Job Creation

Iron Mountain Selects Prince William County, VA For $350M Data Center Campus

The Prince William County Dept. of Economic Development announced that Iron Mountain Information Management, LLC has selected Manassas, VA as the location for a $350 million state-of-the-art data center campus.

Iron Mountain

Iron Mountain (photo – WestportWiki/wikimedia)

The project will bring 25 highly skilled Iron Mountain jobs and another projected 25 tenant positions to Prince William County, all at an average salary of $100,000 a year.

Governor Terry McAuliffe said in a statement that “We are delighted to welcome Iron Mountain’s first Virginia data center to Prince William County.”

Mark Kidd, Iron Mountain Senior Vice President and General Manager, Data Centers, said that they explored several U.S. locations for this expansion and Prince William County was a clear forerunner. “Prince William County is a great fit for us with our focus on security, compliance, efficiency and reliability,” added Kidd.

The company cited the availability of large industrial zoned sites and abundant fiber and power among the reasons for selecting the site in Manassas, VA. The site is a short distance from a new power substation and switching station, allowing for underground power distribution. The data center campus plan includes three buildings totaling 375,000 square feet, with future growth capacity.

The PWC Board of County Supervisors have approved an agreement between the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) of Prince William County and Iron Mountain Information Management, LLC. Prince William County economic development incentives for the project include $500,000 in water and sewer availability fee credits that have been assigned to the IDA, as an incentive for the project.

The Iron Mountain project will not only further diversify and expand the data center colocation market in the County, but also allows Iron Mountain Data Centers to enter the Greater Washington metropolitan area from a strategic location. According to a recent JLL study, Northern Virginia is already the biggest multi-tenant data center market in the country.

Corey A. Stewart, Chairman, Prince William Board of County Supervisors noted that “We are continuing to grow these highly skilled job opportunities by attracting global companies that recognize the full advantages of the County’s strategic location and lowest competitive costs in the Greater Washington metropolitan area.”

Boston, MA-based Iron Mountain Inc. (NYSE: IRM) is a Fortune 1000 company founded in 1951. It is now a leading provider of storage and information management services with a real estate network of more than 69 million square feet across more than 1,100 facilities in 37 countries.

Trinity Health, XPO Logistics Select Fort Wayne, IN For First of Four Distribution Centers

Trinity Health and XPO Logistics, Inc. (NYSE: XPO) announced the selection of Fort Wayne, IN as the location for the first of four distribution centers to help transform the former’s 21-state hospital system into a people-centered one that will focus on improving health while reducing costs for the people and communities it serves.

Trinity Health, XPO Logistics distribution network

Photo – xpo.com

Supported by state tax credits from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and additional local incentives from Allen County, the $26 million distribution center will create 75 new jobs for Fort Wayne and Allen County.

XPO Logistics will manage and operate the facility, which will serve as the regional distribution hub for medical and surgical supplies for Trinity Health hospitals. Greenwich, CT-based XPO Logistics is a leading provider of freight transportation and logistics services with 89,000 employees worldwide, which includes more than 1,500 jobs at 19 facilities in Indiana.

Non-profit Trinity Health is one of the largest health care delivery systems in the U.S., serving communities in 21 states through a network of 88 hospitals and 126 continuing care locations that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. With annual operating revenues of about $15.8 billion and assets of about $20.4 billion, the organization returns almost $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.

Lou Fierens, senior vice president of supply chain and fixed asset management for Trinity Health, said in a statement that “The modern, world-class facility and distribution process we are creating with XPO will help us further our Lean/Kanban approach to supply chain management for the benefit of the individuals and communities that rely on us for high-value services.”

Fort Wayne is ideally located in Northeast Indiana approximately two hours from Indianapolis and three hours from Chicago, Detroit, Columbus and Cincinnati. A distribution hub in this location will give Trinity Health the ability to quickly and easily supply its hospitals and other facilities with standardized products, pricing and procedures that eliminate the risk of error.

Ashfaque Chowdhury, president of supply chain for the Americas and Asia-Pacific at XPO Logistics, added that they received outstanding support from Fort Wayne and Allen County in the development of this project. “We’re pleased to join with Trinity Health to bring these investments and jobs to the state of Indiana,” said Chowdhury.

Governor Mike Pence said in a statement that “We’re proudly known as the Crossroads of America, and with the logistics industry expected to more than double by 2035, we’re making unprecedented investments in our infrastructure statewide to ensure that global companies like XPO Logistics continue to choose Indiana for growth and job creation.”

In order to secure this project, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation has offered XPO Logistics up to $750,000 in performance-based tax credits. Allen County has separately approved additional local incentives for the project.

