November 2020

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in the U.S. dropped dramatically in the first six months of 2020

Foreign direct investment in the U.S. fell 61 percent in the first half of 2020. In the first six months of the year, the U.S. attracted $51 billion, a far cry from years 2015 and 2016 when over $200 billion was invested by foreign companies in the first half of both those years. FDI dropped 29 percent in the European Union, according to United Nations’ Conference on Trade and Development, and FDI in China fell by just 4 percent in the same time period.

 

The first female recession ever

The pandemic has been particularly hard on women, especially women of color and women with young children. The gains in jobs and income for women in the longest recovery in the nation's history -- the 10 years from the last recession to this one -- is historic. Yet today, the unemployment rate for women of color is above 10 percent and 7.3 percent for white women, according to the Labor Department. Many women have dropped out of the workforce to care for their children. In fact, mothers are three times more likely than fathers to have lost jobs during the pandemic, and mothers of 12-year-olds and younger lost about 2.2 million jobs from February to August. Because government budgets have been hammered by the pandemic, at least 640,000 teachers lost their jobs between February and August.

 

Hundreds of thousands of women leave the workforce

In September, over 865,000 women left the U.S. workforce. . .four times the number of men who left the workforce during the same month. With so many children tele-schooling, many of their parents -- especially their mothers -- are forced to stay home as a results of the demands of child care.

 

Airline industry revenues down 46 percent compared to 2019

Total revenues for the airline industry are expected to fall by 46 percent in 2020 according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Total revenue was $838 billion in 2019. The recovery of the industry has been delayed due to new COVID-19 outbreaks in the fall 2020 quarter. IATA expects 2020 air traffic to be down 66 percent from 2019.

 

Dallas-Fort Worth leads in workers returning to the office

According to Kastle Systems, Dallas-Fort Worth led the country in workers returning to the office with 43.3 percent in October, which means the majority of workers in DFW are still working from home. In the 10 largest U.S. metros, only 27.4 percent of workers have returned to the office.

 

Northwest Florida Tyndall goes from destroyed to 'Base of the Future'

In October 2018, Tyndall Air Force Base in Bay County, Fla., was almost totally destroyed by Hurricane Michael. Officials were talking about closing down the base. Now the Air Force has announced that the base will not close and will be rebuilt as the “Base of the Future.”

 

Fed official: Another year before economy returns to pre-pandemic levels

In the summer and fall, the economy rebounded strongly from the spring’s lockdown. However, in the fall quarter, Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida told the American Bankers Association in October that it will be at least a year before the economy will return to pre-COVID levels, and most likely longer than that for the labor market to return.

 

COVID-19 response drives up record worldwide public debt

The International Monetary Fund said in October that recovery funding in response to the coronavirus by the world's governments has driven public debt to record high levels. Governments around the world committed nearly $12 trillion as of the middle of September. The spending by all governments to fight the recession is nearing 100 percent of global GDP.

 

Enterprise Florida launches rural expansion toolkit

In the fall quarter, Enterprise Florida, the state level economic development agency, launched a rural development program. The Rural Development Toolkit includes grant programs such as consulting services, worker training and site readiness.

 

Mine water a draw for data centers in Southwest Virginia

As the coal industry continues to suffer, the coal region of Southwest Virginia may have discovered a way to diversify its economy. Many of the old underground mines and caves in the region are filled with cool water that's around 50 degrees, which could be used to cool banks of servers used by data centers. According to a report by InvestSWVA, using mine water for cooling could reduce electricity costs for data centers by more than 90 percent.

 

Over 8 million Americans have fallen into poverty

Even with unprecedented financial aid by federal and state governments, including the massive $2.3 trillion CARES Act, millions have fallen into poverty since May 2020. Federal aid now has long expired, and unless another package is approved by Congress, it is clear that there will be additions to the 8 million that have joined the poverty ranks.

 

West Virginia wins $500 million Virgin Hyperloop facility

Virgin Hyperloop said West Virginia will be the home of a $500 million certification center and testing track for its super high-speed travel system on nearly 800 acres of land across Tucker and Grant counties. Hyperloop’s goal is to move people and goods in pods through a vacuum tube at speeds exceeding 600 mph, enabling travel from Pittsburgh to Chicago in 41 minutes or New York City to Washington, D.C., in just 30 minutes.

 

Auto markets begin to stabilize worldwide

In the fall quarter, global automotive markets began to increase sales in China, the U.S. and Europe. China, the first country to have coronavirus cases, saw growth in its automotive market in the summer and fall 2020 quarters. The U.S. quickly followed and the European Automotive Manufacturers’ Association said it saw an increase of 1.1 percent in sales in October.

 

Brookings finds a $2 trillion stimulus bill to bring economy back to pre-pandemic levels

The Brookings Institution reported in the fall quarter that a $2 trillion federal stimulus would bring the U.S. economy back to pre-pandemic levels by mid-2021. Brookings said the spending would raise gross domestic product by 4 percent in 2021 and 2022.

 

Fastest layoffs in history in oil and gas

The global pandemic is almost wholly responsible for 107,000 lost jobs in the U.S.'s oil and gas industry. A report by Deloitte revealed that about 7 percent of the 1.5 million employed in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries were laid off between March and August as demand for petroleum products fell as a result of COVID-19.

 

New report shows Southeast has large share of electric vehicle market

A new report by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) and Atlas Public Policy shows that the Southeast is a leader in electric vehicle manufacturing and research and development. The report, "Transportation Electrification in the Southeast,” claimed that 28 percent of the nationwide manufacturing investment has occurred in the Southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Nearly $7 billion in current automakers and battery manufacturer’s investments are in the Southeast.

 

Dallas-Fort Worth industrial building boom

The Dallas-Fort Worth region set a record for the first nine months of 2020 in industrial building leasing. Cushman & Wakefield reported that the DFW industrial market is currently tracking over 14 million square feet of active leases.

 

Pandemic puts tons of sublease office space on the market in Dallas-Fort Worth

Tons of office space in Dallas-Fort Worth sits empty as up to 60 percent of workers in the fall quarter continue to work from home. With the pandemic and the recession, up to 8 million square feet of office space is actively being marketed as sublease space. There is also 5 million square feet of space is being built.

 

Danville named Kentucky's most beautiful small town

In the fall quarter, MSN designated Danville, Ky., as the "most beautiful small city" in the Commonwealth. Danville's historic downtown district is thriving with shops, eateries and the arts. Danville was the birthplace of Kentucky in 1792.

 

Source: U.S. is the richest country in the world, but has the biggest wealth gap

German insurer Allianz reported in the fall quarter that the United States led the world in growth of financial assets in 2019, but its distribution of wealth is the worst in the world. The report also claimed that for the first time since 2000, there was a decline in those in the middle class.

 

Charles Schwab names Westlake, Texas, campus its official corporate headquarters

After purchasing TD Ameritrade for $22 billion, Charles Schwab officially named its campus in Westlake as the company's new corporate headquarters. The company is relocating its headquarters from San Francisco to Westlake. Schwab currently has about 2,500 employees in Westlake.

 

Fed's Powell says without more stimuli, U.S. will have a weak recovery

In the fall quarter, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said that without a significant stimulus bill the country would face a weak recovery and risks "unnecessary hardship.” Powell also said that the recovery is "far from complete."


Boeing consolidates 787 assembly to North Charleston, S.C.

Airliner manufacturer Boeing announced in the fall quarter it is consolidating its full assembly of the 787 Dreamliner from Washington State to North Charleston. The giant plane maker has been under financial pressure because of the coronavirus pandemic and the collapse of the commercial airline industry.

 

Kentucky's travel and tourism industry on its knees

A new survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association shows that of Kentucky's 816 hotels, two thirds will face foreclosure or closure without another round of federal government financial assistance. Nationwide, the study claimed that 67 percent of hotels will not make it another six months if Congress does not pass another pandemic stimulus bill.

 

Amazon Logistics to open facilities in Birmingham

Amazon is opening "last mile" delivery stations in the Birmingham, Ala., MSA. One station will create 80 jobs and the other will use about 200 contract drivers. The two projects represent an investment of $25 million.

 

Lowe's to bring distribution hub to Birmingham area

Lowe's Home Improvement will build a 1.2 million-square-foot facility in Bessemer, Ala. The $61 million project will create 150 jobs.

 

Frito-Lay expands in Tennessee

Frito-Lay is investing $100 million to expand its facilities in Pulaski, Tenn. The expansion will include four new manufacturing lines and larger warehouses.

 

Tesla's gigafactory in Austin, Texas, to create 15,000 new jobs

Tesla is expected to create 15,000 direct and indirect jobs at the factory it is building near the Austin airport. The company will build its Cybertruck at the facility.

 

Sawmill to create jobs in rural Mississippi

Hankins Lumber, a manufacturer of Southern Yellow Pine lumber products, is moving its sawmill operation to the former Louisiana Pacific site in Grenada County, Miss. The $12 million project will add 43 jobs to the current workforce of 140.

 

Glove manufacturer to hire 192 in Kentucky

U.S. Medical Glove Co., a manufacturer of medical gloves, will invest over $32 million to retrofit an existing plant in Paris, Ky. The project will create 192 jobs.

 

Weyerhaeuser to upgrade Louisiana mill

Weyerhaeuser will install new equipment at its mill in Natchitoches, La., to boost capacity of its laminated veneer lumber. The $16 million project will add 20 jobs to the more than 200 that currently work at the plant.

 

Company hiring 400 at new South Carolina COVID-19 test manufacturing facility

Vigilent Labs is locating a new state-of-the-art COVID-19 test manufacturing facility in Charleston County, S.C. The $104 million project will create 400 new jobs.

 

Food maker creating jobs in Georgia

Ken’s Foods is expanding its manufacturing and distribution facilities in McDonough, Ga. The company will invest $103 million and the plant will house 70 more workers.

 

Building products manufacturer locating plant in North Carolina

Cornerstone Building Brands is locating a siding plant in Rocky Mount, N.C. The company, which employs more than 20,000 workers in North America, will invest $25 million and hire 38 in the deal.

 

Healthcare equipment supplier to expand facility in Kentucky

Healthcare Asset Network, a healthcare technology supplier, is expanding in Jefferson County, Ky. The nearly $8 million deal will create 80 jobs.

 

Big deal for Pratt & Whitney in North Carolina

Pratt & Whitney will build a new 1 million-square-foot facility in Asheville, N.C., that will produce turbine airfoils for the F-35 fighter jet. The $650 million project will create 800 jobs.

 

U.S. Steel starts up Alabama plant

In October, U.S. Steel announced the successful startup of its new advanced electric arc furnace in Fairfield, Ala. The new furnace represents a $412 million investment in the long-time steel plant. The plant can produce up to 1.6 million tons of steel a year.

 

Kitchen cabinet manufacturer to open plant in Northwest Alabama

Kith Kitchens plans to invest $11 million to build a new cabinet plant in Florence, Ala. The project will create 131 full-time jobs.

 

Metals manufacturer to open new plant in Kentucky

Nova Steel USA will open a new steel tube mill in Bowling Green, Ky. The $70 million investment will generate 110 jobs.

 

Life science company hiring big at Research Triangle

BioAgilytix Labs is expanding its facilities in Durham, N.C. The company will launch its COVIDence platform that will provide employers a COVID-19 testing program. The $61 million deal will create 878 jobs.

 

Toyota expanding plant in Georgia

Toyota Industries Compressor Parts America is investing over $5 million in its plant in Jackson County, Ga. The deal will create 27 jobs.

 

Electronics manufacturer expanding in North Carolina

Nuvotronics, a component manufacturer for 5G technology, has chosen Durham, N.C., to expand. The $50 million expansion will create 150 jobs.

 

Glock manufacturer relocates to Nashville

GS Performance, a Glock handgun accessory and parts manufacturer, will invest $6.9 million to relocate its headquarters, manufacturing and distribution operations to Nashville, Tenn.

 

Brewer Renewables locates solar project in Orangeburg, S.C.

Brewer Renewables will invest $85 million to establish a solar project in Orangeburg. The project will include a solar facility with the option for additional energy storage that could provide power to roughly 20,000 South Carolina homes.

 

Chemical company expands with Sumter factory

Nova Molecular Technologies, a chemical manufacturing company, will invest more than $14.9 million within an Opportunity Zone to expand operations at the Pocotaligo East Industrial Site in Sumter, S.C.

 

UPS bringing 161 high-paying jobs to Mississippi

United Parcel Service (UPS) plans to build a new $28.6 million package distribution facility in Ridgeland, Miss. The project will create 161 new jobs, with an average annual wage of $57,000.

 

New plasma donation center in Virginia creating 60 jobs

BioLife Plasma Services is opening a new location in Richmond, and is expected to bring more than 60 new jobs to the community.

 

UPS facility in Harlan County, Ky., to reopen

The UPS facility in Harlan County, Ky., which closed in 2016, will reopen. About 20 jobs that left the area four years ago are coming back and the company has plans to create an additional 40 jobs over the next few months.

 

Eastern Fence selects Rowan County, N.C., for new facility

Eastern Wholesale Fence has selected Rowan County as the site for its new manufacturing and distribution facility. The company, headquartered in New York, will create 142 new jobs and will invest $17.5 million in equipment and improvements.

 

Over 200 new jobs coming to West Virginia airport

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Aviation Group, which is the owner of an aircraft maintenance repair and overhaul facility at the North Central West Virginia Airport in Bridgeport, will be hiring 240 employees between now and March 2021. This will bring the total workforce up to about 750 employees.

 

Neighborly plans to open second HQ in Irving, Texas

Neighborly, a franchisor of home service brands, announced plans to open a second headquarters office in Irving, Texas. The office will initially house 60 employees, with room for 200.  The company operates online platforms that connect consumers to service providers. Neighborly plans to move five out-of-state brands (Molly Maid is one of them) as well as expand its IT and digital marketing teams to the new location.

 

Steel fabricator expands in Hertford, N.C.

East Coast Steel Fabrication, a company that provides heavy steel fabrication for barges and marine structures, will invest $482,000 to expand production at its facility in Hertford. The project is expected to create 28 jobs in Perquimans County.

 

Renew Biomedical Services expands Jackson, Tenn., operations

ReNew Biomedical Services, a biomedical equipment service provider, will invest $1 million to expand operations in Jackson. The company plans to create 43 jobs over the next five years. As part of the expansion, ReNew will build a training facility for technicians using defibrillators and ventilators, to name a few.

 

Continental Tire eyes expansion in Lancaster County, S.C.

Continental Tire the Americas will invest more than $20 million to expand its complex in Lancaster County. The expansion will include a new 88,000-square-foot building that will be constructed next to the existing headquarters, and the addition of 200 new jobs.

 

Cleveland, Tenn., lands $114 million auto parts plant

Southeast Tennessee’s growing auto sector has landed a supplier that plans to hire nearly 200 workers and invest $114 million as the first company in Cleveland’s newest industrial park. Cannon Automotive Solutions of Bowling Green,Ky., a maker of metal auto parts, will begin production next year.

 

Pittsylvania County, Va., gaining 200 jobs in the furniture industry

Ison Furniture Manufacturing, a North Carolina-based company, will invest $3.5 million to acquire and renovate the recently closed A.C. Furniture facility in Pittsylvania County, with plans to create 150 new jobs. In addition, the company’s supplier, Dogwood Global, will locate into a vacant 30,000-square-foot building onsite, investing $500,000 in new equipment and adding 45 new jobs to manufacture wood tables and custom furniture frames that will be upholstered by Ison Furniture.

 

Kimber Arms moving HQ from New York to Alabama

Kimber Manufacturing is moving its corporate headquarters to Troy, Ala. The firearms manufacturer, formerly based in Yonkers, N.Y., pledged two years ago to open a $38 million production facility in Troy, creating 366 jobs over the next five years.

 

Auto supplier expansion completed at Frankfort, Ky., facility

TOPY America, a steel wheel manufacturer for the North American car and light truck markets, has completed a $38 million renovation at its Frankfort operation. The project was originally announced in late 2017.

 

Tissue paper manufacturer opens new Oklahoma factory

Global tissue paper manufacturer Sofidel officially opened its seventh U.S. plant in Inola, Okla. The company invested $360 million in the 1.8 million-square-foot facility outside of Tulsa. The facility employs 300 workers, and a second construction phase could double its capacity and workforce.

 

Global Resources to form new medical plant in Alabama

A Georgia manufacturer plans to establish a new company and production facility in Southeast Alabama. Global Resources International will invest $9.5 million in the project in Dothan, Ala., and create 70 new jobs to produce personal protective equipment and medical products.

 

Furniture maker bringing jobs to Union County, Miss.

Fusion Furniture will begin manufacturing sofas and chairs in Union County. The New Albany facility is expected to employ 150 to 180 people.

 

North Carolina-based company to invest millions in Mount Airy

Texwipe, a manufacturer of contamination control supplies, will invest more than $4.5 million to locate a manufacturing facility and create 33 new jobs in Surry County, N.C.

 

Patriot Medical Devices opens Missouri manufacturing complex

Patriot Medical Devices, a personal protective equipment manufacturer, has opened its production facility in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The company, which was launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, plans to hire more than 20 workers.

 

GM investing $2 billion In Spring Hill, Tenn., plant to build electric vehicles

General Motors plans to spend $2 billion to convert its Spring Hill assembly plant into a third U.S. site to build electric vehicles. The Detroit automaker also says it will spend another $153 million to upgrade five Michigan factories for future vehicles. The company will build the Cadillac Lyriq, a small electric SUV, at the Tennessee factory. Gasoline-powered Cadillac SUVs will also continue to be built at the plant. GM is also expected to announce details of an all-electric GMC Hummer pickup truck. These are among 20 electric models the company plans to sell globally by 2023.

 

Fish farming company establishing Orangeburg, S.C., operations

Fish farming company Pure Blue Fish is investing $28.1 million in new Orangeburg County operations expected to create 82 jobs. Founded in 2016 in Israel, Pure Blue Fish grows yellowtail using recirculating aquaculture systems.

 

Nucor breaks ground on $1.7 billion investment in Meade County, Ky.

Nucor broke ground recently on its $1.7 billion manufacturing plant in Brandenburg. According to the steel company’s execs, the mill is expected to create 400 full-time jobs with average annual compensation of $72,000, and will create an average of 960 temporary construction jobs, peaking at 1,500.

 

IT company adding 200 more jobs in Jasper, Texas

One hundred new jobs were created in less than a year with the expansion of IT solutions company Provalus in downtown Jasper. Now, it looks like about 200 more jobs will be hired for the technology innovation center project.

 

Central Texas Amazon facility will create 1,000 new jobs

The 700,000-square-foot robotic fulfillment center Amazon is building in Waco will create 1,000 new jobs that will pay a minimum of $15 an hour.

 

Shipyard expansion near Houma, La., will add 106 jobs

Gulf Island Fabrication’s shipbuilding project will add 106 new jobs to residents of Terrebonne Parish. The company says it will create the jobs to accommodate orders for marine vessel construction.     

 

Optimas Solutions opens St. Louis distribution center

Optimas Solutions has opened a 30,000-square-foot facility in St. Louis, Mo. The location will handle distribution of personal protective equipment and maintenance, repair and operations.

 

Outdoor Network expands in Albany, Ga.

Marine and power sports company Outdoor Network will invest nearly $22 million in two projects in Albany, Ga. The company’s new advanced manufacturing facility and expanded distribution headquarters are expected to create 92 jobs.

 

Auto supplier plans Alabama expansions creating 180 jobs

International Automotive Components Group North America (IAC) plans to invest over $55.9 million in expansion projects that will create 182 jobs at two Alabama facilities. IAC is committing $34.3 million to expand its new manufacturing facility located in Tuscaloosa County, which will hire 119 to produce door panels and overhead systems. In addition, IAC plans to invest $21.6 million at its manufacturing facility in Anniston, creating 63 jobs. The primary product there is automotive interior components and systems.

 

Emerson selects Ash Flat, Ark., for manufacturing plant

Engineering and technology company Emerson will invest $35 million in a new manufacturing facility in Ash Flat, Ark. The project is expected to create 245 jobs. The Arkansas facility will operate within the company’s “tools and home products” segment and will manufacture products for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing industries.

 

Sixty manufacturing jobs headed to Round Rock, Texas

A new $5 million manufacturing facility is in the works for Round Rock. East/West Manufacturing will construct a 43,000-square-foot building and hire 60 to make electronics.

 

F&P Georgia planning another expansion

F&P Georgia is growing again. The auto parts manufacturer will invest $23 million and add at least 15 new jobs over three years. F&P is a major supplier to both Honda and Nissan.

 

Sandler Nonwoven to hire 70 in Georgia

Sandler Nonwoven Corporation in Perry, Ga., is expanding and looking to fill 70 jobs immediately. “So we doubled our footprint here in Perry, Ga., and now it’s time to find the right talented people for our growth,” said Tobias Baumgaertel, company president.

 

The Ranch Film Studios expanding in Louisiana

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the expansion of a Louisiana-based production company in St. Bernard Parish. The Ranch Film Studios will further develop its operations under Louisiana’s Entertainment Job Creation Program, and immediately bring 11 new jobs to the area. 

 

Motion Industries expanding in Irondale, Ala.

Motion Industries, an industrial supplies company, is investing $11.2 million to expand its location in Irondale (a suburb of Birmingham). . .a decision that will create 15 new jobs.

 

West Virginia Methanol investing $350 million in new plant

West Virginia Methanol has selected a site in Pleasants County, W.Va., to develop a plant for producing methanol, which is expected to create approximately 30 high-paying jobs once operational. The $350 million plant will produce 900 metric tons of high-purity methanol from natural gas each day.

 

Fifty-million-dollar Mercedes-Benz expansion in Alabama to add 373 jobs

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International plans to lease a new $53.6 million, 530,000-square-foot parts facility near its plant in Tuscaloosa County. The company is expected to create 373 jobs. Situated on 53 acres, the plant will primarily serve as a storage and sequence facility for parts used in MBUSI’s electric vehicles. The automaker is in the midst of a $1 billion expansion focused on electric vehicle production in Alabama, including a new plant in Bibb County that will make battery packs.

 

Nearly 100 new jobs coming to Fluvanna County, Va.

Silk City Printing, a silkscreen apparel company established in 2017, has moved its corporate headquarters to Fluvanna County. The company is investing $5.7 million to establish a new silkscreened apparel production operation. The county projects it will create 93 new jobs.

 

Autozone expands Lexington, Tenn., distribution hub

AutoZone, a retailer and distributor of aftermarket auto replacement parts, will invest $42 million to expand its current operations in Lexington. The company plans to create 45 jobs over the next five years.

 

City permits $58 million Amazon project in North Jax

Jacksonville, Fla., recently issued a permit for tenant build-out for Amazon’s new Imeson Park fulfillment center shell building at a cost of almost $58.1 million. So far, the online retailer’s new fulfillment center is at least a $106.1 million project.

 

New BandD Foods HQ to create 100 jobs in Georgia

BandD Foods, a supplier of steak, beef, pork and chicken products, will invest $15 million to open a food processing and packaging facility in Sumter County, bringing more than 100 jobs to Americus, Ga. This facility will serve as the company’s eastern U.S. headquarters and marks the company’s first location outside of Idaho.

 

Medicom Group expands mask manufacturing in Augusta, Ga.

The Medicom Group will expand its U.S. mask manufacturing operations by adding a second factory with triple the square footage of its existing facility in Augusta.

 

French baby food maker selects Tennessee for first U.S. facility

Babynov USA, a French organic baby food manufacturer, will invest $45 million to establish its first U.S. production facility in Red Boiling Springs, Tenn. The project is expected to create 147 jobs in Macon County.

 

Hytrol planning $20 million expansion in Arkansas

Hytrol Conveyor Company announced plans to construct a $20 million plant outside of Jonesboro, Ark. The company expects to hire 200 full-time workers once the project is completed. The company’s headquarters will remain in Jonesboro.

 

Aerospace supply chain company announces Henry County, Ga., expansion

Incora, formerly Wesco Aircraft, a global aerospace supply chain company, will be expanding in McDonough, Ga. The expansion will result in 70 new jobs and represents an investment of $13 million dollars.

 

Amazon and Domino’s hiring distribution workers for new locations in Katy, Texas

Newly opened distribution centers for Amazon and Domino’s Pizza are bringing jobs to the Katy area. Amazon is looking staff its new 800,000-square-foot facility with about 3,000 total employees while Domino’s is looking to hire about 100 full-time staff for its center.

 

Sprayer manufacturer to establish Kentucky factory, create 100 jobs

A manufacturer of garden, agricultural and industrial sprayers announced plans to establish a new production facility in Kentucky. Chapin International, a New York-based company, will invest $5.5 million in a former plastics plant in Mt. Vernon, Ky. The project is expected to create up to 100 new jobs.

 

North Carolina trucking company opens new terminal, adds 100 jobs

Bottomley Enterprises recently opened a new trucking terminal in Mount Airy, N.C. The company’s new $13 million, 33,000-square-foot terminal will create approximately 100 new jobs to transport refrigerated freight, including meat, produce and Christmas trees, to several western locations in the U.S., from its Bottomley Evergreens and Farms operation.

 

Plastic company chooses Newton, N.C., for manufacturing complex

RMC Advanced Technologies, a manufacturer of molded plastic and composite parts, will develop a new manufacturing operation in Newton. RMC AT plans to create 49 new jobs and invest a minimum of $7 million in new facility construction.

 

Unique Loom expands operations in Indian Land, S.C.

Unique Loom, an online retailer of area rugs and home decor, will invest $18.4 million to double the size of its operations in Indian Land.

 

Furniture maker plans distribution facility in Liberty County, Ga.

Home Meridian International, a division of Hooker Furniture, will invest $23.5 million to open a new 800,000-square-foot distribution facility in Liberty County, Ga. The project is expected to create 50 jobs.

 

Mississippi’s historic Broadwater Hotel will become a $1.2 billion casino resort

The Biloxi City Council has approved a tourism tax incentive to redevelop a 266-acre property that was once the site of the Broadwater Beach Hotel. The historic resort was built in 1939 and closed in 2005 shortly before Hurricane Katrina destroyed the property. A partnership between Universal Music Group and the Dakia U-Ventures investment group will invest $1.2 billion in the project that could create 2,500 jobs.

 

Drywall manufacturer to invest $5 million in North Carolina

Hamilton Drywall Products, a manufacturer of drywall finishing products, will create 34 new jobs in Union County. The company will invest $5 million to locate a regional headquarters and production facility in Monroe.

 

Goya Foods plans major expansion in Brookshire, Texas

Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, will invest $80 million to expand its manufacturing and distribution facility in Brookshire, Texas.

 

Two hundred new jobs for Kentucky call center

Pearl Interactive in Winchester, Ky., needs 200 more employees. The call center’s main contract is a large federal healthcare company.

 

Toyota hiring 150 for Huntsville engine plant

Toyota is looking for people to fill positions as part of an expansion that’s adding two new assembly lines to its Huntsville, Ala., engine plant. The 150 new hires are part of the company’s $830 million expansion that is increasing engine production.

 

Texas loves Bar-B-Q

San Antonio-based barbecue chain Bill Miller Bar-B-Q plans to build a new headquarters campus on the West Side at an estimated cost of $60 million.

 

Snack maker creating 100 jobs in North Carolina

An international snack food company’s expansion plans will bring 129 jobs to North Carolina. Benestar Brands is investing $24 million to build a production facility in Kings Mountain, west of Charlotte,.

 

UPS expanding in North Carolina, creating 600 jobs

UPS will add more than 590 jobs in central North Carolina by expanding its Greensboro hub and building a new distribution center in Graham. The package car center in Graham will generate about 450 jobs, while another 140 positions will be created at the hub. The projects represent a $316 million investment.

 

Britain-based Arrival will build first U.S. factory in Rock Hill, S.C.

London-based Arrival, an electric vehicle company, plans to establish its first U.S. microfactory in Rock Hill. The $46 million investment in York County is expected to create 240 new jobs. Rather than a traditional automotive production line, the microfactory will allow the production of any vehicle from Arrival’s portfolio.

 

Ranger Scientific eyes West Virginia for munitions factory

Ranger Scientific, a manufacturer of small arms ammunition, will be investing $7.5 million to locate its munitions factory at a former high school building in Montgomery, W.Va. The United States Department of Agriculture is loaning the $7.5 million to help start up the new manufacturing facility, which could hire up to 400 over the next five years.

 

Convenience store supplier breaks ground on robotic warehouse in Huntsville, Ala.

C-Store Master, a supplier to convenience stores across the Southeast, broke ground recently on a 120,000-square-foot automated warehouse in Huntsville. The $12 million facility will be the only one of its kind in the country, the company said. More than 70 Geek+ robots will operate a multi-level “shuttle system” in the warehouse alongside 40 employees.

 

Manufacturer invests $41 million in world’s largest nitrogen fertilizer complex

CF Industries announced a $41.4 million investment in its site located on 1,400 acres in Donaldsonville, La. The investment will help the company retain 487 jobs while creating seven new direct jobs with an average salary of $100,000.

 

Online retailer expands in Durham, N.C.

CandleScience, a Durham-based online retailer of candle and soap-making supplies, recently signed a lease for a 144,000-square-foot manufacturing headquarters in Durham.It’s now planning to add another 40 new positions in the coming months.

 

Framing company opens Lexington, Ky., production plant

Framebridge, a custom framing company, will open a new manufacturing facility in Lexington. The company plans an initial hire of 120 jobs by the end of the year.

 

Plastics manufacturer expands Little Rock operations

Revolution, a producer of sustainable commercial polyethylene products, plans a $20 million, 36,000-square-foot expansion at its 100,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Little Rock, Ark. The expansion is expected to create more than 60 jobs within the next two years.

 

Sparton Corporation relocates HQ to De Leon Springs, Fla.

Sparton Corp., a manufacturer of anti-submarine detection devices for the U.S. Navy and other military customers, is making Volusia County its new home base. The company has moved its headquarters from its longtime location in Illinois to DeLeon Springs, where its sonobouy manufacturing plant already employs several hundred workers.

 

Bearings maker to invest $62 million in two North American facilities

Sweden-based SKF, one of the world’s largest producers of bearings, announced it is investing nearly $62 million between two North American facilities. The company is investing $39.2 million to expand and automate manufacturing processes at its factory in Sumter, S.C. Another $22.4 million will go to an unnamed existing production site in Mexico. 

 

Truck parts maker expands to U.S., investing $13.3 million in Alabama factory

A producer of pickup truck bed parts and accessories plans to enter the U.S. market with a new factory in Alabama. Mountain Top Industries will invest $13.3 million in its new facility in Montgomery. The project is expected to create 90 new jobs.

 

Fluid control manufacturer announces $5 million Louisiana plant

A California manufacturer of aerospace and defense components will establish a new factory for its fluid control affiliate in Louisiana. Westfield Hydraulics plans to move its existing operations from its headquarters near Los Angeles to the new facility in Lafayette, La. The company will invest more than $5 million and create 67 new jobs.

 

Vinyl manufacturer to add 55 new jobs in Tennessee

An Alabama manufacturer of vinyl building materials plans to add dozens of jobs at its facility in Tennessee. Homeland Vinyl will invest $2.2 million at its plant in Surgoinsville, near Kingsport, Tenn. The project is expected to create 55 new jobs.

 

Oldcastle Architectural Products selects South Carolina for manufacturing plant

Oldcastle APG plans to establish operations in Ridgeway, S.C., to produce part of the company’s line of concrete, stone and concrete pavers. The $25 million investment is expected to create 100 new jobs in Fairfield County.

 

North American Millwright Services expands in West Virginia

North American Millwright Services has expanded its operations with a new facility in Inwood, W.Va. The company is a provider of machinery installation, rigging, welding, process piping, plant relocation, industrial maintenance, and equipment warehousing. The facility will hire 20.

 

Manufacturer expands operations in Chesapeake, Va.

Plasser American Corporation, a manufacturer of railway construction and maintenance equipment, will invest $52.6 million to expand in Chesapeake, creating 98 new jobs.

 

PPE maker expands in Virginia Beach, Va.

Premium-PPE, a manufacturer of AmeriShield branded masks and personal protective equipment, will invest $5.3 million to expand its operation in the City of Virginia Beach, creating 180 new jobs.

 

Material Bank plans Olive Branch, Miss., distribution hub

Material Bank, a material marketplace in the architecture, design and construction industry, will invest $14.5 million to locate a distribution center in Olive Branch, Miss. The company plans to hire 300 associates.

 

Gatorade plant expanding in Osceola County, Fla.

PepsiCo’s subsidiary, SVC Manufacturing, which produces Gatorade, will invest $30 million to expand and upgrade its production plant in Osceola County. The expansion will also mean adding 40 jobs.

 

Manufacturer expands Brownsville, Tenn., plant

An international custom compounder of advanced polymer materials, Teknor Apex, will invest $7.4 million to expand its plant operations in Brownsville, Tenn. The project is expected to create 20 jobs in Haywood County. For the U.S. market, Teknor Apex manufactures chemicals such as plasticizers and consumer products including garden hose.

 

Georgia-Pacific building $285 million plant in Texas

Georgia-Pacific, the Atlanta-based company that owns consumer brands such as Angel Soft, Brawny and Dixie, announced that it will build a new $285 million gypsum wallboard plant adjacent to its existing factory near Sweetwater, Texas. The new plant is expected to employ about 120 full-time employees.

 

Gunmaker backs out of $22.5 million Tennessee project, will stay in Florida

A manufacturer of handguns and accessories will scrap plans to shift its headquarters to Tennessee and will expand in Florida instead. SCCY Firearms announced in 2017 it would move from its original home in Daytona Beach, Fla., to a new campus in Maryville, Tenn. The project was expected to cost $22.5 million and create 350 new jobs in East Tennessee. But SCCY Firearms owner and CEO Joe Roebuck now says that he has changed his mind and will remain on the Florida Coast.

 

Germ-X expanding in Smyrna, Tenn., and St. Louis, Mo.

Hand sanitizer manufacturer Vi-Jon will spend $70 million to expand plants in St. Louis and Smyrna, and create about 400 jobs (200 at each location). Vi-Jon makes “Germ-X” brand products.

 

Reliance Worldwide Corporation expands Cullman, Ala., operations

Reliance Worldwide Corporation, a provider of water control systems and plumbing solutions, will expand its operations and build a 300,000-square-foot distribution hub in Cullman. The project is expected to add 130 jobs, for a total of 500 at the facility.

 

TJX opens distribution center in El Paso, Texas

TJX, parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods, plans to invest $150 million to build a distribution center in El Paso. The project is expected to create approximately 1,000 full-time jobs in the region.

 

Carvana hiring 500 in West Memphis, Ark.

Carvana in West Memphis is aiming to hire about 500 positions for its inspection center there. All the positions are entry-level inventory associates, automotive technicians, and auto body and paint technicians for its newest vehicle inspection center in West Memphis.

 

Kawasaki Motors expands in Maryville, Mo.

Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing plans to add an additional line to its current assembly department and start up two more lines on a second shift at its facility in Maryville. The project is expected to create 110 jobs.

 

SynTech Design expands in Lancaster County, S.C.

SynTech Design, a subsidiary of Synergy Steel that specializes in creating 3D models of buildings, plans to establish operations in Indian Land, S.C. The company will invest $450,000 and plans to create 20 jobs. The new SynTech office will be close to Synergy Steel’s manufacturing facility in Lancaster.

 

Renewable Energy Group plans major Geismar, La., plant expansion

Renewable Energy Group (REG), a biodiesel operator based in Ames, Iowa, will invest nearly $1 billion for a major expansion of its plant at Geismar, nearly doubling the workforce. REG, the largest biodiesel producer in the U.S., has owned the refinery at Geismar, in the heart of Louisiana’s “chemical corridor”, since 2014 and had been talking about a possible smaller-scale expansion for several years.

 

Mount-It! locates hub in Prince George County, Va.

Mount-It!, a distributor of more than 500 types of mounting solutions (TV mounts, for example), will invest $7.45 million to establish its first East Coast warehouse and distribution facility in Prince George County. The project will create 85 new jobs.

 

Adventure gear company chooses Old Fort, N.C.

Triple Aught Design, a U.S.-based adventure gear company, will invest $1 million to build a cutting-edge apparel and gear production facility in Old Fort. The company plans to create 70 jobs in McDowell County.

 

Pamlico Air creating 39 jobs in Beaufort County, N.C.

Pamlico Air, an air filtration manufacturing company with its corporate headquarters in downtown Washington, N.C., will expand its manufacturing operations locally, investing $1.4 million and adding 39 new positions.

 

Hose manufacturer invests $25 million in North Carolina HQ

A manufacturer of hoses and other thermoplastic fluid transfer systems will establish a new U.S. headquarters and its first U.S. manufacturing facility in North Carolina.

The U.S. subsidiary of Italy’s FITT Group plans to invest $25.6 million to build a 120,000-square-foot facility in Mooresville, N.C., outside Charlotte. The project is expected to create 144 new jobs.

 

Temperpack expands Henrico, Va., plant

Henrico-based TemperPack, a sustainable packaging company, has announced plans to expand its production plant through a $21 million investment. The company makes packaging for perishable goods and temperature-sensitive medications.

Rockingham County, N.C., getting 300 new jobs

A new Nestlé Purina PetCare facility will bring more than 300 new jobs to Rockingham County at the old MillerCoors brewing facility, which closed in 2016, resulting in around 500 lost jobs. Purina plans to make a $450 million investment to produce dry dog and cat food there.

 

Merchants Distributors will create 111 jobs in Hickory, N.C.

Merchants Distributors, a wholesale grocery distributor founded in Hickory in 1931, will invest $120 million to expand its operations, creating 111 jobs in Caldwell County.

 

Agile Cold Storage locating hubs in North Georgia

Agile Cold Storage will invest over $60 million in the construction of two new facilities in North Georgia to support the state’s poultry industry. The company’s new semi-automated freezer buildings will be located in Bartow and Hall counties and create approximately 170 jobs between the Cartersville and Gainesville facilities.

 

Power generator Vistra to spend $850 million in Texas

Irving-based power generator Vistra plans to break ground on six solar projects and a battery energy storage facility in Texas with an $850 million investment. Vistra also said that it will close seven coal plants in Illinois and Ohio in its push to eliminate carbon emissions by 2050. The plants will close by 2027, eventually displacing 700 jobs.

 

Aphena Pharma spending $21 million in Tennessee

Just over a year after approving a $7 million initiative for expansion of its manufacturing space and custom blending suites, Aphena Pharma announced it has started a $21 million expansion of its Cookeville, Tenn., headquarters.

 

MDI’s $120 million expansion largest in Hickory, N.C., history

Hickory, N.C.-based Merchants Distributors (MDI) is planning to expand its facilities in Caldwell County — a project that will be the biggest economic development investment in Hickory’s history. The expansion of the wholesale grocery distributor’s operations will mean a $120 million investment and 111 new jobs.

 

Storage building maker bringing 55 jobs to Blackville, S.C.

Pine View Buildings, an outdoor storage building manufacturer, announced plans to establish operations in Barnwell County. The $1.4 million investment will create 55 new jobs.

 

Kroger Mid-Atlantic relocates HQ to Richmond, Va.

Kroger Mid-Atlantic will relocate its division office from Roanoke to Richmond, Va. The move will create more than 70 jobs, a combination of relocations and new hires.

 

Tesla buys more land in Austin,Texas, next to its new assembly plant

Tesla is buying more land in Austin near the site of the $1.1 billion Gigafactory it’s building near the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. The 2,000-acre property will be used for the plant's future expansion or possibly for a battery factory.

 

It will take years before the office market recovers

In the fall quarter, a report by Cushman & Wakefield showed it will take years for the office market to recover in the U.S. The report predicted that office occupancies will fall by 145 million square feet nationwide in 2020 and 2021 as a result of the pandemic. The economy so far has lost a net of 1.8 million office jobs. Data from Brivo, a company that provides access-control systems for offices, showed that in September, entries to office were down over 50 percent. That means about half of all offices in the country are empty.

 

Pandemic hammering oil industry

According to Accenture, U.S. fossil fuel companies eliminated well over 100,000 jobs -- about 22 percent of the sector's workforce -- between March and September of this year. The pandemic has created a slump in fuel demand worldwide. Some of the jobs lost in the U.S. oil patch paid almost $200,000 a year, but most were in the $120,000 range.

 

Hotel owners: Sixty-seven percent of properties in danger of foreclosure

In the fall, the American Hotel & Lodging Association reported in a poll of 1,000 hotel owners that 67 percent believe that their businesses can only last six more months without financial relief from the federal government. The same number of those polled said that roughly half of their hotel staff has been laid off. And without additional financial federal help, 74 percent reported they will have to lay off more employees or close down.

 

Manufacturing workers fell during Trump presidency

Jobs and outsourcing fell during the Trump presidency. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the number of manufacturing jobs fell sharply and outsourcing to other countries increased. Trump's tariffs had no effect on outsourcing, but the pandemic may indeed have an effect on that economic factor. More than 250,000 jobs were outsourced overseas from 2016 to 2018. Manufacturers, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis show that in the fall, a net job total of about 59,000 jobs were outsourced to China by U.S. companies since the coronavirus appeared in February of 2020.

 

Construction to begin on Texas high-speed train

A high-speed train between Dallas and Houston is close to breaking ground on its construction after two decisions for a “go” by federal officials. Webuild Group and its U.S. subsidiary and joint venture partner Lane Construction are one step closer to construction.

 

GE to end building coal-fired power plants

General Electric, one of the world's largest builders of coal-fired power plants, is getting out of the coal game, which would be a huge blow to miners of the fossil fuel. GE will continue servicing coal-fired power plants, but will shift to renewable and natural gas energy production.

 

Feds believe economy will improve in 2021

In October policy meetings, Federal Reserve officials stated that the economy will improve in 2021, and by the end of the year the unemployment rate will be around 5.5 percent. That projection means that the Fed is more optimistic about the economy in 2021 than they were this summer. By 2023, the Fed believes the unemployment rate will be at 4 percent, meaning back to pre-coronavirus levels. Officials also said that the economy remains uncertain based on the virus.

 

Census: Record low poverty rate before virus recession

According to the Census Bureau, there was a record low of Americans living in poverty prior to the pandemic recession. Census reported that families and individuals in poverty dropped to 10.5 percent at the end of 2019. Incomes climbed the entire year of 2019, according to the Census.

The final score for Trump's trade wars

We have written many times that tariffs do one thing: less is sold and what is sold costs more. The Economic Policy Institute reported in the fall quarter that President Trump's tariffs cost America manufacturing jobs and contributed to plant closures. The Institute's research showed that nearly 1,800 U.S. factories closed between 2016 and 2018.

 

Airbus celebrates five years in Mobile, Ala.

European aircraft maker Airbus celebrated five years of full assembly of jetliners in Mobile, Ala., in October. The first A320 aircraft was delivered to JetBlue Airlines and the plane maker has delivered 186 since. The company recently finished a second line that builds A220 jets and delivery of the first version of that plane was made in October.

 

The economy in the U.S. will lose $15 trillion due to school closures

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in a report published in the fall quarter, claims that COVID-19 will cost the U.S. $1.53 trillion as a result of closed schools. The report also showed that the global economy will also be affected, cutting growth by 1.5 percent.


October 2020

Hitachi ABB Power Grids to invest $6.2 million in Bland County, Va.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids, a leader in power and energy technologies, will invest $6.2 million to upgrade equipment and increase manufacturing capacity at its Bland County operation. This project will create 40 new jobs.

 

Porsche expanding North American HQ in Georgia

Porsche Cars North America has announced a new multi-million dollar investment in its North American headquarters in Georgia. Located at the northeast corner of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the new 33-acre development adds to the company’s existing 27-acre headquarters.

 

Outdoor furniture maker relocating from California to Texas

O.W. Lee will relocate its corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations from California to Kendall County, Texas. The family-owned outdoor furniture and fire pit business has purchased a 44-acre property located in Comfort, Texas. The project is expected to create approximately 200 jobs and $24 million in total capital investment.

 

BP money to fund oyster habitat on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Fifteen million dollars in funding for oyster cultivation and wildlife restoration is headed to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, more than a decade after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill damaged fisheries and habitats and ravaged the state’s seafood economy. The money will fund habitat management over thousands of acres at the Wolf River and Hancock County coastal preserves. Ten million dollars will be used to restore and create hundreds of acres of oyster beds, and another half million will go to an oyster gardening project.

 

Air filtration manufacturer to expand in Beaufort County, N.C.

Pamlico Air, an air filtration manufacturing company, will expand its North Carolina operations with a new facility in Beaufort County, creating 39 jobs. The company will invest $1.4 million.

 

Lexington, Ky., pharmaceutical company to generate 78 new jobs

A $19 million investment is expected to create up to 78 full-time jobs in Lexington. Summit Biosciences, a Lexington-based pharmaceutical company, is expanding its operation at the University of Kentucky Coldstream Research Campus. The company focuses on nasal spray medicines.

