July 2022

Letter to the Editor

"My friend, your prediction more than 20 years ago of the South becoming the center of auto manufacturing in North America has now taken another giant step forward. The announcement that Hyundai will build its first electric car plant in Georgia confirms it in this new era. I will take lucky and good every time."

J. Mac Holladay

CEO, Market Street Services, Atlanta, Ga.

 

Lithium-ion batteries for your EV? Try solid-state batteries

In recent years, car giants such as Ford, Mercedes and Nissan have been trying to overcome the shortcomings of batteries that power electric vehicles by racing to produce a next-generation battery. In all cases of lithium-ion batteries, they underperformed even after billions were invested in their development. Not only that, the liquid electrolytes used in the batteries are prone to catching fire.

Enter a new player in the fourth quarter of electric vehicle power development. Many if not all existing and startup EV and battery manufacturers are now rallying around solid-state batteries, which do not contain liquid electrolytes and can charge quicker and last longer.

 

Thoughts on immigration

The immigrant worker shortage comes as the U.S. political system is showing less of an appetite for increasing immigration. “At some point we either decide to become older and smaller or we change our immigration policy,” Douglas Holtz-Eakin told ABC News recently. Holtz-Eakin is an economist and former official in President George W. Bush's administration who is president of the center-right American Action Forum. He acknowledged a change in immigration policy is unlikely: “The bases of both parties are so locked in.” That’s certainly the case in Republican-dominated Texas, which includes the longest and busiest stretch of the southern border. The Legislature in 2017 forced cities to comply with federal immigration agents seeking people who are in the U.S. illegally. The turn against immigration distresses some Texas business owners, like Joshua Correa, a home builder in Plano, Texas. “Immigration is very important for our workforce in the United States,” said Correa. “We just need it.”

 

Comparing Mexico's available labor to ours

By Michael Randle

One way or another, automakers in North America are subsidized by their governments. They may be underwritten in different ways, but the largest industry in North America usually gets what it asks. When it comes to labor costs exclusively (discounting labor quality, innovation, and such) the U.S. can compete with just about every country in the world but one — Mexico.

Mexico, by contrast, has an overwhelming advantage when it comes to labor costs. Using the average cost of supplementing labor in Canada and the U.S. per assembly plant, Mexico’s costs aren't even close. Again, just using subsidized labor costs, it would take six to 10 years for a plant in Mexico to run up a similar labor bill to those in the U.S. and Canada. Add on the fact that Mexico’s fertility rate is more than double that of the U.S., and it’s also clear that Mexico can backfill its labor for decades to come , while the U.S. is simply getting older and smaller. The only way to change that fact is to change immigration policy.

 

Tennessee's Aerospace Park gets its first tenant

Northeast Tennessee's Tri-Cities Airport recently announced Aerospace Park’s first tenant. It didn't take long for Northeast Tennessee's Tri-Cities Airport in Blountville to capture its first tenant. “Of course, it’s always exciting to have your first build into a new economic development project like this,” said Gene Cossey, executive director for the Tri-Cities Airport Authority. The company is Final Forge, which is moving all of its operations from Massachusetts to East Tennessee.

 

D-FW office leasing comes roaring back as workers return from home

North Texas office leasing and construction continues to rebound from the COVID-19 downturn. At midyear, net office leasing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area totaled more than 2 million square feet — topping pre-pandemic activity as more workers returned from home, according to preliminary data from commercial property firm Transwestern. More than 1.1 million square feet of net leasing was recorded just in the second quarter, with the strongest demand for office space in the Dallas North Tollway corridor in West Plano and Frisco, in Uptown Dallas and Las Colinas. Office leasing declined from a year ago in downtown Dallas and along LBJ Freeway, Transwestern found. “Although clouds of recession are appearing on the horizon, the office market is favorably positioned,” Transwestern researchers wrote in a just-released report. “Overall, the region’s fundamentals may limit the downside of a recession and lead to a faster recovery, as they have over the last 15 years.”

 

New research shows American workers not better off with less foreign-born workers

Former President Trump's intentional depletion of legal immigrant visas and the COVID-19 pandemic reduced legal immigration in the U.S. by as much as 80 percent to just 250,000 in 2020. But, according to research, U.S. workers were not better off with the reduction in immigration. In fact, the lack of foreign workers helped create worse economic conditions. The lack of labor has created worker shortages, school closures, empty shelves in stores, shorter hours in retail and hospitality, skyrocketing childcare costs and the inability of many companies to fill open positions. According to Madeline Zavodny, an economics professor at the University of North Florida and a former economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the reduction in workers as a result of COVID and cuts in immigration showed no evidence that less foreign workers improved economic outcomes of U.S.-born workers.

 

Economist: "Excessive automation" a major factor in increasing wage gaps

In an article published in the New York Times in January, Daron Acemoglu, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was quoted as saying that "excessive automation" through investments in machines and software is greatly responsible for the increasing gap in wages and income inequality among American workers. Acemoglu's arguments stem from the fact that the automation of tasks formerly done by human workers has widened the income gap, especially among male workers without college degrees.

 

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson’s international terminal turns 10 with turbulence

The most dazzling part of the world’s busiest airport has soaring ceilings and an enormous Swarovski crystal chandelier, but is seen by only a small fraction of travelers passing through Hartsfield-Jackson International. That’s partly because the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal, turning 10 years old this year, has not met the passenger loads for which it was built.

It roars to life during peak periods, in the mornings and late afternoons, when large long-haul jets roll up to its gates to offload and reload hundreds of passengers. After a decade of hosting travelers from around the world, though, it is still mostly empty during much of the day and night. The international terminal’s sleek lines and empty corridors stand in stark contrast to the crammed, crowded and less-luxurious domestic concourses. Hartsfield-Jackson’s international gateway faces an even steeper uphill climb to fulfill its potential after the pandemic pummeled foreign travel. International passengers made up fewer than 12 percent of total travelers at Atlanta’s airport before the pandemic, and last year stood at less than half of pre-pandemic levels.

 

Airport terminal for the rich and famous coming to Hartsfield-Jackson

A private luxury airport terminal operator known for catering to Hollywood stars is coming to Hartsfield-Jackson International to target commercial airline passengers willing to pay thousands for exclusive entry and exit from the world’s busiest airport. The company, called PS and formerly known as The Private Suite, has operated a private terminal at Los Angeles International Airport since 2017, and is known for catering to celebrities and other well-heeled customers. Hartsfield-Jackson is a frequent gateway for celebrities, thanks in no small part to Georgia’s white-hot film industry. Georgia is one of the top destinations for TV and movie production in the world outside Hollywood. Many celebs are likely familiar with the PS terminal at LAX.

 

Volkswagen chief says German car giant will overtake Tesla on EV sales by 2025

The chief executive of Volkswagen believes Europe’s biggest carmaker can overtake Tesla to become the world’s largest seller of electric vehicles by 2025. Speaking to CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Herbert Diess said alleviating supply chain issues would likely help create some momentum for the German auto giant over the coming months.

 

Florida had more deaths than births last year

Many more workers in Florida and elsewhere saw more deaths than births last year as a larger percentage of the workforce is aging out and retiring than there are people born. According to Neel Kashkari, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, there are only three solutions to a situation where less people are paying for Social Security and other safety nets: (1) Accept slower growth; (2) subsidize fertility and (3) embrace immigration. The year 2021 is the first time since 1937 that the U.S. population grew by fewer than one million people. "It is just math," according to Kashkari.

 

South Carolina Ports, Port of Virginia: Record volumes in 2021

South Carolina Ports had its best calendar year in history in 2021 with an unprecedented amount of cargo. SC Ports handled 2.75 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) at Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in 2021. That was nearly a 20 percent increase from 2020. The Port of Virginia in Norfolk handled more than 3.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units in 2021, a 25.2 percent increase from 2020.

 

Experts: China's GDP to overtake U.S. by 2030

Officials with the British consultancy Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) published their predictions for the coming decade on U.S. versus China GDP. For decades, economists have predicted that the Chinese economy would have passed the U.S. economy, but that has not been the case so far. However, new data shows that the Chinese economy, based on gross domestic product, will surpass the U.S. by 2030.

 

Over 17,000 jobs could be created at Gulf of Mexico wind farms

According to the American Clean Power Association, wind farms off the coast of Texas and Louisiana could create 17,500 new jobs. The jobs include temporary and permanent jobs on a pair of offshore wind projects.

 

ALABAMA

 

GAO report finds no issues with Redstone Arsenal as Space Command HQ

The Government Accountability Office, in reviewing the selection process of Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville as the “preferred” site for U.S. Space Command headquarters, found issues in that process and recommended the Air Force develop better guidance for future basing decisions. However, the GAO made no comment -- in highlighting the main points of its 89-page review -- on the suitability of Redstone Arsenal as the home for Space Command, but was critical of the selection process.

 

Study: Boeing’s Alabama economic impact reaches $2.7 billion

Boeing contributes more than $2.7 billion annually to Alabama’s economy, along with 9,402 jobs in its sprawling operations and support network, according to a new study. The global space and defense manufacturer, which is marking its 60th year in the Yellowhammer state, conducts a wide range of business activities in the Huntsville region, from protecting the U.S. and its allies with innovative weapons systems to charting new chapters of human space exploration.

Boeing’s journey in Alabama began with the development of the Saturn V rocket, the launch vehicle that put the legendary Apollo missions on the moon. Today, the company plays a key role in developing NASA’s powerful Space Launch System rocket, which will return astronauts to the moon and lay the groundwork for future trips beyond Earth’s orbit. With more than 3,000 employees in Alabama, Boeing’s operations span a variety of research, design and manufacturing activities.

 

Rural Alabama has seen growth of 3,000 jobs in 2020 and 2021

Rural Alabama's counties of less than 50,000 residents have seen a spike in job creation the last 18 months. According to the Alabama Department of Commerce, in 2020 and the first six months of 2021, 40 projects landed in "targeted" counties that created over 3,000 new jobs. The investments as a whole will generate at least $1.5 billion in new capital investment.

 

Korean parts supplier expanding its Alabama operations

Auto parts supplier Shinhwa Auto USA Corp. announced a $78 million expansion of its Auburn operations at Auburn Technology Park West. The company supplies parts for Montgomery’s Hyundai plant and Kia in West Point, Ga. The project will create 42 jobs.

 

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

In May, Southern Research broke ground on an $84 million biotech center in Birmingham on the former site of the now-demolished Quinlan Castle, an abandoned apartment building. The project is expected to create 150 new jobs.

 

ARKANSAS

 

Systems Group creating 60 jobs with Arkansas expansion

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

 

Atlas Tube opens $150 million facility in Blytheville, Ark., 75 jobs created

Atlas Tube, a division of Zekelman Industries, has opened its newest steel mill in Blytheville, Ark. It’s the second facility they have opened in Mississippi County, Ark. The new facility will be dedicated to producing Jumbo Hollow Structural Sections (HSS) as large as 28″ OD with walls up to one inch thick. According to the company, the $150 million project is the largest private investment in the U.S. steel industry in the last decade.

 

Pet care firm adding jobs in Arkansas

Mars Pet care is investing nearly $120 million into its Fort Smith operation as pet food demand rises, capitalizing on earlier expansion plans and producing even more jobs. The company will add two new production lines and 140 new workers.

 

FLORIDA

 

Atlantic Digital Incorporated expands Tampa workforce

Atlantic Digital Incorporated, a specialized IT company and solutions provider for government, will expand operations in Tampa. The company plans to create 120 jobs over the next three years.

 

Project “Lightning Strike” bringing hundreds of jobs to Bay County, Fla.

Central Moloney, which manufactures distribution transformers, is expected to open a 140,000-square-foot facility owned by St. Joe Company. The project will bring 200 new jobs to Bay County.

 

Largest satellite facility in the world to be constructed at Florida's Space Coast

Terran Orbital announced in the fall that it will invest $300 million Merritt Island on Florida's Space Coast. Florida's governor Ron DeSantis said the company’s move to Florida will create the largest satellite manufacturing facility in the entire world. The 660,000 square-foot facility will be able to produce more than 1,000 satellites a year and 1 million satellite components. The deal will create 2,000 jobs.

 

GEORGIA

 

Procter & Gamble to build new facility in Butts County, Ga., create 350 jobs

Procter & Gamble Distributing plans to invest $205 million in a new distribution facility in Jackson, Ga. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, the Procter & Gamble Company specializes in a wide range of personal healthcare and hygiene products.

 

Shoe manufacturer expanding Georgia

Okabashi Brands, a third-generation family-owned and women-led shoe company based in Buford, Ga., is expanding its presence in Gwinnett County.  The company is one of the 1 percent of footwear manufacturers operating in the U.S. today and is committed to sustainable American manufacturing. The $20 million deal is expected to create 340 jobs.

 

KENTUCKY

 

Manufacturer to locate in western Kentucky, create 150 jobs

A manufacturer of electrical power distribution connectors plans to locate in Western Kentucky and create 150 jobs, officials said. Hollobus Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of engineering design technology company Superior Tray Systems, is investing $2.25 million to move its headquarters and some operations to a former Briggs & Stratton plant in Murray, a statement from Gov. Andy Beshear said. The Kentucky location will produce a new product line that is an alternative to electrical cabling for large industrial projects. The company has partnered with Murray State University to establish a pipeline for workers and said it intends to focus on hiring veterans.

 

Summit Polymers will invest $37.5 million in Kentucky

Summit Polymers Inc. (SPI) will build a $37.5 million manufacturing facility in Anderson County, Ky., creating 218 full-time jobs. Michigan-based SPI designs and manufactures decorated and assembled automotive interior components, and employs more than 3,000 workers at 15 locations worldwide. The new 140,000-square-foot facility on approximately 40 acres along the U.S. Route 127 Bypass in Lawrenceburg will conduct plastic injection molding, paint applications and assembly operations. It will support SPI’s business with automotive manufacturers in Kentucky and neighboring states, with potential for future expansion.

 

Bourbon maker bringing jobs to Somerset, Ky.

Horse Soldier Bourbon is investing $200 million to bring bourbon and tourism dollars to Pulaski County, Ky. The deal will create 50 jobs.

 

LOUISIANA

General Dynamics IT opens new center in New Orleans

General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics, officially opened its new operations center in New Orleans. The project is expected to create 50 jobs.

 

Manufacturer adding 100 jobs in rural Louisiana

Greenberry Industrial, a producer of industrial components for petrochemical, maritime, energy and other industries, announced in May it will convert a former shipyard fabrication facility in Jennings, La., and add 100 jobs.

 

American Electric Power to develop $100 million transmission control center in Shreveport

American Electric Power (AEP), which manages the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, will invest $100 million to develop a new Shreveport Transmission Control Center. The project will create 20 direct new jobs, with average salaries of $115,000, and retain 20 jobs already in place in Shreveport. AEP, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, will develop the 77,000-square-foot facility on 30 acres in Shreveport.

 

MISSISSIPPI

 

This small Southern town isn't the new Hollywood, director says. It's better

There's a strange symbiosis growing between Hollywood and a small town in the Mississippi Delta, and director Tate Taylor is one of the engineers behind it. Known for films like "The Help" and "Breaking News in Yuba County," Taylor has centered his efforts in and around Natchez, a city of less than 15,000 residents that bills itself as the "birthplace of Mississippi." Incoming A-listers trade tinsel and luxury high rises for Spanish moss and antebellum homes. But it's precisely the area's un-Hollywood-ness that makes filming there so magical, Taylor said. Living in close proximity to one another sustains a sort of energy among cast and crew that's hard to replicate in a bigger city, he explained, pointing as an example to his experience directing the late Chadwick Boseman and other stars in the 2014 James Brown biopic "Get on Up." "We all lived in houses in Natchez, and everybody walked to work and (walked) home, and it was just fun," Taylor said in a phone interview. "We called it movie camp."

 

Home Town stars creating 85 jobs in Laurel, Miss.

HGTV’s Home Town hosts Erin and Ben Napier will create 85 jobs in Laurel with a new manufacturing location for Scotsman Manufacturing Company. The new company, housed in a revitalized and once-shuttered industrial facility, will be committed to American-made goods.

 

MISSOURI

 

Beef plant expected to create 1,300 jobs in Missouri

Wisconsin-based beef processing company American Foods Group (AFG) has announced plans to build a large new facility in Warren County, Mo. Pending final approval, AFG expects to settle on a precise location by next spring. The project could result in AFG investing $450 million into the St. Louis area and creating more than 1,300 new jobs.

 

Manufacturers expand operations in Palmyra, Mo.

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

 

NORTH CAROLINA

 

European plastics manufacturer to invest $47 million to build U.S. facility in Gaston County

Premix Group, a plastics manufacturer, will create more than 30 new jobs in Gaston County, Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders announced. The company will invest $47 million to locate its first U.S. manufacturing facility in North Carolina. Premix serves the automotive and electronics industries.

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

SOUTH CAROLINA

 

Food distributor expands in South Carolina

Carolina Food Service, a full-service food distribution company, will expand operations in Loris, S.C. The $3.7 million project is expected to create 71 jobs in Horry County.

 

Ruiz Foods hiring 100 in Florence County, S.C.

A frozen food distributor is looking to bring dozens of new jobs to the Pee Dee. Ruiz Foods Florence is hiring 100 more jobs for its facility there.

 

Oak barrel manufacturer chooses rural South Carolina for new plant

South Carolina Oak to Barrel LLC announced in the fall it will invest $6.8 million in a new plant in Bamberg County, S.C. The barrels will be used for whiskey and wine operations. The project will generate 122 new jobs.

 

Peanut plant slated for South Carolina

Premium Peanut is investing $64.3 million to establish operations in Orangeburg County in a move expected to create 130 jobs.

 

TENNESSEE

 

“Ambitious but attainable”: How Memphis chamber plans to attract 50,000 new jobs to area

The Greater Memphis Chamber has a plan to draw tens of thousands of new jobs to the metro area by the end of the decade, and the plan focuses on inclusion, advanced industries and increasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates.  Ted Townsend, chief economic development officer for the Greater Memphis Chamber, said there could be “no more resignation than anything less than the spectacular for our region. Why? Because the competition is fierce.” The chamber unveiled its strategic growth plan Monday at the mid-year chairman’s forum at The Guest House at Graceland. The plan outlines how the region could gain 50,000 new, high-quality jobs by 2030, with half of those jobs going to minorities, a goal the chamber called “ambitious but attainable.” Helping with that effort will be the newly formed division for diversity and community development at the chamber. The vast majority of current economic growth is in advanced industries like artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, aerospace engineering and other similar industries, Townsend said.

 

What a year for Tennessee

The year 2021 was historic for Tennessee when it came to large scale economic development projects. Leading the way was the Oracle announcement in Nashville that will eventually create 8,500 jobs. The other mega-deal came from Ford Motor Company and the creation of the Blue Oval City just east of Memphis. That $5.7 billion project will create 5,800 to 6,000 jobs.

 

Auto supplier announces $8 million Tennessee plant

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

 

Clarksville, Tenn., ranked

Clarksville, Tenn., located northwest of Nashville, was ranked in the winter by San Francisco-based real estate company Opendoor.com as the most "desirable zip code in America." Tiny Clarksville beat out Austin, Atlanta, Orlando and Nashville among others. The ranking was based on location, living costs and amenities.

 

Monogram Assembled Foods plans Tennessee production facility

Monogram Assembled Foods will invest $53.5 million to establish new operations in Dickson, Tenn. The project is expected to create nearly 400 new jobs. The company purchased a building formerly owned by Conagra, which announced in early 2020 its plans to close the facility. As part of Monogram Foods’ acquisition, the facility never closed, and the company offered employment to Conagra’s existing employees so that no jobs were lost during the transition.

 

TEXAS

 

Dallas vs. Chicago? On jobs, population and housing, the growth story isn’t even close

Companies cite many reasons for moving to Dallas-Fort Worth, including access to air travel, the cost of living and the quality of the workforce. Chicago is competitive on all those fronts, yet Caterpillar Inc. announced that it’s relocating its headquarters from suburban Chicago to Irving, one of D-FW’s leading cities. Caterpillar follows Topgolf Entertainment Group, OpTic Gaming, Boeing Global Services, Addus HomeCare and thousands of residents from Chicagoland to North Texas. So what’s the biggest economic difference between the third- and fourth-most populous metros in the country? The growth story isn’t even close — not on population, jobs, workforce and more. And more growth means more opportunity for companies and workers alike. While Chicago had 1.75 million more people last year, D-FW has added over six times more residents since 2000. Last year, D-FW added 97,000 while Chicago lost almost 92,000.

 

High-speed rail is all but dead in Texas

Plenty of shortsighted people have been rooting for Texas’ high-speed rail project to fail from the moment it was announced. Sadly, it looks ever more likely they will get their wish. The deck has been stacked from the beginning against Texas Central Railway, which had proposed a privately funded line linking Houston and Dallas that would have put the state on the world map as an international leader in transportation.

But it looks like the naysayers got their way. Texans are still waiting on a ruling from the Texas Supreme Court on whether the project can go forward, and Texas Central’s chief executive, Carlos Aguilar, has resigned. His sendoff an indicator that this project is over.

 

A look at Austin's swift growth, and its growing pains

Austin keeps growing. And growing. And growing. That population surge is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it has helped keep the region's economy among the strongest in the nation, and the region's thriving technology sector is making Central Texas an international hub. But the influx of new people also comes with its share of growing pains, including worsening affordability concerns and an unresolved homelessness crisis.

 

Sherman, Texas wins GlobiTech expansion, bringing 1,500 new jobs and $5 billion investment

Sherman has scored its second major semiconductor-related expansion with GlobiTech selecting the North Texas city for a new $5 billion plant to produce silicon wafers. The subsidiary of Taiwan-based GlobalWafers Co. will create 1,500 new jobs. Texas will provide a $15 million cash grant from its enterprise fund to go along with at least $34 million in local tax incentives. “It’s a big day for North Texas,” Sherman Mayor David Plyler said. “We’re very excited in the city of Sherman to have this kind of facility located here. Of course, the first manufacturing plant of its kind in America in the last 20 years is a big story.” The new plant will raise Texas’ “global position in the semiconductor industry amid a worldwide chip shortage,” Gov. Greg Abbott said during the announcement. GlobiTech joins Dallas-based Texas Instruments and Korea’s Samsung in committing to multibillion-dollar investments in the Lone Star State. GlobiTech also was considering sites in Ohio and South Korea for expansion. GlobalWafers CEO Doris Hsu said the company received “tremendously competitive proposals.”

 

Solar giant Qcells to build new $171 million plant in Georgia

The parent company of solar manufacturer Qcells confirmed that more solar panel production is headed to the “carpet capital of the world,” in the form of a new $171 million plant to be built near its existing Dalton facility. The announcement follows a pledge by South Korea-based Hanwha Solutions, which owns Qcells, to dramatically expand its U.S.-based solar production. The new facility will produce 1.4 gigawatts of Qcells’ next generation, high efficiency solar panels each year and bring an estimated 470 new jobs to Whitfield County in Northwest Georgia, the company said in a release. Qcells’ existing Dalton facility employs more than 750.

 

Facebook expands to Texas

Facebook’s parent company Meta recently leased a large office space in Texas, making the tech giant the latest company to move jobs and people from California to the Lone Star State. Meta leased half of a building under construction in downtown Austin that will be the city’s tallest skyscraper when completed, and has pledged hundreds of new jobs in Texas.

 

Neiman Marcus could get $5 million-plus in incentives for Dallas headquarters

Dallas plans to offer Neiman Marcus up to $5.25 million in incentives if it keeps its corporate headquarters in Dallas. The luxury retailer is eyeing a move of hundreds of workers to the Cityplace Tower on North Central Expressway just north of downtown. Many of those workers are currently housed at Neiman’s landmark store on Main Street.

To obtain millions of dollars in economic grants, Neiman’s would need to have a minimum of 1,100 Dallas jobs and “ensure that a minimum of 35 percent of retained headquarters employees are Dallas residents,” according to a resolution presented to Dallas’ city council. “The proposed project will not occur within the city without an offer of economic development incentives.” Neiman Marcus would also have to create a minimum of 300 new jobs in Dallas by the end of 2026 to gain the full incentives offered. And the city will require Neiman Marcus to keep its flagship store in downtown Dallas.

 

New rare-earth magnet facility to attract hundreds of jobs to Fort Worth

A rare earth magnet factory is coming to Fort Worth, and it will attract hundreds of new jobs. Las Vegas-based MP Materials is building its new rare earth magnet factory off of Alliance Gateway Freeway in Fort Worth's Alliance corridor. James Litinsky, the founder, chairman and CEO of MP Materials, says magnets are synonymous with modern life. "Rare earth magnets are really what will power motion, electric vehicles, wind turbines, drones, robots, robot dogs, air taxis, whatever — we could go on and on," Litinsky said during the April groundbreaking ceremony. The new facility will reshore 150 skilled jobs and about 1,300 indirect jobs.

 

Largest incentive package in Texas history agreed upon

The incentive package agreed upon between the state of Texas, local governments and Samsung for its new semiconductor plant in Taylor is the largest in state history. Taylor is located near Austin where Samsung, the Korean chipmaker, operates a multi-billion-dollar plant. Samsung will invest $17 billion in the next-generation semiconductor factory in Taylor. . .that figure is also the largest direct foreign investment in Texas history. Samsung will capture nearly $1 billion in incentives.

 

Fujifilm Diosynth expanding Texas factory with $300 million investment

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies — a contract manufacturer that develops and produces medical drugs and gene therapies — announced in December that it plans to invest $300 million to expand its current campus in College Station, Texas. The project is expected to create about 150 new jobs when it is completed in 2024.

 

VIRGINIA

 

Dominion seeks approval for a $10 billion wind farm off Virginia Beach

State regulators considering whether to approve Dominion Energy Virginia’s plans for a nearly $10 billion offshore wind farm should implement protections to shield customers from possible cost overruns and other project risks, ratepayer advocates testified in May.

No one is asking that the State Corporation Commission reject outright the planned 176-turbine project off the coast of Virginia Beach, which the company says will be the country’s largest. But attorneys representing the utility’s customers and environmental groups have sought to make the case that because of the project’s enormous costs, customer protections need to be put in place.

 

New CEO of Virginia Economic Development Partnership wants more investments in large industrial sites

Jason El Koubi, CEO of VEDP, said in the winter quarter that the Commonwealth needs shovel ready sites to land some of the large projects announced in the South the last six months of 2021. El Koubi was referring to the electric vehicle and battery plants announced in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. In an article in Virginia, El Koubi was quoted as saying, “The cost of not investing in site development has become very clear and very alarming.”

 

Biotech firm hiring in Northern Virginia

Manassas-based Virongy Biosciences is expanding its lab in Prince William County, Va. at the Northern Virginia Bioscience Center. The company plans to develop diagnostic technologies to monitor and quantify COVID-19 variants and other viral pathogens in the deal that will create 70 jobs.

 

Martinsville-Henry County, Va., is at it again

Germany-based Schock is setting up shop in Henry County, Va., one of the most successful rural locations in the South for economic development. The company manufactures all kinds of kitchen sinks. The $85 million deal will create 355 jobs.

 

Massimo Zanetti Beverage expanding in Virginia

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced that Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA (MZB-USA), one of the largest vertically integrated coffee companies in North America, will invest $29.1 million to consolidate and expand operations at its roasting facility in the City of Suffolk. Virginia successfully competed with New Jersey for the project, which will create 79 new jobs.

 

WEST VIRGINIA

 

Veloxint bringing hundreds of jobs to West Virginia

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


May 2022

Manufacturer adding 100 jobs in Jennings, La.

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

 

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

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

 

Auto supplier Shinhwa investing $78 million in second Alabama facility

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

 

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

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

 

French fiberglass maker hiring 400 in Georgia expansion

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

 

Atlas Tube opens $150 million facility in Arkansas

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

 

Snack maker expands with 800 Georgia jobs

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

 

Airbus confirms 1,000 new Alabama jobs

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

 

Packaging company investing $27 million in North Carolina facility

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

 

Prisma Nashville expanding in Davidson County, Tenn.

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

 

Fidelity plans to hire 1,700 in North Carolina

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

 

Republic Finance moving HQ to Plano, Texas

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

 

Fiberon breaks ground in Columbia, Tenn.

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

 

Ruiz Foods will locate a regional HQ in Frisco, Texas

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

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

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

 

Entergy expanding contact center in North Louisiana

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Cerrowire expands operations in Hartselle, Ala.

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

 

Manufacturers expand operations in Palmyra, Mo.

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

 

Systems Group creating 60 jobs with Arkansas expansion

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

 

Pratt establishing $200 million regional campus in Texas

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

 

Columbiad Fabrication and Aviation expands Tennessee operations

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

 

Video game company adding 50 employees in Orlando

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Veloxint bringing hundreds of jobs to West Virginia

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

 

Tri-City Extrusion to expand in Bristol, Tenn.

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

 

Fidelity Investments bringing 900 new jobs Northern Kentucky

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

 

Focus Foods plans Baton Rouge production complex

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Columbia Brands expanding distribution complex in Henderson County, Ky.

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

 

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

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

 

Novelis breaks ground in Todd County, Ky.

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

 

Novelis plans $2.5 billion facility in Alabama

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

Summit Polymers will invest $37.5 million In Kentucky

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

 

MoboTrex relocating to Texas

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

 

Nestlé Professional USA expands Missouri operations

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

 

Technimark expands in Randolph County, N.C.

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

 

 

Tri-Cities Airport announces Aerospace Park’s first tenant

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

 

James Avery Artisan Jewelry bringing 200 jobs to Texas

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

 

Packaging manufacturer announces $80 million Arkansas expansion

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

 

Vinyl record manufacturer invests $13 million in Tennessee HQ

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

 

Pharmaceutical firm expanding in Georgia

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

 

Drone maker hiring 100 for South Florida facility

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

 

W&W|AFCO Steel plans Little Rock plant

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

 

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

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

 

Avanade establishes Tampa engineering hub

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

 

Massive EV battery plant planned for Bowling Green, Ky.

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

 

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

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

 

Southern Pipe and Supply consolidating in Meridian, Miss.

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

 

Toyota expanding in the South

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

 

Great Southern Wood Preserving expands Louisiana operations

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Legacy Metals adding 100 jobs in Hopkinsville, Ky.

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

 

Tyson Foods announces $208 million Alabama facility

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

 

Nucor building new $350 million micro mill in North Carolina

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

 

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

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

 

Leonardo DRS expands Missouri operations

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

 

Cim-Tek Filtration expands Missouri operations

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

 

TLC Associates adding 300 jobs in Americus, Ga.

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

 

Kingspan Insulation expands Virginia operations

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

 

Hyundai pours $300 million into Montgomery plant to build EVs

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

 

Georgia wins new Hyundai plant

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

 

Germany-based Klöckner Pentaplast expands West Virginia operations

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

 

Auto supplier announces $8 million Tennessee plant

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

 

Merck expands in Virginia

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

 

Coal plant bringing 500 jobs to West Virginia

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

 

New aviation maintenance facility hiring 200 in Macon, Ga.

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

 

New wood pellet plant opens in Demopolis, Ala.

