May 2022

Manufacturer adding 100 jobs in Jennings, La.

A manufacturing company is opening a plant in Jennings to produce industrial components for petrochemical, maritime, energy and other industries. The company, Greenberry Industrial, is converting a former shipyard fabrication facility into a manufacturing plant that will create 100 new jobs.


Procter & Gamble creating 350 jobs with $205 million facility in Butts County, Ga.

Procter & Gamble Distributing is planning to invest $205 million in a new distribution facility in Jackson, Ga. This new location for the company will create 350 new jobs in Butts County.


Auto supplier Shinhwa investing $78 million in second Alabama facility

Shinhwa Auto USA Corp. is expanding its presence in Auburn by adding a second auto parts manufacturing facility as part of a $78 million growth project that will create 42 jobs over the next three years.


Nissan considers third U.S. plant to meet EV demand

Nissan is considering adding a new auto plant in the U.S. to keep up with growing demand for electric vehicles, according to a top executive at the Japanese automaker. Nissan now has two auto plants in the U.S. -- one in Canton, Miss., makes the Titan pickup truck and Altima sedan, among other models. The other in Smyrna, Tenn., makes the Leaf electric car, Pathfinder sport utility vehicle and other models. The third plant would not just be an added assembly line to an existing plant but a totally new facility, although it may be built as an extension of an existing plant.


French fiberglass maker hiring 400 in Georgia expansion

A French manufacturer says it will restart the fiberglass furnace at a Georgia plant it purchased in 2019, investing $28 million and hiring 400 new workers. Saint-Gobain said that its ADFORS unit would expand the plant it bought for $17.5 million in the Georgia town of Dublin. The plant currently has 47 full-time and 23 temporary employees.


Atlas Tube opens $150 million facility in Arkansas

Atlas Tube has opened its newest steel mill in Blytheville. It’s the second facility they have opened in Mississippi County’s largest city. The new facility will hire 75 workers to produce Jumbo Hollow Structural Sections. The $150 million project, announced in July 2019, is the largest private investment in the U.S. steel industry in the last decade.


Snack maker expands with 800 Georgia jobs

Meat snacks leader Jack Link’s is expanding to Georgia with a $450 million manufacturing facility. The project is expected to create 800 jobs in Houston County. Jack Link’s is a family-owned and operated business headquartered in Wisconsin.


Airbus confirms 1,000 new Alabama jobs

Airbus recently confirmed that it will raise a third aircraft assembly line in Mobile, Ala., over the next few years and hire 1,000 new employees to staff it.


Packaging company investing $27 million in North Carolina facility

Max Solutions, a specialty packaging manufacturer, is spending $27 million on a facility in Concord and creating 150 jobs.


Prisma Nashville expanding in Davidson County, Tenn.

Prisma Nashville announced that it will invest $12 million to expand operations in Davidson County. For more than 40 years, Prisma has managed the manufacturing and distribution of marketing materials for several national brands.


Fidelity plans to hire 1,700 in North Carolina

Fidelity Investments is expanding its North Carolina workforce and plans to hire as many as 1,700 in the state. . .that’s in addition to the nearly 2,000 employees the company added last year in the state, with the vast majority of those based at the its Research Triangle Park campus.


Republic Finance moving HQ to Plano, Texas

Consumer loan provider Republic Finance is moving its headquarters to Plano from Baton Rouge, La., where it’s been since 1952. About 250 employees will work at the Plano office, although Louisiana will remain the state with the most employees for Republic Finance, which has a total workforce of nearly 1,300.


Fiberon breaks ground in Columbia, Tenn.

Fiberon broke ground on its new 500,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Columbia recently. It will create more than 300 full-time jobs to manufacture PE decking and composite cladding.


Ruiz Foods will locate a regional HQ in Frisco, Texas

Ruiz Foods will establish a regional headquarters in Frisco. Founded in 1964, California-based Ruiz Foods is America’s largest frozen Mexican food manufacturer. This centrally located regional headquarters in North Texas will bring at least 125 jobs to the area.

White Claw plans 300 jobs for new plant in Columbia, S.C.

