Monday, October 6, 2014

Good Economic News - Over 13,000 Jobs Announced!


Here are just a few of the recent jobs announcements that have crossed my desk in recent weeks.

In Cary, North Carolina, HCL Technologies Ltd, an IT services provider, will expand and add 1,237 jobs.

JD Squared, Inc. will expand in Washington County, Tennessee, creating 50 jobs.
 
In Boone County, Indiana, auto parts maker Fukai Toyotetsu Indiana Corporation will open a facility and hire 195 workers. Congrats to Brand Acceleration client Boone County Economic Development Corporation. Great job!

Investment services firm Cortland Capital Market Services will expand in Indianapolis, Indiana, adding 153 employees.

Total Quality Logistics, a freight brokerage firm, will expand in Louisville, Kentucky, creating 50 jobs.

In Burlington, Iowa, Shearers Foods, LLC will expand and create 83 jobs. Congrats to Brand Acceleration clients, Jason Hutcheson and David Toyer, great guys and economic developers extraordinaire.

Aluminum wheel maker Dicastal North America, Inc. will open a facility in Greenville, Michigan, creating 300 jobs.

In Augusta County, Virginia, McKee Foods Corporation will expand and add 54 workers.

In Greenville County, South Carolina, Solar Atmospheres, a heat treating company, will expand and add 11 workers.

Mortgage services provider Carrington Mortgage Services LLC will expand in Westfield, Indiana, creating 360 jobs.

In Robertson County, Tennessee, AirTech International will open a new operation and create 100 jobs. Congrats to Brand Acceleration client, economic developer Margot Fosnes.

In Butler County, Ohio, GE Aviation will expand and add 53 workers.

Third-party logistics provider Comprehensive Logistics Co., Inc. will open an auto manufacturing plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee, creating 200 jobs.

In New Paris, Indiana, boat maker Smoker Craft, Inc. will expand and add 100 jobs.

Materials handling company Intelligrated, Inc. will expand in Danville, Kentucky, hiring 50 people.

Yarn maker CS Carolina, Inc. will expand in Alamance County, North Carolina, creating 22 jobs.

In Suffolk, Virginia, furniture maker Friant and Associates will open a facility and hire 166 people.

In Richmond and Sampson Counties, North Carolina, wood pellet maker Enviva will open two facilities and hire 160 workers.

In Kansas City, Missouri, Custom Truck & Equipment will expand and create 43 jobs.

Software maker AvidXchange will expand in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, creating 603 jobs.

In Abbeville County, South Carolina, cable maker Prysmian Group will expand and create 20 jobs.

Fulton Bellows, LLC, a maker of metal bellows, will expand in Knoxville, Tennessee, adding 27 workers.

In Louisville, Kentucky, customer experience management provider TPUSA will open a facility and hire 750 people.

In Walker, Michigan, auto components maker Plasan Carbon Composites, Inc. will expand and add 620 employees.

In Nappanee, Indiana, vehicle provider Ameritrans Bus, Inc. will expand and hire 73 people.

Glen Raven Inc., a fabric maker, will expand in Anderson County, South Carolina, creating 10 jobs.

In Berrien County, Georgia, boat maker Chaparral Boats will expand and hire 50 workers.

Clean Harbors, North America, a provider of environmental services, will open a facility in El Dorado, Arkansas, creating 120 jobs.

In Huntington, Indiana, Huntington Aluminum, Inc. will expand and create 41 jobs.

In Clark County, Indiana, vehicle parts supplier Tenneco, Inc. will open a new operation and hire 253 people.

In Buffalo, New York, the SolarCity GigaFactory will open, building solar panels, and employ 3,000 people.

Shoe Sensation, Inc., a distributor of footwear, will expand in Clark County, Indiana, hiring 32 workers.

Cleaning products maker Haso USA, Inc. will expand its Peachtree Corners, Georgia facility, creating 170 jobs.

Foam padding maker CE FoamSolutions, LLC will expand in Burke County, North Carolina, creating 20 jobs.