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

 

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

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

 

Amazon’s St. Tammany Parish distribution center nears completion

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

 

Carbon capture project creating jobs in Louisiana

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

 

Ice Industries hiring 120 at Grenada facility

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

 

New biomass plant injecting $250 million into Mississippi economy

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

 

Sports medicine company expanding in Norfolk, Va.

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

 

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

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

 

Nuclear fuel company announces plans for Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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

 

Raytheon plans $200 million expansion in McKinney, Texas

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

 

Battery manufacturer building plant in West Virginia

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

 

F&E Aviation Maintenance adding 250 jobs at CVG

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

 

Baxter International establishes Mississippi distribution hub

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

 

Goldman Sachs doubles DFW hub

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

 

Meta chooses Kansas City for $800 million data center

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Virongy to create 70 new jobs at Northern Virginia Bioscience Center

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

MANA Nutrition establishes Georgia facility

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

 

Atlantic Building Components & Services plans North Carolina manufacturing complex

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

 

Utz Brands to add North Carolina manufacturing facility and 115 jobs

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

 

East Jordan Plastics establishes Georgia operations

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

 

Arlee Home Fashions opening second facility and adding 80 new jobs

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

 

Warrior Met Coal relaunches Blue Creek Project in Alabama

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

 

Wayne Farms adding jobs in Decatur, Ala.

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

 

Cash app to bring 100-plus jobs to Atlanta

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

 

Paschall Truck Lines constructs Kentucky HQ

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

 

Sarasota airport getting $72 million expansion

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

 

Avelo Airlines expanding at Orlando International Airport

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

 

VinFast picks North Carolina for $2 billion EV assembly plant

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

Distribution project bringing 190 jobs to South Carolina

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

 

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

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

 

Vanguard Furniture expands North Carolina operations

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

 

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

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

 

Google to invest $300 million in Virginia

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

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

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

 

Kelley Engineering establishes Pelzer, S.C., operations

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


March 2022

Amazon- and Ford-backed electric vehicle maker Rivian gets a break in Georgia

In the fall of 2021, electric vehicle startup Rivian announced one of the South's largest-ever economic development deals. The company announced it would build a $5 billion, 7,500-employee facility to make batteries and electric vehicles for U.S. and global consumption. The company is well financed, with major stockholders coming from Amazon and Ford Motor Company, among other major players. But like many mega-projects located near large MSAs (the deal is being built on a site just east of Atlanta in an area bordered by Jasper, Morgan, Newton and Walton counties), there is some local opposition. However, the state of Georgia has taken over the project and its site in Stanton Springs. Commissioner Pat Wilson of the Georgia Department of Economic Development said in the winter quarter, by taking the steps to acquire the property, "streamline the entire project process, giving community members a strong voice throughout." The state's ownership of the 2,000-acre Rivian site will erase the need for local governments to conduct public hearings on zoning and other controversial developments. Construction on the battery and electric vehicle plants is expected to start this summer and production to begin in 2024.

 

Ford picks construction company for Blue Oval City project in West Tennessee

Detroit-based construction company Walbridge will be the general contractor for Ford Motor Company's Blue Oval City, a $5.6 billion battery and electric vehicle assembly facility being built in Haywood County, Tenn., between Memphis and Jackson. The campus will be constructed on a nearly six-square-mile site to build Ford’s next-generation all-electric F-series pickups and SK Innovation’s advanced batteries. Ford and battery maker SK Innovation announced the project in September. A joint venture called BlueOvalSK will also construct twin battery plants in Glendale, Ky., in an estimated $5.8 billion investment. The two projects in Tennessee and Kentucky are expected to create an estimated 10,800 jobs and shift the automaker’s future manufacturing footprint to the South.

 

Another new semiconductor plant expansion under consideration in the South

Germany-based Infineon Technologies is considering putting $700 million into its chip fab plant in Southeast Austin. The company, if the deal is approved, will invest $625 million in new machinery and adding space at the plant. Several large semiconductor plants have been announced in the South as manufacturers struggle to find enough computer chips for automobiles, smart phones and other products. The chip shortage in the automotive industry is expected to cost $210 billion in revenue and has increased car prices by more than 10 percent in the last year. . .over 7 million vehicle units will not be built this year.

 

Atlanta's airport passenger traffic coming back

The world's busiest airport is coming back from collapse in the COVID-stricken year of 2020, when just 42 million passengers flew in and out. In calendar year 2021, the airport hosted 75 million passengers. That is still a far cry from the record 110 million passengers that used the airport in 2019. Delta remains the largest carrier by a long shot in Atlanta with an 80 percent market share. It has been 10 years now since Dallas-based Southwest began serving Atlanta, and its market share is below 10 percent.

 

Goldman Sachs: U.S. facing worst labor shortage since World War II

Economists with Goldman Sachs stated in the winter quarter that the U.S. economy is facing the worst labor shortage in close to a century, or since World War II. The company estimated that there is a shortage of 4.6 million workers in the U.S. This has sent wages rising as much as five percent this year, while consumer prices surged over seven percent in January. There are over 10 million available jobs in the country as of February. Pre-pandemic available jobs were below 8 million.

 

Nissan Mississippi joins the electric vehicle parade

There are no less than 22 major automotive assembly plants undergoing some kind of large expansion in an effort to build electric vehicles. Some of those single investments total more $5 billion. Add Nissan's Canton, Miss., plant to the mix. The Japanese automaker is investing $500 million to construct a new electric vehicle line with production beginning in 2025. Nissan is investing $18 billion worldwide to electrify its vehicle line.

 

New mail truck plant to stay -- for now -- in South Carolina

Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Defense is sticking with its decision to build a plant in Spartanburg County, S.C., to produce U.S.P.S. mail trucks despite efforts by Wisconsin officials and union leaders to keep the company’s new investment in their state. Company officials said in the winter quarter that the project was too far into development stage to change sites and that there were no facilities available in Wisconsin large enough to house the 1,000 workers expected to be hired.

 

U.S. is energy independent

Remember the early 1970s and gas lines for miles? For decades, U.S. politicians have stressed that achieving energy independence was one of the most important goals for the nation's economy. For the first time, the U.S. produced more petroleum than it consumed in 2020, according to the Energy Information Administration.

 

Been to downtown lately; that's the problem right there

COVID-19 has emptied many of America's downtowns. With offices gone all-remote, estimates say that post-COVID will see as much as one-quarter of its pre-COVID workforce disappear from downtowns. That would leave some parts of cities, especially large ones, with big patches of closed businesses. . .from barbers, to clothiers, to restaurants. Yes, downtowns are in trouble. Office buildings anchor just about every economic aspect of central business districts, especially large transit systems. Less people working in those buildings means less taxes, less customers and unused major investments.

 

Toyota begins grading North Carolina megasite

Japanese automaker Toyota has begun to prep the Greensboro Randolph County Megasite where it is building a major electric vehicle battery plant. The plant is expected to house 1,700 workers with an annual payroll of over $100 million and will begin production in 2025. Toyota also announced in the winter quarter that it is investing $73 million in a new facility at its Buffalo, W.Va., plant that will produce electric vehicle components.

 

South Carolina exports near $30 billion in 2021

The South Carolina Department of Commerce and the SC Ports Authority announced in the winter that the Palmetto State's exports totaled $29.7 billion last year. South Carolina is the nation's largest exporter of tires and fully assembled automobiles.

 

TVA launches new nuclear program

Tennessee-based TVA, the nation's largest public utility, is launching a program to develop small modular nuclear reactors as part of its strategy to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company will spend $200 million in the program's first phase.

 

Largest private project in Arkansas history breaks ground

In the winter quarter, U.S. Steel broke ground on a new $3 billion steel mill in Osceola, Ark., that will bring thousands of jobs to Northeast Arkansas. The steel mill will be the most advanced in the world and is expected to produce automotive parts such as hoods and roofs that are not available with current steel making technology. 

 

Nucor is the latest steel plant to call the South home

Charlotte-based Nucor is bringing a new steel plant to West Virginia, but as of this writing no site in the state has been chosen. Once operational in 2024, the mill will have the capacity to produce up to 3 million tons of sheet steel per year for the automotive, appliance, HVAC, heavy equipment, agricultural, transportation and construction markets, according to the steel and steel products manufacturer. The new plant will feature an advanced high-end automotive line.

 

Wow! Big job gains in the airline industry last month of 2021

The U.S. airline industry, including both passenger and cargo airlines, added over 728,000 workers in December 2021. That is nearly as many jobs as were created pre-COVID December 2019, when 749,000 jobs were created. In December, U.S. cargo airlines employed 283,000 workers and passenger airlines employed 445,000.

 

Nissan investing $500 million in Mississippi expansion

Nissan will build two all-new, all-electric vehicles at its Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in Mississippi. The automaker will invest $500 million in its Canton facility to support the expansion, which will bring the company’s total investment in Mississippi since 2003 to $4 billion.

 

Carvana adding 3,500 employees in Atlanta

Fueled by high demand for used vehicles, Carvana said it plans to hire as many as 3,500 new employees in Georgia over the next few years as the online retailer expands its campus in Dunwoody. The fast-growing firm recently subleased a 21-story building at the suburban State Farm complex, which was the city’s biggest lease of 2021.

 

Messer building $50 million gas plant in McGregor, Texas

Germany-based Messer will build a $50 million air separation unit on 85 acres in McGregor’s industrial park powered by its own solar farm, the first such facility in the United States, according to the company. Messer produces gases used in industries including aerospace, health care, electronics, food and more.

 

Swedish manufacturer chooses South Carolina

A Swedish manufacturer plans to open an $18 million facility and hire 90 people in Clinton, S.C. Blue Diamond Industries makes polyethylene conduits for fiber optic and power cables.

 

New York company relocating to West Tennessee

Wall Innovations will relocate its manufacturing and distribution from Long Island City, N.Y., to Bolivar, Tenn. The company, which will specialize in architectural aluminum systems, will invest $6.4 million and create 72 new jobs in Hardeman County.

 

Louisiana will spend $75 million on EV charging stations

Louisiana is set to receive $75 million in federal funding over the next five years to install a network of electric vehicle charging stations along the state’s highways. The funding is part of a $5 billion program included in the infrastructure law approved by Congress that is expected to result in $14.1 million allocated to Louisiana for this fiscal year.

 

Georgia-Pacific investing $20 million in South Carolina plant expansion

Atlanta-based Georgia-Pacific, one of the world’s largest wood pulp and paper manufacturers, is spending $20 million to expand its operations in Alcolu, a tiny mill town in northern Clarendon County. Most of the money will go toward the addition of a third line to produce oriented strand board, wood panels similar to particle board.

 

Tech manufacturer could bring up to 2,000 jobs to Georgetown, Texas

California-based tech company CelLink has plans to put a 300,000-square-foot facility in Georgetown, Texas. The new $130 million factory will supply electric vehicle manufacturers with intelligent wiring systems.

 

Electric truck manufacturer to locate in Osceola, Ark., bringing 800 jobs

Envirotech Vehicles will locate a multimillion-dollar commercial electric vehicle plant in Osceola, with plans to hire up to 800 workers over the next 10 years. The 90-acre, 580,000-square-foot manufacturing facility will be located in a vacant Fruit of the Loom factory in Mississippi County in northeast Arkansas.

 

Chick-fil-A plans distribution hub in Antioch, Tenn.

Chick-fil-A Supply will expand operations and launch its fourth U.S. distribution center in Antioch. The $16.3 million project is expected to create 45 new jobs over the next five years.

 

AutoZone’s new distribution center in New Kent County, Va., creating 352 jobs

AutoZone, the nation’s leading auto parts retailer, will invest $185.2 million to establish a new warehouse and distribution center in New Kent County. The 800,000-square-foot facility will serve as the company’s East Coast distribution operation, creating 352 new jobs.

 

Circular SynTech to expand in New Madrid, Mo

Circular SynTech (CST) is expanding to New Madrid, investing up to $91.4 million and expecting to create 45 new jobs. CST’s one-of-a-kind facility on a 200-acre campus will convert municipal solid waste and construction and demolition debris into valuable renewable chemicals.

 

Volvo global HQ for financial services coming to Greensboro, N.C.

Volvo will move its global headquarters for financial services to Greensboro, the company announced during a news conference and groundbreaking ceremony in February. Volvo executives said 360 colleagues will relocate to this new facility. The company is investing $41 million in the Triad to make this happen.

 

Office expansion in Hoover, Ala., to create 400 new jobs

Two real estate companies announced an expanded corporate presence in Hoover, adding 400 jobs over the next five years. Lake Homes Realty and sister company RealSource Title Insurance and Real Estate Closing will move into a new corporate headquarters in Shelby County next year. The office will get a $1 million remodel of its fourth and fifth floors as part of the project.

 

Envision grows Dallas footprint adding 200 jobs for the visually impaired

Envision’s purchase of a new campus in the Dallas area is another indicator of the demand for jobs for those who are blind or visually impaired, said David Stupay, managing director of Envision Dallas. Envision already employs about 200 people to support its manufacturing, warehousing and call center operations in North Texas and plans to hire another 200 over the next two years.

 

Nordfab expands North Carolina manufacturing complex

Nordfab, a manufacturer of ductwork used in environmental filtration systems, will invest $5.5 million at its production facility in Thomasville. The company plans to hire an additional 25 employees.

 

Global shipping company expanding in Charleston County, S.C., adding 135 jobs

MSC USA, a division of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, announced a $13.7 million dollar investment that will add 135 new jobs in its cargo shipping division in Charleston County.

 

DeLorean Motor Co. plans new San Antonio HQ and 450 jobs

DeLorean Motor Co. is planning a comeback that will include electric vehicle production and a global headquarters in San Antonio. The company was previously based in Humble, just outside of Houston. The deal, contingent on final approval of various incentive packages, would bring approximately 450 new jobs to the Alamo City.

 

Schneider Electric investing $100 million in El Paso, Texas

Schneider Electric will be building a huge new manufacturing plant in northwest El Paso that will house 400 jobs. The company says the $100 million investment in the El Paso area will help relieve the supply chain issues of the products they manufacture.

 

Australia-based Syrah expands Louisiana graphite processing facility

Syrah Resources is investing $176 million to expand its Syrah Technologies graphite processing facility in Vidalia, La. The project is expected to create 36 new jobs to process graphite into material used in lithium-ion batteries for the electric vehicle industry. The expansion comes on the heels of a December 2021 agreement with Tesla to supply graphite AAM for use in batteries.

 

ExxonMobil to finish $500 million Baton Rouge plant expansion in 2022

ExxonMobil’s $500 million expansion of its polyolefins plant in Baton Rouge, La., is expected to finish at the end of this year, according to company officials. The expansion will boost production of polypropylene, which is used to make lightweight plastic for car parts, as well as appliances, recyclable food packaging and other products. Construction on the project paused in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic slowed down vehicle demand. Work restarted later in 2021 as demand for polypropylene ramped up again.

 

SoPoly expands Georgia manufacturing operations

Recycled furniture manufacturer SoPoly plans to invest $5 million in its operations in Eastman, Ga. The project is expected to create 200 jobs in Dodge County. After opening there in January 2021, the company currently employs 30 at its 70,000-square-foot facility.

 

MGP Ingredients announces $12 million expansion in Williamstown, Ky.

MGP Ingredients, a provider of distilled spirits, has begun a $12 million barrel warehouse expansion to meet growing consumer demand for its American whiskey. The company is constructing a new barrel warehouse facility in Williamstown.

 

EV supplier coming to Bulloch County, Ga.

Aspen Aerogels is opening a manufacturing plant in Bulloch County, Ga., that could add more than 250 jobs and $300 million in investment. The plant will make thermal barriers that will insulate batteries on electric cars.

 

Pharmaceutical company adding 400 jobs near Charlotte, N.C.

Over-the-counter pharmaceutical company BestCo is investing another $177 million in expanding its Mooresville facilities and adding nearly 400 jobs. BestCo, based in Mooresville, develops and manufactures over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and dietary supplements.

 

Omnis Building Technologies plans West Virginia manufacturing plant

Housing material manufacturer Omnis Building Technologies will construct a $40 million, 150,000-square-foot facility in Bluefield, W.Va. The project is expected to create 150 to 300 jobs. The company plans to be operational by the end of 2022.

 

Biorefinery bringing $1.7 billion investment to Newton County, Texas

A $1.7 billion biorefinery reported to be bringing 142 jobs to Newton County was announced in February. USA BioEnergy, through its subsidiary Texas Renewable Funds, will be building the advanced bioenergy refinery in Bon Wier.

 

Crypto mining headed for Oklahoma

New York-based private equity firm YZY Capital Holdings plans to invest $100 million to develop two data centers in Muskogee County. One crypto mining operation will be built on a 15-acre tract near the city of Oktaha, and the second will be built on 126 acres in Muskogee City.

 

Manufacturer expanding in Cherokee County, S.C.

Bericap, a plastic closure manufacturer, announced plans to expand operations in Cherokee County with a $19.7 million investment. Located in Cowpens, Bericap supplies closures to the water, dairy, carbonated soft drinks and sport beverages markets.

 

Lowe’s plans distribution hub in Roanoke County, Va.

Lowe’s will invest $11 million to locate a warehouse and distribution center at Valley TechPark in Roanoke County. The project is expected to create 70 new jobs.

 

Toyota adds hybrid product in Tennessee

Toyota has announced plans to increase the workload at its facility in Jackson, Tenn., known as Toyota Tennessee, by investing $17 million to give the plant the technology to begin casting hybrid transaxle cases and housings.

 

Mattress company creating 55 jobs in Cherokee County, S.C.

A mattress company is coming to Cherokee County and creating 55 new jobs with a $13 million investment. Somnus Mattress International is a manufacturer of hybrid, memory foam mattresses.

 

Mt. Olive Pickles expanding into Goldsboro, N.C.

Mt. Olive Pickles is expanding for the first time outside of its hometown, with new manufacturing and distribution operations in Goldsboro, N.C. The company, which was founded in 1926 in Mount Olive, will create 167 jobs with the expansion.

 

U.S. Steel breaks ground in Osceola, Ark.

United States Steel broke ground in February on its advanced steel mill in Osceola. The $3 billion project is expected to create at least 900 full-time direct and indirect jobs. The steelmaking facility will be the most advanced in North America and largest private project in the history of Arkansas.

 

Ford E-Transit shipments begin from KC plant

In February, Ford began shipping its E-Transit van -- its second fully electric vehicle EV -- from its Kansas City-area assembly plant, which is the first such facility to build both batteries and vehicles themselves in-house. The Claycomo, Mo., plant gained a $100 million investment from Ford and created 150 new jobs to help make the electric version of the popular cargo van, which has more than 10,000 orders.

 

Ryder plans 250 Atlanta jobs

Growing logistics company Ryder System will invest $44 million in a new third-party distribution center in Locust Grove, Ga., that is expected to create more than 250 jobs.

 

Alliance Compressors announces $45 million expansion in Louisiana

Alliance Compressors is investing $45 million over the next two years to expand its compressor assembly facility in Natchitoches. The company is also creating 78 new jobs.

 

Paint giant bringing $324 million investment to North Carolina

Sherwin-Williams is bringing more than 180 new jobs by expanding operations in Statesville, citing “demand,” and plans to invest some $324 million in new and expanded facilities.

 

Tissue maker expanding in Henrico County, Va.

American Paper Converting, a maker of bathroom tissue, facial tissue and paper towel products, is spending $17 million to expand its East Coast operations, including a relocation and expansion in Henrico. The Woodland, Wash.-based company is hiring 69 in the deal.

 

Nucor announces largest investment in West Virginia history

Charlotte, N.C.-based Nucor will make its single largest investment in company history with the location of a $2.7 billion state-of-the-art sheet steel mill in Mason County, W.Va. The project also represents the largest capital investment in West Virginia history. Additional sites in northern West Virginia are also under consideration for a transload and processing facility to better serve customers in the upper Midwest and Northeast regions.

 

Nucor to open $350 million “micro mill” in the Southeast

Nucor announced it will build a rebar micro mill in the South Atlantic region, but hasn’t name a specific location or how many jobs the project is expected to create. Estimated cost of the mill is $350 million.

 

Ecommerce company building new HQ in Florida

Athletic wear online retail company NVGTN (pronounced “navigation”) plans to invest $15 million in a 100,000-square-foot facility in Pasco County, Fla. The company’s new headquarters will house its customer service and fulfillment operations, with at least 30 new full-time positions.

 

Hundreds of jobs coming to Lebanon, Tenn., at EV plant

Tritium, a leader in the electric vehicle charging industry, is expecting to double existing operations in Australia, Europe, Asia and the U.S. by creating 500 new jobs over the next five years. Tritium’s Tennessee site will serve as the company’s sole U.S. facility for manufacturing modular direct current (DC) fast chargers.

 

IT company plans new office in Richmond, Va.

A Northern Virginia-based information technology company is planning to open a new office in Richmond that is expected to create 125 jobs. Fairfax County-based Intact Technology, a software consulting and managed services firm, will invest $1.5 million to establish a second Virginia location in the city of Richmond.

 

Construction on Tellurian’s $30 billion Driftwood LNG plant in Louisiana set for April

Construction on the $30 billion Driftwood LNG liquefied natural gas production plant in Calcasieu Parish should begin in April, even though financing for the project hasn’t quite been solidified. According to Charif Souki, executive chairman of Houston-based Tellurian, “We have enough capital, or access to enough capital, to make sure that we can do the first year worth of construction.”


February 2022

State revenues booming

The Urban Institute think tank reported in the winter that state revenues between April and November increased 24 percent from 2020 to 2021. According to the National Association of State Budget Officers, 32 states said collections for fiscal 2022 were ahead of projections. As a result, states are proposing tax rebates and pay increases for public employees.

 

Dallas-Fort Worth led the nation in investment property deals

Dallas-Fort Worth led all markets in U.S. real estate transactions in calendar year 2021. Transactions totaled $47 billion last year, more than doubling the 2020 totals. Only New York City has ever topped the $47 billion in sales in North Texas.

 

Kentucky bourbon industry continues to soar

According to officials, the Kentucky bourbon industry poured $9 billion into the Commonwealth's economy in 2021. The industry supports almost 23,000 jobs and $1.23 billion in annual payroll. Currently, the bourbon industry in Kentucky is undergoing a $5.2 billion capital investment binge and contributes $285 million in state and local tax revenue.

 

Military and defense industry huge in Florida

According to the recently published 2022 Florida Defense Industry Economic Impact Analysis by the Florida Defense Support Task Force (FDSTF), defense spending in Florida was nearly $100 billion in the state in 2021. The total is mind boggling as it contributes 8.5 percent of Florida's entire economy.

 

Tesla to delay Cybertruck production in Austin

Austin-based Tesla will delay assembly of its electric Cybertruck vehicle at its new plant near the Austin–Bergstrom International Airport. A change in the vehicle's features is the reason for the delay in the yet-to-open plant.

 

Pandemic drives new business growth

New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau in the winter quarter showed that new business applications filed in calendar year 2021 set a new record. According to Census, 5.4 million new businesses were launched, surpassing the previous record of 4.4 million started in 2020.

 

South Carolina Ports, Port of Virginia: Record volumes in 2021

South Carolina Ports had its best calendar year in history in 2021 with an unprecedented amount of cargo. SC Ports handled 2.75 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) at Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in 2021. That was nearly a 20 percent increase from 2020. The Port of Virginia in Norfolk handled more than 3.5 million twenty-foot equivalent units in 2021, a 25.2 percent increase from 2020.

 

New Alabama rail corridor to help fix supply chain

The new "Alabama-USA" rail corridor, a $231 million program of rail projects, will help solve some of the nation's supply chain issues. The Port of Mobile is one of the fastest growing container ports, and the new container development in Montgomery will open up many opportunities for companies like Mazda Toyota, Hyundai and the AM/NS steel mill north of Mobile. The first phase of the "Alabama-USA" rail corridor, costing $71.6 million, will focus on the rail connection to the McCalla Intramodal Facility near Birmingham.

 

D-FW tops all in industrial space construction

A new report from Cushman & Wakefield showed that the Dallas-Fort Worth area has left everyone else in the dust in new industrial building construction. In 2021, more than 50 million square feet of new warehouse, distribution and logistics buildings were under construction in North Texas. The Dallas-Fort Worth market is seeing unrivaled low vacancy and incredibly high demand for industrial space, and demand is outpacing supply. 

 

U.S. creates a record 6.4 million jobs

In calendar year 2021, the U.S. created 6.4 million new jobs -- or 537,000 new jobs per month -- as the nation continued to recover from the job losses in 2020 from the pandemic. The other years making up No. 2 and No. 3 in U.S. job growth were in 2014 (3 million new jobs) and 2015 (2.7 million new jobs).

 

Clarksville, Tenn., ranked

Clarksville, Tenn., located northwest of Nashville, was ranked in the winter by San Francisco-based real estate company Opendoor.com as the most "desirable zip code in America." Tiny Clarksville beat out Austin, Atlanta, Orlando and Nashville among others. The ranking was based on location, living costs and amenities.

 

Experts: China's GDP to overtake U.S. by 2030

Officials with the British consultancy Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) published their predictions for the coming decade on U.S. vs. China GDP. For decades, economists have predicted that the Chinese economy would have passed the U.S. economy, but that has not been the case so far. However, new data shows that the Chinese economy, based on gross domestic product, will surpass the U.S. by 2030.

 

Largest incentive package in Texas history agreed upon

The incentive package agreed upon between the state of Texas, local governments and Samsung for its new semiconductor plant in Taylor is the largest in state history. Taylor is located near Austin where Samsung, the Korean chipmaker, operates a multi-billion-dollar plant. Samsung will invest $17 billion in the next-generation semiconductor factory in Taylor. . .that figure is also the largest direct foreign investment in Texas history. The incentive package Samsung will capture will be nearly $1 billion.

 

Tampa named hottest housing market by Zillow

According to the new Zillow analysis, the hottest housing market in the U.S. will be Tampa, Fla. Zillow expects the housing market to slow somewhat in 2022 and 2023 because of rising prices and other factors. Zillow's top five real estate markets for this year are all from the South, including Jacksonville, Charlotte, San Antonio and Raleigh.

 

Dell's deal from 2004 being replayed in North Carolina?

In this publication in the mid-2000s, we claimed the incentive package given to Dell to set up a computer assembly plant in Winston-Salem, N.C. -- well over $200 million -- was a great overpayment considering that amount of money at the time could have garnered an automotive OEM, the "Big Kahuna" of economic development projects in the South. By 2009, the Dell plant had closed and with it 1,500 good jobs. Now, a think tank called the Center for Economic Accountability claims that the Tar Heel State's $846 million incentive package to bring Apple to the Research Triangle Park the "worst economic development deal of 2021." The think tank was quoted, saying about the incentives, “further than any other. . .to exemplify the massive wastefulness and ineffectiveness of state government subsidy programs.” Of course, comparing Dell to Apple is not an easy comparison. Apple announced in the spring of last year it will invest $1 billion and hire 3,000 at the RTP.

 

New CEO of Virginia Economic Development Partnership wants more investments in large industrial sites

Jason El Koubi, the former executive vice president at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and now the interim president and CEO of VEDP, said in the winter quarter that the Commonwealth needs shovel ready sites to land some of the large projects announced in the South the last six months of 2021. El Koubi was referring to the electric vehicle and battery plants announced in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. In an article in Virginia, El Koubi was quoted as saying, “The cost of not investing in site development has become very clear and very alarming.”

 

Dallas-Fort Worth ranks No. 1 for moves

According to a new annual report by real estate firm Zillow and Allied Van Lines, the Dallas-Fort Worth MSA ranked No. 1 as the top 2021 destination for people relocating from other parts of the country. Most of the migrants to D-FW were from Los Angeles, Chicago and Phoenix. Charlotte and Sarasota, Fla., joined Dallas-Fort Worth as the top three inbound markets.      

 

What a year for Tennessee

The year 2021 was historic for Tennessee when it came to large scale economic development projects. Leading the way was the Oracle announcement in Nashville that will eventually create 8,500 jobs. The other megadeal came from Ford Motor Company and the creation of the Blue Oval City just east of Memphis. That $5.7 billion project will create 5,800 to 6,000 jobs.

 

American Electric Power to develop $100 million transmission control center in Shreveport, La.

American Electric Power (AEP), which manages the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, will invest $100 million to develop a new Shreveport Transmission Control Center. The project will create 20 direct new jobs, with average salaries of $115,000, and retain 20 jobs already in place in Shreveport. AEP, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, will develop the 77,000-square-foot facility on 30 acres in Shreveport.

 

Monogram Assembled Foods plans Tennessee production facility

Monogram Assembled Foods will invest $53.5 million to establish new operations in Dickson, Tenn. The project is expected to create nearly 400 new jobs. The company purchased a building formerly owned by Conagra, which announced in early 2020 its plans to close the facility. As part of Monogram Foods’ acquisition, the facility never closed, and the company offered employment to Conagra’s existing employees so that no jobs were lost during the transition.

 

Atlantic Digital Incorporated expands Tampa workforce

Atlantic Digital Incorporated, a specialized IT company and solutions provider for government, will expand operations in Tampa. The company plans to create 120 jobs over the next three years.

 

Amazon creating more than 500 jobs at a new distribution operation in Cumberland County, N.C.

Amazon is building a 1.3 million-square-foot fulfillment facility that will create more than 500 full-time jobs with hundreds of additional part-time opportunities. The new warehousing facility will be located on 94 acres and is the second project the company has announced in Cumberland County.
 

Pet care company expanding in San Antonio

Rover Group, a Seattle-based online marketplace for pet care, has expansion plans that include a significant Alamo City presence. While the company’s initial entry into San Antonio is expected to include a new operations home with about 100 employees, the organization is already exploring more opportunities there.

 

PennyMac Financial Services bringing 300-plus jobs to Franklin, Tenn.

PennyMac Financial Services, a residential mortgage company, will invest $3.9 million in a new location in Franklin. The project is expected to create 325 jobs in Williamson County.

 

Plumbing industry expansion in Davidson County, N.C., will create 100 new jobs

BrassCraft Manufacturing will create nearly 100 new jobs in Davidson County. The company will invest more than $13 million to expand its manufacturing operations in Thomasville.

 

Cinelease Studios expands operations in Covington, Ga.

Cinelease Studios will expand its Three Ring Studio in Covington. The 90-acre, $144 million project will be one of the largest film studios in the country. Cinelease opened its Atlanta doors in 2007 with 8,000 square feet of warehouse space in East Point and now employs nearly 60 Georgians. 

 

Luxembourg-based Eurofins Genomics plans Kentucky research lab

Eurofins Genomics, an international provider of DNA sequencing, will invest $35.7 million in a new manufacturing facility in Louisville, Ky.

 

West Pharmaceuticals’ latest expansion in North Carolina

West Pharmaceutical Services, a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer of drug-packaging and delivery components (such as stoppers for vials) in the Eastern North Carolina community of Kinston for the last four decades, will invest another $70 million and add 70 more employees to expand its production capacity there. The announcement comes just a year after the company embarked on a $19 million expansion, adding about 90 new jobs to the Lenoir County plant’s current workforce that now exceeds 500.

