May 2021

 $200 with a "B" — the economic effect on South Carolina's economy from manufacturing

The manufacturing sector in South Carolina has a $200 billion impact on the Palmetto State's economy according to the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. South Carolina is one of the South's most highly concentrated manufacturing states with the likes of BMW, Boeing, Michelin, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz leading the way. The study examined 127 specific manufacturing occupations to determine the industry’s footprint across the state and the economic stability it creates, according to a news release.


New $2.3 billion electric vehicle battery plant planned by General Motors in Tennessee

Michigan-based GM announced in April it will build a new 2.8 million-square-foot electric vehicle battery factory in Spring Hill, Tenn., next to its long-time assembly plant there. GM will partner with LG Energy Solutions to build the company's second Ultium Cells facility. The $2.3 billion, 1,300-employee plant is the largest single investment in the state's history according to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee. Not only will GM produce electric vehicles at its Spring Hill plant, it will also assembly electric vehicles from other well-known automakers.


Big deal in North Central Mississippi

Milwaukee Tool announced in the spring it will build a facility in Grenada, Miss., that will house 800 workers. The company also will add another 400 at other plants it operates in the state. The company is investing another $60 million in the state. The Greater Grenada Partnership and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) also are assisting with the project. The Greater Grenada Partnership donated 40 acres in the Grenada County Business and Technology Park to help capture the deal.


Space centers in Louisiana and Mississippi to develop lands and more product

NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in East New Orleans and the John C. Stennis Space Center just to the east in Hancock County, Miss., are planning on developing business parks on their grounds to lure suppliers and other space-related companies. The space centers are modeling the business parks one other successful projects at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., and at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.


New York City, a breeding ground for Southern deals, is experiencing an office space vacancy Armageddon

Vacant office space in New York City is at a point that it has not seen since 1994, following the recession of 1993. Work-from-home has created all kinds of sublease situations in the "city." Relocations of workers and companies have also contributed. According to Cushman & Wakefield, the vacancy rate in Manhattan reached 16.3 percent in the first quarter of 2021. This has driven rents down dramatically and there seems to be no end to the glut of office space in New York City at this point.


Source: Alabama "economic momentum" near the top in the U.S.

According to State Policy Reports, a Washington, D.C.-based publication has ranked Alabama No. 8 in its Index of State Economic Momentum for the first quarter of 2021. The state's score was 1.31 to a national average of zero.


Capitol of West Virginia announces worker relocation program

You -- yes, you! -- can move to Charleston, W.Va., and work remotely in selected industry sectors, and earn up to $10,000 by moving there. The program, called "The Charleston Roots Initiative, is designed to entice remote workers who have the ability to relocate anywhere while maintaining their current jobs, according to the program’s website.


Survey: Austin most vibrant U.S. tech city

A survey this spring by Blind, an online community that enables professionals to share their opinions anonymously, showed that Austin is the most dynamic tech city in the U.S. Ninety-two percent of tech execs in Austin believe the city fosters a vibrant environment for tech companies. San Francisco and Seattle came in second in the survey with 85 percent, and New York City with 83 percent. 


Amazon to build robotics fulfillment center in Richmond, Va.

Amazon announced in April it will build a robotics fulfillment center in Henrico County, Va. The facility will house 1,000 workers.


Manufacturer adding over 250 jobs in West Tennessee

Memphis Contract Packaging, a maker of beauty products, is expanding its facilities in Fayette County, Tenn. The company will invest $48 million and will add 261 jobs with the project.


Apple announces 20,000 new U.S. jobs, 3,000 in Research Triangle

In April, Apple announced it would add 20,000 new jobs in the U.S., and invest over $400 billion in new projects around the U.S. At the same announcement, Apple revealed plans for a new $1 billion, 3,000-employee campus between the cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill in the Research Triangle. The new campus will involve machine learning, artificial intelligence and software engineering. According to the Charlotte Observer, the incentives to Apple could reach $1 billion. If so, that would be the largest in North Carolina history.


Amazon adding hundreds of jobs in Memphis

Amazon announced a new facility in Memphis. The new facility will ship large items such as mattresses, grills and kayaks.