The maker of the popular alcoholic drink White Claw has opened a massive new facility in Columbia, where it will make that drink and several others. Mark Anthony Brewing’s new facility is 1.3 million square feet and cost more than $490 million. It’s expected to create 310 new jobs and represents one of the largest economic developments in Richland County history.


Entergy expanding contact center in North Louisiana

Entergy has selected West Monroe, La., as the location to expand its contact center operations. The company is adding around 170 new jobs.


Champion Home Builders will create 182 jobs in Scotland County, N.C.

Champion Home Builders, a provider of manufactured and modular homes, will expand its North Carolina operations to create 182 jobs in Scotland County. The company will invest $18.7 million into the acquisition and development of a manufacturing campus in Laurinburg.


Piping Manufacturer creating 168 new jobs in Nash County, N.C.

COSMOIND, a polyethylene piping manufacturer, will create 168 new jobs in Nash County. The company will invest more than $12.8 million to build its first North American manufacturing campus for industrial, natural gas, and drinking water pipes in Middlesex.


Cerrowire expands operations in Hartselle, Ala.

Cerrowire, a U.S. manufacturer of copper building wire, will build a 270,000-square-foot facility to produce metal clad cable in Morgan County, Ala. The $100 million project is expected to create 130 jobs.


Manufacturers expand operations in Palmyra, Mo.

Doyle Equipment Manufacturing and Riverview Manufacturing, worldwide leaders in manufacturing dry fertilizer handling equipment, will expand operations in Palmyra, Mo. The $1 million project is expected to create 30 jobs.


Systems Group creating 60 jobs with Arkansas expansion

The Systems Group will purchase 47 acres of land next to its current facility in El Dorado, Ark., to expand its main fabrication and machine shop. The expansion will allow the company to make more of its patented Spray-Cooled™ equipment, which is used to prevent Electric Arc Furnaces from melting while producing liquid steel. Systems also plans to hire 60 new employees there.


Pratt establishing $200 million regional campus in Texas

Pratt Industries will locate a Regional Manufacturing & Innovation Center in Cedar Hill, Texas. Pratt will occupy 1 million square feet and invest more than $200 million in equipment, inventory and building improvements. The Cedar Hill facility will employ 150 full-time workers to manufacture corrugated boxes and custom packaging solutions.


Columbiad Fabrication and Aviation expands Tennessee operations

Precision metal fabricator, Columbiad Fabrication and Aviation, will expand its manufacturing operations in Henry County, Tenn. The $4.8 million project is expected to create 144 jobs over the next five years.


Video game company adding 50 employees in Orlando

Iron Galaxy, a company that helps other video game makers adapt their products to different platforms, is planning an expansion in Orlando, Fla., with at least 50 more jobs on the way.


European plastics maker investing $47 million in Gaston County, N.C.

Premix Group, a plastics manufacturer, will invest $47 million to locate its first U.S. manufacturing facility in North Carolina. The project will also create 30 new jobs.


Lambert’s Point Docks in Norfolk, Va., becoming $100 million maritime center

In a deal predicted to bring more than 500 jobs and over $100 million in capital investment, the Lambert’s Point Docks property in Norfolk will become a maritime operations and logistics center to support offshore wind, defense and transportation industries. The land, owned by Norfolk Southern Railway Co., has been leased by Virginia Beach-based Fairwinds Landing for the next 30 years.


Veloxint bringing hundreds of jobs to West Virginia

Veloxint, a manufacturer of nanocrystalline metal alloys, recently announced its move to Touchstone Research Laboratory, located in Triadelphia, W.Va. Veloxint is working on commercializing high-tech metal alloys for use in the chemical, solar and aerospace industries. Over the next four years, 200 to 300 jobs are estimated to be created as a result of the move. 


Tri-City Extrusion to expand in Bristol, Tenn.

Tri-City Extrusion recently announced it will invest $30.8 million to expand its manufacturing operations in Northeast Tennessee. TCE, which specializes in the production of precision aluminum extrusions, will create 51 new jobs and construct a new 120,500-square-foot facility at the Bristol Business Park.