Silicon Valley’s Problem of Plenty Brings 100 Bizness Apps Jobs to San Diego

DIY mobile app platform Bizness Apps is moving its operations from Silicon Valley to San Diego, in a bid to reduce its talent acquisition costs and provide its employees a more affordable cost of living.

Bizness Apps

Bizness Apps (photo – biznessapps.com)

The relocation from San Francisco to La Jolla brings nearly 100 more tech jobs to Southern California, part of a growing trend of tech startups looking to grow faster and stay lean by avoiding the higher cost of life and expensive talent bidding wars with Silicon Valley’s large tech giants.

Bizness Apps issued a release about the relocation in which it notes that “San Francisco’s saturation often hinders mid-size tech companies from hiring and keeping A-players, as they’re forced to compete with the likes of Google and Apple for local talent. High saturation results in higher costs with lesser results, while relocation holds the potential for exponential expansion.”

As for the choice of La Jolla for the relocation, the company’s founder and CEO Andrew Gazdecki noted that San Diego offers a new and growing technology scene where entrepreneurship can blossom. “Startups like Bizness Apps, who are ahead of the curve, can gain ground more easily and become an influencer, not just a follower,” said Gazdecki.

Gazdecki added that they are looking forward to creating a working environment in San Diego similar to Silicon Valley where employee happiness, innovation, and career development are chief priorities.

The company’s relocation plan, first announced earlier this year in January, comes after a months-long site selection process in which their management ultimately determined that relocation promises more long-term growth.

Gazdecki founded the company in the dorms of California State University, Chico in 2010. Bizness Apps offers a do-it-yourself simple mobile app builder platform for small businesses. The platform quickly scans your website for content, and you can add in any more information you want to provide to create, edit and manage mobile apps online. You can choose available templates or build your own app from scratch without any expertise or experience in app development or programming. You can build native iOS, Android and mobile websites.

Supported by angel funding from Build.com CEO Christian Friedland and others, the company moved into offices in the Bay Area. The Silicon Valley location fueled the company’s growth, and Bizness Apps has been ranked among Inc.’s top 100 fastest-growing companies in America two years in a row.

Jacksonville Economic Development Project Revere is FIS Expansion

Financial services technology company FIS is expanding its operations in downtown Jacksonville, FL with the addition of more IT positions.

Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville, FL (photo – coj.net)

Supported by a package of state and Jacksonville economic development incentives, the company plans to create 250 new jobs by 2020, and will be making a capital investment of over $2 million in the local community.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, FIS already has nearly 1,100 employees in Duval County and more than 4,500 across various locations in Florida.

FIS is a Fortune 500 company and a member of S&P 500 Index with $9.2 billion in annual revenue, generated by providing mission-critical software and IT services to institutions in the financial services industry.

Governor Rick Scott said in a statement that “Financial service companies like FIS continue to help diversify Florida’s economy which will help us become first in the world for job growth.”

Gary Norcross, President and CEO of FIS, added that “We’re very committed to Jacksonville, home of our global headquarters, and are excited to further deepen our roots in the community through the addition of these new jobs.”

The project (identified previously only as Project Revere) was secured by Enterprise Florida, working in partnership with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, City of Jacksonville, and the JAX Partnership.

In order to secure and support the FIS expansion, the company was approved to receive a Qualified Targeted Industry (QTI) Tax Refund program award of $1.25 million, with the State of Florida providing $1 million and the City chipping in with up to $1,000 per new job created, up to a maximum of $250,000.

City of Jacksonville economic development incentives for Project Revere also include a Recaptured Enhanced Valued (REV) Grant of up to $80,000. The State is also providing funding and support for workforce training for the new jobs being created.

The 250 new jobs the company plans to create will have an annual average wage of $49,340, and will generate additional payroll in the Jacksonville area of over $12.3 million annually, excluding benefits.

JAX Chamber Chair Audrey Moran noted that FIS executives know when they are looking to invest and grow, they don’t have to look anywhere else. “They can find the highly-skilled, information technology workers they need and a business-friendly environment right here in Jacksonville,” said Moran.

Enterprise Florida President and CEO Bill Johnson likewise said that it’s no surprise that companies like FIS are expanding in Florida. “Florida’s financial services industry is one of the best in the country and 250 new jobs is great news for the Jacksonville area,” said Johnson.

START-UP NY Economic Development Program Gets Another 18 Companies

Another 18 companies have decided to join START-UP NY and relocate or expand their operations in tax-free zones associated with public colleges and universities in New York.