Wayfair picks Austin for tech hub

Boston-based home décor retailer Wayfair announced in the spring it will set up a tech hub in Austin. The deal will create 200 jobs.


FedEx to hire nearly 500 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

FedEx will build a new sortation facility at Legacy Park in Port St. Lucie. The project will create 475 jobs.


Amazon to open new facility in Mississippi

Amazon plans to open a new fulfillment center in Byhalia, Miss. The company expects to hire 500 in the deal.


Agriculture equipment manufacturer expanding in Missouri

John Deere Reman is expanding its operations in Springfield, Mo. The company makes engines and other agriculture equipment and will now make drive trains. The project will create 130 new jobs.


California-based life sciences firm to bring jobs to North Carolina

San Francisco-based medical genetics testing company Invitae is opening a facility in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina. The company is investing $114 million to open a test manufacturing lab in Morrisville. The deal will create 374 jobs.


Meat processor to create jobs in Missouri

Chicago-based Swift Prepared Foods, a maker of sausages and other meat products, is opening a new meat processing facility in Columbia, Mo. The bit $200 million development will create 251 jobs.


Not a done deal yet, but Oracle has its sights on Nashville and thousands of jobs

Oracle, which recently relocated its headquarters to Austin, is in negotiations to bring thousands of jobs to Nashville. Oracle has proposed to invest over $1 billion to open a new hub on the East Bank of the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville. The proposed project would generate as many as 8,500 jobs, topping the largest single announcement made by Amazon a couple of years ago when it announced a $230 million, 5,000 job deal also in downtown Nashville.


Biotech firm expanding in Richmond, Va.

Grenova Inc., a Virginia-based sustainable biotech firm, is expanding its operations in Richmond. The company will make devices that will wash and sterilize contaminated pipette tips for reuse used in COVID-19 testing. The $10 million project will create 250 new jobs.


Baton Rouge: Pay disparities among men and women highest in the nation

According to U.S. Census data, the difference in median salary among men and women in Baton Rouge, La., is the highest in the country. The city was described in the report as the “least equitable” city in the country for the gender pay gap since there’s a difference of 48.5 percent between salaries of men and women.


Impressive job-making deal in Missouri

Carlisle Construction Materials, a manufacturer of building products in the real estate markets, announced in April it is investing $62 million in a new deal in Sikeston, Mo. The project will create 100 new jobs.


Atlanta-based firm growing in West Virginia

Atlanta-based business-to-business firm N3, which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve clients’ sales portfolios, is expanding in Charleston, W.Va. N3, a subsidiary of Accenture, will add 100 jobs in the deal.


Big hydroponic greenhouse to create over 100 jobs in Virginia

Sunny Farms will invest $59.6 million to establish a “state-of-the-art” facility at Taylor Farms in Virginia Beach. The deal will create 155 new jobs.


Texas med marijuana facility to create hundreds of jobs

A new medical marijuana facility in San Marcos, Texas, will create "hundreds of jobs" according to the local newspaper there. Atlanta-based cannabis operator Parallel announced the creation of a $25 million cannabis cultivation, production and retail facility in city of San Marcos.


Kentucky startup distillery to expand

Log Still Distillery, a startup in Nelson County, Ky., in the Bardstown area, is expanding its site with a $24 million investment. The project will create 126 jobs and will add all kinds of amenities, including a tasting room, restaurant, lodging and amphitheater.


Tofu maker announces bill Kentucky deal

House Foods, a maker of tofu, will locate its first Kentucky facility in Louisville. The company is investing $146 million and will create 109 full-time jobs.


Manufacturer adding 700 jobs in Kentucky

KCC Manufacturing, a manufacturer of commercial HVAC products, is expanding in Simpsonville, Ky. The company will invest $60 million and is adding 700 jobs.


Port of Virginia to be deepest on the East Coast

By 2024, the Port of Virginia will be the deepest port on the U.S. East Coast at 55 feet. At that time, the port will be able to accommodate two-way traffic for some of the world's largest maritime vessels. The port has invested over $1 billion in its facilities since 2015.