 

Veterinary company plans national hub in Louisville, Ky.

Texas-based Ellie Diagnostics, a veterinary lab services company, is going to invest $10 million to open a national hub in Louisville. The investment will create up to 100 full-time jobs with an average hourly wage of $33.

 

Building components startup investing $17.7 million in a new Kentucky facility

Startup manufacturer SteelBlue Building Components announced it will settle down in Frankfort, Ky., creating 146 jobs. The investment totals approximately $17.7 million. SteelBlue will take over a 55,000-square-foot former shoe manufacturing facility that will become the company’s main manufacturing location of building components for the commercial construction industry. 

 

Atlanta supply chain company adding 100 new jobs in McDonough, Ga.

Verte, an Atlanta-based, cloud-based supply chain company, is bringing 100 jobs to Henry County with the expansion of fulfillment operations into the former Snapper/Briggs and Stratton plant in McDonough.

 

Auto supplier opens in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Dura Automotive Systems celebrated the opening of its new Muscle Shoals manufacturing facility. The $75 million plant, which will employ more than 270 full-time workers at peak production, manufactures battery enclosures for electric vehicles to be made by Mercedes-Benz.

 

FedEx leases new shipping facility in Greater Nashville

FedEx Ground is leasing a forthcoming 251,000-square-foot distribution facility in Clarksville. It’s expected to open in the fall.

 

Peanut growers investing $64 million in South Carolina

A company owned by peanut growers is planning to invest $64.3 million and bring 130 new jobs to Orangeburg County. Portions of the new peanut shelling facility are expected to be operational by the spring of 2022.

 

Central North Carolina home for New Eli Lilly manufacturing campus

Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. will build a new manufacturing operation in central North Carolina on the site of a former cigarette plant. The company plans a five-building campus at The Grounds economic development site in Concord. The nearly $1 billion investment will lead to nearly 600 jobs that will offer average salaries of $70,000. Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly will manufacture injectable products and devices at the plant.

 

Confluent Health establishing HQ in Louisville, Ky.

Confluent Health, a group of companies specializing in physical and occupational therapy, will relocate and expand its headquarters in Louisville. The $10 million project is expected to create 350 jobs.

 

Piston Automotive expanding Kentucky plant

Piston Automotive, a provider of automotive assemblies including electric and hybrid vehicle battery systems, will further expand its operations in Jefferson County, Ky. The $26.3 million project is expected to create 117 jobs.

 

Injection molding company expanding in Tennessee

A manufacturer of injection-molded plastics will invest millions to expand its thermoplastic molding facility in East Tennessee. Parkway Products said it will spend $5.7 million on its Greeneville operations, which will allow the company to add more lines and invest in new space, tooling and assets. The project is expected to create 160 new jobs over the next five years.

 

Decking company creating Tennessee facility with 310 jobs

Fiberon, a company that makes composite decking, railing and cladding, plans to set up a new facility in Columbia, Tenn., that is expected to create 310 new jobs.

 

Quadrant’s new facility bringing 200 jobs to Kentucky

Quadrant will build its first mass production facility in the U.S. in Louisville. The facility will manufacture rare earth magnets for use in electric vehicle motors and other fields. The $95 million plant will create 200 full-time jobs.

 

Contract firm doubling space, adding 40 jobs in Durham, N.C.

Alcami Corp., which has offices in the Triangle and Wilmington, is investing $10 million to double its existing lab space in Durham. Alacami manufactures oral solid dosage forms, including hard shell capsules, tablets and powders.

 

One thousand more jobs available at Mazda-Toyota plant

Toyota and Mazda are looking for 1,200 more employees to help build vehicles at their new joint plant in Huntsville, Ala. After the recent rollout of Mazda’s first vehicle from the plant -- the CX-50 crossover SUV -- VP of production Janette Hostettler said, “The team members here have worked so hard and put so much heart and passion into the vehicle, but I still need about 1,200 more of y’all.”

 

EV company announces $25 million investment in Jax

New Jersey-based Cenntro Automotive will invest $25 million in its proposed 100,000-square-foot facility in Jacksonville, Fla., -- its first manufacturing plant in the U.S. -- to produce the company’s line of delivery and logistics trucks and vans beginning in the first quarter of 2022. The facility is expected to house a workforce of 34 employees.

 

Samuel Packaging Systems expands South Carolina operations

Samuel Packaging Systems Group plans to invest $11.5 million to expand operations in Fort Mill, S.C. The project is expected to create 90 jobs.

 

Levi Strauss plans Kentucky e-commerce distribution center

Levi Strauss & Co. will establish a new e-commerce distribution center in Erlanger, Ky. The $48 million project is expected to create 300 jobs.

 

80 Acres Farms plans Kentucky vertical farming facility

80 Acres Farms plans to locate a new vertical farming facility in Boone County, Ky. It will include a high-tech indoor vertical farm and harvesting, packaging and distribution capabilities for leafy greens, microgreens, berries and tomatoes. The $74 million project is expected to create 125 jobs.

 

Tractor Supply investing $100 million in Arkansas distribution center

Tractor Supply Company will invest about $100 million to build a new distribution center in Maumelle, Ark. The 900,000-square-foot facility is expected to create more than 450 new full-time jobs by the end of 2023.

 

North Carolina chosen for supersonic passenger jet plant

“Project Thunderbird” has been identified. . .Colorado-based Boom Supersonic announced that Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro will be the home for its first full-scale manufacturing plant for its proposed Overture supersonic airliner. Boom estimates it will create over 1,750 jobs by 2030, with a goal of reaching more than 2,400 jobs by 2032. State and local governments have offered $230 million in financial incentives to make the project a reality, including money for airport improvements.

 

New York-based manufacturer moves HQ to Irving, Texas

A New York-based company that designs specialty materials used in products like electric vehicle batteries or COVID-19 masks is relocating its headquarters to Irving. Alkegen, formerly known as Unifrax, will move its headquarters to Las Colinas, after being headquartered in the Buffalo area for nearly 30 years. CEO and president John Dandolph will join 250 employees in making the move to North Texas.

 

Amazon announces a second facility in Pasco County, Fla.

Online shopping giant Amazon will build a new distribution site in Pasco County that will feature a unique robotics system. Once completed, the $150 million facility will provide 500 new jobs. Construction is expected to take less than a year.

 

Titan Steel Door expanding Georgia operations

Titan Steel Door will invest more than $11 million in expanding its operations to Gateway Industrial Park in Hart County. This expansion will create 90 new jobs in Northeast Georgia.

 

VXI Global Solutions Lubbock announces 350 new jobs

VXI Global Solutions Lubbock will add more than 350 new full-time positions as it expands its contact center location in Lubbock, Texas.

 

Ice Cream Factory bringing new jobs to Missouri

Family-owned Ice Cream Factory has purchased an 86,000-square-foot industrial building that will serve as its new manufacturing plant. The project will create 130 jobs in Lebanon, Mo.

 

3M to invest $470 million in Tennessee Plant, creating 600 new jobs

3M is investing approximately $470 million and adding around 600 new jobs by 2025 at its plant in Clinton, Tenn. The expansion supports two of its fast-growing product lines -- Filtrete air filters and Command adhesive strips.

 

Cryptocurrency data center coming to Spartanburg County, S.C.

Greenidge Generation Holdings -- a cryptocurrency mining and power generation company – will invest $264 million and create 40 new tech-sector jobs. Company officials said Greenidge Generation’s Upstate operations will house some of the most advanced and efficient cryptocurrency mining computers available.

 

Southern Research improving health in Alabama

Birmingham’s Southern Research is building an $84 million facility that will enhance its research capabilities, create nearly 550 jobs and double the organization’s economic impact to $300 million per year. The new building will be at the center of efforts to improve public health across Alabama.

 

New autism therapy centers planned for Orlando area

Six new autism therapy centers planned for the Orlando area will create 275 new jobs for behavioral analysts, clinical psychologists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists.

 

Defunct shopping center becomes lumberyard in Bay County, Fla.

The city of Parker, Fla., has announced that there are plans in place to clean up and revive the Hickory Plaza shopping center after it has sat vacant for over three years. New owner Fulcrum Building Group says the property will become a lumberyard and has promised to hire upwards of 60 individuals from the Parker area.

 

Halter Marine doubling workforce in Pascagoula, Miss.

Halter Marine in Pascagoula will double its workforce over the next two years. . .that’s an additional 850 jobs, not only in the traditional shipbuilding trades, but also in the support positions that a company with 1,800 employees needs.

 

Joint venture will create 210 new jobs in Virginia

In a joint venture, Kamine Development Corporation and Nicollet Industries will invest $267 million to establish a new paperboard recycling and production facility, Celadon Development Corporation, at the Chesapeake Deepwater Terminal site in the City of Chesapeake. The project will create 210 new jobs.

 

Chief Buildings bringing over 100 jobs to South Carolina

Chief Buildings will invest $22 million to establish manufacturing operations in Lancaster County. The metal building system manufacturer will create 102 new jobs in the Charlotte region over the next five years.

 

Grant to improve infrastructure for Caldwell Parish Biodiesel Plant

Nearly one year after Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the creation of a renewable diesel plant at the Port of Columbia, the plant has received a $15 million state grant for infrastructure improvement. On top of reducing the emission of greenhouse gases, the project is expected to bring about 635 jobs to Caldwell Parish. At peak construction, there will be about 1,500 jobs created.

 

Ammunition plant coming to the Texarkana area

Expansion Industries is planning to hire hundreds of people at its new facility in Hooks, Texas, which will specialize in making parts for the small arms industry. The company is looking to hire a large workforce ranging from custodial work to skilled labor and technicians.

 

Walmart fulfillment center to open in Olive Branch, Miss.

Walmart announced recently that it will build a million-square-foot fulfillment center in Olive Branch. The new facility will create approximately 250 full-time, permanent jobs across the region.

 

New snack company bringing 300 jobs to St. Louis County, Mo.

A Canada-based manufacturing plant has opened in Hazelwood and is bringing more than 300 jobs to north St. Louis County. Instead of a traditional ribbon-cutting, there was a ceremonial “first tasting” of dried fruit and nuts made at the new plant.

 

SWEPCO to open new facility in Caddo Parish

SWEPCO (Southwestern Electric Power Company) will open a $100 million transmission control center in Shreveport’s Resilient Technology Park. The project will create 20 new jobs in Shreveport with an average salary of $115,000, and will retain 20 already working there.

 

Fetch Rewards bringing 200 new jobs to Birmingham, Ala.

Fetch Rewards plans to open a new office and support hub in downtown Birmingham creating 200 new full-time jobs. Fetch Rewards is a mobile shopping network that rewards users for purchasing from a variety of brands.

 

Tenaris to add 250 jobs in Mississippi County, Ark.

A welded pipe mill in Mississippi County will be ramping up production by adding 250 jobs. “Hot rolled coil prices have begun to drop following massive gains last year and customer demand continues to grow for domestically made pipe,” said Luca Zonotti, Tenaris U.S. president. “These conditions make it the right time for a meaningful restart of welded production, part of the ramp-up across the United States that began late 2020.”

 

Lafayette, La., call center to expand multilingual operations

A Lafayette call center will expand its multilingual operations that will add 50 jobs. Calls Plus, which specializes in safety, healthcare and counseling hotline services, will retain its 37 jobs and eventually employ nearly 100 at its operations in Lafayette.

 

Manufacturer opening first U.S. facility in Upstate South Carolina

Kostwein announced plans to open its first U.S. facility in Greenville and will create 95 new jobs in the area. Kostwein is a family company based in Austria with a 100-year history in the build-to-print business.

 

Kevin Charles adding 75 jobs in New Albany, Miss.

For the second time in three years, Kevin Charles Fine Upholstery is expanding. The New Albany-based company is investing $6 million and creating 75 jobs to manufacture furniture.

 

Rowan County, N.C., chasing rabbits

Commissioners in Rowan County have approved a $27 million incentive plan in the hope that it will secure what has been described as the largest economic development project in Rowan County history. Codenamed “Project Rabbit,” it is said to be a distribution center for an unnamed company. The project could create 2,500 fulltime jobs.

 

Electric bus manufacturer chooses South Charleston, W.Va.

Canada-based electric bus manufacturer GreenPower Motor Company will lease/purchase a 9.5-acre manufacturing facility in South Charleston, W.Va. The company will manufacture zero-emission, all-electric school buses there. The project is expected to create up to 200 jobs by the end of the year, and employment at the facility may reach up to 900 jobs when full production is reached in 24 months.

 

FedEx Ground delivering 200 new jobs to Hattiesburg-Laurel, Miss.

A new FedEx Ground facility is opening at Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport‘s I-59 Supply Chain Park. The distribution center will employ 200.

 

FGP Holding investing $20 million in Alabama expansion

Mobile, Ala.-based FGP Holding, which owns Frios Gourmet Pops and FGP Manufacturing, will invest more than $20 million in a rapid expansion and production ramp-up as the frozen novelties company moves into the former Crown Products facility in Mobile. The project is expected to create approximately 200 full-time jobs over the next three years.

 

Pittsburgh company to reactivate Fairfield, Ala., plant

HarbisonWalker International plans to pump $25 million into a shuttered Fairfield property, transforming it into a manufacturing, service and distribution hub for steel customers by the end of this year. The plant, which will be known as Alabama One (AL1).

 

Trex breaks ground on new HQ in Winchester, Va.

Winchester, Va.-based decking materials maker Trex has broken ground on a new corporate headquarters and it, along with a new production facility, will create hundreds of new jobs in Frederick County. The company expects to move into the new facility, which will house 200 corporate employees, in mid-2023.

 

Facebook expands to Texas

Facebook’s parent company Meta recently leased a large office space in Texas, making the tech giant the latest company to move jobs and people from California to the Lone Star State. Meta leased half of a building under construction in downtown Austin that will be the city’s tallest skyscraper when completed, and has pledged hundreds of new jobs in Texas.

 

Novelis to expand Todd County, Ky., facility

Aluminum producer and recycler Novelis will move forward with the Phase 2 expansion of its recently opened operation in Todd County with a roughly $365 million investment to construct a new recycling center. The expansion is set to create 140 well-paying jobs.

 

Manufacturing expansion brings 50 new jobs to Darlington County, S.C.

Fiber Industries announced a $30 million investment to expand its operations in Darlington County, S.C., which will create more than 50 new jobs. Fiber Industries produces polyester fiber for high-end performance fabrics, workwear, knit goods, the automotive industry and more.

 

Home Town stars creating 85 jobs in Laurel, Miss.

HGTV’s Home Town hosts Erin and Ben Napier will create 85 jobs in Laurel with a new manufacturing location for Scotsman Manufacturing Company. The new company, housed in a revitalized and once-shuttered industrial facility, will be committed to American-made goods.

 

Fujifilm Diosynth expanding Texas factory with $300 million investment

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies — a contract manufacturer that develops and produces medical drugs and gene therapies — announced in December that it plans to invest $300 million to expand its current campus in College Station, Texas. The project is expected to create about 150 new jobs when it is completed in 2024.

 

Microsoft invests $50 million in Georgia biorefinery

Microsoft is investing $50 million in a LanzaJet facility in Georgia that will produce jet fuel from ethanol. Governments and investors are trying to boost incentives to produce lower-carbon emitting jet fuel.

 

MycoWorks creating 400 jobs in Union County, S.C.

MycoWorks plans to establish operations in Union County with a $107 million investment that will create 400 new jobs. MycoWorks is a biotech company that specializes in mycelium-grown materials for use as leather alternatives.

 

Outdoor retailer REI bringing 280 jobs to new facility in Lebanon, Tenn.

Seattle-based Recreational Equipment Inc., known as REI, has announced plans to open a 400,000-square-foot distribution center in Lebanon. The center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2023 on about 41 acres.

 

Farming operation bringing 100 jobs to Henry County, Ga.

Bowery Farming, the largest vertical farming company in the U.S., will open a smart indoor vertical farm in Locust Grove, Ga., creating more than 100 jobs. The company’s expansion to Georgia comes in response to a sharp increase in demand across the Southeast for its freshly grown greens and lettuces.

 

Project “Lightning Strike” bringing hundreds of jobs to Bay County, Fla.

Central Moloney, which manufactures distribution transformers, is expected to open a 140,000-square-foot facility owned by St. Joe Company. The project will bring 200 new jobs to Bay County.

 

Wax manufacturer creating new jobs in Laurens County, S.C.

Shamrock Technologies has announced plans to invest $19.4 million to manufacture wax, dispersions and emulsions, and related products.

 

CPR equipment maker to establish facility in Franklin County, N.C.

Medical equipment supplier Innosonian America will create 34 new jobs in Franklin County. The company will invest $345,000 to relocate its warehousing and sales facility to the Town of Youngsville.

 

Jax City Council okays $7 million incentive for J&J Vision Care expansion

Jacksonville, Fla.’s City Council unanimously approved a $7 million property tax refund for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care’s proposed $200 million local manufacturing expansion. The expansion will also mean the addition of 100 jobs at the facility.

 

RTP biotech primed for expansion

A biotech firm that researches and manufactures ribonucleic acid, or RNA, is expanding its footprint in Research Triangle Park ahead of the expected approval of its first product. Massachusetts-based GreenLight Biosciences started research and development in RTP for the plant-health side of its business near the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. About two years later, the company is expanding into a facility that includes 40,000 square feet of lab and office space and 15,000 square feet of greenhouse space.

 

Adidas’ Spartanburg distribution center creates new shift, over 200 jobs

The Adidas Spartanburg distribution center is creating a new shift that will result in the creation of over 200 new jobs. The new positions will work the weekend night shift.

 

FedEx Ground establishes facility in Panama City, Fla.

FedEx Ground plans to build a 251,000-square-foot facility at the port in Panama City. No word yet, but the facility will definitely mean new jobs for Bay County.

 

Animal food supplier investing $100 million in Arkansas

A manufacturer of poultry, pet and animal nutrition products is expanding one of its factories in its home state. The project is expected to create 100 new jobs. Siloam Springs-based Simmons Foods announced that it will invest $100 million to expand its prepared foods facility in Van Buren, Ark.

 

Forty-million-dollar movie studio coming to Texas

A 546-acre film studio and entertainment district is headed for Bastrop, Texas, 35 miles east of Austin. The first phase is expected to open in August 2023.

 

Montauk Renewables opening plant in Turkey, N.C.

Montauk Renewables, which specializes in the conversion of biogas into Renewable Natural Gas, will open a plant in Sampson County. The project is expected to create 70 jobs over the next five years. The company plans to use its patented technology for the conversion of agricultural residuals – specifically swine waste -- into renewable energy.

 

Iron Ox expands Lockhart, Texas, operations

California-based Iron Ox, a farming innovation company with expertise in plant science, robotics and artificial intelligence, will invest over $100 million to locate a 1 million-square-foot facility on 85 acres in Lockhart. The company’s mission is to make growing fresh produce carbon negative.

 

Atlanta company expands operation into Charlotte region

An Atlanta-based bottling company is building a plant in Mooresville, N.C. Battle Copacking will invest $13.6 million in the facility about 45 minutes outside of Charlotte. The plant will create 20 full-time jobs to package beverages.

 

Stoughton Trailers opening new plant in Texas

Stoughton Trailers is adding a new plant in Waco, Texas, later this year. The plant will manufacture chassis products, and bring 125 to 150 jobs to the area located about 100 miles south of Dallas.

 

New manufacturing campus bringing 70 jobs to Claremore, Okla.

Lufkin Industries is making Claremore its home for a new manufacturing campus, and creating 70 new jobs. The company manufactures oilfield equipment, and plans to make rod pumping systems at its new Oklahoma headquarters.

 

Giant U.S. chipmaker eyes Triangle for $40 billion-plus plant

A U.S. semiconductor company is scouting a Chatham County site for what could be one of the largest economic development projects in North Carolina history. The project, if it comes to fruition, could have a capital investment of $40 billion or more with 5,000 to 10,000 jobs at full buildout. Sources say the project is on an accelerated timeline as the world rushes to fill the global chip shortage.

 

General Mills eyes upgrades at Tennessee plant

General Mills has announced it will invest $65 million to upgrade its Yoplait yogurt and Pillsbury dough products plant in Murfreesboro.

 

Beef plant expected to create 1,300 jobs in Missouri

Wisconsin-based beef processing company American Foods Group (AFG) has announced plans to build a large new facility in Warren County, Mo. Pending final approval, AFG expects to settle on a precise location by next spring. The project could result in AFG investing $450 million into the St. Louis area and creating more than 1,300 new jobs

 

Ruiz Foods hiring 100 in Florence County, S.C.

A frozen food distributor is looking to bring dozens of new jobs to the Pee Dee. Ruiz Foods Florence is hiring 100 more jobs for its facility there.

 


January 2022

Kroger plans fulfillment center in Concord, N.C.

Kroger has purchased a 53-acre site in Cabarrus County. The site will be home to a 200,000-square-foot facility that will employ about 722 people. The total investment is $138 million.

 

Dollar General distribution center bringing hundreds of jobs to North Little Rock

Dollar General recently announced plans to build a $140 million warehouse distribution center in North Little Rock, Ark. It will initially bring in 300 new jobs with 600 happening over time.

 

Canadian company’s investment brings 140 jobs to rural Tennessee

Silicon metal producer Sinova Global will invest $150 million to open a metal refining plant in Tiptonville. The investment from the Canadian company is expected to create 140 jobs in Lake County, Tennessee’s most distressed county.

 

Gregory Industries establishes plant in Athens, Ala.

Steel products manufacturer Gregory Industries will invest $30 million to build a 325,000-square-foot facility in Athens. The project is expected to create 100 jobs in Limestone County.

 

Over 100 new jobs opening at brewery in Richland County, S.C.

A new brewery in Richland County needs to fill more than 150 jobs this year. Mark Anthony Brewing, best known for making White Claw Hard Seltzer and Mike’s Hard Lemonade, is holding a jobs fair to hire for its new South Carolina brewing facility at Pineview Industrial Park in Columbia.

 

Ternium USA investing $98 million in Louisiana expansion

Steel producer Ternium USA will expand its facility at the Port of Caddo-Bossier with an investment of $98 million. The project will create 35 new jobs in Louisiana’s Northwest Region.

 

Camfil USA investing $50 million in Texas expansion

Sweden-based Camfil, a manufacturer of systems for air filtration and air pollution control, will invest more than $50 million to build a new manufacturing facility at Synergy Park in Kilgore, Texas. The new facility will create more than 200 jobs within five years.

 

Lancium plans data center-bitcoin campus in Texas

Houston-based energy technology and infrastructure company Lancium will build a large-scale, renewable-energy-powered data center campus in Abilene. The project is expected to create 57 jobs. Lancium and its customers plan to invest $2.4 billion over 20 years, building their Clean Compute Campus on approximately 800 acres in Taylor County and Abilene.

 

Toyota will build $1.3 billion EV battery plant in North Carolina

Toyota announced on December 6th that it will indeed build a $1.3 billion electric vehicle battery plant near Greensboro that will employ at least 1,750 people and help meet the auto giant’s growing goals of EV sales this decade. Officials gathered to unveil the project on the 1,800-acre Greensboro-Randolph Megasite in Liberty, about 70 miles west of Raleigh, where the plant will be located. It is the largest capital investment in state history.

 

Gov. Ivey awards grant to create 130 new jobs in Heflin, Ala.

Gov. Kay Ivey awarded nearly $1 million to bring new business to the city of Heflin and create 130 jobs. The $950,000 Community Development Block Grant will pave the way for a Great American RV Superstore and a companion recreational vehicle resort. The development will be located on a 30-acre site in the Heflin Industrial Park.

 

Small Tulsa business expands to Broken Arrow adding 100 jobs

Tulsa-based Automotive Industries, a vehicle fleet repair company, recently purchased a 106,000-square-foot facility in Broken Arrow, Okla., with plans to add more than 100 new jobs. The 40-acre facility will also be the new headquarters for Automotive Industries.

 

Tennessee approves multimillion-dollar grant for French IT consulting company

The Tennessee state Funding Board unanimously approved a $5 million jobs grant for Capgemini, which has announced plans to launch a new facility in Nashville in 2022. The Nashville center will complement the recent expansion of Capgemini sites in Columbia, S.C., and Houston, Texas. The global IT consulting company pledged to create 500 jobs within five years, with a target twice that large.

 

Commonwealth Rolled Products investing $167 million in Kentucky mill

Commonwealth Rolled Products is investing more than $167 million in its Lewisport aluminum rolling mill, a project that will create 40 full-time jobs. New equipment and building upgrades are planned for the 2.3 million-square-foot facility to modernize the operation and better position Commonwealth to support automotive and industrial customers.

 

Savion Solar Project locating on former Kentucky coal mine

The Martin County Solar Project, which is currently under development by Savion, will be located on a former coal mine in Martin County. Savion will invest up to $231 million.

 

New jobs and big investments coming to Kentucky communities

Universal Piping Industries (UPI) will be constructing a new operation in Georgetown, Ky., and relocating its existing Lexington facilities. The new 108,000-square-foot facility will create 25 high-wage jobs. In Radcliff, Ky., one of the largest graphic communications companies in North America, Taylor Corporation, will invest $18.8 million in its existing operation, adding an additional 28 jobs. Taylor Corporation produces pressure sensitive labels for a variety of industries, such as consumer packaged goods, manufacturing and distribution, health care and retail. In Lewisport, Commonwealth Rolled Products plans to add 40 well-paying jobs in a $167 million investment for its aluminum rolling mill in Hancock County, which supports its automotive and industrial customers. Building components startup, SteelBlue Building Components, will create 146 full-time jobs in Frankfort with a $17.7 million investment. This facility will serve as the company's primary manufacturing location of building components for the commercial construction industry.

 

Firm plans $30 million film studio in Fort Smith, Ark.

A Los Angeles-based entertainment company has plans to build a $30 million film and television studio in Fort Smith to support the movie industry in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

 

Westrock Coffee to expand Arkansas facility, add 250 jobs

Westrock Coffee Co. will upgrade its extract manufacturing facility in Concord, opening a state-of-the-art plant in Conway, Ark., and launching operations in Malaysia to serve the Asia-Pacific and Middle East and North Africa markets. The 524,000-square-foot Arkansas facility will create up to 250 jobs over time.

 

Humminbird kicks off expansion project at Alabama facility

Humminbird, a maker of marine electronics products, officially launched construction on a multimillion-dollar expansion project at its Eufaula facility to increase production by 25 percent.

 

Amazon plans major expansion in Austin, to hire 2,000

E-commerce giant Amazon is planning a major expansion in Austin. Amazon says it will create more than 2,000 corporate and tech jobs in the city over the next few years. Positions will include data engineers and financial analysts.

 

Medline invests in Georgia distribution center

Medline, a leading manufacturer for the healthcare industry, has opened five newly constructed distribution centers in 2021, with two more to be completed in 2022, to support the long-term needs of healthcare providers. The newest LEED-certified distribution center is located in Richmond Hill, Ga., less than 30 miles from the Port of Savannah.

 

FAA approves commercial launch site in Southeast Georgia

A federal agency has granted a license for a launchpad that would fly commercial rockets from coastal Georgia. The Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of a launch site operator license for Spaceport Camden marks a significant milestone for the Georgia space project, though many reviews and permits are needed before any rockets can actually launch.

 

GE Appliances to invest $118 million in Georgia factory, hiring 600

GE Appliances, a division of Chinese appliance maker Haier, announced it will invest more than $118 million to expand its Roper Corporation factory in northwest Georgia, hiring 600 additional workers by the end of 2024. The company needs to expand because of increased demand for the electric ranges, wall ovens and gas and electric cooktops it makes at the Walker County facility.

 

Ability Tri-Modal expanding in Charleston County, S.C.

Ability Tri-Modal, a third-generation distribution and transportation provider, announced plans to expand operations in Charleston County. The $24 million investment will create 27 new jobs. Ability Tri-Modal provides warehousing and distribution services.

 

Innovative Construction Group establishing operations in Florence County, S.C.

Innovative Construction, an off-site construction company that offers framing solutions, design services, wall panels and other products with on-site installation, will invest $35.6 million in a new facility in Florence County. The project will create 179 new jobs.

 

Poplar Bluff, Mo., getting new factory and 175 new jobs

Missouri-based commercial refrigeration manufacturer True Manufacturing announced it will build a new facility in Poplar Bluff, investing $21 million and creating 175 new jobs.

 

Science 37 selects Research Triangle for new HQ

Clinical research company Science 37 will relocate its corporate headquarters from California to North Carolina’s Research Triangle region and create 250 jobs over five years in Wake County. The company will invest nearly $1.5 million to establish operations in the Town of Morrisville.

 

New plastics manufacturing facility to create 300 Jobs in Chesterfield, Va.

A new plastics manufacturing facility coming to Chesterfield County, Starplast USA, will create 300 jobs. The company will invest about $17.7 million to build the new facility. “Starplast USA produces a wide range of high-performance plastic products, like plastic housewares, garden storage, and toys,” according to a release. Virginia competed with Ohio and Pennsylvania for the project.

 

Another EV announcement in South Carolina

Proterra, a leader in the design and manufacturing of zero-emission electric transit vehicles and EV technology solutions for commercial applications, has announced new manufacturing operations in Spartanburg County. The company’s $76 million investment is expected to create more than new 200 jobs. Proterra’s new Spartanburg County operations will produce the company’s battery systems for commercial electric vehicles, including delivery and work trucks, industrial equipment, buses and more.

 

Westinghouse investing in nuclear fuel in South Carolina

Westinghouse, a global supplier of innovative nuclear technology, will invest $131 million to upgrade its operations in Richland County. The Westinghouse Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility (CFFF) in Hopkins houses fuel manufacturing and testing labs. Approximately 10 percent of U.S. electricity comes from nuclear fuel manufactured at CFFF.

 

Steel tube manufacturer expands in Texas

Lock Joint Tube, a steel tubing manufacturer, plans to expand its existing facility in Temple, Texas. The $21 million project is expected to create 30 new jobs.

 

Sandman Bedding expands Mississippi operations

Sandman Bedding, manufacturer of bedding and mattresses, will locate operations in Belden, Miss. The $2.3 million project is expected to create 25 jobs.

 

Tony’s Tamales expands to Mississippi

Tamales producer Tony’s Tamales is increasing capacity by opening a production facility in Flora, Miss. The $690,000 project is expected to create 30 jobs.

 

Clean energy plant coming to Shreveport, La.

A “carbon capture” green energy venture may result in a $550 million investment in Shreveport. This project could lead to 465 new (direct and indirect) jobs. The company at the center of this proposal is called Bia Energy Operating Company, and their concept for this project centers around blue methanol production. The plant would be constructed at the Port of Caddo-Bossier in Shreveport.

 

Lightsource bp secures funding for big Alabama solar project

Lightsource bp has successfully closed on a $100 million financing package for its Black Bear Solar energy project in Montgomery County. The project was first announced in May 2019.

 

Bossier Parish to get $110 million sawmill

Teal Jones Group owners Tom and Dick Jones announced that the company is looking to bring a $110.5 million Southern Yellow Pine lumber plant to Bossier Parish, La. The facility will support 125 new direct jobs.