START-UP NY

START-UP NY (photo – ny.gov)

These 18 businesses will create a combined total of 135 new jobs and invest nearly $10 million over the next five years in New York City, Long Island, Central New York, the Capital District, Western NY, and the Southern Tier.

START-UP NY is an innovative New York economic development initiative that allows businesses to partner with sponsoring higher education institutions and operate facilities on or near campuses that are 100 percent tax-free for 10 years, paying no state income tax, business or corporate state or local taxes, sales tax, property tax or franchise fees associated with that facility. The participating companies also get access to industry experts and advanced research laboratories associated with the schools.

As of now, START-UP NY already has 75 participating schools that have established 456 Tax-Free Areas representing over five million square feet of tax-free space for new or expanding businesses to operate on or near campuses.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement announcing the latest 18 companies to join this program that “In a few short years, START-UP NY has attracted thousands of good-paying jobs, and hundreds of millions in private investment from innovative companies in communities.”

Chief New York economic development agency Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky added that “With 172 companies now participating, START-UP NY is strengthening the state’s economy, stimulating growth and progress on our college campuses and creating thousands of new jobs for New Yorkers.”

There are now 172 companies that have established or have committed to establish facilities in the state through START-UP NY, and these projects will create a combined total of at least 4,175 new jobs and investments totaling more than $229.2 million over the next five years in New York State.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher likewise said that “Our campuses are proud to be a part of the continued success of START-UP NY in every region of the state, and we are pleased to welcome each of these new partnerships to SUNY.”

The latest 18 entrants to join STARTUP-NY are as follows:

University at Buffalo (87 new jobs) – Qoints USA Inc.; VOICEITT INC; Sedara, LLC; Plum, LLC; Empirican Clinical Testing Services, LLC (dba Empirican PRN); Letchworth, LLC d/b/a Fiducia Solutions; Indago, LLC; Disease Diagnostic Group, Inc.; Painless 1099, LLC; Atomic Medical Innovations, Inc.; and Burgio Health Alliance, LLC;

Alfred University (9 new jobs) – Spherical Block, LLC;

Downstate Medical College (9 new jobs) – Histowiz Inc.;

Stony Brook University (8 new jobs) – Millennial Materials and Devices Inc.;

SUNY Binghamton (8 new jobs) – ChromaNanoTech, LLC; Binghamton Surgical Instruments d/b/a Senecka Spine;

Albany Medical College (7 new jobs) – iSimulate; and

SUNY Morrisville (7 new jobs) – Good Nature Brewing, Inc.

Find out more about START-UP NY at www.startup.ny.gov.

French Company Norac Selects Forks, PA For First US Facility

Norac, a French agro-food group that manufacturers bread and bakery products, has announced the selection of Forks Township in Northampton County, PA as the location for its first U.S. manufacturing facility.

Forks, PA

Forks, PA (photo – Hunter Kahn/wikipedia)

Supported by a Pennsylvania economic development grant, low-interest loan and job creation tax credits, the company will build a 79,160-square-foot facility and make site improvements at the location across from the U.S. Army Reserve Center.

Norac expects to create 62 new jobs at this facility over the next three years. Norac already employs more than 3,700 employees at its various locations around the world.

Under its subsidiary brand Bakerly, Norac USA is introducing a natural alternative to traditional bakery snacks for supermarkets in the United States. Their French inspired recipes with no preservatives and no additives include chocolate and strawberry filled crepes, as well as other bakery items such as chocolate croissants and mini-brioches with chocolate chips.

Governor Tom Wolf said in a release that “I am thrilled to announce that Norac is establishing its first American manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania.”

The project was secured for Pennsylvania by the Governor’s Action Team (GAT), working in coordination with the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation and the PA Office of International Business Development.

The Governor added that the collaborative efforts of GAT, the Lehigh Valley EDC and the Office of International Business Development exemplify that Pennsylvania can have a government that works on all levels.

The Governor’s Action Team is comprised of an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with local officials and EDCs.

The package of economic development incentive awarded to the company to secure the project includes a $186,000 Pennsylvania First program grant, and the company has also been encouraged to apply for a $2.4 million low-interest loan that includes $1 million from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority. Norac USA will additionally receive up to $124,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, and $27,900 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.

Local approval for the project will be considered by the Forks Township Board of Supervisors later this month.

Based in Rennes, France, the Norac Group was founded in 1989 by BrunoCaron, and consists of over a dozen subsidiaries and 21 facilities, and manufactures bread and bakery products in France. The company offers everything from biscuits to pre-packed pastries and sandwiches, sweets, pancakes, salads, specialty breads, and hot dog rolls, and generates revenue of around $700 million.