Real estate demand fuels Arkansas manufacturer's growth

Windsor Door is adding a third production line and second shift at its plant in Little Rock. The deal will create 42 new jobs.


Last decade: Second-lowest population growth in nation's history

The first results of the 2020 census are in this spring 2021 quarter, and the first results show that the 2010s saw the second lowest population growth in the nation's history. About 331.4 million residents were counted, a population increase of 7.4 percent since the count in 2010 of 308.7 million. The growth is roughly half that seen in the 1990s when the population grew by 13.2 percent.


Houston-based company spending $7 billion on new gasoline plant

Houston-based Nacero will establish a $7 billion lower carbon gasoline plant in Penwell, Texas. The gasoline produced at the plant will have no sulfur. The project will create 350 jobs.


Aerospace and defense manufacturer expanding in Arkansas

CoorsTek, a maker of ceramics used in the aerospace and defense industries, is expanding its facilities in Benton, Ark. The company is investing $9 million expansion will generate 50 new jobs.


Chicago company relocating HQ to Tampa

Signode Industrial Group, a maker of packaging tools and equipment, is relocating its headquarters from Chicago to Tampa. The deal will create 200 jobs.


Mexican company opening plant in South Georgia

Mexican multinational company Grupo Bimbo, a food processing company, is investing $25 million in a new plant in Valdosta, Ga. The company will bring 74 jobs with the announcement.


Volkswagen plant in Tennessee tops 4,000 workers

German automaker Volkswagen has steadily invested in its plant in Chattanooga since it announced in July of 2008. There are now multiple lines, including an electric line and a battery facility. In the spring, contractor Aerotek announced it will hire 150 production workers at the plant that will help on the line assembling the Passat sedan model. The new hires bring employment at the plant to over 4,000 for the first time.


German IT solutions firm to create 100 jobs in Atlanta

Göppingen, Germany-based IT firm TeamViewer is setting up a new Atlanta office that will house 100 workers. The remote desktop and access provider already has several clients in the Atlanta area.


North Carolina No. 1 in the nation for rural clean energy jobs

A new report from E2 showed that North Carolina ranks first in the nation for rural clean energy jobs. The report stated that over 25 percent of clean energy jobs are located in rural regions of the state.


Rubber glove manufacturing hiring 800 in Texas

Rhino Health announced in the spring quarter it will open a plant in Fort Worth. The U.S. subsidiary of a South Korean company says 800 jobs will be created in the nitrile rubber glove plant.


Big deal in Abilene

Ohio-based Great Lakes Cheese will invest $185 million in a new distribution and packaging facility in Abilene, Texas. The project will create 500 jobs.


Cummins adding jobs in North Carolina

Cummins, which makes mid-range diesel engines at its plant in Whitakers, N.C., is expanding its plant that houses 1,800 workers. The company is investing $42 million at its Rocky Mount Engine Plant.


British pharmaceutical manufacturer for new facility

Abzena, a British pharmaceutical manufacturer, will invest $213 million in Sanford, N.C., for a new plant that will house 325 workers.


LG expands Tennessee plant

LG Electronics USA announced in the spring it is expanding its laundry appliance plant in Clarksville, Tenn. The company is adding another shift, investing over $20 million and creating 334 new jobs in the deal.


Another deal for Clarendon County, S.C.

Clarendon County, S.C., continues its run of projects announced over the last year or two. This time, Palmetto Yacht Management, a marine transport firm for luxury and oversized yachts, announced plans to invest nearly $4 million to establish operations in Clarendon County, S.C. More than 200 jobs will be created.


Big distribution deal in Joplin, Mo.

This spring, Casey’s General Stores cut the ribbon on its new $62 million distribution center in Joplin, Mo. The state-of-the-art warehouse, logistics and distribution facility will add 125 jobs to the region.


Company expanding in Rockbridge County, Va.

A long-time employer is growing its footprint in Rockbridge County. Modine Manufacturing Company, which makes thermal management solutions for a variety of industries, will invest $7 million to establish a facility there.