MacAllister Machinery Corporation, a Caterpillar equipment dealer, will expand in Indianapolis, Indiana, creating 70 jobs.

Auto parts maker Neaton Rome, Inc. will expand in Floyd County, Georgia, adding 50 employees.

Merchants Bonding Company, an insurance provider, will expand in West Des Moines, Iowa, adding 11 workers.

In Wilson County, Tennessee, apparel maker Under Armour, Inc. will open a distribution center and hire 1,500 workers.

Harman International Industries, a maker of audio systems, will expand in Novi, Michigan, creating 150 jobs.

In Marion County, Kentucky, Hendrickson Truck Commercial Hehicle Systems, a maker of suspecsion systems, will expand and create 60 jobs.

Smithers Rapra, a provider of testing services, will open a new facility in Summit County, Ohio, hiring 14 workers.

In Washington County, Indiana, seed coating provider Summit Seed Coatings Indiana LLC will open a new facility and hire 20 people.

Ritedose Corporatin, a pharmaceutical company, will expand in Richland County, South Carolina, creating 65 jobs.

In Cameron County, Texas, SpaceX will open a rocket launch facility, hiring 300 employees.

Haier America, a provider of home appliance products, will open a facility in Evansville, Indiana, creating 50 jobs.

In Louisville, Kentucky, Brown-Forman Corporation will build a distillery and hire 20 people.

Seating maker Magna International will expand in Maury County, Tennessee, adding 357 workers.

Auto brake maker Asama Coldwater Manufacturing, Inc. will expand in Warren County, Georgia, creating 40 jobs.

In Montgomery County, Ohio, heating and cooling systems provider Emerson Climate Technologies will build an innovation center and hire 35 people.

Breakfast food maker Echo Lake Foods, Inc. will open a plant in Huntington County, Indiana, creating 100 jobs.

In Forsythe County, North Carolina, furniture maker United Furniture will expand and add 200 workers.

In Henry County, Georgia, payment services provider TSYS will open a call center and hire 450 people.

Ivy Linen ServicesServices, a linen management firm, will open a facility in Fulton County, Georgia, creating 150 jobs.

In Davidson County, Tennessee, eyewear retailer Warby Parker will open an office and hire 250 people.

Nexthermmal Corporation, a provider of heating systems, will expand in Battle Creek, Michigan, adding 50 workers.

In Henry County, Indiana, meat and cheese provider Boars’s Head Brand will open a facitily and hire 200 workers. Congrats to Brand Acceleration client, economic developer Corey Murphy. Great job!

Burner maker Oilon will open a facility in Thomas County, Georgia, hiring 50 people.

In Oconee County, South Carolina, thermoplastics maker ACI Plastics will expand and create 25 jobs. Congrats to economic developer Richard Blackwell.

In Montgomery County, Ohio, battery maker Xerion ABC will open a facility and create 52 jobs.

Tactical Medical Solutions, a provider of trauma supplies, will expand in Anderson County, South Carolina, adding 15 workers.

In Monroe County, Michigan, window maker Sunrise Windows, Ltd. Will expand and create 100 jobs.


Total Jobs Announcements: 13,560

Jim Walton
CEO
Brand Acceleration, Inc.
Branding // Marketing Communications // Public Relations
Indianapolis, Indiana:
Office: 317.536.6255
Fax: 317.222.1425
Cell: 317.523.7380

  

Brand Acceleration is a full-service website development, marketing communications, branding, and public relations firm with a focus on economic and community development.

5+ Ways to Fail Miserably at Social Media Marketing

And how to take actions that get results

By: Jim Walton
CEO
Brand Acceleration, Inc.
                    