Fidelity Investments bringing 900 new jobs Northern Kentucky

Nearly 900 new jobs are coming to Northern Kentucky through a nationwide growth initiative by Fidelity Investments. The Boston-based financial services firm is planning to add over 12,000 new jobs company-wide by the end of the year, including 874 in Northern Kentucky.


Focus Foods plans Baton Rouge production complex

Focus Foods, a meal solutions manufacturer, will undertake an expansion and relocation from its Celtic Studios base of operations to a larger site in Baton Rouge, La. The $1.7 million project is expected to create 100 jobs.


Red Stag Fulfillment to create 3,500 new jobs in Tennessee

Red Stag Fulfillment is building a new location in Sweetwater. The company operates fulfillment warehouses for storing and shipping packages. This project is a $300 million investment that’s supposed to bring over 3,500 jobs into the Sweetwater community.


More than 500 jobs filled at PPE facility near Lafayette, La.

One year ago, Ochsner Health partnered with Trax Development on a joint venture to create SafeSource Direct, the only U.S. provider-owned PPE manufacturer with U.S. provider-owned quality control. Today, SafeSource Direct has filled 550 new jobs and is increasing staffing in all areas to produce gloves, masks and other PPE.


Columbia Brands expanding distribution complex in Henderson County, Ky.

Columbia Brands USA, a manufacturer of apparel and footwear products, will expand its operations in Henderson County. The $3.7 million project is expected to create 175 jobs.


North America’s first Industrial scale eFuels facility to be built in Texas

Highly Innovative Fuels Global, a global eFuels company headquartered in Chile, announced it’s making a $6 billion capital investment to build the first industrial scale eFuels facility in North America. The facility will be built in Bay City in Matagorda County, just south of Houston. The project will create 3,000 jobs during the construction phase and more than 125 permanent operating jobs.


Novelis breaks ground in Todd County, Ky.

Novelis recently broke ground on the aluminum producer’s new recycling center in Guthrie. The new facility is a $365 million investment that will serve the automotive market and create 140 well-paying jobs for Kentuckians.


Novelis plans $2.5 billion facility in Alabama

The first fully integrated aluminum mill in the U.S. in the past 40 years will be constructed on the 3,000-acre South Alabama Mega Site north of Bay Minette in Baldwin County, Ala. Novelis, a leading sustainable aluminum solutions provider, will invest $2.5 billion into the new low-carbon recycling and rolling plant, and is expected to create approximately 1,000 jobs.

Summit Polymers will invest $37.5 million In Kentucky

Summit Polymers will build a $37.5 million manufacturing facility in Anderson County, Ky., creating 218 full-time jobs. The Michigan-based company designs and manufactures automotive interior components.


MoboTrex relocating to Texas

MoboTrex will invest $13 million to expand into a 130,000-square-foot facility in Pflugerville, Texas. The Iowa-based manufacturer of traffic control systems plans to employ 110 full-time workers at the facility within five years.


Nestlé Professional USA expands Missouri operations

Nestlé Professional will expand its facility in Trenton, Mo. The $7.5 million project is expected to create 30 jobs. The facility currently produces Chef-mate products for the out-of-home market.


Technimark expands in Randolph County, N.C.

Technimark, a manufacturing solutions provider for the healthcare and consumer packaging markets, will expand its healthcare production operations in Randolph County. The $62 million project is expected to create 220 jobs.



Tri-Cities Airport announces Aerospace Park’s first tenant

Aerospace Park at the Tri-Cities Airport in Blountville, Tenn., has approved a lease for Final Forge, a company that manufactures protective headgear for military, law enforcement, first responders and homeland security forces. Final Forge is moving all of its operations from Massachusetts and will construct two new buildings at the airport, dedicating 50,000 square feet to its operations which are set to be moved to Blountville later in 2022.


James Avery Artisan Jewelry bringing 200 jobs to Texas

Officials in Corpus Christi announced that a new manufacturing facility for James Avery Artisan Jewelry is scheduled for a July opening. The 41,000-square-foot plant is also hiring 200 positions.


