Job Creation

Mahindra USA Technical Center Project Creating 112 Jobs in Michigan

Mahindra USA, Inc. is opening a new technical center in the City of Troy, Michigan. The Mahindra North American Technical Center project is expected to create 112 new jobs.

Mahindra

Mahindra (photo – mahindrausa.com)

The technical center will be designing, developing and prototyping complete vehicle designs to facilitate Mahindra & Mahindra’s expansion into automotive markets worldwide.

Mahindra North American Technical Center, Inc. will operate as wholly owned subsidiary of Mahindra USA, Inc., which in turn is owned by Mumbai, India-based Mahindra & Mahindra.

The new division in Troy will be housed in a recently renovated facility, and the company will invest $2 million to establish the technical center and create the 112 professional and engineering services jobs.

The project was secured with the help of a package of state and local incentives. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has approved a $500,000 performance-based grant for the project under the Michigan Business Development Program.

The City of Troy is additionally offering local incentives in the form of nine-year personal property tax abatement.

Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra said that Michigan has provided them with the perfect eco-system for stepping up their U.S. presence. He said they were able to draw on Michigan’s terrific automotive engineering and manufacturing talent to create industry leading initiatives for the U.S.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Michael A. Finney said that Governor Snyder’s hands-on involvement in meeting with Mahindra executives was persuasive in their efforts to demonstrate Michigan’s singular advantages as a place for locating a business.

Gov. Snyder also gave welcoming remarks at an inauguration event last week for the company’s GenZe scooter facility in Ann Arbor.

Back in December, the MEDC had announced another $300,000 grant in support of Mahindra’s GenZe electric scooter manufacturing project in Ann Arbor where the company is investing $2 million and creating 34 new jobs.

Finney added that Mahindra is a global leader with diverse operations spanning industries such as automotive, financial services, aerospace and agri-business, and said they thank this world-class company for choosing to expand in Michigan.

Mahindra & Mahindra is a $16.7 billion multinational group with more than 180,000 employees in over 100 countries. Mahindra USA, which first established its presence in the United States in 1994, has focused for the last 20 years on manufacturing and distributing tractors and other farming equipment.

Northrop Grumman Announces Major Aerospace Expansion in Florida

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced a huge expansion of its campus at Melbourne International Airport in Florida.

Florida  Space Coast

Florida Space Coast (photo – spacecoastedc.org)

The Northrop Grumman expansion project, identified until now in Brevard County economic development documents only as Project Magellan, calls for a capital investment of $500 million and could create as many as 1,800 jobs in the Space Coast.

These are jobs with average annual wages of $100,000 (Brevard County’s average wage is $44,159), and would lead to the creation of an additional 557 new indirect jobs elsewhere in Brevard County, adding up to a total new wage impact of $241,095,864 annually.

The expansion project will progress in phases, with 300 jobs being initially created along with the construction of a 220,000-square-foot office building by 2015. Phase II, if undertaken, would include building additional facilities covering another 500,000 square feet and the creation of another 1,500 jobs.

Governor Rick Scott said this was a huge victory for families on the Space Coast, and added that they are excited that Northrop Grumman decided to expand in Florida.

Tom Vice, Northrop Grumman corporate vice president and president, Aerospace Systems, said they are extremely appreciative of the support they received from the local community and the State of Florida, and added that this expansion further cements their strong partnership with Florida.

Northrop Grumman will be getting $20.8 million in state incentives for this expansion project under Florida’s Quick Action Closing Fund. Additional local incentives are being provided by Brevard County and the City of Melbourne in the form of tax exemptions.

Apart from the Governor’s Office, the Melbourne Airport Authority, Brevard County and the City of Melbourne, a host of other state and local organizations were partners in the year-long effort to secure the project.

The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast led the negotiations with the site selection team and coordinated with the State, Enterprise Florida, Space Florida and other partners involved in the project.

Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Space Coast EDC, said their success in bringing this project to Brevard demonstrates how important economic development incentives are for winning a game-changing project like this one.

Gray Swoope, Secretary of Commerce and president and CEO of Enterprise Florida, said this highly competitive project was more than two years in the making, and they are excited to be partnering once again with Northrop Grumman for bringing  jobs to Florida.

Additional state support is being provided by Florida Power & Light, CareerSource Florida, and the Florida Department of Transportation. CareerSource Florida is providing Northrop Grumman partial reimbursement grants for employee training.

NBCUniversal’s Sprout Relocates to New York City

NBCUniversal’s Sprout, the first 24-hour preschool network, announced a relocation of its operations to 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan.

Sprout

Sprout (photo – sproutonline.com)

The relocation will create 50 full-time network jobs and 20 production jobs in New York City. The company further anticipates expanding its operations and workforce at their new 30 Rock location.

NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said this was another example of how New York’s media and entertainment industry is flourishing. With support from the administration, companies such as NBCUniversal are bringing investments and jobs to the Empire State.

Gov. Cuomo added that Sprout’s relocation will have an immediate impact on the regional economy, and he is proud to welcome them to New York State.

Formerly known as PBS Kids Sprout, the network was originally launched for reruns of PBS shows. Sprout’s original programming hits such as The Chica Show, along with classics such as Caillou and Sesame Street, are now available across all platforms including cable, broadcast, online and on-demand.

They follow the daily schedule of pre-schoolers aged 2-5 and their caregivers from morning to night. The NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group completed its acquisition of Sprout last year in November.