South Carolina Ports expanding inland Port Greer

South Carolina Ports is expanding Inland Port Greer on the heels of sustained record activity at the rail-served inland port. The port, situated between Greenville and Charleston, offers a direct rail connection to the Port of Charleston.


Unifi goes on a hiring spree in Greensboro, N.C.

A Triad maker of yarns from recycled plastic bottles, Unifi, is riding the wave of the popularity of sustainable products. To meet growing demand, it’s looking to hire 70 manufacturing workers to make its REPREVE brand of recycled yarns.


T-Mobile hiring 2,500 in Louisiana

T-Mobile is looking to hire thousands of employees in Louisiana and across small towns in America as part of its commitment to Small Town USA. The company plans to hire 2,500 hometown experts who live in small towns in Louisiana for their Hometown Expert program.


Dajcor Aluminum expands with 50 new hires in Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear has awarded more than $2 million in grants for an expansion at Dajcor Aluminum, a Canadian manufacturer of aluminum products based at the Coalfields Industrial Park in Hazard, Ky. The funds will help Dajcor add an anodize line and hire 50 additional Kentuckians.


Amazon to fill 1,500 jobs in Little Rock

Amazon is ready to hire 1,500 people to work at two new facilities in Central Arkansas. Staffing the new fulfillment centers — one at the Port of Little Rock and the other in North Little Rock — is the largest single such effort that Jay Chesshir said he can remember in his time leading the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, and will elevate the online retail company to one of the top employers in Central Arkansas.


Amazon announces new facilities for Charlotte, N.C.

Amazon plans to open a new fulfillment center and two delivery stations that will bring hundreds of new jobs to the Charlotte area. The news comes after Amazon last fall announced the opening of new distribution centers in the Charlotte area that would create more than 1,000 jobs.


Amazon to open new delivery center in Blue Springs, Mo.

A new Amazon delivery center is planned for Blue Springs, which is about 20 miles outside of Kansas City. The delivery center will be located in the former Haldex facility, which has been empty since the end of 2019. No word yet on the exact number of hires.


Robinson Manufacturing plans $15 million expansion in Dayton, Tenn.

Robinson Manufacturing, a 94-year-old family-owned textile firm, is investing $15 million to expand in Rhea County. The company has added a new distribution center at its existing location in Dayton and has begun hiring the 91 workers it will need to staff its facilities.


Robot maker transforms Atlanta hub into global HQ

GreyOrange recently announced it will invest $1 million and hire 200 in Roswell, Ga., at a 110,000-square-foot office and fulfillment center for building and shipping its robots. Founded a decade ago in India, GreyOrange in 2018 put a regional U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, noting that it would also manufacture 20,000 robots nearby. Now, its Georgia outpost is becoming its global base of operations as the company ramps up production and sales of AI-enabled robots that pick and arrange online orders, supporting a growing logistics industry that faces a labor shortfall of warehouse workers.


More than 120 new jobs for Charleston County, S.C.

M.C. Dean, which began in 1949 as a small electrical firm, has announced plans to invest $7.3 million and create 126 new jobs to expand in Charleston County. The Virginia-based company is now a global cyber-physical systems integration and engineering company.


German VOCO expanding North American HQ in Lancaster County, S.C.

VOCO America has announced plans to expand its North American headquarters in Lancaster County. The $3 million investment to build a new facility will also result in 15 new jobs. VOCO is a Germany-based manufacturer of dental materials.


VW needs 150 in Chattanooga

Volkswagen is looking for another 150 production workers in Chattanooga. The auto maker needs machine operation, warehouse and logistics workers in the production of the Passat, Volkswagen Atlas and Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport at the Chattanooga plant.


Contact center to employ 200 workers in College Station, Texas

A Houston-based medical company is expanding by building a new contact center in College Station. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic characterizes itself as a health system without a hospital. The company employs over 500 physicians covering more than 55 different specialties. The new contact center they’re building will need 200 more to staff it.


City Furniture expected to bring 500 new jobs to Plant City, Fla.

A national furniture chain is opening an operation in Plant City, bringing in 500 new jobs. City Furniture’s new complex is a $125 million project that will include a warehouse and corporate offices.