Fry’s Food Stores $260M Investment to Create Over 2000 Jobs in Arizona

Fry’s Food Stores is expanding again in Arizona, and has now announced plans for adding six new Fry’s Marketplace Stores in Maricopa County this year, along with one new Fry’s Food Store in Tucson.

Fry's Food building in Phoenix, AZ

Fry’s Food building in Phoenix, AZ (photo – Frys104/wikimedia)

The company plans to make a capital investment of $260 million in Arizona to build the store in Tucson and the six new Fry’s Marketplace Stores in Mesa, Phoenix, Litchfield Park, Chandler, and Peoria. This funding will also be used for building more fuel centers and complete certain expansion projects and remodels.

With 119 food stores and 82 fuel centers, the Tolleson, AZ-based Fry’s Food Stores already has a considerable impact on Arizona economic development, providing service to more than three million customers each week.

The company employs more than 18,000 Arizona residents, is currently looking to hire another 900 employees, and expects to create more than 2,000 full- and part-time career opportunities as a result of this latest growth initiative.

Steve McKinney, president of Fry’s Food Stores, said in a release that “Fry’s is a company that is focused on smart, strategic growth and providing a highly-satisfied customer shopping experience.”

Another key feature that will be a part of two of the new Fry’s Food Stores is the Power Parasol – patented solar energy and shade technology. The Power Parasol provides solar shaded parking, better lighted nighttime parking and clean renewable energy for the stores.

Dennis Barr, Manager of Real Estate, Fry’s Food Store, says in a statement on the Power Parasol site that “The customers love it, I mean the availability of shade – that’s something that they can experience right away.”

Fry’s first tested the Power Parasol as a pilot project at its Marketplace Store in Phoenix. The project was a hit with customers and the store quickly realized a 20 percent savings on its electric bill.

McKinney noted that they strive to make all of their stores as energy efficient as possible, and have now found a way to provide a better experience outside their stores. “Plus it increases our ‘green efforts,’ which help to make our community a better place to live now and in the future,” added McKinney.

Fry’s was founded in Contra Costa County, CA in 1954 by Donald Fry. Donald and his brother Charles expanded the chain to Arizona in 1960, and the company was acquired by Dillons in 1972. Dillons in turn merged with Kroger in 1983, and Kroger’s merger with Fred Meyer created The Kroger Company in 1999. So Fry’s is now a division of The Kroger Company.

Jacksonville Economic Development Project Omega is Ernst & Young LLP Expansion

EY and Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced that Ernst & Young LLP will open a client service delivery center in Jacksonville, FL.

Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young (photo – Avi1111/wikimedia)

Supported by State of Florida and Jacksonville economic development incentives, the company plans to invest $5.95 million, and expects to create 450 highly-skilled jobs over the next four years.

These will be jobs with an average annual salary of approximately $49,340, plus benefits, which means the jobs will provide at least 115 percent of the average private-sector wage in the State of Florida.

The 450 positions being created for the center will be focused on information technology, testing and risk skills to enhance the operations of clients. EY, a leading global professional services firm headquartered in London, UK, is one of the “Big Four” audit firms. EY already currently employs more than 100 people at its Jacksonville office. All told, EY member firms have more than 212,000 employees in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Shawn Smith, Partner, Southeast Financial Services Leader, Ernst & Young LLP, said in a release that “Jacksonville is a desirable corporate location, and the established financial services presence here makes the city a great fit for our newest client service delivery center.”

Mayor Curry said this expansion is an extraordinary asset to the city, and noted that “It further demonstrates Jacksonville’s continued progress in economic development and job growth.”

The project (Project Omega) was approved unanimously last month by the Jacksonville City Council. The company is getting up to $5,000 per eligible job created, up to a maximum of $2,250,000, through the Qualified Target Industry (QTI) tax refund program. Out of this, Jacksonville economic development incentives will amount to $1,000 per eligible job created, up to a maximum of $450,000. The State of Florida will pitch in with the remaining $1,800,000.

Including a training grant from the state, the total package of state and local incentives for Project Omega would add up to $3,285,000.

Jacksonville City Council President Greg Anderson said in the release that “This announcement is indicative of Jacksonville’s growing economic momentum as a regional hub for technology and finance sectors.”

An expansion by a prestigious firm such as EY in Jacksonville will no doubt strengthen the city’s information technology and financial services, both of which are on JAXUSA Partnership’s list of six targeted industries.

The JAXUSA Partnership is the economic development arm of JAX Chamber. Audrey Moran, Chair of the JAX Chamber, noted that “Our economic development leaders made conscious, strategic decisions to grow IT and financial services jobs in our community, and those efforts are certainly paying off.”