 

N95 mask manufacturer opens new operations In Middle Tennessee

An N95 mask manufacturer is opening up shop in Lebanon and creating 220 jobs. Moldex is expanding to meet the surge in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company plans to retrofit an existing building in Lebanon, which will be its first manufacturing facility in Tennessee. Moldex also intends to build an additional distribution center on the 21-acre site. The project represents an investment of over $25 million and the creation of more than 200 new jobs in Wilson County.

 

Plumbing and electric firm bringing jobs to Marion County, S.C.

Rivers Plumbing and Electric, an engineering and design, prefab, construction and post-construction firm, announced plans to establish operations in Marion County. The $9.1 million investment will create 150 new jobs.

 

Homeland Vinyl to expand in Surgoinsville, Tenn.

Homeland Vinyl officials announced that the manufacturer will invest $2.2 million and create 55 jobs in Surgoinsville. As part of the expansion, Homeland Vinyl will add 38,000 square feet to its operations in Hawkins County. Homeland Vinyl makes a variety of vinyl products, including fencing, rail and deck products.

 

Chapin International to locate production in Mount Vernon, Ky.

Chapin International, a manufacturer of metal compressed air sprayers, plans to locate a production operation in Mount Vernon in Rockcastle County with a nearly $5.5 million investment creating up to 100 full-time jobs in the coming years.

 

Pipe maker expanding Alabama plant with $15 million upgrade

A Mobile, Ala., pipe manufacturer that will produce pipe for the Keystone XL pipeline has announced a $15 million expansion. Berg Steel Pipe Corp sealed a deal in 2007 to build a $75 million plant north of downtown Mobile on the edge of the Plateau community. Local and state officials greeted the project with enthusiasm — and an incentive package valued at $6.6 million — in part because the plant brought new life and jobs to 86 acres of a former International Paper Co. site.

 

Adranos locates solid rocket motor R&D campus In McHenry, Miss.

Solid rocket fuel innovator Adranos is locating its rocket motor research and development operations in McHenry. The company will make a $525,000 corporate investment and plans to create 20 jobs in Stone County. Adranos will be located at the 640-acre, seven-building complex formerly occupied by General Dynamics, which is in close proximity to Stennis Space Center.

 

Lowe’s Distribution Center in Mills River, N.C., means 50 new jobs

A 10-acre site in Mills River will be the future site of a Lowe’s Distribution Center. The $10 million investment will lead to 50 new hires.

 

Mission Forest Products investing $160 million in Corinth, Miss.

Mission Forest Products, a subsidiary of Timberland Investment Resources, is building a sawmill in Corinth that will bring 130 jobs by 2022. The project is a $160 million corporate investment.

 

Human resources firm bringing 1,000 jobs to North Carolina

Human resources firm Randstad North America is looking to hire more than 1,000 people in North Carolina. Of those, 900 will be available in Durham and 120 in the Triad (Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point).

 

Electronics manufacturer expands in Virginia, creates 50 jobs

A Texas-based electronics manufacturer announced an additional product line at a facility in Virginia that is expected to create dozens of new jobs. Virtex officials said the new operations in Waynesboro, Va., will lead to 50 new manufacturing hires.

 

Kroger relocates division HQ to Richmond, Va.

Kroger Mid-Atlantic will relocate its division office from Roanoke to Richmond, Va. The move involves more than 70 jobs, a combination of relocations and new hires.

 

Tactical Medical Solutions expanding in Anderson, S.C.

Tactical Medical Solutions plans to expand operations in Anderson County and create 21 new jobs.

The company has supplied emergency response supplies to support federal agencies, law enforcement and medical personnel.

 

Equipment company creating jobs in Charleston County, S.C.

An outdoor power equipment company announced plans to expand operations to Charleston County. Daye North America will invest $1.8 million and will initially create 16 new jobs in the Lowcountry.

 

Chart Industries eyes Richburg, S.C., for operations complex

Chart Industries, a manufacturer of engineered cryogenic equipment, will invest $7 million to establish operations in Richburg. The company plans to create 50 jobs over the next five years in Chester County. The new operation, which is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2021, will serve as a repair, service and leasing facility for all the company’s products.

 

New Huntington Ingalls Unmanned Systems Center means 250 jobs for Hampton, Va.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) will create more than 250 new jobs by establishing an Unmanned Systems Center of Excellence in Hampton. HII is the nation’s largest military shipbuilding company. The company’s new unmanned systems facility in Hampton will support national security.

 

Danish company selects Alabama for first U.S. plant

Denmark-based Mountain Top Industries, which specializes in aluminum roll covers for pickup trucks, plans to open a 73,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Montgomery. The company will invest $13.3 million to open the facility, which will support 90 full-time jobs.

 

Smile Direct Club adding 600 jobs, staying put in Tennessee

Smile Direct Club is investing $34 million and bringing 600 new jobs to Middle Tennessee. The new facility will be located in Columbia, Tenn., and is part of a major expansion to make teeth straightening products. This news comes after the company decided to pull the plug on a Texas operations facility and keep all of their offices in Tennessee.

 

Chemours bringing 78 new jobs to Wayne County, Ga.

Gov. Brian Kemp officially welcomed Chemours Titanium Technologies Minerals Operations to Georgia as the company announced it would expand its footprint in the state to Jesup. Chemours has invested $86 million in the Wayne County project, which will create 78 jobs in the community.

 

Gulf Island In Houma, La. adding 150 shipyard jobs

Gulf Island Works is looking to hire 150 workers, expanding its workforce at the Houma shipyard by more than 10 percent. The Houma yard is working with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development on a package of incentives as part of its plan to hire 135 welders, pipe and structural fitters, as well as 15 more in administrative support services.

 

Driverge Vehicle Innovations expands South Carolina production campus

Driverge Vehicle Innovations, an industry leader in commercial wheelchair transportation and accessible taxis, plans to expand operations in North Charleston. The company’s $350,000 investment is projected to create 13 new jobs.

 

Packaging company selects Hickory, N.C., for hub

MaxPax, a contract packaging company, will invest $9.55 million to locate its production center in Hickory. The project is expected to create 300 new jobs over five years.

 

Bang Energy plans manufacturing campus in Lithia Springs, Ga.

Energy and sports beverage company Bang Energy will invest $145 million to open its first Southeastern manufacturing and distribution facility in Lithia Springs. The project is expected to create 600 new jobs in Douglas County.

 

BR Metal Products expands in Livingston, Tenn.

BR Metal Products, an aluminum permanent mold foundry, will expand its manufacturing facility in Livingston. The $182,500 investment is expected to create 32 jobs in Overton County.

 

Loss Prevention Services will relocate HQ to Natchez, Miss., hire 200 new jobs

Loss Prevention Services, an auto portfolio servicing company for financial lenders (think repossession and remarketing), will invest $2.97 million to locate its corporate headquarters in Natchez. The new 45,000-square-foot facility will be able to accommodate the 300 existing local employees, with plans to fill 200 additional new jobs by summer 2022.

 

Furniture manufacturer to expand in Marion County, S.C.

Maxwood Furniture, which specializes in the design and production of solid wood bedroom furniture, will invest $5.8 million and create 30 new jobs as it opens a second facility in Marion.

 

New solar project planned for Florence County, S.C.

Renewable energy producer NARENCO is investing $20 million in new solar operations in Florence County. The first phase of the project located in the Timmonsville/Sardis area is expected to be operational next year.

 

Connecticut company relocating to North Charleston, S.C.

An artisanal glassware, tableware and home decor brand is relocating its headquarters and distribution center from Stamford, Conn., to North Charleston, making an investment of more than $1.9 million and creating an anticipated 51 jobs. The new location will serve as the company’s headquarters, which will include corporate offices, a distribution center, a design studio and a factory outlet store.

 

Papa John’s selects Georgia for new global HQ

Pizza delivery company Papa John’s plans to move its global headquarters to Atlanta from from its hometown of Louisville, Ky., adding 200 jobs as it expands and rides a huge surge in business, thanks to the coronavirus. The company’s IT and logistics departments will remain in Louisville. Company president and CEO Rob Lynch said that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in Papa John’s have the best year in its history.

 

Ariat International bringing distribution center and jobs to Fort Worth

Ariat International will establish a 1-million-square-foot distribution hub and corporate office that will serve as its western U.S. regional headquarters in Fort Worth. The new facility will create 75 jobs and $40 million in capital investment. Ariat designs and manufactures equestrian footwear and apparel, including English and Western riding boots.

 

Pharmaceutical supplier begins $10 million plant expansion in North Carolina

Metrics Contract Services, a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO), has begun the $10 million expansion project at its Greenville novel oral solid dosage manufacturing plant.

 

Keeneland and Kentucky Downs announce plans for new racing facilities

Keeneland and its new partnership with the majority owners of Kentucky Downs announced a new plan for a Standardbred racing facility in Corbin as well as a sister facility in Williamsburg, Ky.

 

High Point, N.C., lands $305 million data center

DC Blox, an information infrastructure technology company, is bringing a new $305 million data center to Guilford County. The datacenter will be situated on a 14-acre vacant lot in the Piedmont Centre business park. Many details regarding the project are being kept close the vest right now, however, High Point Economic Development Corp President Loren Hill called this a “major project.”

Warehouse could bring jobs to I-85 corridor in North Carolina

A Pennsylvania-based investment firm is moving forward with plans to develop a 300,000-square-foot speculative warehouse space near the Gaston and Cleveland County line. County officials said the space, which could cost $15 million to build, could create more than 150 new jobs in Kings Mountain when it goes online in 2021.

 

Tiktok deal will bring 25,000 jobs to Texas if approved

If TikTok makes a move to Texas with its headquarters, Austin could very well come out on top, though North Texas may be a contender. President Trump touted a tentative deal between TikTok’s parent company and U.S. companies Oracle and Walmart, saying that the partnership could bring 25,000 jobs to Texas if the companies can prove there will be “zero security risk.” TikTok is a viral Chinese video-sharing social networking service owned by Chinese company ByteDance. It is used to create short music, lip-sync, dance, comedy and talent videos of 3 to 15 seconds, and short looping videos of 3 to 60 seconds

 

Amazon continues hiring to keep up with strong consumer demand

Amazon is on track to employ more than 1 million employees by the fourth quarter after recently announcing 100,000 new fulfillment jobs in the U.S. and Canada. Amazon will pay its new fulfillment workers at least $15 an hour with a $1,000 signing bonus in some areas. This follows the company’s announcement that it is adding 33,000 corporate and tech employees with an average salary of $150,000. Amazon is likely to announce even more job creations by the end of the year to keep up with expectations for strong holiday demand. Specifically, Amazon announced: 4,000 jobs in metro Atlanta; 2,500 jobs in Nashville; 1,000 jobs in the Louisville area.

 

Gun manufacturer pulls out of East Tennessee

A gun manufacturer that had pledged to invest $22.5 million and hire 350 in East Tennessee is pulling out of the region and returning the land it received as an economic incentive. Though it never built its planned headquarters in Maryville, SCCY Firearms (pronounced “sky”) will close its leased manufacturing facility in Maryville by the end of October and move all operations back to Daytona Beach, Fla.

 

Facebook to expand data center in Newton County, Ga., add 100 jobs

Facebook will expand its Newton County data center, hire more workers and boost its total investment at the facility by $250 million. The social media giant plans an additional 100 jobs at the facility, increasing the total workforce to 200. It will construct three new buildings, boosting the center’s size to 2.5 million square feet and increasing the company’s investment at the site from $750 million to $1 billion.

 

Gulf Ship to add over 200 jobs in Gulfport, Miss.

A shipbuilder in Gulfport will soon create more than 200 new jobs to accommodate a new contract. Gulf Ship is a 38-acre shipyard used for the construction and maintenance of tugboats and platform supply vessels.

 

Clickfold Plastics expands in Indian Land, S.C.

ClickFold Plastics, a custom plastics manufacturer, will invest $1.5 million to establish an expanded operations center, including 15,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Indian Land. The company plans to create 21 jobs in Lancaster County.

 

DMA Holdings eyes Nichols, S.C., for new hub

DMA Holdings, a supplier to the North American automotive and heavy-duty parts aftermarket, announced plans to expand operations in Marion County with the opening of a new manufacturing and distribution center. The company plans to invest more than $3.9 million and will create 25 new jobs. The company’s brands include SenSen Shocks and Struts and TekMaster Brake Wear Sensors.

Chewy surpasses job projection in Rowan, N.C., adding 200 more workers

When online pet product retailer Chewy announced its arrival in Rowan County in 2019, it projected the company’s fulfillment center would create 1,200 jobs by 2025. Since beginning operations on April 6, Chewy has already surpassed that mark. “We’re expecting to hire another 200 or more positions through the end of the year,” said Gregg Walsh, a VP with the company.

 

Amazon opens fulfillment center, adding 500 jobs in Polk County, Fla.

Amazon just opened its newest operation, a fulfillment center in Auburndale, Fla., where 500 jobs starting at $15 an hour are up for grabs.

 

Aerospace supply relocating HQ from Southern California to North Texas

Aviation supply chain company Incora is moving its global headquarters from southern California to Fort Worth. Incora (previously known as Wesco Aircraft Hardware Corp.) already has two offices in Fort Worth, and is planning a $6 million capital investment at the new facility that could have up to 239 workers.

 

Atmore, Ala., getting $87 million peanut shelling facility

Coastal Alabama Growers is planning to build a peanut shelling facility in Atmore. The new $87 million facility will be built on 60 acres of land and will bring 100 or more jobs to the area.

 

Lockheed Martin’s Greenville, S.C., campus gets $62 billion boost

A recent $62 billion contract to build 90 F-16 fighter jets is a win for Lockheed Martin’s campus in Greenville, which only had a handful of planes left in its order book after losing a bid in 2018 to build a next-generation trainer jet for the U.S. Air Force. The order — 66 jets for Taiwan’s military and 24 for the Royal Moroccan Air Force — will be built over a 10-year period.

 

Over 600 jobs coming to Brunswick, Ga.

Radial is hiring over 600 customer care workers for its facility in Brunswick. Radial is an e-commerce company that provides order management and fulfillment for companies such as GameStop and Shoe Carnival. Fifty to 70 percent of the employees that are hired will work remotely.

 

Chemical company to hire 94 for new facility in Taylors, S.C.

Global chemical company Sixin North America will make a $5 million investment with the construction of a new facility in Greenville County. Sixin, which is headquartered in China, is a global manufacturer of defoamer technologies used across many industrial applications.

 

New distillery coming to Bullitt County, Ky.

Clermont Distilling Co. plans to construct a new distillery and create 22 high-paying jobs in Bullitt County. The project is part of a $13.4 million, Phase I investment.

 

Dadeville Pole building new facility in Tallapoosa County, Ala.

Dadeville Pole Co. plans to construct a new facility to manufacture and distribute power poles in Tallapoosa County. The company will make a $5 million investment and will initially create 12 jobs to operate the mill and dry kilns.

 

Draken International selects Kinston, N.C., for operations complex

Texas-based Draken International, an aerospace company owning the world’s largest commercial fleet of privately-owned tactical aircraft, is making its home at the North Carolina Global TransPark in Kinston, N.C. Draken plans to help prepare pilots at nearby Seymour Johnson Air Force Base by acting as the enemy force during training missions and war games.

 

SCI to add 115 jobs in Jefferson Parish, La.

Houston-based Service Corporation International (SCI) announced it will be adding 115 new finance jobs to its Jefferson Parish offices by 2023.

 

Lineage Logistics expands in North Charleston, S.C.

Lineage Logistics, a provider of temperature-controlled logistics, plans to invest $34 million to expand operations in North Charleston. The project includes 36 new jobs. 

 

The Shyft Group opens manufacturing facility in Jupiter, Fla.

The Shyft Group, a leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing, assembly and upfitting, plans to open a new 35,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Jupiter. The expansion is expected to immediately create 40 new positions in Palm Beach County.

 

New business bringing 500 jobs to Marshall, Texas

Channel Control Merchants, owner of Dirt Cheap, will bring 500 new jobs to town and approximately $2 million of capital investment in its new operation opening soon in Marshall. Dirt Cheap is the largest retailer of customer returns and marked out-of-stock merchandise in the United States. The company plans to begin hiring employees immediately.

 

USGA eyes Pinehurst, N.C., for research and testing campus

The United States Golf Association plans to create a multi-building research and testing campus in the Village of Pinehurst. The association will invest up to $36 million in the campus, which will employ a 50-person workforce.

 

Toy maker hiring in Decatur, Ga.

Step2, which makes plastic toys, playhouses and swing sets, announced its acquisition of manufacturing, distribution and shipping assets in Decatur, Ga. Citing high consumer demand, the company said it plans to add approximately 150 to 175 employees to its Decatur roster.

 

Fibertex upgrades North Carolina plant

Danish-based Fibertex Personal Care Group, which specializes in non-woven hygiene products, will add a print line at its production plant in Asheboro, N.C. In addition, two production lines will be added in Malaysia, with both lines expected to be running in the second half of 2021. The company will invest more than $39 million in the upgrades.

 

Carolina Forest Area gets $100 million hospital

Conway Medical Center (CMC) plans to build a $100 million hospital in the Carolina Forest area in Horry County, S.C. The new hospital will create more than 250 new jobs, according to CMC.

 

Answering service adding 100 new jobs in Gwinnett County, Ga.

Answering service company Moneypenny is expanding its footprint in Gwinnett County with new offices in unincorporated Duluth. The expansion includes 100 jobs and $860,000 in capital investment by the company. Moneypenny provides VoiceNation and Ninja Number, which are 24-hour answering services.

 

Colorado automotive manufacturer to locate plant in Alabama

Wheel Pros, a maker of aftermarket wheels, performance tires and accessories, is locating a plant in Auburn, Ala. The project will create 300 jobs.

 

Amazon to hire 6,500 in Dallas-Fort Worth area

Amazon announced in September it is hiring 100,000 jobs in Canada and the U.S. Over 6,000 of those jobs will be in North Texas.

 

Pool manufacturer to establish operations in South Carolina

Leisure Pools and Spas North America, maker of in-ground pools, is opening a plant in Marion County, S.C. The $6.1 million project will create 200 jobs.

 

Manufacturer to relocate plant from California to Louisiana

Westfield Fluid Controls is relocating a manufacturing plant from San Fernando, Calif., to Lafayette, La. The $5.1 million deal will create 67 jobs. Westfield is a provider of hydraulic and fluid control components for aerospace and defense.

 

Global air travel down to next to nothing

In August, global air travel was down 85 percent compared to the same month last year. The International Air Transport Association said that carriers will lose $84 billion this year, the worst year ever for the industry. Air traffic at Europe's 500 airports is down 94 percent compared to last year.

 

COVID reveals weakness in U.S. manufacturing

The coronavirus is almost eight months old and the U.S. is still suffering from delays and shortages in test kit components, PPE and pharmaceuticals. With a reliance on foreign producers of these elements and materials, U.S. companies just cannot purchase enough of these items. Thirty years of globalization and decades of offshoring U.S. companies has put American in this position.

 

Italian manufacturer to locate plant in North Carolina

FITT USA, a maker of thermoplastic fluid transfer systems, is opening a new facility in Mooresville, N.C. The $25 million facility will house 114 workers.

 

Timber mill in Mississippi expanding

Vicksburg Forest Products, a manufacturer of Southern yellow pine, is investing $40 million to expand its timber mill in Vicksburg, Miss. The deal will create 60 jobs.

 

Wisconsin company to create 300 jobs in Texas

FNA Group, a manufacturer of pressure washers, pumps and other outdoor power equipment, is establishing a plant in Mesquite, Texas. The deal is expected to create 300 jobs.

 

Automotive software firm adding jobs in Virginia

Torc Robotics, a Blacksburg, Va.-based self-driving vehicle systems software developer, is expanding. The $8.5 million project will create 350 jobs.

 

Charleston, S.C., harbor project on schedule and funded

The Charleston Harbor deepening project is on schedule and on time to achieve a depth of 52 feet by 2022. Once completed, Charleston will have the deepest harbor on the East Coast. The cost of the project is $558 million.

 

General Atomics adding jobs in Northeast Mississippi

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems is expanding its plant in Lee County, Miss. The supplier to the Department of Defense will invest $39 million to increase capacity at its facility. The deal will create 125 new jobs.

 

Military vehicle manufacturer adding jobs in Mississippi

Navistar Defense is expanding its plant in West Point, Miss. The company is investing $8 million and adding 500 new jobs.

 

Company moving headquarters from Seattle to Johnson City, Tenn.

LabConnect, a firm that performs clinical trials for new drugs, is relocating its operations from Seattle to Johnson City, Tenn. The company is adding space and 200 jobs.

 

Transformer manufacturer to move into Missouri

WEG Transformers, a maker of electric motors and transformers, is establishing a plant in Washington, Mo. The $16 million deal will create 64 jobs.

 

Dallas leads all U.S. markets in employees returning to the office

Tens of millions are still working from home, but those in Dallas are leading the country in returning to their offices amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With 36 percent of employees going back to the office, Dallas leads the nation. The nationwide average as of September was 23 percent according to a report by Kastle Systems.

 

South Carolina agribusiness center to create over 1,500 jobs

The $314 million Agriculture Technology Campus in Hampton County, S.C., will build massive greenhouses to grow all kinds of pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. The center is a joint venture among several agribusinesses in South Carolina. The 1,000-acre facility will create 1,547 jobs.

 

Snack maker to open plant in Kentucky

Wilde Brands, a producer of snack chips made from poultry, is adding a facility in Winchester, Ky. The $9 million deal will create 50 jobs.

 

Holiday Hiring

Macy’s is hiring 5,300 seasonal employees at its fulfillment center in Portland, Tenn.

Kohl’s is looking to hire 90,000 seasonal workers to its department-store and e-commerce fulfillment center locations.

Radial, an e-commerce company, is looking to hire 3,000 workers for its fulfillment center in Richwood in Northern Kentucky.

The United Parcel Service (UPS) is hiring more than 100,000 seasonal employees across the U.S. to support the anticipated increase in packages for the holiday season.

Walmart announced it will hire more than 20,000 temporary workers, primarily for its eCommerce fulfillment centers, this holiday season.

The Fresh Market is looking to fill 1,500 seasonal positions at its stores across the nation.


September 2020

Without another round of Fed fiscal support, we will be back where we were in March and April

Sure, we created 1.4 million jobs in August and the unemployment rate fell to 8.4 percent. Yet, the U.S. still has anywhere from 10 million to 12 million unemployed. But unless businesses -- specifically small businesses -- get another round of Federal help soon, tens of thousands of those business won't make it for another 60 days.

 

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program is one that gives additional unemployment benefits after 26 weeks of unemployment from the state expires. PEUC is a Cares Act program. The PEUC program has economists worried because claims have grown so fast. There are now 1.4 million people signed up in the PEUC as of August when in March there were 27,000. The number of PEUC recipients -- long-term unemployed -- has been over 1 million for five weeks, and that number is growing each week.

 

"The real tsunami is coming," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, in an article published by Axios. "My guess is at this point hiring in the industries that have been hit hard is going to abate. That leaves us with very little job creation in the rest of the economy but with still high levels of layoffs. I think the labor market is set to start weakening again here, particularly if Congress and the administration don’t get it together and pass more support,” Zandi said in August.

 

Manufacturing improving

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported in September that its purchasing manager’s index grew to 56 in August from 54.2 in July. Those are the highest scores since the end of 2018. Any ISM reading above 50 percent represents an expansion of the manufacturing sector in the U.S.

 

Tens of thousands displaced after Hurricane Laura

As many as 50,000 people from the Lake Charles MSA of 202,000 are displaced after Hurricane Laura. As many as 12,000 are sheltered in Texas. The state of Louisiana is sheltering over 11,000 as of September 1.

 

The Mississippi Delta is suffering

The economy as a result of the pandemic has been damaged all across America. There is no place in this country that is unaffected by the coronavirus. The Mississippi Delta, one of the most impoverished regions of the country, has been hit especially hard. Four of the highest unemployment counties in the Arkansas Delta are Chicot County(13 percent); Mississippi County(12.6 percent); Phillips County (11.8); and Crittenden County 11.6 percent) as of August. Other findings from a Feeding America survey show that the Delta regions in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi have the four highest rates of food insecurity in the nation. A University of Louisiana at Lafayette report showed that job losses from the pandemic are twice as high as those from Hurricane Katrina.

 

Job growth to slow dramatically over the next decade

The Labor Department predicted this summer that job growth will drop by more than two thirds from 2020 to 2029. The economy is expected to add a net 6 million new jobs over the next decade for a 0.4 percent compared to 1.3 percent annual rate from 2009 to 2019. That's an average of 50,000 jobs a month. From 2009 to 2019, there were several months when the U.S. saw over 300,000 jobs a month. The biggest reason why jobs will slow (and we have been writing about this for years) centers on an aging Baby Boomer workforce.

 

Historic plunge in the U.S. economy in the second quarter

According to the Commerce Department, the U.S. economy fell by an annual rate of 31.7 percent during the April to June quarter as companies struggled in the wake of the coronavirus. That is more than triple the cratering of the U.S. economy in history when the economy shrank by 10 percent in 1958. The contraction in the first quarter of this year was 5 percent.

 

Economist’s survey shows mixed bag

A survey of U.S. economists by the National Association for Business Economics shows that the U.S. is still in recession as of September. Eight in 10 of the economists surveyed said there is a 25 percent chance of a double-dip recession. The survey also showed that 40 percent believe U.S. lawmakers have not done enough in fiscal response, 37 percent said the response was sufficient and 11 percent said the response was excessive. A majority of the economists said another round of stimulus (at a value between $1.5 trillion and $2 trillion) must be agreed upon by lawmakers.

 

American Airlines cuts a slew of jobs

In October, Fort Worth-based American Airlines will cut an additional 19,000 jobs across the board from pilots to mechanics. The airline cut roughly 21,000 jobs shortly after the pandemic slowed air travel to a trickle to make the cuts total an incredible 40,000 jobs.

 

Montgomery, Ala., launches Techlab

A new startup digital innovation lab has been launched in Montgomery called Techlab, an accelerator focused on mobile app development. Techlab will offer a 12-week program linking startups. The program is a public/private endeavor between the city, county, IT companies, economic development agencies and Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base.

 

Kentucky launches recovery program

The Kentucky Economic Recovery and Resilience Project has been launched. The program is a collaboration between the Kentucky Association of Economic Development (KAED) and the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky at the University of Kentucky. The initiative will provide marketing assistance and data resources to assist in business attraction, retention and expansion for economic developers in the Commonwealth as they recover from the virus.

 

Kentucky has the lowest unemployment rate of any Southern state

In July, Kentucky's unemployment rose by 1.3 percentage points, which was still the lowest rate in the entire South, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Commonwealth unemployment rate rose to 5.7 percent in July. At 11.3 percent, Florida had the highest state unemployment rate in the South.

 

Port of Savannah No. 1 in exports

The Port of Savannah exported more loaded containers than any port in the country between January and May of this year. The port rang up a 12.2 market share among other ports in the country in container exports, according to the Georgia Ports Authority.

 

U.S. exports have cratered in 2020

Exports in the first and second quarters are down significantly as a result of the virus. Based on data from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, total value of exports fell by 26.3 percent in Q1. In Q1 2019, total value of exports was $395 billion. In Q1 2020, exports dropped to $291 billion. In Q2 2019, exports were valued at $415 billion and that figure dropped to $291 billion in Q2 2020.

 

Youth employment rises, but it is still behind

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 46.7 of those 16- to 24-year-olds were employed in July 2020. That figure is down by 9.5 percentage points compared to 2019. There were 17.5 million employed in that age bracket in July, an increase of 4.4 million since April.

 

Dallas leads nation in large commercial property deals in first half of 2020

Real Capital Analytics reported in the summer that Dallas beat out New York, Los Angeles and Chicago in large commercial real estate deals in the first half of 2020. It's the first time ever that Dallas led all other markets mid-year. Sales activity in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York was down on average 40 percent. Dallas had more than $9 million in property transactions the first half of this year.

 

Mortgage delinquencies at a 10-year high

While the number of homeowners that are delinquent on their mortgages dropped by 340,000 in July, the number of those who are 90 days late grew by 376,000 in July. Those that are seriously behind on their mortgages in July tallied 1.8 million higher than pre-pandemic levels.

 

U.S. oil, gas and coal industries lost 118,000 jobs so far this year

As a result of the coronavirus, the U.S. fossil fuels industry lost 118,000 jobs between March and July. That's a 15.5 percent drop in employment for the sector, according to a report by BW Research Partnership. Several companies have sought bankruptcy this year as the virus has cut demand for oil and gas.

 

Mazda Toyota investing $830 million more in Huntsville, Ala., plant

After initially investing $1.6 billion in its plant being finished in North Alabama, Mazda Toyota will make an additional investment of $830 million to install new advanced manufacturing technologies at the plant. Some of the new investment will also go into training the plant's 4,000 employees.

 

Facebook invests in Tennessee

Construction is underway at Facebook's new $800 million data center in Gallatin, Tenn. The 982,000-square-foot facility will house about 100 workers and the project will create 1,100 construction jobs.

 

Jobs lost in Louisiana the first half of 2020 almost double Katrina

In the first half of 2020, jobs in Louisiana fell by 11 percent as a result of the coronavirus. That is almost twice the number of jobs lost in Katrina, which was a 6 percent drop. Over 218,000 jobs were lost in Louisiana in the first and second quarters of 2020.

 

Manufacturing is hiring again, but we have a long way to go

In the first six months of 2020, the coronavirus devastated the American economy. On the manufacturing side, the first six months of 2020 saw the U.S. lose about 750,000 manufacturing jobs. In the summer, the U.S. again started to create manufacturing jobs, however, less than 100,000 jobs were generated by the sector in June, July and August. The coronavirus wasn't the only factor that killed so many manufacturing jobs. The roller coaster Trump trade laws, including the tariffs that were implemented, also cost manufacturing jobs in the U.S. In fact, nearly 1,800 manufacturing plants closed in the U.S. from 2016 to 2018. The 750,000 lost manufacturing jobs in the first half of 2020 wiped out all manufacturing job gains in the decade of 2010 to 2020.

 

Mercedes plant in Alabama among first in the world to use innovative production line system

German automaker Mercedes-Benz is one of the first automakers to use a "digital ecosystem" at its plant in Tuscaloosa County, Ala. This new system incorporates a mix of software and hardware, including sensors on the vehicles, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and hand-held tablets and smartphones.

 

Lots of solar power being built in Northeast Florida

Solar farms are now being built at several sites in Northeast Florida. The solar projects are being installed in St. Johns, Baker, Clay, Nassau and Union counties. The five projects are expected to create 500 permanent jobs and 1,200 construction jobs.

 

Aerospace industry is a mess

All airlines have announced tens of thousands of job cuts since March, with Fort Worth-based American Airlines cutting 40,000 jobs by October 1. But the aero suppliers are also cratering as few jetliners are being sold. U.S. aerospace suppliers have shed more than 100,000 jobs since January. Almost every — no, make that every — aerospace supplier has cut jobs. Spirit AeroSystems, which has a large plant in Eastern North Carolina, has cut 40 percent of its commercial aerospace workforce, or 8,000 jobs. General Electric has cut 13,000 jobs from its aviation unit and Rolls-Royce is closing its plant in Virginia. Dallas-based Southwest CEO Gary Kelley said in an interview with the Dallas Morning News, “Our headquarters can accommodate about 5,000 people roughly, and there are maybe 100 people here every day."

 

Childcare an important factor in the recovery

For many with young children, the ability to work full-time depends on the ability to find childcare. There are parents who will be forced to quit their jobs if their children cannot go to school. If parents stop working, it would stall the recovery. About a third of the workforce has children at home.

 

Charlotte hit hard in second quarter

A report by the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance came out this summer and the Charlotte MSA saw 156,000 jobs lost in the second quarter as a result of the pandemic. The hospitality suffered more than any other sector. About 40 percent of the jobs lost were from bars, restaurants and hotels.

 

Manufacturer relocating HQ to Dayton, Tenn.

Master Manufacturing Group (MMG) officials announced that the company will relocate its headquarters and manufacturing operations from Rancho Cordova, Calif., to Dayton, Tenn. The project represents the creation of 72 new jobs and MMG will invest $3.9 million to renovate and upgrade an existing manufacturing facility to produce aluminum, stainless steel and steel tubing components.

 

Amazon plans facility in Maumelle, Ark.

Amazon will open a delivery station in Maumelle later this year that will result in the creation of “dozens” of full- and part-time jobs.

 

Israeli energy company to establish U.S. headquarters in Arlington, Va.

Energix Renewable Energies, one of Israel’s largest renewable energy companies, will invest $1.1 million to establish its U.S. subsidiary headquarters in Arlington County. The project will create 33 new jobs.

 

Koppers to invest $23 million in Arkansas expansion

Koppers, a provider of treated wood products, will invest at least $23 million and increase the number of workers at its North Little Rock facility.

 

HVAC Distributing to hire 175 for second Kentucky location

HVAC Distributing plans to create 175 full-time jobs in Graves County as it purchases a speculative building for a second location in the Hickory Industrial Park. The project represents a $7 million investment.

 

RYSE Interactive creates production studio in Atlanta

Digital media company RYSE Interactive will bring nearly $10 million in investment and create approximately 85 jobs in southwest Atlanta. The company will transform the Arkwright Elementary School building into a production studio and film and entertainment incubator called RYSE Creative Village.

 

Torc Robotics to expand in Montgomery County, Va.

Torc Robotics, a Blacksburg-based leader in self-driving vehicle systems, will invest $8.5 million to expand its software development operations in Montgomery County. The company will establish an additional facility at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center close to its current operation in the Blacksburg Industrial Park. The project will create 350 new jobs.

 

Shaw expands plant in Ringgold, Ga.

Shaw Industries, one of the world’s largest carpet manufacturers, will invest $20 million to expand in Ringgold. The company also plans to expand its SPC (stone plastic composite) manufacturing plant early next year as part of a phased expansion expected to create 55 new jobs at the facility that currently has 240 workers.

 

BASF plans $70 million expansion of seed plant

German chemicals and materials firm BASF is committing $70 million to expand its seed treatment formulations plant in Sparks, Ga.

 

Lidl to add 2,000 new jobs in U.S.

German discount supermarket chain Lidl is rolling out plans to open 50 new U.S.-based stores in 2021. The company will invest more than $500 million in new stores and create roughly 2,000 new jobs in Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia.

 

New research park will bring 100,000 new jobs to Gwinnett County, Ga.

Gwinnett County officials say a massive new research park will mean 100,000 new jobs for the metro area. The Gwinnett Development Authority and the county commission recently approved up to $72 million in loans to a non-profit organization formed by the county that plans to build a $1.1 billion research center on 2,000 acres near Dacula at the Barrow County line.

 

Adidas warehouse to hire 500 in Spartanburg, S.C.

Spartanburg’s Adidas warehouse plans to hire more than 500 new warehouse workers, order processors and fulfillment team members at its facility in Spartanburg.

 

DURA Automotive opening new Alabama facility

Michigan-based DURA Automotive Systems has announced plans to invest $59 million to open a manufacturing facility in Muscle Shoals, Ala., that will produce battery trays for electric vehicles. The project will create 279 jobs and expands the potential for Alabama’s auto industry to capitalize on the growing EV wave.

 

Randstad hiring 400 for Tennessee Whirpool facility

Hiring consultant Randstad is looking to hire more than 400 remote, full-time customer service jobs for the Whirlpool facility in Cleveland, Tenn.

 

BioSysco chooses Florida for equine medical tech hub

Biosysco, a life science tech company that has developed a deep muscle activation therapy for humans and animals called SigmaQ, will locate its new equine medical technology division in Ocala.

 

Dansons selects North Carolina for distribution hub

Dansons US, a global manufacturer of consumer goods, will invest $27.7 million to locate a distribution center in Fayetteville, N.C. The company plans to hire 118 associates in Cumberland County. The company’s product line includes wood pellet fuel, security products, grilling accessories, smokers, and pellet grills.

 

Bonnie Plants relocates HQ to Opelika, Ala.

Bonnie Plants, a leading brand of live vegetable and herb plants for home gardeners, will relocate its corporate headquarters from Union Springs to Opelika. The family-owned company, which started in 1918, plans to hire 60 associates.

 

JELD-WEN expands Alabama manufacturing plant

JELD-WEN, one of the world’s largest door and window manufacturers, plans to expand production at its plant in Wedowee, Ala. The project is expected to create up to 40 new jobs at the facility in Randolph County. Over the next six to nine months, up to $500,000 in new equipment will be installed to aid in the assembly of patio doors at the Alabama plant.

 

Cajun Traditions investing in new Louisiana meat processing facility

Meat processing startup Cajun Traditions Food Processors will make a $2.8 million investment to renovate and equip an existing facility in Church Point, La. The new meat processing and packaging facility will create 35 new jobs.

 

Loctek plans plant in Manning, S.C.

Loctek, a manufacturer of ergonomic office products such as height adjustable desks, will invest $5 million to establish operations in Manning, S.C. The project is expected to create 10 new jobs.

 

North Carolina dessert maker expanding

Steven Roberts Original Desserts is investing $4.5 million in a project to incorporate a new production line, build a new warehouse and buy new equipment for its facility in Pembroke, N.C.

 

Distribution company chooses Greenville County, S.C.

JIDA Industrial Solutions, which specializes in intelligent material handling, and its third-party logistics subsidiary, Global Trade Logistics, plan to establish operations in Greenville County. The $4.5 million investment will create 78 new jobs over the next five years.

 

Wood pellet plant landing in Florence County, S.C.

Newly formed Effingham Pellets, a subsidiary of Charles Ingram Lumber Company, will invest $5.4 million and hire 10 as it establishes operations in Florence County.

 

$10 million baked goods complex headed for Atlanta

Coffee Café Bakery will invest nearly $10 million in building a state-of-the-art production facility in Atlanta. The company plans to hire 70 additional associates in Fulton County. Coffee Café Bakery’s new 31,150-square-foot facility will include high-tech production lines and equipment used for mixing, frying, glazing, and finishing baked goods.

 

Construction begins on “super plant” in Tulsa, Okla.

Green Bay Packaging is planning to triple its footprint by building a new 550,000-square-foot corrugator facility in Tulsa County. The facility will replace its existing 180,000-square-foot factory in Creek County.

 

Auto supplier plans $45 million expansion in Salisbury, N.C.

Continental Structural Plastics, a manufacturer of automotive and heavy truck composite components, will expand operations with an investment of $45 million in its facility in Salisbury. The company plans to create 61 jobs in Rowan County.

 

T-Mobile to add 500 jobs in Henrico County, Va.

T-Mobile will move its customer service center from Henrico’s West End to the former Sam’s Club building in Eastern Henrico, moving 800 jobs and adding 500 new jobs for a total of 1,300 at the new site. The company will invest $30 million to upgrade the facility.

 

South Korean manufacturer coming to Georgia

Zinus, an e-commerce mattress company, will invest $108 million to develop its first North American advanced manufacturing facility in McDonough, Ga. The company plans to create 804 jobs in Henry County.

 

South Korean manufacturer chooses South Carolina

KRA Operations -- a subsidiary of South Korea-based Kirin Precision Co. -- will invest $11.5 million to establish its first U.S. operations in Newberry County, S.C. The facility is expected to hire 57 to perform metal stamping and injection molding processes to serve existing South Carolina customers

 

MasterCraft Boats expands to Merritt Island, Fla.

MasterCraft Boat Company has purchased a boat manufacturing plant in Merritt Island. The company, which is headquartered in Vonore, Tenn., plans to establish a manufacturing center and support the long-term growth of its recently introduced Aviara brand.

 

Armored car maker to invest $2.3 million, create 30 jobs in Mississippi

CITE Armored is increasing its presence in Mississippi by establishing van production operations in Batesville. The project is a $2.3 million investment and will create 30 jobs by the end of 2021.

 

Amazon adding hundreds of tech jobs in North Texas

Amazon is planning to add more than 600 new tech and corporate jobs in Dallas as it expands its Tech Hub in North Texas. The hiring is part of a national expansion of hubs in Detroit, Denver, New York, Phoenix and San Diego that will create more than 3,500 jobs across the country.

 

Amazon plans fulfillment hub in Forney, Texas

Amazon plans to open a 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center 21 miles east of Dallas in Forney. The new fulfillment center is expected to create over 500 new full-time jobs. Amazon is also planning a new 200,000-square-foot delivery station in Forney, which will create over 100 full- and part-time jobs.

 

Tissue maker to open facility in North Carolina

With paper products booming as the pandemic wears on, Select Products is expanding its operations. The Huntington, N.Y.-based maker of tissue products is investing $4 million in a new facility that will add 73 jobs in North Carolina’s Vance County.

 

Crown Labs adds 50 jobs in Johnson City, Tenn.

Crown Laboratories, which makes Blue Lizard sunscreen, was the natural choice when a namebrand company that produces hand sanitizer went looking for new manufacturing capability in March. Crown rose to the task and hired more than 50 employees to add the new product to its lineup.

 

Steel components maker expands in Mississippi

Steel components manufacturer and supplier Samuel Roll Form Group will invest $6.9 million to build an addition onto its current facility in Iuka. The project is expected to create 30 new jobs by spring 2021.

 

Streamline Boats coming to Pensacola, Fla.

The Pensacola City Council has approved the initial 10-year lease for the center console manufacturer that currently builds 26-, 34- and 45-foot models at its Hialeah, Fla., facility. "There's a market up there for our product," Streamline owner Ozzie Sanchez said in May. "Our 26-foot and our 34-foot (boats) are a very marketable boat in the Panhandle. And we're also looking for a labor force. There's a qualified labor force in that area." The company plans to invest more than $1 million and will create 45 jobs within its first few years of operation.

 

Manufacturer hiring 100 in Cottondale, Ala.

Preferred Precision Group, located in Cottondale, is looking to hire 100 people for manufacturing jobs. PPG provides outsourcing solutions to manufacturers in the automotive, medical device and aerospace industries.

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Nokian Tyres adding 50 jobs to Dayton, Tenn., workforce

The Nokian Tyres factory in Dayton, Tenn., is hiring for a second shift with plans to immediately add about 50 more employees.

 

Forty-two civilian hires for Camp Lejeune

D2 Government Solutions was awarded a $4.2 million contract that will bring 42 new jobs to North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune to oversee the Marine Corps base’s vehicle and vetting escort services. The contract signifies the first time Camp Lejeune has entrusted a civilian organization to perform in this role traditionally carried out by uniformed Marines.

 

Aerospace supplier to create 400 jobs in Kerrville, Texas

A company that produces circuit card assemblies and cable and fiber harnesses for the aerospace industry, Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, will establish an $8 million manufacturing facility in Kerrville, Texas. The company plans to create 200 jobs.

 

Toyota and Mazda investing extra $830 million into Alabama factory

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing will make an additional $830 million investment to incorporate more cutting-edge manufacturing technologies to its production lines and provide enhanced training to its workforce of up to 4,000 employees at its assembly plant in Huntsville, Ala. The original plan forecast investment to be $1.6 billion, and production was scheduled to start in 2021. Now, production is expected to start in 2022 at the $2.3 billion facility.

 

Lumber company expanding in Wythe County, Va.

Musser Lumber Company will expand current operations in Rural Retreat, creating 12 jobs and investing $2.4 million in Wythe County.

 

Logistics company wants to hire 255 in Shelby County, Tenn.

A logistics firm is seeking a tax break for adding jobs in southeast Memphis. XPO Logistics Supply Chain wants to create 255 jobs thanks to “increased demand for a confidential apparel customer through XPO’s distribution, returns process, kitting, and reverse-logistics services.”

 

Biotech company to add 200 jobs in Durham

Durham has landed another gene-therapy jobs expansion, after the state offered incentives to Boston-based Beam Therapeutics. The three-year-old company plans to build an $83 million bio-manufacturing facility in Durham that could employ more than 200 people over five years.

 

Packaging manufacturer selects Chattanooga, Tenn.

Southern Champion Tray will expand operations by investing $84.9 million in a new facility in Chattanooga that will convert paperboard into packaging products. The company will create more than 120 new jobs in Hamilton County over the next five years.

 

Japan-based manufacturer building in Griffin, Ga.

Rinnai Corporation, a Japan-based manufacturer of tankless gas water heaters, has begun construction on its new 300,000-square-foot facility in Griffin, Ga.

 

Greenswell Growers chooses Goochland County, Va.

Greenswell Growers will invest more than $17 million to build a commercial hydroponic greenhouse in Goochland County, Va. The company plans to create 27 jobs. The greenhouse is expected to produce 28 times more product per acre than a traditional growing operation.

