Monday, September 26, 2011

Good Economic News! 9/27/11

Good Economic News!

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

Otis Elevator Company has announced plans to open a new manufacturing facility in Florence County, South Carolina, adding 360 new jobs.

In Watertown, South Dakota, OEM Worldwide, a maker of circuit board assemblies, will expand and add 150 new jobs.

In Brunswick, Georgia, GSI Commerce, an E-commerce company, will expand its operation and add 750 new jobs.

Florida Tile has opened its new headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, adding 51 new jobs.

In Orland, Indiana, CTA Acoustics, Inc. will open a new facility, creating 140 new jobs.

Tire maker Bridgestone Americas has announced plans to open a new manufacturing facility in Aiken County, South Carolina, adding 850 new jobs. Congrats to economic developer Will Williams and the entire EDP team.

In Warrick County, Indiana, Leo Brown Group and TLC Management will open a new retirement community in the Warrick Wellness Trail heath and lifestyle district, creating 160 new jobs. Congratulations to Brand Acceleration client Success Warrick County. Great job Larry and Matt!

In Meriwether County, Georgia, auto parts supplier Mando Corporation will open a high-tech manufacturing operation and hire 426 employees.

Paint booth maker Global Finishing Solutions has announced plans to expand its operation in Osseo, Wisconsin, creating 110 new jobs.

Precision Medical Technologies, Inc., a medical device maker, will open a new facility in Rome City, Indiana and hire 60 new employees.

In Davenport, Iowa, auto industry supplier Alcoa will expand its rolled products plant and add 300 new jobs.

AT&T, Inc. is pledging to bring 5,000 call center jobs, presently based abroad, back to the United States if it is allowed to proceed with its acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

In Pickens County, South Carolina, KP Components will open a new CNC machining facility, generating 50 new jobs.

Vera Bradley, a maker of handbags, has announced plans to expand in northeast Indiana, creating 124 new jobs.

In Opelika, Alabama, Pharmavite, a maker of vitamins and supplements, will open a new facility and hire 280 new workers.

Thermo Fisher Scientific, a maker of ultra-low temperature freezers, will expand its operation in Asheville, North Carolina, adding 110 new jobs.

In Indianapolis, Indiana, Project Lead The Way will relocate its headquarters, creating 30 new jobs.

JR Automation Technologies LLC, a maker of automation equipment, plans to expand in Pickens County, South Carolina, adding 54 new jobs.

Microsoft Corporation has announced plans to expand its data center in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, creating 50 new jobs.

In Evansville, Indiana, wind turbine blade maker GBT USA, will open a new facility, creating 400 new jobs.

Building materials manufacturer GAF plans to open a manufacturing plant in Bulloch County, Georgia and hire 50 new employees.

In White Plains, New York, Orthonet Holdings, Inc., an orthopedic specialty benefit management firm, will expand and create 155 new jobs.

Borg Warner, a powertrain supplier, has announced plans to expand its facility in Water Valley, Mississippi, creating 70 new jobs.

In Simpson County, Kentucky, Premium Services LLC and Worldwide Technologies will add 50 new employees.

Telecommunications giant Time Warner will open a new facility in Tampa, Florida and hire 500 new employees.

In Redmond, Washington, software maker HCL will open a new facility and create 400 new jobs.

Wire maker Lake Copper Conductors LLC will expand its operation in Elkhart, Indiana, creating 23 new jobs.

Duraseal Pipe Coatings Company plans to move its operation to Missouri, creating 45 new jobs.

In Glasgow, Kentucky, Akebono Brake has announced plans to expand and add 224 new employees.

In Charleston County, South Carolina, TIGHITCO, Inc. will open a new manufacturing facility and hire 350 new employees.

Bishop Steering Technology, a steering gear designer for the auto and racing industries, will expand its operation and add 25 new employees.

Sasol, a maker of gas-to-liquid, or GTL, has selected Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana for a possible facility that could employ 850 people.

Horsehead Corporation, an environmental services provider, plans to open a new facility in Rutherford County, North Carolina, creating 250 new jobs.

KYB Manufacturing North America, Inc., a maker of auto parts, will relocate its headquarters and other parts of its operation to Franklin, Indiana, creating 50 new jobs.


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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