ExxonMobil pitches $100 billion Houston carbon capture hub

ExxonMobil is seeking federal support to develop a facilty that could capture all of the CO2 emissions from refineries and industrial facilities along the Houston Ship Channel. The price tag? An estimated $100 billion or more.


Georgia tire plant plans $22 million expansion

Kumho Tire will spend $21.8 million to expand production in middle Georgia. The original $600 million plant opened in May 2016, hiring 400 people.


Metal fabricator to expand in Tazewell County, Va.

Lawrence Brothers, an industry leader in battery tray fabrication and transformer components, will invest $3.2 million to expand its operation in Tazewell County. The company will double production at its facility, creating 40 new jobs.


Textile-based engineering firm to expand in Staunton, Va.

Ryzing Technologies, a manufacturer of textile-based engineering solutions, will invest $149,000 to expand its facility in Staunton. The company serves the U.S. military, as well as commercial clients, specializing in engineered textiles, rigid inflatable structures and rapid prototyping. The project will create 31 new jobs.


New space media platform chooses Brownsville, Texas

Space Channel, a news, information and entertainment channel dedicated to all things space, will locate its new studio operations in Brownsville, moving from Los Angeles, Calif. The new studio will support Space Channel’s international network by focusing on Brownsville’s space-related infrastructure and its growing role in the greater space industry.


Insect-based animal feed company investing $9 million in Apex, N.C.

Insect protein company, EnviroFlight, has announced the development of a new R&D and corporate center in Wake County, close to the prestigious Research Triangle Park. EnviroFlight produces dried black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) for use as animal feed and petfood.


Imperial Dade facility bringing 55 new jobs to Loxley, Ala.

Imperial Dade, a distributor of food packaging and janitorial supplies, plans to break ground on a new 220,000-square-foot logistics hub along County Road 49. The new facility will bring more than $20 million in total investment to Baldwin County, with plans to create 55 new jobs.


Century Aluminum hiring 60 in Hawesville, Ky.

Century Aluminum of Kentucky will be adding approximately 60 new jobs at its smelter in Hawesville. The new jobs come as a result of a new, five-year agreement with United Steelworkers that covers approximately 350 hourly workers at the Hawesville smelter.


New $30 million health center coming to Panama City, Fla.

A new $30 million health center will meet the need of thousands of uninsured people by bringing primary and specialty medical services on an income-based sliding scale. Nonprofit healthcare organization PanCare of Florida will break ground within the next 45 days on the center that will create 100 new jobs after completed.


Central Kentucky community welcomes new jobs

Worldwide Technologies — a manufacturer of parts for various trucks, firearms and motors — announced it will open its newest plant in Greensburg, Ky. The expansion will include 25 jobs with a $1.42 million investment. Mayor John Shuffett says while 25 jobs might not sound like a huge amount, they'll be the first manufacturing jobs created in Green County in at least two decades.

Colonial Chemical launching $13.8 million expansion project in Tennessee

Surfactants and additives manufacturer Colonial Chemical will expand its New Hope, Tenn., production site with a $13.8 million investment and the addition of 44 new jobs. The specialty chemical firm will renovate an existing warehouse at the site and build a new R&D laboratory, tank farm and employee facility.


Manufacturer bringing 70 jobs to Aiken County, S.C.

A metal building components company will be establishing operations in Aiken County. The $13 million investment by Central States Manufacturing will create 70 jobs.


Company investing $61 million in Norfolk, Va., expansion

Katoen Natie Norfolk -- a plastics and polymers warehousing and distribution company -- will invest $61 million to expand its freight distribution center in Norfolk, Va.  The company is adding a warehouse, rail facility and 35 new jobs


Solar farm bringing 250 jobs Buchanan County, Va.

Buchanan County will soon be the home to the second largest solar farm in the U.S. Appalachian Mountain Range and the largest in Virginia’s coalfields. The 700-acre facility will be located near the town of Hurley, Va., close to the Kentucky and West Virginia border on a reclaimed coal mining surface operation. During its 10- to 14-month construction phase, the solar farm will create 250 jobs.

Metals recycling company bringing jobs to Macon, Ga.