 

Steelmaker spending $500 million in Mobile County, Ala.

Steelmaker ArcelorMittal announced its plans to build an electric arc furnace steel making facility at its AM/NS Calvert mill as part of a $500 million expansion project in Alabama. Construction is expected to take 24 months, and the new facility is anticipated to create 200 jobs. The project is expected to create 500 construction jobs.

 

Skynamo to locate HQ in Atlanta

Skynamo, a sales software developer, is opening its North American headquarters in Cobb County, Ga. The project is expected to create roughly 30 tech jobs in the Atlanta metro area.

 

HelloFresh bringing 750 jobs to Coweta County, Ga.

Meal kit company HelloFresh will establish its first Southeastern U.S. distribution facility in Newnan, bringing more than 750 jobs to Coweta County. The company, which is based in Berlin, Germany, has seen demand increase dramatically with the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

HopeHealth breaks ground in West Florence, S.C.

HopeHealth broke ground in August on a new community health center. The West Florence facility anticipates adding 20 to 25 new jobs there.

 

FedEx Ground to build $40 million facility in Birmingham, Ala.

Construction should begin in September on a $40.6 million FedEx Ground distribution center that is expected to create 285 full- and part-time jobs within three years of its completion. The 300,000-square-foot building will sit on a 46-acre site that is mostly situated in Birmingham and partially in Bessemer.

 

UPL adding jobs at new RTP hub

UPL, a multinational agriculture company based in India, has opened a global research-and-development hub in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park to develop products for sustainable agriculture in partnership with collaborating companies. The hub, called the OpenAg Center, will hire about 30 scientists and technicians over the next year.

 

BAE Systems expands in Austin, Texas

BAE Systems, a leading aerospace and defense technology company, is expanding its operations with a 390,000-square-foot-facility in Austin. The new $150 million campus will be able to house more than 1,400 employees. The project should be completed in 2022.

 

Fintech expands in Charlotte, N.C.

Retirement Clearinghouse, a national name in retirement plan services, will invest more than $4.1 million to expand its headquarters and corporate office in Charlotte. The company plans to create 300 new jobs in Mecklenburg County.

 

Zillow chooses Atlanta for Southeastern hub

Zillow Group, the largest portfolio of real estate brands on the web, will establish its Southeastern hub in metro Atlanta, Ga. The company plans to bring nearly 200 jobs to the area.

 

Jackson County, Miss., fishing for new business

American Baitworks will soon be moving into a new facility in Jackson County. The headcount of 50 existing employees is expected to grow to 100 to manufacture fishing lures, rods and other accessories. Another great catch for the county: Rolls-Royce Naval Marine, which designs and makes marine propellers, is undergoing a $31 million expansion that will bring highly skilled jobs to the county.

 

Tech company bringing 20 jobs to Gretna, Va.

A supplier of electronic controls like circuit breakers and battery protectors, Sensata Technologies will occupy a portion of the old Techma building in Gretna. Sensata hopes to bring around 20 jobs to the area and expand from there.

 

Silgan Containers expands in Lancaster, S.C.

Silgan Containers, a manufacturer of metal food packaging, plans to invest $9.7 million to expand its operations complex in Lancaster. The expansion will create 16 new jobs within five years.

 

John Soules breaks ground on Alabama plant expansion

Construction on the new John Soules Foods facility in Valley, Ala., has begun. The $151 million project will be broken into three phases and will result in the hiring of more than 500 people in Chambers County.

 

Steel component maker expanding in Iuka, Miss.

Samuel Roll Form Group is expanding operations in Iuka and will create 30 new jobs. The company manufactures steel components. The addition of 30 new jobs will increase the facility’s employment to approximately 160 employees.

 

Manufacturer to expand in Bamberg, S.C.

Phoenix Specialty, a supplier of custom specialty parts to original equipment manufacturers, announced plans to expand operations in Bamberg County. The company’s $5.5 million investment is projected to create 35 new jobs over the next three years.

 

Domtar investing $350 million to convert Tennessee plant

A provider of fiber-based products including specialty packaging papers and market pulp, Domtar will invest up to $300 million to convert its manufacturing operations from uncoated freesheet to containerboard production in Kingsport, Tenn. The converted mill will employ approximately 150 people.

 

Chemical transportation company opens in Geismar, La.

Tennessee-based chemical transportation company Highway Transport has opened its $12.5 million flagship service center in Geismar. The service center is expected to create 36 jobs in the next year, eventually growing to 150 employees. Most of the jobs will be for truck drivers, but there will be positions for mechanics, tank washers and office staff.

 

Dutch company selects Gastonia, N.C., for food processing operation

Netherlands-based GNT USA is purchasing 49.24 acres and plans to construct a $30 million food processing operation. The company, which specializes in natural food coloring, intends to create approximately 40 jobs at this location.

 

New transportation company planning 100 jobs for Raleigh HQ

Fortive Corporation, an Everett, Wash.-based company with some $7 billion in revenue, is launching a new company -- Vontier Corporation -- focusing on transportation and mobility that will be based in Raleigh. According to a spokesperson, approximately 100 employees will be located at the new headquarters.

 

Helicopter company breaks ground in Milton, Fla.

A groundbreaking was held recently for a new hanger facility in Milton that is expected to bring 50 new, high-paying jobs to the area. The new hangar facility at Peter Prince Airport will serve as the temporary home of Leonardo Helicopters, a Philadelphia-based aviation company.

 

North Carolina boat builder expands

World Cat, a manufacturer of outboard power catamarans, will expand its North Carolina operations with a new production facility in Pitt County. The company plans to add 60 jobs and invest $8.8 million at a site in Greenville.

 

North Carolina furniture maker creating 200 new jobs

A new East Coast furniture factory for Prepac Manufacturing in Guilford County will create 201 new jobs. The ready-to-assemble furniture company, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, plans to invest $27.1 million in a new 260,000-square-foot factory in Whitsett.

 

Dollar General plans Kentucky distribution center and cold storage hub

Dollar General plans to expand its operations in the Bluegrass State adding a distribution center in Walton and a DG Fresh cold storage facility in Bowling Green. The $65 million Walton distribution facility is expected to employ 250 and serve 800 stores. The Walton complex is expected to create an additional 50 DG Private Fleet positions.

 

Air filtration manufacturer expands in Gwinnett County, Ga.

American Air Filter is moving from Norcross to a 185,000-square-foot building in Duluth and hiring 25 new employees. The expansion represents a $1.4 million capital investment to consolidate operations that were previously spread across multiple buildings.

 

Tyson completes $87 million expansion in Tennessee

Tyson Foods recently wrapped up work on an $87.6 million expansion project at its poultry plant in Union City, Tenn.

 

Electronics manufacturer announces $1.5 million investment in North Carolina

A manufacturer of circuit boards and other electronic components is moving its headquarters and establishing a new factory in North Carolina. Charles Edward Industries, formerly based in Knoxville, Tenn., relocated just more than 100 miles to the east to Asheville, N.C.

 

Medical device maker expanding in Memphis suburb

A medical device maker is investing $13 million to expand its facility in West Tennessee. Engineered Medical Systems plans to create 60 new jobs over the next five years to increase capacity at its facility in the Memphis suburb of Bartlett.

 

New stop on the Bourbon Trail near Bardstown, Ky.

A Georgia-based developer has announced plans to create an historic bourbon tourism experience at the shuttered T.W. Samuels Distillery. The revived destination that sits on approximately 45 acres in Deatsville, Ky., will be called Old Samuels Distillery. Investment is expected to approach $16 million. T.W. Samuels created his namesake distillery in 1844. It was operated by his sons until Prohibition began in 1920

 

Medical product manufacturer expands in Florida

Soule Medical, a maker of disposable foam and other surgical products, plans to expand its operations in Pasco County with a new $8 million manufacturing plant and warehouse. The new facility will create 25 full-time jobs.

 

Three hundred new jobs for Jax

Coral Gables-based Synergy Technologies, a global IT and consulting firm, intends to add 300 jobs over four years as it expands its Jacksonville, Fla., presence. The company will invest $1.4 million into its facility.

 

SIMCOM International plans world HQ in Orlando, Fla.

SIMCOM International, a provider of aircraft pilot and maintenance training, will invest $109 million to expand operations and build its worldwide headquarters in Orlando. The company, which currently operates two learning centers in Orlando, also plans to create more than 50 new high wage jobs.

 

Armstrong expanding in Missouri

Armstrong World Industries said it will invest nearly $8 million to expand its wood ceiling and wall facility in Marshfield. Plans call for adding 50,000 square feet to the operation’s manufacturing, warehouse and office space. The expansion is expected to create nearly 130 jobs.

 

Auto supplier expands Murfreesboro, Tenn., operations

A leading international automotive supplier based in Germany, MAHLE, will expand its operations in Murfreesboro. The project is expected to create 300 jobs. The 140,000-square-foot expansion will support new injection molding production on site.

 

Online thrift store adding 700 jobs in Gwinnett County, Ga.

A company that takes thrift and consignment shopping online plans to add 700 new jobs in Gwinnett County. The positions at online clothing reseller thredUp’s 270,000-square-foot Suwanee-area distribution center are part of a $28.7 million investment by the company. ThredUp originally announced a Gwinnett distribution center in 2016.

 

Skywriter MD adding 130 jobs in Lubbock, Texas

Medical scribe company, Skywriter MD, plans to hire more than 100 new virtual scribe positions that will allow physicians to spend more time with patients. The company will make a $400,000 capital investment in Lubbock.


August 2020

 

Tesla picks Austin for $1 billion factory

In the summer quarter, California-based Tesla announced it has chosen a site near the Austin airport for a new $1 billion assembly plant complex. The electric car manufacturer has a plant in Fremont, Calif., and one in Shanghai. It also plans to build a factory near Berlin. CEO Elon Musk promised the new facility on the Colorado River will be an “ecological paradise.” The plant will create 5,000 jobs at the start.

 

Living in Austin is expensive

Move.org ranked Austin, Texas, as the least affordable city in the U.S. for minimum-wage workers. Following Austin as the least-livable cities in the U.S. for low-wage workers were Plano, Texas; Virginia Beach; San Francisco and Jersey City, New Jersey.

 

$1 billion investment and 3,200 jobs for Charlotte

St. Louis-based Centene, a health insurance firm, is locating a major campus in the University Research Park in Charlotte. The $1 billion campus will house 3,200 workers for its new East Coast headquarters.

 

Home Depot to create 1,000 jobs in Atlanta area

Home Depot will build three new warehousing facilities in DeKalb, Fulton and Henry Counties in the Atlanta MSA. The three facilities will house up to 1,000 workers.

 

Dollar General opens facility in Montgomery, Ala.

Tennessee-based Dollar General has opened a 450,000-square-foot DG 
Fresh cold storage facility in Montgomery, Ala. The project will support 1,500 stores through the company’s Fresh initiative. The $26 million deal has created 65 jobs.

 

Amazon creating 1,750 jobs in Louisville region

Amazon announced in the summer it will create 1,750 temporary and full-time jobs in the Louisville, Ky., MSA. The Seattle-based company said the hiring spree is in response to the surge in demand for products during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Amazon continues hiring in Tulsa

Amazon recently opened a new fulfillment center in Tulsa, Okla. The e-commerce giant is still hiring for the 2.5-million-square-foot facility, which is expected to house 1,500 workers.

 

Gaston County, N.C., lands another deal

GNT USA, a natural food coloring processor, is investing $30 million in a new facility in Gaston County, N.C. The company is the U.S. subsidiary of Netherlands-based family-owned GNT International B.V. The $30 million project will create 40 jobs.

 

Vehicle age hits record high

We thought the record age of vehicles in the Great Recession was bad. This is worse. The average age of vehicles on the streets in the U.S. is now 11.9 years old. According to IHS Markit, nearly one in four vehicles are at least 16 years old.

 

Big automotive parts plant being built in North Georgia

GEDIA Automotive Group, a manufacturer of automotive parts, announced it will build an advanced manufacturing facility in Whitfield County, Ga. The $85 million project will create 200 jobs.

 

Amazon to create 1,000 jobs in Middle Tennessee

In the summer quarter, Amazon announced it is locating a fulfillment center in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. The deal in Wilson County will create 1,000 jobs.

 

Boat builder to create jobs in Eastern North Carolina

World Cat, a maker of outboard power catamarans, is expanding its plant in Pitt County, N.C. The $8.8 million deal will create 60 jobs.

 

Furniture manufacturer to open new plant in North Carolina

Furniture maker Prepac Manufacturing is moving ahead with locating a new plant in Guilford County, N.C. The $26 million plant will house about 200 workers. The ready-to-assemble furniture company is headquartered in British Columbia.

 

Amazon (again) announces new fulfillment center. . .this one in Florida

It seems like Amazon announces four or five 1,000-job deals each quarter in the South. That continues to be the case in the summer 2020 quarter. The e-commerce giant said it will launch a new facility in Temple Terrace, Fla., in the Tampa MSA. The deal will create 750 jobs. Amazon is also planning a new delivery station in Lutz, which is expected to open in 2021.

 

Tissue maker bringing jobs to North Carolina

Select Products Holdings, a maker of tissue products, is investing $4 million in Vance County, N.C. The deal will create 73 jobs.

 

Ashley Furniture again expands in Mississippi

In the summer quarter, Ashley Furniture expanded its facilities in Verona and Saltillo, Miss. The company has thrived in rural Mississippi for years, employing more than 3,000 workers in North Mississippi. This $22 million deal will create 130 more.

 

Medical device manufacturer investing in Memphis suburb

Engineered Medical Systems is investing $13 million to expand its operations in Bartlett, Tenn., a suburb of Memphis. The company will hire 60 in the deal.

 

Tanker truck transport to create 150 jobs in Louisiana

Highway Transport, a fleet of tanker trucks used by the chemical industry, is expanding and adding 150 jobs in Geismar, La.

 

Another Amazon expansion in the South

Amazon Logistics is expanding its delivery station in Baton Rouge, La. The project is expected to hire hundreds.

 

PFSweb will add to distribution jobs in the South

Distribution firm PFSweb is establishing a new facility in Irving, Texas. The pandemic has caused a surge in its e-commerce business. The deal will create 300 jobs.

 

Another distribution center for Dollar General

Dollar General announced in the summer it will establish a 650,000-square-foot distribution center in Walton, Ky. The $65 million facility will create 250 jobs.

 

Austin suburb named the fastest growing city in the U.S.

Leander, located just 30 minutes northwest of downtown Austin, has earned the fastest growing city title for 2018 and 2019. In 2010, Leander had just over 27,000 residents. This June, the number of residents totaled 73,000. Sales tax receipts in Leander are up by 23.8 percent in the last year.

 

130 jobs created in Missouri

Armstrong World Industries (AWI), a maker of wood ceilings and walls, is investing $8 million to expand its facilities in Marshfield, Mo. The project will create 130 jobs.

 

Auto supplier to add jobs in Tennessee

Automotive supplier Mann+Hummel is filling 100 jobs for its plant in Dunlap, Tenn. The plant currently houses 300 workers and makes manifolds and air boxes for Ford, GM, BMW and Nissan.

 

Education software company to relocate HQ to Louisiana

Specialty software development firm SchoolMint is relocating its headquarters and operations from Miami and New York to Lafayette, La. The company announced plans to create 178 jobs.

 

Food wholesaler locates operations to Virginia

International Gourmet Foods, a gourmet specialty food wholesale distributor, is moving its operations to Prince William County, Va. The $16 million deal will create 169 jobs.

 

Tyson Foods completes Tennessee expansion

Tyson Foods has completed an $87 million expansion of its operations in Union City, Tenn. The project will create 230 jobs.

 

Only one metro adds jobs in June, and it’s in Kentucky

In June, only one metropolitan area in the country decreased its year-over-year unemployment from June 2019 to June 2020. That metro area is Owensboro, Ky. Its unemployment rate in June 2019, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was 4.4 percent. In June 2020, it dipped to 4.2 percent.

 

Walmart to build large distribution center in South Carolina

Arkansas-based Walmart announced in the summer it will build a $220 million distribution center in Dorchester County, S.C., near Ridgeville where Volvo has an assembly plant. The 3-million-square-foot facility will house 1,000 workers.

 

Boeing cuts production, may consolidate 787 assembly to South Carolina

In the spring and summer, demand for airliners has collapsed as a result of the coronavirus. Boeing currently fully assembles it 787 jetliner in Everett, Wash., and North Charleston, S.C. The company is considering consolidating 787 Dreamliner assembly to a single location. Boeing saw a $2.4 billion loss in the second quarter of this year.

 

Boeing may close Charleston, S.C., and Washington State 787 factories

The coronavirus pandemic has gutted air travel throughout the world, and the two monopolies in jetliner manufacturing are feeling it. Boeing has cut 787 Dreamliner production at both its plants in Washington and in North Charleston, S.C., and the company is considering eliminating 787 production at ONE of its factories. So, as of now, both plants making the 787 in Everett, Wash., and North Charleston could be closed.

 

Ammo plant to expand in Arkansas

The Fiocchi Group’s American subsidiary based in Missouri plans to expand its ammunition manufacturing plant in Little Rock. The company will add 57 jobs and spend $15 million.

 

Amazon adding jobs at its North Mississippi operation

Amazon has started hiring for its new fulfillment center in Olive Branch, Miss. The giant e-commerce company will hire 500 to start.

 

Five years of GDP wiped out in one quarter

Gross domestic product fell by 9.5 percent in the second quarter of 2020, wiping out five years of growth. The collapse — the equivalent of a 32.9 percent annual rate of decline — is the largest single quarter drop in U.S. history.

 

Mattress maker picks Georgia

Purple Innovation, a manufacturer of mattresses, has chosen Henry County, Ga., for its U.S. manufacturing facility. The $21 million plant will bring 360 jobs to the county south of Atlanta.

 

Big deal in Missouri

In the summer quarter, online pet product retailer Chewy announced plans to open a new e-commerce facility in Belton, Mo. The project is expected to create 1,200 new jobs.

 

ALDI locating new HQ and distribution center in South Alabama

ALDI U.S. will build a new regional headquarters and distribution center in Loxley, Ala. The $100 million project will create 200 jobs.

 

Boat maker adding jobs in South Georgia

Orion Boatworks will create 120 new jobs in Valdosta, Ga. The company is moving into an existing facility with the $3.5 million deal.

 

Amazon to open seventh Tennessee center

Amazon announced plans in the summer to open a fulfillment center in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. The deal will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs.

 

Electric vehicle parts supplier to invest in Georgia plant

GEDIA Automotive Group, a maker of parts for electric vehicles, will invest $85 million to build a manufacturing facility in Whitfield County, Ga. The project will generate 200 jobs.

 

Pharmaceutical maker expands in Arkansas

Little Rock-based SCA Pharmaceutical, a maker of compound drugs, will move into the former Southwest Airlines reservation center at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field. The deal will create 175 jobs.

 

FedEx plans new distribution center in Alabama

Memphis-based FedEx plans to build a $40 million distribution center in the Birmingham MSA. The project is expected to create 300 new jobs.

 

Corrugated packaging manufacturer to expand Louisiana plant

In the summer quarter, Hood Container announced it would invest $50 million in its facility in St. Francisville, La. The deal will improve production and retain 300 jobs.

 

Big deal near Charlotte

GoldenHome International, a maker of cabinetry, is investing $86 million in a new North American headquarters in Concord, N.C. The deal will create 257 jobs.

 

Manufacturer expands in Middle Tennessee

Groove Life, a manufacturer of accessories for active lifestyles, is investing nearly $2 million to expand its facilities in Spring Hill, Tenn. The project will create 76 jobs.

 

Mercedes-Benz to halt C-Class production at Alabama plant

German automaker Mercedes-Benz will end production of the C-Class sedan at its plant in Vance, Ala., and at facilities in Mexico. The Tuscaloosa County  facility will go back to just making four models of SUVs.

 

West Virginia company to locate plant in Florida

Flying W Plastics will invest $8 million in a plant in Jacksonville. The company makes piping used in a variety of industries. The deal will create 28 new jobs.

 

Amazon at it again, this time in Texas

A new Amazon facility is slated for Kyle, Texas. The center will house 200 workers.

 

New plant slated for South Alabama

Incoa Performance Minerals is investing $110 million in a new manufacturing plant in Theodore, Ala. The company makes calcium carbonate. The deal will create 74 jobs.

 

Amazon to hire 3,000 in North Carolina

Amazon is hiring thousands at it new fulfillment center in Garner, N.C. The new hires will work alongside robotics technology in the state-of-the-art facility.

 

Paper manufacturer locating in North Mississippi

IG Design Group, a maker of specialty papers such as stationary, gift wrapping and gift bags, is leasing a facility in Holly Springs, Miss. The investment is $49 million and it will create 35 jobs.

 

Clawbacks for Deutsche Bank in North Carolina

Incentives for Deutsche Bank have been revoked because the German bank cannot meet the job levels it agreed upon. The company has its software center in Cary, N.C. The bank agreed to hire 250 workers in 2015 in exchange for $3.4 million in incentives. Deutsche Bank is reducing its worldwide workforce by 18,000.

 

Manufacturer is reopening plant in Mississippi

Crown Cork And Seal, a manufacturer of beverage, aerosol and food packing, is reopening a plant in Batesville, Miss. The deal will create 60 jobs.

 

Bausch + Lomb expanding in Virginia

Bausch + Lomb, the eye healthcare company, is expanding its facilities in Lynchburg, Va. The $35 million deal will create 79 jobs.

 

Virginia beats South Carolina and North Carolina for expanding manufacturer

Acoustical Sheetmetal Company is investing over $15 million at its plant in Virginia Beach, Va., adding 100,000 square feet. The deal will generate 200 jobs.

 

Amazon creating 1,000 jobs in Pflugerville, Texas

Project Charm has landed in Pflugerville, Texas. Amazon is locating another fulfillment center there that will house 1,000 workers.

 

Alabama governor establishes innovation commission

Gov. Kay Ivey has formulated Alabama's first statewide commission on entrepreneurship and innovation. The Alabama Innovation Commission, also known as Innovate Alabama, will help innovators in the state collaborate with other innovators and policymakers.

 

Amazon: 1,500 workers for Oklahoma

Amazon is hiring 1,500 workers at its 600,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Owasso, Okla. The project is the largest new employer in the Tulsa MSA in history.

 

Big pet food distribution center announced in Texas

Freshpet, a maker of pet food, is investing $267 million in a distribution center in Ennis, Texas. The project will house 400 workers.

 

Call center hiring 600 in Kentucky

Senture, a call center operation, is adding 600 jobs at its facility in Laurel County, Ky.

 

GE Appliances expanding in Kentucky

GE Appliances is investing $62 million in its complex at Louisville's Appliance Park. The investment will create 260 jobs.

 

GM hires back laid off workers at Texas plant

In the spring, GM temporarily laid off workers at its large SUV plant in Arlington, Texas. They are now hiring them back in hundreds. The workers were laid off after GM idled many assembly plants between late March and mid-May.

 

Dallas-Fort Worth's office market struggles during virus

Dallas-Fort Worth's office market saw a negative 1.8 million-square-feet net leasing in the second quarter. It is the largest net leasing total since the Great Recession.

 

Toyota expands Alabama engine plant for the fifth time since 2003

In the summer quarter, Toyota Alabama announced the fifth expansion of its large engine plant in Huntsville, Ala. The Japanese automaker is adding 450 jobs in the $1.2 billion investment. Toyota's engine plant in Alabama serves one third of all Toyota vehicles assembled in the U.S.

 

$95 million wood pellet plant under construction in rural Alabama

Alabama Pellets, a subsidiary of Pinnacle Renewable Energy, has picked Demopolis for a $95 million wood pellet plant. The Canadian manufacturer will initially hire 45.

 

Amazon to establish first fulfillment center in Little Rock

Amazon is locating a new fulfillment center at the Port of Little Rock. The center will house 1,000 workers.

 

California manufacturer to relocate to Oklahoma

PAS MRO, a bearing component repair and overhaul for the aviation industry, is relocating its plant from California to Bristow, Okla. The $3.2 million deal will create 37 jobs.

 

Pharmaceutical firm investing over $200 million in South Carolina operations

Nephron Pharmaceuticals is investing $215 million in its Lexington County, S.C., operations as it embarks on developing generic inhalation solutions related to the coronavirus. The project is expected to add 380 jobs.

 

South Korean battery maker adding 600 jobs

SK Innovation, a manufacturer of batteries for electric vehicles, is adding 600 jobs at its plant in Commerce, Ga. In 2018, the Korean company announced a $1.6 billion, 2,000-job commitment. This expansion is worth $940 million.

 

Frito-Lay expanding in Georgia
Frito-Lay will invest $200 million in its Perry, Ga., snack plant. The deal will create 120 jobs. The plant has operated in Perry for over 30 years.

 

Gerber investing in Arkansas plant

Gerber Products Company, a subsidiary of Nestlé S.A., is adding a new line at its plant in Fort Smith, Ark. The company is investing $30 million and adding 50 full-time jobs.

 

Startup coffee roaster is bringing deal to Texas

Coffee Tech Industries, an instant coffee startup, will invest $56 million in its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Seguin, Texas. The deal will create 91 jobs. 

 

Signify Health to create 300 jobs in Texas

Signify Health, a provider of tech-inspired healthcare solutions, is adding 300 jobs in Dallas. The company is growing in the in-home health services.

 

Medical waste firm to locate in Mississippi

GreenServ, a medical waste and document destruction firm, is locating its headquarters and operations to Batesville, Miss. The project will create 45 jobs.

 

Company investing in Louisiana

Cabot Corporation is investing $90 million and creating 380 construction jobs at its facility in Ville Platte, La. The facility makes carbon black, a material used in tires and other rubber products.

 

Teledyne Brown Engineering to expand in Alabama

Teledyne Brown Engineering is expanding its Huntsville facility. The project will create up to 100 new jobs.

 

Metal fabricator to grow in Anderson, S.C.
Sargent Metal, a custom metal fabrication company based in Anderson, S.C., is investing $9.5 million into its operations. The deal will create 50 jobs.

 

Modular homebuilding firm to expand in North Carolina

Fleetwood Homes, a maker of modular homes, is expanding in Rocky Mount, N.C. The $2.1 million expansion will create 60 jobs.

 

Hershey to invest in Virginia

The Hershey Company is investing $135 million in its manufacturing operation in Augusta County, Va. The candy maker will hire 110 more workers.

 

Healthcare manufacturer announces large Alabama expansion

SiO2 Materials Science will invest $163 million in its Auburn, Ala., facilities after capturing a large contract to supply the federal government with vials and syringes for its battle against the coronavirus. The $163 million project will create 220 jobs.

 

Costco to add jobs at new operations center in Oklahoma City

Retailer Costco is adding over 1,500 jobs at a new operations center in Oklahoma City. The average wage will be $38,000 per year.

 

Florida aluminum manufacturer to build new can factory

Florida Can Manufacturing LLC announced in the summer quarter it will build a new $120 million can factory in Winter Haven, Fla. The plant will house 160 workers.

 

Hanesbrands rehiring workers in North Carolina

After laying off workers due to the coronavirus, Hanesbrands has rehired many of them in the summer. The company dipped to about 75 workers at its distribution center in High Point, but now about 450 have been rehired.

 

Big investment on Mississippi Coast

Calgon Carbon, manufacturer of activated carbon products, is seeing a $185 million at its plant in Hancock County, Miss. The deal will create 38 jobs.

 

Call center to add 900 jobs in Tennessee

Roadside assistance call center Agero is adding 900 jobs at its facility in Clarksville, Tenn. The company is investing $2 million.

 

Dump truck maker adding jobs in Kentucky

Truck Equipment & Body, a maker of dump truck bodies and truck equipment, is expanding in Powell County, Ky. The $2 million project will create 43 jobs.

 

Spanish aerospace company establishes HQ in Oklahoma City

Spain-based Skydweller Aero, a maker of renewable powered aircraft, is locating its headquarters and engineering operations in Oklahoma City. The company plans to create 120 jobs.

 

Hemp processing plant slated for rural Kentucky

Shyne Labs, a hemp processor, will invest $9 million in a new facility in Simpson, Ky. The deal is expected to create 60 jobs.

 

FedEx to hire almost 500 in North Mississippi

As a result of increased e-commerce demand from the pandemic, FedEx Ground will hire 480 at its facility in Olive Branch, Miss.

 

FedEx hiring 700 in Northern Kentucky

Memphis-based FedEx is adding 700 workers at its warehouse operations in Northern Kentucky. The reason for the expansion is the growth of e-commerce as a result of the coronavirus.

 

Coronavirus creates big deal in Alabama

Medical Industries of the Americas is adding 400 new jobs at its Alabama plant in Eufaula. The company makes medical supplies such as PPE and surgical supplies.

 

Bottler to expand in South Carolina

Beverage bottler Refresco is expanding in Greer, S.C. The company is expected to add 40 jobs.


July 2020

U.S. economy officially entered recession in February

A group of economists declared in June that the U.S. economy entered recession territory in February. The recession ended the longest economic expansion in U.S. history — nearly 11 years. A committee within the National Bureau of Economic Research, a private nonprofit group, determines when recessions begin and end. The committee cited spending peaked in February, and then fell sharply in March as the coronavirus shut down businesses nationwide.

 

Congressional Budget Office says coronavirus to affect U.S. economy for years

The Congressional Budget Office said in the spring quarter that the pandemic would inflict a long-term blow to the U.S. economy. The office projected that the coronavirus will cost the U.S. economy $7.9 trillion over the next decade.

 

Dallas-Fort Worth wipes out two years of job gains

During the 12 months ending with April, Dallas-Fort Worth lost more than 280,000 jobs as the coronavirus pandemic spread. That figure wiped out job gains of the previous two years in which Dallas-Fort Worth was, at times, the largest job generating market in the country. Some lost jobs were regained in May. Dallas-Fort Worth didn’t even come close to New York's loss of 2 million jobs in the same time period.

 

U.S. sees largest monthly decreases on record for imports and exports

Both U.S. exports and imports logged their largest monthly decreases on record in April as the coronavirus pandemic raged. Imports fell 13.7 percent in April from March and exports were down 20.5 percent in April according to the Commerce Department. The declines are the largest since records were first started in 1992.

 

Nonresidential building starts collapse in Dallas-Fort Worth

Commercial real estate in Dallas-Fort Worth fell more than 40 percent in April 2020 compared to April 2019, according to Dodge Data. Nationwide commercial real estate fell by 24 percent in April.

 

U.S. manufacturing output fell by the most in 100 years

In April, as manufacturers were closed because of the coronavirus, manufacturing in the U.S. saw a 13.7 percent drop in output. It was the steepest decline in the 100-year history of the industrial production index. Manufacturing, according to the Institute for Supply Management, fell to a 41.5 percent index in April, and came back up to 43.1 in May. Anything below 50 signals that U.S. manufacturers are in retreat.

North Texas home sales fall 25 percent in May

The Dallas-Fort Worth region saw home sales fall by 25 percent in May, the largest decline in nine years. Condo and townhouse sales fell by almost 40 percent. The figures were tallied by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems.

 

Atlanta airport sees drop of 95 percent in passengers in April

As the coronavirus essentially shut down airliner traffic, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Airport saw a 95 percent decrease in traffic in April. Passenger traffic has improved since then, however, airport officials project a slow 5 percent increase in passenger counts monthly. Airport officials said it could take two to five years for a full recovery.

 

First A220 Airbus made in Mobile, Ala., takes maiden flight

In June, the first A220 produced at the Airbus plant in Mobile made its first test flight over the Gulf of Mexico. Airbus acquired a majority ownership in the A220 aircraft from Bombardier in 2018 and built a second assembly line at its facilities in Mobile, which also makes the A320 line of jetliners on a different assembly line.

 

U.S. might get to 90 percent renewable energy in 15 years

Experts on climate have maintained in the last few years that it wouldn't be possible to run the electric grid on 100 percent renewable energy until 2050. However, those same experts have now stated that because the cost of renewable energy from solar, wind and battery storage has fallen so quickly, the nation could be run on 90 percent carbon free energy by 2035.

 

Multi-billion dollar energy projects in Louisiana to slow

According to the LSU Center for Energy Studies, the amazing 10-year run of energy and petrochemical projects in Louisiana will slow until at least 2025. In recent years, multi-billion-dollar energy projects such as Cheniere's LNG export facility in Southwest Louisiana will slow until there is greater demand for crude oil and natural gas, or until there is a cure or treatment for the coronavirus.

 

Big deal in Tampa

Fisher Investments announced in June it plans to open a "major" office in Tampa's Westshore district. Fisher is headquartered in Carmas, Wash., near Portland. The office will the financial services first on the East Coast. The project will create 600 jobs.

 

Jobs being created in Charlotte MSA
Prime Beverage Group will create 231 new jobs in Cabarrus County, N.C. The company is a new contract beverage manufacturer and will invest $68 million to establish its first manufacturing facility.

 

Seasoning manufacturer to expand in South Carolina

McClancy Seasoning will invest nearly $10 million to expand its two production centers in Lancaster County, S.C. The expansion will increase capability and distribution to major fast food restaurants and its private label packaging. The deal will create 108 new jobs.

 

Associated Wholesale Grocers to build new facility in North Mississippi

Associated Wholesale Grocers announced in the spring quarter that it will invest $300 million in a new facility in Hernando, Miss. The company is relocating operations from Southhaven, Miss., and Memphis to a new 918,000-square-foot automated distribution facility it is building in Hernando. The new facility will house 590 employees with 79 new jobs. AWG is the nation’s largest cooperative food wholesaler to independently-owned supermarkets.

 

Industrial hemp products manufacturer adding jobs in rural Georgia

GAXtracts, a pharmaceutical ingredients manufacturer that processes industrial hemp, is investing $2 million in its facilities in Watkinsville, Ga. The project will create 30 jobs.

 

New copper smelter set for Shelby, N.C.

Ames Copper Group, a maker of copper products, will expand its manufacturing facility in Shelby, N.C. The company will build a new copper smelting plant by investing $50 million. The deal will create 46 jobs.

 

Auction company moving into new HQ in Dallas

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions is consolidating three locations into one at the Gateway Logistics Center in Dallas. The facility will house 450 employees.

 

Biotech startup to build new plant in Georgia

LanzaJet, a biotech startup that has developed a process to recycle plant and animal waste into ethanol, will build a $25 million plant in rural Soperton, Ga. The biorefinery will be able to produce 10 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel per year.

 

Costco operations center to create 1,000 jobs in Oklahoma City

Costco purchased the former Hertz administration building in Oklahoma City in the spring quarter. Costco will turn the facility into a new operations center and hire 1,000.

 

Plastics-to-fuel manufacturer to build Virginia plant

Braven Environmental, a maker of fuel derived from plastic waste, is investing $31 million to build a plant in Cumberland County, Va. The new plant will help reduce plastic waste in landfills. The project calls for over 80 new jobs.

 

Concrete manufacturer expand in South Georgia

Bates Precast Concrete is investing $5 million to expand its facilities in Valdosta, Ga. There was no job figure announced in the statement.

 

China flooring manufacturer to establish first plant in Georgia

Huali Floors, a Chinese manufacturer of resilient flooring, will build its first plant and U.S. headquarters in Murray County, Ga. The company will invest $27 million and create at least 315 jobs.

 

Biotech startup to create almost 400 jobs in North Carolina

GRAIL, a startup that makes blood tests for cancer screening, is investing $103 million in new facilities in Durham, N.C. The company will hire 390 workers.

 

Toolmaker expands in Missouri

Tooling Tech, one of the largest tool manufacturers in the U.S., is expanding its operations in Washington, Mo. The company is investing $4.5 million and increasing employment by 25 workers.

 

Candy distributor opens Georgia plant

Ferrero USA, a distributor of candies such as Butterfinger and Baby Ruth, has opened a large distribution center in McDonough, Ga. The deal created 250 jobs.

 

India company locates facility in South Carolina

India-Based AXISCADES, an engineering firm that provides services in the automotive and aerospace industries among others, is opening a facility in Greenville, S.C.

 

Mercedes plans to make all factories carbon-neutral by 2022

Mercedes-Benz is opening its battery plant near its assembly facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala. There, it will build electric SUV vehicles. The goal was to make electric vehicles by 2022 in Europe, but the Alabama plant has been added to the mix.

 

Mercedes selling SUVs to China a hot commodity

Alabama's exports to China, even in the midst of trade tensions, grew by 26 percent in the first quarter of this year. One major player is the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Auto exports to China were up 170 percent in the first quarter. . . the vast majority of that increase came from Alabama-made Mercedes SUV exports to China.

 

Global export hub to locate at Port of Charleston

One of the largest polyolefin and biopolymer producers in the world, Braskem, is locating a global export hub at the Port of Charleston in South Carolina. The facility will have the capacity to ship 450 million pounds of polypropylene worldwide. The construction of Braskem America's new hub in Charleston will lead to approximately 150 development and construction workers and 60 permanent employees employed by Frontier after startup, company officials said.  

 

Plastics company to open first U.S. operation in Erwin, Tenn.

A plastic injection molding company based in Mexico expects to create 115 jobs by 2025 at the former Regal Beloit factory in Erwin. PlastiExports will invest nearly $7 million in the facility, which was home to Morrill Motors. The Erwin plant will be the first U.S. location for the company. In a phone interview, JCEDB Executive Director Tyler Engle said the announcement was “great news among a lot of bad economic news.”

 

Unix Packaging eyes Morganton, N.C.

Unix Packaging, a California-based contract manufacturer of branded and private label beverages for well-known national retailers, will invest $19 million to locate its first East Coast manufacturing facility in Morganton. The company plans to create 226 new jobs in Burke County.

 

Aerospace manufacturer relocating from California to Little Rock

Arcturus Aerospace is relocating its operations to Little Rock, Ark. The company provides parts to aircraft manufacturers. The deal will create six jobs.

 

Georgia carpet maker to double its workforce

Try-Con Tufters is expanding its facility in Lyerly, Ga. The carpet maker will build a new 109,000-square-foot plant that is part of a $5 million building that will house 104 new workers.

 

Semiconductor industry in the U.S. wants federal money to reshore chip manufacturing

The U.S. semiconductor industry is lobbying the federal government to secure as much as $37 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association for new chip plants. The association wants to reduce dependence on Asia, particularly from China, for chips used in all kinds of devices, including phones and computers.

 

Software company to open new HQ in Florida

Forcura, a cloud-based software company in the healthcare industry using artificial intelligence, plans to open a new headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla. The deal will create 115 jobs.

 

Tennessee-based Nissan to slash production capacity

Japanese automaker Nissan, which operates its North American headquarters near Nashville, reported a $6.2 billion loss in its latest fiscal year. As a result, the company will close plants in Spain and Indonesia, reducing its models and cutting capacity in the U.S. and elsewhere. Nissan has a worldwide capacity to produce 7 million vehicles but sold only little more than 5 million last year.

 

Insurance company hiring 240 in Tampa

Tranzact, an insurance company, is expanding its workforce in Tampa. The firm, which currently employs about 250 there, will hire 240 new agents.

 

New personal care plant secured by North Carolina

Ontex Operations USA, will locate a new personal care and hygiene products plant in Rockingham County, N.C. The company is investing over $93 million in the facility and will hire 403 workers.

 

Unemployment rates set record high in 43 states

Unemployment rates set record highs in 43 states in April, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data captured by the Bureau in April was likely flawed, meaning the unemployment rate for the nation was actually much higher than the 14.7 percent that was published. For one, the Census Bureau did not conduct in-person interviews as a result of the virus. Also, the Census closed two call centers because of the pandemic. Furthermore, the Bureau did not county several million of the 11.5 million people listed as employed, but were not working. Those people, according to the Bureau, should have been designated as "unemployed on temporary layoff." A prime example of the error is Connecticut; the Bureau said that state’s unemployment was 7.9 percent in April, the lowest in the country. Connecticut officials reported that the figure was "inaccurate" and that its employment was actually around 17.5 percent.

 

Large cities in the South growing faster than cities in other U.S. regions

The South leads all other U.S. regions in population growth, according to recent Census Bureau data. Ten of the top 15 fastest growing cities in the U.S. include South Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin and others. In fact, last year, according to Census data, Charlotte passed San Francisco to become the nation's 15th-largest city. Populations in large Southern cities grew by an average of 11.8 percent between 2010 and 2019. Large cities in the West grew by 9.1 percent during those nine years, followed by the Northeast (3.1 percent) and the Midwest (1.5 percent).

 

What will the virus do to office space vacancies?

The coronavirus forced tens of millions of workers to shelter in place and work from home. This has had a tremendous impact on commercial real estate, as offices throughout the country suddenly emptied. In a study in the spring quarter, Houston-based NAI Partners found that many workers can be productive working from home. The study, which polled employers, found that 57 percent of respondents said they may execute longer-term work-from-home policies once the virus ebbs.

 

Coronavirus to help Mazda Toyota fill jobs in Northern Alabama

Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, which is finishing up its $1.6 billion, 4,000-employee plant in Huntsville, Ala., will benefit from jobs lost by the coronavirus. Mazda Toyota had a huge issue prior to the virus. . .it had a 4,000-employee plant that as of the end of 2019, was being built in a market that had no labor. Then came the virus and soaring unemployment. While it will be much easier now to fill those 4,000 positions, the plant has delayed opening as a result of the pandemic.

 

Texas manufacturing showed improvement in May

The manufacturing sector in Texas is still in decline because of the pandemic, however, it showed improvement in May. Manufacturing activity in Texas rebound 28 points, from -56 in April, when the bottom fell out, to -28 percent in May. The negative reading was the third month in a row that the sector declined. But the slower contraction in May shows that manufacturing is improving in the South's largest economy and state.

 

Will the coronavirus threaten shale boom

The shale and oil industries in the South are massive employers. The pandemic has slowed the demand for crude and natural gas dramatically. As a result, drillers have shut down wells en masse throughout the South. Last year, the U.S. was the world's top oil producer, producing 13 million barrels a day. It might be years before the U.S. again produces 13 million barrels a day, if ever, oil and natural gas executives said in April and May. According to research by Rystad Energy, oil and gas companies are expected to lose $1 trillion in revenues this year.

 

Texas Instruments moves ahead with $850 million Texas chip plant

Texas Instruments is moving ahead with its new semiconductor manufacturing plant in Richardson, Texas, in the midst of the epidemic. The plant represents an investment of $850 million.

 

Florida's Grayton Beach named No. 1 in the U.S.

Grayton Beach, located in the Panhandle east of Destin, has been named the No. 1 beach in the U.S. The sand is so white that in bright sunlight it is blinding. The designation was done by Stephen "Dr. Beach" Leatherman, a professor at Florida International University.

 

Atlanta airport named busiest in the world, again

Hartsfield-Jackson International was again named the world's busiest airport in 2019 by Airports Council International, prior to travel collapsing. Coming in No. 2 was Beijing Capital International Airport with 100 million passengers. At one point in the spring quarter, flights from Hartsfield-Jackson fell by 95 percent, forcing the airport to close several terminals.

 

Nashville sees largest drop in spending in U.S.

Since the onset of the coronavirus, consumer spending in Nashville has dropped more so than any major U.S. metropolitan area. The data was published in the spring by researchers at Brown and Harvard Universities. Spending fell 46.3 percent in the Nashville metro from January to April 30. That is more than double the decline of the U.S. average of consumer spending.

 

Birthrates in the U.S. fall to another record low

The U.S. saw record-low birthrates in 2019. Around 3.7 million babies were born in the U.S. last year, down 1 percent from 2018, which was previously the low mark. The fertility rate fell 2 percent to only 58 births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44. That is the lowest level since data tracking began in 1909. Economists say that Millennials have been slower to start families than previous generations because they believe they cannot afford children.

 

Port of Corpus Christi sees record profits in the first quarter

While oil and gas has slowed dramatically in the spring as a result of the coronavirus, the Port of Corpus Christi saw record profits in the first quarter of 2020. The port, the largest oil export facility in the U.S., saw a profit of over $32 million in the first quarter, while it also saw record amounts of crude exports.

 

Again, Texas was the No. 1 destination for corporate moves in 2019

According to Allied Van Lines and its Magnet States Report that came out in the spring, Texas was the top destination for people and companies moving from other parts of the country last year. Houston was the top destination for corporate moves and Austin was the No. 1 location for consumer moves. California, Florida and North Carolina in the South also made the top five.

 

GM's Tennessee plant to be run by the sun in less than two years

General Motors' Spring Hill, Tenn., plant will be run completely by solar energy in 2022. The solar energy will be provided by TVA and one of its solar farms in Lowndes County, Miss., which is currently being built.

 

In a landmark period in this nation's history, renewable power is poised to top coal-generated power this year

The U.S. is nearing the point where renewable energy will surpass that of coal generation for the first time in over 120 years. Ten years ago, coal-generated electricity provided nearly 50 percent of the nation's power to homes and businesses.