Packaging manufacturer announces $80 million Arkansas expansion

Memphis-based Bryce Corp. will invest $80 million at its Searcy, Ark., location. The project is expected to add 142 new jobs to its current Searcy workforce of some 465 employees. Bryce produces packaging for food, pet care, household, and health and beauty products.


Vinyl record manufacturer invests $13 million in Tennessee HQ

A Czech Republic-based manufacturer that claims to be the top producer of vinyl records worldwide plans to establish a new production facility in Music City. Nashville Record Pressing will set up its new $13.3 million headquarters expected to house 255 new jobs over the next five years.


Pharmaceutical firm expanding in Georgia

Pharmaceutical firm Boehringer Ingelheim says it will invest $57 million and add 55 new jobs in Athens, Ga. The Germany-based company is expanding its Animal Health Global Innovation Center there.


Drone maker hiring 100 for South Florida facility

Percepto, an Israeli company that builds autonomous inspection drones, has leased 11,000 square feet in Riviera Beach, where it plans hire about 100 people.


W&W|AFCO Steel plans Little Rock plant

W&W|AFCO Steel will be locating a new steel fabrication facility in the former LM Wind Power building at the Port of Little Rock. The $18.7 million project is expected to create 115 jobs over the next five years. The facility will allow the company to expand production of steel used in bridges and commercial buildings. In Arkansas, W&W|AFCO Steel already has four other locations and employs more than 400.


Furniture maker bringing 100 new jobs to Calhoun City, Miss.

By the end of this year, the old Med Lift building in Calhoun City will be improved and Albany Industries will be moved in. The furniture manufacturer plans to hire 100 for the facility.


Avanade establishes Tampa engineering hub

Avanade, which provides tech solutions and cloud services to a host of Fortune 500 companies, announced plans to build its first U.S. engineering hub in Tampa. The company plans to hire 500 employees over the next three years.


Massive EV battery plant planned for Bowling Green, Ky.

Envision AESC, a Japanese electric vehicle battery technology company, unveiled plans in early April to invest $2 billion to open a new manufacturing facility in the Kentucky Transpark. The state-of-the-art gigafactory battery plant will employ 2,000 people to produce battery cells and modules to power electric vehicles.


Symrise Pet Food investing $65.5 million in Greenwood County, S.C.

Symrise Pet Food announced a $65.5 million investment in its North American headquarters located in Hodges, S.C. The company plans to build a new state-of-the-art facility, creating 65 new jobs.


Southern Pipe and Supply consolidating in Meridian, Miss.

Southern Pipe and Supply is expanding and consolidating its Meridian distribution operations into one location. The project represents a corporate investment of more than $25 million and will create 20 jobs while retaining 275. Southern Pipe and Supply provides top brands in plumbing, heating, air conditioning, industrial, mechanical and waterworks supplies.


Toyota expanding in the South

Toyota plans to invest $222 million at its manufacturing facility in Huntsville, Ala. The company will create a new production line for four-cylinder engines, including a hybrid electric version. The project is part of a $383 million company-wide plan that injects new investment into four U.S. manufacturing plants that support powertrain production for Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Kentucky (which will add 220 new jobs), Missouri and Tennessee are included, with the Alabama facility receiving the largest investment.


Great Southern Wood Preserving expands Louisiana operations

Great Southern Wood Preserving, the lumber processing company best known for its YellaWood brand pressure-treated pine, will expand operations at its facility in Mansura, Avoyelles Parish, La. The $22.5 million project is expected to create 58 jobs.


New rare-earth magnet facility coming to Fort Worth, Texas

Las Vegas-based MP Materials is building its new rare earth magnet factory in Fort Worth's Alliance corridor. The new facility will reshore 150 skilled jobs. According to James Litinsky, CEO of MP Materials, "Rare earth magnets are really what will power motion, electric vehicles, wind turbines, drones, robots, robot dogs, air taxis, whatever.”


Walmart’s new distribution center brings over 1,000 new jobs to South Carolina

Governor Henry McMaster and officials from Dorchester County, S.C., recently gathered to celebrate the grand opening of Walmart’s $220 million distribution center in Ridgeville, S.C. So far, Walmart has hired over 900 associates and they are looking to hire a total of 1,300 full-time employees. The Walmart distribution center is expected to increase the Port of Charleston’s volume by 5 percent, bringing them more jobs as well.


