Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Good Economic News! (10-25-11)

Good Economic News! (10-25-11)
Here are just a few of the positive economic announcements that have come my way in recent weeks:

Sequenom, Inc., a healthcare services company, will build a diagnostics laboratory in Wake County, North Carolina and create 242 new jobs.

Ford Motor Company plans to expand its Chicagoland facilities and add a third shift at its Chicago Assembly plant, adding 1,200 new jobs.

NK Newlook, a manufacturer of store fixtures and retail interiors, will locate a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Barnwell County, South Carolina, creating 212 new jobs.

In Jacksonville, Florida, The Bruss Company will create a meat processing center and hire 200 people.

Kronos, Inc., a workforce management solutions provider, will open a new office in Indianapolis, Indiana, creating 250 new jobs.

In Galax, Virginia, Albany Industries, Inc., a maker of upholstered household furniture, will establish a new facility, creating 335 new jobs.

In Tipton County, Indiana, Bottcher America Corporation, a manufacturer of printing and industrial materials, will expand and add 35 new jobs. Congratulations to Linda Williamson, economic developer for Tipton County.

Backcountry.com, an online specialty retailer, will establish a fulfillment center in Montgomery County, Virginia, creating 200 new jobs.

In Robertson County, Tennessee, Electrolux Major Appliances North America will expand its manufacturing facility and create 75 new jobs.

Burns and McDonnell, an engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting services firm, will expand and create 1,000 jobs companywide.

In Hanson, Kentucky, Carhartt, Inc., a maker of clothing, plans to add 150 new employees to its existing operation.

Ford Motor Company will invest in its Kentucky Truck Plant and add a third shift at its Louisville Assembly Plant, adding 1,800 new jobs.

The following companies have job openings for the 2011 holiday season:
Aeropostale: 2,000+
A.M. Castle: 50+
Ann Taylor/LOFT: 3,000 to 5,000
APAC Customer Service: 250
Dial America: 1,000
Diamond National Adjusting: 50
Helzburg Diamonds: 100+
Headway Workforce Solutions: 11,000+
Massage Envy: 2,500
Medcor, Inc.: 50
The Men’s Wearhouse: 70+
The Salvation Army: 80+
Rue 21: 100+
Sleepy’s LLC: 100+
Spencer Gifts: 20,000

In northern Kentucky, Johnson Controls, Inc. will expand its automotive battery operation, creating 45 new jobs.

In Greenville County, South Carolina, Honeywell International, Inc., a provider of repair services for propulsion engines, will expand and create 30 new jobs.

CANBERRA Industries, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of radiation detection products, will expand its facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and add 45 new jobs.

In Frankfort, Indiana, LEP Special Fasteners, Inc., a maker of specialty steel fasteners, plans to open a new facility and create 160 new jobs.

Linamar Corporation, a maker of automotive parts and components, plans to expand its operation in northern Kentucky and create 138 new jobs.

In Peachtree City, Georgia, SANY Heavy Industry, LLC, a maker of cranes and lifting equipment, will add a research and development center and hire 300 engineering jobs.

MetriCan, a supplier of tooling and stamped metal components, plans to expand its facility in Dickson, Tennessee, creating 60 new jobs.

Vehicle maker Mercedes-Benz will add a new truck model at its Vance, Alabama assembly plant in early 2015, creating 400 new jobs.

Hitachi Automotive Systems, a supplier to the automotive industry, will establish an electric vehicle battery production operation in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, creating 60 new jobs.

YH America South Carolina LLC, a maker of automotive components, will expand its operation in Pickens County, South Carolina and add 93 new jobs.

Wholesale lender TMS Funding will add 30 account executives companywide.

In Columbus, Indiana, fastener manufacturer Sunright America, Inc. will expand its operation and create 100 new jobs.

In Lebanon, Kentucky, Montibello Packaging will expand its plant and create 26 new jobs.

Customer call center Sitel will hire 120 temporary workers at its Covington County, Alabama facility. 75 will become permanent.

Crown Equipment Corporation, a manufacturer of materials handling equipment, will expand its operation in New Castle, Indiana, creating 150 new jobs.

In Glasgow, Kentucky, Fortis Manufacturing, a maker of tooling and stampings, will locate a new manufacturing facility and create 100 new jobs.

First Coast Services Options, a Medicare Administrative Contractor, is expanding in Jacksonville, Florida, creating 400 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.  jim@brandaccel.com

Brand Acceleration is a full-service marketing communications, brand management and public relations firm operating from Indianapolis, Indiana and Charlotte, North Carolina. The agency’s focus is on economic development, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC).

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