 

U.S. service sector craters into contraction for the first time in more than a decade

The Institute for Supply Management announced in May that the U.S. service sector fell into contraction for the first time since December 2009. The report said that the service sector index fell to 41.8 percent in April. Any reading below 50 shows a contraction. The contraction, which takes into effect restaurants and retail that were closed in April, had a 112-month-straight record of positive readings.

 

Supersonic aircraft company to create campus on Florida's Space Coast

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Aerion Supersonic, an aerospace manufacturer of high-speed flight, will build a new campus in Melbourne, Fla. The facilities will be home to the assembly of Aerion's AS2 supersonic business jet that will fly at speeds of up to 1,000 miles per hour. The $300 million project will create 675 jobs.

 

Montgomery, Ala. officially home to F-35 fighter wing

In the spring quarter, the Secretary of the Air Force officially selected the 187th Fighter Wing at Dannelly Field in Montgomery as the Air National Guard's 6th operational location for F-35s made in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to Montgomery, the Air Force chose the 115th Fighter Wing at Traux Field in Wisconsin for the second home of F-35s.

 

Airbus and Boeing, two major employers in the South, are struggling

Airbus, with its full assembly plant in Mobile, Ala., and Boeing, with its full assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C., are major employers in the South. Amid the coronavirus and a collapse in air travel, they are laying off workers. Airbus is laying off over 12,000 employees in Europe, but its Alabama plant has only seen a handful of workers that have been dismissed as of June. Boeing has cut nearly 7,000 workers and over 5,000 have taken voluntary separations. Jetliner orders for both companies have been cut sharply. Airbus has sold 299 planes as of the end of June compared to 768 in 2019. Boeing has sold a negative 264 planes (58 sold and 322 cancellations).

 

Pipe manufacturer to expand in Missouri

Tyler Pipe, a manufacturer of pipe and fittings that serves the plumbing industry, is investing $4.9 million to expand its plant in Marshfield, Mo. The deal will create 75 jobs.

 

School district in Austin dangles $68 million in incentives for Tesla

The Del Valle school district in Austin is considering an incentive package to help lure Tesla to Austin. The $68 million comes in the form of a reduction of property taxes over a 10-year period. Tesla is considering Austin to build a 4 million- to 5 million-square foot facility at a site in Southeast Austin. The electric car plant could house 5,000 or more workers.

 

Google to move into Houston

Google announced in June it will open its first sales office in Houston. The office will house Google's regional Cloud Enterprise Sales team. No job totals were given.

 

Electric motor company to hire 1,200 in Texas

Linear Labs will build a 500,000-square-foot facility in Fort Worth. The company makes electric motors. The deal is expected to create 1,200 jobs.

 

Ship repair company to hire 332 in Virginia

Maritime and ship repair company S23 Holdings will invest over $64 million to establish an industrial campus for ship repair in Newport News, Va. The project will create 332 jobs.

 

Healthcare firm to create over 400 jobs in Nashville

QTC Management, a disability and occupational health examiner for veterans, will invest $5 million to open a location in Nashville. The deal will create 410 jobs.

 

UPS adding jobs in North Carolina

UPS is expected to expand its facilities in Greensboro, N.C. The $54 million deal will create 141 jobs.

 

Another new facility for Amazon; this one in North Carolina

Seattle-based Amazon is opening another new facility in the South. The company will open a delivery station that supports last mile deliveries in Cary, N.C. The deal will create hundreds of jobs.

 

Huge deal for South Carolina

Electrolux is expanding its plant in Anderson, S.C. The appliance maker is adding a third shift, and hiring is already underway. The company will add 800 jobs for that third shift. Electrolux invested $250 million in equipment and added lines at the plant.

 

Insurance firm adding jobs in Charlotte

Chime Solutions, an Atlanta-based customer service company that deals in insurance, is adding jobs in Charlotte. The project will create 250 jobs.

 

Packaging manufacturer to establish operations in North Carolina

Italy-based Serioplast US has chosen Robeson County, N.C., for a plant. The $9 million investment will create 46 jobs.

 

Cyber firm will bring jobs to August, Ga.

Perspecta, a cyberspace firm, will locate its regional headquarters at Fort Gordon and its Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta. The project will create 178 jobs. As part of opening the regional office in Augusta, Perspecta is expected to assist the Richmond County School System in an initiative to ensure all students have home internet.

 

Clorox invests in West Virginia

The Clorox Company is investing big in Berkeley County, W.Va. The company will build its newest manufacturing facility in the state and will invest $190 million in the deal. The project is expected to create 100 new jobs.

 

IT company to relocate its HQ to Richmond, Va., MSA

ASGN, a California-based IT firm, is relocating its headquarters to the Richmond MSA. The company will invest $12 million to move its headquarters, but it will also create 700 jobs in several cities in Virginia. Virginia Beach will benefit from that with 147 new jobs in the city.

 

Amazon to open new fulfillment center in Houston MSA

Amazon announced in the spring it will build an 850,000-square-foot fulfillment center in the Houston MSA in Fort Bend County. The project will create 1,000 new jobs.

 

Ross Stores to expand distribution center in South Carolina

Ross Stores will invest $68 million to expand its distribution operations in York County, S.C. The deal will create 700 new jobs.

 

Dallas Fed: Unemployment will remain high through 2020

Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan said on CBS's Face the Nation that the jobless rate will settle around 8 percent by the end of the year. Kaplan said jobs will be created at a slow rate for the rest of this year.

 

Ruiz Foods expands Florence, S.C., plant

Ruiz Foods is expanding its plant in Florence, S.C., by opening an additional production line. The new line will manufacture a variety of El Monterey products. The project will create 200 new jobs.

 

Flooring company to expand in northwest Georgia

Wellmade Flooring will build a $35 million, 328,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Cartersville. The project will create 240 new jobs. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Wellmade makes hardwood, vinyl and tile products for Home Depot, Costco, Floor & Décor and other retailers.

 

Amazon is building a new warehouse in Tampa

A new Amazon warehouse is slated for Tampa Bay. The online retailer signed a $26.4 million deal to purchase just over 82 acres of land in Hillsborough County.

 

Marine audio company relocating to Rosenberg, Texas

Wet Sounds, a maker of high-performance marine and powersports audio systems, will bring up to 50 jobs to Rosenberg with its relocation to a new facility to Fort Bend County.  The 27-acre facility will contain warehouse, fabrication and office space.

 

Aerospace firm bringing 120 jobs to Oklahoma

Skydweller Aero, which develops defense and commercial aircraft using renewable power, will locate its headquarters in Oklahoma City and expand with a facility in Ardmore for testing and integration, according to a news release touting 120 aerospace engineering and field technician jobs in Oklahoma by 2024.

 

Health insurance giant adding thousands of jobs in new Charlotte operation

St. Louis-based Centene Corp. announced it would spend $1 billion to establish an East Coast headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. The project, which is the largest in recent memory, means 3,200 new jobs for the area.

 

Hershey to add more than 100 jobs in Augusta County, Va.

The Hershey Company will be investing millions of dollars to add 110 new jobs to its plant in Stuarts Draft, Va. The chocolate company will be investing $135 million to increase its production capacity at its existing facility by 90,000 square feet.

 

Cybersecurity firm relocates HQ to Orlando

International cybersecurity firm GLESEC is moving its headquarters from New Jersey to Orlando, Fla. The new facility will be home to the GLESEC Secured Operations Center and Cyber Range Training Facilities in addition to administration and sales. The company plans to hire 26.

 

Electronics manufacturer relocates HQ and expands in Asheville, N.C.

An electronics manufacturer with specialized expertise in circuit boards and associated electronic components, Charles Edward Industries, plans to invest $1.5 million in a new manufacturing operation in Asheville. The facility will create 60 new jobs.

 

Tech company bringing 465 jobs to Atlanta

A female-owned technology services company is bringing its offshore operations to Fulton County and creating 465 jobs. Milletech Systems plans to recruit 100 Georgia college students every year for full-time jobs in emerging cloud technologies at the new software development center. Students will be recruited from the city’s workforce development agency, historically Black colleges and universities and the University System of Georgia.

 

Growing Georgia company chooses Florida for new manufacturing facility

A Georgia-based company that manufactures products for the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry is coming to Lake County, Fla. DiversiTech Corp. of Duluth, Ga., will open a new facility in Leesburg after its sales demonstrated consistent growth in Florida.

 

Manufacturer announces new Texas production and delivery hub

Illinois gas producer Diversified CPC International recently announced plans for a new multi-million dollar manufacturing and distribution facility in Beaumont, Texas. The new plant will be the company’s second major U.S. production facility and join its four regional sites in California, Florida, Mississippi and New Jersey. The project is expected to create more than 30 new jobs. CPC produces aerosol propellants, hydrocarbon refrigerants and specialty fluids, and provides solvent extraction and process and supply chain services.

 

Green energy company brings 150 new jobs to West Memphis, Ark.

West Memphis is reportedly welcoming more than 150 high-paying, green-energy jobs. Glanris is a water filtration company based in Memphis, Tenn., with ties to Riceland Foods.

 

La-Z-Boy moves production jobs to Arkansas plant

Michigan-based furniture manufacturer La-Z-Boy recently laid off about 850 employees, or nearly 10 percent of its global workforce, and closed a manufacturing plant in Newton, Miss., amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Production at the shuttered upholstery plant will be shifted to three company plants, including one in Siloam Springs, Ark.

 

Flooring manufacturer brings 300 jobs to Northwest Georgia

Creative Flooring Solutions, a manufacturer of laminate, wood and luxury vinyl tile, will create 300 jobs and invest more than $70 million in a new manufacturing facility in Georgia’s flooring and carpet corridor along I-75 north of Atlanta. The company, founded in China by European owners, will locate in a newly constructed 252,000-square-foot facility in Calhoun, with plans to build another 250,000 square feet in the near future.

 

South Carolina manufacturer relocating to Grayson County, Va.

Metalworx Inc., a manufacturer of highly-engineered and precision-manufactured components, assemblies and products for industrial uses, is investing $7.6 million to relocate its headquarters and manufacturing operations from South Carolina to Grayson County, Va. The company will return a vacant facility to productive use while creating 59 jobs in Southwest Virginia. Founded in Summerville, S.C., in 1997, Metalworx manufactures products for use in industries including medicine, defense, aerospace, power generation, transportation, communications and wind energy.

 

Navistar holds virtual groundbreaking on $250 million Texas manufacturing facility

On June 25, Navistar joined the City of San Antonio, Bexar County and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation in a virtual groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate construction of Navistar’s new manufacturing facility in San Antonio.

 

Calgon Carbon Corporation plans $185 million expansion at Mississippi plant

Calgon Carbon Corporation, a subsidiary of Japan-based Kuraray Co., a global leader in the manufacture and distribution of coal-, wood- and coconut-based activated carbon products, will invest $185 million to expand at its Port Bienville Industrial Park plant in Pearlington, Miss.

Calgon Carbon provides purification solutions for more than 700 applications, including drinking water and a variety of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes.

 

DHL Express to add 150 jobs in Kentucky

Global delivery and logistics provider DHL Express recently announced it plans to add around 400 new United States-based jobs at airport gateways and hubs. Company officials attributed significant DHL Express volume gains in recent months to a spike in online shopping, led by consumers quarantined because of COVID-19.

 

Kentucky meat processor adding 83 jobs

Porter Road Butcher Meat Co., a meat processor based in Princeton, Ky., plans to relocate and expand within Caldwell County with a $1.5 million investment expected to create 83 full-time jobs.

 

Etheredge Industrial Services plans complex in Lake Charles, La.

Shreveport-based Etheredge Industrial Services is creating a new machine maintenance, repair and overhaul facility near Lake Charles. The company is making a $433,000 capital investment, transferring two jobs from its Texas location, and creating three new direct jobs in Calcasieu Parish.

 

Power Pool Plus opening South Carolina facility

Power Pool Plus, an industrial generator manufacturer and contract steel fabricator, will open a facility in Greenwood County, S.C., and create 21 new jobs as part of a $1.5 million investment.

 

Holy City Linen to expand in Charleston, S.C., adding 254 new jobs

Holy City Linen announced plans to open a second facility in Charleston County with a $12.4 million investment that will create 254 new jobs. The Mount Pleasant-based commercial laundry service company said in a press release that the new facility will help meet growing demand in the medical and hospitality industries.

 

Port City Logistics announces expansion, 200 new jobs in Chatham County, Ga.

Port City Logistics will invest $80 million for the construction of a new headquarters and warehouse in Port Wentworth.The project will create 200 new jobs. With the expansion, Port City Logistics expects to handle an additional 50,000 shipping containers through the Port of Savannah annually.

 

FileTrail moves HQ to Austin

FileTrail, a California software company specializing in information governance and records management for law firms, has been in the process of relocating to Austin from San Jose since April. The new 2,860-square-feet headquarters is larger than its previous office to accommodate the company’s growing workforce. “San Jose is just an expensive place to live,” said Darrell Mervau, CEO of FileTrail. “It was really important for us in our last office move that our employees are in a place they’re comfortable with and like the area.” He also mentioned the attractive labor pool in Austin as a reason for moving.

 

ShopHQ hiring in Bowling Green, Ky.

While traditional brick-and-mortar stores have taken a hit from the virus, the massive ShopHQ warehouse and call center in Bowling Green is thriving. The Minnesota-based shop-at-home television network and online retailer has scheduled two “drive-through” job fairs for its Bowling Green location, aiming to fill 60 full-time and 20 part-time positions.

 

Manufacturer to hire 150 in Johnson City, Tenn.

Leisure Products International has announced it will add a second shift at its facility in Johnson City, hiring between 100 and 150 new employees within the next few weeks. The company, which makes hot tubs and tanning beds, currently employs almost 270 people at its facility there.

 

Ramsey Solutions expands in Franklin, Tenn.

Dave Ramsey’s company Ramsey Solutions is growing. The company is spending $52 million and adding 600 jobs to expand its corporate headquarters in Franklin, Tenn. The biblical-based financial advisor plans to create 600 jobs. This is part of Ramsey Solutions’ continued expansion, which started in 2015 when the company purchased 47 acres of land in the Berry Farms development.

 

Drake Extrusion plans $6.9 million expansion in Henry County, Va.

Sweden-based Drake Extrusion, a manufacturer of colored filament yarn and staple fiber, will invest $6.9 million and more 30 new employees to expand its operation in Henry County. The company will establish an additional manufacturing facility in a vacant 120,000-square-foot building there. Drake Extrusion employs more than 187 workers in Henry County, where the company has been operating since 1995.

 

Western wear company plans hundreds of jobs for Fort Worth

Western apparel maker Ariat International will move into the AllianceTexas corridor, and Fort Worth may provide incentives worth about $2 million. Ariat will add 75 corporate jobs to an 800,000-square-foot site and ramp up to about 450 total jobs in the distribution center by 2024. When finalized, Fort Worth will serve as the company’s western distribution hub and regional headquarters.

 

Texas winery hiring 100

Texas-based winery and production company Messina Hof is looking to fill up to 100 positions for its new location in west Houston that the company says will become the largest winery in the Houston area and southeast Texas. Located in the sustainable master-planned community Harvest Green in Richmond, the new winery will offer hyper-local vineyard cuisine with produce that is grown on-site.

 

Accenture to add 1,400 jobs in St. Louis County, Mo.

Accenture, a global technology and consulting company, is set to add more than 1,000 new jobs in St. Louis County. According to Accenture Federal Services, the company plans to open an Advanced Technology Center near Maryville University later this year that will focus on providing U.S. federal agencies with digital, cloud, automation, artificial intelligence and cyber solutions. The center is expected to bring up to 1,400 jobs to the area.

 

Charleston County potato chip maker expanding

Lowcountry Kettle, a producer of kettle-style potato chips, has announced plans to expand its operations in Charleston County, S.C. The project will create 24 new jobs.

 

Lubbock, Texas, announces more than 400 jobs, $103 million in capital investment

The Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA) recently announced the expansion of three businesses, adding $103.1 million in capital investment, 404 additional jobs and retaining 86 jobs in the Lubbock community. General Advanced Foods, a tortilla and cornflour producer, will create 125 new jobs and invest $87.1 million to renovate its current facility as well as expanding into a new corn milling plant. TBC Enterprises, a distributor of hair and beauty products, is expanding into the recently acquired Lubbock Logistics Center, which will result in 86 retained jobs and 39 new primary jobs and a total capital investment of $16 million. AT&T is creating an additional 240 jobs at its call center in Lubbock.

 

Hemp processing plant planned for Halifax County, Va.

Blue Ribbon Extraction will invest $3.26 million to establish the state’s first large-scale industrial hemp processing and cannabidiol (CBD) oil extraction facility in the Town of South Boston, Va.

The project will create 22 new jobs and the company has committed to sourcing over 90 percent of hemp purchases from Virginia growers, most of whom are current or former tobacco farmers

 

Homtex adding 175 jobs in Cullman, Ala.

This summer, textile company Homtex went from making bed linens to making face masks, and now it’s not only making PPE, it’s also creating jobs in Alabama. Homtex needs 175 people to expand its new automatic surgical face mask production lines, which began in July.

 

China-based company chooses Kentucky for first U.S. facility

PRCO America, a division of China-based Puyang Refractories Group and manufacturer of specialty refractory brick for the steel industry, plans to invest $5.5 million to open its first U.S. production facility next year in Graves County, Ky. The operation will produce custom-sized resin-bonded magnesia graphite refractory brick, which steel mills use to line their furnaces and transfer ladles.

 

VELUX Greenwood expands in South Carolina

VELUX Greenwood, which manufacturers skylights, will invest $26 million to expand its operations in Greenwood, S.C.

 

Alabama Power $1.1 billion expansion approved

The Alabama Public Service Commission has voted to approve almost all of a proposed $1.1 billion expansion for Alabama Power, paving the way for the state’s largest utility to build a new natural gas unit at one plant and buy an existing natural gas power plant from another utility. Alabama Power petitioned the PSC last year for authorization to add about 2,200 megawatts of power capacity in its system in order to prevent blackouts on cold winter mornings, which is when the company experiences its highest demand.

 

Eaton expands operations with plant in Greenwood County, S.C.

Eaton will consolidate one of its product line operations to a new facility in Hodges, S.C. Eaton’s Greenwood County operations include electrical distribution equipment, power reliability equipment and pumps and motors used primarily in hydraulics applications. The project will create 30 new jobs.

 

Digital billboard company adding jobs in Elizabethtown, N.C.

A digital billboard company in Elizabethtown is planning to expand, bringing 17 additional jobs to the Bladen County community. Anthem Displays will invest $3.6 million as it consolidates and relocates operations from Boulder, Colo., to Elizabethtown. Anthem currently employs 9 people in Bladen County to design and manufacture display frames.

 

Comcast expands Georgia network with $9 million investment

Internet provider Comcast said it’s started work to “enhance and expand” the reach of its network in rural Georgia as part of a nearly $9 million investment. The company said the expansion for communities located about 50 miles west of Atlanta provides internet opportunities for almost 8,000 previously unserved homes and businesses in the region.

 

Company expands to make PPE at plant in Cullman, Ala.

JELCO, a manufacturer of fall-protection gear for utility workers (such as harnesses), is expanding its workforce and adding equipment to produce personal protective equipment for healthcare workers. The company has invested more than $100,000 to install new sewing machines at the Cullman facility, where it also added an automated fabric-cutting machine to speed up production. The plant, which opened in 2019, had only a handful of employees in March. Today, employment is approaching 25 and growing.

 

Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA plans distribution hub in Suffolk, Va.

Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, one of the largest coffee companies in North America, plans to open a new 355,933-square-foot state-of-the-art distribution center in the Virginia Port Logistics Park in Suffolk. This new facility will support its corporate headquarters and main roasting operations also located in Suffolk. Massimo Zanetti produces iconic brands such as Chock full o’Nuts and Hills Bros.

 

Ferratex Solutions expands manufacturing in Henry County, Va.

FerraTex Solutions, a provider of cured-in-place-pipe, will expand operations with the purchase of the former Compton Wood Products facility in Henry County. The company will invest approximately $1.95 million to renovate and expand the facility, and will add 15 new jobs at the site.

 

Relativity Space expands at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Miss.

Relativity Space, the first and only company to 3D print entire rockets, continues to grow with a $2.42 million investment in its operations and the addition of 12 jobs in Hancock County. The project will support the expansion of its rocket vehicle and engine testing capabilities at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center.

 

New rice facility for South Louisiana

The South Louisiana Rail Facility will develop a new rice mill in Jefferson Davis Parish. The $11.6 million rice mill is expected create seven new direct jobs.

 

Diversitech opens manufacturing plant in Leesburg, Fla.

DiversiTech Corporation a company that manufactures products for the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry, will open its latest production center in Leesburg. The company will create a minimum of 25 jobs and invest more than $2 million in capital improvements.

 

Grifols adds $350 million investment, 300 jobs in North Carolina

A Spanish pharmaceutical giant with a growing presence in Johnston County has announced another $350 million investment that is projected to bring 300 jobs to the region. Grifols plans to expand its Clayton campus by constructing a specialized blood-plasma facility and logistics center.

 

Rajant expands manufacturing in Rowan County, Ky.

Rajant Corp., a provider of wireless telecommunication equipment, plans a $2 million relocation and expansion in Rowan County, Ky. The project is expected to create 26 full-time jobs.

 

Cut-and-sew expands to Sanford, N.C.

Through6, a tech-enabled manufacturing solution that allows brands and merchants to have access to cut-and-sew apparel on an on-demand basis, is expanding its business to Sanford, N.C. Ramping up this summer, the new Through6 office and manufacturing facility will support the growth of 100 new jobs. Recently, the company said it pivoted its production to produce and fulfill face masks and other PPE coverings, enabling its customer/merchants to not only survive, but to achieve the strongest sales volumes in the company's history.


June 2020

Amazon says pandemic hires to become permanent

Amazon hired 175,000 temporary workers to handle increased online shopping due to the pandemic. Now Amazon is offering most of those workers permanent full-time jobs. The company said it’s allowing 125,000 of those workers to stay and shift into “a regular, full-time role beginning in June.”

 

Amazon plans North Carolina delivery station

Amazon plans to locate a 112,000-square-foot delivery center 20 miles south of Asheville in Mills River, N.C. The company plans to create 200 jobs to work in the $28 million facility that will be constructed on 28 acres. Amazon packages are transported from fulfillment hubs to delivery centers where they are sorted before being placed onto trucks to be delivered to customers.

 

Amazon hiring 1,500 at new site in Texas

Amazon is opening another fulfillment center in Dallas-Fort Worth. The 855,000-square-foot facility will be the first to open in Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the opening of DAL3, Amazon plans to hire more than 1,500 full-time positions.

 

Forcura plans new HQ in Jax

Forcura, a healthcare technology company, plans to invest $2.15 million to open its new headquarters and create 115 jobs in Jacksonville, Fla.

 

Polymer developer expands in Newton County, Ga.

Mytex Polymers (owned by Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation) is investing more than $7 million to expand its existing facility in Newton County. Headquartered in Indiana, Mytex manufactures polymers used in products including automotive parts and household appliances.

 

Belgian manufacturer opens first U.S. site in North Carolina

Ontex Group, a Belgium-based company that manufactures disposable hygiene products, will locate a $96 million plant in Rockingham County, N.C. The project is expected to create more than 400 jobs.

 

Chinese flooring maker to create 315 jobs in Georgia

Huali Floors will set up its U.S. headquarters and a manufacturing facility in Murray County, and create at least 315 jobs. The Chinese flooring company will invest more than $27 million in an existing facility there.

 

Kontane Logistics announces expansion in Berkeley County, S.C.

Kontane Logistics is expanding operations in Summerville and creating 30 new jobs. The third-party warehousing and industrial packaging company’s new facility will be used for light tire and wheel assembly for Volvo.

 

Big expansion for Microsoft in Reston, Va.

Microsoft will invest $64 million to establish a new research and development hub in Reston Town Center. The move will create 1,500 new jobs.

 

Microsoft confirms 1,500-job expansion in Midtown Atlanta

Microsoft will open a new office in Atlanta, a $75 million investment that will create 1,500 jobs. The software giant is putting the technology unit in Midtown, where it will focus on artificial intelligence and cloud services.

 

Microsoft expanding Las Colinas operation

Microsoft is expanding its operations in the Las Colinas area of Irving, Texas. As part of the expansion, Microsoft will create 575 new jobs and invest more than $31 million.

 

JWF Industries reopens factory in Danisville, W.Va.

Pennsylvania-based JWF Industries has reopened a factory, previously operated by Sunshine Metals, in Danisville. The project will expand production and milling of large aluminum plates and other items.

 

Texas Instruments moves ahead with $850 million project in Richardson, Texas

Texas Instruments is moving forward with plans to build a new semiconductor plant in Richardson. The Dallas-based chipmaker recently completed a parking structure and is proceeding with an estimated $850 million in construction.

 

O’Neal Steel announces St. Joseph, Mo., facility

Birmingham, Ala.-based O’Neal Steel recently announced the expansion of its footprint with the opening of a new metal distribution center in St. Joseph. The 64,000-square-foot facility will initially employ up to eight employees and will be running two shifts, five days a week

 

Cannabis company expands operations in OKC

Stability Cannabis has expanded its indoor cannabis cultivation facility in Oklahoma City, Okla. The company’s expansion includes construction of an additional 22,000 square feet of cannabis flowering rooms, employee facilities, packaging facilities and additional state-of-the-art filtration and lighting systems. The project involves a $4 million investment and will create 40 new jobs.

 

Tranzact expands to second Charlotte office, 250 new jobs

Tranzact Insurance Solutions plans to expand by opening a second Charlotte office and hiring 250 new employees.

Since opening its first Charlotte location in 2012 with 38 employees, Tranzact has grown to about 400 total employees.

 

Hillsborough County, Fla., adding 40 manufacturing and engineering jobs

A Hillsborough County factory is adding more than 40 positions in manufacturing and engineering. Advanced Airfoil Components, a joint venture between Siemens and Chromalloy, opened its 210,000-square-foot factory in 2018, where it builds blades and other parts for Siemens gas turbines used in electric power generation plants. The facility has about 170 employees now with plans to expand to 300 by 2023.

 

Two hundred new jobs coming to Pitt County, N.C.

Victra, the largest retail partner for Verizon Wireless, will open a call center in Pitt County. The Raleigh-based business will hire 200 who will work out of the old Wells Fargo facility in Greenville, N.C.

 

Belgian pharma to expand U.S. campus in Smyrna, Ga.

Belgium-based pharmaceutical firm UCB, which produces medicines to treat neurological diseases, will invest $47.5 million to expand its 47-acre U.S. headquarters campus in Smyrna. The project is expected to create 100 jobs in Cobb County.

 

Belgium-based company expands in Texas with lime kiln

On the heels of the recent announcement of expansion at its Marble Falls, Texas, dolomitic quicklime facility, Belgium-based Lhoist North America announces it will also construct a new lime kiln at its facility in New Braunfels, Texas. Lhoist North America — a supplier of lime, limestone and other mineral products — expects to increase its workforce as a result of its planned expansion.

 

Kroger hires 7,800 in Central Savannah River Area (CSRA)

The Kroger division that serves the CSRA has hired more than 7,800 new employees since March 13 as it works to provide fresh food and essential supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a whole, Kroger has hired a total of 100,000 new workers nationwide.

 

Manufacturer expands in Albemarle, N.C

Nabell USA, a manufacturer and distributor of bellows and protective covers for medical, industrial and scientific applications, will expand its operations in Albemarle, N.C. The company plans to create 15 new jobs within the next two years and invest approximately $2.9 million at its existing facility.

 

Major manufacturer opening facility in Georgia

A-1 Roof Trusses, a manufacturer of pre-engineered wood trusses, plans on investing $17 million and creating 130 jobs in a new manufacturing facility in Bainbridge. The Decatur County location will mark the company’s first facility outside of its headquarters in Fort Pierce, Fla.

 

Charlotte Pipe plans move to Stanly County, N.C.

Charlotte Pipe and Foundry is officially moving to Stanly County after spending more than 100 years in Charlotte. The company’s board of directors “made a determination that it is in the best interest of the company” to build a new, state-of-the-art foundry on a 428-acre property in Oakboro, N.C, in Stanly County. Charlotte Pipe selected its new location after a two-year process, and will invest at least $325 million in the new foundry.

 

European fencing maker launching U.S. operations in North Carolina

A Holland-based manufacturer of temporary fencing products, such as barricades and pedestrian barriers, has purchased a warehouse in Statesville, N.C., to launch its U.S. operations there. ZND U.S. Inc., announced it will invest $5.7 million and create 43 full-time jobs at its new Iredell County manufacturing plant.

 

Furniture maker adding 100 employees at North Carolina Triad facility

Ashley Furniture Industries is seeking more than 100 full-time employees for its manufacturing, distribution and fulfillment facility in Davie County. Established in 1945, Ashley is the largest furniture manufacturer in the world, approaching 35 million pieces sold annually.

 

Yield Scientific plans $30 million complex in Early Branch, S.C.

Yield Scientific plans to establish operations at Southern Carolina Industrial Campus in Early Branch. The $30 million investment is projected to create 107 new jobs in Hampton County. Yield Scientific is a hemp growing and processing operation that specializes in clinical-grade products for the healthcare industry.

 

Five hundred new jobs for Johnson City, Tenn., region

According to a release from Ballad Health, a new partnership with Ensemble Health Partners, a healthcare revenue management company, will result in up to 500 new jobs coming to the Tri-Cities region through a new regional operations service center. “We could place our newest regional operations service center anywhere, but we chose the Appalachian Highlands as a place we want to invest, grow and become part of the fabric of the community,” Ensemble CEO Judson Ivy said, adding that the region’s access to education, low cost of living and work ethic among citizens – along with an endorsement from Gov. Bill Lee – factored into the company’s decision to partner with Ballad.

 

Staunton River Plastics investing $34 million in Virginia

Staunton River Plastics will invest $34 million to build a new plant in Hurt, Va., adding to the company’s existing presence in the nearby town of Altavista. The new facility will hire 200 to manufacture plastics primarily used in the beauty and healthcare industries.

 

Charter has 350 job openings in Charlotte, N.C.

Charter Communications, Spectrum’s parent company, is hiring 350 people at Charlotte’s sales operation center, according to a company press release. Positions include customer service, sales, field operations and corporate roles. Charter also announced plans to permanently raise its minimum wage to $20 an hour over the next two years for all hourly employees.

 

OKC closer to 1,000-job deal

A $3 million tax incentive package has been approved in an effort to lure a Costco administrative office to the city. The members-only retailer is considering Oklahoma City as the site for a back office call center operation that would create 1,044 new, non-sales-related jobs with an average wage of $59,740 a year.

 

Commerce, Ga., lights up with mega deal

SK Innovation, a South Korean business that builds lithium-ion batteries for hybrid electric vehicles, announced in May it is building an additional plant at the site where it is already constructing a manufacturing facility that promised to hire 2,000. This second facility will increase SK’s investment from $1.67 billion to $2.5 billion. SK has contracts to supply batteries to Kia Motors and Volkswagen, and cited a projected higher demand for electric vehicles as the reason for its expansion.

 

Singapore-based biotech plans $260 million expansion in Athens, Ga.

Singapore-based biotechnology company RWDC Industries will invest $260 million to expand its operations into a 400,000-square-foot facility in Athens, Ga. The project is expected to create 200 jobs in Clarke County. Founded in an innovation lab at the University of Georgia in 2015, RWDC Industries has emerged as a global leader in developing cost-effective alternatives to single-use plastics.

 

Warrior Met Coal investing $50 million in Alabama expansion

Warrior Met Coal will invest $50 million to construct a barge load-out facility in Walker County, Ala., to support its coal mining operation near Tuscaloosa. The project will add 12 new high-paying jobs. Warrior Met Coal is the state’s largest producer of met coal, used as a key component of steel production. The barge load-out facility, located in the southern portion of Walker County, will become integral to transporting the company’s coal production.

 

Love’s Travel Stops chooses Locust Grove, Ga., for retread plant

Love’s Travel Stops will invest $16 million to open a 200,000-square-foot retread plant and retail distribution center 35 miles southeast of Atlanta in Locust Grove. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the company plans to hire 55 for this new Henry County facility.

 

El Paso call center adding 500 Jobs due to COVID-related surge

An Iowa company plans to open a second call center in El Paso, bringing about 500 new jobs by early June. Thomas L. Cardella & Associates, known as TLC Associates, has seen an increase in its business from the coronavirus, but will also have to add more space to meet social-distancing requirements.

 

Marketing agency to create 100 new jobs in Baton Rouge, La.

The Baton Rouge-based digital marketing agency, Click Here Digital, will create 100 new jobs and move its corporate headquarters to a new facility along I-12.

 

GE Current expands with Fairburn, Ga., distribution complex

GE Current, which produces lighting and intelligent controls, has expanded with a new 150,000-square-foot distribution hub in Fairburn. No word on jobs or investment.

 

FedEx Ground to fill 400 positions in Olive Branch, Miss.

FedEx Ground announced it will fill 400 package handler positions in Olive Branch. With people around the country confined to their homes, FedEx Ground has seen a boost. In a March 16 earnings call, executives noted there had been a strong demand for the business segment, especially home delivery.

 

JM Steel partners with Steel Dynamics in Sinton, Texas

South Carolina-based JM Steel will be expanding its footprint as a result of Steel Dynamics, an Indiana-based steel producer, inviting it to be part of their newest $1.9 billion flat roll steel mill located in Sinton, Texas.

 

Flexsteel re-opens Georgia factory

Full-line manufacturer and importer Flexsteel Industries announced that its Dublin, Ga., plant reopened in May.

In addition, the company is finalizing plans to reopen its Juarez, Mexico, plant in the next few weeks. Both facilities were idled in March in response to health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Business to add 60 jobs in Taylor, Ala.

New Jersey-based debt collection agency MRS BPO is adding 60 workers at its location in Taylor, Ala., which is part of the Dothan MSA. The hiring is due to business growth. The company is a family-owned business that specializes in collecting and servicing accounts for clients in the financial services, automotive, student lending, telecommunications/cable, municipalities/tolling and utilities industries.

 

Walmart, CVS and others hiring 800,000 during coronavirus outbreak

Hundreds of thousands of job openings are cropping up across the country as in-demand industries strain to keep up with shifting consumer behavior. CVS Health recently announced plans to hire 50,000 full-time, part-time and temporary employees. Walmart has committed to bringing on more than 150,000 new workers, while Amazon has pledged to bring on 100,000 “to meet the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time.”

 

Retooling to fight COVID-19

* Winston-Salem, N.C.-based HanesBrands is now producing medical gowns and face coverings.

* Gwinnett County, Ga.-based Marena Group, a manufacturer of medical-grade compression garments, is producing face masks.

* S.S. White Technologies in Seminole, Fla., a manufacturer of components for aircraft systems, has set up a production line to make face masks.

* High Point, N.C.-based Culp, a marketer of bedding and upholstery fabrics, has begun production of face masks, bedding covers and fabrics specifically for healthcare operations. Culp’s R&D team is developing fabrics for current and future personal protection equipment needs, especially masks.

* ExxonMobil has reconfigured manufacturing operations in Baton Rouge, La., to produce medical-grade hand sanitizer. The products will be donated to COVID-19 response efforts in Texas, Louisiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Pennsylvania.

* Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), located in West Point, is producing medical-use face shields.

* First Coast Home Pros, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based home services company, is making face shields and masks at its headquarters.

* Madico, a manufacturer of window film, coating, metallizing and laminate solutions in Pinellas Park, Fla., has introduced Safe-Gard Face Shield, a new product designed to protect first responders. The manufacture “reacted quickly to the urgent need for increased production of personal protective equipment, developing and testing more than a dozen prototypes in just a matter of days.”

* Sinclair & Rush, maker of plastic and rubber products, has developed a low-cost, disposable face shield to be produced at its facility in Arnold, Mo. The new VisiGuard Face Shield is made from a recyclable PET plastic.

* Paceline, a Matthews, N.C.-based provider of medical products and solutions, has adapted its manufacturing capabilities to produce ear loop fabric for surgical masks and face protection.

* Hooey Brands is transitioning its factory’s manufacturing from hats to cloth face masks in Crowell, Texas. The company said its t-shirts will be repurposed for fabric. Cap components will be repurposed for straps and seams.

* Axalta, a global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, is now is shifting its production to make thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer at its plants in Front Royal, Va., among others locations around the globe.

* Made In Space (MIS), which has a facility in Jacksonville, Fla., is providing hundreds of 3D printed face shields to local-area hospitals to augment the shortage of critical PPE supplies. Additionally, MIS engineers developed a rapid response ventilator adapter to enable a single ventilator to safely support multiple patients in extreme situations.

* Mayo Furniture, a manufacturer in Texarkana, Texas, is now using its facility to produce both one-time and reusable masks.

* Hollingsworth & Vose, which has operations in Floyd County, Va., is busy making filtration material that is a critical component in respiratory protection equipment being used to fight the virus.

* MONAT Global Corp., a subsidiary of Alcora Corporation, is shifting production at its haircare and skincare manufacturing facility in Miami-Dade County, Fla., to produce hand sanitizer.

* Kansas City, Mo.-based AJ Manufacturing has introduced a portable reverse flow fan-powered HEPA filter diffuser to quickly create isolation rooms in any permanent or temporary hospital environment.

* Nufabrx (a biomaterial company that embeds active ingredients into fabrics) and Manufacturing Solutions Center, both Conover, N.C.-based companies, are working in partnership with Asheboro-based Bossong Medical, shifting production for a new line of reusable copper medical masks called TheraMasks, powered by CuTEC copper, a material that is naturally antibacterial. Nufabrx founder and CEO Jordan Schindler decided to quickly retool a textile product to create a reusable face mask.

* Cullman, Ala., manufacturer HomTex is switching its operations to produce washable, reusable masks for COVID-19.

* Standard Textile Co., a Cincinnati-based based manufacturer of healthcare and hospitality products, has restructured its supply chain to provide support for frontline medical workers at its facilities in Brownsville, Texas; Thomaston, Ga.: and Union, S.C. The company will be producing PPE (personal protective equipment) such as protective gowns, face masks and face shields.

* Bright View Technologies, a manufacturer of optical management products, retooled its factory in Durham, N.C. The company is now producing disposable face shields.

* SA-SO signs and safety, a manufacturer of traffic and safety products, has designed a one-size-fits-all plastic face shield that easily clips to the brim of a baseball cap at its manufacturing complex in Arlington, Texas.

* North Carolina State University said its Nonwovens Institute is manufacturing material that can produce up to 500,000 surgical masks per day. The material, a unique nonwoven material created at N.C. State, can potentially be reused after proper cleaning.

* Spartanburg, S.C.-based textile manufacturer Milliken & Company is leveraging its materials science expertise to manufacture personal protective equipment for the healthcare industry. Milliken said its new advanced medical fabrics and barriers are currently available and complement Milliken’s breakthrough BioSmart antimicrobial technology used in scrubs, lab coats and hospital privacy curtains.

* Michigan-based Duro-Last, the world’s largest manufacturer of thermoplastic roofing systems, will fabricate and manufacture isolation gowns and face masks at its various U.S. manufacturing plants, including its facility in Jackson, Miss., and Carrollton, Texas.

* Forward Science, a Houston-based MedTech company, expanded operations for the creation of hand sanitizer at its production center in Safford, Texas.

* GDC Technics, a global aerospace company headquartered in Fort Worth, will begin voluntary production of N95 compliant face masks. GDC Technics is also evaluating its ability to help manufacture ventilators.

* American Leather Holdings, a Dallas-based furniture manufacturer with plants in Texas and North Carolina, is shifting its manufacturing capabilities to produce protective face masks and gowns.

* CloudHauz, a provider of disaster-resistant dwellings, formally launched the company at its complex in Radford, Va., months earlier than anticipated in order to address the emergency dwelling situation worsened by the COVID-19 outbreak. CloudHauz will be manufacturing structures needed during a crisis including homeless shelters, accessory dwelling units, medical facilities, warehouses and more.

* Same-day delivery company Shipt is stepping up in Austin with a hefty hiring push. The business plans to bring on about 1,000 “shoppers” in Austin. Dallas is pegged to have 2,000 openings, Houston and San Antonio are set to get 1,000 each. Shipt is investing in areas around the country as people increasingly turn to home deliveries while they work from home.

* A Gastonia, N.C.-based textile company is ramping up production of face masks for healthcare workers. Parkdale Mills, one of the country’s largest yarn spinners, is working with companies like Hanesbrands, Fruit of the Loom and six others to build a manufacturing supply chain for the masks.

* Johns Manville, which manufactures insulation, commercial roofing and building materials, has begun production of nonwoven fabric at its facility in Spartanburg, S.C. The material will be used to make disposable medical gowns used in the fight against COVID-19. Johns Manville has also begun production of nonwoven filtration masks at its plant in Richland, Miss.

* Gigantic Bag Co., a manufacturer of plastic goods, will expand in McComb, Miss. The additional facility will house manufacturing operations for polyethylene hospital gowns for the national healthcare industry. This new expansion is expected to create 100 new jobs for the Pike County area.


May 2020

Biggest project ever for Columbia County, Ga.

Amazon is building a new fulfillment center in Appling, Ga., just outside of Augusta. Governor Brian Kemp says this means more than 800 new jobs. “This project represents the largest single investment and job creation in any commercial project we have announced,” said Robbie Bennett. “Today is a very good day for Columbia County.”

 

Aerospace firm to create 675 jobs, invest $300 million in Melbourne, Fla.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Aerion Supersonic will construct a new state-of-the-art campus – Aerion Park – in Melbourne. Aerion Park will form a new global headquarters and campus for research, design, build and maintenance of the company’s supersonic aircraft. The campus will be used to construct the company’s new AS2 Supersonic Business Jet that could fly at speeds up to 1,000 miles per hour. The new project involves a multi-year $300 million investment that is expected to generate at least 675 jobs by 2026.

 

Florida security company to hire thousands In Florida

G4S Secure Solutions USA, a subsidiary of a London-based security company with offices in Tampa Bay, has plans to hire more than 15,000 employees across the U.S., including 1,400 in Florida and more than 300 in Tampa, because of increased demand brought on by coronavirus.

 

Waffle company cooking up jobs in Georgia

A national waffle company is setting up shop in the former Kellog plant in Fulton County, creating 162 new jobs. Batter Up Foods’ sister company, SatisPie, will invest up to $34 million as it expands its products to include waffles and pancakes for businesses across North America. Headquartered in New York, this marks the company’s first location in Georgia.

 

Prattville approves land sale for $2 million chemical plant

Members of the Prattville, Ala., city council have approved the sale of land to a chemical company planning to build a $2 million factory there. Autumn Tree will bring about 10 jobs to the city, supplying chemicals to an International Paper mill.

 

Water tech firm moves HQ from Los Angeles to McKinney, Texas

Water treatment technology firm OriginClear is moving its corporate headquarters from Los Angeles to its manufacturing site in McKinney. Riggs Eckelberry, the company’s CEO, said its California team is now increasingly virtual while its product development and manufacturing takes place at its McKinney site.

 

Alleviant Health Centers expands headquarters in Little Rock, 115 jobs added

Alleviant Health Centers, an operator of mental health clinics across the U.S, will expand its headquarters in Little Rock, Ark. In addition to maintaining their corporate operations of 20 employees, the company will add 115 corporate jobs.

 

PGT Innovations expands in Florida

PGT Innovations, a manufacturer of windows and doors, is expanding its workforce in Florida to fill over 150 positions throughout its manufacturing plants in North Venice, Hialeah, Miami and Tampa.

 

Aerospace company investing $2.3 million In Cherokee County, N.C.

Moog, a New York-based technology company, will create 12 new jobs and invest more than $2.3 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Murphy.

 

Cynergy Cargo opens manufacturing plant In South Arkansas

Cynergy Cargo, an enclosed cargo trailer manufacturer headquartered in Douglas, Ga., is building a new facility in Crossett, Ark. The company plans to hire 70 new, full-time employees within 24 months.

 

Biotech company expands Tampa campus

Amgen plans to expand its global biotech center in Tampa, Fla. The expansion will give Amgen additional meeting and collaboration space and the ability to accommodate future growth. The company plans to invest approximately $10 million in the expansion.

 

Ennis promises $800,000 in capital Investments at Chatham, N.C., facility

Ennis, a manufacturer of print products, plans to make capital investments of more than $800,000 and create 15 new jobs at its plant in Pittsylvania County where it already employs more than 100 people.

 

Tindall Corporation expanding operations In Spartanburg County, S.C.

Tindall Corporation, a provider of precast architectural and structural systems, announced plans to expand operations in Spartanburg County. The $28 million investment will create 20 new jobs.

 

MPLT Healthcare relocates headquarters to Boca Raton, Fla.