Legacy Metals adding 100 jobs in Hopkinsville, Ky.

Legacy Metals, a building materials supplier and manufacturer, will be expanding its Christian County operation with a 24,000-square-foot expansion that will create 100 jobs.


Tyson Foods announces $208 million Alabama facility

Tyson Foods will build a $208 million rendering plant in Hanceville to replace one destroyed last year. The 121,000-square-foot facility will be adjacent to its former River Valley Ingredients rendering plant, which suffered a total loss in a fire in July 2021. The new facility, located in Cullman County, is expected to be completed by the middle of next year. Tyson says it will retain the 124 employees who worked at the previous Hanceville plant throughout the two-year construction period.


Nucor building new $350 million micro mill in North Carolina

Nucor is expanding its operations with a new $350 million “micro-mill” in Lexington, N.C. The company expects the mill to create about 200 jobs and produce 430,000 tons of steel once it becomes operational in about two years.


Ecopol to establish North American HQ/manufacturing facility In Spalding County, Ga.

Ecopol, a European producer of biodegradable PVA film, will invest more than $38 million and create 130 new jobs at the company’s first North American facility in Spalding County. Italy-based Ecopol manufactures water-soluble and biodegradable film used to wrap everyday products such as detergents, agrochemicals, cosmetics and other consumer goods.


Leonardo DRS expands Missouri operations

Leonardo DRS, a provider of defense products and technologies, is expanding its manufacturing campus in West Plains, Mo. The project is expected to create 100 jobs.


Cim-Tek Filtration expands Missouri operations

Cim-Tek Filtration, a manufacturer of filtration products, will expand its facility in Kennett, Mo. The project is expected to create up to 77 new jobs.


TLC Associates adding 300 jobs in Americus, Ga.

An Iowa-based company is expanding its operations in Americus and adding hundreds of new jobs to the community. TLC Associates is a third-party call center that supports many top-leading brands.


Kingspan Insulation expands Virginia operations

Kingspan Insulation, a global leader in insulation and building solutions, will expand its operation in Frederick County, Va. The $27 million project is expected to create 37 new jobs.


Hyundai pours $300 million into Montgomery plant to build EVs

Hyundai plans to start production of its first Alabama-made electric vehicles this fall, part of a $300 million expansion that will create 200 more jobs. The company recently announced that its Santa Fe Hybrid would start rolling off the assembly line in Montgomery this October. It will be the first electric vehicle the company has made in America. The plant will start production of the Electrified Genesis GV70 luxury SUV in December.


Georgia wins new Hyundai plant

Hyundai is building facilities dedicated to manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries in Savannah, marking Hyundai’s first EV-only plant in the U.S. The South Korean automaker will spend $5.5 billion on the new facilities and will receive an additional $1 billion investment from its suppliers. Hyundai expects production at the 2,923-acre site to begin in the first half of 2025, with construction starting in early 2023. The EV factory is set to make 300,000 vehicles per year and will add around 8,100 new jobs.


Germany-based Klöckner Pentaplast expands West Virginia operations

Germany-based Klöckner Pentaplast, a manufacturer of sustainable packaging products, plans to expand its operations in Beaver, W.Va. The Raleigh County facility has been chosen to lead the way for the addition of post-consumer recycled content PET production in North America.


Auto supplier announces $8 million Tennessee plant

A Michigan manufacturer of automotive powertrain and drivetrain systems plans to establish a new facility in East Tennessee. ATC Drivetrain will invest more than $8 million in the new plant in Knoxville. Over the next five years, the company expects the project to create 218 new jobs.


Merck expands in Virginia

Merck announced an expansion of a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Elkton, Va., that includes the addition of 120,000 square feet of space and 150 jobs. The project is part of the company’s effort to increase supply of HPV vaccines.


Coal plant bringing 500 jobs to West Virginia

Frontieras North America will build a coal processing plant in Mason County, W.Va. The facility will employ about 500.


