Sunday, September 11, 2011

Good Economic News 9-13-2011

Good Economic News!

Here are just a few of the positive economic announcements that have come my way in recent weeks:

In Floyd County, Georgia, home improvement store Lowe’s has broken ground for a new distribution center which will create 600 new jobs.
Sabre Manufacturing, LLC, a maker of steel tanks, plans to expand its operation in Knox, Indiana, creating 25 new jobs.
At the port of Madison Parish, Louisiana, barge maker St. John Enterprises, Inc. plans to invest in machinery and other upgrades and add 450 new jobs.
SwissTex America, a yarn extrusion company, has opened its North American headquarters in Dalton, Georgia, creating 15 new jobs.
Macy’s, the 800 store department store chain, has announced plans to hire 3,500 new employees.
In Rogersville, Missouri, Mid-Am Metal Forming, a company specializing in metals for the architecture, aerospace and marine industries, has announced plans to expand its facility, creating 20 new jobs.
Fiberspar Corporation, a supplier of spoolable composite reinforced pipelines, has announced plans to expand its operation in Utah, creating 276 new jobs.
In Baldwin, Tennessee, CLARCOR, Inc., a supplier of heavy-duty engine filters, plans to expand and create 70 new jobs.
In Florence, Kentucky, ZF Steering Systems has completed its expansion and created 374 new jobs.
Innovative Composites International, a maker of advanced materials, has announced plans to establish a new production facility in Orangeburg County, South Carolina, creating 300 new jobs.
In Sioux Center, Iowa, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI), has opened a new vaccine facility, creating 76 new jobs.
Afiliated Computer Services (ACS) a provider of business process and IT services, plans to hire 2,960 people in Kentucky, North Carolina, Utah, Texas, Colorado and Maine.

In Indianapolis, Indiana, Royal United Mortgage, LLC, will expand and add 140 new jobs.
Fareva, a provider of products to several industries, plans to acquire a manufacturing facility in Henrico County, Virginia, adding 90 new jobs.
UnderCover, a manufacturer of ABS composite truck bed covers, has announced plans to expand and add 30 new jobs in Rogersville, Missouri.
Kings Plush, Inc., a maker of residential upholstery fabrics, plans to expand and add 62 employees at its facility in Cleveland County, North Carolina. Congrats to Kristin Fletcher, EVP Economic Development at the Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce.
In Clark County, Indiana, Idemitsu Lublicants America Corporation, a maker of automotive and industrial lubricants, will expand its operation and add 23 new jobs.
In Uniontown, Kentucky, Union County Livestock, a provider of meats and supplies, plans to expand and create 25 new jobs.
Card Compliant, a regulatory and compliance service company, plans to open a new facility in Kansas City, Missouri, creating 16 new jobs.
Laurens County, South Carolina, The ZF Group, a supplier to the automotive industry, has announced plans to expand and create 300 new jobs.

In Auburn, Alabama, automotive parts manufacturer Seung Chang Airtech, Inc. has expanded and moved into a facility where it has added 200 new jobs.
US Airways Group, Inc. has announced plans to add 200 new employees at its Winston-Salem, North Carolina reservations center. It previously announced the addition of 500 jobs between the same facility and one in Phoenix, Arizona.
In LaGrange, Indiana, CruiserRV, a recreational vehicle company, will expand its operation and create 200 new jobs.
In Berea, Kentucky, Hitachi Automotive Systems has announced plans to establish a new manufacturing facility, adding 130 new employees.
NEM USA, a provider of heat recovery steam generators and industrial and utility boilers, will establish a facility in Greenville County, South Carolina, adding 40 new employees.
In Hermiston, Ohio, Shearer’s Foods, a snack-food maker, plans to expand its facility and add 100 new employees.
113 year-old Stant Corporation, a maker of engineered management and other products, will expand and add 59 new jobs.
Sullair Corporation, a maker of air compressors and other air equipment, will add 133 new employees at its headquarters in LaPorte County, Indiana.
Michigan Ladder Company, a 110 year-old maker of ladders, plans to move the manufacture of its products from foreign providers to its facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan, creating 10 new jobs.
In Marlboro County, South Carolina, venture capital firm 5-STAR USA, will establish its new headquarters and create 1,000 new jobs.
WestCorp, a provider of communications services, plans to hire more than 150 new employees at its call center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In Allen County, Indiana, music case maker Gator Cases, Inc. has announced plans to expand and hire 25 people.
P&G Manufacturing, a maker of air filtration products, plans to open a facility in Beaufort County, North Carolina, adding 32 new jobs.
In Brentwood, Tennessee, healthcare provider Windsor Health Plan plans to add 200 new employees.
We receive numerous announcements each week that announce that several jobs have been “retained or created.” While retention is important, we will not use announcements that fail to define exactly how many jobs were retained and how many were created. We want specifics.
If you have jobs announcements, please send them my way.

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