Greenville, SC Secures New Proper Polymers Manufacturing Facility

Proper Polymers, a division of Proper Group International, has announced the selection of the Matrix Park in Greenville County, SC as the location for its next manufacturing facility to manufacture injection molded components for the automotive industries.

Proper Polymers

Proper Polymers (photo – greenvilleeconomicdevelopment.com)

Supported by Greenville economic development organization GADC and job development credits approved by the South Carolina Coordinating Council for Economic Development, the company will be making an investment of $15.45 million to build a 50,000-square-foot facility that will be expandable up to 100,000 square feet.

Proper Polymers Greenville expects to create 87 new jobs at this location. Proper Polymers President Joe Grippe said in a statement that the company is thankful for the opportunity to grow their business in S.C. and further support their customer base in this region. “The state and local governments have been very accommodating in supporting our second facility in the Upstate area,” said Grippe.

Gov. Nikki Haley likewise said that “We’re excited to welcome Proper Polymers to the South Carolina family, and look forward to seeing them thrive here for many years to come.”

Greenville County Council Chairman Dr. Bob Taylor focused on the economic development impact of the automotive industry projects the area is attracting. “Proper Polymers is a great example of the ‘ripple effect’ that occurs with an automotive original equipment manufacturer,” said Taylor. “Magna Decostar comes to supply BMW, Proper Polymers comes to supply Magna. We are grateful to all three for their commitment to our area and welcome Proper Polymers to our family of automotive companies.”

Proper Polymers is a strategic supplier to large Tier 1 integrators. The company is a full-service supplier of plastic injection molded products and assemblies, and specializes in molding highly aesthetic products, and a number of assembly and secondary operations, including sonic welding, heat staking and hot stamping.

This new Greenville manufacturing facility will be Proper Polymers’ second facility in SC and fourth facility overall, adding to existing locations in Anderson, SC; Warren, MI; and Pulaski, TN.

SC Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt added that “On behalf of the citizens of Team South Carolina, I would like to congratulate Proper Polymers on their decision to open another facility in the Upstate.”

Apart from SC Commerce, the company also received assistance from Greenville County and the Greenville Area Development Corporation. GADC was established as a non-profit organization to promote and enhance the economic growth and development of Greenville County. Since its inception in 2001, GADC’s efforts have brought more than $3 billion in capital investment to Greenville County, along with the creation of more than 18,500 jobs.

Allstate Plans Innovation Hub With 400 Jobs at Merchandise Mart in Chicago

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) announced plans to create an innovation hub at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

Allstate

Allstate (photo – allstate.com)

The insurer is taking up a 45,000-square-foot office space on the 8th floor of the Merchandise Mart, and will bring nearly four hundred high value jobs to Chicago, primarily with Allstate’s Quantitative Research & Analytics (QR&A) and Connected Car teams.

The QR&A team leads research, synthesizes data and builds predictive modeling. Allstate’s Connected Car division has been at the forefront of developing next-generation telematics offerings that broadly benefit customers across the company’s brands.

The company’s selection of the Merchandise Mart for the innovation hub is intended to help attract the data and innovation specialists it needs for the QR&A and Connected Car teams.

In a release announcing the new innovation hub in Chicago, Thomas J. Wilson, chairman and chief executive officer, The Allstate Corporation, said that “We’re expanding our world-class technology and data capabilities to help us better serve our customers, advance public safety and improve the quality of life on our roadways, in our homes and in our workplaces.”

The innovation hub also builds on Allstate’s long-standing contribution to Chicago economic development, which includes being one of the top employers in the Chicago area and a strong supporter of efforts to build a more vital downtown.

The company has contributed more than $35 million to various initiatives in the city in the past seven years including for the arts and culture, civic initiatives, community development and youth safety and empowerment. Allstate is also a long-time supporter of causes that seek to better the quality of life in Chicago and tackle challenges confronting the city.

Last year alone, Allstate and its employees, agency owners and The Allstate Foundation together contributed $36 million to fund national programs, provide grants, and create meaningful partnerships that support safer lives and stronger communities. Allstate has also joined with Chicago’s other major corporations to create the Get IN Chicago initiative to develop innovative solutions to youth-related violence.

Northfield Township, IL-based The Allstate Corporation is the largest publicly held personal lines insurer in the United States, covering approximately 16 million households. The Allstate brand’s network of agents and small businesses offers auto, home, life and retirement products and services to customers in the United States and Canada. The company now has more than 40,000 employees, and generates annual revenue exceeding $35 billion.

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