July 2021

New United States Postal Service vehicle plant in Spartanburg, S.C., to house over 1,000 new jobs

Oshkosh Defense will invest $155 million to locate a plant that will produce the next generation USPS delivery vehicle. The company will assemble zero-emission battery electric vehicles and fuel-efficient low-emission internal combustion engine vehicles that will replace existing USPS delivery trucks. The plant will be built in Spartanburg, S.C., and create more than 1,000 jobs.


EV battery maker expands big plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.

NOVONIX, a maker of materials for the batteries used in electric vehicles, announced a nice deal in Chattanooga, Tenn., this summer. The company is investing $160 million and adding almost 300 jobs in the expansion, which will for the most part support Volkswagen's manufacturing of electric vehicles at its plant in Chattanooga.


Big EV automotive deal in rural Oklahoma

It has been reported by more than one media property that a site in Oklahoma came in second for the massive truck plant that Elon Musk and Tesla is locating in Austin near its airport. The second-place prize may be electric car manufacturer Canoo. The startup EV maker announced plans to build a $400 million plant at the MidAmerica Industrial Park, located in Pryor, just East of Tulsa. The deal, as announced, will create 2,000 jobs. The site, a former military base, is unique in that it is over 9,000 acres. Canoo Canoo execs cited Oklahoma’s “energy-forward initiatives” as a major factor in its decision to locate the “mega microfactory.”


Freshly to open new Georgia distribution center

Prepared meal delivery service Freshly is locating a new $52 million distribution center in Clayton County, Ga. The 289,000-square-foot center will house 665 workers.


Company to rebuild Louisiana chlorine plant

KIK Consumer Products’s BioLab division will rebuild its chlorine plant in Westlake, La., near Lake Charles. The plant was damaged in 2020 by Hurricane Laura. The company will invest $170 million in the deal that will create 82 jobs.


High-tech sawmill operation slated for North Carolina

Roseburg Forest Products will invest $200 million in a new sawmill operation in Halifax County, N.C. The deal will create 137 new jobs.


Semi-trailer and equipment manufacturer to open plant in Kentucky

Fruehauf plans to locate a facility in Bowling Green, Ky. The $12 million deal will create 288 jobs.


Mattress maker expanding in Georgia

Purple Innovation (“Purple”), will expand its facilities in Henry County, Ga. The project will create 500 jobs.


Manufacturer expanding in rural Tennessee

Barrette Outdoor Living, a maker of fencing products, is investing $33 million in its plant in Bulls Gap, Tenn. The project will create 162 new jobs.


New pork and poultry processing facility slated for Kershaw County, S.C.

Prestage Farms is investing $150 million in a new pork and poultry operation in Camden, S.C. The project will create 292 jobs.


Door manufacturer to locate new facility in South Carolina

Masonite International, a manufacturer of interior and exterior doors, will locate a new operation in York County, S.C. The project is expected to generate 220 jobs.


United Airlines expected to expand in Northern Virginia

United Airlines is expected to grow its workforce in the Washington, D.C., region by up to 3,000 workers. Nearly all of those workers are expected to be hired at United's hub at Virginia's Dulles Airport.


F-22 fighter jet training division to relocate to Virginia

The U.S. Air Force is relocating its F-22 Raptor training unit from Florida’s Eglin Air Force Base to Virginia's Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton. The unit was displaced by Hurricane Michael at its former home at Tyndall Air Force near Panama City. The relocation will bring about 2,300 people to the Hampton Roads region.


Port of South Carolina's Leatherman Terminal earns "project of the year"

South Carolina Ports’ Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal has earned the 2021 South Carolina Project of the Year by the South Carolina Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The Leatherman Terminal’s Phase One project represented a $1 billion investment and can work the biggest ships calling on East Coast ports. The terminal saw its first customer in the spring of this year.


Big auto parts company expands in Tennessee

Martinrea announced in the summer quarter that it will expand its facilities in Robertson County, Tenn. The auto parts manufacturer will invest $40 million and hire 97 in the deal.


Yet another distillery adding jobs in Kentucky

E.J. Curley & Co. is investing $5 million to open a new distillery in Jessamine County. Ky. The distillery will be located at Camp Nelson, the same site as the original E.J. Curley & Co. operation, which started in the late 1860s. The project will create 52 jobs.


Louisiana company expands

Continental Structural Plastics is expanding its plant in Northwest Louisiana in Sarepta. The company will invest $13 million and add 65 jobs.


Henry County, Ga., continues its run of deals

After earning recognition in the spring issue's SB&D 100, Henry County, Ga., has continued its run of deals in 2021. Pregis, a leading manufacturer of protective packaging, is investing $14 million to open a plant in Henry County. The project will create about 230 jobs.


Plastics manufacturer adding jobs in rural Georgia

InFlex, a manufacturer of plastic produces, announced in the summer it will invest $8 million in its operations in Bacon County, Ga. The project will create 100 jobs in Alma, Ga.


Metal fabricator expands in Texas

Z Modular, a manufacturer of steel-framed modules that are used on larger buildings, is expanding its plant in Killeen, Texas. The company plans to add 100 employees to the 200 it has there now.


Rolls-Royce’s MTU Aiken County, S.C., is expanding

Rolls-Royce’s MTU has announced it will make a $17 million investment in its plant at its MTU Aiken manufacturing facility in Graniteville, S.C. The deal will add 20 new jobs at the plant to remanufacture and overhaul used engines.


California aerospace company relocates to Southeastern North Carolina

Precision Swiss Products, a manufacturer of aerospace parts, is relocating its headquarters and operations from California to the International Logistics Park, an 1,100-acre site located in both Brunswick and Columbus counties in Southeastern North Carolina. The $9 million deal will create 125 jobs.


Financial services firm hiring more than 1,000

Charles Schwab is hiring more than 1,000 after moving its headquarters to Westlake, Texas, earlier this year. Schwab and TD Ameritrade merged earlier this year and now the company has hired thousands in the Dallas area.


Graphite products plant to be built in Alabama

Westwater Resources, doing business as Alabama Graphite Products, will build a graphite processing plant in Coosa County, Ala., the company announced this summer. The graphite is used in the making of batteries for electric vehicles. The $80 million project will create 100 new jobs, but the mining of the mineral will result in a $124 million investment in its second phase.


Nestlé Purina PetCare announced large expansion

Nestlé Purina PetCare will invest $182 million to expand its plant facilities in King William County, Va.


North Carolina-based IT company slated to invest in South Carolina

Epsilon Inc., a North Carolina-based information technology firm, is locating an operation in Greenville, S.C. The almost $3 million investment will create 145 jobs.


North Carolina governor signs executive order on offshore wind

In the summer quarter, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order announcing a goal of developing 2.8 gigawatts of offshore wind energy resources by 2030, and eight gigawatts by 2040. The governor also reported that the development of offshore wind energy in North Carolina could create 85,000 new jobs and $140 billion in capital expenditures along the Atlantic Coast by 2035.


Electric golf cart manufacturer to expand in South Carolina

Star EV, an electric golf cart manufacturer, is expanding in Greenville County, S.C. The company also makes off-road vehicles. The nearly $9 million investment will create 50 jobs.


Tornado-damaged lumber mill being rebuilt in Northwest Florida

Creighton Sounds will restore a lumber mill facility that was damaged by a tornado in Century, Fla., located just north of Pensacola. The $15 million project is expected to create 80 new jobs, although the company has not yet released details on the nature of manufacturing that will take place in the facility.


Amazon expands Houston tech hub

Amazon announced in the summer it will expand its tech hub in Houston. The deal calls for 150 tech jobs.


Fidelity continues hiring spree in DFW

Financial services firm Fidelity is hiring another 500 workers at its Westlake, Texas Campus over the next three months. The Boston-based company employs over 6,000 in North Texas.


Big deal for rural Russellville, Ark.

Americold, a food processor, announced this summer that it will invest $84 million in an expansion of its Russellville, Ark., plant. The deal will create 30 jobs.


Bottling company announced deal in Kansas City

California-based Niagara Bottling is locating a new beverage facility in Kansas City, Mo. Niagara Bottling will invest $156 million in the deal and hire about 100.


Flooring manufacturer to create 58 jobs in Patrick County, Va.

Canadian-based Prolam, a manufacturer of hardwood floors for commercial trucks and trailers, is planning to invest $12.8 million in Patrick County to establish its first U.S. manufacturing operation. The project will create 58 new jobs.


Woodgrain Millwork to expand in Georgia

A Lee County (Georgia) manufacturer is investing $10 million into expanding operations, which will lead to 150 new jobs in the area. Woodgrain Millwork, with manufacturing operations in Lee and Sumter counties and a distribution facility in Gwinnett County, employs over 375 people across the state.


Goldman plans new Dallas campus

Goldman Sachs is on the hunt for a new office campus in Dallas that could become the Wall Street bank’s largest presence in the U.S., outside of its Manhattan headquarters. Executives are in advanced talks with developers as the firm scouts for expanded space in North Texas.


Over 100 Goldman Sachs bankers migrating to Florida

Working from home is no longer an option at Goldman Sachs, so more than 100 key Goldman Sachs employees are reportedly poised to migrate from the firm’s New York headquarters to a new office in Palm Beach, Fla.


Amazon to open new delivery station in League City, Texas

Amazon is planning a new 180,000-square-foot delivery station in League City to speed up deliveries for customers around Galveston County.


KC Logistics invests $12 million in Athens, Ala.

KC Logistics is set to invest $12 million in a new project that will bring around 100 jobs to Athens. The company will transport seats from TBAKI to Mazda Toyota Manufacturing.


GE Appliances expands in Selmer, Tenn.

General Electric Appliances has announced another expansion that will bring more than 30 new jobs to McNairy County. “We involved a multi-million-dollar investment into the factory, but we also added valuable jobs to the city,” said Kristi Saathoff, GE Appliance’s Senior Director of Commercial AC.


Flex-N-Gate expansion to create 91 jobs in Rockford, Tenn.

Flex-N-Gate in Rockford will grow its workforce by 91 new jobs. The automotive parts supplier is investing $5.5 million to upgrade and expand its manufacturing facility and increase production of its lighting materials.


Copper foil manufacturer expanding in Kershaw County, S.C.

Denkai America is investing $14 million to expand its Kershaw County operations in a move expected to create 10 jobs. The company manufactures electrodeposited copper foils for printed circuit board, industrial and energy storage applications. Electrodeposited copper foil is a key component in lithium-ion batteries, which power electric vehicles.


Delta Biofuel proposes $70 million renewable fuel plant in Jeanerette, La.

Delta Biofuel is evaluating Iberia Parish for a planned $70 million renewable fuel plant. The facility would produce biomass fuel pellets made from residual sugarcane fiber, known as bagasse. If located in Louisiana, Delta would create 126 new jobs.


Cybersecurity training center coming to Southern Mississippi

Downtown Biloxi has been selected for a new training facility for high-tech, high-paying computer jobs. University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering and Mississippi Coding Academies are working with Biloxi to bring the new facility to South Mississippi. Future locations are also planned on the Coast.


Duke Energy begins construction on largest solar plant in Surry County, N.C.

Duke Energy continues to expand solar power in North Carolina with construction starting on its 22.6-megawatt Stony Knoll Solar power plant. Once completed, it will be the largest solar plant in Surry County. . . the facility will power the equivalent of 5,000 homes The plant will be located on 195 acres in Dobson, N.C.


Hispanic foods maker hiring 200 jobs at new Texas plant

A Los Angeles-area maker of Hispanic cheeses, dairy beverages and chorizo has broken ground on a Texas factory that is expected to add 200 jobs when it opens next year. Cacique has begun construction on a new 200,000-square-foot facility in Amarillo that will produce dairy products for nationwide distribution. The $88 million factory is expected to open in the fall of 2022.


Elon Musk’s Boring Company is hiring in Austin, Texas

The Boring Company is currently hiring for 20 positions in the Austin area. The company constructs “low-cost transportation, utility and freight tunnels,” with the goal of making transportation quicker and safer by creating a network of tunnels that alleviate traffic and congestion.


Queen Wood Products expanding in Allendale County, S.C.

Queen Wood Products, a subsidiary of Queen Horse Bedding, announced plans to expand operations in Allendale County. The $6 million investment will create 19 new jobs. Queen Wood Products is a family-owned and -operated business that specializes in providing wood shavings for barn stalls.


Amazon to build solar farm in Mississippi

Amazon has announced plans to build a solar farm in Scott County, Miss., and in at least 10 other states, including Arkansas. The project is part of a company launch of new renewable energy projects to decarbonize business operations and reach net-zero carbon by 2040.


AppHarvest breaks ground on two massive indoor farms in Kentucky

AppHarvest has begun construction on two massive greenhouses in Central Appalachia in Eastern Kentucky. The Somerset farm (30 acres) will grow strawberries. The Morehead farm (15 acres) will grow leafy greens. AppHarvest, which is building huge, high-tech greenhouses in Kentucky to grow vegetables and fruits, wants to have 12 sites by the end of 2025, and the new locations near Somerset and Morehead will put the company nearly halfway there.


Software developer Omicron coming to Northwest Louisiana

Chicago-based software developer Omicron Technology Solutions is heading to Shreveport, La. Omicron focuses on three industries: transit management, identity management and student information software. An initial 15 to 20 jobs will be created.


Sterlite Technologies creating 120 jobs in Kershaw County, S.C.

Sterlite Technologies has announced plans to establish operations in Kershaw County. The $23 million investment is expected to create 120 new jobs. The company specializes in network software.


Volvo invests $118 million to produce electric car in South Carolina

Volvo Cars says the company will invest $118 million into its plant in Ridgeville to build the fully electric Polestar 3 vehicles. The Polestar 3 is the third vehicle scheduled to be built at the South Carolina plant. This expansion brings the total Volvo Cars investment in South Carolina to more than $1.2 billion.


Spectrum begins hiring 900 for El Paso call centers

The 929 jobs Charter Communications plans to add in El Paso, Texas, by the end of 2023 for its Spectrum arm will offer good wages -- $20 per hour -- and chances to advance in a nationwide company, El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser said after a news conference announcing Spectrum’s expansion.


High-speed Dallas-to-Houston train moves forward with $16 billion contract

Texas Central, the private development company for the bullet train that would connect North Texas with Houston, signed a $16 billion contract recently with Webuild, an engineering and construction company based in Milan, Italy. Construction supplies are projected to cost $7.3 billion, and the project’s construction will last six years. The total infrastructure cost of the rail is estimated to be $20 billion, according to Texas Central. The 240-mile high-speed rail would run from Dallas to Houston in 90 minutes, with a stop in the Brazos Valley, between College Station and Huntsville.


Ammunition maker breaks ground on two West Virginia facilities

Five years after plans were first unveiled, a major rifle ammunition manufacturing complex is officially under construction in West Virginia. Ranger Scientific has broken ground on two different production facility projects. One will overhaul former high school grounds in Montgomery, W.Va., while the other will establish a new facility in nearby Dickinson, W.Va.


MHIRJ to expand in Bridgeport, W.Va

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Regional Jets (MHIRJ) will soon expand its presence at North Central West Virginia Airport with the construction of two new hangars totaling more than 100,000 square feet. The $19.1 million project could bring as many as 800 jobs to the area, including 300 positions during the construction phase.


Altec adding 100 jobs in Mounty Airy, N.C.

Altec Industries has announced expansion plans at its Mount Airy location. The firm, a provider of products and services to the electric utility, telecommunications, tree care, lights and signs, and contractor markets, says it will add 100 jobs to its existing operation, as well as invest more than $9 million in both the present facility and a new 100,000-square-foot building it will construct.


Housewares company opening new distribution facility in Fayette County, Tenn.

Helen of Troy Limited announced a new distribution operation in Fayette County, expecting to create 350 jobs. Helen of Troy -- designer of brand-name housewares, health and beauty products -- plans to develop a 2 million-square-foot facility in Gallaway.


Textile company invests $15 million in Union County, S.C.

Standard Textile Co., which specialized in hotel bed sheets until the pandemic began, and then flipped to garments for healthcare workers, is investing $15 million to expand its Union County operations. The investment is expected to create 45 new jobs to produce both products.


New automotive supplier coming to Greenville County, S.C.

A Michigan-based auto supply company, Gissing North America, will bring 116 new jobs and an $18 million dollar investment to Greenville County. The company will produce overhead, interior, exterior and cargo management components.


Performance Foodservice expanding Florence County, S.C.

Food-service distributor Performance Foodservice announced plans to expand operations in Florence County. The $11 million investment will create 150 new jobs.


Generac expanding in Edgefield County, S.C.

Generac Power Systems, a power and technology company, is expanding its plans for operations in Edgefield County. As a result, 300 more jobs will be created.


Company relocating to Boone County, Ky.

A maker of steel structures for greenhouses and awnings is relocating to Walton, Ky. MAB Fabrication, based in Ohio, is investing $7 million and creating 24 full-time jobs in Walton.


New Amazon robotics facility for Baton Rouge

Amazon recently announced the company’s latest robotics fulfillment center in Louisiana, with over 1,000 jobs and a $200 million capital investment coming to Baton Rouge. The development will also generate 800 construction jobs.


Amazon pledges $75 million to develop 800 affordable housing units in Nashville

Amazon recently announced a commitment of $75 million for developers to create affordable homes in Nashville. Eight hundred homes will be built on private land, and the investment is part of Amazon’s $2 billion Housing Equity Fund to preserve and create over 20,000 affordable homes through below-market loans to housing partners, traditional and non-traditional public agencies, and minority-led organizations. Music City is one of three cities hosting the company’s new headquarters, where Amazon hopes to infuse communities with cash and support over the next five years.


Manufacturer to locate HQ in Olive Branch, Miss.

Edelbrock, a manufacturer of specialty auto parts for the aftermarket, will soon be locating its headquarters in Olive Branch, creating 200 new jobs in the process.


CommScope creating 100 new jobs in Hickory, N.C.

CommScope is creating more than 100 new jobs at its two Catawba County plants. CommScope is a global network infrastructure provider company based in Hickory.


Lotus Bakeries expanding in Alamance County, N.C.

Snack producer Lotus Bakeries will expand operations in North Carolina with an investment of at least $62 million and the addition of 90 jobs in the City of Mebane.


Carlotz expanding in Richmond, Va.

CarLotz, the nation’s largest consignment-to-retail used vehicle marketplace, will expand its headquarters in Richmond, creating 192 new jobs.


Dark Storm Industries relocating from New York to Florida

Dark Storm Industries will relocate to Titusville, Fla., and expand its advanced manufacturing facility. Dark Storm is a firearms manufacturer currently located in New York. The project is expected to create 50 new jobs and a capital investment of $3 million.


Semperit relocates HQ in Georgia

The Semperit Group will open a new manufacturing facility for rubber gaskets and relocate its current North America headquarters and distribution warehouse to Newnan, Ga. The project will create 70 new jobs and a $9 million investment.


German industrial company building U.S. HQ in Gaston County, N.C.

KNOLL America, a supplier of conveyor and filtration systems, plans to build its U.S. headquarters in Gaston County with a $7.8 million investment. The project will create 31 new jobs.


Gallo Winery to build new plant in South Carolina

The E.&J. Gallo Winery will build a new plant in South Carolina. The $423 million production facility and distribution center in Chester County is expected to create 496 new jobs over the next eight years.


Montgomery, Ala., breaks ground on $50 million whitewater park

Announced in 2019, the 120-acre park will employ about 640 people during construction and eventually create 125 jobs. An economic impact study estimated the attraction should draw about 300,000 visitors to Montgomery each year, with ongoing operations expected to generate more than $35 million.


Austin-area transportation company expands HQ and doubles workforce

Hyliion Holdings, which designs, develops and sells electrified powertrains for semitrucks, is enlarging its headquarters in Cedar Park, Texas. The multimillion-dollar expansion will be able to accommodate the addition of 300 employees


Fairfax County, Va., lands Starkist headquarters

StarKist, a well-known provider of seafood and chicken in the United States, will invest $3.6 million to relocate its headquarters operations from Pittsburgh to Fairfax County. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland for the project, which will create 83 new jobs.


Beauregard Parish getting $160 million lumber mill

Canada-based forest products company Canfor plans to build a $160 million lumber mill near DeRidder in Beauregard Parish, the first facility Canfor has built in Louisiana. The mill will create 130 direct jobs.


Semiconductor wafer jobs coming to Missouri

Semiconductor manufacturer GLOBALFOUNDRIES and silicon wafer manufacturer GlobalWafers have signed an agreement expand production in O’Fallon, Mo. The long-term agreement includes $210 million in capital expenditures to expand GWC’s facility, creating more than 75 new jobs.


Frito-Lay is bringing 160 new jobs to Rosenberg, Texas

Frito-Lay has announced a $200 million investment at its Rosenberg site. The project will provide 160 new jobs. The facility currently employs more than 750 full-time associates.


Cummins adding jobs in South Carolina

Cummins Turbo Technologies, which manufactures diesel, natural gas, electric and hybrid powertrains, is investing $10.7 million at its North Charleston facility. The project will create 250 new jobs there.


Ingalls to add 3,000 jobs in Mississippi

A day after announcing it had secured a Navy contract worth more than $700 million, Pascagoula’s Ingalls Shipbuilding announced it would be adding 3,000 full-time jobs.


Plug Power to build green hydrogen plat in Georgia

Plug Power plans to build a green hydrogen production plant in Camden County, Ga., as part of its commitment to establish the first North American green hydrogen supply network. Plug Power is investing $84 million in the facility, which is expected to create at least 24 jobs.


Frozen Food Express Transportation Services plans Missouri logistics hub

Temperature-controlled transportation and warehousing provider Frozen Food Express Transportation Services will invest nearly $6 million to expand with a new transportation and logistics facility in Butler, Mo. The company plans to create nearly 60 jobs in the region.


Headquarters relocating from California to Alabama, bringing 816 jobs

Shipt founder Bill Smith’s newest creation is coming to Alabama. Landing, the nationwide membership network of fully-furnished apartments, is relocating its headquarters from San Francisco to Birmingham. The company also plans to create 816 new full-time jobs.


Ship repair facility to create 119 new jobs in Norfolk, Va.

Lyon Shipyard is investing $24 million to expand its operations in Norfolk. The expansion is expected to add 119 new jobs.


New QTC service center in San Antonio, Texas

QTC Management will establish a new operational service center in San Antonio. QTC provides health exams in all 50 states for veterans, federal employees and the commercial industry. The project will create 252 new jobs and more than $3 million in capital investment.


Gov. Edwards announces final decision on ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge

Gov. John Bel Edwards recently announced ExxonMobil’s final investment decision for more than $240 million in capital improvements at the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Refinery. The projects will help retain 1,300 existing jobs at the refinery, create more than 600 construction jobs and ultimately provide more than 20 full-time jobs for graduates of the North Baton Rouge Industrial Training Initiative, a program spearheaded by ExxonMobil in 2012 to provide no-cost, fast-tracked industrial training for community residents.