Believe it or not, social media is a significant driver of discussions in the economic development industry. I know, I know – there are still a few of you saying, “I just don’t get it! Who’s using it and are any communities getting deals as a result?” The answer is that many communities are successfully connecting to audiences and telling their stories. So, what’s the problem? How could communities do a better job and enjoy the benefits of an active so-me program? Here are several very common fails and my recommendations for jump starting your efforts:
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1. Unrealistic expectations
Do you really think that by launching a social media effort your community will suddenly catapult to the top of list of communities being considered for projects? Come on, that’s just not realistic. The real benefit of social media is to make a connection that raises awareness of your community’s brand. Just being active on a daily basis is half the battle.

2. Far too much self-promo
I am an avid follower of Twitter headlines. I love that I can do a quick hashtag search and find out what’s going on in the areas of #econdev, #manufacturing, #workforce, #logistics, #bizRE, #innovation, #siteselection, and numerous other relevant topics.

What I’ve noticed is that many economic developers share nothing but self-promotional content. Like those weekly shopper newspapers full of nothing but ads, many social media messages offer little or no value to prospective readers. At Brand Acceleration, our approach is to share content that is educational, entertaining, and interesting to audiences. Maybe 10% to 20% of what we share is self-promotional. Just like a newspaper, radio station, or web news service, there is a balance of beneficial content to advertising. If all you put out there is self-promo, viewers will consider you a consummate promoter and simply ignore you.

Here’s an idea: Look at the trade associations and trade publications and websites serving your target industries. They are great providers of content that your followers may enjoy. Don’t expect the articles to be about land, site selection, or economic development topics. Look for content that your followers may find of value. By following this approach, you may be seen as a valuable source of information. Then, your occasional self-promo is much more likely to be well received.

3. Focusing content on the wrong audiences
As important as your local stakeholders are, they are not your key audience. Sure, local folks should be on your list of followers, but your economic development social media effort should be focused heavily on prospects with the potential of bringing jobs and investment to your area.

From our on-going research of site consultants, corporate executives, and others, we know they are strongly driven by information about sites, buildings, workforce, education and training, economic trends, and other relevant topics. Tweets about your Halloween parade or corn maze are probably not going to entice them to click or consider your area for investment. It’s best to leave such content to the Chamber of Commerce and local media.

4. Making all the wrong connections
Just as content can be too localized, so can your connections. In addition to your board of directors, investors, and area stakeholders, you should make connections with site consultants, corporate executives, national and regional real estate brokers, and target industry leaders and influencers. I suggest making as many connections as possible. I’m talking hundreds, not dozens.

5. Failing to be part of the discussion
A great way to get involved is by joining and participating in LinkedIn discussion groups. If you’re not active in this area, you’re missing a huge opportunity.

On your LinkedIn page, go to INTERESTS and then find GROUPS. You can follow as many as fifty, and I’d suggest joining as many as possible. There are great groups in economic development, manufacturing, food, logistics, workforce, and many others. Join, read, comment, and be involved. Your professional expertise and community brand will grow. But remember, don’t just be a promoter of your community. Share content that is helpful to others. By giving, you will receive.

Bonus subject: Social media is not for amateurs
I’ve heard many people say that they were going to hire an intern or student to manage their social media program. The logic is a belief that young people grew up with it so they would be ideal to run a community so-me effort. Here’s the problem with that approach. Most students and interns know almost nothing about economic development, manufacturing, workforce development, incentives, transportation assets, or other topics of importance to key audiences. This is a task that needs to be given the attention of an economic development professional. One of our services is social media management, so if you’d like to hand off the responsibility to a team who knows how it’s done, just give me a call.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions. I’d love to hear from you. Also, be sure to make a social media connection. My links are all shown below. If you’re going to attend the International Economic Development Council Annual Conference in Fort Worth, please look us up in the exhibit hall.

Jim Walton
CEO
Brand Acceleration, Inc.
Branding // Marketing Communications // Public Relations
Indianapolis: 317.536.6255
Fax: 317.222.1425
Cell: 317.523.7380


Brand Acceleration is a full-service marketing communications, brand management and website development firm with a focus on community and economic development.