MPLT Healthcare, a nationwide leader in healthcare and physician staffing, invested $1.53 million to relocate to a newly designed 23,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in Boca Raton. The company also plans to add 75 new jobs to its existing workforce.

 

Adams Products will expand operations in Cowpens, S.C.

Adams Products, a subsidiary of Oldcastle APG, will invest more than $12.5 million to expand operations in Cowpens, South Carolina. The expansion will allow for high volume manufacturing of Oldcastle APG’s two well-known product lines – Sakrete bagged concrete mixes and Amerimix mortars.The expansion is expected to be completed by late 2020.

 

Focus Services eyes Tarboro, N.C., for customer contact center

Utah-based Focus Services, an innovator in customer contact solutions, will create up to 200 jobs at a new operations center in Tarboro.

 

Keurig Dr Pepper to hire 100 in DFW area

Keurig Dr Pepper, headquartered in Plano, Texas, says they have plenty of jobs to fill during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vicki Draughn, VP of Corporate Communication, said, “Across the nation we have about 1,000 jobs available. About 100 of those are here in Dallas-Fort Worth. Primarily what we are looking for loaders, fork lift operators, drivers to deliver products, merchandisers to shock shelves, and in our manufacturing facility.”

 

Montgomery call center wants to hire 398

A California-based call center wants to triple its Montgomery workforce as the coronavirus pandemic creates a surge in demand. Alorica employs about 200 people in Alabama’s capital city. Earlier this month the company said it wanted to hire about 50 more over the next few months. Now, Alorica says it wants to hire 398 more people in Montgomery right away.

 

Solar company expands in North Carolina and Tennessee

POWERHOME, a solar energy company, is expanding with the opening of operation centers in Raleigh, N.C., and Murfreesboro, Tenn. POWERHOME opened its Raleigh hub to provide homeowners and businesses in central and eastern North Carolina a supplement to grid energy. With company headquarters and additional service offices located in the Charlotte area this is POWERHOME’s third location in the state, where it plans to hire 100 associates in the areas of energy consulting and installation. POWERHOME plans to hire up to 100 people in the coming months in the areas of sales and installation in Murfreesboro.

 

Virginia Beach-based Global Technical Systems awarded $782 million Navy contract

Global Technical Systems, a Virginia Beach-headquartered supplier of advanced technology and services to defense, homeland security and other critical government security agencies, has won a $782 million contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command for Network, Processing, and Storage Technical production equipment.

 

Dollar General to invest $35 million, hire 50,000 employees

As the heightened demand for household essentials continues across the country amid COVID-19 concerns, Dollar General plans to nearly double its normal hiring rate and add up to 50,000 employees by the end of April as it continues to work to support customers’ needs. Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General will also invest approximately $35 million in bonuses for all store, distribution center and private fleet employees.

 

Bayou City Hemp Company eyes HQ In Houston

Bayou City Hemp Company, a hemp extraction and processing company, plans to establish operations in Houston, Texas. Located in the I-10 corridor on the west side of Houston, the facility will serve as a location where the company can easily receive shipments from farmers all over Texas and process hemp for sale and distribution. The facility is expected to be online in summer of 2020.


April 2020

IMF predicts major rebound in 2021

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), COVID-19 will create the worst worldwide economic depression since the Great Depression. Gita Gopinath, Director of the IMF’s Research Department, wrote in April that the virus is "unlike anything experienced in our lifetimes." However, the IMF doesn't think the recessionary conditions will last long, stating that if the virus subsides in the second half of this year, global growth will rebound to 5.8 percent in 2021.

 

Goldman Sachs officials see highest unemployment rate since World War II

In a report published in the spring, Goldman Sachs said that the second quarter GDP decline will be 11 percent from a year ago and 35 percent from the previous quarter. In the meantime, the unemployment rate should rise to 15 percent in the second quarter. However, the recovery in the second half of the year could be stronger than anything the U.S. has seen.

 

Coronavirus job loss wipes out a decade of job gains

In the last two weeks of March and the first two weeks of April, 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment. The job losses in just four weeks are more than the job gains over the last 10 years. At no time in U.S. history since the Great Depression has the nation seen this many jobs lost.

 

Fed says manufacturing decline largest since 1946

Data released by the Federal Reserve in April showed that manufacturing in the U.S. has dropped to levels not seen since 1946, one year after the end of World War II. The low levels are due to so many manufacturers closing plants, including almost all automotive plants in April.

 

U.S. home-building activity collapses

The home-building industry fell by 22.3 percent in March. Construction of single-family housing fell 17.5 percent according to the Commerce Department. Apartment and condo starts dropped by 32.1 percent from February.

 

Airplane travel sinks to levels not seen in six decades

U.S. air travel has sunk to levels not seen in 60 years. The Transportation Security Administration screened just 90,000 passengers one day in April, a drop of 96 percent from a year ago. And it gets worse. . .TSA checkpoint inflates the number of travelers as it also includes pilots and airline crew members. The record drop in air travel has seen revenues for airlines drop by 90 percent compared to the same months last year. American, Delta, Southwest and other airlines agreed to share $25 billion in federal grants and low interest loans in April. Airlines in the U.S. saw a decade-long rise in traffic, hiring thousands of workers and making billions.

 

Former fed bank president to chair Dallas economic recovery

Former Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas president Richard Fisher will chair Dallas' newly formed economic recovery task force. Fisher led the Dallas Federal Reserve for 10 years. Until the COVID-19 outbreak started, Dallas led the nation in several key factors, including job creation.

 

Missouri market puts together $1 billion package for Tesla Cybertruck factory

Joplin, Mo., has put together a package of incentives and savings to lure Elon Musk's plant to build Cybertruck electric vehicles. The package includes a discount on a 1,042-acre site as well as a combination of state and local tax credits.

 

Dallas airport to revisit $3 billion expansion

The DFW International Airport was scheduled to construct a new $3 billion terminal this year but the coronavirus now has airport officials reevaluating the project. Some airlines have seen traffic drop as much as 90 percent in the first month of the virus. The new terminal would have served American Airlines.

 

Air Force makes it official; Montgomery will be home to F-35s

The Secretary of the Air Force officially selected the 187th Fighter Wing at Dannelly Field in Montgomery as the Air National Guard's sixth location for the F-35s. The decision to make Montgomery a home for an F-35 fighter wing will means thousands of new jobs for Central Alabama.

 

Protective clothing manufacturer expanding in Alabama

Kappler Inc., a maker of protective clothing for first responders and healthcare workers, is adding space at its plant in Guntersville, Ala. The expansion will result in 60 new jobs.

 

Charter Communications to hire 350 in El Paso

Charter Communications announced in the spring it will house 350 workers at a new sales operations center in El Paso, Texas. The company is looking for sales professionals to assist customers when choosing internet, mobile, video and voice services.

 

Japanese company opens plant in Laurens County, S.C.

Japan-based Meidensha Corporation has opened a new manufacturing plant in Laurens County, S.C. The company makes vacuum circuit breakers. The $8 million project will create 41 new jobs.

 

Cabinet manufacturer investing $86 million near Charlotte

GoldenHome International, a subsidiary of a Chinese company, is investing $86 million to establish a factory in the old Philip Morris site in Concord, N.C. The company manufactures kitchen cabinets and other furnishings. The deal will create 257 jobs.

 

Carolina Panthers owner nets large incentive package for the team's new headquarters in South Carolina

Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper has secured $160 million in incentives from the state of South Carolina for the team's new headquarters in Rock Hill, S.C. Along with the state, York County is now set to include a local package of $225 million to the team, which will essentially build the Panthers facility in Rock Hill.

 

Large solar farm being built in rural Mississippi

Recurrent Energy announced in the spring it will build the largest utility-owned solar farm in the state of Mississippi. The company is building the facility for Entergy Mississippi on 1,000 acres in Sunflower County. The project will be complete in 2022.

 

Gastonia, N.C., lands deal in midst of pandemic

Dymax will invest over $21 million for a new manufacturing plant in Gaston County, N.C. The company is a maker of chemicals used in a variety of industry sectors. The project will create 59 jobs.

 

Fed official predicts shutdowns for 18 months

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari said in the spring quarter that the U.S. economy could see "rolling shutdowns" as the coronavirus outbreak flares and subsides based on opening the economy. Kashkari said on CBS's "Face the Nation" that flare-ups of the virus will continue until there is a vaccine. He used the example of other countries that have opened their economies followed by a second wave of the virus.

 

JPMorgan sees contraction of 40 percent in second quarter

JPMorgan issued a report in the early spring predicting that U.S. gross domestic product will contract by 40 percent in the second quarter. Economists for the company also predict a second-half recovery based on the fact that the pandemic will fade in the second half of the year. They also predicted that the unemployment rate could rise in the second quarter to 20 percent.

 

Lockheed Martin hiring in Texas

One of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro's largest employers has hired 166 people for its plant in April and plans to hire 700 more this summer. Lockheed Martin fully assembles the F-35 fighter jet at its facilities in Fort Worth.

 

Trade through ports in Georgia falls in March

Trade through Georgia's ports dropped by 18.5 percent in March compared to March 2019. The drop was mostly due to a collapse in imports from Asia.

 

Airbus pauses production at Mobile, Ala., plant

Netherlands-based aerospace corporation Airbus is halting production at its only U.S. plant in Mobile, Ala. The decision to suspend production of the A220 and A320 model planes is due to the coronavirus and high inventory levels as airlines see revenue drop as much as 90 percent in the spring quarter.

 

New CEO named for Alabama State Port Authority

John Driscoll, the maritime director at the Port of Oakland, has been named the new CEO of the Alabama State Port Authority. Driscoll replaces Jimmy Lyons, who has been the CEO for the port for more than two decades.

 

More Texans filed for unemployment than in all of 2019

In the last two weeks of March and the first two weeks of April, more than 760,000 people in Texas applied for unemployment insurance. That's more than the 700,000 people who filed for unemployment in all of 2019.

 

One third in the U.S. did not pay their rent in April

Only 69 percent of households paid their rent in April as unemployment rose to unprecedented levels as a result of the coronavirus. Eighty-one percent paid their rent in March.

 

Farmers leave fruits and vegetables to rot

Farmers in all 15 Southern states plowed under or left fruits and vegetables to rot in their fields. The farmer's produce is not selling because restaurants, theme parks and schools closed because of the virus.

 

Japanese automakers furloughing workers in the Southern Automotive Corridor by the tens of thousands

Nissan and Honda are furloughing workers without pay at their plants in the South because of the coronavirus. In April, Nissan said it would furlough about 10,000 workers at its plants in Mississippi and Tennessee calling the move a temporary shutdown. Honda will furlough about 14,400 workers at its plants in the U.S. The furloughed workers will keep their benefits such as health care.

 

Boeing closes plants in Washington and South Carolina

Chicago-based Boeing has suspended all production of airliners at its plants in Washington State and South Carolina. The company announced it would buy out employee contracts to avoid typical layoffs. The closures affect tens of thousands of workers and will remain until further notice. In April, Boeing officials said it will reopen its 787 facilities in Washington State by May 1.

 

Raleigh company to create more than 1,000 jobs

Raleigh, N.C.-based Bandwidth announced in the spring it will invest $100 million in a major expansion of its Research Triangle facilities. The project includes a new headquarters and more than 1,000 jobs created. Bandwidth sells software to technology firms for message and voice applications.

 

Kentucky governor cited by U.S. News and World Report

New Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear was named by U.S. News and World Report as the top governor in the country in governing through the coronavirus pandemic. Beshear earned a score of 4.44 percent out of 5 percent. In the publication's poll, 86 percent said Beshear was doing a good or excellent job at governing during the crisis.

 

Virus devastates U.S. economy and here is one reason why

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, two thirds of workers such as those in retail, lodging and restaurant services cannot work from home. In fact, the research showed that only 37 out of every 100 jobs can be performed remotely.

 

UN Labor Agency said virus to wipe out 195 million jobs globally in the second quarter of 2020

The United Nations' International Labor Organization reported in the spring quarter that the coronavirus pandemic will snuff out 6.7 percent of working hours worldwide in the second quarter. That is equivalent of 195 million full-time workers with a standard 48-hour work week.

 

South Carolina automakers shut plants down

Volvo and BMW closed their plants in South Carolina in March until further notice. Volvo, which employs about 1,500 workers currently in Berkeley County and is in the midst of a major expansion to add a SUV line, saw its sales drop 31.2 percent in March worldwide. BMW, which houses about 11,000 workers at its plant in Spartanburg County, saw sales drop by 15.3 percent in the first quarter in the U.S.

 

Texas' economy gets slammed

Texas, which has one of the largest state economies in the country, is being challenged economically like never before. Home to American and Southwest Airlines, the airline industry has seen tens of thousands of layoffs and as much as a 90 percent drop in revenue. The state's ports are struggling and its oil industry, one of the largest in the world has collapsed.

 

Longest stretch of job growth ends in March

The longest job-creating recovery in American history ended in March 2020 after nearly 11 years. In three weeks in March and April, nearly 18 million people lost their jobs.

 

Truist buys Charlotte headquarters tower

Truist, the new bank formed by the mergers of Winston-Salem-based BB&T and Atlanta-based SunTrust banks, purchased its headquarters in Charlotte in the spring quarter. The new bank is relocating to the 966,000-square-foot tower formerly named the Hearst Tower. The bank will rename the building the Truist Center.

 

Boat manufacturer to add jobs in North Carolina

Correct Craft, a Florida-based company that recently purchased Beaufort, N.C.-based Parker Boats, announced in the spring it will create 38 new jobs in an expansion of the Carteret County plant. The company will invest $1.7 million in the expansion.

 

Norfolk Southern officially announces the relocation of its headquarters to Atlanta

Norfolk Southern, a Fortune 500 company, officially announced what everyone already knew in the spring quarter — that it is relocating its headquarters from Virginia to downtown Atlanta. The railroad is relocating hundreds of jobs over the course of a couple of years.

 

Financial services firm hiring 300 in Dallas-Fort Worth

Fidelity Investments is hiring 300 workers at its six offices in Dallas-Fort Worth as the company's clients are trying to navigate the coronavirus financial disaster. Fidelity employs over 5,000 workers in Dallas-Fort Worth, including at its 332-acre campus in Westlake.

 

Austin remains fastest growing U.S. city

Austin's metro population jumped to 2.3 million in 2019. That was an increase of 2.8 percent from the prior year. The growth rate makes Austin the fastest growing city in the U.S. for the ninth consecutive year.

 

Fed says job losses could hit 47 million

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs since the nation was hit with the coronavirus. Economists at the St. Louis Federal Reserve estimated in the spring that the worst is yet to come with up to 47 million losing their jobs. If that happens, the unemployment rate would rise to 32.1 percent.

 

Manufacturer to open distribution center in Virginia

Navien, a manufacturer and distributor of tankless water heaters, is opening a distribution center in James City County, Va. The 300,000-square-foot facility will act as a distribution center for the first two years and then phase into a manufacturing plant. The project will create 180 jobs.

 

Fastest sell-off ever in stocks

The S&P took only 22 days to fall 30 percent from its record highs on February 19, 2020. It was the fastest drop in S&P history according to Bank of America Securities. The second, third and fourth fastest drops in U.S. history happened during the Great Depression in 1934, 1931 and 1929.

 

Automotive supplier expanding in Alabama

Hayashi Telempu North America (HTNA), a Michigan-based supplier of automotive interior components, is expanding its plant in Walker County, Ala. The $7 million project will create 19 jobs.

 

As the coronavirus spreads, Amazon to hire 100,000 nationwide

Amazon.com announced in the spring it will hire an additional 100,000 workers in the U.S. Over 6,000 of those will be in North Texas and 2,000 in North Carolina.

 

Italian company to establish manufacturing facility in New Orleans

Iriapak, a packaging film manufacturer, announced in the spring it will invest $7 million in a new facility in Eastern New Orleans. The company makes packaging for home paper products. The project will create 25 full-time jobs.

 

Google to invest $10 billion in U.S. offices and data centers this year

Google said in February it will invest $10 billion in offices and data centers this year. In the South, the investments will be made in Oklahoma, Georgia and Texas.

 

Collins Aerospace expands in Texas

A subsidiary of United Technologies, Collins Aerospace, is expanding its plant in Haltom City, Texas. The company is closing a Fort Worth facility to move into a larger one. The deal will create 40 jobs.

 

Allegiant to establish a base of operations at Concord Airport in Concord, N.C.

Allegiant will invest $50 million to establish a new aircraft base in Concord. It will be the airline's 21st aircraft base. The deal will create 66 jobs.

 

New manufacturing plant slated for Hickory, N.C.

ITM Isotopen, a joint venture, will build a new plant in Hickory, N.C. The company will produce a new generation of radiopharmaceuticals to treat cancer patients. The $12 million facility, when built, will house 137 workers.


March 2020

United Plastics expands Houston plant

Texas-based United Plastics Group has expanded its Houston plant’s manufacturing and assembly space. The nearly 17,000-square-foot expansion added about 25 jobs to the area in the last six months.

 

Auburn, Ala., auto supplier plans $24 million expansion

Germany-based wheel manufacturer Borbet Alabama is planning a $23.9 million expansion of its Auburn operation, creating 25 jobs over the next two years. The company makes light metal alloy wheels for the automotive industry.

 

Health-tech company to create 400 jobs in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Startup healthcare technology company Well will build its operations center in Chapel Hill, and will invest $3 million in Orange County, aiming to create at least 400 jobs. Well was incorporated in January 2019 and will primarily offer an app allowing customers to track health goals and navigate health care.

 

Missouri’s DRE Health o manufacture face masks

DRE Health Corporation, a Kansas City, Missouri-based manufacturer of medical supplies, plans to build a manufacturing plant for disposable gloves and disposable face masks in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. The project is expected to add several hundred jobs and cost upward of $40 million.

 

Radiopharmaceutical companies plan production complex in Hickory, N.C.

Isotopen Technologien München AG (ITM), a group of radiopharmaceutical companies, plans to construct a manufacturing facility in southeast Hickory, N.C., to produce a new generation of targeted drugs for the treatment of cancer. ITM plans to create 137 jobs and invest $12 million in machinery and equipment. An additional $5 million will be invested in new facility construction there.

 

Another tech company is moving from California to North Texas

Dasan Zhone Solutions (DZS), a provider of technology to the telecommunications industry, will be shifting its headquarters from Oakland to Plano. DZS, which has more than 700 employees, will keep a presence in the Silicon Valley.

 

Allegiant investing $50 million to establish base at Concord, N.C.’s airport

Allegiant Travel Company announced plans to establish a base of operations at Concord-Padgett Regional Airport. The Las Vegas-based company will invest $50 million, creating at least 66 high-wage jobs.

 

Citibank plans 500 high-tech hires in Brandon, Fla.

Citibank has plans to hire 500 high-tech, high-growth jobs by the end of 2020 in the Tampa Bay area. The jobs will be roughly two-thirds technology-focused and one-third operational, including data engineers, software engineers and business and data analysts.

 

Packaging manufacturer expands in Glasgow, Ky.

AtCorr Packaging Products, a manufacturer of corrugated shipping products, will invest $780,000 to expand production in Barren County, Ky. The company plans to hire 31 full-time associates.

 

Crown Holdings begins construction in Bowling Green, Ky.

Philadelphia-based Crown Holdings has begun construction on a 327,000-square-foot beverage-can manufacturing facility, costing nearly $150 million, at Kentucky Transpark in Bowling Green. The company plans to hire 126 in Warren County for a spring 2021 opening.

 

Recycled pulp facility coming to Chesapeake, Va.

Total Fiber Recovery will invest $49 million to establish its first recycled pulp production facility in Chesapeake, Va. The company plans to create 68 new jobs to process mixed paper and other recycled fiber from the region’s materials recovery facilities. The pulp product created will be transported to paper plants to become new products.

 

Thnks relocates HQ to Williamson County, Tenn.

Thnks will relocate its corporate headquarters from New York City to Williamson County, creating 50 jobs over the next three years. Thnks provides a digital platform that enables users to send gestures of appreciation to improve client relationships, such as coffee for a busy week or a rideshare on a rainy day.

 

Printing facility reopens in Henrico County, Va.

Tulsa, Okla.-based Moore DM Group will invest more than $31 million to establish Richmond Print Group in the former Colortree Group printing facility in Henrico County, Va., creating 239 new jobs. The company will prioritize hiring employees who lost their jobs by the closure of Colortree last year. While the operation will focus on technology and printing, it will also manufacture envelopes used for direct mail.

 

Volkswagen Chattanooga ramps up hiring

Volkswagen Chattanooga announced its goal of hiring up to 600 production employees over the next three months. “As we continue to grow our Tennessee operations as Volkswagen’s North American hub for electric vehicle manufacturing, we must also grow our team,” said Tom du Plessis, president and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga.

 

Amazon now hiring 1,500 in Bessemer, Ala.

Amazon is now hiring for 1,500 full-time positions at its new fulfillment center in Bessemer. The 850,000-square-foot fulfillment center, which was the largest economic development project announced in Birmingham over the past decade, represented a $325 million investment for the online retail giant and received a heavy dose of incentives.

 

American Airlines makes a huge investment in Oklahoma

Fort Worth-based American Airlines is making a $550 million investment in its Tech Ops maintenance complex in Tulsa, Okla. – the largest investment the company has ever made in a maintenance facility. The project is also the largest capital investment in Tulsa’s history, said Mayor G.T. Bynum.

 

Hundreds of new jobs for Mississippi Delta

Jobs opportunities are coming to Clarksdale, Miss., with the opening of the Robotics Process Automation Center of Excellence. Employees at the center will program computers to do tasks such as payroll, documentation and banking. The center will create over 200 jobs for the area.

 

$150 million lumber plant hiring in Georgia

The $150 million, 320,000-square-foot Georgia Pacific lumber plant in Dougherty County is almost fully operational. The plant is looking to hire about 40 new employees.

 

Auburn, Ala., expanding manufacturing industries

Auburn is expanding due to two industrial expansions that will invest $28.9 million into the community and create 20 job opportunities. Lottee Chemical Alabama manufactures polypropylene resin material for cars and homes. This is the company’s second major expansion. Aptar CPS Technologies is a material science company that creates packing solutions to protect products.

 

Fiberglass manufacturer adding jobs in North Carolina expansion

A Germany-based fiberglass manufacturer is expanding its operations in Huntersville, N.C., with plans to build a manufacturing facility there. Saertex multiCom will invest $24.8 million in a new, 105,000-square-foot fiberglass and carbon-liner plant, adding 45 jobs while retaining 34 employees from its existing facility.

 

Eastman coating Martinsville, Va., with growth and jobs

Investing more than $50 million in the Martinsville area over the past eight years, Eastman Chemical Company, headquartered in Kingsport, Tenn., has continued to solidify its claims as a leading manufacturer of high-performance window tint and paint protection film for automotive applications and window film for residential and commercial applications. The company’s recently announced move to the former Stanley Furniture building was one of the largest expansions the Martinsville area experienced in 2019.

 

Envision Modular invests $25.1 million to expand in Hawesville, Ky.

Envision Modular, which manufactures prefabricated modular buildings, will invest $25.1 million to refurbish the 200,000-square-foot former Alcoa building in Hancock County Industrial Park and expand operations in Hawesville. The company plans to hire 85 full-time associates.

 

Logistics company adding 300 jobs in Tennessee

CEVA Logistics, which operates multiple fulfillment centers in Wilson County, Tenn., projects adding 300 more jobs in the next 18 months. The French-owned company already employs a workforce of about 1,200 there in Mt. Juliet and Lebanon.

 

New customs facility in Hendry County, Fla., to bring 1,700 jobs

A new state-of-the-art customs and border protection facility will be built at Airglades International Airport, 100 miles north of Miami, to help with trade (especially perishable imports like fruits, vegetables and fish) between the U.S. and Latin America. The $2.1 million facility is expected to create 1,700 long-term jobs in Hendry County.

 

Steel maker hosting jobs fair in Hammond, La.

Southland Steel Fabricators is hosting a job fair in Hammond alongside the Louisiana Economic Development department as it aims to hire 70 new workers in the coming months. The company needs welders and fitters.

 

Toyota Financial Services opens hub in Georgia

Toyota Financial Services -- the finance and insurance brand for Toyota in the United States -- will open a new office in Alpharetta and become one of three “hub” locations for the company that support automotive dealers across the nation. The investment of more than $8 million will bring 150 new jobs to Fulton County.

 

Freshpet to manufacture in Texas

New Jersey-based Freshpet will build a pet food manufacturing facility in Ennis, Texas. The new facility will create 427 jobs and more than $264 million in capital investment. As an incentive, the company will receive a Texas Enterprise Fund grant of $2,138,000.

 

Shady Rays to hire 38 in Shelby County, Ky.

A sunglasses maker headquartered in Simpsonville, Ky., that operates under the name Shady Rays, plans to hire 38 full-time positions with a $400,000 expansion at its office and distribution center there.

 

Explosives company expanding in Tennessee

Accurate Energetic Systems, a company that manufactures a wide range of explosives for the defense, aerospace and other industries, will invest approximately $9.7 million to modernize and expand its operations in McEwen, Tenn. The project is expected to create 80 jobs.

 

Another biopharma expansion for North Carolina

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies has broken ground on a $54 million expansion of its bio-manufacturing facilities in Morrisville. The investment is part of a $90 million Fujifilm Corporation commitment to meet growing customer demand for biopharmaceuticals.

 

Chemical company to expand in Livingston Parish, La.

Specialty chemical manufacturer Bercen Chemicals plans to invest another $10 million for an expansion in Denham Springs, La. Several weeks ago, Bercen was acquired by Indianapolis-based Vertellus, which makes the mosquito repellant known as DEET.

The project will add eight jobs.

 

Therachem expanding footprint in Chelsea, Ala.

Therachem Research Medilab will be expanding with a second location in Chelsea, Ala.

The global service provider for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies will create 20 new full-time jobs with an average annual salary of $70,000. The project will see an investment of $5 million.

 

Big fishery gets bigger in Florida

Atlantic Sapphire plans to make a $340 million investment to build a 1.1-million-square-foot fish processing plant in Miami, retaining 54 workers and creating 237 new jobs. The new facility would be in addition to the company’s salmon recirculating aquaculture system facility there, which is one of the largest aquaculture farms planned in the world.

 

Hart County, Ky., food plant to invest $92.8 million

Salad dressing maker, T. Marzetti Co., plans to expand its Hart County plant with a $92.8 million investment creating up to 140 full-time jobs.

 

Engineering firm creating 83 jobs in Kenton County, Ky.

Technology engineering firm STEP CG plans to expand its headquarters in Kenton County into new office space, creating at least 83 high-wage jobs. The company plans to

invest nearly $5.3 million in the project.

 

IT firm establishing new HQ in Covington, Ky.

Pennsylvania-based Gentis Solutions plans to establish its new corporate headquarters in Covington and create 80 jobs in the process.

 

SimpliSafe creating 572 new jobs in Virginia

Boston-based SimpliSafe, a producer of home security systems, will invest $5.5 million to establish a customer support operation in Henrico County, Va. The project will create 572 new jobs.

 

Collins Aerospace Systems landing all over the South

Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., announced plans to lease a new $10.6 million facility on Jacksonville Fla.’s Northside and add more than 100 jobs to manufacture polymer components for military customers. Collins also expects to create 40 new jobs as it expands its landing systems operations in Haltom City near Dallas-Fort Worth. That facility will perform wheel and brake maintenance, repair and overhaul operations and landing gear assembly. The company will close its existing landing gear facility in Fort Worth in March.

 

Publix building distribution center in Greensboro, N.C.

Publix Super Markets has broken ground on a new refrigerated distribution center in Greensboro, N.C. The Lakeland, Fla.-based grocer said the Greensboro facility is expected to cost $400 million and create up to 1,000 jobs.

 

N3 adding 80 jobs in Charleston, W.Va.

N3, a company that assists businesses in maximizing online sales and marketing, is adding 80 new jobs in Charleston to support continued growth from top tier clients such as Microsoft, IBM and Cisco.

 

Halter Marine’s $10 million expansion to create 100 jobs in Pascagoula, Miss.

Ship maintenance and repair company ST Engineering Halter Marine and Offshore  (STEHMO), is expanding in Pascagoula. The $10 million corporate investment will create 100 jobs. The expansion will enable the company to perform new commercial repair work for larger ships and oil platforms.

 

Thirty jobs headed to Brookhaven, Miss.

Iowa-based Keystone Electrical Manufacturing is expanding to Brookhaven, investing $4 million and creating 30 jobs, with hiring to start the first week of March. Brookhaven is a small city in Lincoln County, Miss.

 

Lubbock, Texas, announces 302 new jobs

The Lubbock Economic Development Alliance recently announced the expansion of two businesses, adding more than 300 jobs and $5 million in capital investment to the local economy. AT&T is bolstering its local call center and will add 300 new jobs. Corteva Agriscience, an agricultural chemical and seed company, will expand its North Lubbock location for a seed research center, investing $5 million and adding two new jobs.

 

Google to invest $10 billion in 2020

Google has announced its 2020 expansion plans, which will build its footprint in 11 US states. The company has pledged to invest “more than $10 billion” in offices and data centers in Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, California and Colorado.

 

James City County, Va., announces 180 jobs, $77.5 million investment

James City County has announced that condensing tech company, Navien, will establish its first U.S. manufacturing facility for water heaters and boilers at the former Lumber Liquidators facility there. The company will invest $77.5 million and hire 180 people.

 

Progressive on hiring spree in Florida

Ohio-based Progressive Insurance has announced plans to hire up to 8,000 employees this year across the U.S. One thousand of those are planned for Tampa, and another 270 are expected to be hired in St. Petersburg.

 

Ten million dollar investment coming to Greenville, S.C.

Germany-based abat AG and sister company Adah International announced new operations in Greenville County. Their $10 million investment is expected to create 35 new jobs. Abat markets software solutions to commercial customers.

 

Jetstream adding 103 jobs in North Carolina

Aircraft maintenance and refurbishment company, Jetstream Aviations, in Kinston expects to create 103 jobs over two years. Gov. Roy Cooper announced Feb. 25, that the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved a grant to increase water pressure to meet the fire suppression needs for the Jetstream facility at the Global TransPark, which led to the increased hiring.

 

Gulfstream investing $35 million in Texas expansion

Business jet maker Gulfstream plans to build a $35 million maintenance facility at Alliance Airport in Denton County, adding 50 new jobs and stealing another 150 to 200 people from its Dallas Love Field operation. The service center will perform maintenance on Gulfstream’s fleet of business jets.

 

Amazon eyes fulfillment center in Prince George County, Va.

Amazon is expanding its operations in Virginia with plans to open a new fulfillment center in Prince George County. The online retailer is leasing a former Ace Hardware warehouse to serve as a fulfillment center for the company’s Amazon Basics line of products. The center is expected to employ 150 people, adding to Amazon’s current workforce of more than 10,000 full-time employees in Virginia.

 

Mannington Mills investing $22 million in Calhoun, Ga.

Due to increased customer demand for domestically produced luxury vinyl flooring, manufacturer Mannington Mills will invest $22 million to expand in Gordon County. The company purchased a 10.5 acre site in Calhoun and plans to create 268 jobs.

 

Premier Automation locates facility in Alpharetta, Ga.

Premier Automation, a leader in industrial automation and robotics solutions, is expanding operations into Forsyth County. The company worked with local and state officials for nearly a year before finalizing the purchase of a new building and 6.5 acres of property north of Atlanta.

 

Niagara bottling plans complex in Florence, S.C.

Niagara Bottling, which manufactures a variety of bottled water and beverage products, plans to establish a production campus at Pee Dee Touchstone Energy Commerce Park in Florence. The company will invest more than $70 million to construct a facility that is expected to create 70 jobs over the next five years.

 

Atlantic Casualty Insurance expands HQ in Goldsboro, N.C.

Atlantic Casualty Insurance Company, a provider of commercial insurance products, will expand its existing Wayne County headquarters with an investment of more than $11.8 million. The company plans to create 83 jobs.

 

Sonic Automotive to locate regional HQ in Gwinnett County, Ga.

Sonic Automotive, a Fortune 500 Company and one of the largest retailers of new and pre-owned vehicles in the United States, will locate a dealership and regional headquarters for EchoPark Automotive in Duluth, creating 130 new jobs and investing $20 million in the project.

 

New coal mine coming to Tuscaloosa County, Ala.

A new coal mine to be built in northern Tuscaloosa County will bring 350 high-paying jobs (starting salary is $85,000 a year). The underground coal mine will be built by Warrior Met Coal, which will invest $578 million.

 

“Game-Changer”: 100 new jobs in Webster Parish, La.

Canadian manufacturer E.I. Williams Industries will create 100 new jobs in Sarepta, La. The company will locate in an existing building and invest $700,000 to manufacture industrial sound control equipment. "One hundred jobs in a rural area really moves the needle," North Louisiana Economic Partnership President Scott Martinez told USA Today Network. "It's a game-changer."

 

Macy’s to open tech hub in Atlanta

Macy's will open a tech hub in Midtown Atlanta, adding 600-plus jobs, making it one of the first tenants of a newly constructed $80 million building called T3 West Midtown building. Macy's confirmed it will invest $14 million on the technology hub there that will employ 630. Most of the jobs will be in software development.

 

Texas A&M announces $550 million medical complex

The Texas A&M University System will build a $550 million complex in the Texas Medical Center. The development will include two new towers and one renovated building.

 

Plumrose USA to expand in Missouri

Plumrose USA, a prepared foods and packaged meat company, is planning to build a new bacon facility in Moberly, Mo. The facility in Randolph County is expected to bring nearly 200 new jobs to the region and represents more than $68 million in capital investment.

 

Update on Amazon HQ2

Amazon says it has more than 600 employees at its second headquarters in Crystal City, Va., — a fairly significant jump considering there were 400 employees there as of late December. There are currently nearly 550 job openings for Arlington on the company’s listing page. An Amazon spokesperson said the company began hiring for HQ2 ahead of schedule in April 2019.

 

Louisiana textile mill hiring hundreds more than expected

Louisiana-based Vidalia Mills is now turning over a limited amount of product and plans to ramp up production in the near future. However, the mill, which is located in Vidalia, La., just across the Mississippi River from Natchez, Miss., will require more employees than originally planned. Initial projection was 300 hires, the number has grown to nearly 500.

 

Gene therapy company investing $100 million in Sanford, N.C., creating 200 jobs

Audentes Therapeutics, a genetic medicines company, will create 209 new jobs in Lee County, investing $109 million to locate a manufacturing facility there. The primary focus of the company is rare neuromuscular diseases.

 

Nebraska Plastics expands North Carolina plant

Nebraska Plastics, a vinyl fence manufacturer, will invest more than $1 million to develop a manufacturing facility in Edenton, N.C. The company plans to hire 22 new associates in Chowan County.

 

Cybersecurity  company opening HQ in Virginia

GRIMM, a cybersecurity engineering and consulting firm, will invest $435,000 to expand and establish a corporate headquarters operation in Stafford County, Va. The company is expected to create 23 new jobs.

 

Window film maker opens $40 million HQ in Florida

Madico, previously headquartered in Massachusetts, has opened its new location in Pinellas, which consolidates the company’s existing offices in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Massachusetts. Madico has invested $40 million into the Florida site where it employs more than 200 people.

 

Electrical supplier opens massive facility in Florida

Lighting and electrical supplier TAMCO Group recently opened its new fulfillment and manufacturing facility in Port St. Lucie, consolidating its operations from across five locations. The company said the new building’s footprint spans nearly nine acres under one roof, or the equivalent of more than 6.5 football fields. Over 200 people are currently employed there.

 

Concrete manufacturer to locate new facility in North Carolina

In Edgecombe County, Armorock will establish a new manufacturing facility for its polymer concrete structures. The company will invest $6.6 million in the facility in Battleboro and create 55 jobs. Armorock has produced wastewater collection structures for more than 50 years. 

 

Ynot Italian plans corporate HQ in Virginia Beach

An Italian restaurant that currently employs about 450 people in Hampton Roads will be the owner and anchor at a new Virginia Beach office building. The headquarters will consolidate Ynot’s scattered office locations and act as a home base for the restaurant’s franchising and expansion plans. Around 15 to 20 people will work there.

 

Nucor considering $300 million expansion of South Carolina operation

Nucor is considering a $300 million expansion of its Berkeley County, S.C., steel operations as part of a multi-billion-dollar capital spending plan. Berkeley County has given initial approval for tax breaks for the expansion.

 

Metal fabricator expands in Mount Croghan, S.C.

Douglas Machine Shop, a custom metal fabricator, plans to invest more than $2.5 million to expand its current operations in Mount Croghan. The expansion will add 8,000 square feet to the company’s existing building to increase manufacturing capabilities.

 

Universal Orlando to add 1,500 jobs

Universal Orlando Resort is kicking off another major hiring boom for some leadership positions, in addition to seeking to fill full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs. The theme park company, owned and operated by Philadelphia-based Comcast, will be filling up to 1,500 jobs. When the company’s Epic Universe theme park opens in 2023, another 14,000 new jobs will be created.

 

Healthcare IT firm expands in Tampa

Avalon Healthcare Solutions, a healthcare information technology company focused on medical benefit management, is expanding its corporate office in Tampa, Fla., creating 40 new positions.

 

Dormant ethane cracker near Lake Charles, La., restarts after $175 million investment

An ethane cracker in Calcasieu Parish that had been shuttered for nearly two decades was renovated and has been restarted. In 2015, Thailand-based Indorama Ventures struck a deal with then-Governor Bobby Jindal’s administration for economic incentives in exchange for a $175 million investment. Indorama sought to take advantage of cheap natural gas as a feedstock and power supply coming from the Permian Basin in west Texas.

 

Tech firm hiring 160 in Lafayette, La.

Canadian technology firm CGI is looking to fill 160 new jobs for its Louisiana operations. The technology industry continues to grow in Lafayette despite recent struggles at Waitr, the restaurant delivery company headquartered there that’s had three rounds of layoffs in the past year.

 

Jax gets $93 million for port deepening

Jacksonville’s deepening of the St. Johns River is in line for an additional $93 million from the federal government. JaxPort called it a “milestone” for the $484 million project that will deepen 11 miles of river from a depth of 40 feet down to 47 feet.

 

Auto supplier announces $58 million expansion in Anderson, S.C.

NTN Driveshaft has announced a $58 million expansion and the addition of 140 new employees at its facility in Anderson. The company, headquartered in Japan, first announced the construction of a new plant in Anderson in 2016 with an initial investment of $84.5 million and the creation of 300 jobs.

 

Major shipping hub eyes DFW Airport location

One of the country’s biggest mattress firms — Kentucky-based Tempur Sealy — is taking a big block of space near the south end of DFW Airport. No word yet on projected hires for the 585,000-square-foot distribution hub in Irving.

 

Misfits Gaming Group relocating HQ to Palm Beach County, Fla.

Misfits Gaming Group is investing more than $1.35 million to relocate its corporate headquarters to Boca Raton. The e-sports and gaming leader in the information technology industry will create 30 new jobs with average salaries of $95,500.

 

New distillery headed for Lexington, Ky.

Fresh Bourbon Distilling plans to construct a new distillery and create about 25 jobs in Lexington. The company will construct a 34,000-square-foot distillery near Lexington’s Distillery District to produce the company’s new line of bourbons and other whiskeys, as well as host tours and guided tastings.

 

Food distribution facility coming to Hammond, La.

Scariano Wholesale Foods plans a $10 million expansion of its distribution facility near Hammond, La. The family owned company specializes in the delivery of protein products, including pork, beef, poultry, seafood and more.

 

Manufacturer expands Kentucky plant

Logan Corporation, a dump truck bed manufacturer, will expand its plant in Salyersville, Ky. The company plans to invest $1.2 million.

 

Houston company to build segment of NASA Space Station

NASA has selected Houston-based Axiom Space to build a privately funded platform that will attach to the International Space Station. Axiom is partnering with Boeing and other contractors on the project that could cost $2 billion and create approximately 1,000 jobs.

 

ePac Flexible Packaging to open plant in Henrico County, Va.

ePac Flexible Packaging is spending $6.5 million to open a production site in Henrico County, creating 35 jobs. ePac makes digitally printed flexible packaging for bakery products, frozen foods and beauty products to name a few.

Aetna filling 380 new jobs in Highpoint, N.C.

Health insurer Aetna is solidifying its status as one of High Point’s largest employers through an ongoing expansion that will create at least 380 jobs by the end of the year. Hiring has been steady as the company has expanded its footprint to encompass 142,000 square feet.

 

Small town in South Carolina may get $1.5 billion plant and 1,000 jobs

The small town of Lane in Williamsburg County, S.C., may soon have a new CETS Waste-to-Energy recycling plant. It is expected to cost $1.5 billion, and the initial construction would employ more than 1,000 people. Following a visit from CETS, the Mayor of Lane says they are planning for the largest thing to ever come to their town, and something they expect will give the town a much needed economic boost.

 

New industry for Walterboro, S.C.

Wayne Brothers Companies of Davidson, N.C., will open a facility in Walterboro, S.C., creating 75 jobs. The concrete construction company will locate a new regional operations center in Walterboro, as part of a long-term plan to support growing businesses in South Carolina and Georgia. Wayne Brothers will invest $7 million and create 75 jobs.

 

U.S. Space and Rocket Center hiring in Huntsville, Ala.

Between now and May, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center says it will hire 400 to 500 people for full-time and part-time jobs currently available.

 

AI company opens U.S. headquarters in Fairfax County, Va.

Based in Belgium, Omina Technologies, a company focused on artificial intelligence, has opened its first U.S. headquarters in Tysons. “The decision to expand our presence into Washington’s high-tech corridor was a logical step in our business growth strategy,” said Brian Alexander, Omina Technologies’ CEO North America. Omina Technologies also has an office in Miami.

 

Dallas-Fort Worth led the nation's MSAs in job creation in 2019

The Dallas-Fort Worth metro area led the nation in job creation among the U.S.'s MSAs in calendar year 2019, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. New, relocating and expanding businesses created 127,600 jobs in DFW in 2019, besting New York and Los Angeles, both of which created nearly 100,000 jobs. Job growth in DFW was 3.4 percent in 2019. That total ranked third nationally, behind Raleigh, N.C. (3.7 percent) and Austin (3.5 percent) in markets of 1 million or more people. 

 

Forbes cites Opportunity Alabama

In the winter quarter, Forbes magazine cited the Birmingham-based nonprofit, Opportunity Alabama, as the best opportunity zone community organization for rural communities. Forbes recognized 10 opportunity zone community organizations that show how OZ policy can be used as an economic tool.

 

Louisiana ports suffer in age of trade wars

Louisiana's biggest ports saw falling shipments of steel, petrochemicals and other commodities in the second half of 2019. Cargo volumes at the Port of New Orleans fell 25 percent in the last six months of last year and the much larger Port of South Louisiana saw a 15 percent drop in total cargo.

 

Seaboard's hog slaughtering plant in Oklahoma to add jobs

Guymon, Okla.'s Seaboard hog processing plant is undergoing a $100 million expansion. The 1,500-employee plant will add 200 jobs.

 

Spirit Airlines to bring 345 jobs to Tennessee

Spirit Airlines is locating an operations control center to Williamson County, Tenn. About 240 jobs will be relocations from Florida and the company will add 100 local hires. The project calls for an $11 million investment.

 

Korean battery maker begins hiring of 2,000 in Georgia

SK Battery, a South Korean maker of lithium batteries, has started hiring for its new plant in Jackson County, Ga. The company is expected to hire 2,000 workers.

 

Amazon expanding footprint in Texas

Amazon has announced it will locate a 1 million-square-foot warehouse in Irving, Texas, near DFW International Airport. The e-commerce giant will hire 1,000 for the warehouse that was built in 2018 on a speculative basis. The space is being retrofitted for about $53 million and could be completed by August. Amazon is also expanding in Far East Dallas with a lease to occupy the Eastpoint Distribution Center next to Union Pacific Railway’s intermodal yard. The building was occupied by Shippers Warehouse, which vacated the property last summer.

 

Blue Ridge Optics expanding in Virginia

Blue Ridge Optics — a producer of high tech optic lenses used in aerospace engineering, medicine and surveillance — plans to expand its business and create additional jobs. The company will invest $695,000 in new equipment and upgrades at its facility in Bedford, Va., which will lead to the creation of 10 new positions.

 

Missouiri’s medical marijuana facilities to fill thousands of jobs

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has approved 60 medical marijuana cultivation sites and 192 dispensary locations. According to the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association, they predict the industry will create 4,000 jobs and generate an economic impact of $500 million on the state's economy.

 

Autozone readies for downtown Memphis expansion

A building permit was just filed for AutoZone’s previously announced $145 million downtown digital expansion project. In addition to work at AutoZone’s headquarters, the expansion will also include two other buildings in Memphis, Tenn. In total, the project is expected to create 130 jobs.