Antonline’s growth continues in Atlanta

Antonline, an online reseller of gaming and computer technology, announced plans to expand with a new warehouse and office space located 30 minutes outside of Atlanta, in Acworth, Ga. With an initial $12 million investment, Antonline acquired a manufacturing facility that will double as both a warehouse and office space. The company plans to put an additional $8 million into an expansion and is currently hiring for more than 50 positions.


Nephron Pharmaceuticals is expanding its footprint in Lexington County, S.C.

Nephron Pharmaceuticals is investing more than $100 million in Lexington County, creating 250 new jobs in the Midlands. The company recently announced the opening of Nephron Nitrile, a plant that will produce medical-grade nitrile gloves.


North Carolina-based ESC Brands is investing in Bluefield, W.Va.

The company is beginning Phase 1 of a three-phase plan that will eventually include a new 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and the creation of 300 jobs. ESC Brands specializes in the development of antiviral and antimicrobial products


Advanex Americas relocating to Robertson County, Tenn.

A spring manufacturer whose products are used in everything from ball point pens to space stations is relocating its headquarters to Middle Tennessee and investing $17 million in Robertson County. Advanex is moving its headquarters from Cypress, Calif., to White House, Tenn., and will create 102 new jobs.


Simple Logistics Solutions to establish new operations in Nashville

Simple Logistics Solutions (SiLo) announced that it will establish operations in Nashville, creating 92 new jobs and investing $712,000 in its headquarters. SiLo is a new freight broker.


North San Antonio’s new $60 million food warehouse cooks up new jobs

Dallas-Fort Worth-based Cold Creek Solutions announced plans for a massive food refrigeration warehouse in North San Antonio. The warehouse is estimated to cost $60 million and will provide storage for 45,000 pallets of frozen or refrigerated products. According to the company, the new facility will create between 100-250 jobs.


Glass manufacturer to create new jobs in Beaufort County, S.C.

A glass manufacturer will be opening a new facility in Beaufort County this year. The $3.1 investment from Materials Research Group is expected to create 27 new jobs.


Frauenthal Gnotec announces 82 new jobs for Laurens County, S.C.

Frauenthal Gnotec announced in June it will invest $8.2 million to establish operations in Fountain Inn and expects to create 82 jobs. The Swedish manufacturer of metal components for the automotive industry will expand production into an existing 68,500-square-foot facility there.


East Tennessee manufacturer adds 200 jobs

A manufacturing plant in Alcoa is increasing its production. Arconic, a manufacturer of aluminum products, says it has added 100 people to its workforce and is hiring an additional 100 to fulfill contracts to make beverage cans.


Intertape Polymer Group adding 100 new jobs in Blythewood, S.C.

Intertape Polymer Group (IPG), a manufacturer of a variety of packaging materials, has announced plans to expand operations in Richland County. The investment of more than $20 million is expected to create approximately 135 new jobs over the next five years.


Seventy-three new jobs coming to York County, S.C.

SouthWood Corporation, a provider of signage products and services, has announced plans to establish operations in Rock Hill. The $6.4 million investment will create 73 new jobs.


Bull Moose Tube bringing 50 more jobs to Steel Dynamics’ complex in Sinton, Texas

Missouri-based manufacturer Bull Moose Tube said recently it plans to build a pipe mill on the Steel Dynamics campus near Sinton, Texas. The company plans to hire 50 to produce hollow structural section steel and sprinkler pipe steel there.


Seating manufacturer bringing 100 jobs to Franklin, Tenn.

A South Korean manufacturer plans to bring 100 jobs to a new Franklin stamping plant. Daechang Seat Company manufactures metal seat components for Subaru, Hyundai and Kia.


Brewery hiring 300 for massive facility in Columbia, S.C.

Mark Anthony Brewing is nearing completion of a new $400 million state-of-the-art brewing and production facility in Columbia. Now the company needs to hire 300 people for one of the largest breweries built in the U.S. in more than 25 years.


Facebook spending tops $1 billion in Huntsville, Ala.

Facebook announced recently that its ongoing expansion in Huntsville will top $1 billion in capital investment. The social media giant also said that once the expansion is complete, it will employ more than 200 at the 2.5 million-square-foot campus.


Century begins expansion in Berkeley County, S.C.

Century Aluminum is expanding its Moncks Corner operations with a $60 million investment expected to create 100 jobs in the next few years.


U.K. manufacturer coming to Dan River Region of Virginia

A manufacturer of plastic and metal components for the aerospace and defense sectors will invest $6.4 million to establish its first U.S. operation in Cyber Park, jointly owned by the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County. The company, which will operate in the U.S. as Making Everything Possible LLC, will create 45 new jobs.


Mattress maker to open another South Carolina factory

A manufacturer of foam mattresses and pillows will establish a second factory in South Carolina. MLILY USA is opening a 300,000-square-foot facility with 150 workers in the Charlotte suburb of Rock Hill.


Siemens’ South Carolina plant expansion adds 180 jobs

Germany-based manufacturing conglomerate Siemens announced that it has finished a three-year, $36 million expansion of its facility in Roebuck, S.C., that pushed its headcount there to more than 500. The Spartanburg County factory makes critical products for the electrical grid.


Another manufacturer moving to Danville/Pittsylvania, Va.

Walraven will invest $7.15 million to relocate its U.S. headquarters and manufacturing operation from Cadillac, Mich., to the Danville-Pittsylvania County area, creating 46 jobs. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Walraven makes installation systems such as pipe hangers and in-wall solutions for plumbing and mechanical applications.


Mohawk adding yarn production at Alabama plant

Mohawk Industries plans to introduce yarn production at its Roanoke manufacturing facility, creating 130 jobs in Randolph County, Ala.


Revol Greens expands to Texas

Revol Greens, a Minnesota-based producer of greenhouse lettuce, has plans to locate a new a manufacturing operation in Temple, Texas. The company plans to construct a 40-acre advanced greenhouse as part of an investment representing over $110 million. The company will also hire 150 for the facility.


Australian manufacturer opens first U.S. plant in Texas

Australia-based Wagners Composite Fibre Technologies will establish a new manufacturing facility in Parker County, Texas. The project is expected to create 304 new jobs. Wagners CFT makes fiberglass sections for use in bridges, boardwalks and marine infrastructure.


Trachte plans expansion at Alabama facility

Trachte Building Systems is planning an $11.5 million expansion of its Lamar County plant, which will create 70 jobs over the next three years in Vernon, Ala. The Wisconsin-based manufacturer of steel self-storage systems announced plans to expand its Roof Mart facility in northwest Alabama.


Cimarron Trailers adding 40 new jobs in Chickasha, Okla.

Cimarron Trailers, a manufacturer of aluminum trailers and stock boxes, announced plans to add 40 employees to its facility in Chickasha. The company, which primarily serves the equine industry, currently employs 132.


New $200 million San Antonio plant promises hundreds of jobs

Brooks, the South Side development in San Antonio, was recently the site of a ribbon-cutting on a new $200 million facility, promising to bring 300 more jobs to San Antonio. The massive 315,000-square-foot plant is home to Cuisine Solutions, a company that makes entrees and other menu items for restaurants, airlines and retail businesses across the globe. Cuisine Solutions currently employs about 200 people at Brooks and plans to increase that number to 500.


QVC expands in Florence County, S.C.

QVC, the home shopping network, is expanding its fulfillment center with a $27.5 million investment that is expected to create about 360 new jobs. QVC has been operating in the Palmetto State since 2007.


Medical scribe company expanding to Bryan, Texas

A medical company that planted roots in College Station back in 2019 is expanding and moving locations to Bryan. Skywriter MD plans to hire 100 to work in its virtual medical scribe service supporting healthcare systems in Brazos County and across the country.


Advocado to add 100 new jobs in St. Louis, Mo.

Advocado, an advertising technology company, announced it will add more than 100 high-paying jobs in St. Louis. The company began in 2017 as a startup with just seven employees. The new jobs will provide an average annual wage of more than $81,000.


Project Excalibur revealed in North Carolina

Aeronautical Systems Incorporated (ASI), a provider of engineering, manufacturing and MRO services for military platforms, will invest $5.6 million to expand its manufacturing services in Craven County, N.C. The investment is expected to create 30 new jobs over five years.


Missouri’s poorest region getting a boost with $75 million in investments

Missouri’s poorest region is getting an economic boost, with a $50 million peanut processing plant being built in southeast Missouri’s Kennett. Jonesboro-based Delta Peanut held a late May groundbreaking ceremony for the facility, which will create at least 50 new fulltime jobs. Construction is also set to begin soon on a new $25 million hospital in Kennett. The new hospital will have 49 beds and a 24-hour emergency room. The former Twin Rivers Medical Center in Kennett closed in 2018.


Firefly Aerospace adding 680 jobs in Cedar Park, Texas

Firefly Aerospace, a Cedar Park-based rocket maker, is expanding its operations in the suburb north of Austin and adding more than 600 jobs, with the help of $4.3 million in taxpayer-funded incentives. Firefly is among an emerging group of launch providers that serves the small satellite market.


Firestone to add 250 jobs in Whitley County, Ky

Firestone Industrial Products plans to create 250 full-time jobs in Williamsburg with a $50 million expansion of its automotive air springs manufacturing plant.

June 2021

Whoa! Number of available jobs sets record

Remember from 2015 to 2018 the U.S. had over 7 million jobs available and virtually no takers? Back then we were averaging about 150,000 jobs created per month, or about 1.8 million jobs gained per year. No one seems to be focusing on the real root of this problem -- massive cuts in immigration and the fact that 20- and 30-year-olds do not believe they can afford children. Population and fertility rates are at all-time lows in the U.S. the last several years. So, where are we now? Today, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that there are 8.1 million jobs available. That is the highest total on record.


Proposed LNG export terminals in Louisiana could capture tons of greenhouse gases

Arlington, Va.-based Venture Global LNG will use advanced technology to capture greenhouse gases from its export terminals in Louisiana that it plans to build. Already there are several active LNG terminals in Louisiana, including the giant Cheniere terminal in Southwest Louisiana. Other billion-dollar deals are in play, and Venture Global LNG is planning its carbon capture efforts at all new LNG export facilities.


Major firms using incentives to lure workers back to the office

Companies such as Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs are offering lots of perks to get their employees back to the office. In-office companies such as law firms, banks, asset managers and tech companies are trying hard to bring their employees back to their leased or owned properties, but remote work has become the norm in the last 18 months. The companies are offering free meals and other incentives to bring labor back onsite.


Majority of small businesses expect revenue to grow this year

According to a report by Bank of America, 60 percent of small businesses expect their revenue to increase over the next 12 months (as of spring quarter). Just 34 percent of those same businesses thought revenue would increase this time last year.


GM will support UAW at its two new battery plants

In May, General Motors announced it will support union efforts to organize at the two U.S. electric vehicle battery factories that it’s building in Ohio and Tennessee with its joint-venture partner Ultium LLC. The union is working to create a wage of about $31 per hour at the two plants.


Florida tech growth advancing

According to a study done by CompTIA, the state of Florida will add a net gain of 16,000 jobs this year in the tech sector. Most of the jobs will come from the IT sector where demand for those jobs has grown by 190 percent in the past five years.


Virginia taking up rural jobs act

Sen. Mark Warner is heading up an effort in the Commonwealth of Virginia to expand the New Markets Tax Credit that will set aside $1 billion for communities in the state with less than 50,000 people. Rebranded as the Rural Jobs Act, the incentives will give rural communities in the state -- particularly those in Southwest Virginia -- a leg-up when it comes to job creation.


Hyundai to invest billions in electric vehicles in the Southern Automotive Corridor

South Korean sister automakers Hyundai and Kia will invest $7.4 billion in their electric vehicle transition in the U.S., the companies announced in the spring. Hyundai operates its only U.S. plant in Montgomery, Ala., and Kia operates its only U.S. plant 80 miles away in West Point, Ga.


Charlotte-based Bank of America raising wages to $25 an hour

Charlotte-based Bank of America announced this spring that it will raise its minimum hourly wage to $25 by 2025. The massive bank (the second largest in the country) just completed a plan to raise employee wages to a minimum of $20 an hour.


Nissan begins assembling new Pathfinder Pathfinder model at Tennessee plant

Japanese automaker Nissan began the assembly of its new 2022 Pathfinder SUV model at its plant in Smyrna, Tenn. The first model rolled off the assembly line in May with its powertrain being built nearly in Decherd, Tenn. More than 7,000 workers are housed at the plant in Smyrna, east of Nashville.


Move over natural gas; move in batteries

The proliferation of natural gas in the fracking frenzy that has been happening over the last 15 year is waning. Coal power plants have been replaced by natural gas-fueled plants, and that transformation hasn't even come close to completing. Yet, there is a new power source in town -- battery storage charged with wind and solar energy. Vistra Corp., one of the largest owners of natural gas power plants, announced this spring it is investing $1 billion in battery storage.


Nashville, the latest "it" city may have seen its best days

In the spring quarter, Oracle announced it would bring 8,500 jobs to Nashville's downtown riverfront. It is one of the South’s most impressive economic development announcements in history. Nashville also is the latest major market in the South to become an "it" city joining Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte and others. But there is a problem in Nashville, one of the nation's fastest growing cities. The Institute for Truth in Accounting recently ranked it one of the country’s five worst “sinkhole” cities, with $22,000 in debt per resident. Its bonded debt has increased by more than $1.25 billion in 10 years. Much if not all of the city's reserve funds have been spent and new property tax increases have been passed to fill in the financial gaps. The state has even considered a state takeover of the city's finances. What goes up, must come down.


"Tidal wave of women" left workforce

According to a new study published by the journal, Gender & Society, a "tidal wave" of women left the workforce in September of 2020 when school typically would have started for the year. The research showed that women over the age of 20 left their jobs as a result of their children being forced to stay home and participate in virtual learning. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 865,000 women dropped out of the labor force in September, four times the number of men.


Birth rate in U.S. lowest in more than 40 years

The birth rate in the U.S. fell 4 percent in 2020 to about 3.6 million babies. It is the sixth straight annual decline and the lowest since 1979 according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Census: Austin is America's fastest growing city

In the spring quarter, the U.S. Census Bureau released its “New Vintage 2020 Population Estimates Available for Nation, States, Counties and Puerto Rico Commonwealth." The fastest growing metro areas in the U.S. in 2020 were Austin; Boise; Lakeland, Fla.; Fayetteville, Ark.; and Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla. Making the top 10 in the South included Raleigh, North Port-Sarasota, and Charleston, S.C.


Apple's North Carolina deal could garner $1 billion in incentives

Apple's announcement this spring that it will set up a billion-dollar campus that will house 3,000 workers in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina is expected to garner $845 million in tax breaks over the next 40 years. When local incentives are included, the total is close to $1 billion in incentives to the tech giant.


U.S. trade deficit hits record high

The U.S. trade deficit raged to a record $74 billion in March. Imports rose more than 6 percent as did exports. The improving U.S. economy drove purchases of imported goods. The deficit is the gap between what the U.S. buys from abroad and what it sells to other nations.


West Virginia Is offering remote workers $12,000 to move there

West Virginia, the South's smallest state in terms of population, launched a program to recruit remote and self-employed workers. The state is offering $12,000 and a free, year-long pass for outdoor activities for those who relocate to the state for at least two years.


South Carolina Ports opens new terminal

The South Carolina Ports welcomed the first vessel to the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal for the first time in the spring quarter. The terminal is the first container terminal to open in the United States since 2009.


IRS head says tax cheats cost U.S. $1 trillion per year or more

In the spring quarter, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig told a U.S. Senate panel that tax cheats -- including large corporations -- have created a tax gap of uncollected taxes of about $1 trillion a year. Rettig cited cryptocurrencies and foreign-source income as well as abuses of pass-through structures as the reasons for the taxes not being collected.


Spring quarter brings third-largest U.S. monthly deficit on record

Sure, the U.S. Treasury has been printing money more so than any time in U.S. history as trillions are being invested into the economy. It is already showing. In March, the U.S. spent $927 billion, more than double the level of March 2020 as a result of the Biden financial rescue plan. Also in March, the federal government spent $660 billion more than it collected in tax revenue. That figure was eclipsed only by April and June 2020 numbers under the Trump administration when the U.S. approved even larger levels of emergency spending.


Hyundai's Alabama plant helps company to best ever sales month in March

South Korean automaker Hyundai's sales soared 153 percent over March 2020 sales to over 72,000 vehicles, its best U.S. month ever. Hyundai's only U.S. assembly plant is in Montgomery, Ala.


Auto battery deal saves 2,600 Georgia jobs

Electric vehicle parts competitors SK Innovation (SKI) and LG Energy Solution (LGES) have reached an agreement in an ongoing dispute on trade secrets that will preserve 2,600 jobs in Northeast Georgia. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favor of LGES on Feb. 10, after the company accused SKI of stealing 22 of its trade secrets. The ruling banned SKI from importing battery parts and components for 10 years, with some exceptions. SKI has agreed to pay LGES $1.8 billion in lump-sum payments and royalties. Both companies agreed to withdraw pending litigation and not seek enforcement of patent or intellectual rights for 10 years.


Elon Musk recruits employees at new Austin plant via Twitter

Entrepreneur Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tesla, took to Twitter in April to recruit employees at the new Gigafactory that will build Tesla's first cybertruck near the airport in Austin, Texas. Musk wants to recruit 10,000 employees to the new facility, twice what was originally announced.


Elon Musk wants to create city at South Texas rocket launch base

Not too long ago, Elon Musk and his SpaceX startup chose a site near Brownsville, Texas, to launch rockets, and land them. The private spaceflight company has already launched large rockets in tests so far in Boca Chica, Texas, a beachside community that is so tiny, other than in the summer, only a few dozen homes are occupied. Now Musk would like to create a community in Boca Chica. He tweeted in April, "“Please consider moving to Starbase or greater Brownsville/South Padre area in Texas & encourage friends to do so! SpaceX’s hiring needs for engineers, technicians, builders & essential support personnel of all kinds are growing rapidly.” So remember the "company town" where you had textiles and apparel company-owned homes and stores? Well, today, Elon Musk is trying to build a town based on space called "Starbase."


There is a new richest person in Texas

Move over Alice Walton of WalMart. . .Elon Musk, who has recently moved to Austin, is now the richest person in Texas. Musk made a highly publicized move to Austin last year from California. Much of Musk's newest developments are now in Texas with his Gigafactory in Austin to the Starbase rocket launch area in Boca Chica, Texas on the beach near Brownsville.


Virginia first state in the South to legalize marijuana

Virginia lawmakers in the spring quarter legalized marijuana, the first state in the South to do so. Under the law, adults 21 and older will be able to use and grow marijuana, beginning in July The state will also launch a legal and regulated market with tax revenues going toward education and equity initiatives as well as addiction treatments and public health services.


Southern Kentucky county to expand super successful industrial park

Bowling Green and Warren County have issued a $46.5 million bond to help pay for the expansion and development of the Kentucky Transpark by the Inter-Modal Transportation Authority (ITA). The initial Kentucky Transpark was comprised of approximately 700 acres and serves as home to 19 private companies and three educational facilities that employ over 2,600.


BP's new, massive offshore oil platform arrives in Texas

British Petroleum's 27-story, floating semi-submersible oil drilling platform, one of the largest in the world, arrived near Corpus Christi in the spring quarter after a 16,000-mile trip. The new platform is part of BP's $9 billion initiative to extract oil from the Mad Dog 2 oil field about 200 miles south of New Orleans. The platform will operate in 4,500 feet of water and will house hundreds of workers.


U.S. factory activity strongest since 1983

In March, U.S. manufacturers grew at a faster pace than at any time since 1983. As the pandemic wanes and government aid dollars flow freely, manufacturers were full steam ahead as spring began. The Institute for Supply Management gave its measure of factory activity a score of 64.7 percent in March, the highest in 37 years.


Raytheon CEO say Biden corporate tax plan will reduced the company's investments

Raytheon CEO Greg Hayes, in a speech to the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. in the spring quarter, said that President Biden's corporate tax increases, infrastructure plan and other initiatives to raise revenue will reduce investment by the aerospace and defense giant by about $1 billion a year. Hayes said that Raytheon spends about $5 billion a year on R&D and other expenditures, and if the corporate tax rate is raised from 21 percent to 28 percent, it would cost the company about $1 billion more in taxes.


Consumers spent $900 billion more online in 2020

While the pandemic was raging worldwide, consumers spent $900 billion more as they stayed at home according to a report by the MasterCard Economics Institute. While people were stuck at home, nearly every online retailer saw its online sales improve. E-commerce made up $1 out of every $5 spent on retail globally in 2020, according the report. In 2019, it was $1 out of every $7 spent.


U.S. emerges in spring as largest contributor to the world's economy

In March, the Labor Department showed that the U.S. gained 916,000 jobs. About the same time, the U.S. ascended as the No. 1 economic engine in the world based on GDP. It's the first time since 2005 that the U.S., not China, has been the No. 1 country fueling the world's economy.


State of Georgia buys megasite near Savannah

When looking to locate in the U.S., Volkswagen and Volvo checked out the megasite in Bryan County, Ga., near Savannah. Both passed, even though officials there thought they had landed Volvo, which eventually chose a site near Charleston, S.C., in Berkeley County. Volvo has now expanded several times at its facilities in Berkeley County. Now, the 2,284-acre Bryan County megasite has been purchased by the Savannah Harbor-Interstate 16 Corridor Joint Development Authority. The strategic purchase of the Bryan County Mega-Site is the largest in Georgia state history, according to a press release from the governor's office.


Whirpool announces a major expansion in Tulsa, Okla.

Whirlpool announced it is investing $15 million into its factory in Tulsa, where the company produces freestanding and slide-in ranges under the Whirlpool, Amana, Maytag, KitchenAid and JennAir brands. The expansion will also mean the addition of 150 jobs there.


New Boston Whaler factory opens in Florida

Brunswick Corporation and Boston Whaler recently held a groundbreaking ceremony ahead of the reopening of its 225,000-square-foot Flagler County manufacturing facility. The expansion will bring more than 400 jobs to the local economy.


Orange Park, Fla., getting an even better medical center

On the heels of a recent $126 million expansion, Orange Park Medical Center has announced a $34 million multi-phase expansion, creating over 80 new jobs. The latest expansion includes the construction of two new inpatient units and a new intensive care unit.


L’Oréal to add 45 jobs with $12 million expansion of North Little Rock plant

New York City-based L’Oréal USA announced in May that it will invest more than $12 million to expand its plant in North Little Rock, Ark. The project is estimated to add 45 jobs to the 350 jobs at the plant.