Sunday, August 24, 2014

Driving America, Experiencing Its People and Places

A valuable way to discover a community’s brand

By: Jim Walton
CEO
Brand Acceleration, Inc.
                    
On a warm morning, I sit alongside beautiful Lake Norman, just north of Charlotte, North Carolina. Being a serious early morning person, I find a great coffee shop and settle in for a few peaceful moments before I set off to the first of many meetings over the next few days.

One of the things I love about driving trips is that they provide an opportunity to truly experience an area, getting to know the people, lifestyle, and business advantages of each community.

In my job, I travel often and see much of the country that most people never get to experience. I'm often asked which regions I prefer, a loaded question that I honestly cannot answer. America has so much beauty and the people everywhere are amazing. I love it all.

As I make the rounds, visiting with my economic developer and site consultant friends and clients, I take great pride in what Brand Acceleration has become. After the long line of website developers and graphic designers, followed by the small wave of economic development "specialists," my company has truly hit its stride as a firm of economic development marketing professionals. Our team of experts strives to deeply understand the expectations of corporate executives, site consultants, and local employers who make location and expansion decisions. Our clients understand that anyone can build a website or design a brochure, but to craft and promote a strong community brand takes specialists who are in the heads of decision makers. It's not so much about design, technology, or technical jargon as it is about having strong relationships with people who can make investments that create jobs. In the economic development marketing business, relationships really matter.

The heart of a community’s brand
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; a community’s brand resides in the minds of its residents and those outside the area. It’s that feeling a person gets when he or she hears or sees the community name. One great advantage of a personal visit, which we always do, is the opportunity it provides our team to meet the people, getting a feel for what they love about their home. This is something that just cannot be done with a phone call or video chat. Our Brand Profiling research utilizes a combination of personal meetings, focus groups, and other strategies to discover that special emotional nugget known as brand.

At the end of this week, I’ll return home, completely exhausted, but with fond memories of the people and places. I will forever remember the beauty of the region, the restaurants, hotels, and bars that make for a great experience. I look forward to my next trip and another region of this beautiful country.

Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions. I’d love to hear from you.

Jim Walton
CEO
Brand Acceleration, Inc.
Branding // Marketing Communications // Public Relations
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Good Economic News

Here are just a few of the recent jobs announcements that have crossed my desk in recent weeks.

In Burlington, Iowa, construction and agricultural equipment maker CNH Industrial will expand and create 50 jobs. Congrats to Brand Acceleration client, economic developers Jason Hutcheson and David Toyer.
In Hendricks County, Indiana, mattress maker Tempur Sealy will open a facility and hire 300 people.

Cascade Tissue Group will open a facility in Scotland County, North Carolina, creating 68 jobs.

In Litchfield, Minnesota, operator protective structure maker Custon Products of Litchfield, Inc. will expand and hire 31 workers.

Education products firm Dreyfous & Associates will expand in Caguas, Puerto Rico, creating 66 jobs.

In Hagerstown, Maryland, paper products maker National Golden Tissue will expand and create 100 jobs.

Sports retailer Academy Sports + Outdoors will open a distribution center in Cookeville, Tennessee, creating 40 jobs.

In Cherokee County, Kansas, tank maker Tank Connection will expand and hire 35 people. Congrats to Brand Acceleration client, economic developer Janet Miller.

Craft brewer Sun Kink Brewing Company will expand in Hamilton County, Indiana, creating 55 jobs.

In Princeton, Indiana, auto maker Toyota will expand and hire 300 workers.

Freight brokerage company Total Quality Logistics will expand and hire 75 workers in Fulton County, Georgia.

In Opelika, Alabama, healthcare provider Baxter International will expand and add 200 workers.

Auto components maker Spartan Light Metal will expand and hire 88 workers in Mexico, Missouri.

In Davenport, Iowa, electrical safety products maker Grace Engineered Products will expand and add 11 workers.

Wire products provider Encore Wire Corporation will expand and hire 125 people in McKinney, Texas.

