding again in Kentucky

Mexican automotive parts supplier Metalsa is expanding its existing facility in Hopkinsville, adding new equipment and 97 jobs. The company currently employs more than 600 people at its Christian County plant. Metalsa manufactures chassis structures for vehicles. It also has facilities in Elizabethtown and Owensboro.


Thermo Fisher adds 200 jobs in Asheville for COVID-19 vaccine freezers

For the second time since the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thermo Fisher Scientific in Asheville, N.C., is adding jobs to meet growing demand for low-temperature freezers. After hiring an additional 147 employees in 2020, the company is now looking to add 200 more employees at its Asheville site.


Amazon plans new delivery station in Cocoa, Fla.

Amazon has plans for a new 200,000-square-foot delivery station in Cocoa, which could mean hundreds of new jobs when the facility opens. Amazon has more than 150 delivery stations across the country. . .this will be its first in Brevard County.


New $800 million plant would extract rare earth materials in Louisiana

An $800 million facility that would extract rare earth elements from residue leftover at Noranda Alumina in St. James Parish is being considered by Noranda’s parent company and a Canadian green technology business. Florida-based DADA Holdings, which owns New Day Aluminum and runs the Gramercy plant, is partnering with Toronto-based Enervoxa in the joint venture known as ElementUS. The companies expect to make a final investment decision by the end of the year. The carbon-neutral project would result in 200 new jobs.


Minute Maid moving to Atlanta

Coca-Cola is moving its Texas-based Minute Maid operation to Atlanta. The decision will end a 57-year relationship Coke’s flagship juice brand has had with the Houston area. The Sugar Land-based offices house 120 employees who have been working remotely for the past year during the coronavirus pandemic. Some of them may stay in the Houston area, a company spokeswoman said. The Minute Maid employees who move to Atlanta will be integrated into the company’s main headquarters complex near Georgia Tech.   


BorgWarner announces big expansion plan for Arden, N.C.

The automotive supplier headquartered in Michigan, BorgWarner, plans to invest $62 million in its Arden production plant and technical center. Arden County commissioners approved incentives for the company recently, which will include about $460,000 in exchange for at least 100 new jobs.


Morgantown, Ky., manufacturer expanding with 135 new jobs

Stratus Plastics, a plastics manufacturing company located in Morgantown, Ky., has announced its latest expansion project. The facility will hire approximately 135 people to make essential plastic parts that will be used in automotive manufacturing and assembling processes.


Railroad equipment maker to expand in Chesapeake, Va.

Plasser American, a South Norfolk manufacturer of huge railroad repair machines, plans to significantly expand its operations and add 98 new jobs. The company announced the $52 million expansion project at a groundbreaking ceremony in March.


Pool maker to create 100 jobs in Picayune, Miss.

Leisure Pools, one of the world’s largest fiberglass swimming pool manufacturers, has finalized plans to establish manufacturing and distribution operations in Picayune. The project is a $3.25 million corporate investment and will create 100 jobs over the next three years.


Ceres Nanosciences expanding in Prince William, Va.

Ceres Nanosciences, a life sciences company based in Prince William County’s Innovation Park, has increased its manufacturing capacity to produce Nanotrap magnetic virus particles for COVID-19 tests. The project will create up to 50 new jobs


New Amazon facilities bringing hundreds of jobs to Raleigh and Garner, N.C.

Amazon Logistics, the company’s package delivery network, will open two new delivery stations in Raleigh and Garner that create hundreds of new jobs this year. Amazon hasn’t said exactly how many new jobs will be created at the new facilities, but a spokeswoman said there will be roughly 600 full-time jobs across existing facilities between Wake and Durham counties.


Business rebuilding after fire in Campbellsville, Ky.

Last winter, disaster struck Wholesale Hardwood Interiors in Campbellsville, when a fire broke out at the facility resulting in a near total loss. Gov. Andy Beshear announced recently the company plans to invest $7.1 million and create 100 full-time jobs, restoring the operation with additional space to accommodate future growth.


Anchor Packaging expanding in Paragould, Ark.

Anchor Packaging is expanding its Paragould manufacturing plant with a $21.5 million investment that will create up to 45 new jobs over the next 30 months. The company operates six facilities in northeast Arkansas that manufacture and distribute food-packing products made from recycled materials.


Polyplex plans $90 million expansion at Alabama facility

Polyplex has announced plans to invest more than $90 million to expand production of its specialized polyester film used in packaging, electrical and other industrial applications. One hundred new jobs will be added at the Decatur facility.


Packaging Corp. of America plans $440 million project at Alabama mill

Packaging Corp. of America (PCA) plans to launch a three-year, $440 million project to convert a paper machine at its mill in Clarke County to produce linerboard used for corrugated packaging. The Illinois-based company employs 500 at the Jackson, Ala., mill.


Two companies bringing manufacturing jobs to Sarasota County, Fla.

With one business expanding and another looking to build its headquarters locally, Sarasota County is poised to add 222 new employees to the area’s workforce. Indiana-based trailer manufacturer Rhino Trailers is opening a new location in Sarasota with 82 new jobs.  Commercial Residential Aluminum, a fabricated metal product manufacturer, wants to expand its Venice (Fla.) headquarters and add 140 jobs.


Sheetz to build distribution depot in Jefferson County, W.Va.

Convenience store chain Sheetz plans to build a $2 million distribution truck transfer station in Kearneysville. When completed, the station will employ 34 workers.


King Machine expanding in Sumter, S.C.

King Machine, a tire mold manufacturer, has announced plans to expand operations in Sumter County. The $2.6 million investment will create 30 new jobs. Located in the Black River Industrial Park in Sumter, King Machine’s expansion will include a 50,000-square-foot facility that will increase the company’s operating capacity.

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