SIBO GROUP to invest $2.6 million in new Virginia operation

SIBO GROUP, a Slovenia-based manufacturer of closure solutions for tubes, containers and other packaging systems, will invest $2.6 million to establish its U.S. corporate headquarters and a new manufacturing operation in Harrisonburg, Va. The new facility will create 24 new jobs.


Four projects, 500 new jobs with $273 million investment for Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear recently announced four economic development projects that collectively will create over 500 new jobs in Kentucky with a $273 million investment:

Wieland North America plans to create 75 jobs with a $100 million copper recycling facility in Shelby County. The announcement comes less than four months after Wieland made public its plans to locate its new North American headquarters in Louisville with an $8.8 million investment, a project creating 75 jobs.

Firestone Industrial Products will create 250 jobs in Williamsburg with a $50 million expansion of its automotive air springs manufacturing plant. The company currently employs more than 500 people.

Canada-based Kruger Packaging is expected to invest $114.2 million to establish a state-of-the-art packaging manufacturing operation in Hardin County, creating at least 150 jobs in the coming years. This represents the company’s first corrugated box plant in the U.S.

Startup bourbon producer Jackson Purchase Distillery will upgrade a long-idled facility and create 30 jobs as part of the company’s plans for a new $8.76 million distilling operation in Fulton County.


Manufacturer bringing 79 new jobs to Hopkinsville, Ky.

EZ-ACCESS will begin manufacturing operations later this summer, creating 79 jobs and over $5 million in capital investment. The company makes a variety of ramps and lifts.


Aerospace engineering firm expanding in Fauquier County, Va.

SPARC Research, a provider engineering services in advanced missile and rocket propulsion, will invest $2.5 million and create 16 new jobs in expanding its operation in Fauquier Count. The company will establish a new 20,000-square-foot office and manufacturing facility on 4.5 acres near its current location in Warrenton.


DHL adding 250 jobs at CVG

Because of the skyrocketing demands for shipped goods across the world, DHL Express is adding 250 jobs and boosting wages at its North American superhub at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.


Four Lubbock companies announce combined 500 new jobs

Four Lubbock, Texas-based companies are planning to expand, creating over 500 jobs and investing a combined $11.4 million in capital:

SIMFLO, a leader in the vertical and submersible turbine markets, is expanding its current facility and constructing a new testing facility in Lubbock, which will be one of the largest test pits in North America. SIMFLO will invest $5 million and create 12 jobs.

VXI Global Solutions designs and supports customer engagement platforms. The company is creating over 350 new jobs.

Tech company Starnik Systems, headquartered in Lubbock, is expanding with a capital investment of $5 million, and will bring 75 new jobs to the area.

CEV Multimedia, which produces instructional materials for students and teachers, announced the creation of 89 new Lubbock-based jobs, and a $229,555 investment.


Mohawk expands in Roanoke, Va.

Mohawk Industries is growing its Roanoke manufacturing facility by expanding into yarn production there, creating 130 jobs. Originally a carpet-backing operation, the Roanoke facility will now house yarn conversion operations as well. In total, the location will employ approximately 300 people once the new positions are filled.


West Coast tech company revs up Austin workforce with 130 new jobs

Rev.com, a provider of artificial-intelligence-powered, voice-to-text transcription services, is revving up its presence in Austin. The company announced in March that it is expanding its Austin workforce with the addition of 130 employees.


Update: Amazon begins hiring 2,000 new jobs at CVG

Amazon has announced that it has begun hiring for jobs at its $1.5 billion air cargo hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, where it plans to create 2,000 new positions. The jobs -- loading and unloading aircraft and sorting packages -- will pay at least $17.50 per hour and include a signing bonus of $2,000.


Snow Joe adding 70 new jobs in Rowan County, N.C.

Cordless and electric tool maker Snow Joe, together with its complementary brands Sun Joe and Aqua Joe, announced it is expanding in Rowan County. Based in New Jersey, Snow Joe is adding a second shift and hiring for up to 70 new jobs at its Salisbury facility.


Magna Mirrors bringing 300 new jobs with $31 million factory build in Duncan, S.C.

Magna Mirrors has announced construction of a new $31 million, 170,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Duncan. The facility is expected to employ 300 people to produce high-tech vehicle mirrors with cameras and sensor technology.


Trucking company bringing 136 new jobs to Cherokee County, S.C.

Kerns Trucking, a regional transportation and logistics company, announced plans to establish its corporate headquarters in Cherokee County. The $7.9 million investment will create 136 new jobs.


CARsgen chooses Research Triangle for new facility

CARsgen Therapeutics Corporation, a biotech company specializing in cancer medicines, will create approximately 200 jobs and invest $157 million in Durham, N.C. The Research Triangle biomanufacturing site will be its first North America.


Global insurance firm moving HQ to Orlando

AssuredPartners, one of the country’s largest insurance brokerage firms, is moving its headquarters to downtown Orlando, Fla., and plans to bring with it at least 100 new high-paying jobs.


California-based company bringing jobs to Fluvanna County, Va.

California-based Stewart Tool Company will invest $9.1 million to establish its first East Coast manufacturing operation in Fluvanna County. The company will renovate the former Kloeckner Metals facility in Troy. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland and Pennsylvania for the project, which will create 22 new jobs.


M.C. Dean announces Phase 2 of $25 million expansion in Caroline, Va.

Tysons-based M.C. Dean Inc. announced recently it has entered the second phase of its $25 million expansion, breaking ground on an 84,000-square-foot modular manufacturing facility at its Center for Innovation and Industry in Caroline County. Expected to open this fall, the electrical engineering firm’s facility in Caroline County will be home to ModularMEP, M.C. Dean’s line of modular electrical buildings.


Credit Karma expanding in Charlotte, N.C., with 600 jobs

Credit Karma announced that it is expanding its operations in Charlotte, adding 600 new jobs and investing $13 million to transform its existing operations into an East Coast Headquarters.


Korean automotive manufacturer opening first U.S. facility in Jackson County, Ga.

Duckyang, a supplier of automotive battery modules and energy storage systems to SK Battery America, will invest $10 million in opening its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Braselton, Ga. The new facility will create 285 jobs in Jackson County.


SunCoke Energy to invest $50 million in Buchanan County, Va.

SunCoke Energy, the largest independent producer of high-quality coke for blast furnace steel production in the Americas, will invest $50 million in its manufacturing operation in Buchanan County to refurbish and upgrade the facility to enable the production of foundry coke. Virginia successfully competed with Ohio for the project, which will retain approximately 100 jobs.


Poultry operator adding 290 jobs in Little Rock, Ark.

Arkansas-based Custom Craft Poultry is opening a new poultry processing plant in Little Rock. The company has repurposed the former Odom’s Tennessee Pride sausage plant and invested nearly $10 million in the project. It is expected to create 290 new jobs.


Amazon has begun hiring 1,000 jobs for new facility in Mt. Juliet, Tenn.

Amazon has started hiring for more than 1,000 full-time jobs at its new robotics fulfillment center in Mt. Juliet. The facility will use robotics technology to pick, pack and ship smaller items to customers across the region. Amazon has projected up to 3,000 jobs for the Mt. Juliet facility.


Freezer manufacturing facility creating new jobs in Georgia

IC Biomedical, a producer of cryogenic freezers, will make a multi-million dollar investment in opening an advanced manufacturing facility near Cartersville. As demand for medical-grade freezers continues to surge, the facility will deliver more than 80 jobs to Bartow County.


FanDuel bringing 900 jobs to new Atlanta tech hub

Mobile gaming site FanDuel has announced plans for a tech hub, with anticipated 900-plus jobs, in Atlanta. The proposed 68,000-square-foot operations center will host hundreds of high-paying jobs focused on software engineering, information technology and product development.


ID.Me bringing 500 jobs to its new Tampa office

Virginia-based ID.me is opening a new office in Tampa, Fla., and will bring 500 jobs with it. The digital security firm, which is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, says it hopes to hire employees for the new office by the end of this year.


Steel manufacturer expands to Newport News, Va.

IndieDwell is expected to invest over $2 million to build its first East Coast manufacturing facility in Newport News. The expansion is expected to add 220 new jobs. IndieDwell states that its mission is to “manufacture healthy, durable, energy efficient, sustainable modular housing to help solve the affordable housing crisis.”


Amazon reveals new Alabama warehouse and 500 jobs

Amazon announced plans to open a 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Huntsville, a project that will create more than 500 jobs. The company said the facility will be built near the new Mazda Toyota vehicle factory that’s under construction west of Huntsville in Limestone County.


Domtar to expand Georgia manufacturing facility

Pulp supplier Domtar Corporation will invest more than $60 million to expand its manufacturing operations in Jesup, Ga., delivering 75 additional jobs to Wayne County.


Food distributer adding 40 new jobs in Duplin County, N.C.

Governor Roy Cooper announced eGourmet Solutions is expanding in Duplin County, adding 40 new jobs and investing $500,00. The company is an online temperature-controlled logistics and supply chain company.


Siemens completes $36 million expansion in South Carolina

Siemens’ industrial manufacturing facility in Spartanburg, S.C., has completed a three-year expansion, adding more than 180 new positions and 52,000 square feet to one of the company’s key manufacturing hubs.


Bigtime boat manufacturer launches in Craven County, N.C.

White River Marine Group is acquiring Hatteras Yachts, and will target 500 jobs in Craven County. New Bern The company is investing $35 million and will modernize the New Bern plant.


Aluminum can maker expands in Winston-Salem

Ardagh Group, a supplier of infinitely recyclable metal and glass packaging, will add 94 new jobs in Forsyth County. The company will invest at least $195 million to expand its current beverage can metal manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem.


New airline coming to Norfolk, Va., creating 116 jobs

Breeze Airways, a new U.S.- based airline providing low-cost, nonstop service to mid-size markets, will invest $5.2 million to establish an operations center at Norfolk International Airport. The company plans to hire 116 staffers.


Breeze Airways landing at NOLA Airport

The addition of Breeze Airways to the New Orleans airport is expected to create 261 jobs there. The new airline will make a capital investment of $6.6 million, and flights are set to begin in July.


New peanut facility coming to Missouri

Fifty million dollars will be invested in the creation of the Delta Peanut processing facility, which will be owned by farmers. The facility will create 50 new jobs, with the manufacturing jobs earning an average wage of $38,250.


Foam firm reopening long-vacant Texas manufacturing plant

Future Foam, a company that specializes in polyurethane foam products, will renovate and begin manufacturing at the former Apex Tool Group plant (empty since 2015) in Garland, Texas. The $3 million project is expected to create 104 jobs.


New Tennessee solar farm will light up the Facebook data center

A new $140 million solar farm in Shelby County, Tenn., is to power Facebook’s data center in Gallatin. The Tennessee Valley Authority recently announced a partnership with Facebook and energy company RWE Renewables that will build a 150MW solar facility near Millington.


Walgreens warehouse coming to Memphis

Walgreens is bringing a new warehouse to Memphis, Tenn., along with 200 new jobs. The $30 million high-tech drug warehouse in Oakhaven is expected to increase the speed of packages to stores, to lockers for pickup and directly to customers’ homes.


Tortilla equipment manufacturer plans 210 jobs in Maury County, Tenn.

A California-based company that specializes in equipment to make tortillas is investing $30 million to set up shop in Tennessee and create 210 jobs. J.C. Ford Company plans to create the jobs over five years at the new facility in Columbia, Tenn.


Roadtec rebranding and expanding in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Roadtec (rebranding as ASTEC) will expand its operations in Chattanooga. The company, which manufacturers just about everything you need to build roads, will invest $6.2 million and hire 128 new jobs in Hamilton County.


Hydro-Gear bringing 300 jobs to Carroll County, Tenn.

The company that makes transmissions for outdoor power equipment has announced plans to expand its operations in Tennessee with a new facility that will bring 375 jobs with it. Hydro-Gear will invest $10 million to locate in Huntingdon, Tenn.


WebstaurantStore bringing 100 new jobs to Chatham County, Ga.

WebstaurantStore, a supplier to food service professionals, will open a distribution center in Chatham County, creating more than 100 jobs. The company also has two facilities in Albany, which employ more than 350 Georgians.


Conveyor belt manufacturer creating 83 jobs in Buford, Ga.

A company that produces lightweight conveyor belts is expanding its operations with a new plant in Buford. Ammeraal Beltech is expected to create 83 new jobs with the plant – a $19 million investment by the company.


Cabinet maker creating 125 new jobs in Lawrenceville, Ga.

A Texas-based cabinet manufacturer is expanding and relocating to Gwinnett County after acquiring a Lawrenceville-based company. Republic Elite’s relocation to Lawrenceville, after the acquisition of Windsor Kitchen and Bath, is expected to create 125 new jobs there.


EV charging giant opening HQ in Atlanta

A Netherlands-based supplier of charging stations for electric vehicles, Heliox, will set up a North American headquarters in Atlanta, hiring 70. North America is expected to become the largest market for e-mobility in the next 5 years.


Mississippi sawmill adds 43 jobs

Hankins Lumber in Grenada, Miss., is adding new sawmill operations, Hankins Timbers, to its existing business enterprise. The project is a $12.5 million corporate investment and will create 43 jobs.


Global manufacturer opening a new site in Rock Hill, S.C.

Mattress, pillow and sleep accessory company MLILY USA plans to open a new 300,000-square-foot manufacturing site in Rock Hill by late June. It will grow to employ 150 people.


Troy Industries relocating to Clarksville, Tenn.

Firearms manufacturer Troy Industries will relocate its headquarters and manufacturing operations from West Springfield, Mass., to Clarksville, Tenn., in part because of the “changing climate” for gunmakers. The move represents an investment of $7.2 million and the creation of 75 jobs over the next five years.


Silicon Valley 3D tech firm relocates to Chatham County, N.C.

PolarOnyx, a California-based 3D manufacturing company, recently relocated to Chatham County from Silicon Valley, and has now purchased an existing building that will accommodate the production and workspace needs for the company and its employees. The company declined to designate a specific job creation target.


Red Hats for 500 new employees

IBM acquired Raleigh-based Red Hat two years ago for a whopping $34 billion.

Now, the company plans to hire more than 500 new associates, concentrating on adding staff in the Triangle area of North Carolina and in Boston. The new talent will help develop products to meet the emerging edge computing needs of its clients.


Tergus Pharma opens new HQ in Durham, N.C.

Tergus Pharma, a company that develops and makes topical pharmaceutical products, opened its new headquarters in Durham in May, bringing with it almost 150 new jobs.


Hytrol to add 100 jobs in Fort Smith, Ark.

Hytrol Conveyor Company is looking to hire an additional 100 plus employees for its facility in in Fort Smith.


KPMG adding 350 jobs in Orlando

The Big Four accounting firm, KPMG, plans to add 350 jobs to launch what it is calling the Capability Center at its campus in Orlando, Fla. The new facility will serve as a hub for tax and advisory services.


PACCAR Parts breaks ground on Louisville distribution center

PACCAR Parts, a distributor of aftermarket parts for heavy- and medium-duty trucks, trailers, buses and engines, broke ground in May on a $52.2 million, state-of-the-art parts distribution center in Louisville. The investment is expected to create 80 full-time jobs.


Kentucky glass plant getting $45 million from Apple

Apple is strengthening ties to Corning’s plant in Mercer County, Ky., announcing it will award another $45 million to support Corning’s work to supply glass for the tech giant’s iPhones and other devices. This latest investment will expand Corning’s manufacturing capacity and “drive research and development,” according to Apple.


Ahlstrom-Munksjö building second facility, creating 51 jobs in Madisonville, Ky.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, which manufactures fiber-based materials, will build a second facility in Madisonville with a $70 million investment expected to create 51 jobs. The new facility will house a glass fiber tissue production line to make luxury vinyl tiles and vinyl sheet materials.


Amazon creating 1,000 jobs in Northwestern Louisiana

Amazon has planned a 650,000-square-foot fulfillment center in the northwestern Louisiana city of Shreveport. The development will generate $200 million in capital investment and add more than 1,000 jobs to the local economy.


Consulting company HQ lands in Tysons, Va., will create 900 jobs

Guidehouse, a management consulting company, will invest $12.7 million to establish a global headquarters and create 900 jobs in Tysons. The new campus will house more than 1,550 employees when at full capacity,


Amazon bringing $100 million distribution center to Johnston County, N.C.

Amazon is planning another major expansion in the Triangle, with a $100 million distribution and fulfillment center in the works for Smithfield in Johnston County.

The warehouse will create 500 jobs paying at least $15 an hour.


Drax to build pellet plants in Arkansas

Drax Group, a sustainable biomass production and supply company, will begin constructing the first of three new “satellite” pellet plants in Arkansas. The first plant will break ground near a West Fraser sawmill in Leola, Ark., in June. The company will begin construction on two more plants in other locations in the coming months. In total, Drax will invest $40 million in the state, creating approximately 30 new jobs.


Chicken coop company returns to North Carolina

A custom chicken coop manufacturer is returning to North Carolina with plans to create hundreds of new jobs. Carolina Coops was founded in Durham in 2009. As it expanded, it opened in upstate New York. Now, a $2.1 million investment will bring a new manufacturing location to Butner. Carolina Coops will create 147 new jobs over the next three years in Granville County. By 2026, the company expects to have created as many as 500 new jobs.


AMPAC expanding in Petersburg, Va.

AMPAC Fine Chemicals plans to grow its Petersburg manufacturing facility, investing $25 million and creating 156 jobs, Gov. Ralph Northam announced recently. AMPAC is a manufacturer of active pharmaceutical ingredients.


Online lender creating 265 jobs in Knoxville, Tenn.

An Illinois-based online lender and loan processing firm will open a West Knoxville call office and training center. Lending Solutions Inc., (LSI) will create 265 jobs to open the center.


Biotech company bringing 300 jobs to Richmond, Va.

California-based Aditxt Therapeutics plans to invest more than $31 million to establish its first immune system monitoring center in the city. The new facility will also be adding 300 new jobs to the Virginia Bio+Tech Park.


Building supplier adding 235 jobs in Iredell County, N.C.

JELD-WEN, the manufacturer of windows and doors, will create 235 jobs in Iredell County. The company will invest $7.9 million in Statesville to establish a new production facility for its VPI Quality Windows.


JRD Systems Distribution Center creating hundreds of jobs for Eastern Kentucky

Software developer JRD Systems recently broke ground on a new 200,000-square-foot distribution center in the Greer Industrial Park in Laurel County. The project means 200 jobs for the area.


Doosan Bobcat investing $70 million in Statesville, N.C.

Doosan Bobcat North America, a global leader in the compact equipment industry, announced plans for a $70 million expansion of its Statesville manufacturing facility. The company plans to construct an additional 580,000-square-foot manufacturing operations, which will create 250 new, full-time jobs over the next five years in Iredell County.


Two PPE manufacturing facilities coming to Acadiana

Gov. Edwards joined officials from SafeSource Direct and Ochsner Health to announce the development of two manufacturing facilities for personal protective equipment (PPE). The Acadiana Region projects will create a combined 1,221 new direct jobs. Over $150 million will be invested in Lafayette Parish and St. Martin Parish to develop the facilities.


Mercedes suppliers foresee 3,200 new jobs for the Tuscaloosa area

Regarding potential job growth at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, the automaker predicts its suppliers are looking to bring 3,200 jobs to the Tuscaloosa County, Ala., area within the next two to three years as it expands into the electric vehicle market.

May 2021

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

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


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

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


Big deal in North Central Mississippi

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Capitol of West Virginia announces worker relocation program

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


Survey: Austin most vibrant U.S. tech city

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


Amazon to build robotics fulfillment center in Richmond, Va.

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


Manufacturer adding over 250 jobs in West Tennessee

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


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

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


Amazon adding hundreds of jobs in Memphis

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


Wayfair picks Austin for tech hub

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


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

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


Amazon to open new facility in Mississippi

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


Agriculture equipment manufacturer expanding in Missouri

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


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

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


Meat processor to create jobs in Missouri

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


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

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


Biotech firm expanding in Richmond, Va.

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


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

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


Impressive job-making deal in Missouri

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


Atlanta-based firm growing in West Virginia

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


Big hydroponic greenhouse to create over 100 jobs in Virginia

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


Texas med marijuana facility to create hundreds of jobs

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


Kentucky startup distillery to expand

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


Tofu maker announces bill Kentucky deal

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


Manufacturer adding 700 jobs in Kentucky

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


Port of Virginia to be deepest on the East Coast

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


Real estate demand fuels Arkansas manufacturer's growth

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


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

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


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

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


Aerospace and defense manufacturer expanding in Arkansas

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


Chicago company relocating HQ to Tampa

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


Mexican company opening plant in South Georgia

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


Volkswagen plant in Tennessee tops 4,000 workers

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


German IT solutions firm to create 100 jobs in Atlanta

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


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

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


Rubber glove manufacturing hiring 800 in Texas

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


Big deal in Abilene

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


Cummins adding jobs in North Carolina

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


British pharmaceutical manufacturer for new facility

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


LG expands Tennessee plant

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


Another deal for Clarendon County, S.C.

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


Big distribution deal in Joplin, Mo.

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


Company expanding in Rockbridge County, Va.

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


South Carolina Ports expanding inland Port Greer

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


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

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


T-Mobile hiring 2,500 in Louisiana

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


Dajcor Aluminum expands with 50 new hires in Kentucky

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


Amazon to fill 1,500 jobs in Little Rock

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


Amazon announces new facilities for Charlotte, N.C.

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


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

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


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

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


Robot maker transforms Atlanta hub into global HQ

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


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

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


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

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


VW needs 150 in Chattanooga

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


Contact center to employ 200 workers in College Station, Texas

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


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

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


ExxonMobil pitches $100 billion Houston carbon capture hub

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


Georgia tire plant plans $22 million expansion

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


Metal fabricator to expand in Tazewell County, Va.

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


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

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


New space media platform chooses Brownsville, Texas

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


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

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


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

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


Century Aluminum hiring 60 in Hawesville, Ky.

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


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

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


Central Kentucky community welcomes new jobs

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

Colonial Chemical launching $13.8 million expansion project in Tennessee

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


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

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


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

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


Solar farm bringing 250 jobs Buchanan County, Va.

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

Metals recycling company bringing jobs to Macon, Ga.

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


New manufacturer will bring 625 jobs to Orlinda, Tenn.

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


BP’s new offshore platform arrives in Texas

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


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

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


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

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


Tyson Foods opens its $425 million Tennessee poultry complex

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


Camper company moving to Tennessee

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


Fidelity Investments to hire hundreds at Westlake, Texas, Campus

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


Fidelity Investments to expand RTP Campus by 225 employees

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


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

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


Lineage Logistics investing $42 million in New Orleans expansion

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


Logistics firm grows with Texas shipping hub

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Allegiant plans $75 million operations center at Austin Airport

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


Auto parts manufacturer selects Stanly County, N.C.