In Williamson, New York, Motts, LLP will expand its food processing facility, adding 20 employees.

Memry Corporation, a maker of alloy products, will expand and hire 76 people in Bethel, Connecticut.

In Atkins, Virginia, Mayville Engineering will open a facility and hire 160 people.

Poultry processor Blue Rooster will open an operation in Warrem, Arkansas, creating 100 jobs.

In Carter Lake, Iowa, Lone Mountain Truck Leasing will open a facility and hire 39 people.

Engineering technology firm Goken America will expand in Dublin, Ohio, creating 15 jobs.

In Floyd County, Indiana, Advance Fabricators will expand and add 20 workers.

Middleville Tool & Die Company will expand in Yankee Springs, Michigan, creating 35 jobs.

In Trenton, Tennessee, Big Bend Galvenizing, LLC will open a facility and create 40 jobs.

Communications equipment provider ViaSat, Inc. will open in Tempe, Arizona, creating 400 jobs.

Online food retailer Green BEAN Delivery, LLC will expand in Indianapolis, Indiana, adding 105 workers.

In Todd County, Kentucky, cooler and freezer maker Custom Cooler will open a facility and hire 75 people.

Zipper maker Ideal Fastener will expand and hire 155 people in Granville County, North Carolina.

In Greenville County, South Carolina, Mannan Pharmaceuticals LLC will open a facility and hire 34 people.

Molded parts maker Green Tokai will hire 24 people for its expansion in Maysville, Kentucky.

In Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, metal fabricator Advanced Laser Machining will expand and hire 27 people.

Rail car repair company Transco Railway Products will expand in Oelwein, Iowa, creating 31 jobs.

In Troy, Michigan, business services provider Unified Business Technologies will expand and create 171 jobs.

Plastics maker Sigma Plastics Group will expand in Transylvania County, NC, adding 80 workers.

In Monticello, Arkansas, energy producer Zilkha Biomass Energy will open a facility and hire 52 workers.

Tubing maker Seymour Tubing, Inc. will expand and add 22 jobs in Jackson County, Indiana. Congrats to economic developer Jim Plump.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, packaging maker Sealed Air Corporation will establish its headquarters and hire 1,262 people. Congrats to economic developer Jeff Edge.

Integrity HR, a human resources service provider, will open an office in Louisville, Kentucky, creating 20 jobs.

In Grayson County, Virginia, coating spray maker Hansen Turbine will expand and create 25 jobs.

Technology provider Information Control Company will expand in Columbus, Ohio, creating 25 jobs. Congrats to economic developer Kenny McDonald.

Viva Recycling of South Carolina, LLC will open a facility in Anderson County, South Carolina, hiring 14 people.

In Urbandale, Iowa, IP Pathways will open a data center and hire 54 workers.

Staffing services provider Elwood Staffing Services, Inc. will expand in Columbus, Indiana, hiring 40 workers.

In Winnsboro, South Carolina, toy maker EnorCorp will open a factory and create 151 jobs.

Security products maker Bosch Security Systems will open a facility in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, creating 50 jobs.

Online retailer Overstock.com will expand in Salt Lake City, Utah, adding 333 workers.

In Union County, North Carolina, grocer Harris Teeter will expand and add 41 jobs.

Plastic film maker Celia Corporation will expand in Sparta, Michigan and add 50 employees.

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Siemand Rail Automation will expand and create 129 jobs.

Food products supplier Inclusion Technologies will open its headquarters in Atchison, Kansas, creating 17 jobs.

In Dixon, Illinois, BorgWarner will expand and hire 40 people.

Financial services provider Spectra Group, Inc. will expand in Charlotte, North Carolina, creating 250 jobs.

In Tupelo, Mississippi, Philips Lighting will open a facility and hire 50 people.

Logistics firm Express Logistics will expand in Waukee, Iowa, creating 19 jobs.

In Dorchester County, South Carolina, SpecChem, a supplier to the concrete industry, will open a new operation and hire 50 workers.