Schnitzer Steel Industries’ new Advanced Aluminum Separation System is an $11 million investment that will also mean new jobs. “The aluminum will be molted into new engine blocks. Which will power our vehicles,” said Pedro Orbezo, VP for Metals Technology. The system will also help reduce the amount of material that ends up in landfills.


New manufacturer will bring 625 jobs to Orlinda, Tenn.

Puritan Medical Products, North America’s largest manufacturer of COVID-19 testing swabs, will establish new manufacturing and distribution operations in Orlinda, just south of Nashville. The project represents an investment of $220 million and the creation of 625 jobs over the next five years.


BP’s new offshore platform arrives in Texas

After a two-month, 16,000-mile trip, BP’s new Argos offshore platform arrived recently near Corpus Christi, bringing hundreds of jobs to the Gulf Coast offshore industry. The floating platform (which is as tall as a 27-story building and with a deck the size of a football field) is one of BP’s largest oil production platforms. It is the centerpiece of the British oil company’s $9 billion project to extract oil from the Mad Dog 2 field in 4,500 feet of water almost 200 miles south of New Orleans.


Company to locate in Hickory, N.C., creating more than 70 new jobs

Gusmer Enterprises, a manufacturer of filtration and fermentation products, will create 73 new jobs in Catawba County. The company will invest $26.5 million to build a production facility in Hickory.


Pressure pipe company expands to Columbus County, N.C.

A pressure pipe company will create 44 jobs at a new production facility in Columbus County. Pipeline Plastics Holdings, a manufacturer of industrial pipeline systems, will invest $4.6 million in the Fair Bluff facility.


Tyson Foods opens its $425 million Tennessee poultry complex

Tyson Foods has officially opened its new poultry complex in Humboldt, Tenn. The $425 million project, which includes a processing plant, feed mill and hatchery, represents Tyson’s biggest investment in Tennessee and the single largest corporate investment ever in Gibson County. The facility is expected to employ more than 1,500 team members by 2023.


Hyundai TRANSYS adds another $9 million and 150 jobs to major expansion

With a $9 million investment, Hyundai TRANSYS Georgia Seating System will expand its manufacturing operations in West Point, Ga., which is expected to add more than 150 jobs in Troup County. The Hyundai subsidiary makes seats and seat foam pads for several Hyundai vehicle lines and electric vehicle makers.


Headquarters for IT training school bringing 200 jobs to new Holly Springs, N.C., development

MyComputerCareer, a Raleigh-based IT career training school, is moving its headquarters to a new mixed-use development in Holly Springs — a move that’s expected to add more than 200 new jobs.

The Holly Springs Town Council recently approved plans for the 20-acre development.


Packaging firm plans $70 million investment in Johnston County, N.C.

Berry Global, a manufacturer of plastic packaging, plans an investment of more than $70 million and the creation of 63 new jobs in the Town of Benson.


STS Group establishing first U.S. location in Wythe County, Va., creating 120 jobs

STS Group AG, a supplier of interior and exterior parts for commercial vehicles, will invest $39 million to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Wythe County’s Progress Park, creating 120 new jobs. The new facility will supply Volvo Trucks in Pulaski County and other truck and automotive facilities throughout the Midwest and Southeastern U.S. markets.


Camper company moving to Tennessee

Off-road and luxury camper manufacturer BRS Offroad North America will base its headquarters and manufacturing operations in Lewis County. The company will invest $1.7 million in Hohenwald with the expectation of creating 115 new jobs.


Fidelity Investments to hire hundreds at Westlake, Texas, Campus

Fidelity Investments will hire 475 new employees at its Westlake campus as part of a push to build out digital tools for investors and bolster client-facing positions.


Fidelity Investments to expand RTP Campus by 225 employees

Fidelity Investments is expanding its Research Triangle Park-based operations by 225 employees. The move is part of a nationwide hiring spree of 4,000 new employees, as the company adds workers to handle a surge in its online banking services.


Buncombe County, N.C., okays incentives for System Logistics expansion

New jobs and millions in investment are coming to Buncombe County, N.C. The Arden-based System Logistics Corp. is expanding its facility, creating 47 new jobs while investing $3 million in the process.