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


Miller Industries to expand Greene County, Tenn., operations

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


Global construction products tech company moving HQ to Atlanta

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

April 2021

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

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


Red Land Cotton bringing 40 jobs to Tylertown, Miss.

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


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

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


Amazon adding 400 jobs in South Florida

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


Manufacturer bringing 50 jobs to Auburn, Ala.

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


Tesla hiring hundreds in the Austin area

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


ExxonMobil plans $334 million expansion at Baton Rouge chemical plant

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Three new companies coming to Thomasville, Ga.

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


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

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


Virginia truck firm expands

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


Five hundred new jobs coming to North Carolina airport

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


Manufacturer moving to Botetourt County, Va.

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


Joplin manufacturer adds 60 jobs

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


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

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


TVA to build Kentucky’s largest solar site

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


Amazon building new delivery station outside New Orleans

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


Nucor adding a tube mill in Kentucky

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


Global IT firm investing $27 million in Tennessee

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


Pharmaceutical company creates 74 jobs in Western North Carolina

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


Fibertex is expanding in Laurens County, S.C.

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


Paper plant coming to Tampa Bay

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


Covestro plans $4.7 billion expansion near Houston

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


Nacero plans $7 billion gas plant in Texas

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


Google expands in South Carolina with a $500 million investment

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


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

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


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

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


New orthopedics and sports medicine facility for Northwest Arkansas

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


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

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


Chart Industries plans Alabama expansion, creating 94 jobs

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


Over 100 jobs coming to Bainbridge, Ga.

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


Sailfish Boats “forced” to expand in Georgia

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


Gov. Beshear announces projects in Eastern Kentucky

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


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

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


Biopharma company creating 725 new jobs in North Carolina

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


French pet food company to expand Tennessee facility

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


NTT Data chooses Nashville for its digital innovation center

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


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

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


Alphatec to build Memphis facility, adding 95 jobs

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


Frozen treat maker expanding in West Virginia

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


IMTT headquarters expands in New Orleans

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


Second Amazon facility to open in Appling, Ga.

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


Motion control manufacturer to expand in Virginia

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


AI company to establish HQ in Loudoun County, Va.

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


Amazon opening fulfillment center in Amarillo, Texas

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


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

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


Metalsa expanding again in Kentucky

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


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

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


Amazon plans new delivery station in Cocoa, Fla.

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


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

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


Minute Maid moving to Atlanta

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


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

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


Morgantown, Ky., manufacturer expanding with 135 new jobs

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


Railroad equipment maker to expand in Chesapeake, Va.

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


Pool maker to create 100 jobs in Picayune, Miss.

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


Ceres Nanosciences expanding in Prince William, Va.

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


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

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


Business rebuilding after fire in Campbellsville, Ky.

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


Anchor Packaging expanding in Paragould, Ark.

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


Polyplex plans $90 million expansion at Alabama facility

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


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

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


Two companies bringing manufacturing jobs to Sarasota County, Fla.

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


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

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


King Machine expanding in Sumter, S.C.

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

March 2021

Winners and losers in a trade war


By Michael Randle


So, let’s take a look at U.S. trade policy that is currently in place. The new Biden administration finds itself in a situation not seen in decades. The U.S. has had minor trade wars in the past with Japan, Canada, Latin America and others. (Remember the trade war with Japan in the mid-1980s?) But trade wars of the past are nothing like those that the Biden administration is facing today. . .wars with China and other nations that were implemented during the last administration.


You have to go all the way back to 1930 to witness a trade war to equal what we have seen over the last four years. Now President Biden’s administration must decide what to do with the protectionist policies that remain in place. It will not be an easy task to restore supply chains.


The Smoot-Hawley Act of 1930 was passed by Congress during the early years of the Great Depression. The act took its name from Senator Reed Smoot of Utah and Representative Willis Hawley of Oregon. Sources say that over 1,000 economists in the U.S. urged President Herbert Hoover to veto the act that essentially placed tariffs on all kinds of imports — more industrial in nature as opposed to tariffs on agriculture. They were a “double down” by the U.S. in an attempt to put America’s economy on a more sure footing.


In what was already a depressed economy, the tariffs contributed to U.S. exports falling by 61 percent in 1933. Countered by other nations, they failed miserably, and Herbert Hoover lost the next election to Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1934, Roosevelt’s Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act replaced the Smoot-Hawley tariffs. This legislation allowed the U.S. to re-negotiate tariff reductions. That’s kind of where the Biden administration finds itself now after a worldwide assault on free trade by the Trump administration.


Much like Herbert Hoover, instead of opening markets for trade, the Trump administration restricted market access, therefore reducing economic opportunities, not only in the U.S., but for most of the world. Most economists believe that opening markets creates higher living standards for all. President Trump believed free trade helps create higher living standards for all but Americans, even though most economists would disagree. So, how did that go, and what is President Biden’s administration going to do about it?


Well, if Biden is more free trade than not — and he is  — then he has an impressive list of tariffs to roll back. Trump’s tariffs — put in place by executive action, not by Congress — created severe retaliation from other nations. U.S. consumers and businesses — not the nations of origin — paid higher prices for many things, including foreign-made steel, solar panels, wine, cheese and aluminum to name a few. In addition, there were tariffs on thousands of Chinese-made items.


These protectionist policies create winners and losers. The losers are the companies that make and assemble things in the U.S. — American-made products — that are sourced from foreign made products, such as imported aluminum. The winners are those companies that make aluminum in the United States. Once the tariffs were put into place, both domestic and foreign-made aluminum went up in price by about 10 percent because of the lack of competition.


Let’s look at the job data regarding these tariffs: The Tax Foundation reported last fall that the Trump tariffs cost Americans $80 billion in the additional cost of goods. The same source claimed the tariffs lowered employment by 179,800 jobs. A study by the U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC) that came out in January 2021, claimed that former President Donald Trump’s trade policies, particularly with China, cost the U.S. 245,000 jobs during his term. In addition, the Congressional Research Service reported that $100 billion of U.S. exports had faced tariff restrictions.


Lost jobs, reduced sales and higher costs. . .that’s what tariffs do. Less is sold and what is sold costs more. This will continue until the Biden administration rolls back most, if not all, of these tariffs.


Arkansas-based Walmart to spend $350 billion on goods made, grown or assembled in the U.S.

Over the next 10 years, Walmart will spend about $350 billion on goods made or grown in the U.S. The purchases will help create 750,000 jobs, according to the company. The giant retailer made a similar commitment in 2013, when it said it would invest $250 billion in American-made goods.


GM looking to build second battery plant in Tennessee

Detroit-based General Motors is scouting sites in Tennessee, where it operates one of its largest assembly plants, to locate a second battery factory in the United States. A second battery plant would increase capacity for electric vehicles for the automaker. GM’s joint-venture partner is LG Chem. The two companies are building a $2.3 billion battery factory in Northeast Ohio.


Samsung files paperwork for $17 billion chip factory in Austin

South Korea-based Samsung filed paperwork with Texas officials in early March requesting an incentive package worth $1 billion to build a $17 billion chip factory in Austin. The company has operated another large chip plant in Austin for decades. The company says the factory could house as many as 1,800 workers.


ElementUS advances $800 million rare earth elements project in Louisiana

ElementUS, a joint venture of DADA and Enervoxa, will invest $800 million to extract rare earth elements at the Noranda Alumina site in Gramercy, La. The deal is up to a final decision next year.  “We’re proud to see the creation of this new facility that will create hundreds of high-demand, high-wage job opportunities for the people of St. James Parish, St. John the Baptist Parish and surrounding areas,” said President and CEO Michael Hecht of Greater New Orleans Inc. “This announcement further proves that global companies can not only thrive in Southeast Louisiana, but that the region’s strong workforce and logistical advantages can lead to future expansions, as evidenced by this joint venture.” DADA Holdings owns Gramercy-based Noranda Alumina and is partnering with green technology firm Enervoxa to separate rare earth elements and other valuable minerals from alumina byproducts. The Gramercy site has a 35 million dry-ton reserve of mineral-rich residual bauxite. The carbon-neutral project would result in 200 new direct jobs.


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

Cell phone retailer T-Mobile announced in the winter quarter it is expanding its custom operations center in Charleston County. The project will create 540 jobs.


The U.S. economy is roaring back

Manufacturing growth data from the Institute for Supply Management in March showed that output to begin the year is far better than expected. The Atlanta Federal Reserve, which tracks data such as GDP growth, is indicating a 10 percent gain for the first quarter of the year. With a total of 60.8 percent in February, manufacturing growth saw a three-year high in February. The second round of PPP funding is now being paid, and in the first week of March, the U.S. Senate passed President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan.


Packaging manufacturer is expanding in Northeast Arkansas

Anchor Packaging, which makes packaging materials from recycled materials, is expanding its Paragould manufacturing plant. The $21 million investment will create 45 jobs.


Life sciences has good year in North Carolina

Life sciences firms in North Carolina had an excellent year in 2020 as many are expanding their capacities to make pharmaceuticals and biological therapies in the state. Expansions in North Carolina in 2020 saw $2.3 billion in investment with about 2,800 new jobs created.


Life sciences firm expands in Virginia

Ceres Nanosciences, a life sciences company that makes innovative products to improve diagnostic testing, will expand its operation in Prince William County’s Innovation Park to increase the manufacturing capacity of its Nanotrap® Magnetic Virus Particles for COVID-19 tests.  “This expansion will enable Ceres Nanosciences to vastly increase production of its patented technology to support current and future COVID-19 testing needs both in the Commonwealth and around the country,” said Gov. Ralph Northam. The deal will create 50 jobs.


Tempur Sealy to expand in rural Virginia

Gov. Ralph Northam announced that Tempur Sealy International will invest $16.7 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Scott County. The company will increase production to meet growing demand for its proprietary foam mattress and pillow products. “As one of the largest employers in the area, this expansion will allow the company to increase production capacity to ensure the future viability of its Scott County plant, said Gov. Northam. The deal will create 25 new jobs.


BorgWarner announces expansion in North Carolina

Manufacturer BorgWarner announced a $62 million expansion of its facilities in Arden, N.C. The auto supplier’s project will include at least 100 new jobs.


Plastic manufacturer expands in Kentucky

Stratus Plastics, an automotive plastics manufacturing company located in Morgantown, Ky., is increasing capacity at its plant there. The expansion will create 135 jobs.


Business confidence is high in Montgomery, Ala.

The Alabama Business Confidence Index has Montgomery topping all other cities in the state in the first quarter of 2021. The index is done by the University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research. Montgomery led all cities in Alabama with score of 58.8 in the first quarter of 2021.

Packaging manufacturer to invest $440 million at Alabama mill

Packaging Corp. Of America will invest $440 million at its paper mill in Jackson, Ala. The three-year project will permanently convert a paper machine at its mill in Clarke County to produce linerboard used to make corrugated packaging.


More venture capital funding flowed into Dallas-Fort Worth

In calendar year 2020, more venture capital flowed into D-FW than any other metro area in the U.S. Investments in D-FW companies grew by 66 percent from the previous year. The other four making up the top five in venture capital growth were Portland, Atlanta, Salt Lake City and San Diego.


Secretary of Commerce Yellen: Offshoring tax penalty will keep U.S. companies at home

Part of President Biden's “Made in All of America” plan is raising the corporate tax rate to 28 percent, but also imposing a 10 percent offshoring penalty tax on U.S. goods and services produced overseas. Janet Yellen said that the president's offshoring tax penalty would incentivize U.S. companies to "create and maintain jobs at home."


Port Laredo No. 1 in exports again

Laredo, Texas, again led all U.S. markets in exports, according to Census Bureau data analyzed by WorldCity. It is the second year Port Laredo finished on top. Some of the Port's exports include motor vehicle parts ($8.9 billion); engines ($3.4 billion) and gasoline $3.1 billion).


Alabama DOC launches “RurAL" campaign

The Alabama Department of Commerce rolled out a digital marketing campaign in the winter quarter to promote rural commerce in the state. Called "RurAL," the website campaign showcases the business advantages of the state’s rural communities and shares the success stories that energize their economies.


Texas, again, No. 1 export state

For the 19th consecutive year, Texas is the No. 1 exporting state for calendar year 2020. Texas exports totaled $279 billion, larger than the sum total of goods exported by the next three largest export states -- California ($156 billion); New York ($62 billion) and Louisiana ($59 billion).


Once again, BMW leads nation in exports by value

At $8.9 billion, BMW led all automaker exports by value of its units made in South Carolina, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. It is the seventh consecutive year BMW led all American-made vehicle exports by value. The top two export countries for the BMW vehicles made in Spartanburg County, S.C., in 2020 were China (23.3 percent of export volume) and Germany (12.9 percent).


Foreign direct investment cratered in 2020

Global foreign investment fell a remarkable 42 percent in calendar year 2020. It went from $1.5 trillion in 2019 to an estimated $859 billion last year, according to the UNCTAD Investment Trends Monitor published on January 24. These trade flows between nations are expected to remain weak due to the the COVID-19 virus. The trade numbers are 30 percent below the drop in trade during the Great Recession of 2007-2009.


Two-thirds of Kentucky jobs restored

According to the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Business and Economic Research at University of Kentucky, the state has recovered nearly two-thirds of the jobs lost during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kentucky’s gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 41.2 percent in the third quarter of 2020. That outperformed the nation, which saw 33 percent growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The state figure comes on the heels of a second quarter drop-off of 34.5 percent.


Atlanta to become one of Microsoft's largest hubs

Microsoft announced in the winter quarter that Atlanta will eventually become one of the largest hubs for the company worldwide. The company is planning new office space in Atlantic Yards with room for up to 2,500 employees. Microsoft is also building multiple data centers in the Atlanta area, for a new "East U.S. 3" cloud region.


Forbes: UAB is America's best large employer

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) was named "America's Best Large Employer" by Forbes magazine. UAB was picked ahead of other schools such as Yale University, as well as 500 public and private companies. UAB is Alabama's largest public employer and home of one of the region’s largest academic medical centers. UAB employs more than 23,000 people.


Texas No. 1 in the U.S. for commercial development

The pandemic did nothing to slow commercial real estate development in the state of Texas. Last year, real estate development contributed more than $65 billion to the Texas economy. That is $10 billion more than in 2019. Texas led all states in real estate development in 2020.


Franke Foodservice Systems to expand Lincoln County, Tenn., operations

Franke Foodservice Systems officials announced that the company will expand its Lincoln County operations and create at least 56 jobs. Franke is in the midst of a $1.3 million investment to expand and improve its operations in Fayetteville, where the company specializes in the design and manufacture of foodservice equipment for restaurant chains.


New lab space for pharmaceutical development company in Richmond, Va.

Richmond-based pharmaceutical development company Phlow Corp. has formed a partnership with United States Pharmacopeia that will involve opening new laboratory operations in the Virginia Bio+Tech Research Park in downtown Richmond. The lab is expected to employ about a dozen scientists.


Gap plans distribution center in Longview, Texas

Clothing company Gap will build a new $140 million distribution center that will create more than 500 full-time jobs in Longview by the end of 2023 and grow to more than 1,000 full-time jobs over the next five years.


Raleigh startup Pendo plans hiring spree of 400 new jobs

Raleigh software firm Pendo, one of the most valuable and promising startups in North Carolina, beat its own expectations during a pandemic-stricken year. The company said in its annual report that it plans to hire 400 more employees this year to fuel growth, as it invests heavily in its presence overseas and looks to nab more large customers to its platform.


Steel Technologies to expand in Smyrna, Tenn.

Steel Technologies recently obtained a revised property tax-break agreement that will result in 22 more jobs at its facility in Smyrna. The company processes flat-rolled steel for the automotive industry among others.


Georgia Ports promises jobs with new enhanced terminal operation

The Georgia Ports Authority recently cut the ribbon on a newly enhanced Ocean Terminal facility in Savannah. The $45 million project, which was approved in January 2020, is meant to improve container operations. Officials say it will create jobs while limiting the negative impact on local neighborhoods.


Cottrell to invest $125 million in Gainesville, Ga.

Cottrell, a manufacturer of over-the-road car haulers and equipment, will establish a second manufacturing facility in Gainesville. This will serve as the company’s North Campus, adjacent to their existing South Campus in Hall County. Cottrell will invest $125 million in the new 500,000-square-foot facility, which will also create new jobs.


Sumter County, Ga., to gain 1,000 jobs with new call center

A ribbon-cutting was recently hosted as TLC Associates opened its new call center facility in the Ted Baldwin Business and Technology Park Complex in Americus, Ga. The company will hire 1,000 staff members.


Finfrock expands in Palm Beach County, Fla.

Apopka, Fla.-based design-builder Finfrock is expanding into Palm Beach County with a 140,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on 94 acres in Belle Glade, Fla. The 200 jobs promised by the company are a huge win in Belle Glade, a city of 20,000 along the southeast bank of Lake Okeechobee.


Polyplex USA plans $90.6 million expansion in Decatur, Ala.

Polyplex USA has announced plans for a $90.6 million production expansion at its Decatur facility, with the additional hiring of 100 workers.. The expansion will increase the capacity to produce BOPET, a material used in packaging, electrical and industrial applications. It will also give Polyplex’s Decatur facility the largest capacity BOPET film line in the world.


Alabama’s Poarch Band of Creek Indians plans $541 million Virginia casino resort

Alabama’s Poarch Band of Creek Indians is planning a $541 million resort project in Virginia. Wind Creek Hospitality announced it has formally submitted a proposal to the City of Richmond to serve as its preferred casino gaming operator. On the drawing board is a two-phase project that will include 100,000 square feet of casino space, two hotel towers, seven restaurants, a spa, indoor pool, fitness center and a family-friendly entertainment center.


Omatic Software expanding in Charleston County, S.C.

Omatic Software, a company that provides data solutions for nonprofits, has announced plans to expand operations in Charleston County. The $450,000 investment will create approximately 100 new jobs.


Hankook Tire announces major expansion in Clarksville, Tenn.

Hankook Tire is embarking on the phase 2 expansion of the South Korean-owned Clarksville tire plant, bringing its total investment there to about $1 billion. Hankook Tire opened in Clarksville in 2017, and currently employs about 1,000 people.


Owens Corning plans expansion in Fort Smith, Ark.

Ohio-based Owens Corning is building a new 550,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Fort Smith that will replace the existing roofing materials plant the company built in 1984. The estimated $115 million project is expected to add five jobs to the current workforce of 79.


Sewing factory coming to Buchanan County, Va.

Sewing factory Maine Five will move into Buchanan County’s industrial park building in Council, Va. The $350,000 investment brings 12 new jobs to start, and up to 100 within five years.


Pall Corporation creating 400 jobs in Duncan, S.C.

The Pall Corporation, a company that specializes in filtration, separation and purification systems, will be investing $30.2 million into a new facility in Spartanburg County that will support the development and production of vaccines and therapeutics, including a COVID-19 vaccine. The project will create 425 new jobs.


Oven manufacturer adding jobs in North Carolina expansion

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority has approved a grant for the expansion of Unox Inc.’s North American headquarters in Lincoln County. The Italy-based oven manufacturer will invest $3.1 million and add 27 new jobs to the facility in the Charlotte region.


3D printer manufacturer investing $13 million in South Carolina HQ

3D Systems, which developed the Stereolithography 3D printing process in the mid-1980s, will invest $13 million to add a 100,000-square-foot building to its existing headquarters campus in Rock Hill, S.C. Fifty new jobs will also be created.


Window maker expands in Florida

SIW Solutions, a Delray Beach-based maker of windows and doors designed to withstand hurricanes, will open a new manufacturing facility in West Palm Beach. The company plans to add 100 new jobs there.


Power management company moving from California to Virginia

Power management company Eaton will invest $3.6 million to move production from California to its facility in Eastern Henrico. The move will create 80 new jobs with the expansion of production and the addition of new lines for electrical component manufacturing.


Toyota West Virginia expanding Buffalo facility

Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) will invest $210 million to upgrade existing engine production and add 100 new jobs to increase capacity of its four-cylinder engine line. Once complete, TMMWV’s total investment will be more than $1.8 billion and total employment will exceed 2,000 at the Buffalo facility.


Brown-Forman confirms $95 million distillery expansion in Louisville, Ky.

Brown-Forman has now confirmed it will progress with the $95 million expansion of its Louisville site (located in Shively), which will double the capacity of the facility. One of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies (and the maker of Old Forester and Jack Daniel’s, among others) first revealed it was considering an expansion of its Louisville distillery in November 2020.


Scentsy establishing operations in York County, S.C.

Scentsy, a distributor of scented products such as aromatic diffusers, has announced plans to establish operations in York County. The $6 million investment will create over 200 new jobs in the first year.


West Pharmaceutical creating jobs in Lenoir County, N.C.

West Pharmaceutical Services will invest $50 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Lenoir County. The company will receive $500,000 in grant support as the Kinston location is contributing components that are being used to fight against COVID-19.


Forklift manufacturer to create 130 new jobs in Lenoir County, N.C.

The Crown Equipment Corporation, a forklift manufacturer, is expanding its operations in Lenoir County and investing up to $13 million in the project. A performance-based grant of $400,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate the expansion.


Airbnb tech hub bringing “hundreds” of jobs to Atlanta

San Francisco-based travel and vacation rental platform, Airbnb, is bringing its new technology hub to Atlanta with a plan to eventually host “hundreds” of jobs. An exact location there has not been announced.


Massive Lowe’s distribution center coming to Hanover County, Va.

A 1.1 million-square-foot distribution center for Lowe’s Home Improvement is in the works on a roughly 200-acre lot in Ashland, Va. The $50 million facility is expected to bring more than 100 new jobs to area.


Coca-Cola moving from Lakeland to Winter Haven, Fla.

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida is expanding and jumping about 16 miles from Lakeland to Winter Haven, adding 170 Polk County jobs. The Lakeland facility currently employs 182 people.


VW axle supplier adding 240 jobs in Tennessee

A Spanish supplier of Volkswagen components is expanding its presence in the United States, adding a large new factory in Chattanooga. Sesé Industrial Services will build a new 300,000-square-foot facility, complementing the company’s existing Sesé Logistics operations in the city. With an investment of $42 million, the new plant will produce axle components for VW’s electric vehicle line. The company plans to employ 240 people at the factory.


Charlottesville-based maker of indoor farming systems moving HQ to Richmond, Va.

A Charlottesville-based startup company that makes indoor hydroponic farming systems is moving its headquarters to Richmond with plans to hire about 24 people over the next few years. Babylon Micro-Farms will occupy a facility in Richmond, which will serve as its headquarters and as a research and development facility.


Grant for Cullman, Ala., manufacturer could mean 125 new jobs

A grant to the REHAU facility in Cullman, Ala., will allow the company to expand and hire 125 new employees. REHAU produces plastic-injection products that are used in the manufacturing of Alabama-built vehicles, including Mercedes.