In Lenexa, Kansas, Alliance Data Systems will expand and create 530 jobs.

Pharmaceutical maker Unither USA will expand in Henrietta, New York, creating 22 jobs.

In Marion, Iowa, hose maker Legacy Manufacturing Company will expand and add 34 employees.

Shared Services Center will expand in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, creating 320 jobs.

Fluid control device maker Flow-Rite Controls, Ltd. Will expand in Byron Center, Michigan, adding 64 jobs.

Footwear provider PW Minor will expand in Batavia, New York, hiring 17 people.

In Hamilton County, Indiana, sports marketing firm U/S Sports Advisors will expand and hire 36 people. Congrats to economic developer Tim Monger.

Power tool maker Apex Tool will expand and hire 150 people in Sumter County, South Carolina.

Rail car maker Nippon Sharyo Manufacturing will open a facility in Rochelle, Illinois, creating 90 jobs.

Technology services firm Tribridge will expand in Tampa, Florida, adding 200 employees.

Kentucky Dairy Product Innovations will open a processing plant in London, Kentucky, creating 20 jobs.

Award maker Bruce Fox will expand in Floyd County, Indiana, creating 22 jobs.


Total Jobs Announcements: 7,300


Jim Walton
CEO
Brand Acceleration, Inc.
Branding // Marketing Communications // Public Relations
Indianapolis, Indiana:
Office: 317.536.6255
Fax: 317.222.1425
Cell: 317.523.7380

  
Brand Acceleration is a full-service website development, marketing communications, branding, and public relations firm with a focus on economic and community development.







Wednesday, July 30, 2014

5 Steps to a Great Community Logo

Remember that You are not the audience

By: Jim Walton
CEO
Brand Acceleration, Inc.
                    
If you've ever been involved in the process of developing a community logo, then you know it can be a challenging experience. I've been through it many times and I can tell you it's never easy. It's a very important exercise and it really shouldn't be easy. It's too important.

First, I think it's important to clarify the difference between a logo and a brand. Your logo is not your brand.

A brand is an emotional thing. For a community, it is the feeling someone has when he or she hears, sees, or thinks about the community. For example, when you hear the name "Orlando" you probably think about Disneyworld, SeaWorld, or other touristy things the area offers. That immediate feeling or expectation is Orlando's brand.


A logo is meant to be a visual representation of the brand. It's a brand stimulus, but it is not the brand. In other words, when someone sees the logo, that person should experience the same feeling when he or she hears the name. Like Pavlov's famous dogs, our dog, Gracie, salivates at the sight of McDonald's arches. She knows she's going to get a four-pack of Chicken McNuggets

When embarking on a mission to develop a new logo for your area, there are a few things you should consider:

1. Have realistic expectations
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is expecting too much of your logo. Don't try to make it a visual representation of everything you offer. Can a logo really tell your story of workforce, education, quality of life, a business friendly environment, and great transportation assets? No. Can you imagine what Nike's logo would look like if they expected it to show a shoe, shirt, hat, and every other product the company sells?

Keep your logo simple, clean, and professional. How you represent your community in ads, websites, and your face-to face activities will build an image, anchored by a great logo.

2. Hire a professional designer
Simply owning design software does not a designer make. Stay away from those lo-price online logo design services and from the likes of your printer. True design professionals are highly skilled and educated in the art and science of logo development. This is too important to trust to whoever offers the lowest price. Do it right or don't bother.

3. Remember that you are not the audience 
Since the real audience for economic developers is made up of site consultants, c-suite executives, and real estate brokers, to name just a few, doesn't it make sense to design for them? Don't get caught up in selecting a logo concept that appeals to you, your board, or your marketing committee. They will likely have a say in the final selection, but the audience should be your first consideration.

4. Don't copy other logos
How many logos have you seen that look remarkably like another one? It's not uncommon at all when someone just loves another company or community logo to copy, or borrow, visual elements. Why would you ever spend good money to present a logo that will make the viewer think of someplace else? Plus, it's illegal and just plain wrong.