Lineage Logistics investing $42 million in New Orleans expansion

Michigan-based Lineage Logistics will build a $42 million expansion of its cold storage facility at Port of New Orleans. Lineage plans to create 50 new direct jobs there.


Logistics firm grows with Texas shipping hub

A Mississippi-based logistics company is expanding its local footprint with a new location in Dallas County. Gulf Relay, a third-party logistics provider which has a facility in Coppell, is taking a big block of warehouse space in DeSoto, which will more than double the company’s North Texas shipping facilities.


Telecommunications company to expand with 200 jobs in Prince William County, Va.

SES, a Luxembourg-based telecommunications company, will invest $17 million to merge its satellite and network operations at a new facility in Prince William County. The project will create up to 200 net new jobs by 2026.


Irmo, S.C., company investing $4.1 million, adding 31 jobs

A biotechnology company in Irmo, Integrated Micro-Chromatography Systems, has announced it will invest $4.1 million to expand operations and add 31 new jobs in Richland County.


DHL Supply Chain creating 249 jobs, investing $92 million at new South Carolina site

DHL Supply Chain announced plans to create 249 new jobs and invest $92 million at new facility in Cherokee County, S.C. The contract logistics company provides warehousing and transportation, and designs and manages supply chains.


Wayne County, N.C., gaining 96 new jobs from auto supplier

An automotive exhaust manufacturer will create 96 new jobs in Wayne County, N.C. AP Emissions Technologies will invest $400,000 to expand its e-commerce operations in Goldsboro.


Air purification company bringing 100 new jobs to Radford, Va.

Oransi, a North Carolina-based company that specializes in air purification products, is planning to invest $5.6 million to open a manufacturing facility in Radford. The company’s first manufacturing facility will create 101 new jobs.


Allegiant plans $75 million operations center at Austin Airport

Las Vegas-based Allegiant Travel will establish an operations center at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport that the airline says will result in an investment of $75 million and nearly 90 new jobs.


Auto parts manufacturer selects Stanly County, N.C.

American Racing Headers & Exhaust, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of stainless-steel headers and exhaust system components, will locate a new manufacturing facility in Stanly County. The company will invest $4.37 million and add 63 new jobs as it relocates its operations to the Charlotte region.


Miller Industries to expand Greene County, Tenn., operations

Miller Industries will repurpose a portion of its Greene County operations and create approximately 80 new jobs over the next five years.  The company will invest $15.4 million to renovate and upgrade an industrial site in Greeneville, Tenn., to fabricate towing and recovery equipment for customers around the world.


Global construction products tech company moving HQ to Atlanta

GCP Applied Technologies, which sells chemicals and materials used in construction, is moving its corporate headquarters to Atlanta from Boston. GCP said it expects to open its new headquarters by the fourth quarter of 2021, and will create 80 jobs in the metro Atlanta region.


Diamond Drinks bringing 50 manufacturing jobs to Indian River County, Fla.

A Pennsylvania fruit drink and bottle manufacturer, Diamond Drinks, has taken over ownership of the former Indian River Exchange Packers site in Vero Beach. Diamond Drinks will have a lemon orchard, will manufacture plastic bottles, and will mix and fill fruit flavored juices in the plastic bottles.  The new location will bring approximately 50 new jobs to the county.


Robinhood to create 400 new jobs in Mecklenburg County, N.C.

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


J&J Truck Sales to expand and create 27 new jobs in Chatham, Va.

A purveyor of dump trucks is slated to break ground on a new facility adjacent to its current operation in Chatham. J&J Truck Sales is investing over $5 million to expand operations in Pittsylvania County, creating 27 new jobs for its automotive-based equipment repair, refurbishment and fabrication division.


Feit Electric bringing 120 new jobs to Henry County, Ga.

Feit Electric, a smart home and energy-efficient lighting brand, will invest more than $25 million to open a distribution center in Henry County. This will be the company’s first distribution center on the East Coast and will create 120 jobs in McDonough.

latest magazine issue
randle report
auto corridor

Southern Business & Development
8086 Westchester Place
Montgomery AL 36117