New project at Missouri airport will bring more Jobs

In a partnership with American Airlines, the Springfield-Branson National Airport is building a new airline maintenance base. The $11 million project will allow the facility to hang onto at least 80 good-paying jobs, and add more in the future.


New jobs coming to Henderson County, N.C.

A high-tech agri-business has transformed an empty field in Hendersonville to a futuristic model of sustainable agriculture, and is now preparing to hire over 55 new employees. BrightFarms broke ground on what will be a 280,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse in Henderson County back in June 2020.


Nippon Express completes Huntsville Logistics Center

Nippon Express, based in Tokyo, has completed construction of its Huntsville Logistics Center in Huntsville, Ala. The Center will handle distribution for Mazda parts manufactured by Mazda Toyota Manufacturing.


Charlottesville-based pharmaceutical company expanding in Virginia

Afton Scientific, which supports the life sciences industry, will invest $500,000 to expand its operation in Albemarle County. The company will add 20 new jobs and 8,000 square feet to its facility just outside of Charlottesville.

February 2021

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recommends these actions from President Biden

To support manufacturing in the United States, NAM advocated these policies during President Biden's first term:


1. NAM supported actions by Biden that have already been implemented, including reversing the ban on immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries. NAM also supported recognizing and paving a way for citizenship under the DACA program. Biden also reversed the ban on diversity training that Trump put in place.


2. NAM would also support Biden in other programs, such as increasing the number of refugees that are currently capped and reversing the Trump administration’s restrictions on non-immigrant visas.


Alabama's auto industry will have some legs this year and next

As many as 6,000 jobs are expected to be created in 2021 in Alabama's auto industry, and Alabama's automotive industry is assured of a fantastic 2021 and 2022. Here are some of the reasons why:


1. The new $2.3 billion, 4,000-employee Mazda Toyota plant in Huntsville is expected to open this year or early 2022.


2. Mercedes-Benz is closer to starting electric vehicle manufacturing at its assembly plant in Tuscaloosa and Bibb counties in Alabama.


3. Alabama made 11 different vehicle models in 2020. That will increase to 15 this year, including two new vehicles at Hyundai's plant in Montgomery, Ala.


Job market news: Almost 90 percent of private companies will hire this year

According to the J.Thelander Consulting-PitchBook survey of 200 owners of private companies, there will be a hiring spree by the end of this year. Almost 90 percent of those surveyed said that they will be hiring in 2021 and that they would consider flexibility when it comes to work-from-home.


The U.S. loses its title as the world's top destination for new foreign direct investment

China topped the U.S. as the No. 1 destination for new foreign direct investment in calendar year 2020, a spot that been held by the U.S. for decades. But, FDI in 2020 fell by 40 percent, according to United Nations data. So, China’s ranking is really a result of the crater in FDI in the U.S. more than a large increase in companies investing in China. Foreign company investments in China only rose 4 percent in 2020. FDI in the U.S. totaled just $134 billion in 2020. . it peaked in 2015 at $440 billion, with more than 10 percent of that total coming from China. In 2020, China saw a total of $163 million in foreign investment inflows, topping the U.S. for the first time ever. Experts say that the pandemic and former President Trump's go-it-alone tariffs were the main contributors to the FDI collapse in the U.S. last year.


At the end of 2020, job growth was exclusive to the South

As last year ended, the South led all U.S. regions in job recovery as it created hundreds of thousands of jobs. Texas gained the most jobs in December with 64,200. Georgia placed second with 44,700. In comparison, job growth in the Northeast, Midwest and West was nonexistent.


Economy of 2020 decreased most since 1946

The U.S. economy shrank by 3.5 percent in calendar year 2020, the worst performance since the year after World War II. The economy did grow by 4 percent in the fourth quarter, but that was not enough to counter the losses in quarters 1, 2 and 3, according to the Commerce Department. 


West Virginia vaccine system is the best we have seen

If you live in West Virginia and want the COVID vaccine, you simply sign up on a new platform that came out in January. But, the West Virginia system takes it a step further. If you do not show up for your vaccine appointment, or if pharmacists end up with extra doses, the new platform can instantly contact the next eligible person on the appointment list.


Source: Trump's' tariffs cost America jobs

A study by the U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC) that came out in January 2021, claimed that former President Donald Trump's trade policies, particularly with China, cost the U.S. 245,000 jobs. The source said that the trade policies during the Trump administration cost jobs because the policies were based on antiquated ideas about how trade actually works.


Union participation down; percentage of decline in wage and salary workers high for nonunion workers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of union members in the U.S. was 14.3 million at the end of 2020. That is down by 321,000, or 2.2 percent, from 2019. From 2019 to the end of 2020, the number of wage and salary workers was down by 9.6 million. This increased union membership by 0.5 percent, meaning union membership overall rose to 10.8 percent. In 1983, the first year union membership was documented, union participation was 20.1 percent.


Is Samsung poised to build multi-billion-dollar advanced chip plant in Austin?

Korean conglomerate Samsung, which has operated a somewhat dated computer chip plant in Austin, Texas, since 1997, may be considering opening an advanced logic chip-making plant next to its existing facility in the Texas capital city. The plant, according to reports, could represent an investment of at least $17 billion. In October, the company purchased land next to its existing Austin campus that is large enough for the expansion. That land was also rezoned industrial. Other reports as of February 1, cited multiple possible sites for the new plant. According to The Wall Street Journal, possible sites include the one near its current Austin facility, another site in Central Texas near Taylor (just north of Austin), and sites in New York and Arizona. 


Virus and a struggling economy create the worst poverty rate since the 1960s

According to a report from the University of Chicago and University of Notre Dame, 8 million Americans were added to the government's definition of poverty during the year 2020. It is the largest spike in poverty since the 1960s. At the end of December 2020, the overall poverty rate in the U.S. rose to 11.8 percent.


Corps approves money to deepen Mississippi River Channel

In the winter quarter, the Army Corps of Engineers will spend $45.7 million to finish deepening the Mississippi River -- from Baton Rouge to the mouth of the river at the Gulf of Mexico -- to 50 feet. The depth will allow larger Panama ships to navigate the river.


Mississippi Development Authority officially names director

The Mississippi Development Authority, the state's primary economic development agency, has named John Rounsaville as its permanent director. Rounsaville had been the interim director after the retirement of Glenn McCullough. Mississippi’s Gov. Tate Reeves named Rounsaville as permanent director after Mississippi captured several high-profile projects in the tough economic environment of 2020.


Dallas leads U.S. in commercial property transactions

Many major and mega-markets in the U.S. saw commercial property transactions cancelled or delayed in 2020. Not so much in the Dallas area, where almost $20 billion in real estate transactions took place, catapulting Dallas to the top ranking, leading second-place Los Angeles by about $1 billion. The report by Real Capital Analytics showed that Dallas ranked third in the country in 2018 and 2019.


Reshoring is coming true this time

As a result of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and a trade war with China, U.S. companies are rethinking the strategy that has been prevalent for years; outsourcing manufacturing to low-cost labor markets in Asia. A winter quarter survey by New York-based Thomas, an industrial sourcing firm, showed that 69 percent of businesses are "likely" or "very likely" to reshore or nearshore operations to secure their supply chains. That is up from 54 percent in the same month last year.


U.S. Space Command HQ to be located in Huntsville, Ala.

Its official. We reported last month that Huntsville, Ala., was the likely location for the U.S. Space Command headquarters. And now, Gov. Kay Ivey says that she has been informed of the decision that Huntsville’s Redstone Region is set to house the headquarters. The Space Command conducts operations such as enabling satellite-based navigation and troop communication and providing warning of missile launches, which is different from the Space Force, which is a distinct military service like the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.


Cardinal Foods doubles workforce in Pender County, N.C.

Cardinal Foods, an agribusiness company that provides products and services across the eastern U.S., will create 48 new jobs as it launches a $15.5 million expansion at its Pender County operations.


BCBS of South Carolina to add 700 jobs

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina plans to add 702 jobs in Columbia, S.C., over the next five years. The job creation is paired with a $60 million-plus investment in the city.


Integrated Fiber Solutions to expand plant in Rome, Ga.

Integrated Fiber Solutions announced a $30.2 million, three-phase expansion of its plant in Rome, including the addition of approximately 40 employees over the course of the next five years. The company manufactures synthetic yarns for the carpet, rug and automotive industries.


SGL Carbon expands Arkansas operations to produce components for EV batteries

A manufacturer of graphite and composite materials is expanding its operations in Arkadelphia, Ark., to produce components for electric vehicle battery enclosures. said the $4.5 million expansion will create 35 new jobs over the next three years.


Virginia manufacturer announces $10.7 million expansion

Motion control product manufacturer Moog will invest $10.7 million to transfer existing jobs and equipment from its Blacksburg, Va., facilities to a larger building in Montgomery County, Va. The investment will also create 75 jobs.


New aviation company bringing jet traffic and jobs to Selma, Ala.

A new aviation company is bringing more jet plane traffic and 30 new jobs to Craig Field in Selma. City Jet/Turbine Worx is opening a dispatch facility and aircraft maintenance operation on the flight line at Craig Field.


New facility in Greer, S.C., will create 100 new jobs

More than 100 new jobs will soon be open in Spartanburg County. TTI Floor Care North America, a floor care company, has announced plans to establish a new distribution center in Spartanburg County. The company will invest $93 million and create 134 new jobs.


Chemical company creating 40 jobs in Louisiana

A new specialty chemical company planning operations at the Central Louisiana Regional Port will bring 40 new jobs to the Alexandria area. Avant Organics’ products include flavor and fragrance enhancers for foods and beverages. The company is making a $4 million capital investment and will create 40 new jobs through the project.


Modine expansion creating 45 new jobs in Lawrence County, Tenn.

The Modine Manufacturing Company, a thermal management company, has announced plans to expand its operation, bringing 45 new jobs to its facility in Lawrence County, Tenn. A $1.2 million investment, the project includes the relocation of three product lines from operations in Missouri and Rhode Island to the company’s Lawrenceburg facility.


Electronic components maker expanding in Lowndes County, Miss.

Electronic components manufacturer East Systems is expanding in Columbus, Miss., to accommodate an increase in demand. The project is an $890,100 corporate investment and will create 12 jobs.


Marzetti expansion grows in Hart County, Ky.

T. Marzetti Company is increasing its expansion project announced a year ago. Rather than adding 140 jobs with a $93 million investment, 220 full-time jobs will be added with a $133 million investment. The Marzetti operation in Horse Cave manufactures salad dressings, sauces and other foods for retail and foodservice markets. It currently employs over 500 people.


Furniture maker opening a distribution center in North Jax

Loctek Ergonomic, which makes ergonomic office furniture like height-adjustable desks and desk bikes, plans to build a new distribution center in North Jacksonville, Fla. The company, which is based in China and maintains a U.S. headquarters in California, says it is expanding into Jacksonville “for e-commerce fulfillment purposes to utilize the Jacksonville ocean port.” The facility will house 20 to 30 employees.


Wood pellet mill to open in Arkansas, 50 to100 new jobs

Dansons USA will open “the country’s largest barbecue wood pellet mill and distribution center” in Hope, Ark. The facility is expected to create 50 to 100 new jobs over the next three years.


Alabama auto supplier adding 162 jobs

An auto supplier facilitating Mercedes-Benz’s plan to produce electric vehicles is expanding in Tuscaloosa County. Schnellecke Logistics Alabama will move to a new building near the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International automobile plant in Vance, Ala., and plans to add 162 jobs.


ALDI breaks ground on HQ in Baldwin County, Ala.

Grocery store giant Aldi recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new regional headquarters and distribution center. The new facility will also create more than 200 new jobs in Loxley.


Freshly grows Southeast operations with new Georgia facility

Freshly, a prepared meal delivery service, will expand its assembly and distribution operations by opening a new facility in Austell, Ga. Centrally located in the Southeast, the distribution center will bring more than 150 jobs to the greater Atlanta area.


PPE manufacturer to locate in Harrisonburg, Va.

Valley Guard Supply, a veteran-owned company that produces disposable masks, will invest $1 million to establish a personal protective equipment manufacturing facility in Harrisonburg. The project will create 45 new jobs.


Printing firm fulfillment center brings 100 jobs to North Texas

North Carolina-based online printing firm Printful is expanding to North Texas with a new fulfillment center. The fast-growing company is hiring 100 people for the new facility in Coppell. The company plans to invest $15 million in the new operation.


Microsoft plans significant Atlanta expansion

Microsoft President Brad Smith said the company plans to make metro Atlanta a major hub as it embarks on a significant expansion. The tech giant is adding two regional data centers and could bring thousands of jobs to 90 acres of land it bought in recent months at the stalled Quarry Yards development on the city’s Westside.


Gilead Sciences will create 275 jobs in the Research Triangle region

Gilead Sciences, a leading biopharmaceutical company, has selected North Carolina’s Research Triangle region as the location for a major business services and information technology hub, creating 275 jobs. The company will invest up to $5 million in Wake County.


NUPI Americas expanding operations in Hampton County, S.C.

NUPI Americas recently announced plans to expand operations in Hampton County. The $4.3 million investment will create 28 new jobs. Founded in 2001, NUPI Americas is a plastic fabrication company specializing in pipe and fitting systems for the distribution of hot and cold water in plumbing and air conditioning systems; gasoline and diesel in service stations; and water and natural gas underground.


Generac establishing 450-job operations in Edgefield County, S.C.

Generac Power Systems announced plans to open a new manufacturing, assembly and distribution operation in Trenton, S.C. The facility will support increased demand for home standby generators and associated energy technologies, and serve as a distribution center to customers in the southeast part of the United States, creating approximately 450 new jobs over the next two years.


EV battery maker to build plant in Tennessee, add 287 jobs

An electric car battery manufacturing company is planning to invest $220 million in a new Tennessee plant that is expected to create 287 new jobs. Microvast plans to renovate and expand a Clarksville facility to build battery cells, modules and packs.


Vytal Studios’ new HQ in Richmond, Va., creating 155 new jobs

Vytal Studios, a technology-based education and training content developer and producer, will invest $6.8 million to relocate its corporate headquarters from Austin, Texas, to Richmond. The company will renovate a facility to include studio and office space. Virginia successfully competed with Florida and North Carolina for the project, which will create 155 new jobs. 


Israeli manufacturer to build $2 million facility, create 55 jobs in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

JANSTEEL, an Israeli heavy-equipment manufacturing company, will spend $2 million to expand its operations in Port St. Lucie. The company was founded in 2004, and specializes in the design and manufacture of transport products such truck bodies.


Locker manufacturer to open plant in Batesville, Tenn., create 60 jobs

Lockers Manufacturing announced that it will open a manufacturing operation in Batesville. The project is a $5.35 million corporate investment and will create 60 jobs. The company is based in Piperton, Tenn., near Memphis, and produces storage systems.


Peabody Engineering & Supply expands with new South Carolina plant

A California-based manufacturer of storage tanks, telecommunications-disguising equipment and other plastic products is expanding with a new production facility in Liberty, S.C. Peabody Engineering & Supply — a 69-year-old supplier with headquarters in Corona, Calif. — will create 35 jobs over the next five years.


Finnish tire maker adding 400 jobs in Tennessee

Tire manufacturer Nokian plans to nearly double the workforce at its facility in East Tennessee in coming months, part of a plan to add more than a hundred new jobs and significantly increase production. The company expects to add 150 positions that will allow the company to go from two shifts to four as demand for tires increases in the North American market.


Manufacturer bringing $45 million, 205 jobs to Georgia

Spring Mountain Center will invest $45 million in opening a manufacturing and distribution headquarters in Barrow County, delivering 205 jobs. Spring Mountain Center is a manufacturer of plumbing fixtures, home furniture and more.


Copper company plans North American HQ in Louisville, Ky.

Wieland North America, a producer of copper and copper alloy products, is planning to locate its new North American headquarters in Louisville, bringing an $8.8 million investment and 75 jobs with it.


New distillery to open in South Carolina

Under construction since May 2019, the Burnt Church Distillery will open its doors in March. The site will create more than 40 full-time and 20 part-time jobs, and is projected to attract 150,000 tourists to the area in its first year alone.


QuaLex Manufacturing to create 60 new jobs in South Carolina

QuaLex Manufacturing, a sheet metal fabrication company, announced plans to expand operations in Fairfield County, S.C. The $2 million investment will create 60 new jobs.


Tech company bringing 100 jobs to Northwest Arkansas

Loanpal, a financial technology company, will open a new operating center and bring more than 100 new jobs to Bentonville, Ark.


Healthcare laundry operations creating 75 jobs in Mississippi

Healthcare laundry company Westport Linen Services is locating operations in Greenville, Miss. The project is a $5.8 million corporate investment and will create 75 new jobs and retain 75 existing jobs.


Biotech firm investing $5 million in Alabama growth plans

Birmingham-based molecular diagnostics company BioGX plans to expand its R&D and manufacturing at a new corporate headquarters. BioGX has purchased a building in Shelby County, Ala., for the move from its current location at a business incubator in downtown Birmingham. The company is investing $5 million, which will allow it to add 30 new employees to its roster of 80.


Tennessee lands eighth Amazon fulfillment center

A new 634,000-square-foot fulfillment center using Amazon Robotics Technology will create 800 new jobs in East Tennessee. The internet retailer is investing at least $200 million to build a warehouse fulfillment center in Alcoa.


Shipping company keeping headquarters in Norfolk, Va., adding 400 jobs

International shipping company CMA CGM will keep its North American headquarters in Norfolk and expand its operations, adding 400 new jobs in the Commonwealth. Norfolk was chosen after a “competitive site-selection search” that included many other North American port cities.


Auto supplier bringing 240 jobs to Chattanooga

Enterprise South Industrial Park in Chattanooga will become home to a new auto manufacturing plant in the summer of 2021. Sesé Industrial Services, a Spanish manufacturer, announced that it would begin new operations in the park, create 240 new jobs, and invest $42 million by 2022. The new plant will assemble axle components for Volkswagen Chattanooga’s first electric Atlas SUV.


Amazon to open six more DFW delivery centers

Amazon, which already occupies more North Texas warehouse space than any other company, is announcing six more Dallas-Fort Worth delivery stations. These shipping hubs, which average between 150,000 and 250,000 square feet, are smaller than the huge regional distribution systems and are part of what the company calls its “last mile of Amazon’s order process.”


CARTI building surgery site in Little Rock

Cancer-care provider CARTI plans to break ground this summer on a 35,000-square-foot surgery center next to its campus in Little Rock, Ark. The $25 million facility is projected to create up to 75 new jobs when completed in 2022.


Rockline’s $18 million expansion will add 100 jobs at Arkansas plants

Rockline Industries of Sheboygan, Wisc., said that it will spend more than $18 million this year to add production lines at its three Arkansas wet wipes plants. The company, which has facilities in Springdale, Russellville and Booneville, said it will add 100 jobs to meet demand spurred by the coronavirus pandemic.


Horton opens new facility in Oconee County, S.C., with 125 jobs

Oconee County leaders gathered recently for the grand opening of a new business focused on engine cooling solutions for on- and off-highway vehicles. Horton’s manufacturing facility will be adding 125 jobs to the area.


Kreative Technologies expansion to add 296 in Northern Virginia

Kreative Technologies, an IT company focusing on the federal healthcare industry, will be investing $1.5 million to expand its operation in Fairfax County. This expansion will allow the company to quadruple its current workforce of 67 to create 296 additional jobs.


Auto supplier plant bringing hundreds of jobs to Meriwether County, Ga.

KB Autosys is set to bring a multi-million-dollar manufacturing project to Georgia. The brake pad supplier will spend $38 million to build its first U.S. advanced manufacturing facility in Meriwether County. The project will create around 180 jobs.


EV charging network for Tennessee

The Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced a partnership that will create a statewide charging network for electric vehicles. There are currently 24 charging stations for electric vehicle across the state. The new agreement will add 50 new locations -- or one station every 50 miles -- along Tennessee’s interstates and highways.


United Community Bank chooses Greenville County, S.C., for HQ

United Community Bank has announced plans to expand operations and locate its new corporate headquarters in Greenville County, S.C. The $24.8 million investment will create 227 new jobs.


Spirit Airlines moving jobs to Orlando

Spirit Airlines plans to increase its operations at Orlando International Airport and create more local jobs. The airline will move part of its operational control center, which helps it track flights, from South Florida to Orlando. That means 75 to 100 positions will move to Central Florida.


Pasco County, Fla., gains two new employers

Ensurem, an insurance broker and technology provider for retirement-age clients, is investing $500,000 to upgrade existing retail space that will be home to 200 employees. Santander, a consumer finance company focused on vehicle financing and third-party servicing, is investing a minimum of $12 million and will create 875 new jobs.


Fifty new jobs for York County, S.C.

3D Systems announced plans to expand operations in York County, S.C. The $13 million investment will create 50 new jobs. Founded in 1986, 3D Systems brought the innovation of three-dimensional (3D) printing to the manufacturing industry through the invention of Stereolithography.


Swiss biotech company expanding in South Carolina

A Greenwood company is expanding operations by making a $53.7 million investment and creating 30 new jobs. Lonza, a supplier to the pharmaceutical, biotech and nutrition markets, announced its plans to expand operations at its Greenwood facility.


New manufacturer for Southwest Virginia

A manufacturer of wood products will establish a new production facility in Southwest Virginia. Rambler Wood Products will invest $7.6 million in a former furniture factory in Saint Paul, Va., to house its new operations. The project is expected to create 73 new jobs.


Home Depot bringing 1,500 new jobs to Dallas-Fort Worth

The Home Depot has opened a new distribution center in Dallas to fulfill online and store orders. The 1.5 million-square-foot distribution center will house 1,500 employees.


Amazon will bring 230 new jobs to Lubbock with two facilities

Amazon will be building a $24 million sortation facility in the Lubbock Business Park. Two hundred full-time workers will be hired, and 100 to 150 part-time jobs. In addition, a delivery station will be located in northeast Lubbock. That facility will provide 30 full-time positions and 70 to 90 part-time positions. Amazon has leased a space in that area.


AdventHealth plans new Florida hospital

AdventHealth will construct a new 100-bed hospital in Palm Coast. The $100 million project will encompass 10 acres, allowing for expansion in the years ahead.


Material Handling Systems creating 200 jobs in Bowling Green, Ky.

Material Handling Systems, a Kentucky-based manufacturer of conveyor and sortation equipment headquartered in Mt. Washington, plans to create 200 full-time jobs with a $7.6 million investment in a new facility in Bowling Green.


Logistics company establishing operations in Charleston County, S.C.

Ray-Mont Logistics plans to establish operations in Charleston County. The $16 million investment will create 85 new jobs for the Canadian global logistics company.