 

Old South Wood Preserving to establish operations in Lawrence County, Tenn.

Old South Wood will invest more than $5 million and create 35 new jobs as the company locates a lumber treatment facility in Summertown. There, the lumber will be placed in airtight cylinders, flooded with a chemical concentrate, and stored until dry and ready for shipment.

 

Pratt Industries breaks ground on $500 million Kentucky factory

Pratt Industries in Henderson broke ground on a $500 million paper mill and box factory that will create 321 well-paying jobs across the two facilities, and is the largest investment in the region in more than 25 years.

 

Pallet maker announces first factory in North Carolina

The developer of a trackable shipping pallet plans to establish its first production facility in North Carolina. Palltronics, based in Detroit, pioneered a pallet embedded with an electronic chip to allow companies to track shipments all over the world. The pallets, composed of a wood substrate with an antifungal and antimicrobial coating and sensor to monitor product quality, can last up to 10 years. The company says its first-of-its-kind pallet is sold out for the first three years of projected production.

 

Delco Trailers planning major expansion and 300 new jobs in Texas

Lamar County Commissioners recently approved a tax incentive for Delco Trailers that will bring a $29 million investment and an expected 300 new jobs to the county over the next five years. Construction is underway on the 550,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

 

CoStar creating 2,000 jobs in Richmond, Va.

The CoStar Group is expanding its corporate campus in Richmond by building a new 26-story building and creating 2,000 new jobs in the city. Co-Star is a provider of real estate information, analytics, and online marketplaces. The company is expecting to invest more than $460 million in this project, with $4 billion in payroll over the next 10 years.

 

Space balloon company bringing 240 jobs to Brevard County, Fla.

Space Perspective, which plans to send tourists up on a space balloon from the old Kennedy Space Center shuttle landing facility, has chosen to also build a campus and manufacturing complex on the Space Coast. The company plans to invest $38 million, hire 240 employees and be ready for its first passengers in 2024.

 

Tech company plugs into San Antonio suburb with more than 100 Jobs

Business software provider Zoho Corp., whose U.S. headquarters is in Del Valle near Austin, has opened an office in New Braunfels that eventually could be home to more than 100 employees. Zoho recently set up shop in 10,000 square feet of office space at the historic Saengerhalle building.

 

LT Apparel Group growing operations in North Carolina

LT Apparel Group, a manufacturer of children’s apparel, is expanding operations in North Carolina with an investment of at least $57 million in Greensboro. The company’s project will add a minimum of 116 new jobs.

 

Rivian will build a second, $5 billion EV plant in Georgia

Amazon-backed EV startup Rivian is going to build a second factory in Georgia where it will assemble up to 400,000 electric vehicles per year. Rivian will start construction of the $5 billion facility in the summer of 2022 and expects to start making vehicles there in 2024.

 

Technology services company creating 50 new jobs in Marceline, Mo.

CoffeeTree Group announced it will establish a new technical delivery center in Marceline, investing $100,000 and creating 50 new jobs.

 

Canada-based company plans Virginia sawmill

Ten Oaks, a manufacturer of residential hardwood floors, will invest nearly $9.3 million to construct a state-of-the-art hardwood sorting and stacking facility in Patrick County, Va. The project is expected to create 11 jobs and will lead to the purchase of more than $18 million of Virginia grown forest products over the next three years.

 

German shipping giant plans HQ and 250 jobs in Georgia

Hamburg, Germany-based shipping giant Hapag-Lloyd, which already employs 500 at two locations in metro Atlanta, will locate its North American headquarters at a 125,000-square-foot office in Dunwoody, investing $18 million and adding another 250 jobs in finance, marketing, human resources, IT and more. 

 

Bosch Rexroth expanding in Greenville County, S.C.

Bosch Rexroth, a global leader in the field of drive and control technologies, announced it will expand its existing hydraulics manufacturing campus in Greenville County. The $12.8 million investment will create 60 new jobs over the next five years. The company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility currently produces hydraulic pumps and motors used in construction, agriculture, mining, material handling and oil and gas exploration.

 

Expansion bringing $11.5 million investment and 96 new jobs to Henderson County, N.C.

CanvasPrints.com, a local online printing and manufacturing company, has announced an $11.5 million expansion plan for Fletcher, N.C., that is projected to create 96 new jobs. The company plans to consolidate its three locations in Henderson County to Fletcher Business Park.

 

Pfizer cuts the ribbon on Durham gene therapy plant

Drug giant Pfizer recently cut the ribbon on a new manufacturing facility in Durham, N.C., that will focus on gene therapy treatments for various illnesses. The $68.5 million, 85,500-square-foot plant will be home to Pfizer’s BioTherapeutics Pharmaceutical Sciences group. More than 50 jobs will be created, and another 40 will move from a Pfizer site in Chapel Hill.

 

Vir Biotechnology expanding in St. Louis, Mo.

Vir Biotechnology, a San Francisco-based immunology research company, is expanding its presence in St. Louis. The company will invest more than $41 million and create 36 new jobs.

 

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies announces additional facility in College Station-Bryan, Texas

FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies will expand its campus in College Station-Bryan with an additional commercial manufacturing facility. The partnership between FUJIFILM and Mitsubishi Corporation is a world leader in the development and manufacture of recombinant biopharmaceuticals and viral gene therapies. The project is expected to create 150 new jobs and $300 million in capital investment.

 

Over two hundred jobs headed to Greenup County, Ky.

Addiction Recovery Care’s (ARC) purchase of part of the former Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital complex is expected to bring 250 jobs to Greenup County to operate and support the facility.

 

Nokian Tyres adding 100 jobs in Tennessee expansion

Nokian Tyres plans to hire more than 100 workers for its Dayton, Tenn., manufacturing plant “in the next couple of years.” Nokian Tyres says the factory grew from 175 to about 325 employees in 2021 after an aggressive hiring campaign at the first of the year. Nokian continues to accept applications.

 

Deloitte expanding in the Orlando area

Deloitte will bring new jobs and expand its facility after a tight vote by the Seminole County Commission, which approved a grant worth $480,000 in exchange for 400 new jobs. In addition, Deloitte will add 50,000 square feet to its existing Lake Mary office with a $12.61 million investment.

 

International expansion firm picks Tampa for new HQ

HSP Group, a firm that helps other companies expand internationally, plans to establish a headquarters in Tampa and create 200 to 300 jobs in the coming years. The company launched virtually in late 2020 (due to the pandemic), but sees a need to establish a physical headquarters to train new hires and build a company culture.

 

Jones Capital establishes Hattiesburg corporate HQ

Jones will invest $40 million to construct a new corporate headquarters facility in Hattiesburg, Miss. The project is expected to create more than 200 jobs. The 80,000-square-foot headquarters facility will be located in Midtown Hattiesburg across from the University of Southern Mississippi. Jones Capital's portfolio includes Jones Logistics and Jones Lumber.

 

Lineage Logistics expands footprint in Savannah, Ga.

Lineage Logistics announced the expansion of its facility network near the major port in Savannah. The company will invest $62 million in a new building, which, upon completion, will create 65 new jobs in Chatham County’s Port Wentworth, in addition to nearly 100 jobs required for the project’s construction.

 

Kiyatec expands in Greenville, S.C.

Kiyatec announced plans to expand operations in Greenville County with an investment of $5 million that will create 91 new jobs. The company’s new downtown facility will allow it to expand its existing clinical testing operations and drug-development services which are currently located at nearby Prisma Health’s Memorial Campus.

 

Canadian Biopharma firm selects site outside Dallas, bringing 300 jobs

Evolve Biologics, a Canadian plasma-derived therapeutics company, has chosen a site in Collin County, Texas, for its first commercial manufacturing facility and headquarters. The project will cost about $180 million.

 

Sherrill Furniture plans Conover, N.C., upholstery facility

Sherrill Furniture will invest $2.9 million to open a new custom upholstery production facility in Conover. The project is expected to create 90 new jobs in Catawba County. “Backlogs within the furniture industry are at an all-time high,” said Thad Monroe, President of Sherrill Furniture Company. “We are 100 percent focused on substantially reducing lead times for our customers and are willing to invest heavily to more quickly fulfill orders of our USA-made products.”

 

Venture Global plans Cameron Parish LNG plant

Venture Global will invest more than $10 billion in a new liquefied natural gas facility in Cameron Parish, La. The new facility, named CP2, is expected to create 200 jobs.

 

Signify Health to create 200 jobs in Oklahoma City

Signify Health, a Dallas-based home health company that went public in 2021, plans to open a service center in Oklahoma City that will create 200 jobs. Founded in 2017, Signify Health uses an online platform and a network of independently contracted doctors, nurses and social workers to shift health care away from acute care facilities and into patients’ homes.

 

Northern Kentucky candymaker plans $9.8 million expansion

Perfetti Van Melle, the candy manufacturer responsible for well-known brands such as Airheads and Mentos, is planning a $9.8 million expansion that will create at least 16 new jobs in Erlanger, Ky. The company will add a new candy manufacturing line at its facility and an additional packaging area in response to increased demand for its products.

 

Qualtrics expanding in Fairfax, Va.

Software company Qualtrics will invest $15.9 million to expand in Fairfax County with a new location in Reston. Virginia successfully competed with Pennsylvania and Ohio for the project, which will create 400 new jobs.

 

Memphis getting $250 million and 265 new jobs for healthcare supply chain

Memphis was recently the recipient of some good news. Medtronic, a global producer of medical devices and therapies, plans to spend more than $130 million on a new facility there, and CEVA Logistics plans to spend $126 million and create 265 new jobs. Medtronic and CEVA Logistics have been at the forefront of medical device logistics and technological development for some time now.

 

Oregon-based cellphone company bringing 500 new jobs to Louisville, Ky.

Consumer Cellular is investing $15 million in a new location, bringing nearly 500 jobs to Kentucky, the vast majority of which will be created in 2022. The company will move into an existing facility, and the new jobs will include positions in management and call center support.

 

ULab expanding with 230 new jobs in Tennessee

A grant from the state of Tennessee will enable uLab to expand its Memphis facility to manufacture millions of its uSmile teeth aligners a year. The grant will also create more than 230 jobs over the next five years.

 

Manufacturing company bringing 200 new jobs to Belle Glade, Fla.

One of the largest manufacturing companies in Florida is expanding into the Belle Glade area, and with that expansion comes more than 200 job opportunities. Design-build firm Finfrock is constructing a new facility there and in the meantime, the company is hiring all sorts of manufacturing and construction jobs.

 

Greater San Marcos Partnership announces big investment for Kyle

Redbird Flight Simulations, a flight training technology company, has selected a new 50,000-square-foot facility in Kyle, Texas, for its latest expansion. The company will invest an initial $2.2 million at the facility and bring 71 full-time jobs to the region.

 

Startup bringing jobs to Lebanon, Tenn.

Startup company Nashville Box announced it will invest $3.3 million to establish new operations in Wilson County. The corrugated box manufacturer will create 48 new jobs in Lebanon.

 

Amazon opening new facility in Lenoir County, N.C.

Amazon is coming to Kinston. Mark Pope of NC Global TransPark Economic Development Region confirmed that crews have been working to renovate an empty facility on Enterprise Boulevard, but doesn’t know exactly how many jobs Amazon will bring.

 

Hanwha Cimarron breaks ground in Opelika, Ala.

Hanwha Cimarron, a maker of carbon fiber-wrapped storage tanks, recently broke ground on its $130 million manufacturing plant at Northeast Opelika Industrial Park that will employ 261 people.

 

Silicon metal refining plant coming to Tennessee

Canadian quartz and silicon supplier Sinova Global will invest $150 million to establish manufacturing operations in Tiptonville, Tenn. The company will create 140 new jobs with its new state-of-the-art silicon metal refining plant, to be located in Tennessee’s Lake County.

 

Forty-million-dollar expansion in Richland County, S.C.

AMERICAN SpiralWeld Pipe Company announced that it will be investing $40 million to expand operations in lower Richland County. The expansion, to be completed in phases, is expected to be complete in 2025 and will create 100 new jobs.

 

Riceland Foods expanding in Arkansas

The world's largest miller and marketer of rice, Riceland Foods, announced it will add 80 new jobs and expand its operations in Stuttgart and Jonesboro with a $13.2 million investment. The majority of the expansion will be at the Stuttgart location, including two new packaging lines.

 

Anatolia Granite and Marble expanding in Tennessee

Anatolia Granite and Marble will invest approximately $567,000 to expand its operations in Baxter, Tenn. The project is expected to create 40 jobs in Putnam County.

 

EV maker adding more jobs, opening third facility in Charlotte, N.C.

Arrival, a British electric vehicle company, is expanding yet again in Charlotte, adding 150 jobs and investing $11.5 million in a battery module production facility. It’s the latest announcement from the London-based firm that has brought hundreds of jobs to the region in recent years. Arrival is also opening a microfactory in Rock Hill, S.C., another near Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and its North American headquarters in South End.

 

New 60-acre solar energy park coming to Hopkins, S.C.

The development of a 60-acre agricultural and solar energy park is coming to Hopkins that will not only bring jobs to the community, but also enhance a horticultural program at a local school. Solar company Fusion Renewable and international energy firm iSun will be partnering on the project with a $15 million investment. State Senator Kevin Johnson said, “It is going to create 20 to 40 jobs in this community that is something we’ve never seen in this community.” The project includes greenhouses, solar farming and agrivoltaics.

 

Walmart bringing 300 new jobs to Middle Tennessee

Walmart recently announced new plans to open an automated fulfillment center in Lebanon, Tenn. This will be Walmart’s first fulfillment center in Tennessee and will create up to 300 full-time jobs.

 

GML Industries establishing operations in Spartanburg County, S.C.

GML Industries, a manufacturer of wire harnesses for various industries, announced it is establishing operations in Duncan. The company’s $966,000 investment will create 74 new jobs.

 

Five-hundred-job facility to open in Midtown Atlanta

Micron Technology, a manufacturer of semiconductors based in Boise, Idaho, will open a design center in Midtown Atlanta. The new 93,000-square-foot center is set to bring 500 new jobs to the Atlanta area.

 

Poultry processor expanding to Winchester, Va.

A Minnesota-based poultry company has purchased the long-dormant Sunshine’s Pride Dairy cheese processing plant and pledges to create more than 100 jobs at the site. TFC Poultry will invest $31.5 million to open a turkey deboning facility in Winchester’s North End this year.

 

Transcom establishing North American presence in South Carolina

Global customer experience specialist Transcom Worldwide will expand into Greenville County to establish a North American network to support global clients. The Swedish company will hire at least 450 for customer care, sales, technical support and credit management services through its network of contact centers and work-at-home agents.

 

Danimer Scientific breaks ground on $700 million expansion in Bainbridge, Ga.

Danimer Scientific recently broke ground on its new 2-million-square-foot facility, which will be an expansion of its 25-acre campus, already located in Bainbridge. The eco-friendly company is a leading developer and manufacturer of biodegradable products for food packaging, bottling and other traditional packaging sectors.

 

SmartCap to expand in Fort Worth

South African company SmartCap plans to expand operations into Fort Worth. The international vehicle accessories firm will create 250 jobs to work in a distribution center for modular truck camper and bed enclosures and other accessories for recreation and commercial uses. The project has a capital investment of $55 million.

 

Bio Pappel subsidiary to add Texas plant

The Dallas-based McKinley Packaging subsidiary of Mexico-based Bio Pappel has announced it will locate its seventh packaging plant in the United States in Lancaster, Texas. The 500,000-square-foot, rail-served building will require some 100 employees when running at full capacity across three shifts.

 

Manufacturer moving forward with $50 million expansion in North Carolina

Egger Wood Products said recently it is proceeding with the next expansion of its Lexington laminate-floor manufacturing plant, adding up to 40 jobs and spending $50 million to build a recycling center and add another production line. The Austrian company announced plans in July 2017 for its $700 million, 1-million-square-foot plant, which opened in September 2020. Egger said its Lexington workforce is at 450 — 50 more than it projected would be created in a $300 million Phase 1 expected to take six years. Overall, it has pledged to have 770 employees at full production capacity in 2035.

 

SendCutSend opens Kentucky operation, creating 75 jobs

SendCutSend, a manufacturer of customized laser-cut metal parts, recently opened its $3.9 million operations in Paris, Ky., creating 75 jobs.

 

Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway getting $75 million facelift

Nashville’s mayor, Bristol Motor Speedway and the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway have announced a deal that will provide $75 million in renovations in hopes the fairgrounds will become home to a NASCAR Cup series race. The Metro Sports Authority will issue 30-year bonds to pay for the renovations, and Bristol Motor Speedway has agreed to lease, manage and operate the track for 30 years.

 

Piedmont Triad International Airport getting a boost

U.S. Rep. Kathy Manning (D-Greensboro) announced that $5,117,453 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Airport Improvement Program would be coming to PTI. Perhaps now “Project Thunderbird” can be revealed. . .rumored to be the relocation of an “airplane manufacturer” to PTI.

 

Beyond Distilling Company establishing in Charleston County, S.C.

Beyond Distilling Company, a craft spirit and distilling company, announced plans to establish operations in Charleston County. The $767,000 investment will create 63 new jobs.

 

Milwaukee Tool expands in Mississippi

A $60 million expansion by Milwaukee Tool is expected to create 800 jobs in Grenada, Miss., and the manufacturer says it will add 400 more among its plants in Greenwood and Jackson and its distribution center in Olive Branch.

 

Port of Charleston getting $250 million industrial park

A Savannah, Ga.-based firm -- Capital Development Partners -- has purchased 135 acres near the Port of Charleston’s newly opened Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal for $65 million. The Savannah company plans to develop Shipyard Creek Logistics Center, an industrial park exceeding $250 million in value. Construction will start immediately, with delivery expected in 2022.

 

Wellness company creating 80 new jobs in Charleston

A wellness company that uses technology to analyze body composition has announced plans to establish operations in Charleston County. Evolt, which was founded in Australia in 2015, will create 80 new jobs. The new facility in North Charleston will serve as the company’s North American corporate headquarters and distribution center.

 

Thousands of new jobs coming to Texas through CBRE Group

Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis (CBRE Group) -- the largest commercial real estate services company in the world -- will bring more than 1,000 jobs to two Texas cities. CBRE Group will invest nearly $30 million in its Dallas headquarters, creating 460 new jobs; and $13 million in an operations center in Richardson, Texas, where the group aims to create 550 new jobs.

 

Intralox expanding manufacturing plant in Hammond, La.

Intralox, which produces modular plastic conveyor belts, is investing $60 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Hammond. The project is expected to create 425 jobs.


December 2021

No end in sight for lack of labor

There is no data available about the fact that our labor keeps decreasing, and there may not be for a decade or more. In the last three years, About 10,000 people a day on average retired in the U.S. Compare that to a little over 2,000 joining the workforce by turning working age (16), and you can easily see where the labor issues are. People are aging out of the workforce faster than the rate of people entering it.

 

But the U.S. should not feel like the Lone Ranger. People are aging out of the workplace virtually around the world. In fact, for most countries -- especially the U.S. -- "job creation" is no longer the most important factor for an economy. Particularly in the South, the region that has seen the toughest time since the Great Depression, job creation has been paramount. But that is no longer the case. Some years, the South creates as many new jobs as the other three regions combined.

 

We are now entering an era when our politicians stumping for office should literally slow the promotion of job creation and instead figure out how they are going to fill those jobs. There are well over 10 million jobs available in this country as of October and only 8.4 million people looking for work.

 

Also affecting the labor market in the U.S. -- 15 percent of the population was retired in 2010. In 2020, that figure rose to 20 percent.

 

So, what to do? Millions of economists say, "not much." The U.S. can increase legal immigration, which could result in reversing the trend, but for how long? Also, increasing legal immigration under President Trump literally gave it a bad name. His last year office, legal immigration -- we are talking about working visas -- dropped by 85 percent from over 1 million to 200,000.

 

Then again, a more productive workforce with the aid of automation and AI could help, too.

 

Did one Northwest Florida man cost the region Disney World?

In a fall article published by the Northwest Florida Daily News, that question was asked in the headline. The man's name is Ed Ball, who was the CEO of St. Joe Paper Company, which to this day owns a lot of land in North Florida (nothing like the amount it owned in the 1960s.) Walt Disney, the story goes, wanted to develop nearly 30,000 acres of land near Panama City. Walt Disney paid Ball a visit and some said the St. Joe executive kept Mr. Disney waiting outside his office for hours. According to former St. Joe CEO Peter Rummel, at the end of the day, Ball’s secretary simply handed Disney a note that read, “We don’t deal with carnival people.”

 

Retirees are ‘unretiring’ — and that’s good for the labor market

The “unretirement” rate, which measures those who switch from retirement to employment, has been accelerating, according to an analysis by Nick Bunker, an economist at Indeed. At a time when jobs cannot be filled by employers, people reentering the job market is positive news. Early retirements increased during the pandemic in 2020 and 2021. It may be just a matter of time before data shows that these workers are rejoining the workforce. Early retirements among older Americans were among the many labor distortions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to economists, as health risks and other factors led many to leave their jobs. But there’s an open question: Are these retirements permanent, or will these workers rejoin the labor force? U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data has shown that the October 2021 unretirement rate was 2.6 percent.

 

VEDP CEO Stephen Moret named president and CEO of Strada Education Network

Effective January 2022, Stephen Moret has been named president and CEO of Strada Education Network, a nonprofit social impact organization dedicated to improving lives by forging pathways between education and employment. For five years, Moret has led economic development at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. Prior to that Moret was Secretary of Commerce at Louisiana Economic Development.

 

JPMorgan: Full global economic recovery in 2022

JPMorgan Chase is predicting 2022 will be the first year in nearly three years that will see a return to normalcy regarding the worldwide economy. The return to normalcy, according to the company, "is warranted by achieving broad population immunity and with the help of human ingenuity, such as new therapeutics expected to be broadly available in 2022.” The U.S.'s largest bank also predicted that there will be a strong recovery in 2022 based on robust spending by consumers and businesses.

 

Dallas-Fort Worth leads all markets in pay gains

In some cases, we have seen wages increase more than they have in decades, and Dallas-Fort Worth leads all markets in that department by a wide margin. The North Texas market also leads in job growth and in-migration among the nation's largest metros. Average weekly earning in North Texas rose 8.3 percent from October 2020 to October 2021, and 17 percent since October 2019, far higher than the state as a whole and the nation, and more than double the two-year gains in Austin, Houston and San Antonio.

 

More money sent to states from BP oil spill fund

In the fall, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced that Alabama, Florida and Mississippi are receiving more than $103 million in BP oil spill settlement money for new and continued coastal projects. The money will be used to protect and restore species and habitats. The foundation’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund brings its total allocations across the five Gulf states to $1.6 billion.

 

South Carolina Ports again sets container record

For the ninth consecutive month, South Carolina Ports set its monthly record for containers handled in November. The increase is attributable to a rise in retail imports and cargo volumes at the Port of Charleston.

 

Demand for workers hits historic high in fall 2021

Businesses posted 11 million job openings in October, the Labor Department reported in the fall quarter. That is the highest number of job openings ever.

 

Specific type of coal seeing more mining permits

Southwest Virginia is one place in the U.S. where miners can dig for metallurgical or coking coal. The coal is not used by power plants, but is the type of coal essential for melting iron ore to make steel. There have been 17 applications for new mining permits or licenses to sell coal in Southwest Virginia. More than half of the metallurgical coal produced there is being exported overseas. The metallurgical coal is used in steel making, and as the global economy recovers from the pandemic, more steel is being produced.

 

A city is created in West Tennessee

Ford announced its plans in September to create Blue Oval City at the West Memphis I-40 megasite in Stanton, Tenn. The new "city" includes an investment of nearly $6 billion to make electric vehicles, including a next-generation electric Ford F-Series model. The city will also include, counting suppliers, up to 6,000 new jobs. Over $800 million has been earmarked in incentives for Ford in the deal. Earlier in 2021, Ford announced it had increased its planned EV investment to $30 billion by 2025.

 

Big battery plant in middle Tennessee on schedule

The construction of the Ultium Cells LLC battery plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., is on schedule as of the fall quarter, company officials announced. The 2.8 million-square-foot facility is a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution. GM operates a large assembly plant in Spring Hill. One of the models that will use the batteries is a new one called the Cadillac Lyriq luxury crossover, Cadillac’s very first all-electric vehicle. The project will create 1,300 new jobs.

 

Renewable energy just about quadrupled over the last 10 years

The Environment America Research and Policy Center announced in the fall that energy sources from solar and wind nearly quadrupled from 2011 to 2020 in the U.S. The report found that at the current growth rate, wind, solar and geothermal will meet current electricity demand levels by 2035.

 

U.S. automakers beg Biden administration to waive tariffs on components from China

All domestic and foreign automotive OEMs and suppliers have pleaded with the Biden administration to lift tariffs on a wide range of components from China, especially those for electric-car batteries. Many of the components are not made anywhere but in China. One of those products is artificial or natural graphite. Big suppliers with plants in the South, such as Magna and SK Innovation, are asking for respite from tariffs on all the myriad switches, sensors, motors and other parts that go into a vehicle.

 

Furniture makers in the South are thriving

We first wrote about this in 2010 when the word "reshoring" was invented. It wasn't too long ago -- about 40 years -- that the South saw its base industries (furniture, textiles and apparel) collapsing. But since the word "reshoring" was invented (a result of rising wages and operating costs in Asia), those industry sectors have grown steadily in the American South. But a receding workforce and difficulties importing parts from overseas are a problem. For now, though, companies in Mississippi and North Carolina — two of America's largest furniture manufacturing states — are seeing huge upswings thanks to strong demand and limited supply.

 

Entergy replacing aging natural gas plants in Mississippi

Louisiana-based Entergy is replacing some aging natural gas plants in the state of Mississippi with 1GW of renewable energy over the next five years. The renewable power would, as a percentage of Entergy, represent 17 percent of the total power generation. Currently it sits at 1 percent.

 

With feds help, Virginia says achievement of universal broadband will be completed by 2024

Before the pandemic, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said universal broadband would be achieved in his state by 2028. But with federal COVID-19 relief funds, he moved the goal to 2024.

 

Norfolk Southern opens new Atlanta HQ

Gov. Kemp and Atlanta Mayor Bottoms officially cut the ribbon on Norfolk Southern's new headquarters in Midtown Atlanta. The railroad expects to house 800 workers at the new facility.

 

Renewable energy quadrupled in the U.S. in 10 years

According to the non-profit Environment America Research and Policy Center, the proportion of electricity the United States gets from solar and wind quadrupled between 2010 and 2020. At that rate, the analysis found that wind, solar and geothermal would meet current electricity demand levels by 2035.

 

Automotive manufacturing jobs lead job surge

Manufacturing job growth leaped in October as motor vehicles and parts manufacturers hired almost as many people as all other manufacturing sectors combined. In October, manufacturing added 60,000 jobs of the 531,000 jobs overall as the unemployment rate edged down to 4.6 percent. Automotive added 27,700 jobs as the electric vehicle market is just now really getting its legs under it.

 

In the hairball of supply chain networks, Port of Virginia stands out

The Virginia Port Authority's investments at Norfolk International Terminal and Virginia International Gateway paid off this year. The port in Hampton Roads avoided congestion issues that have plagued other ports. The port experienced best-in-class turn times in this fiscal year.

 

Virginia wind farm to cost $2 billion more

Dominion Energy's offshore wind farm on the coast of Virginia will cost about $2 billion more than expected, the Richmond-based utility reported in the fall quarter. Instead of the $7.8 billion initial cost, the 2.6-gigawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) commercial project will cost approximately $9.8 billion.

 

Hyundai expects electric vehicle production to start next year

Korean automaker Hyundai will begin EV production on the Genesis GV70 EV at its plant in Montgomery, Ala., beginning in 2022. The assembly of electric vehicles in Alabama will be the first for Korean automakers. The company is also counting on proposed subsidies for electric vehicles produced on U.S. soil.

 

New Orleans to Baton Rouge industrial corridor has several locations that are hotspots for cancer risks

According to ProPublica, the 85-mile chemical corridor between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, an 85-mile-long region that environmental advocates have long called Cancer Alley, contains several hotspots where cancer risks are far above levels deemed acceptable by the U.S. The corridor is the largest hotspot for cancer-causing air in the country, followed by two areas in Texas.

 

Whoa! Exxon Mobil to help turn 50-mile-long Houston Ship Channel into carbon capture and storage facility

Oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil suggested this fall it could turn one of the largest climate-harming emissions areas in the world into a “carbon capture and storage” (CCS) area. The Houston Ship Channel is home to petrochemical plants, refineries, power companies and other heavy industries. Exxon is calling on industry and government to capture carbon dioxide at industrial plants in the channel, carry it away in pipelines and inject it deep under the floor of the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Kentucky tops record year in economic growth

For the first time ever, Kentucky has topped the $10 billion mark in economic development growth in a calendar year. As of mid-November, private-sector and expanded projects exceeded $10 billion for the first time. Through the first 10 months of 2021, economic momentum in Kentucky exceeded any other full-year totals for investment growth. Year-to-date, more than 110 private-sector, new-location and expansion announcements include nearly $10.3 billion in total planned investment that will create more than 15,235 full-time jobs over the coming years.

 

Near-shoring, on-shoring, move-it-where-you-sell-it is all the rage

As a result of the current difficulties in distribution, more and more CEOs are rewriting the supply chain network by relocating plants closer to suppliers and buyers. Input shortages and supply line bottlenecks are disrupting the availability and quality of just about everything.

 

For decades, Southern politicians were the most anti-union bunch. Is that changing?

This fall, U.S. workers have been striking by the tens of thousands. In fact, it has been decades since U.S. workers walked off their jobs in these numbers. Will this mean that slow-growing wages seen in the South, along with the strikes, are changing the Southern politico's view of unions?

 

Ford, a union company, settles in West Tennessee

In the fall quarter, Ford announced it will assemble electric vehicles and batteries at a massive site just east of Memphis. The nearly 6,000-job, nearly $6 billion deal with SK Innovation, along with a companion facility in Hardin County in Central Kentucky, will blaze a new trail when it comes to the automotive industry morphing into electric innovation. It remains to be seen if the facilities will become unionized.

 

Developed nations to use tariffs to tackle climate change?

Governments in developed nations, including the U.S. and those in Europe, are discussing ways to use tariffs on trade to cut carbon emissions. Policy makers are looking at tariffs on steel, cement and chemicals. In November, the Biden administration announced tariffs with the European Union to jointly curb imports of steel and other products that generate high levels of carbon emissions. An estimated one-quarter of global greenhouse gases are produced by goods that cross borders, according to a 2018 report by economic and environmental consulting firms KGM & Associates Pty. Ltd. and Global Efficiency Intelligence LLC.

 

Energy shortage has China binging off of LNG from the South

At the height of the trade war in 2019, China essentially ended the import of U.S. liquefied natural gas. While it had every right to resist the then-U.S. tariffs, China cannot live on its own energy production. But without the United States' help -- especially with much needed energy sources such as U.S.-mined and modified liquefied natural gas – the environment of China (the world's largest user of dirty fuels, such as coal) will be a disaster. China's energy shortage will not be solved any time soon; therefore the U.S. will remain its largest energy trading partner for now mostly through LNG exports from Louisiana and Texas.