New aviation maintenance facility hiring 200 in Macon, Ga.

A new aviation maintenance facility was unveiled in Macon recently, and officials say about 200 new jobs are coming with it. County officials along with MHI RJ Aviation Group cut the ribbon on the company’s Service Center at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport.


New wood pellet plant opens in Demopolis, Ala.

Drax Group, the world’s leading producer and user of sustainable biomass, has opened a new pellet plant in Demopolis. About 120 people will be employed by the renewable energy company at its two pellet plants in Demopolis in Marengo County, and Aliceville in Pickens County.


Austal opens $100 million steel shipbuilding facility in Mobile, Ala.

Austal USA marked the beginning of a new era at its Mobile shipyard with the opening of a state-of-the-art facility for the production of steel ships for the U.S. Navy and other customers. The addition of steel shipbuilding capability complements the company’s aluminium shipbuilding expertise at its Alabama manufacturing site.


Amazon’s St. Tammany Parish distribution center nears completion

A massive Amazon distribution center is taking shape in a once-wooded section of east Slidell, La. One of the largest warehouses ever constructed in St. Tammany Parish is nearing completion and promises to bring hundreds of jobs to the parish.


Carbon capture project creating jobs in Louisiana

Cleco will invest $900 million to build a carbon capture facility at its central Louisiana energy center that will create over a thousand construction jobs and 30 to 40 permanent jobs while significantly reducing carbon emissions. Company leaders and elected officials announced the project, known as Project Diamond Vault, at Cleco’s Brame Energy Center north of Alexandria.


Ice Industries hiring 120 at Grenada facility

Ice Industries, headquartered in Ohio, will be investing more than $4 million into its Grenada, Miss., facility to add new paint capabilities. The Grenada facility primarily serves the automotive, HVACR, appliance and off-highway markets as a one-stop stamping, welding and painting center.


New biomass plant injecting $250 million into Mississippi economy

Enviva is planning to open a manufacturing plant in Stone County that will create 100 jobs as part of the company’s $250 million investment. The plant will be in Bond and is the company’s fourth in the region.


Sports medicine company expanding in Norfolk, Va.

Embody, a Norfolk-based medical device company, will invest $5 million to expand its headquarters at Innovation Research Park at Old Dominion University in the City of Norfolk. The expansion project will create 92 new jobs.


Fortune 500 company moving 1,000 jobs from Buckhead to The Battery

Truist Securities, the combined entity of the former SunTrust Robinson Humphrey and BB&T Capital Markets divisions, is moving its longtime headquarters in Buckhead’s Atlanta Financial Center to a new tower immediately behind Truist Park. The securities division will bring 1,000 jobs to Cobb County when the building opens in 2024. Some of those jobs are relocating from the Atlanta Financial Center, and it is unclear whether new jobs will also be added.


Nuclear fuel company announces plans for Oak Ridge, Tenn.

A nuclear fuel company is coming to Oak Ridge and plans to employ at least 400 people. TRISO-X LLC has selected the Horizon Center Industrial Park in Oak Ridge as the site for its operations. It will be the United States’ first commercial advanced High-Assay Low-Enriched Uranium (HALEU) based nuclear reactor fuel fabrication facility of its kind.


Raytheon plans $200 million expansion in McKinney, Texas

Raytheon is growing its already substantial presence in McKinney. Last September, Raytheon Technologies opened a 178,000-square-foot intelligent manufacturing facility at its McKinney campus. At the time, the company promised to build an even larger second plant and lab by 2025. Now Raytheon has filed plans with the state for a $216 million expansion of the campus, which is expected to generate 700 jobs.


Battery manufacturer building plant in West Virginia

Battery manufacturer Sparkz has announced that it will begin construction in 2022 of a gigafactory in West Virginia, which will initially employ 350 workers, to commercialize its zero-cobalt battery.


F&E Aviation Maintenance adding 250 jobs at CVG

F&E Aircraft Maintenance, a provider of aircraft maintenance and engineering services, will locate a new three-bay hangar at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, creating nearly 250 full-time positions, with a $40.2 million investment.