OldCastle creating 50 jobs in Floyd County, Ga.

Irish building materials giant Oldcastle APG’s lawn and garden division is putting a new facility in Rome, Ga., an investment that will employ up to 50 people after it begins production in the spring of 2022. The capital investment was not disclosed.


Eastman going green in Kingsport, Tenn.

A global leader in plastics, chemicals and fibers, Eastman will build one of the world’s largest methanolysis facilities at its site in Kingsport, Tenn. Eastman will invest approximately $250 million in the facility over the next two years. Through methanolysis, the new facility will convert polyester waste that often ends up in landfills and waterways into durable products.


Call center to hire 110 Buchanan County, Va.

Up to 110 new jobs will be coming to the Southern Gap area of Buchanan County as the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) relocates and expands its customer service call center. The VEC requires additional employees to respond to needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic.


New Amazon delivery station in Bartow, Ga.

One of four new Amazon delivery stations in Georgia will be located in Bartow County. The new stations will power Amazon’s last-mile delivery capabilities to speed up deliveries for customers in the metro-Atlanta area. The Bartow facility will require “hundreds” of new hires.


Amazon hub to deliver hundreds of jobs to La Marque, Texas

E-commerce giant Amazon Logistics plans to build a 180,000-square-foot warehouse that will create hundreds of jobs in La Marque. The facility will be the first delivery station in Galveston County. Amazon in September announced plans to open 1,000 delivery hubs in cities and suburbs across the country, which is part of an effort to compete with Walmart and to fulfill a goal of providing same-day delivery to customers who subscribe to the company’s Prime service.


Shintech expands Iberville and West Baton Rouge operations

Shintech Louisiana, the world’s leading manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride resins or PVC, will invest $1.3 billion to expand its facilities in Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes in Louisiana. The company is also making a $1.25 billion investment to expand its manufacturing facility in Plaquemine, which was announced in 2018 and is expected to be completed this year. Shintech is also expanding its PVC packaging and warehouse operation in Addis.


Largest initial capital investment ever for Henry County, Va.

Crown Holdings, a metal packaging technology company, is investing $145 million to open a new 355,000-square-foot aluminum can production facility at the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre and will create 126 new jobs. This is the largest initial capital investment a company has ever made in Henry County, according to Jim Adams, chairman of the Henry County Board of Supervisors.


Moffitt Cancer Center to begin 775-acre campus in Florida

Moffitt Cancer Center will create 1.4 million square feet of research, manufacturing and clinical building space on a 775-acre campus in Pasco County, Fla. The expanded facilities will accommodate Moffitt’s growth in the Tampa Bay region and is estimated to support more than 14,500 additional jobs in the area.


Hargett Materials plans Milan, Tenn., production center

Hargett Materials, a construction materials manufacturing company, will invest $2.2 million to build a new facility and expand operations in Milan, Tenn. The company plans to hire 50 associates during the next five years.


Valmont Industries expands Tennessee manufacturing complex

Valmont Industries will expand its operations by investing $15 million to $20 million to increase the size of its manufacturing facility in Jasper, Tenn. The company plans to create 65 new jobs over the next five years in Marion County. The location supplies steel poles and structures to utility and transportation markets nationwide.


Documotion Research establishes Tennessee manufacturing facility

Documotion Research, a company that manufactures labels for various business sectors, will invest $9.3 million to establish new manufacturing operations in Maury County, Tenn. The project is expected to create 80 jobs.


PennyMac Financial Services establishes Cary, N.C., mortgage fulfillment center

PennyMac will invest $4.3 million into PennyMac Loan Services, its mortgage lending subsidiary, to establish a mortgage fulfillment production center in Wake County. The company plans to create 300 jobs there.


German auto supplier hiring in Franklin, Ky.

German-owned Fritz Winter North America announced it is adding a third shift and about 50 jobs to its manufacturing plant in Franklin. The 340,000-square-foot plant, which now operates two shifts and has a workforce of about 280, opened in June 2017, making disc brake rotors for the automotive industry.


Auto parts supplier Valeo expanding to Bessemer, Ala., with $5 million facility

Valeo North America, a top-10 auto parts supplier in the world, announced plans to expand into Bessemer with a $5 million facility that is expected to create 70 jobs. Valeo will be occupying an existing facility in Bessemer and is expected to be at full production by June.


Britain-based Arq eyes St. Rose, La., industrial plant

Arq, an environmental technology company, plans to establish operations in St. Rose, La. The $40 million investment is expected to create 12 new jobs in St. Charles Parish. The facility will produce the company’s proprietary Arq Fuel product.


Civica to create 186 jobs with new New Virginia pharmaceutical facility

Pharmaceutical manufacturer Civica will invest $124.5 million to establish its first in-house pharmaceutical manufacturing operation in Petersburg, Va. The project will create 186 new jobs. Civica is a nonprofit generic drug company launched in 2018.


German manufacturer plans Waco, Texas, manufacturing center

A Germany-based, family-owned floor products company will be spending over $31 million dollars on a facility in Waco that will provide at least 42 jobs to manufacture flooring installation products such as grout for tile installation under the Uzin brand.


Tabet Manufacturing Company expands Virginia operations

Tabet Manufacturing Company, a manufacturer of large suite communications equipment and custom solutions for military and industrial customers, will invest $6.5 million to expand its operation in Norfolk, Va. The company is expected to create 68 new jobs.


Diamond Drinks establishes operations in Indian River County, Fla.

Diamond Drinks, a Pennsylvania-based contract beverage manufacturer, is expanding its operations into Indian River County, Fla. The company anticipates 25 new jobs to start, eventually ramping up to 40 to 50 employees.


UPS buys land for Mebane, N.C., distribution center

United Parcel Service now owns about 185 acres in Mebane’s North Carolina Commerce Park. The company plans to build a $262 million distribution center with 451 full-time jobs.


Ruiz Foods Florence expands operations in South Carolina

Ruiz Foods Florence plans to hire over 100 new employees as part of its expansion efforts, which were first announced last November. Ruiz Foods established a manufacturing facility and distribution warehouse in Florence County in 2014 and began manufacturing product in January 2016.


International Paper plans investment in Bogalusa, La.

The International Paper mill in Bogalusa plans will get a $52.2 million makeover to modernize its manufacturing site, which is the largest employer in Washington Parish. The company will retain 492 jobs.


CRST Flatbed Solutions establishes Alabama HQ

Flatbed transportation company CRST Flatbed Solutions plans to open a new 23,361- square-foot divisional headquarters in Birmingham. The $5.14 million project will house the company’s 42 divisional headquarters employees, with room for another 10 new employees.


AeroClean Technologies establishes Florida HQ

AeroClean Technologies, a company focused on developing a full line of air purification, sterilization and disinfection devices, has established its new headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The company projects the creation of at least 100 new jobs with an average salary of over $100,000 per year.


Designer Construction Corporation establishes manufacturing plant in Pageland, S.C.

Designer Construction Corporation, a subsidiary of Axhoj Enterprises, plans to establish operations in Pageland, S.C. The $4.6 million investment will create 37 new jobs in Chesterfield County. The company is currently developing efficient building systems that are being rolled out in the Charlotte area. As Sears Homes revolutionized the home construction market in 1908, selling over 70,000 home kits, this new building system is a 21st century answer to affordable housing.


E-commerce company unveils plan for 3,500-job facility in Tennessee

E-commerce order company Red Stag Fulfillment is planning a 420-acre, $300 million distribution center in Sweetwater that could include 3,500 jobs. Red Stag, based in Knoxville, stores, packages and ships products that range from furniture to pet food to electronics.


Tesla hiring 500 in Florida

Tesla is hiring 500 positions in Florida. CareerSource Tampa Bay partnered with Tesla to host a virtual hiring event on January 27, in hopes of filling openings for both Tesla’s solar and automotive positions.


ICON Clinical Research expands Brentwood, Tenn., operations

ICON Clinical Research will expand its research operations in Brentwood. The project will create 85 new, high-paying jobs in Davidson County over the next five years.


LamTech plans $4 million expansion in Virginia

Ohio-based Laminate Technologies (LamTech), one of the largest privately held custom laminators in the United States, will invest $4 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Henry County, Va. The company will install a new automated hardwood plywood press line to serve its East Coast market. The expansion will create 42 jobs.


Amazon to open new sort center in Berkeley, Mo.

Amazon announced it is opening a new sort center in Berkeley and will need hundreds of employees for the new facility. Packages come to the sort centers to be organized by zip codes before being transported to delivery stations or last-mile delivery partners.


New hotel in Greenville, S.C.

The AC Hotel in downtown Greenville is almost ready to open its doors. The hotel is looking to fill 175 positions ranging from management to hospitality.


Intertape Polymer Group adding 50 jobs in Pittsylvania County, Va.

Intertape Polymer Group will bring 50 new jobs to its Pittsylvania County manufacturing facility as the company looks to increase production of several of its packaging products. The expansion calls for 30,000 square feet to be added to the facility, part of a $45 million investment to increase production, operations and capacity.


Koch Foods expansion bringing 135 jobs to East Alabama

Koch Foods announced an expansion in Gadsden, Ala., that will make it Etowah County’s second-largest business employer. The company is investing $15.9 million to expand the production line at its Gadsden poultry processing facility. The project is expected to bring 135 jobs over the next three years.


Georgia-Pacific moving all Dixie cup production to Kentucky

Georgia-Pacific says it plans to expand its Dixie cup manufacturing operation in Lexington, Ky., while closing a facility in Pennsylvania by the end of the year. The expansion will create about 50 jobs. Georgia-Pacific also has a plant in Bowling Green that makes plates and bowls. A recent expansion there created more than 70 jobs.


Ametrine locates HQ in Round Rock, Texas

Ametrine, a manufacturer of camouflage systems, will locate its new U.S. headquarters and manufacturing operations in Round Rock. The company plans to invest approximately $8.6 million and create 140 new jobs earning an average wage of approximately $75,000.


West Tennessee manufacturer plans expansion with 150 new jobs

ERMCO — a subsidiary of Arkansas Electric Cooperatives to manufacture transformers and components — will build a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Dyersburg, Tenn., in the former Caterpillar plant. The project is set to create up to 150 manufacturing jobs over the next five years.


Tex-Isle headed for Robstown, Texas

Tex-Isle, a provider of Oil Country Tubular Goods and associated services, plans to open a new steel tubular mill located in Robstown, Texas. The project will bring the company’s total capital investment in the region to nearly $100 million.


Honda Aircraft opens new addition to Greensboro complex

Honda Aircraft Company has begun operations at its newly opened Wing Production and Service Parts Facility, located at the company’s world headquarters at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C. The new 83,100-square-foot facility is the latest addition to the 133-acre Honda Aircraft Company campus, and represents an additional investment of $24.3 million, bringing the total capital investment in its North Carolina facilities to more than $245 million.


Scoop: GM will build electric crossovers for Honda and Acura in Tennessee

GM will apparently build two battery-electric crossovers — one sold as a Honda and another sold as an Acura — within the next four years. According to two anonymous people “familiar with the plans,” Honda’s GM-built EV will be assembled at the American automaker’s plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, the same factory that puts the Chevy Blazer and Equinox together. That crossover will reportedly enter production in 2023. Meanwhile, the Acura will reportedly be built in Spring Hill, Tenn., alongside the Cadillac Lyriq, starting in 2024.


Trex brings additional U.S. manufacturing online in Virginia

Composite decking manufacturer Trex opened 200,000 square feet of manufacturing and support facilities next to its headquarters in Winchester, Va., capping off a $200 million expansion program that increased capacity by 70 percent in about 18 months.


Amazon may be headed to Spanish Fort, Ala.

Amazon’s newest distribution center in Alabama could be in Spanish Fort, according to city officials. Spanish Fort Mayor Mike McMillan said the center would be a $45 million facility on 24 acres, and could bring more than 100 jobs to the city and surrounding areas.


OPSWAT relocates corporate HQ to Tampa

OPSWAT, a leader in critical infrastructure protection, has relocated its corporate headquarters and operations from San Francisco to Tampa, Fla. Over the next three years, the company plans to hire 100 employees to add to its current 350-person global workforce.

January 2021

Rejoining the Paris Agreement to boost automotive industry

Former President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, more commonly called the Paris Climate Accord. President Biden has now rejoined the Climate Accord and it will be a boost to the automotive industry, specifically electric vehicles.


Lars Carlstrom, founder of Britishvolt, a U.K. manufacturer of lithium ion batteries, said to Southern Business & Development and SouthernAutoCorridor.com about the effect of the U.S. rejoining the Paris accord will have on the automotive industry: “Now that the US is returning to the Paris Climate agreement, the future of the automotive industry has received a huge boost. The U.S. has the second-highest consumption of vehicles in the world per 1,000 people and re-signing the Paris Climate agreement is only going to increase the demand for electric vehicles, gigafactories and boost the production of batteries,” Carlstrom said.


Sources predict job gains in 2021 will set record

Several sources are predicting that calendar year 2021 will be the biggest job generating year since records began in 1939. The data firm, IHS Market, predicted in January that non-farm payrolls will increase by 6.7 million this year. Oxford Economics estimates that 5.8 million jobs will be created in the U.S. in 2021, and the University of Michigan reported 5.3 million. All totals would surpass the current record of 4.3 million jobs created in 1946 at the end of World War II.


Huntsville, Ala., preferred choice for new Space Command

In January, the Air Force announced that Huntsville, Ala., (home of the Redstone Arsenal, NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the United States Army Aviation and Missile Command) is the preferred choice for the headquarters of the new Space Command. The decision, which isn't official, was made based on a variety of factors, including room to grow. The headquarters is expected to create thousands of jobs.


Nearly 500,000 clean energy jobs lost in 2020

The virus has done a number on all kinds of industries and clean energy was no exception. According to the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), the pandemic snuffed out 429,000 clean energy jobs. It was the first year that the U.S. renewable energy industry lost jobs.


Automotive EV deals keep popping up in the South

Hitachi Automotive, a well-known Kentucky employer, has announced its Automotive Electric Motor Systems America division will establish a new plant in Berea, Ky. The facility will make motors for electric vehicles, many of which will be made in Kentucky. The deal is expected to create 200 jobs in Berea, locate in the Eastern part of the state in the mountains of Appalachia.


South Carolina ports are dealing

The Port of Charleston, which is a major vehicle export facility because of the BMW plant in South Carolina, capped its 2020 year with its strongest December in history. Vehicle volumes were up almost 30 percent from last year. The port handled 135,000 vehicles and 1.2 million containers units in the 2020 fiscal year.


Job postings drop more than 10 percent at the end of 2020

Remember when more than 7 million jobs were available in the U.S. prior to the pandemic, and just about 130,000 were being filled each month? Well, that 7 million is now 6 million jobs available in the U.S. as postings fell 10.6 percent in December 2020 compared to December 2019.


Oracle to relocate HQ from Silicon Valley to Austin, Texas

In the winter quarter, tech giant Oracle announced it was relocating its world headquarters from California to Austin, Texas. Oracle already has a major presence in Austin. The relocation follows a slew of others moving from California to Texas. Elon Musk has relocated to Austin and is building a major vehicle and battery factory there. Nearly 700,000 Californians have moved to Texas in the last 10 years.


Peloton to add 1,600 employees in Plano, Texas

Fitness equipment company Peloton announced a large expansion of its facilities in Plano, Texas. The New York-based company will hire up to 1,600 workers in Plano.


Mercedes to build electric SUVs at Alabama plant starting in 2022

In the winter quarter, Mercedes-Benz officials announced the German automaker will begin assembly of electric SUVs in 2022. Mercedes announced it will launch six electric versions of its vehicles in 2022, including the EQE SUV and EQS SUV to be assembled at its Vance, Ala., plant. Batteries made in Bibb County, Ala., will be used on those electric SUVs.


Virginia-North Carolina offshore wind project to create 600 jobs

The Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind project that is being built on 122,405 acres in the Atlantic Ocean off the shores of Virginia and North Carolina will create about 600 jobs. According to Connecticut-based Avangrid Renewables, the project will generate $2 billion in economic impact over a 10-year period.


Tier 1 auto parts supplier expanding in Elizabethtown, Ky.

Mexican automotive parts supplier Metalsa is expanding its truck vehicle frame plant in Elizabethtown, Ky. The plant is the largest for the company in the U.S. with over 1,800 workers. The new expansion will add 300 jobs.


Amazon to build Arkansas fulfillment center

In the winter quarter, Amazon announced it will build a new fulfillment center in North Little Rock, Ark. The deal will create 500 jobs. It will be North Little Rock’s second Amazon facility. (A distribution center opened in the city in 2018.)


Mississippi lumber mill to create over 100 jobs

A new sawmill is coming to Winona, Miss. The 150-job deal by Biewer Lumber will generate an investment of $130 million.


Mars Petcare invests in Arkansas facility again

Mars Petcare is once again expanding its Fort Smith, Ark., facilities. The company has already invested $420 million in its plant there. This latest expansion calls for an investment of $145 million and 120 new full-time jobs.


Boat manufacturer to build new plant in South Georgia

Correct Craft announced in the winter it is opening a new boat plant in Valdosta, Ga. The $1.7 million deal will create 90 jobs.


Bamboo manufacturer to open Alabama plant

Resource Fiber, a maker of commercial bamboo products like laminated timbers, is opening a plant in Lamar County, Ala. The project will create more than 100 jobs.


Turkey processor adding gobs of jobs in Arkansas

Butterball announced in January it is expanding two turkey plants in Northwest Arkansas, creating 360 new jobs. The company is investing over $8 million in its plants in Ozark and Huntsville, Ark.


Distribution center expands in Georgia

Bluestem Brands, an e-commerce retail brand, is investing in its distribution center in Putnam County, Ga. The project will create 130 jobs.


Flooring manufacturer expands in rural Virginia

Mohawk Industries, a well-known flooring manufacturer, is spending over $22 million on its facilities in Carroll County, Va. About 35 jobs are expected to be created.


Italian company expands in Asheville, N.C.

Italy-based System Logistics, a material handling solutions provider, is investing in its operations in Asheville, N.C. The $3 million deal will create 47 jobs.


Dole opens frozen fruit plant in Georgia

In the winter quarter, Dole Packaged Foods opened a new frozen fruit facility just south of Atlanta in McDonough, Ga. The project will house 100 workers.


Tyson expands Texas bacon plant

Arkansas-based Tyson Foods is expanding its bacon plant in Vernon, Texas. The $25 million project will add 32 jobs to the 800 that are currently housed at the plant.


Dallas-Fort Worth led country in industrial building in 2020, but office leasing down dramatically

According to Cushman & Wakefield, Dallas-Fort Worth led all other markets in industrial building in 2020. Almost 27 million square feet of industrial space was under construction in the D-FW metro at the end of last year. Chicago was second with 20.7 million square feet of construction. The office real estate sector in Dallas-Fort Worth did not fare as well. A large decline in office space occupancy in the fourth quarter of 2020 saw net leasing drop nearly 4 million square feet in 2020 in D-FW.


Kentucky-based manufacturer picks North Carolina for new operation

Bardstown, Ky.-based American Fuji Seal, a maker of packaging, is investing $52 million in a new plant in Hickory, N.C. The deal will create over 100 jobs.


Defense contractor adding jobs in Oklahoma

North Star Scientific is establishing an aerospace manufacturing facility in Oklahoma City. The company plans to hire 40 in the deal.


Manufacturer landing in Fort Smith, Ark.

Jonesboro, Ark.-based Hytrol Conveyor has chosen Fort Smith, Ark., for a new manufacturing plant. The facility will house 250 workers.


Auto parts manufacturer to locate facility in West Virginia

Speedway Motors, a maker of auto parts, is opening a new distribution center in Kearneysville, W.Va. The deal will create 25 jobs.


California gene therapy manufacturer picks Durham County, N.C.

Adverum Biotechnologies, a gene therapy manufacturer, is investing $82 million in a facility in Durham County, N.C. The company plans to hire 200 workers.


Amazon to invest $2 billion in affordable housing at three U.S. cities

Amazon is investing $2 billion in affordable housing at its three U.S. headquarter operations in Nashville, Seattle and Arlington, Va.


Tennessee sees largest one-way moves in the nation

According to U-Haul's annual report of one-way moves, Tennessee saw the largest net gain in new residents in 2020. Tennessee saw a 12 percent jump in new arrivals, topping Texas and Florida. According to the report, Knoxville saw a 23 percent increase in new one-way arrivals.


Briggs & Stratton expands in Alabama

Briggs & Stratton is investing nearly $10 million in its plant in Auburn, Ala. The Widsconsin-based maker of gasoline engines and other products is adding 35 workers to its large plant in Auburn.


German company that serves the auto industry locates Alabama plant

Heiche Surface Technologies, a German manufacturer of advanced metal coatings used in the automotive industry, is setting up a new facility in Jasper, Ala. The company will occupy a speculative building in the Jasper Industrial Park. The deal will create 73 jobs.


Tesla to locate solar energy division in Palm Beach County

The electric vehicle company Tesla is opening a new solar energy division in Palm Beach County. The company will hire 130 in the deal.


Ball to open new plant in Kentucky

Ball Corporation, the world’s largest maker of recyclable aluminum beverage containers, is opening a new plant in Bowling Green, Ky. The facility will house 200 workers.


Costco opens new operations center in Oklahoma City

Costco has opened a back-office operations center in Oklahoma City. The project is expected to result in 1,500 new jobs.


Record lows in U.S. population growth

In the winter quarter, the Census Bureau released estimates that from July 1, 2019, to July 1, 2020, the nation's population grew by just .35 percent. The figure represents the lowest annual population growth since records began in 1900. Census also estimated that population growth in the decade of 2010 to 2020 was the lowest of any decade in the nation's history.


Westinghouse to locate new plant in Clarendon County, S.C.

Westinghouse Electric, which provides a variety of products and services to nuclear plants, is locating a new plant in Clarendon County, S.C. The $24 million facility, which will expand the company's welding and machining capacity, will house 44 workers.


Louisiana lands first Amazon facility

Louisiana's first Amazon fulfillment center is being built in Lafayette Parish. Amazon will create 500 direct jobs with an annual payroll of about $16 million in the $100 million project.


Blackstone to open new Miami office

Blackstone, a global investment firm, is opening a technology office in downtown Miami. The project calls for 200 tech jobs, but investment professionals may also be added in 2022.


Nestlé USA to invest $100 million in Arkansas

Nestlé USA is investing $100 million in an expansion of its food processing facility in Jonesboro, Ark. The company is adding a Hot Pockets sandwich line that will call for 100 new employees.


Carvana opens distribution center in Arkansas

E-commerce car sales company Carvana has opened a $40 million vehicle inspection and distribution center in West Memphis, Ark. The project will create 400 jobs.