 

Speaking of LNG. . .

Southwest Louisiana, in and around the Lake Charles region, has changed and changed forever. Over the last decade, Southwest Louisiana has led the nation almost every year in net job growth. Billions have been spent on facilities that export LNG throughout the world. The pipelines in and around the Houston and New Orleans area have been there for decades because that is where most refineries were built to support World War II. Everything has changed in Southwest Louisiana as LNG exports from that region continue to be the main and most important bridge fuel that burns far cleaner than coal for developed countries in the world.

 

Amid the computer chip shortage crisis, two big deals are announced in Texas.

The computer chip shortage continues as outdated chips -- some as old as 10 years -- are having to help supply the market. Two big deals announced in Texas this fall will eventually come to the economy's rescue. Texas Instruments announced it plans to invest up to $30 billion to build as many as four new semiconductor fabrication plants in Sherman, Texas. TI said it will begin construction in 2022 on the first two plants producing its 300-millimeter wafers used in everything from cars and trucks to industrial machinery. The plants could house up to 3,000 workers when complete. The other big semiconductor facility is by South Korea chip manufacturer Samsung Electronics Co. It will build a second chip facility in the Austin area in Taylor, Texas.

 

Is an Amazon-backed electric truck set for the Atlanta area?

While Fort Worth is a finalist for a $5 billion electric truck and SUV factory, it’s looking as if a site east of Atlanta may have the inside track on the big deal. The factory would include a new battery and vehicle assembly plant.

 

Is Toyota eyeing megasite in North Carolina for electric battery plant?

Rumors have it that Japanese automaker Toyota is eyeing the Greensboro-Randolph Megasite for a large electric battery plant to ramp up electric vehicle manufacturing in the U.S. The site is a 1,825-acre site rezoned for heavy industry located near the center of the state. No formal agreement has been reached.

 

Mazda to assemble midsize crossover SUV at new Alabama plant

In the fall quarter, Mazda unveiled the first vehicle it will assemble at the new plant it shares with Toyota. The new model will be called the CX-50 and will join Toyota's Corolla Cross, a smaller SUV that will also be built at the new plant. The $2.3 billion, 4,000-employee plant will be in full production sometime in 2022.

 

Honda marks 20 years of production at its Alabama plant

In November, Honda marked 20 years of production at its assembly plant in Lincoln, Ala. The plant has expanded numerous times with several different models, mostly light trucks. The Japanese automaker also makes V-6 engines at the $2 billion facility that houses about 4,500 workers.

 

Rural Alabama has seen growth of 3,000 jobs in 2020 and 2021

Rural Alabama's counties of less than 50,000 residents have seen a spike in job creation over the last 18 months. According to the Alabama Department of Commerce, in 2020 and the first six months of 2021, 40 projects that created over 3,000 new jobs landed in "targeted" counties. The combined investments will generate at least $1.5 billion in new capital investment.

 

Bekaert Corporation expanding Arkansas facility

Bekaert, a company that specializes in steel wire headquartered in Belgium, recently broke ground on the new 50,000-square-foot addition to its facility in Van Buren, Ark. The $8.4 million project will create 35 new jobs and help increase internet access to rural areas.

 

MasterBrand adding 464 new jobs in Kinston, N.C.

MasterBrand Cabinets will add hundreds of new jobs to its existing plant. The cabinet maker currently employs 800 people and will add 464 more workers by adding an additional shift.

 

Samsung chooses Taylor, Texas, for $17 billion chip-making factory

Samsung Electronics plans to build a $17 billion chip-making plant in Taylor, Texas, roughly 30 miles from its existing giant manufacturing hub in Austin. It’s a mega investment by the South Korean tech giant, as the Biden administration pushes for an expansion of U.S. semiconductor production.

 

Toyota West Virginia expands assembly plant in Buffalo, W.Va.

Toyota West Virginia plans to invest $240 million to expand its assembly plant and add a dedicated production line of hybrid transaxles in Buffalo. The new investment will allow workers there to diversify their skillset and play a larger role in Toyota’s future producing electric vehicles in North America.

 

Mondelez to spend $123 million on Virginia expansion

Earlier this year, Mondelez announced plans to close bakery plants in Atlanta and Fair Lawn, N.J., citing aging infrastructure and location challenges. Recently, the company announced it will expand its Richmond Biscuit Bakery in Henrico County, where it manufactures Ritz crackers, Chips Ahoy! cookies, Nilla wafers, Wheat Thins and Premium crackers. The company plans to create a high-speed, modern Oreo production line.

 

Nashville to get a $20 million delivery center

Global IT consulting company Capgemini will invest $20.1 million in Tennessee to build a new delivery center in Nashville. The investment is expected to create 500 jobs, with the possibility of growth leading to another 500 jobs.

 

Shaw Industries to expand in Aiken County, S.C.

Shaw, a global flooring provider, has announced plans to expand its operations in Aiken County. The $400 million investment will create more than 300 new jobs at the manufacturing facility, which creates fiber used to manufacture residential carpet. This location currently employs more than 600 associates.

 

Siemens Gamesa brings 310 jobs to Virginia

A global wind energy company will build turbine blades for the U.S.’s largest renewable energy project at a new factory in Virginia. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will lease more than 80 acres at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal near Norfolk to house its $200 million facility. The project is expected to create 310 new jobs. Siemens Gamesa is partnering with Virginia-based utility Dominion Energy on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project — a wind farm that will be located 27 miles off the state’s coast — but the new facility will also supply turbine blades to other offshore projects throughout North America.

 

Tyson investing $355 million in Kentucky bacon plant

Arkansas-based Tyson Foods, the largest meat producer in the U.S., plans to spend $355 million to construct a new bacon processing facility in Bowling Green, Ky., that is expected to create 450 jobs.

 

Auto products maker establishing East Coast hub near Charlotte, N.C.

Kentucky-based Holley Performance Products, a manufacturer of high-performance automotive products for cars and trucks, will invest $12.3 million to establish its East Coast hub in Mooresville.

 

Gregory Industries building manufacturing campus in Athens, Ala.

Gregory Industries is adding 100 jobs with a new manufacturing plant in Athens. The Ohio-based company, which makes highway safety and other roll form steel products, will build the 325,000-square-foot facility for $30 million on more than 80 acres in the Elm Industrial Park.

 

NOVONIX investing $160 million Chattanooga, Tenn.

Most of the materials used to make batteries for electric vehicles come from Asia, but NOVONIX is about to change that. The company will invest $160 million and hire 300 workers for its new manufacturing facility called “Riverside Recharged” in Chattanooga.

 

Wood finishes maker bringing $19 million investment to Greensboro, N.C.

RPM Wood Finishes, which makes furniture coatings, has received approval for economic incentives to bring a $19.7 million “center of excellence” to Greensboro and create 53 full-time jobs.

 

Walgreens announces $30 million fulfillment center in Liberty, Mo.

Walgreens has announced a $30 million, 65,000-square-foot facility that will serve as a micro-fulfillment center dedicated to retail prescription orders. The new facility will bring an estimated 200 jobs to the area.

 

Enclosure manufacturer expanding in Scott County, Va.

A $7.2 million investment by an enclosure producer will create 30 new jobs in Scott County. VFP’s expansion there will allow the manufacturer to “produce larger concrete shelters and meet future demand in the market.”

 

Agape Care Group selects Spartanburg County, S.C., for new HQ

Agape Care Group, a hospice, palliative and pediatric care provider, has announced plans to expand its presence and locate the company’s corporate headquarters in Spartanburg County. The $3 million investment will create 76 new jobs.

 

Honeywell plans $154 million expansion of Baton Rouge plant

Honeywell said it will expand its plant in Baton Rouge, La., to increase production of a chemical used in foam insulation, refrigerators and air conditioners that has low global-warming potential. The expansion will create 23 new jobs.

 

BMW Manufacturing expands South Carolina presence with logistics center

BMW Manufacturing is expanding its operations in Spartanburg County with the construction of a new $100 million logistics center. The facility, which will be located on 120 acres, will enhance BMW’s logistics operations supplying parts to the company’s 7-million-square-foot factory in Greer, SC.

 

The largest label company in the world investing in North Carolina

CCL Label will construct a new manufacturing facility in Fuquay-Varina, N.C. In a move that will bring $29 million in capital investment and 150 new full-time jobs to the community, the company will purchase a town-owned business park site consisting of 32.28 acres and construct a 110,000-square-foot manufacturing facility for production and office operations.

 

Meel Corp plans North Carolina packaging-cold storage hub

Frozen food company Meel Corp will invest $5.7 million to relocate a production facility to Oxford, N.C. The project is expected to create 24 jobs in Granville County. The expansion will include a state-of-the-art packing and cold storage facility.

 

Barzan Aeronautical plans South Carolina manufacturing plant

Qatari-owned Barzan Aeronautical, an aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems company, will invest $14.7 million to establish operations in Johns Island, S.C. The project is expected to create 34 jobs in Charleston County.

 

S.W.O.R.D. International plans manufacturing plant in Greenville, S.C.

S.W.O.R.D. International, a manufacturer of small arms and defense equipment, is relocating and establishing its manufacturing operations in Greenville. The $9.5 million project is expected to create 55 new jobs.

 

Online retailer becomes Texas city’s largest employer

Shop LC, a television shopping network and online retailer, will construct a 200,000-square-foot national headquarters in Cedar Park, Texas. The $50 million capital investment will create 1,000 jobs, making it Cedar Park’s largest employer.

 

Appliance manufacturer to build assembly plant in Georgia

Rinnai America Corp., a manufacturer of tankless water heaters, boilers and wall furnaces, is building a new assembly plant in Griffin, Ga. The project is expected to be completed in early 2022 and could employ as much as 150 people.

 

Nuclear manufacturer expands in Campbell County, Va.

BWX Technologies, a supplier of nuclear components and fuel to the U.S. government, will make a multimillion-dollar investment to create a manufacturing and research-and-development center in Campbell County. The facility is expected to create 97 jobs.

 

Conveyor belt maker doubling staff in Tangipahoa Parish, La.

Intralox, the Jefferson Parish-headquartered maker of conveyor belts used by companies like FedEx and Amazon, will add 425 jobs to staff a new assembly facility at its Hammond manufacturing plant, investing $60 million.

 

VP Racing Fuels expanding in Carroll County, Tenn.

VP Racing Fuels will expand its existing operations and establish a new location in Carroll County. The company will invest $14.2 million to expand its Huntingdon operations and acquire a new facility in McKenzie near the Carroll County Airport. The project will create 150 new jobs.

 

Meal delivery company will create 200 jobs in West Palm Beach

Ideal Nutrition will hire 200 more employees once it expands into a 43,000-square-foot facility in West Palm Beach.

 

Walmart will build two new facilities in Lancaster, Texas

Walmart has announced plans to build two new facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to support the retailer’s growing supply chain network. The 1,500,000-square-foot fulfillment center and 730,000-square-foot automated grocery distribution center, which will be among Walmart’s largest, will create approximately 1,000 full-time jobs.

 

Germany-based Aurubis plans Georgia recycling-smelting plant

Aurubis, a Germany-based recycler of copper and precious metals, will invest $340 million in a state-of-the-art recycling and smelting facility in Augusta. The project is expected to create 125 jobs.

 

Norfolk Southern opens new Atlanta HQ

Rail giant Norfolk Southern has opened its new 750,000-square-foot building that rests on a 3.4-acre campus in Midtown Atlanta’s Tech Square. The project will consolidate more than 3,000 jobs.

 

New Smucker’s facility will bring 750 jobs to Alabama

The J.M. Smucker Co. will invest $1.1 billion to build a new manufacturing facility and distribution center in the McCalla area of Jefferson County, Ala. Dedicated to the production of the company’s fast-growing Uncrustables sandwiches, the facility will create 750 jobs in the Birmingham region.

 

Texas Instruments chooses Sherman, Texas, for new $29 billion facility

Texas Instruments has announced plans to continue operations in Sherman through a new $29 billion production plant. The new 4.7 million-square-foot facility is expected to create an additional 3,200 jobs.

 

Avantive Solutions expands Tulsa presence with 375 new jobs

Avantive Solutions, a global technology and business process outsourcer (BPO), has announced the addition of 375 new jobs at its headquarters in Tulsa, Okla.

 

New beef processing facility headed to Warren County, Mo.

Warren County has been selected by American Foods Group as the planned location for a new state-of-the-art beef processing facility, pending final approval. Once established, the facility would create more than 1,300 new jobs and generate $1 billion in economic impact in the state of Missouri.

 

Biogen breaks ground on RTP gene therapy facility

Biogen has begun construction of its gene therapy manufacturing plant at its growing RTP campus in Durham, N.C. The company plans to invest $200 million in the plant and 90 new jobs will be created to operate it. 

 

86 Pearson Lane establishing new operations in Lexington, Tenn.

Startup company 86 Pearson Lane will establish new manufacturing operations in Lexington. The commercial heat exchanger manufacturer will invest $16 million and create 155 new jobs at its first location.

 

Frozen produce company creating 67 new jobs in Warren County, Va.

Nature’s Touch Frozen Foods, a supplier of frozen fruits and vegetables for Canada and the United States, will invest $40.3 million to expand in Warren County. The company will establish a 126,000-square-foot facility and will hire 67 new jobs.

 

Luxor Scientific expands in South Carolina

Luxor Scientific, a full-service clinical laboratory, plans to expand operations in Greenville. The $3.2 million investment will create 54 new jobs.

 

Amazon establishes fulfillment center in Stafford County, Va.

Amazon will launch a new 630,000-square-foot fulfillment center in Stafford County. The facility on the Northern Virginia Gateway site, designed to serve as one of the company’s East Coast hubs, is expected to create 500 new jobs.

 

$100 million Cerrowire Plant coming to Hartselle, Ala.

The multimillion-dollar Morgan Center Business Park in Hartselle (vacant since its first phase was completed a decade ago) will receive its first tenant when Cerrowire builds a plant there that is projected to create 131 new jobs. Cerrowire, which already has a plant in Hartselle, has announced plans to build a $100 million, 270,000-square-foot facility at the Morgan Center.

 

New FedEx facility coming to Dothan, Ala.

A new $57 million FedEx logistics facility that will create at least 200 new jobs is coming to Dothan. The 317,000-square-foot FedEx Ground facility will stand on a 70-acre site in the Sam Houston Industrial Park.

 

Camfil Air Pollution Control constructs plant in Jonesboro, Ark.

Camfil Air Pollution Control, a manufacturer of industrial dust- and fume-collection systems, has begun construction on its new $37 million manufacturing facility in Jonesboro. The project is expected to add 67 new jobs to an existing workforce of 237 people.

 

Thermo Fisher to build new facility in North Carolina

Thermo Fisher Scientific is adding to its North Carolina operations with a capital investment of at least $192.5 million in Orange County. The company will build a manufacturing facility in Mebane as part of its federal contract to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “to ensure domestic supply of critically needed laboratory pipette tips.” The Mebane site is expected to create 150 to 200 jobs in manufacturing, engineering and business operations.

 

Celadon to invest $155 Million in Georgia

Celadon Development Corporation will invest more than $155 million in opening a North American headquarters and a state-of-the-art recycling and advanced manufacturing facility in Chatham County, creating 117 jobs in the Savannah area. This represents Phase 1 of Celadon’s major investment project in Georgia.

 

Performance Food Group will invest $80 million in Hanover County, Va.

Performance Food Group will invest $80.2 million to establish a sales and distribution center operation in Hanover County. The company, a leader in foodservice distribution, will construct a new 325,000-square-foot facility in Ashland, creating 125 jobs.

 

Microvast Holdings establishes Florida innovation HQ

Microvast Holdings, which manufactures lithium-ion battery solutions, has purchased an $11 million existing facility to locate its research, development and innovation center in Lake Mary, Fla. The project is expected to create 100 jobs over the next 5 years in the Orlando region.

 

Dr. Schneider Automotive plans Mississippi operation

Germany-based Dr. Schneider Automotive Systems, a supplier of manufacturing air ventilation systems and window frame trim, plans to establish operations in Baldwyn, Miss. The $22.5 million project is expected to create up to 400 jobs over six years.

 

Big Easy Bucha expands New Orleans operations

Probiotic drinks manufacturer and bottler Big Easy Bucha is expanding its production facility in New Orleans, La. The project is expected to create 50 new jobs.

 

American Peanut Growers Group to open facility in Seminole County, Fla.

Georgia-based American Peanut Growers Group (APGG) will invest $85 million in expanding operations in Florida, creating 90 jobs. In addition to expanding its current Donalsonville, Ga., shelling plant, APGG will open a new food processing facility on its 45-acre campus in Seminole County.

 

Billion-dollar project will create 400 new jobs in San Marcos area

Southern California-based Chem-Energy Corp., whose specialties include petroleum products, unveiled plans in November to invest more than $1 billion to build a solar power storage plant and a battery power storage plant in Caldwell County, Texas. The facilities will employ 400.

 

Software company heading to Louisiana capital city

A new software development center is locating in downtown Baton Rouge and creating 150 new direct jobs for Louisiana’s capital city. Most of the hires for Atlanta-based Rural Sourcing will work in website development.

 

Amazon adding three new Alabama sites

About 900 new jobs will be created as Amazon opens three new facilities near the Alabama cities of Montgomery, Huntsville and Birmingham. A 650,000-square-foot warehouse opening in Montgomery next year will provide more than 500 jobs as it receives products from vendors and sends them to fulfillment centers for shipment to customers.

 

S&W Foods plans new distribution center in Hammond, La.

S&W Wholesale Foods will spend $12 million to build a distribution center near Hammond that will create 30 jobs. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the distribution center will also create 150 construction jobs.

 

Helpware adding jobs across two Kentucky locations

Digital customer service company Helpware will add 300 jobs across an existing location in Montgomery County and a new office in Mercer County, with $500,000 in total investment.

 

Defense electronics company expanding to Charleston County, S.C.

Elbit Systems has announced plans to establish operations in Charleston County, creating approximately 300 new jobs. Elbit Systems is a provider of products focusing on the defense, homeland security, commercial aviation and medical instrumentation sectors.

 

Tiger Companies establishes South Carolina campus

Tiger Companies, a distributor serving the construction, surveying, home, office and medical products markets, has invested $10.8 million to establish a 255,000-square-foot operations center in Union, S.C. The project is expected to create 61 jobs.

 

Voyant Beauty expands Mississippi production center

Voyant Beauty, a manufacturer of beauty and personal care products, will invest $13.17 million to expand operations in Olive Branch. The project is expected to create 80 jobs.

 

Pitman Creek Wholesale opens Kentucky HQ center

Fishing lure manufacturer Pitman Creek Wholesale opened its fishing tackle production and headquarters facility in Lincoln County, Ky. The $15 million project is expected to create 60 full-time jobs.

 

Phillips 66 to shutter Louisiana refinery

The Alliance Refinery in Belle Chasse will shut down and be converted into a storage terminal, and many of the 900 people who work at the plant may lose their jobs. Phillips 66 has been trying to sell the plant since August, but heavy damage from Hurricane Ida was too expensive to repair.

 

Gun maker moves to Georgia in $100 million, 856-job deal

Gun maker Remington Firearms will move its headquarters from Ilion, N.Y., to Georgia, with plans to open a factory and research operation there. The company will invest $100 million in the operation in LaGrange, southwest of Atlanta, hiring 856 people over five years.

 

Smith & Wesson breaks ground on new HQ in Tennessee

Gun maker Smith & Wesson has officially broken ground on its new headquarters in Maryville, Tenn. The company will invest $125 million to make the move and create 750 new jobs.

 

Pall Corporation to hire 300 for South Carolina manufacturing facility

Pall Corporation announced it will hire 300 people to staff its new 220,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Duncan, S.C. The facility makes products that will be used in the creation and packaging of antibiotics and vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines.

 

Nemak expanding in Glasgow, Ky.

Manufacturer Nemak announced it will create 170 well-paying jobs with a $27 million expansion of its Nemak Kentucky operation in Glasgow to support future electric vehicle-related business. Nemak’s investment will support upgrades and new equipment at its facility there.

 

APEX Mattress Manufacturing establishing operations in Colleton County, S.C.

APEX Mattress Manufacturing recently announced plans to establish operations in Colleton County. The $1.9 million investment will create 50 new jobs.

 

Tampa Airport seeks 600 new workers

With passenger traffic inching up toward pre-pandemic levels, Tampa International Airport needs to fill more than 600 positions. Airlines, shops, restaurants, rental car companies and ground handling services, among others, are hiring.

 

Amazon to hire 500 in El Paso, Texas

Amazon is hiring more than 500 full-time positions ahead of the launch of its new El Paso fulfillment center. According to its website, a fulfillment center warehouse associate works a 10-hour shift, four days a week, with wages starting at $15 an hour.

 

SKC to invest $473 million in semiconductor plant in Georgia

South Korea’s SKC, a maker of plastic films, is set to invest $473 million to locate a semiconductor parts venture at its existing plant in Georgia. SK also is home to SK Innovation, which has invested $2.6 billion to put an electric-vehicle battery plant in Jackson County and plans to ramp up a second plant on the complex as demand grows.

 

Distributor plans Louisville, Ky., hub

Republic National Distributing, a distributor of wine and spirits, will invest $50 million to relocate its distribution center and sales office in Louisville. The company will construct a 289,000-square-foot warehouse and 38,000 square feet of office space there.

 

Justice mining resumes production in Kentucky

Several West Virginia coal companies with ties to Gov. Jim Justice plan to resume coal production at four surface mines in Eastern Kentucky, bringing 150 new jobs to the region.

 

Minnesota-based company investing millions in Bledsoe County, Tenn.

Virnig Manufacturing, headquartered in Minnesota, is investing nearly $12 million in its expansion into Pikeville, Tenn. The expansion will create 74 new jobs in Bledsoe County to fabricate skid steer and tractor attachments.

 

New manufacturer bringing 200 jobs to Morristown, Tenn.

An outdoor equipment company is moving some of its manufacturing from China to Morristown, creating at least 200 jobs and investing at least $20 million in the process. Greenworks Commercial makes battery-operated outdoor power equipment with lithium-ion batteries.

 

Tea company creating jobs in Mississippi

A tea company setting up shop in Clarksdale Miss., will create 60 new jobs. Ilex Organics is going to refurbish a shuttered 30,000-square-foot factory building there and open a processing facility.

 

Supplier of building products hiring 120 in South Carolina

Builders FirstSource, a supplier of structural building products, announced plans to establish operations in Yemassee. The $16 million investment will create 126 new jobs over the next five years. Builders FirstSource specializes in value-added components and services for the construction industry.

 

Central Motor Wheel of America opens 145-job expansion in Paris, Ky.

Central Motor Wheel of America recently held the grand opening of the expansion of its existing operations in Bourbon County. The automotive wheel manufacturer will add 145 new jobs.

 

LA firm to open Tulsa center

Los Angeles-based diagnostic imaging company RadNet announced plans to hire as many as 500 customer service coordinators at a new center in Tulsa, Okla.

 

Lodge Manufacturing expands Tennessee plant

American-made cast iron cookware manufacturer Lodge Manufacturing will invest $56 million to expand its facility in South Pittsburg, Tenn. The project is expected to create 239 jobs.

 

WestRock expands North Carolina facility

WestRock Company, a manufacturer of paper and packaging solutions, will invest more than $47 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Claremont, N.C. The project is expected to create 50 jobs in Catawba County.


November 2021

Toyota announces $461 million investment in Kentucky plant

Toyota is investing $461 million into its first U.S. plant in Georgetown, Ky., to add new technology, increase production flexibility and reduce its carbon footprint. The announcement does not include new jobs at the central Kentucky facility, but officials said 1,400 temporary jobs would be converted into permanent positions.

 

Guerilla RF confirms expansion plans In Greensboro, N.C.

Guerrilla RF, a wireless semiconductor company based in Greensboro, said it will expand its operations to a 58,970-square-foot facility in the city. Guerrilla RF is a wireless semiconductor company that provides circuits for the automotive, 5G infrastructure and cellular booster markets. The company expects to create 50 jobs with the $6 million capital investment.

 

Lockheed Martin adds 300 jobs In Greenville, S.C.

Lockheed Martin has announced the addition of over 300 new jobs in F-16 production at the company’s location in Greenville.

 

KAK Industry to open new facility in Missouri

Metal component manufacturer KAK Industry announced it will expand its operations by opening a manufacturing facility in Albany, Mo., investing more than $7 million and creating 30 new jobs. The new facility will help KAK Industry meet increasing demand for custom-made firearms parts.

 

Kawasaki Motors to open new facility in Missouri

Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp. announced it will expand its operations in Missouri by opening a manufacturing facility in Boonville and creating more than 270 new jobs in the area. The new facility will help the company meet increasing demand for general purpose engines used in lawn and garden products.

 

Gov. Henry McMaster proposes $500 million investment in rural infrastructure in South Carolina

Governor McMaster was joined by state leaders to make a major rural infrastructure proposal that would provide $500 million in American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds to revitalize South Carolina’s water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. The proposal would modernize rural water systems statewide, providing safe drinking water and the infrastructure needed for economic development in rural communities.

 

Clarksville, Ark., gaining 125 new jobs

Arning Companies, a manufacturer of metal fuel canopies and custom awnings for restaurants and other businesses, announced plans to open a facility in Clarksville (Johnson County), investing over $5 million and creating 125 new jobs over five years.

 

Tyson Foods investing $355 million in new Western Kentucky facility

Tyson Foods will create 450 full-time jobs and invest $355 million in a new manufacturing facility in Bowling Green. The 400,000-square-foot state-of-the-art bacon plant is one of the largest investments and job-creation projects in Kentucky’s history, according to Gov. Andy Beshear, and the single largest investment in a new facility in Bowling Green.

 

GE Appliances to create 1,000 new jobs in Kentucky with $450 million investment

GE Appliances has announced plans to add more than 1,000 jobs at its sprawling Kentucky operations as part of a $450 million investment to boost capacity and launch new products. The Kentucky-based home appliances business did not offer specifics about its new product plans but signaled that part of the investment would be pumped into laundry, dishwasher and refrigeration lines at its Louisville production complex, known as Appliance Park.

 

Another Kentucky expansion

Financial services provider ARGI Financial Group will create 245 jobs in the years ahead with a $2.7 million investment. The company will grow its existing 54,000-square-foot headquarters in Jefferson County.

 

VF Corporation to expand in Henry County, Va.

VF Corporation, a global leader in apparel, footwear and accessories, has announced plans to create 82 new jobs and invest $10.2 million in Henry County. The company will use its 500,000-square-foot facility in Martinsville to increase distribution capacity. Virginia successfully competed with California and Pennsylvania for the project.

 

Tiger Companies to invest in Union County, S.C.

Tiger Companies, a national distributor of construction, surveying, home, office and medical products, plans to invest $10.8 million and create 61 new jobs in Union County.

 

Virginia to get America’s first offshore wind turbine blade factory

A $200 million wind turbine manufacturing facility is coming to Portsmouth, Va., bringing hundreds of jobs with it. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will build the first offshore wind turbine blade facility in the United States on an 80-acre section of the Portsmouth Marine Terminal. Siemens Gamesa was chosen by Dominion Energy as its partner for its Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project, 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach. The new facility will produce turbine blades for offshore wind projects all over North America.

 

Vexus Fiber expands in Lubbock, Texas

Vexus Fiber, a fiber optic service provider in Texas and Louisiana, recently announced that it’s bringing its 100-percent fiber-to-the-home network to Lubbock. The expansion project will include the addition of 70 new jobs and over $1 million in capital investment.

 

ALPLA to build new facility In Kansas City, Mo.

ALPLA, which produces packaging systems, bottles, caps and injection-molded parts for a wide range of industries, recently announced it will break ground on a new manufacturing plant in Kansas City, creating 75 new jobs. The new facility will be the company’s fourth site in Missouri and the first dedicated to injection molding.

 

Two-million-dollar investment expected to create $250 million in private capital and 300 new jobs in West Virginia

A $2 million American Rescue Plan grant will help create 300 new jobs in Morgantown, according to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. The grant will be used for infrastructure needed to build a new beverage processing and packaging plant in the Morgantown Industrial Park.

 

PepsiCo hiring 150 in Dallas for new digital hub

Plano-based Frito-Lay’s parent company PepsiCo is building out a global, high-tech team of specialists, including 150 in a Dallas “digital hub,” to optimize everything from shipping and warehouse operations to sales and marketing. The New York-based company will hire at least 550 workers for the new team over the next three years.

 

MTC Logistics opens $61 million cargo hub in Mobile, Ala.

Baltimore-based MTC Logistics has opened a sprawling refrigerated cargo facility in Mobile, a $61 million project that will add 75 jobs. MTC broke ground in 2019 on what is now one of the largest distribution centers of its kind in the Southeast.

 

Market-research firm bringing 40 jobs to Wilmington, N.C.

Named by Forbes as one of the nation’s best startup employers, Suzy is establishing a technology hub in downtown Wilmington and bringing jobs paying an average of $120,000 a year with it. Suzy is a real-time market research technology firm.

 

France-based Plastic Omnium expands in Anderson, S.C.

Plastic Omnium, an automotive equipment provider, will invest more than $17.7 million to expand operations in Anderson. The project is expected to create 76 jobs. The expansion will allow the company to produce bumpers and tailgates for General Motors’ new Lyric electric vehicle.

 

Premier Health Consultants expands operations in Baton Rouge, La.

Premier Health Consultants will invest $1.5 million to expand its headquarters in Baton Rouge. The project is expected to create 50 administrative jobs to support the more than 85 urgent care clinics it operates across 10 states, including 45 locations in Louisiana.

 

Plum Creek Environmental expands Mississippi operations

Plum Creek Environmental, a manufacturer of waste and recycling containers and equipment, will invest $3 million to expand in West Point. The project is expected to create 50 jobs by the end of 2021.

 

Hundreds of new jobs headed to Edgefield County, S.C.

Wisconsin-based Generac Power Systems, a manufacturer of energy technology solutions and other power products, is expanding its footprint and operations at its facility in Trenton, S.C., which began operations in July. The company will spend up to $14 million adding a 200,000-square-foot distribution facility at its new plant.

 

Arthrex expanding in Anderson County, S.C.

Arthrex, an orthopedic technology innovator, plans to invest more than $100 million dollars and create 500 new jobs in Anderson County. The expansion will add a second manufacturing facility and an Electron-beam (E-beam) and X-ray sterilizations facility.

 

Packaging firm bringing 250 jobs to Northern Kentucky

Summit Packaging Solutions will locate its first Kentucky facility in Boone County, with an investment of more than $18.3 million that will create more than 250 jobs.

 

Citadel Brands establishing operations in Williamsburg County, S.C.

Citadel Brands, which specializes in promotional clothing and apparel, has announced plans to establish operations in Williamsburg County. The $7.5 million investment will create 116 new jobs.