Baxter International establishes Mississippi distribution hub

Global medtech company Baxter International will locate its new U.S. distribution operation hub in Byhalia, Miss. The $11.6 million project is expected to create 105 jobs in Marshall County.


Goldman Sachs doubles DFW hub

In less than a year, Goldman Sachs has grown its North Texas presence from more than 2,000 employees to nearly 4,000. Dallas is now Goldman’s second-biggest U.S. office outside of New York, surpassing Salt Lake City.


Meta chooses Kansas City for $800 million data center

Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has selected the Kansas City region for a new $800 million hyperscale data center. The nearly 1 million-square-foot facility will be located in the Golden Plains Technology Park, a 5.5 million-square-foot data center campus in Kansas City, Mo.


EV supplier building $325 million plant near Statesboro, Ga.

Aspen Aerogels is building a $325 million manufacturing plant in Bulloch County that will produce special materials to prevent potentially disastrous fires in electric vehicles. The company will invest a minimum of $325 million to build a factory south of Statesboro for production of aerogel thermal insulating material used in electric vehicle batteries. Company officials expect the plant to create more than 250 advanced manufacturing jobs.


Macy’s to build 2,800-job distribution center in Rowan County, N.C.

Macy’s has announced plans to build a distribution and online order fulfillment center in central North Carolina that ultimately will employ about 2,800 people. The retail giant said it will invest $584 million in the project in China Grove, 35 miles northeast of Charlotte.


Southern Research breaks ground on $84 million biotech center in Birmingham, Ala.

Southern Research broke ground recently on an $84 million biotech center in Birmingham on the former site of an abandoned apartment building. The new facility is expected to create about 150 new jobs. The center will be a hub of scientific research for Southern Research scientists and UAB scientists to work on treatments for cancer, COVID-19 and other diseases.


Virongy to create 70 new jobs at Northern Virginia Bioscience Center

A bioscience company is expanding in Prince William County by investing nearly half a million dollars and creating up to 70 new jobs at the new Northern Virginia Bioscience Center in Manassas. The company, Virongy Biosciences, develops viral diagnostic technologies, anti-viral drugs and therapeutic viral vectors.


Volkswagen Chattanooga’s EV push to fill 1,000 new jobs

Volkswagen is holding a job fair aimed at hiring 1,000 production workers for its assembly plant in Tennessee.


New facility bringing 200 jobs to Concord, N.C.

Tavia Jackson and her husband Derrick are serving it up at Tastebuds Popcorn in Concord. The City of Concord announced in May that a $27 million facility is set to open and will bring in around 200 high-paying jobs.


Monmouth Rubber & Plastics establishing operations in Barnwell County, S.C.

A family-owned rubber and plastic foam company announced plans to establish operations in Barnwell County. The company’s $5.6 million investment will create 65 new jobs. Founded in 1964, Monmouth Rubber & Plastics Corp. produces sponge rubber and plastic foam.


MANA Nutrition establishes Georgia facility

MANA Nutrition, a nonprofit that produces ready-to-use therapeutic food to fight global malnutrition, will expand its facility in Ben Hill County, Ga. The $36 million project is expected to create 10 jobs.


Atlantic Building Components & Services plans North Carolina manufacturing complex

Atlantic Building Components & Services, a manufacturer of wood trusses and building components for the construction industry, will locate a new manufacturing facility in Fairmont, N.C. The $6 million project is expected to create 105 jobs in Robeson County.


Utz Brands to add North Carolina manufacturing facility and 115 jobs

Utz Brands, a manufacturer of branded salty snacks, has purchased a recently completed snack food manufacturing facility in Kings Mountain, N.C., from Benestar Brands. The 125,000-square-foot facility can be expanded to 200,000 square feet and is expected to add over 115 local jobs.


East Jordan Plastics establishes Georgia operations

East Jordan Plastics, a Michigan manufacturer of plastic plant containers, will establish a new facility in Lyons, Ga. The $44 million project is expected to create 80 jobs in Toombs County.


Arlee Home Fashions opening second facility and adding 80 new jobs

Arlee Home Fashions, a manufacturer of decorative home fashions and pet products, announced that it will expand in West Plains, Mo., investing up to $300,000 and creating up to 80 new jobs.