 

Technology company hiring in South Florida

Accelirate, an automation and robotics firm, is expanding its headquarters in Sunrise, Fla. The company is adding about 120 jobs.

 

New corps headquarters slated for Fort Knox, Ky.

The Department of the Army has selected Fort Knox, Ky. to be the home of the headquarters of the Fifth Corps. The new headquarters will support U.S. forces and operations in Europe. The move will bring 635 soldiers to Fort Knox.

 

Cabinet maker to open plant in South Carolina

Prodigy Cabinetry, a maker of European-styled wooden cabinets, is investing $2.5 million in a new plant in Greenville, S.C. The plant will house 80 workers.

 

GEICO adding jobs in Georgia

Insurance provider GEICO is adding jobs at its Macon campus. The company is hiring 500 workers.

 

Manufacturer to expand in St. Tammany Parish, La.

Allpax Products, a maker of food and pharmaceutical equipment, is expanding its facilities in St. Tammany Parish, La. The company is investing $7 million to add 80,000 square feet of space.

 

Malaysian manufacturer to open plant in South Carolina

Scientex Packaging Film, a manufacturer of stretch film, is investing $43 million in a new plant in Lancaster County, S.C. The company, which exports to over 60 countries, is hiring 69 in the deal.

 

Manufacturer to expand in Nashville

Genesco, a manufacturer of footwear, accessories and apparel, is investing $31 million to expand in Nashville. The company is adding 60 jobs.

 

Tool manufacturer to locate another distribution center in North Mississippi

Milwaukee Tool is opening its third distribution center in Olive Branch, Miss. The $8.7 million project will create 100 jobs.

 

Continental to invest $100 million in Texas

Michigan-based Continental, an automotive parts manufacturer, is investing $100 million in a new plant in New Braunfels, Texas. The project will retain 400 jobs and create 130 more. The company will make radar sensors for the automotive industry at the new facility.

 

Georgia sets another export record

Even though its exports to China were down 21 percent, Georgia set a new record of $41.2 billion in exports in calendar year 2019. Georgia's imports from China as a result of the tariffs dropped by 17 percent to $19.8 billion.

 

Corpus Christi port gets $100 million

The Port of Corpus Christi, the largest single site for crude oil exports, had $100 million set aside in President Trump's 2021 budget for improvements at the port. It is the third consecutive year that the Port of Corpus Christi has been included in the President's proposed budget.

 

Verizon to invest $285 million in new Texas project

Verizon announced in the winter quarter it will invest $285 million in a new project in Las Colinas, Texas. The expansion will cover 2.3 million square feet of high-rise office buildings. The campus will have parking for 3,600 spaces, meaning the job count for the project would be in the thousands.

 

Company relocates to Charlotte

Glatfelter, a manufacturer of engineered products is relocating its headquarters from York, Pa. to Charlotte. Of the 70 employees at its Pennsylvania headquarters, about 50 or 60 are expected to relocate to Charlotte.

 

Port of Mobile to receive hundreds of millions to dredge channel

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has allocated $274.3 million to deepen the Port of Mobile for fiscal year 2020. The funding is the federal government's full share to widen and deepen the navigation channel.

 

Truck manufacturer breaks ground on Alabama expansion

Navistar broke ground on an expansion of its plant in Huntsville in the winter quarter. The company assembles commercial trucks and buses. The deal is expected to result in 145 new jobs, doubling the plant’s current workforce.

 

Sherwin-Williams to keep HQ in Cleveland, Ohio

Sherwin-Williams will keep its headquarters in Cleveland, where it has been for more than 100 years. The company had done site searches to relocate its headquarters to either Atlanta, Dallas or Charlotte. Sherwin-Williams employs about 3,000 at its headquarters in Cleveland.

 

Atlanta airport $82 billion in economic impact

Hartsfield-Jackson International, the world's busiest airport, had an economic impact of $82 billion in 2019. More than 63,000, including concession workers, customer service agents, flight attendants, pilots and contractors are employed at the facility.

 

Port of Savannah expanding

The Port of Savannah is set to expand by more than 145 acres, executive director Grill Lynch announced in February. The container terminal space expansion is the largest in more than 20 years.

 

Logistics company adding jobs in Arkansas

Priority1, a third-party logistics services company, is adding 100 jobs in Little Rock. The company is also adding 100 more jobs nationwide.

 

Bakery undergoes multi-million expansion in rural Virginia

Empire Bakery, which makes cakes and desserts for stores like Kroger, is expanding in Franklin County, Va. The company is hiring dozens of new employees and investing $10 million in its bakery in Rocky Mount, Va.

 

Healthcare manufacturer expanding in Asheville, N.C.

Nypro, a maker of precision plastic products for the healthcare industry, is investing $18.5 million to expand operations in Asheville, N.C. The expansion in new technology and equipment will result in adding 68 new positions to a workforce that is currently 325.

 

Truck manufacturer to expand in rural Virginia

Custom Truck One Source, a manufacturer of specialized truck and heavy equipment, is investing $2.6 million to expand its operations in Bedford County, Va. The project will create 61 jobs.

 

Machining company expands in South Carolina

National Machining & Fabrication, a fabricator, retrofitter and welding company, is investing $4.2 million in its plant in York County, S.C. The project will create 40 new jobs. 

 

Intermodal firm moving HQ to Collierville, Tenn.

IMC, the largest intermodal firm in the Memphis area, is relocating its headquarters from Memphis to nearby Collierville, Tenn. The company is planning to build a 75,000-square-foot headquarters at Collierville's Schilling Farms. Over 150 workers will relocate to the new facility and the company will add 18 more.

 

Big expansion for Conagra in Jackson, Tenn.

Conagra Brands will invest $106 million to expand its food plant in Jackson, Tenn. The company is adding Tennessee Pride sausage and Sandwich Brothers of Wisconsin to the foods made at the Jackson Pinnacle Foods plant. The project will create 400 new jobs.

 

Florida-based pet products giant is setting up big call center in Texas

Florida-based Chewy Inc., is adding to its North Texas facilities in Richardson. The company is hiring 700 for the call center to handle customer service and order calls.

 

Bedding manufacturer expanding in Mississippi

Innocor, a bedding manufacturer, is investing $4.1 million to add a second line to its plant in Baldwyn, Miss. The project will create 90 jobs.

 

Waste handling equipment manufacturer adding jobs in Kentucky

Wastequip, a manufacturer of waste handling equipment, will locate a new $7.28 million distribution center in Mount Sterling, Ky. The deal will create 100 full-time jobs.

 

Newell Brands expanding in Tennessee

Atlanta-based Newell Brands, a consumer goods company, is investing $11 million to expand its campus in Shelbyville, Tenn. The company plans to add 115 workers. Newell Brands is a leading manufacturer and distributor of consumer goods including appliances and cookware, writing products, home fragrance and more.

 

Auto supplier to create more than 300 jobs in Tennessee

Adient, a manufacturer of automotive seating, is investing $23.5 million in its facility in Lexington, Tenn. The Michigan-based company will create 330 jobs in the deal.

 

South Carolina town puts moratorium on growth

Lake Wylie, S.C., a lakefront suburb of Charlotte, N.C., has seen its population triple since 2000 to 12,000. It has seen its schools fill up and the water system sometimes fails under increased demand. Commutes to and from Charlotte, which is 27 miles away, can take up to 90 minutes. Now the town wants to stop its growth.The York County Council has put a 16-month moratorium on commercial and residential rezoning requests and has ended any new apartment complexes.

 

Mack Trucks to open new Virginia facility

Mack Trucks will assemble a new line of medium-duty trucks in Roanoke County, Va. The company, a Volvo subsidiary, announced in the winter it will invest $13 million to open the new plant. The deal will create 250 jobs.

 

Manufacturer to set up new plant in coastal South Carolina

GreenCore Materials, a manufacturer of composite materials used to strengthen plastic, announced it was opening a new plant in Georgetown, S.C. The $10 million plant will house 74 workers.

 

Cybersecurity firm adding dozens of jobs in Virginia

Expel Inc., a Herndon, Va-based cybersecurity firm, is launching a $1.4 million expansion. The company is hiring an additional 164 workers.

 

Spain-based olive oil manufacturer to invest in its first U.S. operation

Acesur, an international olive oil manufacturer, will place its first U.S. production operation in Suffolk, Va. The new facility will process olive oil from products imported from Argentina, Australia and Spain. The $11 million plant will house 29 workers.

 

Steel supplier to invest $25 million in Kentucky

Tokai Carbon GE, a manufacturer of electrodes for the steel industry, is investing $25 million to upgrade its plant in Fulton County, Ky. The Japanese company is adding new equipment at the plant.

 

Georgia-Pacific to make $145 million investment in South Carolina

Georgia-Pacific is investing $145 million in its Dixie brand plant in Darlington, S.C. The investment is in upgrades to its paper plate and bowl manufacturing operations at the plant. 

 

Amazon to locate new fulfillment center in Memphis

Amazon is establishing a new fulfillment center in Memphis to ship books, electronics and other goods. The 855,000-square-foot facility will house 1,000 workers.


February 2020

The U.S. economy grew at 2.3 percent in 2019

Final numbers came out about growth in GDP for calendar year 2019 — 2.3 percent, which falls short of the 3 percent growth that was the goal of the current administration. Many economists have speculated that Trump's tariffs have slowed company expansions, especially for manufacturers. The economy grew at a pace of 2.9 percent in 2018 when President Trump and Congress passed the tax cuts.

 

U.S. population growth in 2019 was the lowest in a century

The annual population growth in the U.S. in 2019 was the lowest in 100 years. Population growth in 2019 was one half of one percent, lower growth than during the Great Depression in the 1930s, according to the Census. The U.S. population only grew by 1.5 million in 2019.

 

U.S. employers announced the highest number of job cuts in 2019 in four years

Even though unemployment sits in the middle 3s, employers in 2019 eliminated 592,556 jobs, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. That's a 10 percent rise in job cuts from 2018. Trade concerns with manufacturers — an industry that is essentially in recession — caused many of the cuts. Emerging technologies like robots and shifts in consumer behavior were the main reasons for the job losses.

 

Florida beats Texas in annual U-Haul growth states for 2019

Texas ceded its No. 1 spot to Florida in the annual U-Haul growth states for 2019. North Carolina, South Carolina and Washington made up the rest of the top five. Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan and California made up part of the bottom five with Illinois landing in the last spot for people moving one way using U-Haul vehicles and trailers.

 

Dallas-Fort Worth tops all U.S. markets in office job growth

According to CBRE, the Dallas-Fort Worth MSA was the No. 1 market for office jobs in 2019. Office jobs in the Dallas area grew 5.7 percent in 2019, more than in tech markets San Francisco, Austin and Seattle, CBRE found.

 

The overall automotive industry is in flux, but not in Alabama

Nashville-based Nissan is cutting production worldwide. GM closed several plants last year in North America. But in Alabama, all four of the state's automakers are expanding. Alabama is fifth largest in the nation in production of cars and light trucks. It is the third largest state in vehicle exports. Here is what is going on as of the winter quarter at Alabama's automotive plants:

 

Mercedes-Benz - Tuscaloosa, Ala.

In 2018, Mercedes announced a $1 billion expansion, including a 1 million-square-foot electric battery plant in nearby Bibb County. The expansion also called for a Consolidation Center that houses vehicle kits to ship overseas. Also, the company has built a 1.3 million-square-foot after sales hub.

 

Honda - Lincoln, Ala.

Honda has been involved in an $85 million expansion at its plant that houses 4,500 workers. Honda also operates an engine plant onsite. Since 2001, Honda has invested more than $2.6 billion in its East Alabama assembly plant.

 

Hyundai - Montgomery, Ala.

Hyundai is finishing up a $388 million engine shop. In November, the South Korean automaker announced a $410 million expansion for stamping and welding. The company is also adding 200 jobs and suppliers in and around Montgomery and is expected to create 1,000 jobs with this latest expansion. The company is also adding a new line for its Santa Cruz model.

 

Mazda Toyota - Huntsville, Ala.

Mazda Toyota’s joint Huntsville facility is currently under construction and the first production line will open in early 2021. The $1.6 billion facility has attracted several suppliers to Limestone and Madison counties. Mazda Toyota will employ 4,000 workers and both lines will make Mazda and Toyota models. Annual capacity will be 300,000 vehicles.

 

Major changes at San Antonio Toyota plant

Toyota officials announced in the winter quarter model changes at their plant in San Antonio, Texas. The plant will stop assembling its best-selling Tacoma pickup truck and move all of that production to a plant in Mexico. To fill the gap of Tacoma truck production, the Japanese automaker will move assembly of its lowest-selling vehicle, the Sequoia SUV, from its plant in Indiana to San Antonio in 2021. Toyota officials said that the San Antonio plant has been at maximum capacity since 2016 and that the move will "make room for market growth and achieve long-term sustainability of future production in San Antonio.” Some auto industry officials speculated that the move will give Toyota the ability to produce more SUVs at the Texas plant in the future. The plant has been open since 2006, and to date, has only produced pickup trucks. Toyota will continue to produce the full-size Tundra pickup in San Antonio.

 

Toyota to shift production of small pickup to Mexico

Plano, Texas-based Toyota is moving production of its Tacoma small pickup truck from San Antonio to Mexico. . .however, no jobs will be lost in Texas. The San Antonio plant, which houses about 3,200 workers, will begin assembly of the Sequoia large SUV. It also builds the full-size Tundra pickup.

 

Louisville airport sets passenger records for 2019

Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport set records for passenger traffic in calendar year 2019. Airport officials said that more than 4.2 million arriving and departing passengers used the facility last year. That figure is 300,000 more passengers than the previous record set in 2000.

 

Report: California has lost more jobs to China than any U.S. state

According to a recent report from the Washington, D.C.-based Economic Policy Institute, since 2001, when China joined the World Trade Organization, California has lost 654,000 jobs to the Asian nation. During that time, California also lost 334,000 jobs to Texas. Most of the jobs lost were in the computer and electronics sector from San Francisco and the Silicon Valley in San Jose.

 

Arthrex to add 560 jobs in Florida

Collier County, Fla.’s largest private-sector employer, a manufacturer of orthopedic devices, is expected to expand its payroll even further after it begins occupying a new headquarters building in Naples later this year. The new 300,000-square-foot headquarters includes a wellness medical center, a hotel and a fitness center. Arthrex, which has added 1,000 workers since 2015, is adding 560 jobs when it moves into the headquarters.

 

Financial services firm adding 200 workers in Nashville

AllianceBernstein, the financial services firm that relocated its headquarters to Nashville from New York in 2018, is adding 200 workers. The company plans to move into the new Fifth + Broadway campus by year end, and also plans to increase its overall investment in Nashville by more than $11 million. AllianceBernstein now employs over 1,200 in Nashville.

 

Brewery to invest $49 million in Memphis

Blues City Brewery in Memphis has announced it is undergoing a $49 million upgrade. The project will create 155 jobs.

 

Mazda Toyota accepting applications for Huntsville plant

Mazda Toyota has started accepting applications for production line positions at its new plant in Limestone County, Ala. As of January, the company announced it is accepting applications for 3,000 positions.

 

USDA to invest over $55 million in high-speed broadband in rural Kentucky

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in the winter quarter it will invest $55.3 million in four high-speed broadband infrastructure projects in rural Kentucky. The project is part of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program. The investments will connect more than 12,000 rural households and nearly 100 businesses and farms.

 

USDA announces $60 million in rural broadband investments in Missouri

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in the winter quarter it is investing $60.9 million in broadband in rural Missouri. The investments will improve e-Connectivity for more than 11,000 rural households, 81 farms, 73 businesses, 16 educational facilities, 12 critical community facilities and two healthcare facilities in rural Missouri.

 

The American South was the only U.S. region to see positive existing home sales in 2019

The South saw a 2.2 percent increase in 2019 in existing home sales, according to the National Association of Realtors. The West saw a decrease of 1.8 percent, the Midwest a decline of 1.6 percent and the Northeast saw a flat rate in 2019.

 

Call center adding jobs in West Virginia

Ibex is adding new customer service agents at its call center in Charleston, W.Va. The deal will create 100 jobs.

 

Florida unemployment rate sets record low

In December, Florida's unemployment rate dropped to 3 percent, the lowest mark since the current estimating process started in 1976, according to numbers released in January by the state Department of Economic Opportunity. Only about 300,000 workers are unemployed in the state out of a workforce of 10.5 million.

 

In 2019, Texas almost created 1,000 jobs a day

Texas saw job growth in 2019 slow from the previous year. In 2019, Texas employers created 342,800 jobs, or almost 1,000 jobs a day. In 2018, according to the Texas Workforce Commission, the state created 391,800 jobs.

 

Huntsville, Ala., airport named nation's best small airport

Huntsville International Airport has been chosen by voters as North America’s best small airport for USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice awards. The airport serves Northern Alabama and Southern Tennessee. Delta, American, Frontier, United and Silver Airways provide nonstop service to 10 destinations from the Huntsville International Airport.

 

Amazon to open second Atlanta area warehouse

Amazon announced in the winter it will build a 1 million-square-foot warehouse in Newnan, Ga., which is in the Atlanta metro. It's the second major Amazon project for metro Atlanta. The project will create 500 jobs. Amazon currently operates almost 80 such fulfillment centers in North America.

 

Auto supplier setting up shop in Alabama

CCI Manufacturing USA Corp., a Tier 1 auto supplier, is investing $21.5 million to build a new facility in Lawrence County, Ala. The deal will create 28 jobs. The company makes brake fluid and engine coolant.

 

Armor steel manufacturer to establish operations in South Carolina

Optimized Armor will invest $3.7 million to establish operations in Rock Hill, S.C. The project will create 100 jobs.

 

Auto supplier to expand in Tennessee

Michigan-based Adient is investing over $23 million in its automotive seating plant in Lexington, Tenn. The expansion project will create 330 jobs.

 

New cybersecurity facility slated for Aiken, S.C.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster included $15 million in this year's budget for the South Carolina National Guard to build the DreamPort Cybersecurity Collaborative facility at USC Aiken. The purpose of the DreamPort facility will be to increase the state’s cyber response capabilities through partnerships to keep pace with increasing cyber threats and technology initiatives.

 

MRO sets up shop in Northwest Louisiana

Advanced Aero Services will establish an aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at the Shreveport Regional Airport. The project will create 60 new jobs.

 

Sara Lee Frozen Bakery to expand in North Carolina

Sara Lee Frozen Bakery is expanding its facility in Tarboro, N.C. The nearly $20 million investment in the bakery will create 108 jobs.

 

DFW passes Chicago O’Hare for most nonstop flights to U.S. destinations

In the winter quarter, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport passed Chicago O’Hare International Airport for the most nonstop flights to domestic destinations, according to the Airports Council International. Passengers at DFW can fly directly to 193 destinations in the U.S., one more than O'Hare. Denver has 189 nonstop destinations and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport had 171.

 

2019 was a great year for Georgia

Georgia created more businesses in 2019 than at any other time in the state’s history, according to Georgia Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Chris Clark. New business formations totaled 165,000 in calendar year 2019 in the Peach State. The figure was a 14 percent increase from the 145,000 business formations in 2018.

 

Frito-Lay expanding Texas plant

Snack-food manufacturer Frito-Lay announced in the winter it will invest $128 million in its plant in Rosenberg, Texas. The project will allow for increased production and warehousing at the 575-worker facility. At the Rosenberg plant, the company makes Lay’s potato chips, Tostitos, Doritos, Cheetos and Fritos.

 

Clorox to build large plant in West Virginia

In the winter quarter, Clorox announced it will build a manufacturing facility in the southern part of Berkeley County in West Virginia. The $190 million plant will house 100 workers.

 

Oil industry in Texas sets record for state taxes

The Texas Oil and Gas Association reported in January that the oil and gas industry in the state paid a record $16.2 billion in taxes to the state. Allocations include schools, teachers, roads, infrastructure and healthcare.

 

Wind, coal essentially tied as Texas power source

According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), wind for the first time has essentially tied with coal as a power source for Texas homes and businesses. In 2019, wind (19.97 percent) and coal (20.27 percent) were tied for the No. 2 energy source in the state. Natural gas ranked first with 40.2 percent.

 

Walmart partnership to bring 600 jobs to Georgia

The FPL meat processing plant in Thomas County, Ga., is partnering with Walmart to create 600 jobs. The project is Walmart's first meat processing plant.

 

Airbus to increase production at Mobile, Ala. facility

Airbus announced it will increase production of its A320 aircraft at the company’s manufacturing facility in Mobile. The company is also in the midst of building a new line for the A220 aircraft at the site in South Alabama. The $40 million investment in a new hangar will push total investment at the site to over $1 billion. The expansion will create 275 jobs.

 

Accenture adding jobs in Nashville

Professional services firm Accenture is expanding in Nashville. The company is taking space at the Sylvan Supply project there to house another 165 jobs.

 

Wayne Farms adding jobs in Mississippi

Wayne Farms is adding 200 jobs at its facility in Laurel, Miss. The $16.9 project will upgrade the Wayne Farms Fresh Production plant in Laurel.

 

Anheuser-Busch to expand Georgia operations

Anheuser-Busch will expand operations at its facility in Cartersville, Ga. The company will invest $85 million and add 12 new jobs. The expansion will increase capacity at the longtime brewery.

 

Port of Virginia sets record

The Port of Virginia set a new annual record for container cargo volume, having handled more than 2.93 million twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEUs. The increase of 3 percent set a port record.

 

Manufacturer to relocate to Texas from California

Plastic consumer products manufacturer Merrick Engineering announced in the winter it would relocate its headquarters from California to Waco, Texas. The company will invest $33 million that will include a 400,000-square-foot facility. Merrick will retain 150 jobs from its California operation and add 20 more.

 

Spirit Airlines breaks ground on $250 million HQ in South Florida

Spirit Airlines broke ground on a new $250 million corporate headquarters in Dania Beach, Fla., in January. The new campus will move 1,000 employees from its current headquarters in Miramar, Fla., to Dania Beach, and the company will add 225 more workers.

 

DuPont to expand Virginia plant

DuPont de Nemours, one of the largest employers in Chesterfield County, Va., is expanding its plant there. The chemicals company is investing $75 million and adding 60 new jobs.

 

Tech company layoffs surged 351 percent from 2018

Tech company layoffs skyrocketed in 2019, up 351 percent from 2018, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Emerging technologies and trade issues are the reasons. Over 64,000 tech company job cuts were reported in 2019 compared to just over 14,000 in 2018.

 

Kentucky company opening plant in North Carolina

A manufacturer of packaging and laminates is opening a plant in High Point, N.C. f LLFlex will invest over $7 million and create 46 jobs in Guilford County. The company is based in Louisville, Ky.

 

German grocery retailer Lidl to build distribution center in Georgia

Lidl US, a grocery retailer, announced in the winter it will invest $100 million in a 925,000-square-foot distribution center in Covington, Ga. The project will create 270 new jobs.

 

Office leasing in Dallas-Fort Worth surged in 2019

Office leasing in the Dallas-Fort Worth MSA surged in 2019 to 3.5 million square feet. The total was up 75 percent from leasing in 2018.

 

Louisiana captures 80 projects in 2019

In the winter quarter, Louisiana Economic Development announced that is landed 80 economic development projects in calendar year 2019. The 80 projects represented $8 billion in capital investment with the creation of 12,300 jobs.

 

Ashley Furniture breaks ground on largest expansion ever in Mississippi

Ashley Furniture has broken ground on its 14th expansion — the largest yet at its facility in Ecru, Miss. The 437,000-square-foot facility will feature Ashley's e-commerce fulfillment center. Ashley now employs over 3,000 workers at the facility.

 

Florida bases included in new U.S. Space Force

Two Central Florida military installations in Brevard County are now part of the U.S. Space Force. Canaveral Air Force Station and Patrick Air Force Base are part of the U.S. Air Force Space Command. Under the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act signed by Trump, Space Command is designated as part of the Space Force.

 

Hyundai made more vehicles at Alabama plant in 2019

South Korea-based Hyundai announced in the winter it produced 336,000 vehicles in 2019 at its plant in Montgomery, Ala. The total was about 4 percent higher than in 2018. The Santa Fe SUV led all vehicles made at the plant last year. The facility also assembles the Sonata and Elantra sedans.

 

Financial services firm to build new headquarters in downtown Jacksonville

Fidelity National Information Services, a Jacksonville-based financial technologies firm, is building a new $145 million riverfront headquarters in downtown Jacksonville. The 12-story headquarters will house 1,200 of the current FIS workforce in Jacksonville and the company will hire 500 more in the deal.

 

Kraft Heinz is expanding in Texas

Kraft Heinz is investing $25 million in its Garland, Texas facility. The company will make renovations and improvements in the plant, which is its largest producers of Lunchables and Velveeta Skillets. The deal will increase job count by 250.

 

U.S. manufacturing contracts for fifth straight month

U.S. manufacturing contracted in December for the fifth consecutive month. The Institute for Supply Management reported in January that its factory index fell to 47.2 in December from 48.1 in November. Readings above 50 indicate expansion, while any figure below 50 indicates contraction.

 

Tennessee exports fall by $500 million

Exports from the state of Tennessee fell by $500 million in the third quarter of 2018, according to Middle Tennessee State University’s Business and Economic Research Center. The declines were driven by less demand for Tennessee-made vehicles, aircraft and whiskey. Tennessee exports have declined in three of the past four quarters.

 

Manufacturer expanding near Montgomery, Ala.

St. Louis-based Hager Companies is planning a $25 million expansion of its facility near Montgomery. The project will generate 51 new jobs. The company makes door hinges and closures, locks and security systems.

 

SpaceX preparing Texas rocket factory and launch facilities

SpaceX has successfully delivered Starship hardware and manufacturing parts and tools to the company’s rocket factory and launch facilities in Boca Chica, Texas. SpaceX is transferring its Cocoa, Fla., Starship production hub to Texas along with its employees.

 

Manufacturer to invest $175 million in North Alabama

Houston-based Ascend Performance Materials announced in January that it will spend $175 million to increase production capacity at its Decatur, Ala., plant. Ascend produces adiponitrile, or ADN, on a large scale and is one of only four plants in the world that does.

 

Aerospace manufacturer expanding in Florida

Collins Aerospace is hiring more for its Engineered Polymer Products plant in North Jacksonville. The company makes composites for the aerospace and marine industries. One hundred jobs will be created.

 

Metal fabricator to invest $35 million in a new factory outside San Antonio

Wisconsin-based United Alloy announced it will invest $35 million in a new factory in Seguin, Texas. The company makes fuel tanks, reservoirs, skids, frames, chassis, trailers and other fabricated metal equipment. The company will hire 100 in the deal.

 

Arkansas minimum wage increases to $10

On January 1, 2020, Arkansas' minimum wage rose to $10 an hour. The increase is from $9.25 an hour. The federal minimum wage is currently set at $7.25 per hour.

 

Panama City, Fla., led the state in job growth in 2019

The Panama City MSA, which was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018, led the state of Florida in 2019 with a 5.5 percent jump in job gains in trade, transportation and utilities. The Panama City metro includes Bay and Gulf counties.

 

CGS Machine & Tool expands in Bowling Green, Ky.

CGS Machine & Tool, a parts producer for manufacturers, expects to create up to 15 full-time jobs with a $2.75 million investment at its Bowling Green facility.

 

Eli Lilly investing $470 million in North Carolina expansion

Indiana-based Eli Lilly and Company will invest over $470 million and create more than 460 new jobs in Durham, N.C. The global healthcare and biopharmaceutical company’s project will bring a new state-of-the-art pharmaceutical manufacturing facility to North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park.

 

Animatronic dinosaur manufacturer expanding HQ in Texas

Billings Productions, North America’s leading provider of life-size animatronic dinosaurs, will open a new 50,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing center in Allen, Texas. The facility is also expected to become a leading attraction in the Dallas metro area. The company will move its team of 40 expert craftspeople and 350 life-size dinosaur and giant bug animatronics to the new location, slated to open by late 2020.

 

GMAX Industries selects Franklin, Va., for complex

GMAX Industries, a New-York-based manufacturer of disposable medical products for the healthcare industry, will invest $10.5 million to establish a manufacturing and distribution operation in Franklin, Va. The facility will centralize the company’s operations in-house, creating 40 new jobs.

 

Blue Ridge Designs expands Virginia plant

Blue Ridge Designs, a fast-growing manufacturer of screen-printed apparel established in January 2019, will invest $2.28 million to expand its operation in Carroll County, Va. The company plans to create 118 jobs.

 

Sage Bird Ciderworks plans cidery in Harrisonburg, Va.

Sage Bird Ciderworks will open a new production facility and tasting room in the Culinary District of Harrisonburg. The project, which represents $155,000 in new investment, will create six new jobs and lead to the purchase of more than $53,000 of Virginia-grown products over the next three years.

 

GreenCore Materials selects Georgetown, S.C., for manufacturing plant

GreenCore Materials, a new manufacturer of composite materials used to strengthen plastic, plans to invest $10 million to establish operations in Georgetown, S.C. The company is projected to create 74 jobs.

 

StoneWorks plans expansion in South Carolina

StoneWorks plans to expand its operations by relocating to a new 37,000-square-foot facility in Port Royal, S.C. The $3.2 million investment will create 21 jobs in Beaufort County. StoneWorks is a leading source for marble, granite, stone, quartz and tile products.

 

Georgia-Pacific plans $145 million expansion in Darlington, S.C.

Georgia-Pacific plans to make an investment of more than $145 million at its Darlington, S.C., plant to expand plate and bowl making operations under its Dixie brand.

 

Gorman Woodyard expands in McEwen, Tenn.

Gorman Woodyard, a wood chipping company that provides material for several paper mills, will expand operations and add equipment at its home base in McEwen. The company expects to create 46 new jobs and invest $1.5 million in Humphreys County over the next five years.

 

Tokai Carbon GE expanding in Kentucky

Tokai Carbon GE, a manufacturer of graphite electrodes for the U.S. steel industry, plans to create up to 15 full-time jobs with a $25 million investment in an expansion of its facility in Fulton County, Ky.

 

Cybersecurity firm creating 164 jobs in Virginia

Cybersecurity firm Expel has announced a $1.4 million investment to expand its operations in Fairfax County, Va. The investment will increase the size of the company’s Herndon headquarters and create 164 new jobs.

 

New distribution center bringing 100 jobs to Montgomery County, Ky.

Wastequip, a manufacturer of waste handling equipment, will locate a new distribution center in Mt. Sterling. The $7.28 million investment is expected to create 100 jobs.

 

New trucking plant will create 250 jobs in Roanoke, Va.

Mack Trucks recently unveiled its brand-new Roanoke County facility. The $13 million Roanoke Valley Operation will provide 250 jobs.

 

Amazon bringing 1,000 more jobs to Tennessee

Amazon is adding to its Tennessee investments by establishing a new, state-of-the art fulfillment center in Memphis. The online retailer will create 1,000 full-time jobs at its new Shelby County fulfillment center. Employees will pick, pack and ship smaller items, such as books, electronics and consumer goods.

 

Innocor expands production at two facilities in Baldwyn, Miss.

Polyurethane foam manufacturer Innocor will invest $4.1 million to increase production at its two facilities in Baldwyn. The company plans to create 90 jobs to produce the popular “mattress in a box” products.

 

Webco Industries to invest millions in Oklahoma

Webco Industries plans to invest at least $10 million into a leadership campus expansion adjacent to the company’s two manufacturing facilities in Sand Springs, Okla. The 48-acre site will become Webco’s corporate headquarters and house its technical development and testing facilities.

 

Moving company expands into Prince William County, Va.

JK Moving Services, the nation’s largest independently owned and operated moving company, is planning an expansion into the Manassas area that brings with it about 300 new jobs.

 

New flooring manufacturer headed for Dalton, Ga.

Hong Kong-based Novalis Innovative Flooring will build its first U.S. production facility in Whitfield County to produce vinyl flooring materials. Novalis is investing $30 million dollars in the project and expects to create at least 120 new jobs.

 

Conagra announces investment, new jobs in Jackson, Tenn.

Conagra Brands has announced it will invest $106 million and add over 400 jobs to its existing facility in Jackson. Conagra produces brands such as Healthy Choice and Hunt’s.

 

Danish company blowing into South Texas with $361 million

Denmark’s largest energy company has proposed a $361 million wind farm in Zapata and Jim Hogg counties. Danish company Orsted could begin construction on a 100-turbine farm by the end of this year. The project, known as the Vaquero Wind Project, has received abatements from both counties.

 

Automobile terminal at Alabama State Docks will create jobs

An automobile terminal is being constructed at the Alabama State Docks in Mobile. The $60 million, 57-acre terminal will handle shipments of finished automobiles. . .up to 150,000 vehicles annually. The project is a joint venture between Terminal Zarate, based in Argentina, and Neltume Ports, based in Chile.

 

Lowe’s brings 150 jobs to Spartanburg County with new distribution center

Lowe’s has announced the opening of a new distribution center in Duncan, S.C., which will bring more than 150 new jobs. The 1.3 million-square-foot facility will distribute appliances and other large items to Lowe’s cross-dock facility for last-mile delivery to customers. The center will also resupply more than 100 Lowe’s stores in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.

 

Logistics company investing $12 million in Virginia

The Patton Logistics Group is making a $12 million investment to establish a new logistics and warehousing operation in Pulaski County, Va. The investment will also create 33 new jobs.

 

Manufacturer opens new facility in Tulsa, Okla.

Conner Industries, a provider of wood crates and pallets, will open a new manufacturing facility in Tulsa. Conner expects to hire 50 employees over the next year.

 

Johns Manville expands into Central Texas

Johns Manville, a building products manufacturer, announced plans to build a production plant for polyiso (used in insulation) in Hillsboro, Texas. When complete, more than 50 people will work there. According to the company’s CEO, locating in the area south of Dallas/Fort Worth makes sense because it’s “an area where construction is surging.”

 

Columbia, Mo.-based rental company creating hundreds of jobs

EquipmentShare, a high-tech rental company based in Columbia, plans to hire hundreds of employees across the state. William Schlacks and his brother Jabbok started the company in San Francisco, but moved the headquarters to Missouri, and recently announced plans to double their headcount this year, with 800 new jobs in Missouri.

 

Georgia lands first Korean supplier to car battery plant

Georgia has landed the first Korean suppler to the electric vehicle battery plant that will serve as the single largest foreign investment in the state’s history. EnChem, which makes electrolytes that go into rechargeable lithium batteries, will build two separate facilities next to the nearly $1.7 billion SK Innovation plant in Jackson County. Combined, the two locations will create 300 jobs with an investment of $61.35 million.

 

Defense company announces Mississippi expansion

Global aerospace and defense technology company Northrop Grumman Corp. is expanding in the northeast Mississippi city of Iuka, investing $8.3 million and creating 40 jobs.

 

Italian tissue manufacturer plans June opening for Oklahoma plant

Italian tissue manufacturer Sofidel Group anticipates an early June grand opening for its $360 million plant in Inola. A total of 350 people will be employed at the 1.8 million-square-foot facility in Rogers County, which is expected to be fully operational this summer.

 

Macedon Technologies expands Virginia headquarters

Macedon Technologies will invest $1.65 million to expand its corporate headquarters in the Reston community of Fairfax County, Va. The company plans to create 147 new jobs. Macedon is a provider of Appian solutions for businesses. (Appian is a cloud computing company currently headquartered in Tysons, Va.)

 

Coca-Cola bottler building $60 million warehouse in rural Georgia

A Coca-Cola bottler is making a $60 million investment in Tifton, Ga., that the company says will create about 200 new jobs. Coca-Cola UNITED is one of North America’s largest privately held Coca-Cola bottlers, and is based in Birmingham, Ala.

 

Shuttered latex plant to reopen on Alabama-Georgia line

A company plans to create as many as 400 jobs as it reopens a closed latex factory in southeast Alabama. Medical Industries of the Americas intends to reopen a shuttered factory in Eufaula, Ala., in coming months to produce products including latex gloves.

 

Peace River Citrus expansion in Bartow, Fla., promises 175 jobs

Peace River Citrus Products will build a $98 million expansion of its Bartow juice processing plant that will bring 175 new high-paying jobs to the city.

“We’ve had many smaller home runs, but this is a grand slam,” said Rob Clancey, president of the Bartow Economic Development Council.

 

Traditional Medicinals plans hub in Rocky Mount, Va.

Traditional Medicinals, the leading seller of wellness teas in the United States, will invest $29.7 million to establish an East Coast herbal tea manufacturing and processing operation in Rocky Mount. The project is expected to create 56 new jobs in Franklin County.

 

Germany-based flow forming operation expands in Auburn, Ala.

Winkelmann Flowform Technology is expanding its operations with a $2.2 million project that is expected to create 12 new jobs over the next two years. The high-precision flow forming company opened its first U.S. location in Auburn in 2017, and has seen continued growth in the aerospace and defense segments of its business.

 

Gaming software developer plans Virginia HQ

Castle Hill Gaming has recently signed a lease for its new headquarters in Albemarle County, Va. In June, the company announced it would invest $1.3 million and add 106 jobs at its corporate headquarters there.

 

Thousand-job business park coming to DFW

A massive $71 million dollar industrial park project recently broke ground in Mesquite, Texas. The five-building park is expected to draw a variety of companies, resulting in about 1,000 jobs for North Texas.  The project named “Urban District 30” is nearly 1 million square feet.

 

Bottler expanding in South Carolina

A global independent bottler for retailers and A-brands in Europe and North America, Refresco plans to expand operations in Greer, S.C. The company’s plans to create 25 new jobs in Greenville County.

 

Ajinomoto Foods expands in Mississippi

Ajinomoto Foods North America, a manufacturer of Asian and ethnic frozen foods, is increasing capacity in Oakland, Miss. The project is a $27.3 million corporate investment, raising the number of employees to 450.

 

Made In Space relocates to Jacksonville, Fla.

Made In Space will relocate its corporate headquarters and satellite manufacturing operations from California to Jacksonville. NASA awarded the company a $73.7 million contract to develop Archinaut One, the world’s first self-assembling satellite, which will help NASA with long-term goals for missions from the Moon to Mars. The headquarters relocation and expansion will involve more than $3 million in new capital investment.

 

Chinese auto supplier expands in Tennessee

China-based Minth Group, a designer and manufacturer of structural body, trim and decorative parts for the automotive industry, will invest $87 million to expand operations in Lewisburg, Tenn. The automotive supplier will create 254 new jobs in Marshall County.

 

Work begins on $45 million chemical plant in Texas

ENF Technology has broken ground in the small city of Kyle between Austin and San Marcos. The South Korea-based chemical company will supply materials for electronics to high-tech companies. The $45 million-plus facility will initially hire 45 to 50 people.

 

Syngenta offered $3.6 million to stay in North Carolina

Elected officials from the city of Greensboro and Guilford County have approved an incentives package worth $3.6 million for Syngenta Crop Protection, the latest effort to retain another of the area’s economic engines. The company must retain its local workforce of 650 employees and invest at least $68 million in its Greensboro operation, which serves as its North American headquarters.

 

UPS to expand in Memphis

The Economic Development Growth Engine board approved $38 million in incentives for UPS, which will invest more than $216 million at its location at the Memphis airport. UPS, which employs more than 1,337 people there, plans a new automated parcel handling facility that would also create 25 new supervisory jobs.

 

Massachusetts manufacturer chooses Louisville, Ky.

Massachusetts-based Packaging Technology Group has chosen a Louisville location where it plans to create up to 40 new jobs. The company will spend $2 million to launch the plant, where they will make thermal shipping and packaging products for the biopharmaceutical and life sciences sector.

 

Topgolf in Northwest Arkansas to offer 350 new jobs

Three hundred and fifty full- and part-time jobs are coming to Northwest Arkansas this spring, thanks to the opening of TopGolf in Rogers.

 

LeanCor expands in Boone County, Ky.

Logistics company LeanCor Supply Chain Group plans to add 53 full-time jobs in Northern Kentucky and invest $4.4 million in moving its headquarters into a larger office building within Boone County.

 

WABCO expands distribution at its Kentucky plant

WABCO USA plans to triple its employment as it reinvests over $3 million in the distribution portion of its heavy duty truck parts manufacturing and warehousing facility in Hebron, Ky. WABCO currently employs 77 there.

 

General Motors plans major expansion in Tennessee

General Motors plans to invest $40 million at its Global Propulsion Systems plant in Spring Hill, Tenn. The project will increase capacity of the 5.3L V8 engines for GM’s full-size truck and SUV programs.

 

Amazon recruiting for Bessemer, Ala., facility

Hiring is heating up for Amazon’s $325 million Bessemer fulfillment center. Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley said many of the 1,500 available jobs, which are expected to start at $15 an hour, will be hired within the next eight weeks for the March opening. Amazon broke ground on its fulfillment center in fall 2018. The project is the largest economic development project for Birmingham in decades.

 

Hemp processor bringing jobs to Marion County, S.C.

South Carolina’s fast-growing hemp industry is bringing new jobs to Marion County. Pee Dee Extractors, a hemp processing company, announced it will establish operations in the county with a $2.9 million investment  that is expected to create 25 new jobs.

 

GM Arlington moving 300 temps to full-time

Close to 300 temporary workers at General Motors’ largest assembly plant in Arlington, Texas, are being moved up to full-time status, the automaker announced recently. Nationwide, more than 1,350 hourly GM employees at 14 manufacturing plants and other sites in eight states will be elevated to full-time status.

 

FedEx to hire 500 in its second job fair In 2020

A few weeks into 2020, and FedEx has already hosted its second job fair. The shipping and logistics giant held a hiring event Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Memphis World Hub. The goal is to fill 500 permanent part-time positions within FedEx Express.

 

Texas-based Toyota invests $394 million into flying taxis

Toyota Motor Co. is making a $394 million investment in California-based Joby Aviation, one of the handful of companies with the goal of making electric air taxis that shuttle people over gridlocked highways and city streets. Toyota is the lead investor, and makes Joby the best-funded “eVTOL” (electric vertical take-off and landing) startup in a booming category that must still overcome regulatory hurdles and concerns about passenger safety and noise. Joby has raised a total of $720 million.

 

Volvo building U.S. battery assembly plant in South Carolina

In preparation for bringing a new line of electric vehicles to the U.S. market, Volvo announced it will build a battery assembly plant at its existing facility in Ridgeville, S.C. The plant is part of a $600 million expansion project in Ridgeville, which began rolling out the Swedish automaker’s luxury sport sedan, the S60, in late 2018. The current expansion also includes a second production line for an electrified version of its flagship XC90 crossover. Approximately 1,000 jobs will be created for the XC90 production line, but no word yet on how many jobs might be created for the battery assembly plant.

 

Leonardo becomes first client for Santa Rosa, Fla.’s aviation park

Last September, Italian-based Leonardo announced it would become the first tenant with a helicopter maintenance facility at the new Whiting Aviation Park in Santa Rosa County, Fla. In January, the Navy announced that Leonardo had been selected for a $176 million contract to build 32 training helicopters for Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The new facility at the park will allow helicopter technicians to work on the helicopters immediately instead of having to ship them to facilities in other parts of the country. The maintenance facility will provide up to 50 high-paying civilian aviation maintenance jobs and is expected to grow even larger once it ramps up.

 

LNG export facility to be constructed in Florida

A new LNG export facility has been announced for Jacksonville, Fla. Eagle LNG has partnered with Matrix Service Company to build a $500 million facility that could provide up to 26,000 jobs in Northeast Florida.

 

Big win for Richmond, Va.

CoStar Group announced that it has concluded a national search for its research operations headquarters, selecting Richmond, Va. CoStar expects to create approximately 730 jobs and invest a quarter billion dollars there. The IT company curates and certifies information on the vast majority of commercial real estate transactions in the United States.

 

Bakery investing $25 million to expand in Lynchburg, Va.

Flowers Foods, one of the nation’s largest producers of packaged baked foods, will spend $25 million to transform its Lynchburg bakery into an organic facility. The project will create 15 new jobs.

 

NearShore Technology plans Atlanta hub

NearShore Technology, a software outsourcing company, will open a new software and innovation hub in midtown Atlanta, Ga. The project is expected to create more than 30 new jobs.

 

Gulf Coast Ammonia plans world-scale plant in Galveston County, Texas

Gulf Coast Ammonia (GCA) is building a $1 billion facility for nitrogen-based fertilizers that will be located within an industrial chemical site in Texas City, Texas. The facility and infrastructure will generate more than 1,000 construction jobs and more than 40 permanent operations jobs in Galveston County. GCA is a joint venture of Mabanaft and Starwood Energy.

 

Toshiba plans distribution hub in Horn Lake, Miss.

Toshiba America Business Solutions is opening distribution operations in Horn Lake. The $14 million project will create 40 jobs. The company provides printers, document services and digital signage for businesses.