 

Cumberland Mint breaks ground on Kentucky racing facility

Cumberland Mint celebrated the official groundbreaking of a new horse racing facility that is projected to create 213 full-time jobs for the Corbin-Williamsburg community. The joint venture between Keeneland and Kentucky Downs represents a $90 million investment into the Commonwealth’s booming tourism and horse racing economy.

 

Hillman plans 50 new jobs in Jax

Hillman Solutions, a supplier of hardware-related products, will unveil the completion of its state-of-the-art distribution center in Jacksonville, Fla., along with the creation of 50 new jobs.

 

IT consulting firm expanding HQ in Fairfax County, Va.

Intact Technology, a software consulting firm, will invest more than $700,000 to expand its headquarters in Fairfax County and create more than 40 jobs.

 

More than 400 new jobs coming to Chattanooga

Steam Logistics announced a $6.8 million expansion of its operations in downtown Chattanooga, Tenn. The third-party logistics company will also add 400 jobs to its workforce there.

 

New jobs coming to Cocke County, Tenn.

Another 200 jobs are coming to Cocke County following a major plant closure at Conagra. Ole Smoky Moonshine is looking to fill 200 jobs in a new storage and production facility coming to the area. The company has already hired 150 people and needs to hire 50 more.

 

Faurecia to expand operations in Spring Hill, Tenn.

An automotive components manufacturer will expand its operations, creating 171 new jobs in Spring Hill. Faurecia will invest $18 million to expand its existing facility there to increase manufacturing capabilities, specifically the production of door panel assemblies for several major OEMs.

 

Boeing breaks ground on new maintenance facility in Jax

Jacksonville, Fla., leaders celebrated a new era of restoring and repairing military aircraft near Cecil Airport. A new 370,000-square-foot complex will be home to a new Boeing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility. Boeing’s CEO expects this to bring in more than 300 new jobs. The facility will hold eight hangars and plenty of office space.

 

Plastics recycler moves HQ from West Coast to East Texas

An Oregon manufacturer that turns recycled plastics into new packaging is relocating its headquarters to East Texas, where it’s investing $27 million to expand operations and create 231 jobs. D6 Inc. is making the headquarters move from Portland, Ore., to Sulphur Springs with the help of a $1.4 million grant from Texas’ deal-closing fund.

 

Trex to build Little Rock Port factory

Trex, a maker of decking, railing and outdoor items from recycled materials, plans to build a factory at the Port of Little Rock, creating 500 jobs in Arkansas. The company investment in the project will be $400 million.

 

Prospero Health bringing more jobs and HQ to Downtown Memphis, Tenn.

Home-based medical care company Prospero Health announced it will relocate and expand in a new downtown office on South B.B. King Boulevard. The company also promised to add 530 new jobs over the next five years. . .more than double the company’s original job commitment made in 2019.

 

Hello Bello cuts ribbon on new Waco diaper factory

Hello Bello, a diaper company co-founded by celebrities Kristin Bell and Dax Shepard, recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Waco-based facility. The diaper company will bring 100 new jobs to Waco, Texas, and more than 300 nationwide.

 

Gene therapy company creating 200 new jobs in Durham County, N.C.

Jaguar Gene Therapy will invest more than $125 million to build a facility in Durham County. The Illinois-based company will create 200 new jobs.

 

Walmart creating 400 jobs with new distribution center in Spartanburg County, S.C.

Walmart has announced plans to build a new, high-tech distribution center for fresh and frozen groceries in Spartanburg County. The $450 million investment will create more than 400 new jobs. The 720,000-square-foot facility, located in Lyman, marks Walmart’s largest grocery distribution center to date and will move two times more product than a traditional grocery distribution center.

 

German plastics manufacturer bringing jobs to Catawba County, N.C.

A German company that makes plastic components is bringing 133 jobs to Catawba County. Pöppelmann Plastics is investing more than $19.2 million to expand its manufacturing campus in Claremont.

 

Plastikon Industries plans Texas manufacturing center

California-based Plastikon Industries, an automotive manufacturer and supplier of interior components to companies such as Tesla and Toyota, will open a new facility in Kyle, Texas. The $13.6 project is expected to create 200 full-time jobs in the region.

 

ThredUp builds its largest distribution complex in Texas

ThredUp, an online resale platform for apparel, will invest $70 million to expand operations and build a distribution hub in Lancaster, Texas. The project is expected to create 2,000 jobs.

 

Global Concentrate expands Virginia operations

Global Concentrate, a supplier for fruit and vegetable juice, will purchase approximately 170 acres at the Pretlow Industrial Park in Franklin, Va. The project is expected to create 50 full-time jobs. The company will invest a minimum of $121 million to establish its largest processing operation in the United States.

 

Toyota Motor Manufacturing announces new production line for 2022 Tundra engines

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama marked 20 years in Huntsville, Ala., by announcing that two new engines will be built at the Huntsville facility – a hybrid electric-powered twin-turbo V6 and a gas-powered twin-turbo V6, both of which will power the 2022 Toyota Tundra.

 

Hubbell Power Systems creating more than 70 jobs in Rocky Mount, N.C., expansion

Hubbell Power Systems, a manufacturer of electrical power products for utilities, will expand operations in North Carolina with an $8.9 million investment in the City of Rocky Mount. The company will add 73 new jobs there.

 

Louisiana lands largest carbon capture project in the world

Louisiana has landed the largest clean energy carbon sequestration project in the world, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced recently. Air Products will build a $4.5 billion complex in Ascension Parish to produce “blue hydrogen,” which uses natural gas to produce an alternative fuel with the carbon dioxide emissions captured and stored underground.

 

Richmond National Group will create 70 new jobs in Henrico County, Va.

Richmond National Group, a start-up specialty property and casualty insurance company, will invest at least $175,000 to establish its headquarters in Henrico County. It is expected to create approximately 70 new jobs over the next three years. 

 

Rug manufacturer opens shipping hub in Southern Dallas

A Dallas-based rug manufacturer has opened a huge new distribution center in Southern Dallas. Loloi Rugs’ new shipping center will bring 75 jobs.

 

Sugar alternative company creating 64 jobs in Albemarle County, Va.

Virginia sugar alternatives company Bonumose will invest $27.7 million to expand in Albemarle County in a partnership with The Hershey Co. to research and develop reduced or zero sugar chocolate products, creating 64 jobs.

 

Satellite maker brings 2,000 jobs to Florida

A manufacturer of space satellites is bringing a new factory to a spaceport development on Florida’s Atlantic coast in a move expected to create thousands of new jobs. Terran Orbital plans to spend more than $300 million to establish a 660,000-square-foot plant on Merritt Island in what he said will become “the largest satellite manufacturing facility in the world.”

 

Fujifilm’s new plant in Holly Springs, N.C., adding hundreds of jobs

Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies is joining the list of high-tech and life sciences companies choosing the Triangle. Fujifilm had already begun clearing 150 acres that will become the largest cell culture plant in North America. The facility will start by employing 725 people making an average salary of $100,000. The state will give Fujifilm Diosynth a $20 million grant over the next decade, but only if it meets hiring and investment goals.

 

New company bringing jobs to Muskogee, Okla.

A Minnesota-based company that provides technology hardware and digital lesson plans to schools across the country plans to establish a regional repair center and distribution hub at the Muskogee-Davis Regional Airport. Trafera plans to have 20 employees by the end of the year and “scale up to nearly 80 employees over the next three years.”

 

Manufacturing campus brings 700 jobs to Simpsonville, Ky.

A Louisville-based manufacturing company is expanding into Shelby County, creating 700 new jobs. Heating and air company KCC Manufacturing broke ground recently on a $200 million research and production campus in Simpsonville.

 

Renewable Energy Group breaks ground on $950 million expansion in Geismar, La.

Renewable Energy Group recently broke ground on the $950 million expansion project at its renewable diesel plant in Geismar. The project also adds more than 60 permanent jobs while adding 500 temporary construction positions.

 

Cisco plans $41 million office in Atlanta, hiring 700

Cisco says it will expand its presence in Georgia by opening a new 700-employee office in midtown Atlanta. The California-based tech giant is investing $41 million to open in a massive complex developed on land owned by Georgia Tech.

 

Southern Research investing in Birmingham campus

Southern Research has announced plans to invest in its campus on Southside Birmingham, Ala., hire more scientists, and expand its capacity to research illnesses like COVID-19. The company will invest almost $20 million in its Birmingham campus and create 50 new high-paying jobs there.

 

Arkansas biotech company adding jobs

A biotech company in Rogers, Ark., Pel-Freez, is expanding its operations and adding 31 new jobs. The company produces material like blood fractions, tissues and antibodies for biological research.

 

Prysmian Group plans $50 million investment In Marshall, Texas

Prysmian Group, which specializes in the production of electrical cable, is planning a $50 million investment in its Marshall, Texas, plant, including equipment upgrades and the addition of 75 jobs. Prysmian Group’s Harrison County plant is its largest plant in North America and is where the bulk of the region’s renewable energy products are made.

 

BASF finishes $70 million expansion in rural Georgia

Chemicals firm BASF held a ribbon-cutting event on October 6th at its Agricultural Solutions seed treatment production plant in Sparks, Ga., to mark the completion of a $70 million expansion project. The investment will enable the Germany-based company to increase production of its seed treatment system. About 30 jobs were created as a result of the investment.

 

Smith & Wesson headed to Tennessee

Gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson is moving its headquarters from Massachusetts to Blount County, Tenn., and bringing $125 million and 750 jobs with it. The company cites proposed state legislation targeting its products, while some elected officials say it’s more a case of corporate welfare and a better deal down South.

 

Solar company investment to create 500 jobs in Georgia

Solar technologies company NanoPV will invest more than $36 million to open a manufacturing and distribution facility in Americus, Ga. The investment is expected to create more than 500 jobs in Sumter County. NanoPV makes solar panels and related equipment.

 

E-waste recycling company to open first U.S. facility at Port of Savannah

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp recently announced that e-waste recycling company Igneo Technologies will invest $85 million in opening its first U.S. electronics recycling facility at the Port of Savannah. This is expected to create at least 150 jobs in Chatham County once Igneo is fully operational.

 

New $300 million Florida surgery center will create 600 jobs

AdventHealth recently opened its $300 million Tampa Bay, Fla.-based Taneja Surgery Center. The facility is one of the area’s largest medical projects ever completed.

 

Furniture maker expanding in Hickory, N.C.

McCreary Modern, a private-label manufacturer of residential furniture, is expanding its Maiden, N.C., manufacturing campus with a new 80,000-square-foot sewing operation. The new construction is in addition to expansions underway at the company’s nearby Maiden framing plant and woodworking plant in Lenoir. The two expansions and new sewing facility are expected to add 100 jobs to McCreary Modern’s 1,000-employee workforce.

 

HomeGoods’ new Texas distribution center could bring 1,000 new jobs

The massive HomeGoods Distribution Center is anticipated to break ground in late November in Fort Worth, bringing with it about 1,000 potential new jobs. The Massachusetts-based retailer’s new distribution center will span more than 1 million square feet and is estimated to cost about $80.3 million.

 

Alabama to gain hundreds of new jobs for U.S. missile defense

Defense firm Northrop Grumman plans to hire 500 more engineers in the Huntsville area to support America’s new Air Force-led defense against foreign nuclear missile attack. The Virginia-based company won a contract in 2020 worth nearly $14 billion to replace the country’s 60-year-old Minute Man missile defense system, which is prepared 24/7 to launch missiles against an attack on the president’s command.

 

ExxonMobil to build new plastic waste recycling facility in Baytown, Texas

ExxonMobil is set to build its first large-scale plastic waste advanced recycling facility in Baytown. The Irving, Texas-based oil and gas giant said the facility is the first step in its plans to build around 500,000 metric tons of recycling capacity globally over the next five years. The facility in Baytown, located about 26 miles east of Houston, is expected to begin operations by the end of next year. No word yet on the price tag of the plant.

 

USAA hiring 1,500 in San Antonio, Texas

USAA just announced an increase in the company’s minimum wage from $16 to $21 an hour – or $43,680 annually. In addition to the minimum wage increase, the insurance company also announced that it is looking to fill 2,600 positions – 1,500 of those positions will be located in San Antonio.

 

Mercedes adding hundreds of jobs in Alabama by year’s end

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) plans to hire several hundred permanent production team members before the end of 2021 to meet growing demand for its vehicles and prepare for new milestones, especially the production of two electric vehicles – the EQS and EQE sport utilities – in 2022. MBUSI is opening an EV battery pack assembly facility on a second Alabama campus in Bibb County.

 

Nissan to upgrade Mississippi and Tennessee plants amid EV push

Japan’s Nissan Motor Company will spend about $700 million at two U.S. manufacturing plants to implement new technologies to make electric vehicles. The investment is part of a $1.2 billion global investment to make the automaker’s global factories more efficient, less polluting and ready to produce next-generation cars such as electric vehicles. The Nissan plants in Canton, Miss., and Smyrna, Tenn., are part of the ramp-up.

 

Seventy-million-dollar investment expands Glen Raven’s presence in South Carolina

Textile manufacturer Glen Raven will invest $70 million to expand in Anderson, S.C. The investment is expected to create 135 new jobs in Anderson County and add a distribution center to its operations.

 

Argents Air Express expands South Carolina operations

Argents Air Express, a logistics company, plans to expand operations in North Charleston. The $400,000 investment will create 35 new jobs and increase the company’s fulfillment and distribution capabilities in the Southeast.

 

Globe Metallurgical considers reopening plant in Selma, Ala.

Britain-based Ferroglobe recently announced that its subsidiary, Globe Metallurgical, is considering plans to restart its silicon metal facility in Selma. The two-furnace operation there poduces silicon metal, which is used to produce the silicon wafers for solar cells and electronic semiconductors. It’s also used to strengthen aluminum and as a raw material in a growing number of industrial and consumer products. GMI’s plans call for restarting one furnace at the Dallas County facility in December 2021, with hopes of restarting the second furnace by March 2022.

 

Tesla headquarters moving to Texas

Tesla will move its headquarters to Austin, Texas, following through on a threat Elon Musk made last year when tensions between the billionaire and California boiled over. Musk announced his decision in October. The shortage of affordable housing and long commute times are among factors limiting how much the company can expand in the San Francisco Bay area it’s called home for 18 years, he said.

 

SpaceLink expanding in Fairfax County, Va.

SpaceLink, a Tysons, Va.-based corporation providing data connections from Earth to satellites and other spacecraft, will expand and create 41 new jobs.

 

Samsung expanding again in Plano, Texas

Samsung is expanding its Plano regional office center again. In 2018, the South Korea-based electronics giant announced that it would move 1,000 workers to the Legacy Central business campus in Plano. Then in 2020, Samsung expanded the Plano office by another 75,000 square feet. The tech company now says it is spending nearly $ 11 million building 60,000 square feet of new offices.

 

Tyson investing $61 million in Mississippi expansion

Tyson Foods has unveiled plans to invest $61 million to expand its poultry plant in Vicksburg, Miss. The facility employs approximately 500 people, and the expansion will add another 50 jobs.

 

Italy-based meat producer opening in Virginia

Italy-based Veronesi, a producer of cured meats, will establish its first U.S. production operation in Rockingham County, Va. The project is expected to create more than 150 new jobs. The company also plans to explore the possibility of working with smaller Virginia farms for its American production needs.

 

Harbor Steel & Supply builds Bowling Green plant

Harbor Steel & Supply, a manufacturer of products for the steel and aluminum industries, will construct a 50,000-square-foot facility in the Kentucky Transpark in Bowling Green. The $8 million investment is expected to create 25 full-time jobs in the years ahead.

 

Williams Sonoma hiring thousands in Florida

Williams Sonoma is hiring 3,500 people within the next six weeks and the positions are work-from-home. They’re looking to hire people between Tampa and Miami, which are two of their biggest growing markets.

 

Life science giant bringing hundreds of jobs to RTP

North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park-based health IT and research company IQVIA has just opened a new 160,000–square-foot lab facility for its Q2 Solutions subsidiary. No financial information was provided, but the company anticipates creating close to 750 new jobs over the next decade.

Vexus Boats expands in North Arkansas

Vexus Boats will expand operations with a new facility in Flippin, Ark. Since opening its current facility there, the fishing boat company has seen exponential growth amplified since the start of the pandemic. The $4.2 million investment will also create 50 new full-time positions.

 

Industrial park planned for Moody, Ala.

A $125 million industrial park will begin taking shape in Moody later this year. Kelly Creek Commerce Park, a 172-acre development, could eventually be home to about 800 employees, according to an announcement. The plan is to create a technology-based manufacturing park similar to ones in Birmingham, Huntsville and Auburn.

 

Leprino Foods investing $870 million in Texas plant

Leprino Foods, a mozzarella and dairy ingredients manufacturer, will invest $870 million to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant located on 258 acres in East Lubbock, Texas. The project represents the largest single private capital investment announced since Lubbock Economic Development Alliance’s (LEDA) inception, and the 12th largest private capital investment project in Texas since the establishment of the Texas Enterprise Fund in 2003.

 

Nymbus moving HQ to Jax, will hire 673

Nymbus, a software developer for financial institutions, announced it will move its corporate headquarters from Miami Beach to Downtown Jacksonville, Fla. The company anticipates creating around 600 new jobs in the area.

 

PreZero expanding in South Carolina

PreZero, a recycling company, announced plans to expand operations in Oconee County, S.C. The $11.5 million investment will hire 32 to convert plastic and organic waste into valuable raw materials and commodities.

 

Sea Pro Boats expanding in Newberry County, S.C.

Sea Pro Boats is expanding its operations in Whitmire. The $3.7 million investment includes 50 new jobs.

 

New jobs coming to Goose Creek, S.C.

Flooring Services, a commercial and residential flooring company, is relocating its headquarters to the Crowfield Corporate Park in Goose Creek with a $4.4 million investment. The relocation will create 30 new jobs.

 

Louisiana medical marijuana expands to Ruston, La.

Louisiana’s largest medical marijuana producer is expanding its growing operation to Ruston, where LSU AgCenter partner Good Day Farm is putting a 225,000-square-foot warehouse into production. The company will begin moving plants from Baton Rouge into the warehouse after the facility gets the green light from the regulators.

 

GlaxoSmithKline relocating offices and hundreds of workers to Downtown Durham

GlaxoSmithKline is relocating its offices in Research Triangle Park to the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham, N.C., as the drug giant adjusts to changing demand for office space in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The space at the American Tobacco Campus (ATC) will accommodate about 650 employees at maximum capacity, about half of the company’s current workforce at the RTP facility. “This is a flexible arrangement that may see people in the new space some of the time and working from home some of the time,” a spokesperson for GSK said.

 

Manufacturer reshoring to Wythe County, Va.

Governor Ralph Northam announced that because the Commonwealth has committed $8.5 million to upgrade infrastructure at Progress Park in Wythe County, a major joint venture has committed to build a manufacturing operation that projects to employ 2,500 people. A joint venture between Blue Star Manufacturing and American Glove Innovations will invest $714.1 million to establish a nitrile butadiene rubber (NBR) manufacturing facility and nitrile glove production operation in Wythe County’s Progress Park. The investment would represent the largest job creation in Southwest Virginia in a generation.

 

QSR Automations’ new HQ will create 30 jobs, relocate 130 in Kentucky

QSR Automations, a technology developer for the restaurant and hospitality industries, celebrated the opening of the its new global headquarters and tech campus, a $10 million investment that will create 30 new jobs and relocate 130 employees previously based across multiple facilities.

 

Gulfstream will create thousands of jobs in Savannah, Ga.

Gulfstream Aerospace has unveiled two new state-of-the-art aircraft to add to their fleet, the G400 and the G800, which will bring thousands of new jobs to the area. “The local jobs in Savannah that will be created by these airplanes is going to be in the thousands. We’ve hired about 3,000 people as I said so far this year. I think we have 2,000 jobs that are open right now, and as manufacturing continues to grow for the G700 and these two new airplanes, we’ll see job growth in Savannah,” said Mark Burns, President of Gulfstream.

 

Community Wellness Technology creating 445 at new facility in Danville, Ky.

Community Wellness Technology, a provider of remote patient monitoring and clinical health coaching services for the healthcare industry, is investing $3 million (with plans to invest up to $15 million) to establish a new facility in Boyle County, a project that will create 445 jobs during the coming years.

 

Mohawk Industries will invest $87 million to expand in Thomasville, N.C.

Mohawk Industries will create 87 new jobs and expand its Thomasville manufacturing facility. The company will invest $87 million to grow its laminate manufacturing facility there.

 

Special Aerospace Services plans production facility in Alabama

Colorado-based Special Aerospace Services (SAS), a tactical engineering company, is expanding its Alabama footprint and opening a production facility in the Cummings Research Park in Huntsville. The phased development will encompass up to two major buildings and a projected 30 high-technology jobs.


October 2021

Reshoring on track for record job migration to U.S.

According to the Reshoring Initiative, the U.S. (as of September) is on track to add a total of nearly 250,000 jobs from abroad in 2021. The data includes foreign direct investment — which was down dramatically in 2020 — so the "reshoring" data is skewed. Foreign direct investment, for the most part, has no relationship with reshoring. However, using the Reshoring Initiative's data, the projected jobs created in 2021 is 38 percent more than 2020, when 161,000 jobs were created either by reshoring or FDI.

 

Two huge Ford Motor deals

Ford Motor and battery supplier SK Innovation have planned to invest over $11 billion at two sites in the South, one in Kentucky and the other in Tennessee. The projects will produce electric vehicles and batteries. The two sites are the Memphis Regional Megasite and the Glendale Megasite in Hardin County, Ky. The Tennessee project will include a 3,600-acre campus, a supplier park, recycling center and a new assembly plant to build F-Series trucks. The two projects are expected to create almost 11,000 full-time jobs and are part of President Joe Biden's call for companies to onshore supply chains amid the global shortage of semiconductor chips and the logistics backlog that is being experience in the supply chain from foreign countries. The state of Tennessee invested more than $174 million on improvements at the Memphis Regional Megasite. Tens of millions have also been spent on the Glendale Megasite in central Kentucky over the years as well. That site came in second in the Hyundai site search that ended up in Montgomery, Ala., nearly 20 years ago. The joint venture on both sites will be called BlueOvalSK.

 

Raytheon opens new plant in McKinney, Texas

Raytheon Technologies, an aerospace and defense contractor, has opened a new 178,000-square-foot intelligent manufacturing facility at its McKinney campus. The company has also announced it will build a larger plant on the site by 2025. The two plants are expected to house over 700 workers.

 

Martinsville-Henry County, Va., is at it again

Germany-based Schock is setting up shop in Henry County, Va., one of the most successful rural locations in the South for economic development. The company manufactures all kinds of kitchen sinks. The $85 million deal will create 355 jobs.

 

Global automotive supplier Auria to expand in South Carolina

Auria Spartanburg has announced that it is expanding its plant in Spartanburg to meet growing demand. The $12 million deal will create 103 new jobs. The company makes flooring, acoustic systems and other parts for a variety of automakers.

 

Corning expanding in North Carolina

Corning is investing $150 million in optical cable manufacturing in North Carolina, initially adding 200 jobs in Hickory, N.C. This is just the latest Corning expansion in Hickory. The deal is part of Corning’s collaboration with AT&T Inc. to increase fiber network capacity to meet high demand and accelerate 5G deployment.

 

Software company to add over 100 jobs in North Carolina

Vantaca, a software-as-a-service provider, will add 104 new jobs in New Hanover County. The company is expanding in its hometown Wilmington.

 

Midtown Atlanta keeps the momentum going

Tech-heavy midtown Atlanta continues its string of massive tech deals in the fall of 2021. Visa announced last quarter they plan on occupying a 123,000-square-foot office at 1200 Peachtree Street and hiring 1,000 new employees over the next few years. The company’s new office facility is expected to open in 2022 with a focus on technology and client services.

 

Another tech deal, this one at Research Triangle Park

Fidelity Investments is bringing another 1,500 jobs to Research Triangle Park. The announcement means that Fidelity will employ a total of 2,500 in the Raleigh-Durham area.

 

Largest satellite facility in the world to be constructed at Florida's Space Coast

Terran Orbital announced in the fall that it will invest $300 million in Merritt Island on Florida's Space Coast. Florida's governor Ron DeSantis said the company’s move to Florida will create the largest satellite manufacturing facility in the entire world. The 660,000-square-foot facility will be able to produce more than 1,000 satellites a year and 1 million satellite components. The deal will create 2,000 jobs.

 

Thermo Fisher expands in Missouri

Thermo Fisher Scientific has announced plans to expand its drug substance manufacturing facility in St. Louis County, Mo. The $82.5 million deal will create 169 jobs.

 

Auto parts supplier relocating to Texas site

Vehicle Accessories Inc. plans to relocate 315 manufacturing jobs and its $13.5 million annual payroll from Sunnyvale, Calif., and other locations to Mesquite, Texas. The company plans to combine operations in Sunnyvale, Buffalo (N.Y.), Toronto, Ontario and Magog, Quebec, to the new Mesquite location.  The relocation project will create 315 jobs.

 

Petcare firm adding jobs in Arkansas

Mars Petcare is investing nearly $120 million into its Fort Smith operation as pet food demand rises, capitalizing on earlier expansion plans and producing even more jobs. The company will add two new production lines and 140 new workers.

 

Modular home manufacturer to set up shop in rural South Carolina

Impresa Building Systems of Greenwood  will establish a new factory in Greenwood County, S.C., and create 180 jobs. The company will be making a $9 million investment.

 

Toyota celebrates 25 years in West Virginia

In the fall quarter, Japanese automaker Toyota celebrated a major milestone— the company has operated in Buffalo, W.Va., for 25 years. The company makes four- and six-cylinder engines there are well as transmissions and hybrid trans-axles.

 

Bourbon maker bringing jobs to Somerset, Ky.

Horse Soldier Bourbon is investing $200 million to bring bourbon and tourism dollars to Pulaski County, Ky. The deal will create 50 jobs.

 

Plastics manufacturer expanding in Virginia

Virginia Industrial Plastics is investing over $6 million to expand its plant in Rockingham County, Va. The deal will create 92 jobs.

 

International automotive manufacturer to open facility in Central Texas

The Greater San Marcos Partnership announced in the fall that Plastikon Industries will open a new factory in Kyle, Texas. The company supplies interior components to companies like Tesla and Toyota. The $13.6 million deal will create 200 jobs.

 

Oak barrel manufacturer chooses rural South Carolina for new plant

South Carolina Oak Barrel announced in the fall it will invest $6.8 million in a new plant in Bamberg County, S.C. The barrels will be used for whiskey and wine operations. The project will generate 122 new jobs.

 

Mining operation creating jobs in West Virginia

CS Global Group, which is based in Turkey, will located a barite mining and manufacturing operation in Moundsville, W.Va. The $10 million project will create 47 jobs.

 

Aerospace company to break ground on new plant in Virginia

Aery Aviation, a full-service commercial and government services provider to the aerospace industry, is breaking ground on a new 60,000-square-foot hangar facility at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. The $15 million deal will create 211 jobs.

 

1,000 jobs being created at historic Walter Reed Army Medical Center

The Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus is opening a new facility at Walter Reed in Northwest D.C. The deal will create 1,000 jobs.

 

Manufacturer to locate new plant in Central Texas

Knauf Insulation plans to open a new factory in McGregor, Texas. The $210 million project will create 151 jobs.

 

Financial services giant Charles Schwab adding hundreds of new jobs in Austin

Schwab and TD Ameritrade are adding jobs in the Texas capitol. Most of the 450 jobs are tech jobs such as software development.

 

Toyota again expanding its Alabama engine plant

Japanese automaker Toyota will be the exclusive North American producer of the twin-turbo V6 engine for the 2022 Tundra. The manufacturer said the twin-turbo V6 engine line represents a $288 million investment in Toyota Alabama operations and an added 450 jobs, bringing total employment to 1,800.

 

Moody's expanding in Charlotte

Moody’s Investor Services is expanding in Charlotte, taking up enough space in the South End to accommodate 500 employees. Employers will start occupying the new space in the first quarter of 2022.

 

Fintech startup approved for incentives outside of Austin

Moca Ventures, a fintech startup, has received final approval from the Bastrop City Council for an incentives agreement to help build a “Google-like” headquarters in the city located east of Austin. The project could create up to 700 jobs.

 

Vitamin maker to expand its manufacturing and analytical testing operations in Sugar Land, Texas

Bluebonnet Nutrition Corporation, headquartered in Sugar Land, will invest $18 million to expand its Sugar Land Business Park location and add 200 new jobs. It will be the company's third facility in Sugar Land.

 

Waitr bringing new jobs in Mississippi

Food delivery service company Waitr is expanding in the Hattiesburg, Miss., area. The company is looking for 200 new contract drivers.

 

Big deal in Middle Tennessee

Massachusetts-based Thermo Fisher Scientific announced it will establish an equipment manufacturing plant just east of Nashville in Lebanon, Tenn. The company will make bioprocess containers and fluid transfer assemblies that will be used by biopharmaceutical companies around the world to develop and produce vaccines and therapeutics. The $100 million investment is expected to create 1,400 jobs.

 

Arkansas company expands after expanding

Jonesboro-based Hytrol Conveyor Corp., a maker of conveyor systems, announced earlier in 2021 that it would add a second factory in Fort Smith, Ark. Initially 250 workers were to be housed at the plant. Now, the company has announced  it will expand by adding 100 new employees at its Fort Smith location.

 

REHAU announces another expansion in Cullman, Ala.

German auto supplier REHAU is expanding again in Cullman, Ala. In the summer, REHAU officials said they would spend $50 million at the Alabama plant for new equipment and tooling. REHAU's largest customer in Alabama is the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa County.

 

Marine electronics maker to expand in East Alabama

Hummingbird is expanding its plant in Eufaula, Ala. Hummingbird, part of Johnson Outdoors, makes marine electronics including fish finders, multifunction displays, autopilots, ice flashers and cartography products.The deal will create 77 jobs.

 

Carvana creating jobs in Oklahoma

Auto retailer Carvana is investing in an inspection and reconditioning center in Oklahoma City that’s expected to bring more than 350 new jobs to the metro.

 

Drug therapy firm picks Raleigh over Durham and Atlanta

Gilead Sciences, the maker of breakthrough HIV, hepatitis C and cancer therapies as well as the COVID treatment remdesivir, has chosen Raleigh for a facility. The deal will create 275 jobs.

 

Interesting deal in Tampa

Genesis Systems, a developer of technologies that aim to solve global water scarcity, plans to establish its corporate headquarters and launch its first line of products in Tampa, Fla. The company plans to add 125 new jobs over the next five years.

 

Atlanta-based Earthlink bringing 285 jobs to Southwest Virginia

Internet provider Earthlink plans to hire 285 workers when it opens a $5.4 million customer care center in Norton, Va.

 

Manufacturer of farm equipment expanding its facility in North Carolina

Everything Attachments, a manufacturer of high-quality farm implements and tractor attachments, is expanding its plant in Conover, N.C. The $20 million deal will create 147 new jobs.