Warrior Met Coal relaunches Blue Creek Project in Alabama

Work will resume at Warrior Met Coal’s Blue Creek reserves after more than a year-long delay. The company plans to develop its Blue Creek reserves into a “world-class” longwall mine after work was halted on the site following a 2020 announcement due to the pandemic, market conditions, labor issues and the company’s financial positioning. Warrior Met Coal plans to invest $650 million to $700 million in the site over the next five years, which it expects will ultimately increase its annual production capacity 60 percent.


Wayne Farms adding jobs in Decatur, Ala.

Poultry processor Wayne Farms will add at least 80 employees in Decatur after completing a major upgrade and expansion at its prepared foods facility. The company already employs over 1,000 workers there.


Cash app to bring 100-plus jobs to Atlanta

A payments processing giant will soon add over 100 jobs to Atlanta. Mobile money transfer and payment service Cash App has leased 30,000 square feet at The Mill, which could support roughly 150 employees.


Paschall Truck Lines constructs Kentucky HQ

Paschall Truck Lines is constructing a new headquarters office in Calloway County, Ky. The $8.2 million project is expected to create up to 150 jobs.


Sarasota airport getting $72 million expansion

A major expansion project will happen at the southern portion of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. The $72 million project will help with handling the tremendous growth the Florida airport continues to experience.


Avelo Airlines expanding at Orlando International Airport

Houston-based Avelo Airlines announced plans to install a new “base” in the Orlando airport where planes stay overnight for the following day’s flights. In addition, the new base of operations will translate into 150 total new jobs from Avelo and its supporting businesses.


VinFast picks North Carolina for $2 billion EV assembly plant

VinFast has selected North Carolina for its first North American automotive assembly and battery manufacturing plant. The Hanoi, Vietnam-based auto manufacturer will create 7,500 jobs and invest up to $2 billion in phase 1 of its project at the Triangle Innovation Point megasite in Chatham County. It will be North Carolina’s first car manufacturing plant.

Distribution project bringing 190 jobs to South Carolina

Sagebrook Home will create 117 new jobs with a $80 million investment in Berkeley County, S.C. Located in Summerville, Sagebrook Home’s new 500,000-square-foot facility will serve as a state-of-the-art distribution center for the company’s home décor and wholesale operations.


South’s oldest maker of pontoon boats expands in Little Rock

Waco Manufacturing aims to expand its family business as the South’s oldest maker of pontoon boats. The company moved in March into a much larger assembly plant in Little Rock, Ark., and expects its staff of 80 will grow to as many as 150 over the next year or two. They also have plans to open a second manufacturing facility in Florida this fall.


Vanguard Furniture expands North Carolina operations

Vanguard Furniture Company plans to add 100 new jobs in Burke County, N.C. The company will invest more than $5.9 million for an expansion of its upholstery manufacturing operations to Morganton.


Edenton, N.C., awarded grants to create 136 new jobs

The town of Edenton has been awarded two state grants totaling $700,000 that officials say will create 136 new jobs and attract $1.5 million in new investment. The largest grant will support the reuse of a now vacant building that will be occupied by Hermes Marine, which manufactures advanced technology sports boats.


Google to invest $300 million in Virginia

Google announced it will be investing more than $300 million in Virginia in 2022. Google has more than 480 full-time workers in Virginia, and the company said it’d be investing in more data centers in Northern Virginia. The money is part of $9.5 billion the company is spending nationwide on offices and data centers this year. They said they’ll be creating at least 12,000 new full-time jobs nationwide; they didn’t provide any Virginia-specific jobs numbers.

Company expanding in Saluda County, S.C., with 73 new jobs

Palmetto Gourmet Foods is investing an additional $11.6 million into its operations in Saluda County. The company already employs about 200 people and looks to add 73 more with its latest investment.


Kelley Engineering establishes Pelzer, S.C., operations

Kelley Engineering, a designer and manufacturer of custom automation equipment, will establish operations in Pelzer. The $6 million project is expected to create 80 new jobs in Anderson County.

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