 

Building products company coming to Dillon County, S.C.

Huber Engineered Woods announced recently it will bring its operations to Dillon County, along with 30 new jobs. The manufacturer plans to invest $30 million in the facility that will treat paper materials and supply a critical component of its panel manufacturing process.

 

Parker Boats expanding in North Carolina

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Carteret County in January to celebrate 30 jobs heading to the area. North Carolina-based Parker Boats is adding a new 10,000-square-foot facility next to its fishing boat manufacturing plant in Beaufort.

 

Ficosa to add 100 jobs in Tennessee

Michigan-based manufacturer of vehicle mirrors and other parts, Ficosa, will discontinue operations at its facility in Shelbyville, Ky., and move the plant’s manufacturing activity to its facility in Cookeville, Tenn. The consolidation will result in 100 new hires at the Shelbyville location.

 

Massive $450 million Lake Nona, Fla., training center completed

One of Central Florida’s most expensive construction projects is preparing to open its doors. New York-based auditing firm KPMG’s project marks the largest capital investment ever for the company. The 55-acre site will bring thousands of KPMG employees into the market, creating at least 80 new jobs at the facility and more than 250 third-party contract operator positions.

 

NCS Technologies expands HQ To Prince William County, Va

NCS Technologies is investing $15 million to expand into a 109,000-square-foot headquarters building at Innovation Park in Prince William County. The computer designer and manufacturer currently employs 120 people in Prince William County, and the new building will provide space for 30 to 60 more employees.

 

McKinney, Texas, manufacturer plans major expansion

Encore Wire, one of the largest businesses in McKinney for three decades, plans to construct a $52 million distribution center there. Encore currently employs more than 1,300 workers in its McKinney headquarters and plants to manufacture electrical wire and cable used in commercial and residential buildings.


January 2020

Federal Reserve: Tariffs a drag on manufacturing

A report written by Aaron Flaaen and Justin Pierce of the Federal Reserve showed that President Trump's tariffs have led to job losses in the manufacturing sector and higher prices for producers and consumers. The researchers state, “Our results indicate that tariffs have been a drag on employment and have failed to increase output.” They concluded, “There are virtually no modern episodes of a large, advanced economy raising tariffs in a way comparable to the U.S. in 2018-2019.” A similar report by the Fed, Princeton University and Columbia University said that the tariffs implemented in 2018 cost Americans as much as $1.4 billion per month.

 

U.S. manufacturing closed out December with worst reading since June 2009

Manufacturing in the U.S. saw its fifth consecutive month of contraction in December. The Institute for Supply Management’s purchasing managers’ index fell to 47.2 in December from 48.1 in November. December's performance was the worst score since June 2009, and it marked the eighth decline in the last nine months.

 

Fed report says tariffs have backfired

A Federal Reserve report that came out in December laid out the claim that American tariffs imposed by President Trump have hurt American manufacturing. The protectionist policies have slowed manufacturing as well as the overall economy, the report stated. In 2019, economic growth decelerated from 3 percent at the beginning of the year to 2 percent.

 

New census figures show population keeps shifting from the North to the South

The Census Bureau released new data in the winter quarter that shows population continues to shift from the Midwest and Northeast to the South and Southwest, which has been going on for decades. Congressional seats and electoral votes are allocated to states based on a census conducted every 10 years. Because the 2019 estimates come less than a year before the next decennial census, they closely approximate which states will gain and lose as a result of the 2020 count that gets fully underway in the spring. According to the data, Texas is expected to gain two congressional seats and Florida and North Carolina are expected to gain one. Eight states are likely to lose one seat and New York, Illinois, Michigan and California are in that mix. It would be California's first loss since it became a state in 1850.

 

North Carolina, Texas at top of Forbes' "Best States for Business"

In the winter quarter, North Carolina was named the No. 1 state for business by Forbes. Texas came in second and Virginia, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee made the top 10 in the South. Utah, Washington, Colorado and Idaho made up the top 10.

 

Google to locate first U.S. operations center in Mississippi

In December, Google announced it was locating its first U.S. operations center in Northwestern Mississippi, although the exact location was not disclosed. Google’s current operations centers are located in India and the Philippines. The project will create 350 jobs that will provide customer service to Google users.

 

Wood pellet plant slated for West Alabama

Tuscaloosa-based Westervelt and Canadian Pinnacle Renewable Energy will combine to build a $99 million industrial wood pellet facility in Demopolis, Ala.

 

Amazon picks Deltona, Fla., for another warehouse

Amazon announced in the winter quarter it will locate yet another warehouse in Deltona, Fla. The deal will create 500 jobs.

 

Seven Southern markets make top 10 for manufacturing jobs

Greenville, N.C.; Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, Ky.; Spartanburg, S.C.; Jonesboro, Ark.; Morristown, Tenn.; Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, S.C.; and Athens-Clarke County, Ga., made SmartAsset's Best Places to Work in Manufacturing ranking that came out in the winter.

 

Northern Alabama could see 25,000 new jobs

The Northern Alabama counties of Limestone, Madison and Morgan counties could see 25,000 new jobs at the same time the Huntsville region is seeing record unemployment rates. Mazda Toyota will open its $1.6 billion joint assembly plant in Huntsville in 2021.

 

Chassis manufacturer expands in South Carolina

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, a manufacturer of vehicle chassis, is expanding its plant in Cherokee County, S.C. The almost $14 million expansion will create 193 jobs.

 

Austin, Durham cited by Inc. Magazine

Durham, N.C.'s affordable rent and educated workforce have earned the city a ranking in Inc. Magazine's "Surge Cities" ranking as one of the 50 best cities for startups in 2020. Durham is No. 3 while Austin is No. 1. Salt Lake City place second. Charleston, S.C., and Miami made the top 10 while Nashville and Raleigh ranked just outside the top 10.

 

New Kentucky governor restores voting rights to nonviolent felons

New Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order in December to restore the voting rights of 140,000 nonviolent offenders who have completed their sentences. Beshear signed the order on his third day in office.

 

Universal Orlando to locate Creative Team World HQ

Universal Orlando Resort, which is building the Epic Universe theme park in Orlando, announced in December it will locate a new world headquarters for its Universal Creative team at the new park. The 187,000-square-foot facility will cost nearly $350 million to build and will mean 150 new jobs

 

Virginia governor announces tuition-free community college

In December, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced that his proposed budget for 2020 would include money to provide tuition-free community college for in-need students that are studying for certain job fields. HIs proposed “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back” program includes $145 million over two years to pay for the tuition.

 

Houston's economy is contracting

Houston's economy contracted in November, according to the Houston Purchasing Manager’s index. It's the first time the area economy has contracted since Hurricane Harvey struck the region in August of 2017 causing $130 billion in damage.

 

Global manufacturer of transformers to locate in Memphis

South Korea-based Hyosung will locate a new transformer plant at the former Mitsubishi facility in Memphis. The project will create 400 jobs. The company plans to invest nearly $87 million in a former Mitsubishi Electric transformer factory on the city’s southwest side. Mitsubishi Electric officials announced the six-year-old plant would close and be sold to a rival power equipment company last month.

 

Montgomery, Ala. sees record-breaking numbers

Montgomery saw $1 billion in industrial capital investments in 2019, the second largest total ever for Montgomery County. It was surpassed only by 2002, when Hyundai announced its plant there. A total of 31 companies announced projects in Montgomery in 2019 that created 1,214 new jobs and retained 7,784 jobs.

 

Boston-based tech firm to locate in Tampa

Boston-based tech company Drift, a conversational marketing firm, is opening its fourth operations center in Tampa. The deal will create 100 jobs.

 

Wegmans Food Market to locate new distribution center in Virginia

Wegmans Food Market, a grocery retailer with stores in the Northeast and in mid-Atlantic states, announced it will place a $175 million distribution operation in Ashland, Va. The deal will create 700 jobs in Hanover County, Va.

 

Auto supplier expands in Henderson, Tenn.

Automotive products manufacturer Arvin Sango will expand its existing operations in Henderson. It supplies stamped auto body parts and door safety parts for the automotive industry. The company’s customers include major brands such as Toyota and Nissan. Sango Co. is headquartered in Japan, and Arvin Sango is headquartered in Indiana. The company is expected to create 153 jobs in Chester County over the next five years.

 

Steel fabrication manufacturer to expand in Arkansas

SFI Arkansas, a steel fabricator, plans to expand in Conway, Ark. The project will create 75 new jobs.

 

AeroFarms to build new facility in Virginia

AeroFarms announced in the fall it will build a 150,000-square-foot indoor vertical farm in Danville, Va. The $42 million farm will house 92 workers.

 

Natural gas is a cyclical business; it currently is at the bottom of the cycle

Plentiful natural gas has changed the manufacturing industry in the U.S. like nothing else in the last decade. It has made the U.S. so competitive in the manufacturing arena that the sector added more than 1 million jobs over the last 10 years for the first time in decades. While natural gas continues to take market share from coal to supply electric power plants, the gas industry is going bust. There is currently a glut of the fuel. Miners are shutting down rigs and Chevron, the nation's second largest oil and gas player, announced in December it is writing off $10 billion to $11 billion in shale gas holdings as well as a planned LNG export facility in Canada. The number of gas rigs nationwide has slipped from 184 last year to 132 in December 2019.

 

Houston MSA leads the nation in residential building permits

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land continues to lead the nation in both multifamily and single-family residential unit permits. The Houston region saw 36,073 permits issued from July 2018 to July 2019, the largest number in the country and nearly 20 times the 1,843 permits issued in the average metro area. Dallas-Fort Worth came in second with 34,523 residential building permits.

 

GM completes $1.4 billion expansion of its large SUV plant in Texas

General Motors has completed the $1.4 billion expansion of its SUV plant in Arlington, Texas. The automaker celebrated by unveiling new generation Chevy Suburban and Tahoe models. The 1.6 million-square-foot addition to the plant that was built in 1954 will bring total square footage to 5.75 million.

 

Austin, Raleigh No. 1 and No. 2 in Tech Town Index

CompTIA came out with its Tech Town Index in the fall -- Austin ranked first and Raleigh second. To compile the list, CompTIA considered six factors, including number of IT jobs, cost of living index rank, and location quotient (Number of IT job advertisements by number of people employed).

 

757 is now the branding name for Hampton Roads, Va.

Hampton Roads, Va., which includes Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Newport News among other cities, is now called 757 (the entire area's area code) in a rebranding effort by several of the economic development agencies in the area.  The region is home to 1.7 million people. Prior to the name Hampton Roads, the area was referred to as Tidewater.

 

Factory expanding in Montgomery, Ala.

St.Louis-based Hager Companies, a maker of door hinges, is investing $25 million in its plant in Montgomery. More than 240 people work at the facility and the expansion will add 51 more.

 

Bottler expanding in Oklahoma

Refresco US announced in the fall it will invest $12 million at its bottling plant in Fort Gibson, Okla. The project will create 75 new jobs.

 

CNBC poll says 60 percent of CFOs predict head count reductions

The fourth quarter 2019 CNBC Global CFO Council survey came out in the fall and 60 percent of CFOs polled said they will be cutting jobs and slowing hiring in 2020, even with the blowout jobs report of 266,000 new jobs created in November.

 

Design firm to create over 100 jobs in North Carolina

Michael Aram, a luxury design company offering a wide range of craft-based jewelry, tabletop and home furnishings, will create 118 jobs as it relocates a logistics center to Wayne County, N.C. The company will invest nearly $5.7 million in the facility to be located in Goldsboro.

 

Timber manufacturer to locate plant in Arkansas

Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation, a mass timber manufacturer, is investing $90 million in a facility in Conway, Ark. The company is retrofitting a former steel plant that will house 130 new jobs.

 

German filtration manufacturer expands in Tennessee

MANN+HUMMEL USA, a maker of filtration solutions for automobiles, is investing $15 million at its plant in Dunlap, Tenn. The project will create 50 jobs.

 

Pratt & Whitney investing in West Virginia jet engine plant

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp., will invest $30 million in its jet engine facility in Bridgeport, W.Va. The company makes engines used by Savannah-based Gulfstream on its business jets.

 

Deal in West Georgia calls for 155 jobs

First Credit Services is adding jobs at its call center in Columbus, Ga. The company is investing $2 million and adding 155 jobs, with an emphasis on hiring spouses of military service members.

 

Houston home to more than 30 wind energy companies 

The Houston MSA is involved in a big way in the wind energy industry. Companies include wind farm development firms, blade inspection and maintenance, lubricant manufacturers, and other sectors that support wind energy. Texas produces 20 percent of its power from wind energy and almost 25,000 people work in the sector in the Lone Star State.

 

Engineered plastics manufacturer to open new plant in Murray, Ky.

TPG Plastics is opening a new plant in Murray, Ky. The manufacturer of engineered plastics will invest over $14 million and create 75 jobs in the deal.

 

It's never been done before in this country

For the first time in the nation's history, the U.S. will go more than 10 years without a recession. Records kept before the Civil War show that a recession has occurred at least once every 10 years. The last one was particularly difficult as the U.S. economy fell into recession from December 2007 to June of 2009. 

 

Smartasset publishes "boomtown" ranking

Several Southern cities made Smartasset's boomtown ranking that came out in December. Longmont, Colo., was named No. 1, but Denton, Texas; Mount Pleasant, S.C.; Miami; New Braunfels, Texas; Charleston, S.C.; North Charleston, S.C.; and Round Rock, Texas, all made the top 10 in the South. The other two were in Colorado.

 

Ashley Furniture is expanding in Northeast Mississippi

Ashley Furniture is expanding it upholstery manufacturing and regional distribution center in Ecru, Miss. The $25 million project will create 100 jobs. Ashley employs 3,290 workers in Mississippi and about 2,300 workers at its Ecru plant in Pontotoc County.

 

Virginia port to be East Coast's deepest harbor

The Port of Virginia began dredging its harbor to 56 feet, which would make it the deepest channel on the East Coast. The dredging began in December and when it is completed in 2024, the commercial channels serving the Norfolk Harbor will be able to simultaneously accommodate two ultra-large container vessels. The investment in the project exceeds $350 million.

 

State-of-the-art greenhouse to be built in rural North Carolina

Massachusetts-based Little Leaf Farms, a producer of fresh lettuce, is building a greenhouse complex in Burnsville, N.C., in Yancey County. The $86 million project will create 100 jobs.

 

Metal fabricator to build new plant in Texas

United Alloy, a maker of fuel tanks and other fabricated projects, is investing $35 million in a new plant in Seguin, Texas. The deal will create 100 new jobs.

 

Merck expands in Eastern North Carolina

Merck, the biopharmaceutical giant, is investing $57 million in its facilities in Wilson, N.C. The company is locating a filling and packaging line for one of its vaccines. The deal will create 55 jobs.

 

Charles Schwab CEO said operating expenses not a "big driver" in HQ move to North Texas

In a story in the Dallas Business Journal in December, Charles Schwab CEO Peter Crawford said that reducing operating expenses in moving its headquarters to Westlake, Texas, from San Francisco was night a "big driver" in the company's decision. Charles Schwab, the discount brokerage, acquired TD Ameritrade and both companies have more than 4,000 employees in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro.

 

Winter Haven, Fla., captures large can manufacturing plant

Winter Haven has won a $120 million, 300,000-square-foot advanced manufacturing plant for aluminum cans.  The project will create 160 new jobs.

 

Tampa is the top U.S. city to be hit by "silver tsunami"

According to Zillow research, Tampa has more senior citizens that own homes and is the most susceptible city in the U.S. for the "silver tsunami." The "silver tsunami" occurs when people age out of home ownership, die or find other living accommodations. About 34 percent of owner-occupied U.S. homes are owned by people aged 60 or older, but that percentage is much higher in Tampa.

 

One of the largest current projects going up in Tennessee

Amazon has begun work in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., on one of the South's largest current projects. Amazon is building a new 3.6-million-square-foot warehouse in the city located east of Nashville. The deal is expected to create 1,200 jobs.

 

The furniture industry is coming back in the South, but there are not enough workers

In December, the Wall Street Journal published an article that stated that furniture makers like Crate & Barrel, Ashley Furniture and Williams-Sonoma are expanding manufacturing capacity in the U.S., and that factories of furniture manufacturers are "humming." That is true in many of the historical furniture manufacturing states such as Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia. We have seen more furniture projects than at any time since the 1990s, when many of them bee-lined to China. But the article also said that there are not enough skilled workers to support the "renaissance." Sewers and upholsterers lost thousands of jobs, meaning there are few who trained for the furniture industry since it collapsed, leaving it reliant on an "aging workforce."

 

Tax cuts make U.S. tax burden one of the lowest in the world

President Trump's 2017 tax cuts have reduced the U.S. tax burden to the lowest among major developed nations, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The tax cuts have also contributed to the U.S. government's budget deficit of nearly $1 trillion in 2019. The deficit rose by $205 billion, or 26 percent in the last year. Only three of the major world economies currently have a lower tax burden than the U.S.

 

Cooling solutions firm to locate in South Carolina

AIRSYS Cooling Technologies, a cooling solutions firm, is investing $5 million in a deal in Spartanburg County, S.C. The project will create 116 jobs.

 

German company bringing jobs to Waco, Texas

Berlin-based ZinkPower announced in the fall quarter that it will locate a hot-dip galvanizing facility in Waco. The company will invest $32 million, create 100 new jobs and serve the structural steel industry.

 

SKF expands in Sumter, S.C.

SKF, a manufacturer of bearings of all sizes for use by the military, semiconductor and medical industries, is investing $26 million in its plant in Sumter, S.C. The project will create 10 jobs.

 

The U.S. is now a net exporter of oil

For the first time in decades, the U.S. is a net exporter of oil. The world's top oil producer and consumer, the U.S. exported 89,000 more barrels of crude and other petroleum products a day than it imported in September. September represented the first full month of the U.S. being a net exporter of oil since the 1940s, according to the Energy Information Administration. The U.S. ended the crude export ban that was implemented in the 1970s in 2015.

 

Auto supplier to build new plant in Georgia

Japan-based Mitsui Kinzoku Die-Casting will build a new plant in Spalding County, Ga. The company will invest $20 million in the facility and hire 30 workers where it will make parts for electric vehicles.

 

AFCO Industries expands in Louisiana

A company that makes metal weather stripping and other building construction components is expanding its facility in central Louisiana and closing its plant in Alabama. AFCO Industries will make a $3.62 million investment to expand in Alexandria, La., and close its plant in Pell City, Ala., transferring jobs and operations to the Louisiana location. AFCO’s move will create 16 new jobs.

 

Amazon confirms purchase of land in Suffolk, Va.

Amazon has purchased 87 acres in Suffolk, but neither the company nor the city will say what’s in the works.

 

Amazon building fulfillment center on Gwinnett-DeKalb line, bringing 1,000 jobs to Georgia

The mysterious Project Rocket development that stirred speculation last year is indeed an Amazon fulfillment center. Amazon is building the new fulfillment center on the Gwinnett-DeKalb line, and the project is expected to deliver 1,000 new jobs to the area.

 

Aircraft Solutions investing nearly $100 million in North Carolina

Aircraft Solutions will establish a new subsidiary at North Carolina’s Global TransPark to recycle aircraft parts and materials. The company will create 475 jobs and invest nearly $100 million to establish the new facility in Lenoir County.

 

Ascend finalizes plans for $175 million project in Alabama

Ascend Performance Materials has finalized plans for a $175 million project to expand production at its Decatur, Ala., manufacturing facility and construct energy cogeneration units at the site. The project will add 10 manufacturing jobs to Houston-based Ascend’s Alabama workforce, which exceeds 400 people. The project at the Ascend facility — one of only four in the world that produces adiponitrile, or ADN, on a large scale — will generate 150 jobs by its completion.

 

Ferra Aerospace acquires manufacturing facility in Rogers, Ark.

Ferra Aerospace, an advanced machining and assembly company, has acquired a new manufacturing facility in Rogers that will employ 26 workers. Ferra also currently operates a facility in nearby Grove, Okla., that is undergoing an expansion to double its current manufacturing floor to 100,000 square feet.

 

Martco upgrades facilities in Louisiana

Forest products company Martco, which operates under the trade name RoyOMartin, will invest a combined $25 million to modernize its production facilities in Oakdale and Chopin, La. The company’s oriented strand board site in Oakdale will receive a $23 million capital investment, and its plywood manufacturing site in Chopin will receive a $2.2 million capital investment.

With the projects, the company will retain 1,031 employees and create 10 new direct jobs.

 

Company plans diamond mine in Louisville, Ky.

Kentucky Advanced Materials Manufacturing is establishing a facility to mine diamonds above ground in Louisville. The company is partnering with the University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy to implement a pilot plant/demonstration facility. “Diamond is an advanced material with superlative properties making it the best choice for many technological applications including those that enable connection of renewables to the grid,” explains Dr. Mahendra Sunkara, a professor at the Conn Center.

 

Cloud-based firm bringing 160 jobs to Georgia’s Peachtree Corners

Brightree, a cloud-based healthcare company, recently opened its new 60,500-square-foot headquarters in Peachtree Corners’ Technology Park Atlanta. The building, formerly occupied by Honeywell, was renovated for its 160-employee workforce.

 

Collins Aerospace growing in North Jacksonville, Fla.

Collins Aerospace continues to hire and build out space for its Engineered Polymer Products plant in North Jacksonville that could employ more than 100 people by the end of 2020.

 

Brakebush plans $60 million expansion in Mocksville, N.C.

Brakebush Brothers has committed to invest $60 million and hire at least 244 in the fire-damaged former House of Raeford poultry plant in Mocksville. The Wisconsin-based company is a 94-year-old, family-owned processor of chicken products.

 

Holt Manufacturing to hire 160 in Waco, Texas

The Holt family of San Antonio, whose company claims the title of “largest Caterpillar equipment dealer in the United States,” will make Waco a manufacturing hub for land-clearing and oilfield equipment and water trucks used at construction sites. Holt has permits for a $12 million overhaul of the facility and plans to hire 160 people to work there.

 

Medline Industries creating 464 jobs in Louisiana

Medline Industries will build an 800,000-square-foot distribution center and create more than 460 new jobs in St. Tammany Parish. The $53 million medical supply facility will replace a smaller Medline distribution center located between Covington and Goodbee.

 

Ace Electric expanding Georgia footprint

Ace Electric will expand its footprint in Valdosta-Lowndes County. The company will invest $5.5 million to build a new fabrication facility, and create 15 new jobs. According to the company’s VP, the expansion will allow them to put fabrication, design and engineering operations under one roof.

 

American Airlines adding jobs in Tulsa

American Airlines is adding 30 jobs at the Brake and Wheel Center in Tulsa, Okla. The jobs will focus on maintenance of American’s fleet of the Airbus A-320 family and A-330, as well as the Boeing 757 and 787.

 

Horse Soldier Bourbon announces $50 million expansion in Kentucky

American Freedom Distillery, founded by members of the first U.S. Army Special Forces unit to enter Afghanistan following the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, has announced it will expand in Somerset, Ky., launching a two-phase, $50 million project that will add 56 jobs.

 

Congress, Trump approve $138 million to fund Charleston Harbor Deepening Project

President Donald Trump approved $138 million for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project as part of the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill in the 2020 Budget. With this approval, the project is now fully funded to completion and on track to be completed by 2021, according to the South Carolina Ports Authority.

 

Ampirical to build HQ in Louisiana

A company that specializes in electrical infrastructure engineering, design and construction management will build a 78,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in Louisiana and consolidate its existing St. Tammany Parish locations into the new building. Ampirical plans to create 400 new jobs and invest $20 million at the facility near Covington over the next decade, with an average annual salary of more than $85,000 including benefits.

 

City Council of Arlington, Texas, approves $810 million project

Arlington continues to build on its economic momentum with a planned $810 million expansion of the Entertainment District, which would add a best-in-class hotel brand, new convention center, corporate office headquarters, mixed-use residential building, small business coworking and incubator space, and even more dining, retail and entertainment options.

 

Pierburg expanding in Greenville County, S.C.

Pierburg, a manufacturer of components for air supply and emission control, announced plans to expand its existing operations in Greenville County. The $27 million investment will create 95 new jobs. Pierburg is one of three brands under the Rheinmetall Automotive group.

 

VA building new clinic in Fort Smith, Ark.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is building a 45,900-square-foot clinic in Fort Smith that could add around 100 jobs — doctors, nurses and support staff — and “significantly” increase healthcare access for veterans.

 

Boeing Oklahoma wins $400 million deal

The Boeing Company recently secured a $400 million contract to provide engineering services to B-1 and B-52 aircraft. Work related to the deal will be performed at Tinker Air Force Base (La.), Edwards Air Force Base (Calif.), Barksdale Air Force Base (La.), and Oklahoma City (Okla.). With the recent modification, the total cumulative value of the contract reached $800 million.

 

Rempac Foam to expand in Lumberton, N.C.

A foam manufacturer has received a grant that will protect about 200 jobs at its plant and lead to the hiring of as many as 40 more. Rempac Foam plans to invest $4 million to add 50,000 square feet of space to its facility.

 

China-based flooring maker hiring hundreds in Bartow County, Ga.

A China-based flooring manufacturer says it will create 238 jobs and invest $26 million in a refurbished facility in Adairsville. GreenView Floors International will renovate a vacant building there to establish its first U.S. manufacturing facility.

 

Arizona company investing $25 million in Georgia

Zummit Plastics, a manufacturer of plastic stretch film based in Phoenix City, Ariz., is planning to open a new manufacturing facility in Georgia. The company is expanding with plans to create 50 new jobs and invest $25 million into the project in Columbus.

 

National Cement expands rural Alabama plant

National Cement Co. of Alabama, whose parent company is France-based VicatSA, plans to invest more than $250 million to construct a new kiln at its production plant in Ragland, Ala., 50 miles east of Birmingham. Local leaders say it is St. Clair County’s biggest capital investment in more than 20 years.

 

Jemison Metals expands in Sumter, S.C.

Jemison Metals, a supplier of carbon flat-rolled products, plans to expand operations at its complex in Sumter. The $14 million investment is expected to create 57 new jobs.

 

Sea Pro Boats expands in Winnsboro, S.C.

Sea Pro Boats, a saltwater fishing boat manufacturer, plans to expand operations in Winnsboro. The $3 million investment is expected to create 135 new jobs in Fairfield County.

 

Alorica expands in North Charleston, S.C.

Call center Alorica plans to expand its current operations in North Charleston. The $1.2 million investment will create more than 300 new jobs. The company services a variety of brands in the retail, healthcare, energy and utilities industries.

 

Bottling company expands Springfield, Mo., operations

Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company, a third generation family-owned bottler, is investing $40 million to expand its local operations in Springfield. Undertaking a two-phase expansion, the company will create approximately 25 new jobs and build a new 430,000-square-foot warehouse adjacent to its existing plant.

 

Charlotte-based Nucor expands in Blytheville, Ark.

Nucor will build a coil-paint line at its Nucor Steel Arkansas plant, which will make that facility the Charlotte-based company’s first that can produce painted steel. Nucor has not disclosed the cost of the latest expansion. The company recently completed a $230 million cold-rolled steel line at the plant in Blytheville, and is currently installing a $240 million galvanizing line.

 

Louisiana will keep taking refugees

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is one of more than 30 governors to tell President Donald Trump that their states will continue to accept refugees. Trump issued an executive order allowing states to opt out of the federal refugee resettlement process. Edwards, a Democrat, recently sent in paperwork saying Louisiana would continue to consent to refugee resettlement.

 

GM investing $1.5 billion in Missouri expansion

General Motors recently confirmed it will invest $1.5 billion to produce its next-generation Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups at its plant in Wentzville, Mo. The plant, where the Chevy Colorado and Express, and the GMC Canyon and Savana are built, currently employs about 4,000 hourly and 330 salaried employees. The announcement represents one of the largest single project investments from the private sector in Missouri.

 

Auto parts manufacturer to build second plant in Charlotte Region of North Carolina

Cataler North America Corporation, a manufacturer of catalysts for automobiles and engines, will build a new manufacturing plant in Hickory, N.C., creating 151 jobs. The Japanese company will invest a minimum of $42 million in the project in Catawba County.

 

Tyndall AFB slated for $1.5 billion in emergency funding

All but destroyed by Hurricane Michael, Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Fla., is slated to get a major boost for recovery and redevelopment in this year’s federal defense budget, receiving more than $1.5 billion for emergency construction projects. Estimates for the full reconstruction of the base have ranged from $3 billion to more than $4 billion.

 

Heinz investing $25 million in Texas expansion

Kraft Heinz Food Company will invest $25 million in an expansion of its Garland, Texas, operations, and plans to add approximately 250 new full time jobs to its current workforce of 843 employees. The project has been approved under the Texas Enterprise Zone Program, which promotes business investment and job creation in economically-challenged areas. As required by the state, at least 35 percent of the new jobs must be filled by Enterprise Zone residents, veterans or economically disadvantaged citizens.

 

Johnson Controls expanding Hattiesburg operations

Johnson Controls is expanding, bringing between 40 to 50 new jobs to its Hattiesburg, Miss., facility. The plant currently employs around 225 to manufacture both YORK and Miller-Picking brand systems.

 

LNG plant to bring 35,000 jobs to Mississippi and Louisiana

Officials said a liquid natural gas plant coming to Port Gibson, Miss., could bring up to 35,000 new jobs to the areas of Southwest Mississippi and East Louisiana. In April 2019, the city of Port Gibson entered into an agreement with Houston-based gas company HESCO to bring the plant to the city. Three hundred jobs will be created for the plant’s construction, and 35,000 once it’s operational. Alderman Scott Davis said this is a huge step for an area that’s been economically depressed for decades.

 

Phoenix invests $600,000, adds 16 new jobs in Bamberg, S.C.

Phoenix Specialty Manufacturing announced it has added 16 permanent jobs and invested over $600,000 at its manufacturing facility in Bamberg, population 3,200.

 

Supreme Rice expands facility in Crowley, La.

Supreme Rice will undertake a $20 million expansion of its rice mill in Crowley. According to Louisiana Economic Development, “Supreme Rice is the largest rice-milling operation in Louisiana. The project will secure the company’s position as a leading rice processor by adding 25,000 square feet of manufacturing space, bringing the facility to 75,000 square feet.”

 

Merrick Engineering relocates HQ to Waco, Texas

Merrick Engineering, a manufacturer of plastic and injection molded consumer products, will relocate its corporate headquarters from Corona, Calif., to Waco, Texas. The project represents a $33 million investment, which includes the construction of a new 400,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility along with corporate offices. Merrick will retain its existing workforce of 150 employees and create 20 new positions.

 

WABCO expands Kentucky distribution hub

WABCO plans to triple its employment as it invests over $3 million in the distribution portion of its heavy duty truck parts manufacturing and warehousing facility in Hebron, where it currently employs 77 people.

 

Consulting firm moving HQ from St. Louis to Austin

Consulting firm Sense Corp. is moving its headquarters from St. Louis to Austin. The company plans to invest more than $80 million while creating more than 200 new jobs focused on advanced data analytics such as AI and digital technologies.

 

Microsoft expands Morrisville, N.C., operations

Global technology and software company Microsoft will invest $47.5 million and create 500 new jobs to expand its operations in Wake County. In October, Microsoft also announced an expansion in Charlotte that will create 430 jobs with a $23 million investment.

 

Frontier Airlines building $10 million hangar at Orlando International Airport

Frontier Airlines announced it will build a 35,000-square-foot hangar at Orlando International Airport. The project is expected to create 45 new jobs, doubling its current maintenance workforce at the airport.

 

Multi-Pack moving into new facility in Greenville, S.C.

Multi-Pack Solutions, a manufacturer of packaging for over-the-counter drugs and personal care products, has begun moving its production lines into a new 125,000-square-foot facility at the S.C. Technology and Aviation Center. The facility represents a $16.3 million investment by Multi-Pack.

 

Georgia wins gun-maker and 300 jobs

It took two decades, millions in tax credits and the gift of a free factory, but Georgia finally landed a Brazil-based gun-maker, who is moving from the Miami area to a small town just north of the Florida border. Taurus Holdings is expected to bring 300 jobs to Bainbridge, Ga., population 12,000.

 

Alcami expands in North Charleston, S.C.

Alcami, a provider of solutions for the pharmaceutical and biologics industries, plans to expand its current operations in North Charleston. The $17 million investment will create 30 new jobs.

 

Mattress manufacturer establishing in Gaffney, S.C.

Palmetto Pedic, founded in 2018 as a joint venture between mattress industry veterans from the U.S. and China, plans to establish a production center in Gaffney. The $8.5 million investment is expected to create more than 60 new jobs in Cherokee County.

 

Logistics company relocates HQ to Florence, Ky.

Logistics services provider LeanCor Supply Chain Group will invest $4.4 million to relocate its headquarters into a larger office building in Florence. The company plans to add 53 full-time jobs within Boone County.

 

Global Lending Services plans $4.2 million expansion in Greenville, S.C.

Global Lending Services, an automotive lending company, will invest more than $4.2 million to expand its current operations in Greenville. The investment is expected to create 669 new jobs. The company has developed technology to approve customers at competitive rates in less than 20 seconds.

 

Lubbock Economic Development Alliance announces three wins

The Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA) announced during a press conference in December the expansion of three businesses adding 343 jobs and $10.8 million in capital investment in the Lubbock community. Key Organics, a food processing facility, will build an organic grains and milling facility investing $5.8 million and adding 38 new jobs. Saint Francis Ministries will open three new offices in Texas with the largest one in downtown Lubbock, adding 190 jobs there. Tyler Technologies, a software company, announced plans to add 115 jobs over the next five years along with $5 million in capital investment.

 

StruXure Outdoor plans expansion in Dahlonega, Ga.

Advantage Capital plans a $1.75 million investment in StruXure Outdoor, a manufacturer of pergolas for residential and corporate outdoor spaces. The investment will support the expansion of its current facility and the immediate creation of 25 jobs, and 40 over the next three years.

 

Eagle Roofing Products expands facilities in Florida

A manufacturer of concrete roof tiles has begun expanding its plant in Sumterville, Fla., and building a new stocking facility in West Palm Beach.

 

Florida’s Project Farmer revealed

The Marion (Fla.) County Commission approved a $9.9 million incentive package toward the massive distribution facility promising up to 700 jobs. The company behind Project Farmer, a 1.7 million-square-foot distribution center, is indeed Dollar Tree.

 

Danville, Va., moving toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2050

Danville recently announced the commencement of two 5MW AC solar power plants, its third and fourth solar power purchase agreements. In collaboration with TurningPoint Energy and solar partner, Navisun, the combined 10MW will begin construction by the end of the year in Pittsylvania County.

 

Unilin to add 30 jobs in Thomasville, N.C., as part of $15 million expansion

The Unilin North America production facility in Thomasville is expanding again, this time with a $14.9 million investment that will lead to 30 new jobs. Unilin is a supplier of laminate flooring, selling under the Quick-Step and Pergo brands.

 

Arlington, Texas getting $800 convention center

An ambitious hotel and convention center project in Arlington’s evolving entertainment district is getting the go-ahead from city leaders. The City Council voted unanimously to move forward with incentive agreements that will put a $550 million Loews hotel and an attached 150,000-square-foot convention center in motion. The 880-room hotel would be more than twice the size of a Live! by Loews hotel that recently opened across the street. The plan also includes a $200 million residential and office project called Stadium Lofts that Cordish Companies will build at the Texas Rangers’ former ballpark.

 

Foam Products Corp. adding jobs following expansion

A multi-million dollar expansion at a manufacturing facility in Unicoi County, Tenn., will bring jobs. Georgia-based Foam Products Corporation in Erwin completed the nearly two-year project at its Erwin facility in December. The company currently employs 70 workers and has hired 20 more over the past seven years. Now, they are in the process of hiring more. This comes as the plant completed a recent $1 million expansion to the building and added $6 million worth of new equipment.

 

Coast Professional expands West Monroe, La., contract center

Coast Professional recently dedicated its newly designed 8,200-square-foot contact center in West Monroe. The company already has hired more than 100 new employees at the location.

 

Waterlogic chooses Texas for North American headquarters

The U.K.-based drinking water dispenser company will invest $1.6 million and create up to 164 jobs in Grapevine, Texas. Waterlogic USA, currently headquartered in New Castle, Del., will establish a new North American Headquarters and Center of Excellence there.

 

Hundreds take buyouts at Gadsden, Ala., Goodyear plant

More than 700 employees are taking buyouts at Gadsden’s Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant. The buyouts took effect Dec. 20. The plant will continue to operate at reduced staffing levels.

 

New paint plant in East Chattanooga

One hundred and fifty new jobs are coming to East Chattanooga with a new $60 million Nippon Paint Plant set to build on the former Harriett Tubman site. Leaders and residents of the Avondale community have long asked for better access to quality jobs in their neighborhood.

 

Gov. Ivey awards grant to create 40 jobs in Monroeville, Ala.

Governor Kay Ivey announced recently a $100,000 grant to the city of Monroeville to create 40 new jobs. J & L Industrial Services will open a business in the Hornady-Sawyer incubator building in 2020. The startup company makes piping and structural steel to be used in paper and steel mills.

 

Baton Rouge hospital expansion to create 80 new jobs

Oceans Behavioral Health Hospital will expand promises to be a first-class healthcare facility to address mental health issues not only in north Baton Rouge, but in other areas. The Oceans expansion is expected to create 80 jobs.

 

Charlotte airport breaks ground on expansion

Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina has celebrated the groundbreaking of its Terminal Lobby Expansion project, the biggest construction project in the airport’s history. The $600 million project

will add 175,000 square feet and renovate another 191,000 square feet, and is part of a $3 billion capital investment program, Destination CLT, to meet passenger growth through 2035.

 

Kemira expanding in Eastover, S.C.

Global chemicals company Kemira will invest $20 million to expand operations in Eastover. Headquartered in Finland, Kemira manufactures chemicals for a wide range of applications, including pulp and paper, water, industrial, and oil and gas.

 

Dennis Eagle establishes operations in Dorchester County, S.C.

U.K.-based manufacturer Dennis Eagle, which designs and manufactures refuse collection vehicles, plans to establish operations in Dorchester County to assemble Elite Chassis for compressed natural gas (CNG) and diesel trucks. The new facility should be operational in 2020, with hiring beginning in the coming months.

 

Golding Barge Line expands Vicksburg, Miss., operations

Inland water transportation company Golding Barge Line will invest $20 million to expand operations in Vicksburg. The company specializes in the transport of refined petroleum products, petrochemicals and chemical products throughout the U.S.’s inland waterway system.

 

Samuel Associated Tube Group plans $29 million Alabama expansion

Samuel Associated Tube Group is building a $29 million manufacturing plant in Jefferson County and will hire about 50. The company manufactures small diameter carbon steel tubing.

 

North Carolina governor announces $4 million in rural infrastructure grants

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved 12 grant requests to local governments totaling $4,113,122, Governor Roy Cooper announced recently. The requests include commitments to create a total of 473 jobs. The public investment in these projects will attract more than $111 million in private investment.

 

First U.S. steel plants powered by wind and solar

The steel industry has a massive carbon footprint, as much as 6 percent to 7 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a Rocky Mountain Institute study. But, Nucor’s micromill in Sedalia, Mo., is set to be the first U.S. steel plant to run on wind energy. The $250 million plant, which is expected to open by the end of the year, is a partnership between the steel company and local utility Evergy.

 

Dallas-based Panda Biotech breaks into hemp business

A Dallas-based company is tapping into the Texas’ hemp industry with a new facility that will process the plant and turn it into a material that can be used for clothing, car parts and insulation for houses. Panda Biotech will open a 255,000-square-foot facility in Shallowater, a small town 12 miles northwest of Lubbock. The company plans to hire 20 employees and use hemp that’s grown within a 100-mile radius to reduce transportation costs. Texas state lawmakers legalized the crop in January and will begin issuing licenses to grow hemp in early 2020. Hemp is a type of cannabis. It’s related to marijuana but has low or untraceable amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high.

 

Magnolia Botanicals plans hemp processing facility in Ridgeville, S.C.

Magnolia Botanicals, a joint venture between South Carolina-based Blue Water Green Bridge and United Cannabis Corporation, plans to establish an industrial hemp processing plant in Ridgeville. With a capital investment of $3.2 million, the company will create 52 jobs in Dorchester County.

 

Forty percent of manufacturing workers now have a college degree

Manufacturing was once considered one of the best career options for people with only a high school degree. But a growing share of factory jobs are now going to college graduates as manufacturers upgrade their plants with robots and complex software programs. About 40 percent of manufacturing workers now have college degrees, compared with about 20 percent in the early 1990s, according to an analysis from The Wall Street Journal.

 

Georgetown, Texas, okays $4.4 million incentive package for Costco

Georgetown has approved a $4.4 million incentive agreement to bring a $20 million Costco store to town, with some council members saying it would increase sales tax revenue by attracting out-of-town shoppers and create 235 jobs once the store opens.

 

Clark Material Handling completes expansion in Lexington, Ky.

Clark Material Handling announced the completed expansion of its third facility in Kentucky. The Lexington-based company is a manufacturer of forklift trucks and spare parts.

 

Four hundred new jobs for Chesterfield County, Va.

Governor Ralph Northam announced that Carvana, an e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, plans to invest $25 million to establish a new vehicle inspection and reconditioning facility in Chesterfield County. The project will create an estimated 400 new jobs.

 

New printing tech center opens in Alabama

A manufacturing facility has opened a new component in Athens, Ala., which will create roughly 60 jobs in the next five years. Carpenter Technology Corp. opened its Emerging Technology Center on site near its 500,000-square-foot facility, which originally opened in 2014. It is a $40 million investment that was first announced during the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow. The main facility produces specialty alloy products mainly for the aerospace and energy markets. The new Emerging Technology Center will create metal powder out of certain alloys and manufacture finished parts using 3D metal printing.

 

Tech company’s’ Plano office to triple employment

Software company Qualtrics plans to triple its staff in Plano, Texas, to 300 people in the next two to three years. Most new jobs will be in sales, but some will be in other roles, such as recruiting.

 

Warner Bros. beefing up its Atlanta presence

Warner Bros. has leased more than 500,000 square feet of studio space in two warehouse buildings and is in talks to take on a third, all clustered in the Atlanta Industrial Parkway warehouse district, some 10 miles west of Midtown Atlanta. The studio — responsible for Atlanta productions like the Clint Eastwood-directed Richard Jewell and the DC Comics superhero show Black Lightning — is in discussions to take over an additional 92,000 square feet.

 

Nashville selected for IHeartRadio’s second digital HQ

iHeartMedia, the leading audio company in the U.S., has selected Nashville as the location for iHeartRadio’s second digital headquarters, further expanding its current New York-based digital team and creating new jobs.

 

98 Ventures relocates to Village of West Greenville, S.C.

98 Ventures, an executive management services company, plans to expand operations in the Village of West Greenville. The project is expected to create 150 new jobs. 98 Ventures specializes in human resources, accounting and risk management, among others.

 

Mississippi trucking and equipment facility to create 22 jobs

A new trucking and equipment facility coming to Natchez is expected to bring about 22 jobs to the area. Stribling Equipment is partnering with Empire Trucks to expand its facility there to include sales, parts and service for equipment companies such as John Deere and Hitachi as well as trucking companies Freightliner and Western Star.

 

Battery maker to invest $10 million, bring 46 jobs to Greensboro, N.C.

Sunlight Systems, a battery maker based in Greece, announced it will open its first U.S. facility next year in Greensboro. The company will invest $10 million and create 46 jobs. Sunlight Batteries will assemble and distribute lithium batteries from the facility

 

FedEx reaches deep into Mississippi Delta for workers

FedEx has tapped deep into the Mississippi Delta to find workers for the largest facility in its world-wide supply chain located in Memphis. Lured by the chance to work for a global company and earn hourly wages starting at $13.26, some 200 workers gather in a Walmart parking lot in Cleveland, Miss., five nights a week to board buses bound for Memphis.

 

Fifty-four Upstate New York manufacturing jobs moving to Mississippi

ACCO Brands is ending 73 years of manufacturing office products in Ogdensburg, N.Y., and shipping 54 jobs to Mississippi. The company announced in September it will would move the manufacturing of three-ring binders and whiteboards from its plant in New York to Booneville, Miss.

 

Redstone Arsenal growing to 50,000 workers by 2025

Huntsville, Ala.’s Redstone Arsenal will grow from 44,000 employees to “over 50,000 by 2025,” its senior commander said recently, and it plans $2 billion in infrastructure investments in the next five years to keep growing.

 

Q2 Solutions plans $73 million lab, adding 750 jobs in Durham, N.C.

The creation of Q2  Solutions dates back to 2015 when Quintiles and Quest Diagnostics teamed up to create a clinical trial laboratory. Now, Q2 plans to invest $73 million in a new facility in Durham, creating 749 jobs in the process. The project will see Q2 move its headquarters from Morrisville to the neighboring city of Durham.