5. Keep it simple
Whatever you do, keep your logo simple, clean, and easy to reproduce. Very fine lines, quirky fonts, challenging colors, and highly-detailed graphics will create serious reproduction challenges.

When reviewing concepts, look at them as very large (banners and signs) and very small (business cards) sizes to see how they look.

Another important thing to remember is that like a great website, a beautifully-designed logo is a waste of money if you fail to support it with a well-funded and well-thought-out marketing communications program.

Getting a new logo is a very important decision, one that should not be taken lightly. Find a company or person that understands your brand and your audience. It's about much more than design. It's a marketing decision that will be part of your organization for years.

Do you have suggestions to add to my list? Feel free to chime in.

Jim Walton
CEO
Brand Acceleration, Inc.
Branding // Marketing Communications // Public Relations
Indianapolis: 317.536.6255
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Good Economic News


Here are just a few of the recent jobs announcements that have crossed my desk in recent weeks.

In Gallatin, Tennessee, pigment maker American Colors, Inc. will build a facility and hire 31 people.

In Elmendorf, Texas. Alamo Tube Company will open a new operation and create 200 jobs.

In Kansas City, Missouri, e-commerce company FoodServiceWarehouse.com will open a distribution center, creating 40 jobs.

UGN, Inc., a supplier of auto components, will expand in Porter County, Indiana, adding 14 employees.

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Canada Metal, Ltd., a maker of marine and industrial products, will open a new operation in Virginia Beach, Virginia, hiring 70 people.

In Boone County, Indiana, baked goods maker Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC will open a facility and hire 219 people. Congrats to Brand Acceleration client Boone County Economic Development Corporation.

Building products supplier Superior Truss & Panel, Inc. will open a facility in Lake County, Indiana, creating 52 jobs.

In Clearwater, Florida, GE Energy Management will open a facility and employ 250 people.

SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers will triple its plant capacity in Moses Lake, Washington, adding 120 employees.

In Baird, Mississippi, Moon River Foods will locate a fish processing operation, creating 100 jobs.

Concrete distributor SpecChem will open a facility in Dorchester County, South Carolina, creating 50 jobs.

Hotel operator Hilton Worldwide will add 5,500 employees companywide.

Fiberglass products maker Valmiera Glass will locate in Dublin, Georgia, creating 150 jobs.

In DesMoines, Iowa, American Republic Insurance will expand and create 146 jobs.

In Union County, South Carolina, department store retailer Belk, Inc. will expand and create 20 jobs.

In Port Huron, Michigan, auto components maker Eissmann Group Automotive will open a new operation and hire 233 people.

In Atlanta, Georgia, DRAX Biomass will open a new headquarters and hire 50 people.

Auto components maker SL Tennessee will open a new operation in Clinton, Tennessee, creating 1,000 jobs.

Information technology firm GadellNet Consulting Services, LLC will expand in St. Louis, Missouri and hire 30 people.

In Sioux City, Iowa, refrigerated warehouse owner Cloverleaf Cold Storage Company will open a new facility and add 13 jobs.

In Darlington County, South Carolina, Rogers Brothers Farm will open a peanut facility, creating 30 jobs.

Retailer Hand & Stone Message and Facial will expand and hire 280 people.

In the Town of Pulaski, Virginia, siding maker Hardie Building Products, Inc. will expand and hire 69 people.

In West Louisville, Kentucky, Against the Grain will open a brewery and hire 20 people.

In Georgia, Domtar Personal Care will expand and create 25 jobs.

Spectra Group, Inc., a financial services provider, will open an office in Charlotte, North Carolina, creating 250 jobs.

Rental provider Illini Hi-Reach, Inc. will open a new headquarters in Crown Point, Indiana, adding 13 employees.

In Tonawanda, New York, Praxair, Inc. will expand and create 22 jobs.

In Bryan County, Georgia, West Penn Testing Group, a material testing service provider, will locate and hire 70 people.