 

GenH2 establishes global HQ in Titusville, Fla.

GenH2, a leading developer of hydrogen infrastructure solutions and liquid hydrogen production, is locating its global headquarters in Titusville, Fla. The $35 million project will create 400 jobs.

 

Manufacturer expands in West Virginia

TeMa North America announced in the fall it will invest $7 million and add 15 jobs in Jefferson County, W.Va.

 

Life science firm Patheon expands in North Carolina

Life science firm Patheon, a subsidiary of Thermo Fisher, is adding nearly 300 jobs as it expands in Greenville, N.C. The company is investing $154 million.

 

Amazon adding 3,000 jobs in Kentucky

Amazon is adding 3,000 jobs in Kentucky at existing locations. The jobs are in addition to the 2,000 Amazon Air jobs at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). The jobs will be added in Lexington, Shepherdsville, Erlanger and Hebron.

 

Metals manufacturer to invest more than $100 million in Virginia

Service Center Metals, a maker of aluminum extrusions, will invest more than $100 million to expand in Prince George County, Va. The project will create 94 jobs.

 

Auto supplier to establish first U.S. factory in Northeast Tennessee

Sungwoo Hitech America will place its first U.S. factory in Telford, Tenn. The company plans to produce bumpers, rear components, and side framing for a variety of automakers including BMW, Hyundai, Kia and Volkswagen. Approximately 115 jobs will be created.

 

New factory for Tyson in Virginia

Arkansas-based Tyson Foods announced it will open a new factory in Danville, Va. The $300 million plant will house about 400 workers.

 

Audi could build electric vehicles at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee.

Audi's parent company is VW and the chances of the German automaker building EVs in Chattanooga are growing stronger every day. Audi shares the same all-electric architecture as the ID.4 model which it builds in Chattanooga.

 

Peanut plant slated for South Carolina

Premium Peanut is investing $64.3 million to establish operations in Orangeburg County in a move expected to create 130 jobs.

 

Bioplastics manufacturer to open plant in Savannah, Ga.

NANTRenewables, a subsidiary of NantWorks, will invest up to $29 million to build a manufacturing facility at SeaPoint Industrial Terminal Complex in Savannah. The venture will create 134 jobs.


September 2021

Could Audi build electric vehicles at VW plant?

German automaker Audi builds it EVs in Germany and Belgium. At some point it will need to build electric vehicles in the U.S. like everyone else, but it is unlikely for Audi to build a whole new plant with a facility in Mexico and its parent company VW already preparing for EV manufacturing. One clue suggests Audi, if it builds EVs in the U.S., would do it at parent company VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Audi shares the same all-electric architecture as the ID.4 — VW Group’s MEB platform — which would make production of the Audi Q4 e-tron quite possible in Tennessee.

 

Gap to hire 1,000 more at Nashville area distribution center

Gap continues to grow its 25-year-old distribution center in Gallatin, Tenn. The company is adding 1,000 jobs at the center.

 

Incentives approved to bring Samsung’s $17 billion plant to Taylor, Texas

Officials in the town of Taylor and Williamson County have approved incentives for a new Samsung Electronics $17 billion chip plant. The plant represents one of the largest foreign investments in U.S. history. Taylor is located just northeast of Austin where Samsung operates another chip plant.

 

Missouri cannabis industry adds more than 4,000 jobs in less than a year

According to a report this week from the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has to date issued some 4,584 state agent ID cards required to work at medical marijuana facilities.

 

Hytrol expands in Arkansas

Hytrol, a maker of conveyor systems used by Amazon, UPS and FedEx, is expanding it plant in Fort Smith by adding 100 jobs. The company is headquartered in Jonesboro, Ark. Hytrol is investing over $3 million in the deal.

 

Ascend West Virginia flooded with applications

Earlier this year, the state of West Virginia offered remote workers $12,000 in cash if they relocated there for two years. The state was flooded with applications. Called Ascend West Virginia, the talent attraction and retention program chose 53 people for its first class of remote workers moving to West Virginia. Those people chosen came from 21 states and other countries such as Germany. The first batch will receive $12,000 in cash, plus free outdoor recreation, the option to earn certifications through West Virginia University, and access to co-working space and networking opportunities.

 

VEDP "Supply Chain Optimization Program"

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership launched its Supply Chain Optimization Program, Gov. Ralph Northam announced in the summer quarter. The one-year program is designed to help Virginia businesses streamline their supply chain management. Participating businesses could receive a maximum of $10,000 in reimbursements for supply chain-related expenses, including consulting services, connections with experts and training sessions.

 

German auto parts supplier expanding again in Cullman, Ala.

German auto supplier REHAU plans to invest $50 million in expanding its plant in Cullman, Ala. The company is a major supplier to the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Ala. REHAU will hire 150 workers in the deal.

 

Seven million Americans not working because of need to take care for homebound children

This summer, Census data showed that 7.5 million Americans are not working because they are taking care of children who are schooling at home. This issue is the biggest impediment to filling over 9 million vacant jobs.

 

Millions more square feet of space planned for North Carolina's Research Triangle

This has been a great year for biotech project activity in the Research Triangle. The Triangle currently has about 10 million square feet of biotech space, however, real estate analyst Newmark said this summer that there is up to 10 million square feet of new space under development. This summer Amgen reported it will invest $550 million in a new facility in the Triangle that will create 355 jobs.

 

Texas beating all states for California corporate relocations

According to Spectrum Location Solutions and Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, Texas is beating all other states for relocating headquarters coming from California. Texas captured 114 California corporate relocations from January 1, 2018, to June 30th of this year. That was 89 more than Tennessee captured, which had the second-most wins in that period. The Austin MSA won 57 during that time, the most of any Texas market.

 

China is also having labor issues

The U.S. economy is not the only large economy that is having a tough time finding labor. China, the second largest economy in the world, is also going through labor pains. Labor shortages are across the board, but manufacturing especially hard hit as factory owners struggle to fill jobs.

 

Nucor cancels Louisiana expansion of steel mill

Charlotte-based Nucor has abandoned its plan to invest $120 million in its steel manufacturing complex in Convent, La. The new facility would have made iron pellets.

 

The top trading partner of every Southern state

The U.S. is highly dependent — perhaps unsurprisingly — on Canada and Mexico for trade. The country’s top trading partner is Mexico, making up 14.8 percent of total trade. However, the country’s neighbors to the north and south are not the only trade partners that U.S. states rely heavily upon. Here are the top trading partners (exports) for each Southern state based on last year's totals:

 

Top export locations for each Southern state

                                             Value                 Percent of state exports

Alabama: China                 $3.1 billion        18.1 percent

Arkansas: Canada             $1.2 billion        22.1 percent

Florida: Brazil                     $3.5 billion        7.7 percent

Georgia: Canada               $5.1 billion        13.3 percent

Kentucky: Canada             $6.5 billion        26.5 percent

Louisiana:  China               $10.8 billion      18.1 percent

Mississippi: Canada           $2.1 billion        20.3 percent

Missouri: Canada            $4.4 billion        35.0 percent

North Carolina: Canada    $5.8 billion        24.7 percent

Oklahoma: Canada           $1.4 billion        27 percent

South Carolina: Germany$4.1 billion       13.5 percent

Tennessee: Canada         $5.8 billion        20.7 percent    

Texas: Mexico                    $8 9 billion        31.9 percent

Virginia: Canada                $2.7 billion        16.5 percent

West Virginia: Canada      $1.3 billion        28.3 percent

Source: Census Bureau

 

Thermo Fischer Scientific to establish new manufacturing facility in Wilson County, Tenn.

Thermo Fisher Scientific officials announced that the Massachusetts-based life sciences company will establish a new manufacturing facility in Wilson County that will lead to 1,400 new jobs. To date, Thermo Fisher has committed more than $100 million to build a new facility where it will produce containers and assemblies that are used globally by biopharma companies to develop and produce therapeutics and vaccines.

 

Bioplastics company opening facility in Savannah, Ga.

Bioplastics company NANTRenewables will invest up to $29 million to build a manufacturing facility at SeaPoint Industrial Terminal Complex in Savannah. This venture will create 134 manufacturing jobs in Chatham County.

 

American Trailer World creates 225 jobs in Franklin County, Ga.

American Trailer World has invested $20 million in expanding manufacturing operations at its Franklin County Carry-On Trailer facility. The company is hiring for all positions at the Lavonia facility to manufacture utility and specialty trailers. This expansion will create at least 225 jobs.

 

Vanderlande Industries expanding in Cobb County, Ga.

Netherlands-based material handling and logistics company Vanderlande will invest $59 million in expanding its North American headquarters in Cobb County. This expansion will create 500 new jobs in Marietta.

 

Medical tech company expanding in Gwinnett County, Ga., adding 1,200 jobs

Intuitive, a pioneer in robotic-assisted surgery and a global leader in minimally invasive care, will invest more than $500 million in its current campus in Gwinnett County, creating approximately 1,200 jobs in Peachtree Corners. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Intuitive is the manufacturer of the da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical systems and Ion bronchoscopy system.

 

Tyson Foods chooses Virginia for $300 million operation

Tyson Foods will invest $300 million to establish a manufacturing facility in Cane Creek Centre, an industrial park jointly owned by the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County, Va. The project is expected to create 376 new jobs.

 

Nineteen-million-dollar investment bringing 200 jobs to North Carolina

Vitamin and dietary supplements manufacturer Nature’s Value will invest more than $19 million to expand into Winston-Salem, N.C. The investment is expected to create 183 jobs in Forsyth County, with the average annual salary for new positions being $57,669.

 

Parker Hannifin expands in Holly Springs, Miss.

Parker Hannifin is expanding its existing facility in Holly Springs. The project is expected to create 25 new jobs. The Holly Springs location manufactures all first-fit OEM assemblies for fuel, air and crankcase ventilation filtration products.

 

Elkay plans Olive Branch, Miss., distribution hub

Plumbing and water delivery products manufacturer Elkay Manufacturing is locating distribution operations in Olive Branch. The $3.22 million project is expected to create 25 jobs over the next two years.

 

Wellborn Cabinet launches $15 million expansion in Ashland, Ala.

Wellborn Cabinets has announced a $15 million expansion that will ultimately create more than 200 jobs at the company’s plant in rural Clay County. Wellborn is a family-owned maker of kitchen and bath cabinets that employs 1,300 people in Clay County.

 

Prism Maritime building two more facilities in Chesapeake, Va.

A company that provides support services for the U.S. Navy is expanding its operations in Chesapeake with a $4 million investment, bringing 166 new jobs to the area. Prism Maritime provides services for the military and commercial maritime industry, including engineering and research.

 

Italy-based Grupporeco establishes factory in Lenoir County, N.C.

Global manufacturer of household appliance components, Grupporeco, will invest $28 million and create 110 new jobs in Kinston, N.C. The company’s new subsidiary, RECO U.S., will build its first manufacturing facility for dishwasher components in North America.

 

Walmart to hire 20,000 supply chain workers

Walmart is looking to hire 20,000 permanent workers for its distribution and fulfillment centers, trying to fill some of the most high-demand jobs in retail as the pandemic continues to disrupt the global supply chain. The average pay for its supply chain employees is $20.37 an hour.

 

Martinrea expansion means more than $31 million investment in Kentucky

Martinrea Hopkinsville, a Tier 1 automotive supplier of lightweight structures and propulsion systems, will expand its presence in Christian County, Ky., with an investment of more than $31 million that will create 33 jobs.

 

Wipro Limited opens Arkansas delivery complex

Wipro Limited, a global information technology, consulting, and business process services company, will open a new delivery center in Sherwood, Ark. The company expects to hire up to 400 employees with this $3 million investment.

 

Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance opens HQ in Lexington, Ky.

Thoroughbred Aviation Maintenance (TAM) has opened its new headquarters operation at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington. The $800,000 project is expected to create 47 full-time jobs over the next three years. TAM maintains and services all commercial flights in Lexington.

 

KBR is expanding in Alabama, adding 160 jobs

Houston-based defense contractor KBR plans to expand its operations in Huntsville, Ala., with a new headquarters facility. The expansion means the addition of more than 160 jobs to provide engineering, scientific and technical services to the defense and aerospace industries at KBR’s new location just outside Redstone Arsenal.

 

Steel processor to build in Blytheville, Ark.

Majestic Steel plans to build a service center and processing facility on the Nucor Hickman steel production campus in Blytheville. The 515,000-square-foot facility will create about 225 jobs.

 

Mohawk expands production in Thomasville, Ga.

Mohawk Industries is growing its Thomasville manufacturing facility, creating 50 new jobs with an expanded 275,000-square-foot manufacturing area.

 

Planet Direct to create 100 new jobs in Manassas, Va.

Planet Direct, a direct mail production company, has moved into new headquarters in Innovation Park just outside Manassas, where it plans to create 100 jobs.

 

India-based tech company plans Tennessee operations center

India-based IGT Technologies will invest $3.9 million to expand its operations in Knoxville. The project is expected to create 200 new jobs, and will include an inbound call center and a technology development center.

 

New Walmart distribution center in the Charlotte region to add more than 500 jobs

Walmart plans to build a distribution center that will bring more than 500 full-time jobs to the Charlotte region. The 1-million-square-foot fulfillment distribution center will be located in Troutman in Iredell County.

 

LDG Multifamily expanding Kentucky operations

Affordable-housing developer LDG Multifamily will expand its Louisville operations with up to $10.75 million in investment to purchase and renovate a new headquarters, creating 50 jobs.

 

PowerHouse Recycling will create 50 jobs in North Carolina expansion

PowerHouse Recycling will create 50 new jobs and invest $5 million in an expansion in Rowan County, N.C. PowerHouse has invested in a new facility and is hiring truck drivers, e-commerce testers, e-commerce procurement and warehouse labor.

 

Chapin International to create 200 jobs in Kentucky

Chapin International, a manufacturer of compressed air sprayers, plans to add 200 full-time jobs with an expansion of its recently opened Rockcastle County facility and a new location in Boyle County, two projects totaling nearly $16.7 million in new investment.

 

Primal Pet Group expands Texas manufacturing facility

Primal Pet Group, which makes cat and dog foods, has begun construction on the $31.6 million expansion of its manufacturing facility in Abilene, Texas. The project is expected to create roughly 130 jobs.

 

Sungwoo Hitech locating first U.S. manufacturing operations in Washington County, Tenn.

Sungwoo Hitech will invest $40 million to locate its first U.S. manufacturing operations in Telford, Tenn. The Korean automotive supplier will create 117 new jobs to manufacture metal stamped components -- bumpers, rear components and side framing -- for customers including General Motors, Hyundai, Kia, Volkswagen and BMW.

 

Milwaukee Tool adding another Mississippi facility

Wisconsin-based Milwaukee Tool is expanding its presence in Mississippi once again by leasing a facility in Clinton to grow its operations. The manufacturer of heavy-duty power tools will invest more than $7 million with the expansion. The announcement is part of the company’s commitment to create 1,200 jobs in the state.

 

Bigelow Tea investing $53 million in Jeffersontown, Ky.

Bigelow Tea will relocate and expand in Jeffersontown with a $53 million investment that will create 31 jobs. Bigelow will construct a 334,000-square-foot operation near its existing facility.

 

Likewize creating 500 jobs in Texas

Likewize, a global tech protection company formerly known as Brightstar, has opened a new fulfillment center in Flower Mound that is expected to create 500 new jobs. Likewize is also relocating its headquarters to Southlake, along with the fulfillment center near the DFW airport.

 

Coca-Cola bottler plans Baton Rouge expansion

Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., is considering a $42 million investment to expand its bottling facility in Baton Rouge, La. The proposed project would create 15 new jobs.

 

New steel plant coming to Meade County, Ky.

Eddie Kane Steel Products plans to construct a $4.8 million steel processing facility in Meade County, Ky. The project is expected to create 25 jobs.

 

Cypress Creek Renewables plans South Carolina solar project

Cypress Creek Renewables plans to grow operations with a new solar project in Anderson County, S.C. The company has taken the first steps to invest up to $68 million in a 50-megawatt solar facility.

 

ReliaQuest moving 600 jobs to new Tampa HQ

ReliaQuest, one of the largest cybersecurity companies in the Tampa area, will move 400 employees into its new 120,000-square-foot headquarters in the Water Street development early next year and will hire another 150 to 200 by the end of the year.

 

Miami’s Crypto Capital continues to grow

Okcoin, one of the world’s fastest growing cryptocurrency trading platforms, announced the opening of its Miami office that will also serve its growing customer base in Latin America. The San Francisco-based company said it will be hiring 100 additional jobs.

 

New solar company plans 75 jobs in Oklahoma City

EightTwenty, a new energy services company, announced plans to establish a headquarters in northeast Oklahoma City and to create 75 jobs over the next two years.

 

TELUS creating 1,200 jobs in Charleston County, S.C.

TELUS, a company that provides multilingual digital IT solutions, is opening a new facility in North Charleston. The initial investment of $3.4 million will create approximately 1,200 new jobs by 2022.

 

Texas company investing $6 million in Bibb County, Ala., plant

Houston’s CEMEX USA has pumped $6 million into Bibb County with its new Brierfield plant (RM USA Aggregates) to produce construction aggregates. It is close to CEMEX’s existing Ready Mix USA concrete operations in Tuscaloosa, Vance and Alabaster.

 

Tampa airport hopes to fill 950 positions

Tampa International Airport held a hiring day in August to fill more than 950 positions in a variety of fields including retail, rental car, maintenance, airline support, janitorial and more.

 

Spectra Laboratories opens new facility in Southaven, Miss.

Fresenius Medical Care’s Spectra Laboratories has opened a new renal lab services facility in Southaven, Miss. Plans for the facility were announced two years ago. This laboratory will create more than 300 jobs in the area over the next couple of years.

 

Waste Management creating 330 jobs with Tupelo expansion

Waste Management is adding 330 remote jobs in Mississippi, investing about $660,000 in the project for equipment and workstations enabling employees to work from a remote location.

 

Green Dot Corporation relocating HQ to Texas

Fintech firm and U.S. provider of prepaid debit cards Green Dot Corporation will relocate its corporate headquarters from Pasadena, Calif., to Austin, as it adopts a permanent remote working model. Like other tech firms, Green Dot has embraced the shift to remote working forced by the coronavirus pandemic, which has reduced the need to maintain large headquarters in expensive cities.

 

Woodgrain investing $17 million in Virginia expansions

In Virginia, Woodgrain will invest nearly $9 million to expand its operations in Smyth County and invest more than $8 million to purchase and expand the former Independence Lumber sawmill in Grayson County. The moulding and trim manufacturer will create 100 new jobs, save 80 existing jobs, and increase purchases of Virginia-grown forest products.

 

Oklahoma airpark becoming logistics hub

Under a $124 million development plan, a significant portion of the Ardmore Industrial Airpark in Ardmore, Okla., will become an international, state-of-the-art multimodal logistics facility. The newly developed Global Transportation & Industrial Park of Oklahoma (GTIP) includes more than 200 acres of shovel-ready and build-to-suit land.

 

Packaging manufacturer announces $80 million investment in South Carolina facility

Pregis, an Illinois-based manufacturer of protective packaging materials, will establish a new $80 million facility for its blown film extrusion operations in upstate South Carolina. The facility will create 120 new jobs for workers in Anderson.

 

New fintech center bringing 700 jobs to Sandy Springs, Ga.

Deluxe Corp. has opened its FinTech and Customer Innovation Center in Sandy Springs, where it will eventually employ more than 700 workers with an average salary of $91,000. The company is investing more than $12 million in the project.

 

AECOM moves HQ from L.A. to Dallas, Texas

Multinational infrastructure consulting firm AECOM — a driving force behind projects including high-speed rail and the proposed hyperloop in Texas — will relocate its global headquarters to Dallas from Los Angeles. An undisclosed number of corporate executives will make the move to the company’s existing Dallas office, joining more than 1,200 employees already in the state.

 

Another tech company heads to McKinney, Texas

Xcelerate Auto, a fintech company that focuses on electric vehicles, has relocated its headquarters from Frisco, Texas, to McKinney. Xcelerate provides funding support and other products to emerging electric vehicle manufacturers.

 

Plant-based food/drink manufacturer coming to Dallas-Fort Worth

Another company that produces oat milk has revealed plans for a production facility in Midlothian, Texas. SunOpta’s new facility will create up to 185 high-paying manufacturing and management jobs

 

Aerospace startup opens HQ in Tennessee

A startup developer of next-generation aerospace components will establish its headquarters in East Tennessee. Whisper Aero, formed last year by the former director of Uber’s air taxi division, plans to build electric thrusters for drones, aircraft and electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing vehicles. Whisper has raised $7.5 million to date. The headquarters project in Crossville, Tenn., will create 47 jobs.

 

Harger expands North Carolina operations

Harger, a supplier of electrical protection equipment, will expand its current operations in Fairmont, N.C. The company’s $3.2 million investment in Robeson County is expected to create 20 jobs.

 

Modular building enterprise bringing 200 jobs to Fulton County, Ga.

Advanced Modular Structures, a modular building enterprise affiliated with Atlanta-based real estate developer The Integral Group, will create 200 jobs and invest more than $14 million in a new manufacturing facility in unincorporated Fulton County.

 

Power tech startup invests $21.5 million in North Carolina HQ

A San Francisco-based power technology company, Smart Wires, has picked North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park in Durham as the site of its new global headquarters. The project is a $21.5 million investment.

 

Steel fabricator investing $21 million in Cleveland County, N.C.

Steffes, a manufacturer of equipment for the oil and gas, power and industrial sectors, plans to invest more than $20 million in a new factory in western North Carolina. The plant in Shelby, N.C., is expected to create 130 jobs.

 

Uber acquires Texas-based logistics tech company

San Francisco-based Uber announced that it plans to spend $2.25 billion to acquire Transplace, a Frisco, Texas-based logistics technology company.

 

Amazon announces 10th fulfillment center in Tennessee

Amazon will bring a new fulfillment center and 500 new jobs to Clarksville, Tenn. The new 1-million-square-foot facility is expected to launch in 2022.

 

Top Edge Components announces $2.9 million investment in Anderson County, S.C.

Top Edge Components, a subsidiary of Yoder’s, will invest $2.9 million to establish a facility to build wooden floor and roof trusses in Townville. The investment will create 25 new jobs.

 

Ocean Aero moving to Gulfport, Miss.

Ocean Aero, manufacturer and service provider of ocean-going autonomous underwater and surface vehicles, is relocating its manufacturing operations and headquarters from San Diego, Calif., to Gulfport. The project is a $4.65 million corporate investment and will create 45 jobs.

 

Expansion to bring hundreds of new jobs to Jackson County, Miss.

Superior Optical Lab is expanding its production and distribution center at the Sunplex Industrial Park, which is between Ocean Springs and Gautier, Miss. The $10 million expansion will grow their eyeglass manufacturing facility by more than 31,000 square feet. “Depending on how much we expand past this, the growth pattern will be 100, 200, maybe 300 employees,” said Superior Optical President and CEO Derek Bodart.

 

Precision Textiles opens 100-employee manufacturing facility in North Carolina

To better serve its customer base in the high-growth mattress industry, Precision Textiles has signed a lease for a new 160,000-square-foot, 25-acre campus in Troy, N.C. The facility — once a textiles production plant that serviced the automobile industry — is Precision Textiles’ first domestic manufacturing facility outside its New Jersey headquarters. The workforce of 100 at the facility will include new employees as well as staff from the company that previously operated the plant.

 

Crump Group to create 160 jobs in North Carolina

The Crump Group will locate its first U.S. production facility in Nash County, N.C. The Canadian manufacturer of pet treats will create 160 jobs and invest $13.2 million to outfit a new manufacturing and distribution center there.

 

Arconic investing over $100 million in Tennessee expansion

Aluminum manufacturer Arconic will invest more than $100 million to expand its operations in Blount County, Tenn. The project will support expanded capacity for manufacturing industrial and can sheet and bring 200 new jobs to Arconic’s Alcoa facility, where the company has operated for more than 100 years.

 

DHL delivers jobs in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky

DHL eCommerce Solutions will fill more than 200 new positions at its Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (CVG) distribution center. In addition, at the beginning of 2021, the company raised its hourly wages in CVG by approximately 30 percent, with starting pay ranging from $20.50 to $22.00 per hour.

 

Ostara expands to Missouri

Ostara will bring 40 new, high-paying jobs to the St. Louis region and make a $25 million capital investment in the establishment of a Crystal Green® fertilizer production facility in St. Louis, Mo. The facility will be the company’s largest in the U.S.

 

Patton Logistics Group expands Virginia operations

The Patton Logistics Group will invest $11 million to expand its trucking, logistics and warehousing operation in Pulaski County, creating 63 jobs. This expansion will include a trucking operations and maintenance center that will provide the infrastructure to support a future investment in electric trucks.

 

New Amazon facility for Coral Springs, Fla.

Amazon will open a new delivery station in Coral Springs Commerce Park, a project that will create 200 local jobs. Amazon purchased the property for $3.5 million but did not say when the facility would open.

 

Shenandoah Growers’ indoor farm bringing 50 new jobs to Anderson County, S.C.

Construction is beginning in Anderson County to make way for Shenandoah Growers’ indoor biofarm. The 100,000-square-foot facility will grow leafy greens and bring 50 jobs to the area.

 

McDonald’s hiring thousands in Central Florida amid worker shortage

McDonald’s announced it is opening up 650 new positions in Orlando and 5,000 across Central Florida in an effort to get more people to work this fall.

 

Tech firm GovOS moving HQ to Austin

GovOS, a company that provides digital tools for local governments, is moving its headquarters to Austin from Dallas, hoping to grow its operations by tapping the city’s high-tech talent pool. Its goal is to have 100 employees by the end of the year.

 

MD7 moving HQ to Allen, Texas

Ireland-based MD7, a mobile infrastructure consultancy, will relocate its corporate headquarters from San Diego, Calif., to Allen, Texas. The project will create 218 new jobs and more than $6.8 million in capital investment.

 

New medical center breaks ground in Whitley City, Ky.

Officials gathered recently in McCreary County to break ground on Cumberland Family Medical Center’s new First Choice medical complex in Whitley City, which will create approximately 50 new jobs.

 

New Corrigan OSB facility in Polk County, Texas

Corrigan OSB will establish a new production facility in Polk Count. The company is a subsidiary of RoyOMartin, a wood-products manufacturing and timber-management company headquartered in Alexandria, La. The project will create 50 new jobs and $211 million in capital investment.

 

PepsiCo to create 180 jobs in Poinciana, Fla.

In a move that nearly happened in 2019 and had been rumored to resurface this year, PepsiCo has formally announced plans to build a $180 million, 355,000-square-foot mega-fulfillment center that could employ 180 people in the Poinciana area of Osceola County.

 

Oatly will employ more than 100 in Fort Worth, Texas

Oatly, the world’s first oat drink maker, will employ more than 100 once it enters its new Fort Worth manufacturing center.

 

Kentucky logistics company will add 155 new jobs

Lexington, Ky.-based Quality Logistics, doing business as Longship, has opened its new office in Fayette County, a $4.3 million investment creating 155 jobs. Established in Lexington in 2012, Longship is a third-party logistics provider specializing in shipping fresh, frozen and dry products.

 

Amazon opens its $1.5 billion air hub in Kentucky

After more than four years of planning and construction, the Amazon Air Hub in northern Kentucky will serve as the central hub for Amazon Air’s U.S. cargo network. The $1.5 billion air hub is a major milestone for Amazon Air, which launched in 2016.

 

Amazon-backed Rivian in talks for $5 billion Texas plant

Rivian Automotive, the electric-vehicle startup backed by Amazon, is in talks to invest at least $5 billion to build a factory near Fort Worth. The facility would be able to produce 200,000 vehicles a year and would create at least 7,500 jobs by 2027.

 

Amazon selects Tallahassee, Fla., for robotics fulfillment center

Amazon has announced plans to bring a new 630,000-square-foot robotic fulfillment center to Leon County and is expected to open in 2022. The project will generate 1,346 full-time jobs and 2,256 construction jobs and represents a $200 million investment by Amazon.

 

Accudraft establishing operations in Aiken County, S.C.

Accudraft Finishing Systems, a global finishing systems company, announced plans to establish operations in Aiken County. The $4.7 million investment will create 42 new jobs. Accudraft makes finishing systems and paint booths for the automotive, aircraft, marine vessel and railcar industries.

 

Interfor reopens sawmill in DeQuincy, La

Interfor Corporation, a wood products company, plans to invest up to $8 million to revive the idled Georgia Pacific sawmill near DeQuincy. The project is expected to create 170 jobs. Interfor recently acquired the Georgia Pacific facility, which was idled in May 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

$40 million steel plant planned for Madison, Ala.

Three companies are collaborating on a $40 million factory in Madison to supply needed steel components for auto manufacturers. Madison Metal Processing will begin later this year supplying steel blanks – the precursor for automotive surface body parties – for Mazda Toyota Manufacturing in Huntsville, as well as other automotive suppliers. The factory will hire about 40.

 

New Coal operation bringing hope to Wyoming County, W.Va.

Plans are moving forward with a project to open a metallurgical coal mine and prep plant in Wyoming County. Consol Energy first announced in 2019 plans to open a mine just outside of Mullens by 2021. The project was delayed because of the pandemic, but is now moving forward, according to a representative from the company. The coalmine, along with a prep plant, is expected to open by 2022, employing up to 150 people.

 

Canadian manufacturer heading to Greenville, S.C.

MECART, a leader in cleanroom environments and a manufacturer of modular buildings, will invest $2 million to establish operations in Greenville. The company plans to create 50 jobs.

 

BILSTEIN GROUP expands plant in Bowling Green, Ky.

German-owned steel processor BILSTEIN GROUP has begun construction of a $17.8 million expansion at its campus in the Kentucky Transpark in Bowling Green. The project is expected to create 120 full-time jobs and increase production of cold-rolled steel strips.

 

Manufacturer to invest $1.25 million in Winchester, Va.

Winchester-based Evolve Manufacturing, a producer of composite productions and reproductions, will invest $1.25 million to enlarge its plant in Frederick County, creating 84 jobs. The company is expanding its Evolve Stone line.

 

$130 million manufacturing facility coming to Opelika, Ala.

An investment of $130 million is coming to Opelika by way of a new manufacturing facility for Hanwha Cimarron, a producer of filament-wound carbon fiber tanks and pressure vessels relating to the aerospace, marine, drone, rail, and gas transport industries. The investment will create 261 jobs for the Lee County city.

 

Pratt Industries expands plant in Albany, Ga.

Corrugated packaging company Pratt Industries will invest more than $18 million to expand its corrugated box converting plant in Albany. The project is expected to create 30 jobs.

 

Amazon announces first fulfillment center in St. Lucie County, Fla.

Amazon has announced plans to open a fulfillment center in Port St. Lucie. The site, which is anticipated to launch in 2022, will create more than 500 full-time jobs that pay at least $15 per hour.

 

$120 million data center planned for Auburn, Ala.

A firm founded by Auburn businessmen is planning to create a $120 million data center there. AUBix is building the 40,000-square-foot facility just off the campus of Auburn University.