 

JaxPort expansion ahead of schedule

Construction on a new international container terminal is now underway at the Jacksonville Port Authority’s Blount Island in Florida. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held in December on the $238 million facility. The port expansion is expected to create or protect about 3,500 jobs over the next decade.

 

Cajun food company doubles down in St. Landry Parish, La.

A company that develops, manufactures and distributes a wide range of authentic Cajun food products, Savoie’s Sausage and Food Products, plans a $12.7 million expansion of its production facility in St. Landry Parish near Opelousas, La. The larger facility will enable Savoie’s to nearly double its production.

 

Lockheed Martin expands in Hancock County, Miss.

Global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin is investing $20.9 million to expand its operations at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, where the primary activity is designing and building satellites and spacecraft for government and commercial customers. Lockheed Martin currently employs 118 workers at the location.

 

New metro station in Alexandria, Va., will bring over 20,000 jobs

The $322 million Potomac Yard Metro Rail Station will soon be open for business in Alexandria. Officials say this project has been in the works for a quarter century, and will bring about 13,000 new residents to the area.

 

Virginia Beach, Va., gaining 360 new jobs

A trio of Virginia Beach tech companies will create hundreds of new local jobs as part of new investment grants from the economic development authority. DOMA, a document scanning business, plans to grow from 175 to 475 full-time employees and move to a new location there. Web hosting and design company InMotion plans to spend $10.8 million to consolidate two locations into new space and create 50 jobs. G2 Ops, a systems engineering and cybersecurity company that contracts for the military, plans to create 10 positions when they expand their facility.

 

South Greenville Enterprise Park welcomes first tenant

Greenville County, S.C.’s first new industrial park in 20 years is set to gain its first tenant by early 2021. Vermeer Co., an Iowa-based heavy equipment manufacturer, has closed on a 43-acre parcel in the park off U.S. 25 in Piedmont. Vermeer’s existing plant in Greenville makes vacuum excavators, but the new facility will be triple the size of its existing one, and will add another 25 jobs at the new site,

 

Tennessee’s Campbell Clinic opens $49 million expansion

Campbell Clinic recently unveiled a state-of-the-art expansion to its Germantown orthopedic center. The $49 million project almost doubles the clinic’s footprint in the suburb and will bring 185 new jobs to Germantown.

 

Three companies expanding in Kansas City, Mo.

Three companies are expanding in Kansas City, with plans to create 388 new jobs and invest a projected $4.9 million. Homebase, a company that develops and markets apartment management software, is expanding its existing facility in Kansas City and expects to create 300 new jobs. Simplifyy, a startup company that focuses on tech solutions for property management, is investing $4.1 million to open an office and plans to hire 71 new employees. Mark II Transfer Station, a construction and demolition waste transfer station, was recently built and expects to add 17 new jobs, with a capital investment of $842,000.

 

Enviva receives approval for $175 million Alabama plant

A $175 million project in West Alabama has taken another step forward. Enviva Partners, which is planning a facility for the Port of Epes Industrial Park, received approval from Alabama Department of Environmental Management for a permit allowing the company to construct a wood pellet facility in Sumter County. The project is estimated to create at least 85 full-time jobs and another 180 additional jobs in logging, transportation and local services for the region.

 

H-E-B to invest $200 million in South Austin, add 1,000 jobs

Supermarket chain H-E-B is planning a major expansion in South Austin, Texas, that includes $200 million in investment and more than 1,000 new jobs. Plans include the opening of three previously announced new stores and a major remodel of an existing location.

 

Nestlé Purina opens $320 million pet food plant in rural Georgia

Nestlé Purina has opened its newest pet foot plant in Hartwell, Ga. The plant is located in an abandoned textile factory. The $320 million deal will create 240 jobs. According to reports, about 35 percent of the new jobs are held by South Carolina residents.

 

Walmart hiring 200 for distribution center in Cocoa, Fla.

Walmart will hire 200 associates — order fillers, fork lift drivers and other key roles — to support its grocery distribution center in Cocoa.

 

CarMax coming to Murfreesboro, Tenn.

CarMax is opening a new location in Murfreesboro and plans on creating 100 jobs.

 

Community college breaks ground on aerospace academy in Hancock County, Miss.

Pearl River Community College has broken ground on the Phil Bryant Aviation and Aerospace Technology Academy in Hancock County. The facility is being built at Stennis International Airport and is expected to help create 469 jobs, retain 550 jobs, and generate $5 million in private investments.

 

Computer manufacturer moving to Garland, Texas

All Quality and Services, a company that makes computer components, will relocate its operations to Garland, Texas. More than $800,000 will be invested in renovating an existing facility and150 new full-time positions will be created.

Developer breaks ground on $1 billion development in Rowlett, Texas

Sapphire Bay Land Development broke ground on the first phase of its 117-acre, lagoon-anchored development in Rowlett. The $1 billion mixed-use project will include a resort, conference center, marina and beach club.

 

Manufacturer to locate North American HQ In North Carolina Triad City

Bovone, an Italian manufacturer of machinery for processing flat glass and natural and synthetic stones, plans to renovate a former Harley-Davidson dealership in Reidsville, N.C., for offices, warehouse and workshop space. The company’s total investment in the 13,380-square-foot building is expected to be about $1 million, and is is expected to employ fewer than 10.

 

Ground breaking on $1.7 billion North St. Louis project

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will break ground on its $1.7 billion western headquarters in North St. Louis, Mo.

 

Flooring manufacturer says expansion will bring new jobs to Randolph County, W.Va.

“It is the large employer in Beverly and the largest private, for-profit company in Randolph County,” said Robbie Morris, the Executive Director of the Randolph County Development Authority. The AHF Manufacturing (formerly Armstrong Flooring) Plant in Beverly, W.Va., is the largest pre-finished hardwood flooring plant in the United States. The plant worked with the county to expand in late November last year and will hire 50 to 60 new direct jobs.

 

Chip startup plans to grow in Austin, Texas

California-based Nuvia, the chip startup founded by a trio of former Apple execs, has added a new office in Austin that is expected to grow to about 40 employees by year’s end.

 

Army Cyber Command HQ means opportunity for Aiken, S.C.

The establishment of the U.S. Army’s new Cyber Command headquarters at Fort Gordon in South Carolina and other related developments have created a huge opportunity for the entire Palmetto State, especially Aiken. During the coming months and years, the flagship Columbia campus and USC Aiken will partner with various cybersecurity entities that will strengthen both schools.

 

India-Based Polyhose to locate in Pender County, N.C.

Polyhose, an industrial hose manufacturer, will invest $7.9 million to locate a 40,000-square-foot warehouse and assembly plant in Pender County. The company plans to hire 51 associates.

 

Innovative Poultry Products expands in Bamberg County, S.C.

Innovative Poultry Products, a manufacturer of equipment for poultry farmers, plans a $505,000 expansion to the company’s current operations in Olar, S.C.


December 2019

Industrial hose manufacturer to invest in rural North Carolina

Polyhose, an industrial hose manufacturer, is investing $7.9 million to locate a plant in Pender County, N.C.  The project will create 51 jobs. 

 

Clinical trials firm to expand in North Carolina

Q2 Solutions, a joint venture between IQVIA (formerly known as Quintiles) and Quest Diagnostics, announced it will create 749 jobs in Durham County, N.C. The company, whose global headquarters is currently in Morrisville, N.C., performs clinical trials for biotechnology firms. 

 

Brazilian manufacturer to create 455 jobs in Georgia

Brazil-based Guidoni Group, a producer of ornamental stones, is investing $96 million to locate a manufacturing plant in McRae-Helena, Ga. The deal will create 455 jobs. 

 

New poultry processing facility set for Pine Bluff, Ark. 

Cornerstone PB Holdings will open a poultry processing plant in Pine Bluff. The project is expected to create 150 new jobs. 

 

Software firm to create 200 jobs in Central Florida

Solai & Cameron Technologies, a software firm that focuses on the artificial intelligence industry, is moving its headquarters from Chicago to Orlando. The deal will create 200 jobs. 

 

Microsoft expandes in Charlotte

Microsoft is adding jobs at its South Charlotte campus. Microsoft will invest $23 million in the project that will create 430 new jobs. 

 

Charles Schwab relocating headquarters from California to DFW

California-based companies move their headquarters to Texas every day. Massive brokerage firm Charles Schwab announced in the fall it will relocate its headquarters from San Francisco to its new campus in Westlake, Texas, which is in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro. The company said in a news release it’s acquiring rival TD Ameritrade Holding Corp., and the move is part of that process. Charles Schwab already employs thousands at its campus in Westlake. 

 

Mercedes to build luxury SUV at its Alabama plant

Mercedes-Benz is introducing a vehicle that combines the luxury features of its flagship S-Class sedan with the GLS full-size SUV as part of a push to increase profits through sales of upscale cars. The Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 will hit showrooms in the second half of next year, the Daimler AG brand reported. The vehicle, which is powered by a V-8 engine including a 48-volt hybrid system, will be built at Daimler’s factory in Tuscaloosa. Optional features include folding tables and a refrigerator with space for champagne bottles. 

 

Arkansas county had the largest wage gain in nation this year

Data from the U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Benton County, Ark., had the largest wage gain among the nation's 355 largest counties. The wage gain was 16.3 percent in the second quarter of 2019. In Benton County, average weekly wages rose by 35 percent. Benton County is the home of Walmart's world headquarters. 

 

Radius Aerospace expands in Hot Springs, Ark.

Aerospace manufacturer Radius Aerospace announced in the fall it is expanding its facility in Hot Springs, Ark. The titanium manufacturer makes products including aircraft skins, doors, covers, ribs and leading edges for all kinds of aircraft including commercial and business jets. The deal will create 65 jobs. 

 

Medical supplier adding jobs in Memphis

McKesson Corp., a global medical supplies and pharmaceutical company, is growing its Memphis-based facilities. The company will invest over $18 million and hire 83 in the expansion. 

 

Five Southern states make ranking for "Best Positioned States for a Recession" 

Five Southern states made FitSmallBusiness' top 10 states best positioned for a possible recession. They were Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia. Other states making the ranking were Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska and North Dakota. 

 

Trucking company adding 75 jobs in Jax

Comcar Industries will be moving to a new office and adding 75 jobs in Jacksonville, Fla. The new office will include dispatch, customer service, brokerage and back-office support. The transition will take place through the second quarter of 2020. Comcar will continue its operations in Auburndale, Fla., as well.

 

Goodyear to consolidate Atlanta facilities to Coweta County, Ga.

In June 2016, the former Orchard Hills Golf Course property on Georgia Highway 16 in Newnan’s southeast side was rezoned as a major industrial and commercial site. In November, Goodyear Tire and Rubber announced it would build a 1.5 million-square-foot facility that will consolidate its Atlanta area distribution centers. The $140 million project will create 250 jobs in Coweta County. 

 

Automotive supplier announces new plant for Georgia

In the fall quarter, Nippon Light Metal Georgia announced it will create 110 jobs while investing $50 million in building a new manufacturing facility in Adairsville. The plant is expected to be operational in 2022. Nippon Light Metal Georgia specializes in aluminum products for the automotive industry.

 

Amazon announces another fulfillment center

Amazon plans to locate a 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Auburndale, Fla. The project will add 500 jobs to the 13,500 full-time jobs the company has in the state. 

 

Solomon Group to create entertainment jobs in New Orleans

The Solomon Group, a company that specializes in designing and staging concert and event productions and other entertainment events, will create 86 jobs in New Orleans. 

 

Austin's unstoppable tech job sector

A report from commercial real estate services company CBRE that was published in the fall showed that Austin's tech workforce created over 10,000 new jobs in 2017 and 2018. That was an increase of 22.5 percent for the two years, or 60.4 percent of all new office jobs in Austin. Only San Francisco (24.7 percent) and Seattle (23.7 percent) bested Austin for growth of tech jobs over those two years. 

 

Houston-based LNG companies get approval from FERC for terminals

Three Houston-based companies received federal approval on November 21 for liquefied natural gas terminals proposed at the Port of Brownsville in South Texas. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved LNG export facilities worth billions to Annova LNG, Texas LNG and NextDecade Corp. to build their plants at the Port of Brownsville in South Texas. 

 

Data intelligence firm to expand to Atlanta

Data intelligence company Collibra announced in the fall quarter it will create 200 jobs at a new office in Atlanta.

 

Megasite in Montgomery, Ala., receives certification

The Montgomery Mega Site has received an Alabama AdvantageSite designation. The AdvantageSite program requires that community economic development organizations provide documentation specific to a proposed industrial site, including a set of standard data related to ownership/control, environmental and geotechnical conditions, and infrastructure status. Sites must also meet size, zoning and accessibility requirements. The Montgomery Mega Site is a 1,842-acre site located approximately 2.5 miles (5 minutes) from Interstate 65. The site can be accessed by Hyundai Blvd or U.S. Highway 331. The eastern boundary of the main site and the western boundary of the out-parcel are served by rail. All utilities are at the site. 

 

Hyundai to build pickup at Montgomery, Ala., plant

Korean automaker Hyundai is entering the U.S. pickup truck market by building the vehicle at its plant in Montgomery, Ala. The company will invest $410 million to add the line and create 200 jobs. Expected to go into production in 2021, Hyundai has billed the model, called Santa Cruz, a “compact utility vehicle,” but it features an open truck bed.

 

Alabama records lowest-ever unemployment rate

In October, Alabama's unemployment rate dropped to 2.8 percent. That is well below the 3.8 percent recorded in October 2018. It is the lowest unemployment rate in state history. 

 

Amazon to build second fulfillment center in North Mississippi

Amazon announced in November it is building a new fulfillment center to handle handle larger items, such as furniture, fishing rods and bicycles in DeSoto County, Miss. The new fulfillment center, which will be the second in Mississippi, will be more than 1 million square feet. The deal will create 500 new jobs. 

 

New sawmill slated for Alabama

A $30 million sawmill was announced in Selma, Ala., in the fall quarter. The project is expected to create 80 jobs. 

 

California electronics manufacturer to locate in Texas

All Quality & Services is moving into an existing facility in Garland, Texas following an $800,000 renovation. The company makes computer components such as modules, modems, semiconductors and circuit boards that are used in medical, automotive, mobile telecommunications, gaming, industrial and other industries. The deal will create 150 jobs. 

 

Volkswagen will build its first electric vehicle in Tennessee

German automaker Volkswagen announced in the fall it will build its first electric vehicle at its plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The $800 million project to build another line will create 1,000 jobs. The expansion also includes a 564,000-square-foot addition to the body shop and a battery pack assembly facility. 

 

Israeli aerospace manufacturer to expand HQ in Virginia

Israel Aerospace Industries, the largest aerospace and defense company in Israel, is expanding its North American headquarters to a new facility in Fairfax County, Va. The project will bring 50 new jobs. 

 

Furniture supplier to expand in North Carolina

AkzoNobel is investing $55 million to expand its plant in High Point, N.C. The company specializes in wood coatings for the furniture industry as it produces a wide range of products to serve the furniture, flooring and building products industry. The expansion could result in as many as 43 new operations jobs.

 

Web hosting firm to expand in Virginia

InMotion Hosting, a provider of business web hosting services, is expanding in Virginia Beach. The $12 million project will create 50 new jobs. 

 

Apple breaks ground on $1 billion Austin campus

Apple Inc. has broken ground on its $1 billion North Austin campus. The new location is expected to house 5,000 workers when it opens in 2022, and as many as 15,000 in a few years. Apple manufactures MAC computers in Austin as well. The current employee count for Apple in Austin is over 6,000. 

 

Tech firm locates in North Carolina instead of Boston

Health care IT firm Well Dot Inc. has chosen Chapel Hill, N.C., over Boston for a 400-employee operation. The company's new $3.1 million operation will function as a research and development hub. 

 

CloudFactory to add 45 jobs in Research Triangle

CloudFactory, a startup that links remote workers around the world with artificial intelligence firms, announced it will double its workforce in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. The U.K.-based company will hire 45 workers in the deal. 

 

New boat manufacturer to build plant in North Carolina

MJM Yachts’ Pamlico Yachtworks announced in the fall it will build a new factory in Washington, N.C. The $12 million facility will house 200 workers. MJM produces seven powerboat models with deck lengths ranging from 29 feet to 53 feet.

 

Dallas-Fort Worth leads nation in law office leases

From third quarter 2018 to second quarter 2019, Dallas-Fort Worth led the nation in law office lease expansions, according to a new report from CBRE Group Inc. Over 700,000 square feet of office space was leased during that time and 428,000 square feet was leased by expanding law firms, the highest in the country. Following Dallas-Fort Worth were Los Angeles and New York City. 

 

Koch Foods investing $50 million in Alabama feed mill

Illinois-based Koch Foods is locating a grain storage and distribution facility in Attalla, Ala. The $50 million poultry feed mill will create 28 new jobs. 

 

France-based company investing $65 million to establish operations in Middle Tennessee

Mersen is investing $65 million and hiring 100 for a new plant in Maury County, Tenn. The company is a leader in electrical power and advanced materials. 

 

Gaming company to launch New Orleans project

Testronic is opening a new 150-job digital media project in New Orleans. The facility will serve as a gaming testing facility. Testronic will make a $500,000 capital investment to build-out space in the Exchange Centre.

 

Kia celebrates 10 years of production in West Georgia

South Korea-based Kia Motors celebrated 10 years of vehicle production in West Point, Ga. The plant is the first for Kia in the U.S., and supports more than 15,000 jobs in West Georgia. It assembled the first vehicle in November 2009 and currently has a capacity of building 340,000 vehicles per year. 

 

Netherlands IT company adding 300 jobs in NOVA

Randstad North America, a Netherlands IT firm, is expanding in Fairfax County, Va. The company is adding 300 jobs. 

 

Former Utah-based company opening headquarters in Research Triangle; 500 jobs

HZO, a technology-based waterproofing company, has opened its new headquarters in Morrisville, N.C. The new headquarters will provide the former Utah-based company with up to ten times more U.S.-based manufacturing space and four times more research and development space. The company is expecting to bring over 500 jobs to the Research Triangle Park region.

 

Nestle Purina opens $320 million pet food plant in rural Georgia

Nestle Purina has opened its newest pet foot plant in Hartwell, Ga. The plant was located in an abandoned textile factory. The $320 million deal will create 240 jobs. 

 

Japanese biotech firm to add jobs in College Station, Texas

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies plans to add 100 jobs in the growing gene therapy field in College Station. The $55 million investment will help build a new 60,000-square-foot facility. 

 

Kimberly-Clark expands in Corinth, Miss. 

Kimberly-Clark will invest more than $20 million to increase nonwovens capacity at its facility in Corinth, Miss. The company is building 45,000 square feet of space to make personal care products.

 

California company to add almost 1,000 jobs in Orlando

Concentrix CVG is adding 960 jobs at its customer service and tech support facility in Lake Mary, Fla. The company added a new client after it scheduled layoffs for the first of next year. 

 

Big HVAC deal in Kentucky

A Kentucky manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems announced a large expansion in Louisville. Kentuckiana Curb Co., which does business as KCC Manufacturing, is investing $50 million to build a second facility in Louisville. The deal will create 400 new jobs. 

 

Water products company to locate new operations in Tennessee

Mueller Water Products, which makes engineered valves, fire hydrants and other products for the water industry, is locating a new facility in Marion County, Tenn. The project is expected to create 325 jobs. 

 

Paper manufacturer to invest $400 million to expand in Macon, Ga. 

Irving Tissue is investing $400 million in a new manufacturing plant in Macon, Ga. The company just completed a $470 million project in Macon that created 200 jobs. The newest project will create 150 jobs. 

 

South Carolina Ports Authority has $63 billion annual economic effect on Palmetto State

The South Carolina Ports Authority and the Port of Charleston had a $63.4 billion annual economic impact on the state of South Carolina according to a study done by the University of South Carolina. The port supports one in ten jobs in the state, including 225,000 statewide. 

 

New technology center to locate in Manning, S.C.

Alabama-based Provalus, an information technology support firm, has chosen Clarendon County, S.C., for a new innovation center. The company will hire 105 jobs in the deal. According to George Kosinski, executive director of the Clarendon County Development Board, Provalus’ mission is to develop technology support jobs in rural areas for its numerous clients, some of which are Fortune 500 or Fortune 1000 companies.

 

Supplier base for Mazda Toyota growing in Northern Alabama

The joint-venture auto plant project between Mazda and Toyota is seeing a large supply chain investment in the Huntsville area. Already, five suppliers to the plant have announced projects worth $440 million and that is expected to increase substantially before the assembly plant opens in 2021. Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA will open with a capacity for 150,000 vehicles to be built in the first year. 

 

Recent Arizona State University study shows Oklahoma City is top U.S. city for the "ease of doing business"

Arizona State's "Doing Business North America" ranking has Oklahoma City as the No. 1 U.S. city for "ease of doing business" for small and medium-size cities. Arlington, Va., was No. 2 in the ranking and Atlanta was No. 5. Also making the top 10 in the South were Charlotte (6); Houston (7); Virginia Beach (9) and Charleston, S.C. (10). 

 

Continental AG opens Mississippi tire plant

In November, Germany-based Continental AG opened its tire plant in Central Mississippi. The $1.45 billion facility on 900 acres is one of the largest projects ever announced in the Jackson, Miss., region. The plant is expected to house 2,500 workers within the next nine years. 

 

Film industry is booming in Oklahoma

Oklahoma recently expanded a rebate program for the film industry, and it is working. Film production there has tripled since the rebate program was enacted. Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and “Stillwater” starring Matt Damon are in the works right now.

 

Eagle Materials expands with cement plant in Louisville, Ky.

Eagle Materials is expanding its operations with the purchase of Kosmos’ cement plant in Louisville for $665 million.

Dallas-based Eagle Materials manufactures and distributes cement, gypsum wallboard, recycled paperboard, concrete, sand and aggregates from more than 75 facilities across the US.

 

Fresh Market to expand HQ in Greensboro, N.C

Specialty grocer The Fresh Market has announced plans to keep its headquarters in Greensboro, N.C., and expand, adding 53 jobs and investing $5.4 million. The company’s current headquarters are split between two locations in the city, and both those leases are expiring, which prompted to move.

 

Amazon’s HQ2 focusing on affordable housing

Amazon will give Arlington, Va., $20 million for affordable housing efforts in the first round of community benefits it will provide for its development in Pentagon City. Amazon envisions a pair of towers totaling about 2.1 million square feet, with building heights of up to 22 stories.

 

Virgin Trains’ Orlando expansion contractor to add 80 jobs

A contractor for Virgin Trains USA’s $4 billion Orlando-to-West Palm route plans to ramp up its hiring during the next four months. California-based Granite Construction will hire up to 80 for its work on the Miami-based intercity train’s extension, which includes more than 35 miles of new track between Orlando and Cocoa.

 

Two new projects for Covington, Ky.

Icon Marketing Communications, a marketing and advertising firm now in Fort Mitchell, will relocate to the former ROAD ID building in Covington, bringing at least 36 employees, adding 10 more, and investing $4.13 million in the building’s renovation. In another relocation, ROAD iD, a company that manufactures safety identification tags and bracelets for runners, cyclists and people with emergency conditions, will relocate into vacant warehouse space it owns just south of its existing building in Covington. That company plans to add five employees and invest $1.3 million in the renovation of the warehouse.

 

IRS to hire 2,100 in Austin

The Internal Revenue Service has more than 2,100 job positions open in Austin ahead of the upcoming tax season. The agency is looking to hire clerks, data transcribers and tax examiners. 

 

Carver Maritime expands complex in North Charleston, S.C.

Carver Maritime, an industrial port known for its shipping and warehousing storage operations, plans a $14 million expansion at its existing facility in North Charleston. Carver will also add 22 to its workforce.

 

Next Wave Energy Partners to build plant in Pasadena, Texas

Next Wave Energy Partners will construct a new alkylate production facility adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel at Next Wave’s 53-acre site in Pasadena. The project is expected to create up to 750 jobs during construction and approximately 30 permanent jobs once completed. The total cost for the project was not disclosed.

 

New sawmill bringing dozens of jobs to Selma, Ala.

Sunbelt Forest Ventures is investing more than $30 million to open a new state-of-the-art sawmill to produce pallet timber. The facility is located on a 50-acre site in the South Dallas Industrial Park in Selma. Forty-five people will be hired initially, with a goal or 75 or 80 once the facility ramps up to a double shift.

 

Tech disposal center coming to Spotsylvania, Va.

Singapore-based TES will invest $1.29 million to establish an IT asset disposal and recycling center in Spotsylvania County, creating 25 jobs. The facility will offer data destruction, data center decommissioning, refurbishment and recycling. 

 

New $50 million distribution facility coming to Missouri

Casey’s General Stores, which operates 2,100 convenience stores in 16 states throughout the Midwest and the South, will invest an estimated $50 million in a new, state-of-the-art warehousing and logistics/distribution facility in Joplin, Mo. It’s expected to employ 125 workers by its second year of operation.

 

Plans unveiled for $1 billion development in Raleigh, N.C.

Raleigh-based Dewitt Carolinas has released its designs for Midtown Exchange — a $1 billion mixed-use project situated on 40 acres in midtown Raleigh. Upon completion, the project will feature 915,000 square feet of commercial space, 1,575 residential units and 300 hotel rooms. 

 

Two big announcements for York County, S.C.

York County Council finalized two agreements in November that will add or expand operations. New-Indy Containerboard bought the Resolute Forest Products paper mill site last December for $300 million, and will spend $240 million to convert the mill to produce container board. As of the sale, the mill employed 460 people, and New-Indy says they will “provide and preserve and jobs.” National Machinery & Fabrication will be expanding in York County. The company specializes in water-jetting and precision cutting, machining and fabrication. The incentive agreement projects an investment of $4.2 million and at least 40 jobs in five years through site expansion.

 

Express Rx locates HQ in Little Rock, Ark.

Express Rx, a pharmaceutical retailer with stores across the southeastern U.S., will locate its new corporate headquarters in Little Rock. The company plans to hire 24 associates.

 

TST Fabrications investing in Virginia

TST Construction, a Norfolk, Va.-based general contractor for government projects, has acquired Metal Concepts, a fabricator also located in Norfolk. TST plans a $4.1 million investment. It will retain Metal Concepts’ 14 employees and create another 20 jobs.

 

Expansion adding jobs in Henrietta, Texas

There are some projects coming to Henrietta which will add jobs. D3 Engineering is planning a $55 million investment to expand operations, moving into a new, larger facility in Henrietta. The move will allow the company, which specializes in the development of vision, sensing, autonomous and power systems, to create up to 50 new jobs over the next five years. Sixty-five other jobs are being retained.

 

Progressive Pipeline expands HQ in Meridian, Miss.

A company that provides construction services for the installation and maintenance of gas and liquid pipeline systems, Progressive Pipeline, is expanding in Meridian. The $5.14 million investment is expected to create 25 jobs.

 

Old mall transformed in Louisiana?

North Shore Square, a mall in Slidell, La., that has struggled to find new life, is one of three sites being considered to house the National Finance Center, an agency that handles payroll for the Navy. The move could bring 800 to 1,200 jobs to the site, according to Chris Masingill, CEO of the St. Tammany Development District, and would breathe new life into an area that has seen an exodus of retailers and restaurants.

 

Big expansion for Panama City medical center 

Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center officials announced plans to add three floors to towers at the facility in Panama City, Fla. The $62 million investment is expected to add 100 new full-time jobs.

 

Memphis non-profit adding 200 positions

Youth Villages in Memphis, Tenn., is seeking 200 employees. Construction is underway for an expansion that will open up 72 new beds at the campus for emotionally and behaviorally troubled children. 

 

Culinary company expands in Austin

PREP — the largest provider of culinary production space in the Southeast — is expanding to Austin with its first location. The facility is estimated to support more than 200 jobs, and will feature 30 kitchens, 16 stations for early-stage entrepreneurs, and prep and storage stations for mobile food vendors. PREP's mission is to help small to medium-sized businesses by providing affordable, permit-ready production facilities.

 

Austin racks up hundreds of new jobs 

Republic National Distributing Company, a wine and spirits distributor, is relocating its regional operations and investing $27 million in a 250,000-square-foot facility in Pflugerville, Texas. The company plans to employ up to 304 associates.

 

High-end lighting company expands Charleston HQ

The Urban Electric Co., a lighting fixture designer and manufacturer, plans to expand its current headquarters in North Charleston, S.C. The company’s $10.7 million investment is projected to create approximately 180 new jobs.

 

New business for Wichita Falls, Texas

The old Stanley Tools building will soon house a new company. Rise Capital has purchased the building with a $2.4 million price tag. They’ll be leasing it out to Pamlico Air, a manufacturer of air filters, that plans to hire 200 workers within the first year. 

 

UT Regents approve $70 million for UTEP manufacturing program

The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved $70 million in funding for a major new facility at The University of Texas at El Paso that will house its growing research and teaching program in 3D printing and manufacturing. The funding also will improve UTEP’s test facilities for rocket engines and drones currently located in East El Paso County.  

 

Precision Pulley & Idler opens Kentucky complex

Precision Pulley & Idler, a supplier of idlers, pulleys, bearings and other products for bulk and material handling components industries, has opened its $10.75 million production facility in Maysville, Ky. The project is expected to create more than 100 full-time jobs over the next decade.

 

Flack Global Metals eyes Osceola, Ark.

Flack Global Metals (FGM) is moving forward with plans to build and operate a state-of-the-art coating and processing facility adjacent to Big River Steel’s Flex Mill located in Osceola. FGM plans to invest $150 million and create more than 150 new jobs to add production capability to the Big River Steel campus for pre-painted steel and aluminum coils. 

 

Pegasus Home Fashions locates plant in Denmark, S.C.

Pegasus Home Fashions, a manufacturer of bedding and home products, plans to establish operations in Denmark, S.C. The $1.1 million investment is projected to create 113 new jobs in Bamberg County. The family-owned company produces bed pillows, memory foam, blankets and more. Pegasus Home Fashions’ Bamberg County facility is the company’s first manufacturing and distribution operation in the Southeast.

 

Topre America plans $63 million expansion in Smyrna, Tenn.

Topre America will add 51 advanced manufacturing jobs to its automotive stamping operation near the Nissan manufacturing plant. The new jobs are part of a $63 million capital investment and the fourth expansion by the Japanese-based company in five years.

 

Distribution center gets $10 million upgrade in Arkansas

Seminole, Fla.-based Superior Group of Companies will invest $10 million in expansion and upgrades to its distribution center in Eudora, Ark. The company, which distributes a variety of uniforms and promotional products, plans to add 125 additional jobs over the next five years.

 

Thirty new jobs coming to Columbus, Ga.

A new business that helps food and beverage companies create innovative products is coming to Columbus with the promise of 30 jobs and $5 million in investment. Califormulations is retrofitting a 100,000-square-foot facility in the Muscogee Technology Park in Midland, which was recently vacated by NCR Corp. 

 

O’Reilly Auto Parts distribution center creating 380 jobs in Horn Lake, Miss.

Retailer O’Reilly Auto Parts is locating a distribution center in Horn Lake by retrofitting a 580,000-square-foot facility the company purchased in February. The project will create 380 jobs. 

 

Florida up against Indianapolis for $20 million HQ

Lee County and the state of Florida are kicking in money to convince Scotlynn USA Division to choose Southwest Florida rather than the Indianapolis area for its planned $20 million corporate headquarters. Scottlynn is a logistics provider that specializes in hauling time sensitive refrigerated produce.

 

Incentives for export facility on Jax’s Northside

Tax incentives for a new natural gas export facility on Jacksonville’s Northside have cleared a legislative hurdle.

The Mayor’s Budget Review Committee unanimously approved a $23 million property tax refund for Houston-based Eagle LNG Partners, which plans to build a $500 million facility on a riverfront tract in Jacksonville, Fla. Eagle LNG already runs a plant on the city’s Westside.

 

Irish fintech firm launches Nashville office with 200 jobs

An Ireland-based global provider of employee stock management, Global Shares, will base its operations headquarters for the United States in Nashville. The company plans to hire more than 50 associates in the next 12 months, and 200 new positions within two years.

 

King Street Station means 470 jobs for Chattanooga, Tenn.

Urban Story Ventures is announcing the second phase of King Street Station, a $35 million investment in Southside Chattanooga. In the last two years, the multi-story redevelopment turned an abandoned storage facility and surface lot into an office building and boutique hotel, adding approximately 470 new jobs to the area. The formerly vacant unit is now 100 percent leased.

 

ACI Plastics expands in Westminster, S.C.

ACI Plastics, a thermoplastics processor and recycler, plans a $10 million expansion to its operations in Westminster. ACI Plastics, which is known for its technologies for paint removal, instrument panels, electrostatic and optical separation, will partner with PreZero, which converts organic waste, plastics and paper into valuable raw materials and commodities.

 

Ford planning $1 billion investment in Louisville operations

Ford Motor Co. agrees to invest more than $1 billion in its Louisville operations in a proposed contract with United Auto Workers. The agreement includes a commitment from Ford to create 8,500 new or secured jobs as well as invest $6 billion in products across its operations. One billion of that investment will come at the Kentucky Truck Plant to support an all-new Super Duty F-Series truck as well as all-new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator vehicles. Another $100 million in new investment is planned at the Louisville Assembly Plant to support continued production of the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair. 

 

Memphis, Tenn., gets $27 million expansion at rice plant

Riviana Foods is expanding its rice processing plant in Memphis with a $27 million plan to expand production of its Minute brand rice products at its facility there. The Houston-based firm said its decision to expand the Memphis plant stems from an increase in demand for ready-to-serve products in the U.S.

 

FleetPride plans distribution hub in Georgia

FleetPride, a distributor of truck and trailer parts,  will open a 256,000-square-foot distribution center currently under construction near Atlanta in Lilburn, Ga. The Lilburn facility is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2020.

 

Google to the rescue in Clarksville, Tenn.

The Hemlock Semiconductor plant promised hundreds of jobs for Clarksville, but never got off the ground. In stepped Google, breaking ground in February 2018, to convert the Hemlock site into a data processing center. In November, jubilant officials gathered for the ribbon cutting on the $600 million facility that will create 100 jobs to start.

 

Google confirms Atlanta expansion

Tech giant Google will expand its current Southeastern headquarters, setting up shop as an anchor in the 1105 West Peachtree building, a new mixed-use development in Midtown Atlanta. The new digs are set to open in 2022, but the number of jobs it will create has yet to be released. 

 

New UPS healthcare facility could add 200 jobs in Louisville

In a move to further focus on its healthcare supply chain services, United Parcel Services will be adding 1.3 million square feet of distribution space across the country, including a new 450,000-square-foot facility in Louisville. The warehouse has already been built near the healthcare campus of the UPS Worldport hub, and could create up to 200 new jobs there.

 

ATCC opens second headquarters campus in Virginia

ATCC has launched its second headquarters expansion with a new campus in Prince William County, Va. ATCC (American Type Culture Collection) is a nonprofit organization that collects, stores and distributes microorganisms for research and development to combat diseases including Malaria, Zika and Tuberculosis to name a few. Expected to be completed by early 2021, the $22 million expansion will increase the building’s size from 126,000 to 161,000 square feet.

 

North Carolina gas valve manufacturer to expand

RegO, which supplies valves and controls for propane, LNG and cryogenic gas systems, has announced a “multi-million dollar” expansion at one of its four facilities in the state. The expansion is expected to create 50 new manufacturing jobs in Whitsett and at RegO’s headquarters in Elon, N.C.

 

Lockheed Martin wins $60 million in Metro Orlando defense work

Central Florida’s largest defense contractor has secured two U.S. Navy contracts worth a combined $60 million.  Maryland-based Lockheed Martin won a $40 million contract to build Trident II missiles. The contract was awarded to Lockheed’s Titusville operations and 12 percent of the work will take place in Cape Canaveral.

 

Update on Frito-Lay’s Florida facility

Frito-Lay is still pursuing a fulfillment center in Osceola County, Fla., but does not yet have a timeline for the facility’s construction. The Texas-based subsidiary of PepsiCo announced plans in August for a $130 million center in Osceola County, which could employ 200 people, is still in communication with Osceola County on the proposed facility.

 

Carvana delivering 450 jobs in Alabama

Carvana, an e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, plans to invest more than $45 million to construct an Alabama distribution and fulfillment center, and create more than 300 jobs. Construction of a 200,000-square-foot distribution facility in Bessemer is expected to begin in April 2020 and open by December 2021. The total project is about $47 million in capital investment.

 

Jacksonville Port receives $20 million grant

The JaxPort project is expected to create an additional 15,000 jobs at the Florida port and is part of a $238 million expansion. The Jacksonville Port Authority is the recipient of a $20 million grant for infrastructure improvements to include reconstructing about 100 acres of pavement at the SSA Jacksonville Container Terminal on Blount Island to allow the port to better accommodate large container vessels.

 

Trex bringing 150 jobs to Frederick County, Va.

Trex Company, a manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, broke ground recently on a new manufacturing facility adjacent to its existing production site in Frederick County, which is expected to bring more than 150 jobs to Winchester and Frederick County. 

 

New Orleans biotech companies to create 275 jobs

Expansions by three New Orleans biotech firms — AxoSim, Cadex Genomics and Obatala Sciences — will create 135 new jobs at the University of New Orleans (UNO) and the New Orleans BioInnovation Center, a biotech incubator where all three companies launched local startup operations. AxoSim will expand its existing facilities at the BioInnovation Center, and projects adding 75 jobs at an average annual salary of $60,000. On the UNO campus, Cadex Genomics has opened a molecular diagnostic laboratory focused on improving cancer treatment. The company will create 50 new jobs with an average annual salary of $70,000. Obatala Sciences will expand at the same UNO institute and create 10 new jobs with an average annual salary of $80,000. Obatala produces biotech tools for improving the speed and effectiveness of pharmaceutical development.

 

GlaxoSmithKline creating 150 jobs in Virginia

GlaxoSmithKline will invest $16.7 million to expand its consumer healthcare research and development center in Richmond. The global healthcare company chose Virginia as one of three R&D laboratory hubs for its global Consumer Healthcare business and plans to add approximately 150 new jobs at the site.

 

DIRTT Environmental Solutions investing $18 million In South Carolina

DIRTT Environmental Solutions, an interior design and construction company for commercial spaces, will establish operations in York County, S.C. The $18.5 million investment is expected to create more than 100 jobs in Rock Hill.

 

FIS to build world HQ in Jacksonville, Fla.

Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), a global leader in financial services technology, announced that it will stay in Jacksonville “for decades to come,” and will construct a $145 million, 300,000-square-foot headquarters to house 1,700 jobs. The move will consolidate its three locations and allow it to hire 500 new positions over 10 years. 

 

Hyster-Yale Group expands Kentucky operations

Forklift manufacturer Hyster-Yale Group recently began construction on its $25.7 million expansion in Berea, Ky. The project will significantly boost capacity at the facility.

 

Georgia governor helps open lumber mill in Warren County

Georgia-Pacific celebrated the official opening of its $135 million, 340,000-square-foot lumber facility with an onsite dedication in Warren County, Ga. “It’s not just the 80 jobs at this facility, it’s giving landowners opportunities to have a market to sell their wood,” said Governor Kemp.

 

Hyundai begins production of redesigned Sonata 

Alabama’s Hyundai plant launched mass production of the redesigned Sonata sedan in November, another milestone for the $1.8 billion, 3,000-worker Montgomery facility. The 2020 Sonata features improved safety, technology, performance and fuel efficiency, along with an all-new sporty design that is a departure from the brand’s traditional styling. 

 

New jobs coming to the Pee Dee with $6.9 million investment

 A railroad tie manufacturing company is expected to bring dozens of new jobs to Marion County, S.C. Tie & Timber Technologies recently announced a $6.9 million investment that is projected to create 51 new jobs over the next five years. According to a press release, “T3 [Tie & Timber Technologies] will focus on the manufacturing of green railroad ties that will be shipped initially to nearby processors for treatment with preservatives, then delivered to various North America railroads for use in maintenance of rights of way. The company will also market byproducts, including bark and wood chips, to industries primarily located in South Carolina.”

 

Livent expands in North Carolina

The Livent Corp. is expanding its facilities in Bessemer City, N.C., in a $16 million effort that will add 30 new jobs and increase production capacities. The expansion will allow Livent to increase production of lithium hydroxide, which is an essential component of the advanced lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles, as well as in industrial greasers and other applications. In addition to the 30 new jobs at the facility, work on the expansion is expected to employ 85 construction workers.

 

New call center cuts the ribbon in Danville, Va.

Three hundred new jobs are one step closer to becoming a reality in Danville after a ribbon-cutting ceremony in November. PRA Group is moving in to provide 300 jobs for the Danville area over a three-year period.

 

Cargill’s Animal Nutrition & Health expands Texas facility

Cargill’s Animal Nutrition & Health business, a division of the company that offers products and services to feed manufacturers, animal producers and feed retailers, opened a $34 million expansion of its facility in Temple, Texas.

Construction of the 70,000-square-foot addition began in January 2018 and was completed in August 2019.

 

Food manufacturer picks Amarillo, Texas

SSI Foods will locate a new 75,000-square-foot plant in Amarillo. The $42 million project will employ 150. SSI Foods was started by a group of industry veterans to process protein products for chain restaurants and the food service industry.

 

Texas lures Uber and 3,000 jobs

Gov. Greg Abbott and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi were in Dallas recently for the groundbreaking ceremony of the company’s new major hub in Deep Ellum. The San Francisco-based ride-sharing and food delivery company’s new hub is expected bring about 3,000 jobs to North Texas as the company will hire for new positions and relocate current employees. By the end of this year, Uber is expected to either hire or relocate 400 employees in Dallas. 

 

Huge data center project in Milam County, Texas

A Louisiana-based data company says it will build the world’s largest bitcoin mining facility at a former Alcoa site in Milam County between Austin and College Station. Whinstone US’s 100-acre data center project is set to start this month in the town of Rockdale, and the first 180,000-square-foot building in the project should be open early next year. The $150 million project is expected to create 200 jobs. 

 

New $200 million wood products plant ramps up In Charlotte, N.C.

The first wooden beam rolled off the high-tech production line at Roseburg Forest Products’ new $200 million plant in Chester County in October. The facility is expected to employ 145 people when it’s in full production. 

 

Two auto suppliers creating over 500 jobs in Tuscaloosa County, Ala.

The Tuscaloosa County Industrial Development Authority approved tax abatements for projects by two automotive parts suppliers that are expected to create more than 500 jobs. International Automotive Components Group North will invest  $22.3 million and create 119 jobs. Lear Corp. plans to make a $12.4 million investment in an expansion, which is expected to create 442 jobs.

 

Sapience Automation expands to Charleston, S.C.

Sapience Automation, a full-service integrator of robot systems, is establishing operations in Charleston. The $500,000 investment is expected to create 26 new jobs in Berkeley County.

 

Drone careers take off in Virginia

Virginia Beach-based DroneUp announced that it will invest $130,000 to expand its headquarters and add 41 new jobs. The web and mobile platform for on-demand drone pilot service has clients in the commercial, government and military sectors. The company, which was founded in 2016, connects drone clients with qualified drone pilots via its Mission Match process, which is available via an app as well as online.

 

Hundreds of jobs coming to Floyd County, Ky.

Just weeks after state and local leaders announced the prison in Wheelright will reopen, bringing along hundreds of jobs, officials with the Floyd County Fiscal Court announced that the fiscal court has teamed up with Teleworks USA to bring 300 more jobs to the county. The telemarketing jobs pay $12 an hour and offer health insurance, retirement and paid vacation after a trial period.

 

Beer distributor opens in Texas with 50 new jobs

KEG 1 O’Neal, which distributes a variety of alcoholic beverages in 30 Texas counties, has opened its $11 million, 108,000-square-foot distribution facility in Temple, Texas. The regional office and distribution warehouse added 50 new jobs, giving the company a total of 110 employees in the city where it has operated for more than a decade.

 

European Wax Center plans Plano HQ, 100 jobs

European Wax Center, a beauty salon franchise, has selected Plano for its new corporate headquarters, bringing more than 100 jobs to DFW. 

 

Cannabis facility breaks ground in Florida

The legalized marijuana industry continues to grow in Florida. Acreage Holdings recently broke ground on a 15.4-acre cannabis facility in Baker County. The Sanderson Cultivation and Production Facility expects to employ 80 to 100 people at its indoor climate-controlled facility, which will provide products for the company’s soon-to-be-opened dispensaries in Florida.

 

Rangle eyes Metro Atlanta for a software development hub

Rangle, a software development company headquartered in Canada, will open a new software development center in Fulton County, Ga. The project is expected to create 30 new jobs in the Metro Atlanta area.