In Troy, Michigan, automotive lighting provider H.A. Automotive Systems, Inc. will establish its headquarters, creating 368 jobs.

In El Paso and Austin, Texas, financial services provider Charles Schwab will open a facility and create 1,200 jobs.

In Tippecanoe County, Indiana, food and beverage supplier Tate & Lyle will expand and create 10 jobs.

Sportsman Boats Manufacturing will expand in Dorchester County, South Carolina, adding 150 workers.

Trucking firm Barefoot Carriers will expand in Ripley, Mississippi, creating 25 jobs.

In Cartersville, Georgia, textile maker Beaulieu International Group will open a headquarters, creating 350 jobs.

Core Health & Fitness, LLC, a maker of exercise equipment, will open an operation in Grayson County, Virginia, hiring 250 people.

Buffalo Wings and Rings will expand and hire 300 people companywide.

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Volkswagen Group will expand and add 2,000 workers.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, packaging maker Sealed Air Corporation will open its headquarters, creating 1,262 jobs.

YanFeng USA Automotive Trim Systems, Inc. a maker of interior trim products, will expand in Harrison Township, Michigan, creating 519 jobs.

In Kansas City, Missouri, ECCO Select, a consulting firm, will expand and hire 96 people.

Flooring products maker Mohawk Industries will upgrade its Spartanburg County, South Carolina facility and hire 20 people.

In Boyd County, Kentucky, EN Engineering will expand and create 80 jobs.

CPM Acquisitions Corp, a maker of particle preparation equipment, will expand in Waterloo, Iowa and hire 1 person.

Advisory services provider CEB will open a new headquarters in Arlington County, Virginia, hiring 800 people.

Wood products company Quality Sales, LLC will expand in Nappannee, Indiana, adding 25 employees.

Business services provider Liberty-Source PBC will open a facility in Ft. Monroe, Virginia, creating 596 jobs.

In Worth County, Iowa, New Heavan Chemicals, Inc. will open a new operation and hire 16 people.

Food packaging products provider Dart Container Corporation will expand in Hart County, Kentucky, adding 30 workers.

Yuhuang Chemical will open a methanol facility in St. James Parish, Louisiana, hiring 400 workers.

In Charlston County, South Carolina, Senior Aerospace AMT will open a new facility and hire 60 people.

In Fishers, Indiana, consumer products company Jarden Corporation will open an office and distribution center, creating 300 jobs. Congrats to economic developer Tim Gropp.

Document management firm Data Dimensions will open a data center in Mr. Sterling, Kentucky, creating 100 jobs.

Automotive interior trim maker Magna Interior Trim will expand in St. Clair and Benzie Counties, Michigan, creating 169 jobs.

In Gallatin, Tennessee, auto components provider ABC Group, Inc. will expand and create 230 jobs.

Brinly-Hardy Company, a maker of lawn and garden equipment, will expand in Clark County, Indiana, creating 30 jobs.

In Calhoun County, Michigan, brake products maker Brembo North America, Inc. will open a new facility and hire 254 people.

In Carroll County, Virginia, Vanguard Furniture will open a facility and hire 200 people.

Steel plate maker JMS Russel Metals will expand in Jackson, Tennessee, creating 26 jobs.

In Rice Lake, Wisconsin, weighing products maker Rice Lake Weighing Systems will build a new facility and hire 57 people.

Firewood producer B&K Wood Products, LLC will expand in Madisonville, Kentucky, adding 39 workers.

In Indianapolis, Indiana, home improvement retailer Lowe’s will open a call center and hire 1,000 workers.


Total Jobs Announcements: 19,776

Jim Walton
CEO
Brand Acceleration, Inc.
Branding // Marketing Communications // Public Relations
Indianapolis, Indiana:
Office: 317.536.6255
Fax: 317.222.1425
Cell: 317.523.7380

  
Brand Acceleration is a full-service website development, marketing communications, branding, and public relations firm with a focus on economic and community development.