 

Diode Dynamics builds HQ in St. Charles, Mo.

Automotive LED lighting manufacturer Diode Dynamics is constructing a 70,000-square-foot headquarters facility on 10 acres in St. Charles. The project is expected to create 36 new jobs and the company will move all of its existing employees from Earth City, Mo.

 

Oldcastle APG expands plant in Clarksville, Tenn.

A manufacturer of concrete building and hardscape products, Oldcastle APG, will invest $10.2 million to expand operations in Clarksville. The project is expected to create 45 new jobs.

 

R.A. Jones to upgrade Kentucky facility

R.A. Jones & Co., a designer and manufacturer of packaging equipment, will upgrade its Kenton County facility with a $2 million investment that will create 20 high-wage jobs.

 

Whisper Aero to locate HQ in Cumberland County, Tenn.

Whisper Aero will establish new operations and locate its headquarters in Crossville. The technology startup is focused on developing the next generation of quiet, electric thrusters for drones, aircraft, and eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing) and will create 47 new jobs over the next five years at its Crossville headquarters.

 

Amgen to invest $550 million in North Carolina biologics facility

Amgen plans to build a new biologics production facility in in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. . .a $550 million project that will create 355 jobs. Amgen is a biopharmaceutical company that pioneered the use of recombinant DNA technology four decades ago to become a global leader treating a wide range of diseases.

 

Consolidated Machine and Welding expands in Missouri

A metal fabrication shop that provides state-of-the-art laser technology for customized products, Consolidated Machine and Welding, will expand its facility in Hannibal, Mo. The $4.3 million project is expected to create 30 new jobs.

 

Firestone breaks ground on Kentucky project

A global auto parts supplier has broken ground on a $51 million project adding 250 jobs at a rural Kentucky plant in an expansion tied to auto industry plans to ramp up electric vehicle production. Firestone Industrial Products was joined by state and local officials as construction officially began on the expansion in Williamsburg, Ky. The project is largely geared toward producing air suspension systems for electric vehicles.

 

AITX Railcar Services expands in Brookhaven, Miss.

Railcar leasing and repair services provider AITX Railcar Services will spend $23.36 million to expand its operations complex in Brookhaven. The project is expected to create 75 jobs.

 

Soft-Tex International opens Sugar Land, Texas, manufacturing plant

Soft-Tex International, a producer of bedding and home comfort products, has opened its new 170,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Sugar Land. The project is expected to create 150 jobs in 2021.


August 2021

American companies want to hire lots more immigrants

With labor tough to find, American companies and foreign companies operating in the U.S. want to hire many more immigrants. But work visas, such as H-1Bs, H-2As and H-2Bs, were artificially reduced in the Trump administration and there are just not enough to go around. They are so much in demand that the government has been using a lottery to award H-1Bs and H-2Bs. The only visa not capped is the H-2A visa for farm workers, which has grown 60 percent in the past four years.

 

For fiscal 2022, the government received 308,613 petitions for the treasured H-1Bs in the capped program. H-1Bs fill in gaps in science, technology and math mostly for technology companies. For fiscal 2022, the government received 308,613 petitions for H-1Bs, but only 28 percent were awarded the visa. Two-thirds of petitions got a visa in 2014.

 

Companies need an expansion of the visa program now. There are about 9.5 million unemployed Americans and 9.2 job openings in May, the most in one month ever. But we are getting to the point where labor is nonexistent. More people retired than were born in half the states in the U.S. last year. The aging population will need more healthcare workers and personal aides, and immigrants have historically filled those roles. Plus, as workers age out and are not replaced, the burden is placed on Social Security and Medicare funds. We just need more people and immigration is a natural answer.

 

Mississippi centralizes workforce training

Mississippi spends $350 million a year in state and federal funds on workforce and job training. But those efforts are done through a dozen agencies. Mississippi has never had a single main source for training its workforce. . .until now. Gov. Tate Reeves has formed Accelerate Mississippi to be its primary workforce training agency.

 

Global shortage of computer chips has effect on the Southern Auto Corridor

The pandemic has created disruptions in the supply chain, especially the computer chip industry. Experts estimate that automakers in the U.S. will assemble 1 million fewer vehicles because of the dearth of computer chips. This in turn has created inflation in both used and new cars.

 

Amazon-based electric vehicle start-up Rivian announces it will build another assembly plant

In the summer quarter, electric vehicle start-up Rivian said it would build another assembly plant. The company has raised $10.5 billion to date and is currently building its first plant in Illinois.

 

U.S. economy back to pre-COVID levels

Fueled by government aid of over $5 trillion, the size of the U.S. economy has now surpassed its pre-pandemic level. The April-to-June quarter saw a 6.3 percent annual growth rate

 

Study says fast internet nationwide could add $160 billion to U.S. economy

A new study released by the Aspen Economic Strategy Group attempted to estimate what nationwide high-speed internet could do to boost labor productivity, especially in rural areas. The expansion of internet services is part of President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan.

 

U.S. may be losing population soon

One of the economy's greatest threats is cuts in work visas for immigrants and a 10-year fertility slump. In half of all states last year, more people died than were born. The U.S. population grew for the year ending July 1, 2020, at 0.35 percent, the lowest in the nation's history. U.S. population could shrink, which would be the first time on record.

 

$500 million in sawmill investments in Louisiana

More than half a billion in sawmill investments are planned in Louisiana to harvest fast-growing pine to hardwoods. The projects are based on higher lumber prices.

 

Toyota celebrates 10 millionth Camry at Kentucky plant

Toyota’s first wholly owned vehicle plant in North America, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown, recently produced its 10 millionth Camry. Toyota also celebrated 35 years of operating the plant.

 

Commission approves millions for South Alabama Megasite

The Growing Alabama Commission recently approved improvements at the South Alabama Mega Site in Baldwin County. The $5.5 million is for rail improvements, including a rail spur to a CSX mainline.

 

Dallas is the nation's top commercial investment market for first half of 2021

Through the first six months of this year, Dallas saw almost $13.4 billion in commercial property deals. That's 43 percent more than in the same period a year ago. Dallas retained the top real estate spot it gained last year during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report by Real Capital Analytics.

 

Volkswagen Chattanooga ending sedan assembly to concentrate only on SUVs

Volkswagen is dumping the Passat sedan production at its Tennessee plant. The plant is readying for all SUV production and a massive effort at electrifying all its vehicles in Chattanooga.

 

Tonnage record set at Port of Corpus Christi

The Port of Corpus Christi ended June 2021 with a new record quarter and a record first half of the year, moving nearly 80.5 million tons of cargo in the first six months of 2021. The Port’s first-half 2021 total tonnage yielded a 4.7 percent increase over the same period in 2020, largely due to a 72 percent year-over-year increase in liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, a 42 percent year-over-year increase in agriculture commodities, and a 3.6 percent increase in crude oil exports.

 

Virginia begins aggressive $700 million plan for universal broadband by 2024

The Virginia Commonwealth will invest $700 million of federal funds to provide universal broadband to its residents by 2024. It is the most aggressive and comprehensive universal broadband plan by any state.

 

Kentucky has built the largest budget surplus in its history

In the summer quarter, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that the Kentucky economy has grown hot and that the Commonwealth is ending the 2021 fiscal year with a general fund surplus of over $1.1 billion. The figure is the highest in Kentucky history. General fund receipts saw a 10.9 percent increase to $12.8 billion.

 

Virginia named CNBC's top state for business for the second straight year

CNBC Top State for Business this year is Virginia for the second consecutive year. Virginia beat out North Carolina and Texas.

 

Virginia-based credit union adds 300-job mortgage office in Irving, Texas

Virginia-based PenFed Credit Union has leased 30,000 square feet in Irving to expand its local operations. “PenFed is expanding our mortgage origination and servicing businesses in Texas, and we’re eager to hire up to 300 new originations and servicing team members in Irving,” said Lee Wardlow, PenFed’s senior vice president of mortgage servicing. PenFed previously added to its Texas workforce in 2019 with a 500-job financial service center in San Antonio.

 

Kaiser Aluminum relocating HQ to Williamson County, Tenn.

Kaiser Aluminum officials announced that the company will relocate its corporate headquarters from Foothill Ranch, Calif., to Franklin, Tenn. The producer of specialty aluminum products for aerospace, automotive and other industries will invest $3 million and create 80 jobs in Franklin.

 

Kairos Power establishes Tennessee reactor

Kairos Power, a nuclear engineering company, will invest $100 million to establish a low-power demonstration reactor called Hermes at the East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The company plans to create 55 jobs.

 

Red River Foods plans facility in Henrico County, Va.

Red River Foods, a U.S. supplier of premium specialty snacks headquartered in Richmond, will invest $16.5 million to establish a warehouse and processing facility for tree nuts, seeds, and dried fruits in Henrico County. Virginia successfully competed with Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for the project, which will create 60 new jobs

 

Fruit of the Loom creating 50 jobs in Bowling Green expansion

Fruit of the Loom, a Bowling Green-based clothing company, is expanding its existing distribution center in Warren County, Ky., and creating 50 jobs.

 

Biopharma will hire 300 in Raleigh, N.C.

Gilead Sciences, which focuses primarily on antiviral drugs, will open new office spaces in Raleigh. The company, headquartered in California, will hire 300 positions there.

 

Huge deal for Henderson County, Ky.

Pratt Paper will build two new facilities in Henderson County. The $400 million investment will result in 321 new jobs. “It is so great to be here in Henderson for what I can verify is the largest single investment and economic development announcement in the last 25 years,” said Gov. Beshear.

 

New manufacturing plant coming to Augusta, Ga.

PureCycle Technologies has reached an agreement with the Augusta Economic Development Authority to build a facility at a 200-acre location in Augusta Corporate Park. The new plastic recycling plant is expected to bring 80 to 100 jobs.

 

Charlotte-area beverage hub scores another big deal

Another global company plans to create 220 jobs and invest $383.8 million at the new beverage manufacturing hub in Concord, N.C. Ball Corp., an aluminum beverage packaging company based in Colorado, will join Red Bull and Rauch at The Grounds at Concord, the former Philip Morris cigarette manufacturing site near Charlotte Motor Speedway. Red Bull and Rauch recently announced plans to build a 2-million-square-foot beverage manufacturing site, adding more than 400 jobs and investing $740 million by 2027.

 

California company opening manufacturing site in Fort Worth, bringing 140 jobs

EJ Lauren, a California-based upholstery company, has announced plans to expand operations and open a manufacturing facility in Fort Worth. The move will create up to 140 full-time jobs within the first year of operations.

 

Life science companies expanding and adding jobs

Pantheon Biologics, a subsidiary of Massachusetts-based Thermo Fisher Scientific, is hoping to fund a 58,000-square-foot expansion in its Berkeley, Mo., facility with $85 million in Chapter 100 bonds. The development will include two more manufacturing suites and expand site capacity and manufacturing capabilities. It also expects to create 169 new full-time jobs by 2025.

Scripps Research is discussing a merger of its Jupiter, Fla.-based biomedical operation with the University of Florida’s academic health center’s research division. Scripps expanded into Florida in 2003 on a 30-acre campus next to Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Florida granted Scripps $310 million to open a lab in Florida, and Palm Beach County added $269 million.

Massachusetts-based Thermo Fisher Scientific is expanding operations in Austin, Texas, with plans to create more than 300 jobs in Central Texas. In the past year, its South Austin campus had added more than 130 jobs to manufacture its TaqPath COVID-19 detection kits. The current site added about 10,000 square feet to its manufacturing facility and is expected to add another site east of the existing campus, with 125,000 square feet of manufacturing space for COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. 

 

Amarillo City Council approves agreements expected to create 230 jobs, $8 million in payroll

North Heights Linen Service will hire 100 new full-time employees over five years, averaging $1 million in new payroll over that time period. 

Torkworx, a company that is expanding its wind turbine services division to Amarillo, will hire up to 80 employees, with the company expecting to hire 15 full-time employees in 2021. 

Roberson Cartridge, which manufactures brass cartridges for firearms, will hire an additional 50 full-time employees over a five-year period.

 

Kval establishes plant in Hutto, Texas

Kval, a California-based manufacturer of advanced door machinery, will open a production facility in Hutto. The project is expected to create 80 jobs over the next three years.

 

AeroSafe Global bringing 100 jobs to Olive Branch, Miss.

AeroSafe Global will be adding a branch to Olive Branch in the I-22 Logistics Park. The $2.5 million corporate investment  will create 100 jobs. In Olive Branch, the company will produce components used to protect critical cold chain medical and clinical shipments.

 

Forty-three jobs and $19 million for Georgetown County Airport in South Carolina

Georgetown County, S.C., announced that engineering firm Sherpa 6 and its aviation wing, Sherpa Air, will open new facilities at the Georgetown County Airport that will create 43 high-paying jobs. The company will invest $19 million.

 

Distribution company bringing 200 jobs to Laurens County, S.C.

Malouf Companies, which warehouses and distributes home furnishings and other consumer products, plans to establish operations in Laurens County. The $47.2 million investment will create 240 new jobs.

 

Virginia Diner investing in its gourmet peanuts

Virginia Diner is set to invest over $4.5 million to nearly double the production of its iconic gourmet peanuts. The iconic landmark has been known for its restaurant on Route 460 in Wakefield, Va., since 1929, along with its line of gourmet peanuts, peanut brittles and other candies.

 

FedEx hiring at new Port St. Lucie facility

FedEx is looking to fill multiple positions for its new regional sortation facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The company needs 28 managers and maintenance technicians for its 245,000-square-foot facility under construction there.

 

California company moving HQ to Durham, N.C.

Smart Wires, a power technology startup from San Francisco, is moving its headquarters to Durham and bringing 250 jobs to the city. The decision comes after the company was approved for a Job Development Investment Grant worth $2.8 million and $125,000 worth of incentives.

 

POLYWOOD will expand in Person County, N.C.

POLYWOOD, a manufacturer of outdoor furniture made from recycled plastics, will expand its operations in Person County to create 300 jobs over five years. The company will invest $61.6 million to build additional capacity at its manufacturing and distribution center in Roxboro.

 

Stik-Pak Solutions cuts the ribbon in Franklin County, Va.

Stik-Pak Solutions, a contract packaging firm, recently held a ribbon-cutting on an expansion creating 52 new jobs in Franklin County. The company’s $10 million investment includes a 50,000-square-foot building as well as new equipment.

 

Packaging company bringing 120 new jobs to Anderson County, S.C.

Pregis, a global manufacturer of protective packaging, announced plans to establish operations in Anderson County. The $80 million investment will create 120 new jobs.

 

Half a billion invested in Louisiana sawmills

Developers are on track to build $557 million of sawmill projects in Louisiana. The newest is a $240 million sawmill planned in Bienville Parish by a joint venture between Ruston-based Hunt Forest Products and privately held Canadian timber business Tolko Industries Ltd. The mill will employ about 60 people when operations begin in the first half of 2023, and 130 people when it is operating at full capacity. The companies plan to use local timber to produce 320 million board feet of lumber annually from 1.3 million tons of trees.

 

Disney moving 2,000 jobs from California to Florida

Walt Disney Co. announced plans to move approximately 2,000 jobs from California to Florida and will reap a nearly $580 million tax break in the process. The company’s plan is to build a campus near the Lake Nona community in Orlando, Fla., to house positions currently maintained near the studio’s main Southern California campus.

 

UT, UK to spearhead $50 million advanced manufacturing project for army

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the University of Kentucky, and the U.S. Army have announced a new five-year, $50 million advanced manufacturing project aimed at developing the next generation of military equipment. The project will not only enhance military capabilities but also contribute to civilian applications and workforce training that will spur economic development in key industries in the region, including aerospace, automotive manufacturing, and energy production.

 

Biometric tech company moving to Franklin, Tenn.

Integrated Biometric Technology (IBT), a fingerprinting technology company, has announced it’s moving its headquarters to Franklin. The company is investing $2.3 million in Williamson County and will create more than 140 jobs.

 

BRN sleep products establishing operations in Orangeburg County, S.C.

BRN Sleep Products, a manufacturer of bedding products, announced plans to establish operations in Orangeburg County. The $4.3 million investment will create more than 300 new jobs.

 

Grey Ghost Bakery expanding in Charleston County, S.C.

Grey Ghost Bakery, a made-from-scratch cookie company, announced plans to expand operations in Charleston. The $395,000 investment will create 25 new jobs.

 

Federal construction contractor relocates HQ to Orlando

Conti Federal Services, a federal construction and engineering contractor, has chosen to move its headquarters from New Jersey to Orlando. The company plans to hire more than 40 new, high-wage jobs in the region.

 

New Way Trucks expanding in Mississippi

Recycling and refuse equipment manufacturer New Way Trucks is investing $4 million and creating at least 120 jobs as it expands production. New Way Trucks announced in October 2019 that it would locate operations in the former Wolverine Tube building in the Booneville/Prentiss County Industrial Park. There, employees manufacture refuse trucks for the collection of waste.

 

DataRobot opens Morgantown, W.Va., satellite office

As a part of its quest to “democratize AI,” tech company DataRobot has opened a satellite office in Morgantown with hopes of expanding the company’s reach in the Mountain State. The Boston-based artificial intelligence company has 25 positions posted for the Morgantown location, with average salaries in the six-figure range.

 

Solar company establishing operations in Barnwell County, S.C.

Barnwell PV 1, a solar solutions company, has announced plans to establish operations in Snelling. The developer of renewable energy generation facilities is investing $75 million into the project.

 

American Airlines plans Charlotte Airport expansion

American Airlines will open three new gates at Charlotte Douglas International Airport by the end of the year with plans to hire hundreds of new employees this year and next.

 

New sugarcane biofuel plant commits to Iberia Parish, La.

Hundreds of jobs are now officially heading to Iberia Parish. Delta Biofuel has committed to a $70 million fuel plant following final approval of a significant tax exemption. The company is purchasing leftover dry pulp, known as bagasse, from four Acadiana sugar cane mills that will be processed into fuel pellets for energy production. The facility will create around 162 direct jobs.

 

Expansion bringing 40 new jobs to Charleston County, S.C.

Your Crawlspace (YCS) is bringing 40 new jobs to the Charleston County area with a planned expansion. The company will invest $4.6 million. YCS is a family-owned company that creates vapor barrier systems.

 

Glen Raven selects Warren County, N.C., for major expansion

Glen Raven, a provider of performance textiles with widely recognized brands including Sunbrella®, will create 205 new jobs as it expands operations in Warren County. The company will invest up to $82 million in North Carolina.

 

New warehouse to create hundreds of jobs in North Mississippi

A massive new warehouse is under construction in Hernando, Miss. Although there has been some pushback from locals, Associated Wholesale Grocers plans to create hundreds of new jobs when its warehouse opens in 2023. The 1.2-million-square-foot facility could bring more than 500 jobs.

 

Arkansas company expanding to provide rural internet

Bekaert, a steel wire production facility in Van Buren, Ark., is expanding its operations to help with the Federal Communication Commission’s plans for getting internet to rural areas. Bekaert Van Buren will grow its production with a 50,000-square-foot expansion estimated to cost the company around $8.4 million, creating 35 new jobs.

 

Vi-Jon expanding operations at Smyrna, Tenn., plant

Vi-Jon will be expanding operations in Smyrna, investing $45 million and creating 64 new jobs in Rutherford County. Vi-Jon produces personal care products including the nation’s second largest brand of hand sanitizer under the Germ-X label.

 

Southeast Texas plant completes expansion

Team Industries, which moved to Southeast Texas in 2008 and makes piping for various industrial customers, recently completed a multimillion-dollar expansion at its Port Arthur facility. The expansion could also mean the addition of dozens of jobs.

 

Chewy creating 1,200 jobs in Wilson County, Tenn.

A pet products company will establish a new regional e-commerce fulfillment center in Mt. Juliet that will create 1,200 jobs. The fulfillment center will be Chewy’s first in Tennessee.

 

Deli Star HQ coming to St. Louis

Deli Star Corporation, a family-owned manufacturer of prepared meal proteins and deli solutions, will locate its new headquarters in St. Louis, Mo. The new facility represents more than $99 million in capital investment and will bring 475 jobs to Missouri. This new 104,080-square-foot space will replace the previous plant in Fayetteville, Ill., that was damaged in a fire in January.

 

Dollar General distribution center opens in Walton, Ky.

Dollar General has opened a new distribution center in Walton. The 630,000-square-foot, $65 million investment will create 300 distribution and private-fleet jobs.

 

Barr Co. plans $10 million expansion in Arkansas

Window and door manufacturer Harry G. Barr Co. of Fort Smith is planning a $10 million expansion that could create 100 jobs. The facility where the company makes its WeatherBarr products is at capacity, so the expansion will allow Barr Co. to meet continued demand from the residential housing construction market.

 

Dentsply Sirona expanding in Charlotte, N.C.

Dentsply Sirona is investing more than $10 million in Charlotte to establish an innovation center focused on dental research and new product development.

 

Roofing manufacturer adding jobs in North Carolina

The Metal Specialist, a fabricator of custom metal roofing, is building a $3 million headquarters and manufacturing facility in Duplin County, N.C. The project will bring 33 new jobs.

 

Auto supplier adding 150 jobs in Elizabethtown, Ky.

Metalsa is hiring to fill at least 150 new positions after expanding its Elizabethtown plant to handle new products for electric vehicles. The Tier 1 auto supplier currently produces frames and other parts for the Ford Expedition, Navigator and F-150. Now, the facility is also going to make frames and battery trays for Ford and RIvian electric vehicles.

 

Home security company bringing 250 jobs to Henrico County, Va.

SimpliSafe, the producer of self-installed home security systems, is investing $3 million to establish a new customer service center in Henrico County. The company plans to hire 250 people to staff it.

 

Plastics company returning to Pulaski County, Va.

A Pulaski County maker of plastic processing components that closed in 2016 is returning and bringing new jobs to the area. Xaloy is moving from Ohio back to Virginia and will reopen in its former facility. The company will invest $1.75 million in its 30-acre site, creating 35 new jobs.

 

More than 245 manufacturing jobs coming to GE Appliance Park in Louisville

A recently announced expansion and $60 million investment will bring hundreds of new, full-time jobs to Louisville’s GE Appliance Park. The investment includes the production of high-end refrigerators and a conversion to a refrigerant with a lower global warming potential, according to a release from the company.

 

United Airlines promises 3,000 new jobs in Houston

In June, United Airlines announced the biggest aircraft purchase by an airline (270 new planes) in more than 10 years. Those new planes mean new jobs in Houston. . .the Houston hub will remain a pivotal part of the airline's plans. The new planes mean nearly 3,000 of those jobs will be based at Bush Airport.

 

SpaceX to build rocket engine factory near Waco, Texas

Detailing the plan in a series of posts on social media, Elon Musk says that SpaceX will break ground soon on a rocket engine factory near Waco. The facility, which will be in McGregor, will be the aerospace company’s second rocket engine manufacturing facility and will produce Raptor 2 engines for use in Starship launch vehicles. The new facility will produce roughly 800 to 1,000 rocket engines per year, or about two to four engines per day, making it the highest output and most advanced rocket engine factory in the world.

 

Engineered belts manufacturer expands in Georgia

Megadyne Group has revealed plans to relocate its U.S. engineered belt business from Cumming, Ga., to Buford, Ga. — a move that will double its manufacturing operations. The Ammega Group member is a manufacturer of engineered belts used in automation and robotics.

 

Nestlé to invest $100 million in South Carolina expansion

Food and beverage manufacturing giant Nestlé USA is about to expand its frozen foods factory in South Carolina. The company plans to spend $100 million at its plant in Gaffney to boost output of frozen entrees under the Stouffer’s and Lean Cuisine brands. The expansion is expected to create about 160 new jobs.

 

MaxLife Industries adding 55 jobs in Rowan County, N.C.

MaxLife Industries announced it will create 55 new jobs while expanding its existing footprint in Rowan County. MaxLife, a producer of building enclosure products, is leasing a 46,000-square-foot warehouse space that will serve as the company’s second manufacturing facility plant and customer service headquarters.

 

Alabama Power moves forward with Butler County solar facility

Alabama Power recently received approval for a large-scale Butler County, Ala., solar project that can generate enough electricity annually to power almost 15,000 homes. The solar installation is expected to create about 250 construction jobs and generate more than $6 million in tax revenues for Butler County and the city of Greenville over the project’s life.

 

Battery charger maker moves HQ from Chicago to Fort Worth

Schumacher Electric Corp., a company that makes batteries and battery chargers, is moving its headquarters from Chicago to Fort Worth, Texas, with plans to add 100 new jobs to its current 150-person workforce.

 

Zeiss Vision Care cuts ribbon on HQ in New Hebron, Ky.

Zeiss Vision Care cut the ribbon recently on its new U.S. headquarters in Hebron. The grand opening completes a multi-year $20 million construction project at Zeiss’s existing Hebron facility, which will create about 75 full-time jobs.

 

TD Bank bringing 250 jobs to Jax

More than 250 jobs are coming to the Jacksonville, Fla., area over the next two years. TD Bank will open a customer service and operations center in Deerwood North that will add about 200 of those jobs early next year.

 

New $34 million brewery headed for South Carolina

Peak Drift Brewing Company is the name of the huge brewery and mixed-use development underway in the former Stone Manufacturing Facility in Columbia, S.C. The $34 million brewery is expected to open in late 2022, and will be the largest brewery in South Carolina.

 

Angel’s Envy plans $8.2 million expansion to Louisville distillery

Louisville-based craft distiller Angel’s Envy is expanding. The company said it plans to add 13,000 square feet to its downtown facility and create 20 new jobs.

 

South Carolina Ports breaks another record

South Carolina Ports celebrates its strongest fiscal year on record for containers handled at the Port of Charleston. SC Ports handled 2.55 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) at Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in fiscal year 2021 (which ended June 30). Vehicles remained a strong business segment, up 27 percent compared to the prior year.

 

Blue Origin announces a hiring blitz at Alabama rocket engine plant

Blue Origin has announced a hiring blitz seeking more than 80 skilled machinists and welders to begin building the reusable rocket engines it will produce at its giant $200 million plant in Huntsville, Ala. The company wants to hire those “who are passionate about the company’s mission to lower the cost of access to space,” a company news release said.

 

Alabama’s Wayne Farms desperate for workers

Between the prepared chicken and sausage production plants in Decatur and Albertville and the harvest site in Decatur, there are over 500 jobs available at Wayne Farms Alabama facilities. The company just bumped up hourly pay rates to help fill hundreds of open positions in Decatur and is now offering sign-on bonuses of $1,500 in an effort to entice applicants.

 

Danish company adding to its Bayport facility

Haldor Topsoe will build a hydro-processing catalyst plant at its existing Bayport production site in Pasadena, Texas. The plant will increase production of Topsoe’s TK catalyst family, while moving toward the Danish company’s goal of being the world’s leader in carbon emission reduction technologies by 2024. According to sources, Haldor Topsoe plans to invest $11 million.

 

News 9 will move/invest in downtown OKC

Griffin Communications will move its News 9 studios, newsroom and corporate headquarters into the Century Center building in Oklahoma City, Okla., spending more than $26 million to buy the building, including $10 million in renovations. The company plans to bring nearly 200 jobs downtown.

 

Online fashion company spending $100 million on Georgia warehouse

British online fashion and beauty retailer ASOS is investing $100 million to automate its warehouse in Union City, Ga., south of Atlanta. ASOS initially invested more than $40 million in the warehouse which opened in 2018. The company said it would create an unspecified number of new engineering and software development jobs.

 

Ceramics business expanding in Asheville, N.C.

East Fork Pottery, a Buncombe County handmade ceramics business founded in 2010 and centered in Asheville, just announced plans to invest $2.4 million in its operations. In addition to upgrades, the company will add over 50 new jobs.

 

Liberty Storage expanding in Rowan County, N.C.

Liberty Storage Solutions, which started in a barn in Rowan County, has outgrown its 40,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Mocksville and has purchased 33 acres nearby to expand. The company will invest $8 million and expects to create 50 new jobs to design and build everything from simple storage buildings to elaborate man-caves and chic she-sheds at its headquarters/manufacturing facility there.   

 

Last Step Recycling establishing operations in Chester County, S.C.

Last Step Recycling, an automotive shredder residue (ASR) company, announced plans to establish operations in Chester County. The $46.4 million investment will create 50 new jobs.

 

Spirit Fitness to expand Jonesboro, Ark., operations

Spirit Fitness, a company that builds residential and commercial fitness equipment, has announced plans to expand its operation in Jonesboro with the addition of a new facility in Craighead Technology Park. When complete, Spirit’s $10 million investment will create approximately 40 to 50 new jobs.

 

Alabama FBI Innovation Center breaks ground

Architecture firm HKS and Clark Construction Group have broken ground on the FBI Innovation Center in Huntsville, Ala. The Innovation Center is located at Redstone Arsenal where the FBI is building a 243-acre campus.

 

Sink manufacturer to expand in Robeson County, N.C.

Elkay Manufacturing, a sink manufacturer, will invest $5.5 million to expand operations in Lumberton, creating an additional 20 jobs. Elkay will become the first tenant in the Lumberton/Robeson County I-95/I-74 Industrial Park.

 

Pete’s Indoor Greenhouse breaks ground in Peach County, Ga.

Pete’s, a California-based indoor greenhouse, will soon bring fresh food and jobs to Middle Georgia. Pete’s broke ground recently on three acres of land at the Robins International Industrial Park. The company’s goal is to expand to 24 acres.

 

Construction begins on $20 million logistics hub in Baldwin County, Ala.

Imperial Dade, a distributor of food service packaging and janitorial supplies, recently kicked off construction of its $20 million facility in Loxley, Ala. The company plans to create 55 jobs.

 

Camgian Microsystems adding 25 jobs in Starkville, Miss.

High-tech research and development and product development company Camgian Microsystems is adding 25 jobs as it expands. In March, the company was awarded a $6.9 million contract with the U.S. Army to develop a next-generation intelligent system for detecting and defeating unmanned aerial threats to U.S. military forces.

 

Smart USA Co. to establish U.S. headquarters in Nashville

London-based retirement technology company Smart USA Co.  will locate its U.S. headquarters in Nashville. The company will create 128 new jobs and invest $2.2 million in its Davidson County operations over the next five years.

 

Drake Software opening call center in Haywood County, N.C.

Drake Software, a software provider for tax professionals, will be opening a call center in Waynesville. The company will add 40 new jobs in Haywood County over the next three years, with an additional 20 jobs by 2026, according to a news release sent out by the county.

 

Mattress company bringing 80 jobs to South Carolina

Solstice Sleep Products, a wholesale mattress company, announced plans to create 80 new jobs in Marion County, S.C.

 

Conner Logistics relocating HQ to Somerset, Ky.

Conner Logistics, a third-party logistics provider, has announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters from California to Kentucky with a starting investment of $1.3 million, creating 20 full-time jobs in Pulaski County.

 

Viking Metal creating jobs in Philadelphia, Miss.

Metal fabricator Viking Metal has located manufacturing operations in Philadelphia. The project is a $908,000 corporate investment and will create 15 jobs.


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.