Record 12,200 stores close in U.S. in 2020

According to commercial real estate firm CoStar Group, a record 12,200 stores of all sizes closed in calendar year 2020. The closures emptied 159 million square feet of retail space.


Kimberly-Clark expands in Northeast Mississippi

Kimberly-Clark, a manufacturer of brands such as Huggies, Kleenex and Cottonelle, is investing $140 million to increase capacity at its plant in Corinth, Miss. The deal will create 33 jobs.


Craft supply company to create 300 jobs in Mississippi

IG Design Group Americas, a party and craft supply company, is investing $57 million to expand its operations in Marshall County, Miss. The company will hire 300 in the deal.


Danish manufacturer expands in Tallahassee

Danfoss Turbocor, a manufacturer of magnetic technologies, is adding a 90,000-square-foot facility at its site in Tallahassee, Fla. The project is expected to create 200 new jobs.


Nestlé Purina investing $550 million in Georgia

Nestlé Purina PetCare is investing big in its pet food factory in Hartwell, Ga. The $550 million investment will add 130 jobs.


Epic Games to take over mall; turn it into global HQ in Cary. N.C.

Epic Games, the North Carolina company known for its popular Fortnite game, announced in the winter it is converting the Cary Towne Center mall into it new campus. No word yet on how many jobs will be created by moving into the nearly 1-million-square-foot facility.


Big lumber deal in Alabama

Jasper Lumber Company has formed a new partnership with Canada-based Tolko Industries that will result in a $45 million expansion of its sawmill in Walker County, Ala. The deal will result in 60 new jobs.


Furniture manufacturing, once thought lost, continues on in the South

North Carolina-based Ison Furniture is opening a new factory in a vacant facility in Axton, Va. The company makes upholstered furniture and other furnishings. The $3.5 million deal will create nearly 200 jobs. Also, Ison supplier Dogwood Global will occupy a vacant building on the same property to produce wood tables and custom furniture frames that will be upholstered by Ison.


Self-driving firm adding jobs in Southwest Virginia

Torc Robotics, a Virginia-based company, is expanding in Blacksburg, Va., at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. The company that develops self-driving systems, is expected to create 350 jobs.


Canadian manufacturer creating jobs in rural Tennessee

Direct Coil, a manufacturer of industrial heating and cooling, is opening its first plant outside of Canada in Lincoln County, Tenn. The deal will create 75 jobs.


Germany-based distribution giant to create lots of jobs in Virginia

Bonn, Germany-based DHL Supply Chain is expected to invest $72 million to locate a major distribution center in Stafford County, Va. The center will serve the Mid-Atlantic region. The deal will create 577 jobs.


Florida-based Jabil to open plant in Western N.C.

St. Petersburg-based Jabil Healthcare announced in the winter it will build a plant in East Flat Rock, N.C. The healthcare components maker will invest $38 million and hire 150 in the deal.


Volkswagen building battery lab in Chattanooga

German automaker VW broke ground on a new battery engineering lab at its assembly plant site in Chattanooga, Tenn., in the winter quarter. VW has commenced construction on large facilities at its plant in Chattanooga, including a 564,000-square-foot electric vehicle line and a 198,000-square-foot battery pack manufacturing facility. The $22 million battery lab will test vehicle batteries made on site.


Amazon goes big in San Antonio

Amazon, the most active company in economic development history in the South, is planning two new fulfillment centers in San Antonio as well as a new local delivery station. The three projects will create 1,500 jobs.


Mortgage lender to add 500 jobs in Charlotte

Intercontinental Capital Group, a mortgage lender for single-family homes, is adding 500 jobs in Charlotte. The project represents an investment of over $5 million.


Call center deal in North Tennessee

CBE Group announced a large call center deal in Clarksville, Tenn. The company will hire 500 and invest $1.2 million.


Biotech firm to relocate from California to Nashville

Revance Therapeutics is relocating its headquarters from Silicon Valley to Nashville. The company will invest $10 million and hire 150 in the move.


Electric vehicle startup picks Charlotte for HQ

U.K. electric vehicle startup Arrival has chosen Charlotte for its North American headquarters. The London company that will develop lightweight commercial vehicles, is investing $3 million and hiring 150 as it starts up.


Another big sawmill captured by Mississippi

Idaho Forest Group (IFG) announced in the winter it will build a new $120 million sawmill in Lumberton, Miss. The project is one of a series of new sawmills opening in the Magnolia State. The deal will create 135 jobs.


Huge steel deal in South Alabama

Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal SA and Japan-based Nippon Steel are investing $775 million to expand their joint venture plant in Calvert, Ala., just North of Mobile. The plant, first started and occupied by ThyssenKrupp, was initially a $4 billion investment. The joint venture will build an electric arc furnace that will be producing steel by 2023. The new furnace will be able to produce a capacity of 1.5 million metric tons of steel each year.


Vials of vaccines needed; operation opens in Auburn, Ala.

SiO2 Materials Science Manufacturing has quickly opened a new facility in Auburn, Ala. The plant will produce vials for the Moderna vaccine. The $163 million facility to increase vial capacity is part of a federal government project.


Boeing to expand MRO operations in JAX

Chicago-based Boeing announced this winter that it will expand its maintenance, repair and overhaul operations at Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Fla. Boeing has a 25-year lease agreement with the Jacksonville Aviation Authority at the former Air Force base. The deal calls for 400 new jobs.


Nice deal in Kansas City

Melaleuca, an online wellness shopping club, is investing $36 million in its Kansas City facility. The company is building a 500,000-square-foot facility and will hire 200 in the deal.


ByoPlanet expanding in Athens, Ga.

ByoPlanet International is investing its plant in Athens, Ga., that makes electrostatic sprays. The $7 million deal will create 250 jobs. ByoPlanet’s technology used in its disinfectant systems is based on research originally conducted at the University of Georgia. As the world continues to fight COVID-19, demand for the disinfectant systems has grown beyond North America.


Electric auto battery companies continue to make deals in the South

Some lithium-ion battery makers like SK, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Nissan have already spent billions to set up their fuel for the cars they build. However, smaller companies are joining the electric battery fray, including Amperex Technology Kentucky. That company is setting up shop in Glasgow, Ky., in what is a $8.5 million deal. That deal will create 350 jobs.


GE opens new line in Louisville

GE Appliances (not a Haier company) has operated its massive Appliance Park in Louisville. Ky., for years. The Chinese company just recently opened a new $80 million dishwasher line that house 280 workers.


Columbus, Ga., lands nice deal

Path-Tec, a provider of healthcare logistics services, is investing $5 million to expand its operations in Columbus, Ga. The project will create 350 jobs.   


One thousand jobs announced in Texas

TaskUs, a New Braunfels-based tech company, announced in the winter quarter it will open a new location on the U.S.-Mexican border in Rio Grande Valley, Texas. The company offers multiple tech solutions such as AI and CX. The deal is expected to result in 1,000 jobs.


Northeast Mississippi flexes, lands another furniture deal

To meet an increase in consumer demand, upholstered furniture manufacturer Fusion Furniture, which is owned by Pontotoc-based Southern Motion, is expanding in New Albany, Miss. The roughly $2 million project is expected to create 125 jobs.


Amazon creating 200 more jobs in Hampton Roads, Va.

Amazon will open two additional delivery stations in Hampton Roads in 2021, creating more than 200 full- and part-time jobs. The ecommerce giant announced in March it would build two operations facilities in Hampton Roads (in Suffolk and Chesapeake), creating an expected 1,500 jobs.


Amazon planning another delivery facility near Memphis fulfillment center

Preliminary work has begun for Amazon’s third delivery station in Memphis, this one adjacent to the online retail giant’s newly constructed fulfillment center in the Frayser / Raleigh area of the city.


Amazon investing in Birmingham, Ala.

More than 1,000 jobs are coming to a new Amazon distribution center to be built at the old Century Plaza mall in Birmingham. Site work and demolition are already underway, and the facility should up and running by the end of next summer. In addition, Amazon Logistics will open two new delivery stations in Birmingham. The project will include a 112,000-square-foot delivery station in Bessemer, creating 80 full-time jobs and representing a capital investment of approximately $25 million.


Up to 140 new Amazon jobs coming to Richardson, Texas

Richardson City Council has approved a zoning permit for an Amazon distribution and fulfillment center. It will provide 120-140 full-time jobs, and is estimated to cost $45 million.


Amazon to open third Mississippi center, bringing 1,000 jobs

Amazon is opening a third facility in Mississippi for sorting and processing customer orders. The new fulfillment center in Canton will be the first to feature Amazon’s robotics technology. It will create more than 1,000 full-time jobs


Franklin Pallet expanding in Kentucky

By eliminating waste, Simpson County’s Franklin Pallet is creating a new business model and adding jobs at its plant in Franklin, Ky. The company has invested about $3 million in a 12,000-square-foot plant expansion and equipment that will turn its scrap wood into a marketable product -- wood pellets for the growing pellet stove market.


AeroDynamic Aviation builds new shop in Georgia

AeroDynamic Aviation is moving from leased space in Rincon, Ga., to its own building in Springfield, Ga., quadrupling its size and eventually adding more than 30 new employees. The company makes sheet metal parts, primarily interior parts for a regional luxury aircraft manufacturer.


DDS Glass Doors completes Kentucky expansion

Freezer and cooler door manufacturer DDS Glass Doors is relocating to a larger facility in Elkton, Ky., a $1.6 million expansion expected to create 50 full-time jobs in the years ahead.


Texas county hiring 174 jailers

Bowie County will take control of its correctional system in February from LaSalle Corrections, the private company running the jails. The county now needs to hire 174 jailers to man the facilities.


Durham-based Adwerx plans hiring

Adwerx, which sells custom automated advertising services, will ramp up hiring in the new year thanks to a strong 79 percent growth in Q3 and Q4 despite the economic volatility. The company also announced plans to move to a flexible work arrangement for employees moving forward, so they can be based anywhere within the United States.


Tech company announces move to Nashville

A Silicon Valley tech company announced its move to middle Tennessee, and now its CEO is predicting he won’t be alone. Yoshi CEO Bryan Frist said he’ll begin his company’s transition from Silicon Valley to Nashville. The Yoshi app allows users to have gas, auto maintenance and car washes delivered to them, and the company’s move will deliver 100 jobs to the mid-state.


Amazon plans Amarillo warehouse

Amazon Services has filed an application for a tax abatement for a facility in Amarillo, Texas, estimated to cost about $100 million. Amazon will make $70 million in improvements that will include a warehouse and $30 million worth of equipment to go into that building. The facility will be a 1,000,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center.


RMC Events adding 100 jobs in Richmond, Va.

RMC Events announced plans to hire 100 full and part-time employees in the first part of 2021. The company, based in Richmond, provides event staffing and support services to colleges and universities, sporting and entertainment venues, fairs and festivals across Central Virginia.


Pure Shenandoah establishing in Elkton, Va.

Pure Shenandoah will invest nearly $3.3 million to establish an industrial hemp fiber processing and cannabidiol oil extraction facility in the historic Casey Jones building in Elkton. The company will create 24 new jobs and has committed to purchasing 100 percent of its industrial hemp from Virginia growers.


New manufacturing facility creating 75 jobs in Lincoln County, Tenn.

Direct Coil, which specializes in industrial heating and cooling, plans to invest $14.4 million and create 75 jobs in Fayetteville, Tenn. This will be the company’s first facility outside of its headquarters in Canada.


Arkansas furniture maker expands to North Carolina

An Arkansas manufacturer of furniture and home furnishings is planning a $15 million expansion to central North Carolina. Riverside Furniture will invest $5.4 million in a new distribution hub in Caswell County that is expected to create 50 jobs.


Center for Manufacturing Advancement coming to Danville, Va.

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research has broken ground on a new Center for Manufacturing Advancement in Danville. The 51,250-square-foot CMA will offer a platform for manufacturing companies establishing or expanding their presence in Southern Virginia. It’s a $25.5 million project being funded by the Commonwealth and the Danville Regional Foundation.


Japan-based Taica Cubic Printing expands Clark County, Ky., manufacturing plant

Japan-based Taica Cubic Printing, which provides printing and paint application for automotive suppliers, plans to expand its manufacturing plant in Clark County. The $4.4 million investment is expected to create 20 new jobs.


CN, Alabama Export Railroad and Ray-Mont Logistics partner on Alabama logistics hub

CN, a Canadian transportation company, is collaborating with Alabama Export Railroad and Ray-Mont Logistics to launch the first phase of a high-tech logistics park in Mobile, Ala. The $16 million project is expected to create up to 50 jobs.


Huntsville lands $20 million Buffalo Rock plant

Buffalo Rock Company has agreed to build a $20 million facility in west Huntsville, Ala., that will provide at least 130 jobs. Buffalo Rock, based in Birmingham, is the largest single family-owned Pepsi bottler in the country.


Missouri company announces expansion

PlayPower has announced plans to expand its facility in Monett, Mo., which represents a $2 million investment and is expected to create 82 new jobs. Monett is the manufacturing home for many of PlayPower’s premier brands including Little Tikes Commercial playground equipment.


Home Depot hiring 700 at new Metro Atlanta distribution center

A new Home Depot distribution center is now open in Henry County and the Atlanta-based company is hiring 700 positions. The 657,600-square-foot center in Locust Grove is part of Home Depot’s $1.2 billion investment in its distribution and delivery services.


Louisiana Pepper Exchange expands New Orleans manufacturing center

Louisiana Pepper Exchange, a trading company based in New Orleans that provides pepper mash to the hot sauce industry, has received financing from Jefferson Capital Partners (JCP), which will allow Louisiana Pepper Exchange to make a significant investment into its facility and bring on essential new personnel. This is the third Opportunity Zone (OZ) operating company investment for JCP.


Ocean Insight expands Orlando HQ

Optical sensor manufacturer Ocean Insight is expanding at Central Florida Research Park in Orlando, Fla. The company will invest $4 million in its new facility with plans to create 100 new jobs.


Mexico-based Envases Group plans facility in Texas

Envases Group, a Mexico-based producer of packaging solutions, plans to open its first aluminum can production center in Waco, Texas. The $100 million project is expected to create 120 new jobs.


Low Impact Technologies locates manufacturing plant in Fletcher, N.C.

A manufacturer of renewable energy equipment, Low Impact Technologies (LIT), will be locating its first manufacturing facility in Henderson County, N.C. The company is expected to create 60 new jobs and invest $5 million in an existing 30,000-square-foot building in Fletcher. LIT designs and produces equipment to reprocess, recycle, and distill water for a variety of industries, as well as to provide potable water in developing nations.


Durham lands another gene therapy project

Taysha Gene Therapies will open a manufacturing facility in Durham after landing an incentive worth more than $5 million from North Carolina. The Taysha facility is expected to create 200 jobs over the next two years.


Allied Air Enterprises investing $35 million in South Carolina expansion

Allied Air Enterprises will invest more than $35.7 million to expand its operations in Orangeburg County, S.C. The expansion project will create 20 new jobs. Allied Air Enterprises manufactures HVAC products.


Santander bringing 875 jobs to Florida

Santander Consumer USA will invest approximately $22 million to upgrade and convert existing retail space to a customer contact operations in Pasco County, Fla. The financial services company will create 875 new jobs over the next five years.


Span Tech expands manufacturing facility in Barren County, Ky.

Span Tech, which designs and produces plastic chain conveyor systems for manufacturers, plans to expand in Barren County. The company will invest $13.2 million and create 40 full-time jobs over the next 10 years.


Joint venture Iwis-Daido locates manufacturing in Murray, Ky.

Iwis-Daido, a new joint venture between Iwis Engine Systems and Daido Corp. of America, will invest $2.7 million and produce automotive engine chains in Murray, Ky. The project is expected to create 37 jobs.


SteelFab plans Alabama expansion

A fabricator of structural steel, SteelFab, plans to expand its facility with a $23.6 million project in Roanoke, Ala. The project will create 32 jobs.


Belk expands South Carolina distribution hub

Belk, the nation’s largest private department store chain, will invest $2.5 million to make improvements to its distribution center in Richland County, S.C. The facility supports Belk’s network of 300 stores in 15 states.


Peabody Engineering & Supply expands in Liberty, S.C.

Peabody Engineering & Supply, a manufacturer of industrial polyethylene storage tanks, plans to establish operations in Liberty, S.C. The $5.6 million investment will create 35 new jobs in Pickens County.


Window maker bringing 100 jobs to Emanuel County, Ga.

Wincore Window Company, a manufacturer of vinyl windows and fiberglass doors, is expanding its Swainsboro operations, which will create an additional 100 jobs in Emanuel County.


Port Everglades gets $120 million upgrade

As people begin receiving the first round of the COVID-19 vaccines in South Florida, the cruise industry is preparing to welcome travelers once again. One of South Florida’s busy ports -- Port Everglades -- is getting a $120 million makeover.


New diaper plant coming to Waco, Texas

Hello Bello, the Los Angeles-based diaper company started by actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, is investing $31 million and creating 110 jobs in Waco. The company will make “premium diapers and other related childcare products” at the former Domtar facility there.


Agritech company announces Kentucky expansion

EnviroFlight recently announced the company’s plans to add 40 jobs in Maysville, Ky., with a $20 million expansion. EnviroFlight produces black soldier fly larvae which is used as a protein source for animal feeds.


Peabody Engineering to open in Pickens County, S.C.

Peabody Engineering & Supply announced plans to establish operations in Pickens County. The $5.6 million investment is expected to create 35 new jobs over the next five years. Peabody Engineering produces storage tanks and various other plastic products that service a wide range of industrial markets.


Tata Consultancy Services expands in Austin, Texas

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a global IT consulting organization, will hire an additional 130 new employees and invest more than $100 million in Austin, adding to the plans to hire 1,000 new employees across Texas. TCS is part of the Tata Group, India’s largest multinational business group.


Northern Ireland-based tech company opens hub in Buckhead

Kainos, a tech company, will invest $1.2 million in opening a North American sales and IT hub in the Buckhead area of Atlanta. The project is expected to bring 137 jobs to Fulton County.


Canada-based auto components maker expands Tennessee factory

Windsor Mold, parent company of Canada-based Tenneplas, will invest $3.5 million in a 37,500-square-foot expansion of its operations complex in Giles County, Tenn. The company plans to create 40 jobs.


Mitsubishi Chemical eyes Geismar, La., plant

Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC) is studying the feasibility of building a $1 billion methyl methacrylate manufacturing complex in Geismar. A final investment decision by MCC on the greenfield project is expected by mid-2022.


Protective Life relocates core site to Covington, Ky.

Birmingham, Ala.-based Protective Life Corporation is relocating its core site to Covington, Ky. The insurance company will invest $17.1 million with plans to create roughly 100 jobs there.


EHealth Technologies plans Virginia center

EHealth Technologies, a provider of medical record services, will invest $375,000 to establish a new customer support center in Scott County, Va. The project will create 160 new jobs.


Silent Falcon UAS Technologies locates HQ in Warren County, Va.

Silent Falcon UAS Technologies, an unmanned aircraft systems manufacturer, will invest $6 million to locate its new East Coast headquarters for research, development and manufacturing in Warren County, Va. The company plans to create 249 jobs.


Highland Pellets expanding in Pine Bluff, Ark.

Highland Pellets has reached a $135 million capital partnership with Orion Energy Partners LP to fund the expansion and upgrade of its wood pellet facility in Pine Bluff. Completed in 2017, the plant currently has more than 90 full-time employees.


Harrah’s to become Caesars New Orleans

Harrah’s New Orleans is set to undergo a $325 million renovation that will turn the building into a casino-hotel renamed Caesars New Orleans. The project will create 600 construction jobs in addition to the 500 full-time jobs the company has already pledged to create.


French tech company locates hub in Marshall County, Miss.

France-based communications software and technology company Quadient is locating its North American distribution operations in Marshall County, Miss. The project represents an $11 million investment.


Tech company expanding in Salisbury, N.C.

Integro Technologies, an industrial automation company, will create 30 new jobs in Rowan County with a $2.67 million investment.


Amazon opening delivery station in Waynesboro, Ga.

Amazon confirmed that it has leased a former Kmart building in Waynesboro to operate as a last-mile delivery station slated to open sometime in 2021. Job numbers will be announced later.


Construction starts on Lancaster, Texas, shipping hub

A New Jersey-based logistics firm, DSV International, has broken ground on a huge shipping hub in Lancaster. The project will cost more than $65 million.


Auto parts retailer locates distribution hub in Jax

1A Auto, an online-only aftermarket auto parts retailer, will locate its Southeast U.S. distribution operations in Jacksonville, Fla. The Massachusetts-based company plans to create 30 new jobs initially, and hopes to grow to 100 jobs within the first couple of years.


Firearms manufacturer brings 60 new jobs to North Carolina

Sturm, Ruger & Company will grow its North Carolina workforce with an expansion at its Rockingham County production facility. The manufacturer of firearms plans to add roughly 60 jobs and invest $10 million at its site in Mayodan.


Walmart distribution center adding 1,000 jobs in South Carolina

Walmart is opening a new distribution center in South Carolina that officials say will create about 1,000 full-time jobs. The center will be located on the Ridgeville Industrial Campus in Dorchester County and is part of a $220 million investment in the state.


Henrico County, Va., endorses GreenCity development

Henrico County officials are endorsing a developer’s vision for GreenCity, a $2.3 billion private, mixed-use “ecodistrict” development that would promote economic development and environmental sustainability, and will include a 17,000-seat arena for concerts, sporting events and other entertainment.


Grayson Natural Farms expands in Virginia

Grayson Natural Farms, a producer of the Landcrafted Food organic meat snacks, will invest $1.5 million to expand its operation in Independence, Va. The expansion will create 40 new jobs.


IT Supply Solutions expands Kentucky operations

IT Supply Solutions, a company that refurbishes and remarkets computer equipment to businesses and school systems, plans a $1.9 million expansion at its complex in Kenton County, Ky. The project is expected to create 15 full-time jobs.


Cognate Bioservices to add 500 employees in Memphis

A bioscience company with facilities in Memphis is looking to create 561 new jobs in the area. The EDGE awarded Cognate Bioservices a 15-year jobs PILOT to create those jobs and triple its current Memphis employee base. As part of this first phase, Cognate is also investing more than $212 million to renovate its current and new properties.


Nine new solar projects bringing jobs to Virginia

Dominion Energy Virginia announced the addition of nine new solar projects throughout Virginia. This is their largest project yet, and will support about 750 jobs. “This is the first of much more renewable energy to come. We’re focused on adding significant renewable energy resources such as solar and offshore wind over the next 15 years while ensuring that we keep customer reliability high and raise affordable,” said spokesperson Samantha Moore.


Dynamic Aviation to expand with 207 jobs in Rockingham County, Va.

Dynamic Aviation will invest $47.9 million to expand its operation in Rockingham County, creating 207 new jobs. The company, which is among Rockingham’s top employers, is a provider of special-mission aviation solutions for government and commercial organizations worldwide.


Fibervisions expands Georgia plant

A sharp increase in demand for hygiene products such as face masks and baby wipes is prompting FiberVisions to invest $48 million to expand its polyolefin fiber manufacturing operations in Newton County. Once renovations are complete, FiberVisions will be hiring for 21 positions in advanced manufacturing.


Shenandoah Valley Organic expands in Virginia

Shenandoah Valley Organic, a family-owned organic chicken company, will establish a second facility in Harrisonburg, Va. The project will create 110 new jobs.


Forty-one manufacturing jobs coming to Horry County, S.C.

Office cubicle and furniture maker Skutchi Designs will be hiring 41 new jobs at a new Horry County facility. Skutchi will invest $3.5 million.


Tracker Boats to double footprint in Missouri

Bass Pro Shops and White River Marine Group are expanding their Tracker Boats plant in Bolivar, Mo., doubling the square footage and adding 300 manufacturing jobs.


Clorox bringing 158 new jobs to North Carolina

The Clorox Company is going to create 158 new jobs in Durham, N.C., in its vitamins and supplements division. The company will invest $7.5 million to bring the division’s headquarters to Durham and expand existing operations in the city.


Commercial Filter relocating to Piperton, Tenn.

Commercial Filter, a manufacturer of air filters currently located in Memphis, will invest $8.9 million to expand its operations by building a new facility in Piperton, Tenn. The company plans to create 30 jobs in Fayette County.


Carver Maritime plans expansion at North Charleston port

Carver Maritime, an industrial port known for its shipping and warehousing storage operations, plans to invest more than $27.8 million to expand its existing operations in North Charleston, S.C. The project is expected to create 50 jobs.


Maritime tech company relocates from Netherlands to West Palm Beach, Fla.

V2Techs, a maritime technology company competing in the electric ships market, is relocating from the Netherlands to West Palm Beach. It will employ up to 30 people by 2022.


New manufacturing training center “will change Southwest Missouri”

Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC) broke ground recently on the first project of its kind in southwest Missouri. The new Center for Advanced Manufacturing, to be built on the Springfield campus, is a $40 million project -- the largest capital project in the history of OTC.


Apiject Systems plans vaccine gigafactory in RTP

ApiJect Systems, a medical technology company, has been approved by the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation for a $590 million loan to construct a 1 million-square-foot facility in Research Triangle Park, N.C. The gigafactory will enable the U.S. to more quickly package high volumes of injectable medicines and vaccines in the event of a national emergency, beginning with COVID-19.


North Carolina is fighting cancer and creating jobs

North Carolina has allocated a Job Development Investment Grant to a company that is developing a blood test that can screen for more than 50 cancers simultaneously. The California-based healthcare company, GRAIL, is building a $100 million laboratory that will employ nearly 400 people in Raleigh-Durham.


Oklahoma aerospace company announces 80 new jobs

Broken Arrow-based aerospace company CymSTAR will hire 80-plus new employees over the next three years with engineering salaries of $60,000 to more than $100,000 per year. “CymSTAR offers engineers the opportunity to work with cutting-edge simulation technologies as we focus on upgrading and building training systems in support of our armed forces,” said Dan Marticello, CymSTAR president and CEO.


ID.me to hire 1,000 in Northern Virginia

Digital identity management company ID.me says it will hire more than 1,000 new employees in Northern Virginia by the end of 2021. The fast-growing McLean, Va.-based company provides identity authentication technology to both government and business customers.


August Bioservices investing $64 million in Tennessee expansion

August Bioservices plans to create 180 jobs and invest $64 million in Davidson County. Headquartered in Nashville, the company provides drug discovery, development and manufacturing.


Sasol wraps up $12.8 billion project in Lake Charles, La.

After several years of construction and weathering two hurricanes, South Africa-based energy and chemical company Sasol has completed its $12.8 billion petrochemical complex in Lake Charles. The unit achieved “beneficial” operations on November 15, about two months after initially projected as the region had two hurricanes make landfall this year. It can produce up to 420,000 tons of polyethylene each year using technology developed by Exxon Mobil. The raw material is used in manufacturing plastic bags, shrink wrap and stretchy film, in addition to paper cup or carton coatings and squeezable plastic bottles.


MasterBrand Cabinets locates complex in Jackson, Ga.

MasterBrand Cabinets will open a Southeastern U.S. manufacturing and distribution hub near Jackson, Ga. The project is expected to create nearly 400 jobs in Butts County.


Medline upgrades Georgia plant to manufacture face masks

Medline plans to manufacture face masks in North America for the first time at its modified plant in Lithia Springs, Ga. Currently, it produces personal care products there and will continue to do so after the upcoming expansion. The plant employs 420 team members and will add 40 more employees to work on the new face mask lines.


HVAC supplier bringing 40 jobs to Hall County, Ga.

A supplier of HVAC ducts will open a $700,000 manufacturing facility and sales office in Hall County. Dongwon Tech Corporation will also bring 40 jobs to Gainesville.


Progressive Pipe Fabricators opens Alabama facility

Progressive Pipe Fabricators recently celebrated the grand opening of its new production facility in Trinity, Ala. The 82,000-square-foot facility in Lawrence County will make sprinklers and sprinkler pipe.


Restaurant supply facility bringing 100 new jobs to East Tennessee

KaTom Restaurant Supply in Sevier County has opened its latest expansion. The new 50,000-square-foot warehouse will hire 100 new jobs.


Klöckner Pentaplast to expand Virginia operations with $68 million investment

Germany-Based Klöckner Pentaplast Group, a global leader in recycled products and packaging, will invest a total of $68 million to expand its facilities in Louisa County and Wythe County. The projects are expected to create 54 jobs.


Michelin planning $175 million investment in South Carolina

Michelin North America is planning to invest up to $175 million in equipment and machinery in Spartanburg and Greenville counties. Headquartered in Greenville, the tire maker is seeking to update its 25-year tax break agreements with both counties, which date back to 1996. Michelin says it is committed to investing $75 million in its Spartanburg County facilities and $100 million in its Greenville County facilities.


Santa Cruz Nutritionals expanding Sumter, S.C., operations

Santa Cruz Nutritionals, a manufacturer of food supplements, is investing $84 million in an expansion of its Sumter County operations, which is also expected to create 164 jobs.


Georgia-Pacific cuts ribbon on Bowling Green, Ky., facility

Georgia-Pacific recently opened its $100 million expansion in Bowling Green, a project that created 70-plus full-time jobs. The 80,000-square-foot expansion of its plant in the South Central Kentucky Industrial Park increases production capacity for Dixie plates and bowls.


Stanley Engineered Fastening plans expansion and 49 new jobs in Kentucky

One of Hopkinsville’s oldest industrial companies will create 49 jobs paying an average of $34 an hour after it completes a $6 million expansion. Stanley Engineered Fastening is a division of Stanley Black and Decker. It produces fasteners and other components used in assembly for several industries, including automotive and general manufacturing.


VIP Luxury Seating restarting in New Albany, Miss., creating 100 jobs

VIP Cinema Seating started in New Albany in 2012 with 30 employees and grew to employ more than 500 workers. The company was then sold to a private equity group, which subsequently filed for bankruptcy in February. The original founders, along with two additional investors, purchased the majority of the assets to rebuild the company and bring jobs back online. This project will create 100 new jobs and is a $180,000 corporate investment.


Insurance broker expands Chattanooga HQ

Reliance Partners, a company that provides insurance brokerage and advisory services, will invest $1.3 million to expand its headquarters and operations complex in Chattanooga, Tenn. The investment will create more than 100 new jobs in Hamilton County.


Japanese tech company bringing jobs to Austin, Texas

Japan-based tech company CKD Corporation will establish its first U.S. production site in Austin. The company will invest $13 million in the production site and will create up to 70 new jobs. The Austin facility will make fluid control components for the semiconductor industry.


Salmon company bringing 200 jobs to Southwest Virginia

Pure Salmon, along with Tazewell, Russell and Buchanan Counties issued a joint press release announcing one of the largest private investments ever in the area -- the world’s largest vertically integrated indoor aquaculture facility.  Located in Southwest Virginia, the facility will employ over 200 whose individual median wage will equal or exceed the total median family income of families in all of the three counties.


Logistics company opens new Georgia campus, bringing 200 jobs

A Chicago-based logistics company has opened a new facility in Austell, Ga., that brings about 200 jobs to Cobb County. OSM’s new 95,000-square-foot facility is the company’s second major expansion this year. The building is an $800 thousand investment.


Wolf and Flow X-Ray relocates to Rocky Mount, N.C.

Wolf and Flow X-Ray, a medical imaging manufacturer, will create 68 new jobs in Rocky Mount, N.C. The company will invest more than $4.5 million to relocate their headquarters and manufacturing operations to Edgecombe County.


Medical manufacturer to create hundreds of jobs in Lincoln County, N.C.

Taiji Medical Supplies will invest more than $12.2 million in Lincolnton, N.C., to convert a vacant building for the production of N95 respirators. The project will create 79 new jobs.


Georgia boating company announces expansion, new advanced factory

A marine and power sports equipment company is planning a $22 million expansion at its Georgia headquarters. Outdoor Network, a dealer and distributor of equipment and parts that operates e-commerce sites Boats.net, Partzilla.com, and Firedog.com, will expand a distribution center and build a new advanced manufacturing facility in Albany, Ga. The company expects to add 40 new jobs at the manufacturing facility and 52 positions at the distribution hub.


Germany-Based startup plans electric flying taxi hub in Orlando

The first hub location for a high-speed, electric air mobility network in America will be launched by Germany-based Lilium in Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla. According to Positively Osceola, the aviation company developing an all-electric, vertical take-off and landing jet aircraft, Tavistock Development Company, announced the country’s first urban and regional air mobility network as well as Lilium’s first U.S. network location. The project will create more than 100 high-wage jobs.


Golden Boy Foods plans $13 million expansion in Troy, Ala.

Golden Boy Foods is expanding its peanut butter production in Troy as part of a $13 million project that will create 67 full-time jobs. Troy’s Industrial Development Board is investing $12.5 million to purchase land and erect the building.


Virginia Voters approve casino referendum

Virginia will move forward with the development of four casinos across its state, and one of them will border North Carolina. Voters in the city of Danville, Va., just north of the Piedmont Triad, passed the casino referendum in November. Caesar’s will move forward with the casino, 300-room hotel, and entertainment venue. The project will bring more than 1,200 jobs to the region.


Manufacturer to bring 100 jobs to Washington County, Va.

A guardrail manufacturing company, SPIG Industry, is expected to bring more 113 jobs to Washington County. SPIG will invest $7.9 million to build three large production plants and a welding shop, as well as a new rail spur line to serve the facility.


Setterstix eyes manufacturing complex in South Carolina

Setterstix Corporation, a paper stick manufacturer, will invest more than $11.7 million to establish a manufacturing center in Fountain Inn, S.C. The company plans to create 80 jobs in Laurens County.


FedEx hiring 1,200 for new Southern Dallas hub

FedEx is hiring 1,200 workers for its new shipping hub in southern Dallas County. The shipping giant leased 778,000 square feet of warehouse space earlier this year for the FedEx Ground package handling center.


Ardagh Group expands manufacturing at Olive Branch, Miss., factory

Ardagh Group, a supplier of metal and glass packaging, is expanding operations at its beverage can manufacturing facility in Olive Branch. The expansion is part of a multi-year $1.8 billion investment plan by Ardagh, and includes the addition of 80 new jobs at the plant.


Turkish auto supplier plans HQ in Georgia

Teklas, a manufacturer of electric vehicle parts based in Turkey, will invest $6.5 million to open its first North American facility and headquarters in Calhoun, Ga. The project is expected to create 120 jobs in Gordon County.


White Claw to invest $400 million, create 300 jobs in Richland County, S.C.

Mark Anthony Brewing, which makes White Claw Hard Seltzer, plans to build a $400 million facility in Richland County, one the largest economic investments in Richland County history that state officials say will create 300 new jobs.


Simmons Pet Foods announces Arkansas expansion

Simmons Pet Foods announced plans to expand its canned pet food operation in Siloam Springs, Ark. The first phase is set to come online in July 2021 and will create up to 100 new jobs.


Grön Fuels announces potential $9.2 billion renewable fuel complex in Louisiana

Grön Fuels is studying the feasibility of a renewable fuel complex at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. With expansions and associated projects, the complex could involve up to $9.2 billion of total investment over several phases. A final investment decision is expected in 2021. The complex would create an estimated 1,025 new direct jobs.


American Wood Fibers building plant in North Carolina

American Wood Fibers, a specialty forest products supplier, has selected Laurinburg for a new manufacturing site. The company plans to create 51 jobs in Scotland County, and will invest $19.5 million to produce wood pellets.


Auto supplier Mobis bringing 120 jobs to Birmingham area

Auto supplier Mobis Alabama announced it is expanding into the Birmingham metro area with a $15.8 million new facility that is expected to support 120 jobs. The company, a subsidiary of Hyundai Mobis, announced plans to open its second Alabama facility at the Jefferson County Metropolitan Industrial Park in McCalla. Mobis currently operates a facility in Montgomery County that supplies the Hyundai plant in Montgomery and Kia plant in West Point, Ga.


FNS Group building hub in Clarksville, Tenn.

South Korea-based transportation and logistics provider, FNS Group, will invest $33.4 million to build a warehouse and distribution center on a greenfield site in Clarksville. Pantos USA, a subsidiary of FNS Group, currently has 18 employees in Clarksville and will be expanding its footprint in the area while creating an additional 62 jobs.


HANDLE expands in Jefferson County, Ky.

Healthcare Asset Network, doing business as HANDLE Global, which develops, sells and implements technology in support of the healthcare equipment supply chain, is expanding in Jefferson County, Ky. The company will invest $7.8 million and hire 80 associates across its distribution and headquarters network.

December 2020

Surveyed CFOs see strong 2021 economy

Deloitte surveyed CFOs in December about the economy in 2021. Nearly 70 percent of those surveyed said they predict the COVID-19 vaccine will help in a strong recovery beginning in the middle of 2021. Two-thirds said they expect strong consumer spending in 2021 and 63 percent believed business spending will spike.


Economists believe in big rebound for auto industry

According to economists with the University of Michigan, production and sales of new vehicles in the U.S. will rebound strongly in 2021 and 2022. They expect sales to climb to 16.3 million vehicles in 2021, up from 14.5 million projected in 2020.


Elon Musk moves to Texas

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla has moved to Texas. Both SpaceX and Tesla maintain major operations in California, but Tesla is building a Cybertruck plant near the Austin, Texas airport that represents a $1.2 billion investment and will house 5,000 workers.


Facebook expands Fort Worth data center

Facebook is expanding its data center in Fort Worth at the Alliance Texas campus. The expansion will bring the data center to 2.6 million square feet.


Mazda Toyota hiring again at new plant in Huntsville, Ala.

Mazda Toyota is still finishing its plant in Huntsville and in December it hired hundreds of more workers for the facility. The hiring, according to the company, will continue through 2022. The plant is expected to be operational in mid-2021.


Big deal in Georgia

St. Louis-based Nestlé Purina PetCare, a subsidiary of Swiss-based Nestlé announced in December it will invest $550 million in its plant in Hartwell, Ga. The pet food manufacturing facility will house 130 more workers.


Awesome project in Greenville, N.C.

Thermo Fisher is investing $500 million in its bioscience facility in Greenville, N.C. The company will add 500 jobs to its current workforce of 1,500. The Massachusetts-based company manufactures sterile injectables, tablets and capsules at the facility. It also stores and does testing of drugs in Greenville.


Expansion in Columbia, S.C.

Sensor Electronic Technology, a supplier of ultraviolet light-emitting diodes (UV LEDs), is investing in its plant in Columbia, S.C. The deal will create 40 new jobs.


Software designer to expand in North Carolina

Grover Gaming, a gaming software firm, it expanding in Greenville, N.C. The $12 million deal will create 200 new jobs.


Healthcare solutions firm establishes new facility in North Carolina

Jabil Healthcare, a provider of healthcare solutions, is investing in a new facility in Henderson County, N.C. The $38 million deal will create 150 jobs.


Printer adding jobs in rural Tennessee

AmeriColor, a printer of catalogs and other print materials, is investing over $5 million to expand its operations in Hartsville, Tenn. The project will create 57 new jobs.


Healthcare diagnostics firm expanding in South Carolina

Vikor Scientific, a molecular diagnostics firm, is expanding its operations in Charleston County, S.C. The company provides protections against infectious diseases, including COVID-19. The deal will create 148 jobs.


Italian pet food maker establishes its first U.S. plant in North Carolina

Farmina, an Italian company that makes gourmet pet food, is establishing its first U.S. plant in Reidsville, N.C. The $28 million deal will create 129 jobs.


New business applications set record

A study by LendingTree that came out in the fall quarter showed that the number of new business applications in the U.S. surpassed the total from 2019 by mid-October. New business applications by mid-October were over 3.4 million.


Hewlett Packard Enterprise relocating world headquarters in Texas

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is relocating its global headquarters from San Jose, Calif. to Spring, Texas in the Houston MSA. The company already has over 2,600 employees in the Houston area.


Amazon to open new facility in Oklahoma

Amazon is at it again. It is opening a 1-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Oklahoma City. The facility will house 500 workers.


Gutter guard manufacturer to locate new plant near Nashville

Gutterglove is investing over $5 million to open a new plant in La Vergne, Tenn. The deal will create 85 jobs.


Linen manufacturer to open PPE plant in Alabama

HomTex, a linens manufacturer based in Cullman, Ala., announced in the fall it will locate a new plant to make personal proective equipment in Selma, Ala. The plant, when open, will have the capacity of produce nearly 300 million masks per year. The deal will create 300 jobs.


Genuine Parts to open distribution center in Tennessee

Genuine Parts Company will open a new auto parts distribution center in Lebanon, Tenn. The project will create 250 jobs.


Amazon hiring in Texas

Amazon started hiring workers at its new fulfillment center in Missouri City, Texas. The 1-million-square-foot center will house 500 workers.


Auto parts manufacturer to expand in Virginia

IAC Group is expanding its automotive parts facility in Strasburg, Va. The $4.6 million deal will create 47 jobs.


Boston Consulting Group: Ford's Kentucky plants contribute billions

According to a study by the Boston Consulting Group, Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant and its Kentucky Truck Plant contribute billions to Kentucky's economy. BCG estimates that the two Ford plants contribute $11.8 billion to Kentucky's Gross Domestic Product. The two plants employ about 13,000 and direct and indirect jobs supported by the plants total 120,000.


Walmart distribution center in South Carolina to house 1,000 workers

Walmart is opening a new distribution center in Dorchester County, S.C. The direct import distribution center is located near the Port of Charleston. The deal will create 1,000 jobs.


Life sciences manufacturer to locate plant in Research Triangle Park

KBI Biopharma, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, is locating a new $150 million facility in North Carolina's Research Triangle Park. The deal will create 200 jobs.


Big automotive deal in Georgia

Hyundai Transys, a maker of automotive transmissions, is building a new $240 million plant near Kia's massive assembly facility in West Point, Ga. The plant will produce eight-speed transmissions. The project calls for 678 jobs.


Mask supplier spending big in South Carolina

Brazil-based Fitesa, a manufacturer of nonwoven fabric, will invest $100 million in its plant in Simpsonville, S.C. The company will make surgical masks and respirator filters. The project will create 40 full-time jobs.


Fourteen-millionth vehicle assembled at Tennessee Nissan plant

A red Nissan Rogue rolled off the assembly line at the Japanese automaker's plant in Smyrna, Tenn. in December. The vehicle was the 14 millionth vehicle made at the facility. The plant, which began assembling vehicles in 1983, houses about 7,000 workers.


Air Force narrows site list for Space Command to six states

The Air Force announced six states where the new Space Command will be located. In a statement, the Air Force said the command will be at one of these locations: Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico, Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, Port San Antonio, Texas, and Redstone Army Airfield in Alabama,


Significant expansion in South Carolina

Techtronic Industries, a maker of tools, is investing $100 million and adding 1 million square feet in an expansion in Anderson County, S.C. The deal will create 525 jobs.


Boston Consulting Group adding jobs in Atlanta

The Boston Consulting Group is doubling its staff county at its offices in Atlanta. The consulting firm is investing $18 million and adding 331 jobs.


Kimberly-Clark spends millions on Mississippi plant

Kimberly-Clark is investing $140 million in its plant in Corinth, Miss. The plant produces Huggies, Kleenex, Cottonelle and Depend brands. The investment at the plant, which houses more than 300 workers, will increase capacity.


Wet wipes manufacturer expands in Arkansas

Nice-Pak, a maker of pre-moistened wipes, is expanding its operations in Jonesboro, Ark. The company will add 300 jobs.


Energy technology company to create 1,000 jobs in West Virginia

U.K.-based DST Innovations announced it will locate a plant in Morgantown, W.Va. to produce energy storage cells. The deal will create 1,000 new jobs.


Chick-Fil-A to build distribution center in North Carolina

Chick-Fil-A will build a distribution center in Alamance County, N.C. The $52 million project will create 160 new jobs.


Italian manufacturer to open first U.S. plant

Gruppo Fanti, a metal packaging manufacturer, is bringing a plant to Weirton, W.Va. The $30 million deal will create 40 jobs.


Spain-based Gestamp expands in Tennessee

Auto parts supplier Gestamp is investing over $94 million in its facilities in Chattanooga. The expansion is due to new electric vehicle production. The deal will create 260 new jobs.


Cruise industry to lose $32 billion in 2020

According to the Cruise Lines International Association, the cruise industry lost an estimated $32 billion in 2020. The suspension of cruise operations in the U.S. has seen the loss of over 250,000 jobs.


Florida passes $15 minimum wage

Florida voters in the fall quarter approved a ballot measure raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Florida is the first state in the South to raise its minimum wage to $15.


Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth No. 1 and 2 in Tech Town Index

Dallas-Fort Worth jumped six other markets in CompTIA’s annual Tech Town Index ranking the strongest job center for technology jobs in the U.S. Austin ranked first. The other in the top 10 were Raleigh (3); San Jose; Charlotte; Seattle; San Francisco; Atlanta; Huntsville and Denver.


Hyundai adds model to Montgomery assembly plant

Korean automaker Hyundai has added a fifth vehicle to its assembly plant in Montgomery, Ala. The company is adding its Tuscon model compact SUV to its Alabama line.


New job generation in Austin at record highs

Even during a pandemic, the capital city of Austin has seen record-breaking job generation. The Austin Chamber of Commerce reported that 35 new locating companies have announced nearly 10,000 new jobs from January through October. That beats calendar year 2018 when 46 companies announced 9,424 jobs.

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.