Sprout President Sandy Wax said that support provided by Gov. Cuomo through Empire State Development was a major factor that made Sprout’s network and production relocation to New York possible. Wax also mentioned the NY film and television production tax credit program as being one of the factors that helped them decide to relocate.

In order to secure the relocation, the New York economic development agency agreed to provide $2 million in Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits to Sprout. These are performance-based tax credits tied to the company’s job creation and investment commitments, and will be made available by ESD over the next ten years.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Kenneth Adams said that the Sprout Network’s decision to relocate to New York State was yet another sign that Gov. Cuomo’s efforts to improve the state’s business climate were paying off.

Commissioner Adams said that New York’s entertainment industry is growing fast and bringing new revenue and jobs to communities, and that’s good news for New Yorkers.

Indiana Economic Development Corp Offers $3M Incentives For Healthcare Cloud Firm Expansion

Healthcare cloud platform provider hc1.com announced a plan to expand its headquarters at the Northwest Technology Park in Boone County, Indiana.

hc1.com expansion in Zionsville (

hc1.com expansion in Zionsville (photo – hc1.com)

The expansion project was facilitated by a package of state and local incentives provided by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and the Boone County Economic Development Corporation.

hc1.com plans to create 175 new jobs by 2019 and invest $2.5 million for leasing and renovating 9,466 square feet of additional space.

The company relocated its headquarters to this new space in Zionsville, on the northwest side of Indianapolis, earlier this year in February. The facility already has 16,626 square feet of space.

This is their third major expansion in the last three years. Last year in November, hc1.com announced a $1.4 million expansion project at their Indianapolis headquarters which would enable them to create 62 new jobs. The company already has 90 associates, including 70 full-time employees in Indiana.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence said that homegrown companies such as hc1.com continue to spur innovation, pushing the state’s economy forward by contributing to the growing investment and job creation in the state.

The hc1.com Healthcare Relationship Cloud optimizes the way health systems, laboratories and radiology groups manage their patient-provider experience. The platform is now being used at 500 healthcare locations around the world, and hc1.com’s subscription revenue has grown on average by more than 100 percent in the last couple of years.

hc1.com Chairman and CEO Brad Bostic said that as they expand, the support provided by Boone County and the State of Indiana has been instrumental in their decision to locate the company’s growing team and headquarters in Indiana.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation has offered hc1.com state incentives worth up to $2,985,000 in the form of conditional tax credits tied to the company’s job creation commitments. hc1.com will also get training grants of up to $100,000 to aid their job creation plans.

The Boone County Economic Development Corporation additionally facilitated local incentives for the project from the county.

Zionsville Town Council President Jeff Papa said the fact that hc1.com is growing again and adding 175 high-paying jobs in Zionsville is a testament to the company’s success, and added that they are proud that hc1.com calls Zionsville its home.

The Right Place Supports West Michigan Economic Development Projects Creating 446 Jobs

The Right Place, Inc., a regional non-profit economic development organization in West Michigan, announced three projects that will bring $52.1 million in investments to the region, along with 446 new jobs.

The Right Place economic development projects in West MI

The Right Place economic development projects in West MI (photo – rightplace.org)

Other organizations involved in securing these projects include the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Ionia County Economic Alliance, and other local municipal partners.

One of the projects is a manufacturing plant being established by Italian company INglass Group in Byron Township, MI. The company chose West Michigan for its HRSflow division facility because of the region’s strategic position in the plastic injection market.

INglass is investing $17.6 million for the project, and will be creating 109 new jobs. They have been offered a $4.52 million package of state and local incentives, including a $300,000 Michigan Business Development (MBD) grant approved by the MEDC.

The second project announced by The Right Place was a Dialog Direct contact center being established in Grand Rapids, MI by NOVO 1, Inc. The company is investing $1.5 million and creating 287 new jobs in Cascade Township. They chose this site in West Michigan as the best choice out of 24 sites they considered around the U.S.

The Dialog Direct project was facilitated by a $550,000 MBD performance-based grant approved by the MEDC.

The third project announced was an expansion by Herbruck Poultry Ranch, Inc. in Ionia County. The company is expanding its egg production and processing facilities, which requires a $33 million investment and creation of 50 new jobs.

The Herbruck expansion is being assisted with a $500,000 state grant provided by the MEDC. This grant is particularly useful as an economic development project because Herbruck intends to use the grant funding and $1.5 million of its own money to build a $2 million sewer pipeline that connects two of its egg processing facilities to the Lakewood Waste Authority treatment system.

Once the pipeline is built, they intend to donate the pipeline to the Authority, enabling other local residences and businesses to connect to the system, thus enhancing growth potential in the area.

Herb Herbruck, vice president of Operations, Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, said that expanding and investing in the community is now a reality because of the assistance provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Ionia County Economic Alliance.

The Right Place, Inc. President and CEO Birgit Klohs said these three projects reaffirm the strength of West Michigan’s diverse economic base. Klohs added that from worldwide customer contact centers to Italian manufacturing technology, West Michigan has become a destination for global business success.

Prudential Expansion in El Paso, Texas Creates Jobs for Veterans

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU) announced that it will open a new business and technology services center in El Paso, Texas.

Prudential Veterans Initiatives

Prudential Veterans Initiatives (photo – prudential.com)

The project will create 300 new jobs, and the company plans to focus on hiring veterans and military spouses to fill many of these positions.

At a news conference held at El Paso City Hall, Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said that with this new business center, Prudential is continuing its commitment to providing meaningful employment and training for veterans, military service members and their families.

The Prudential expansion in El Paso was facilitated by $1.15 million in Texas economic development incentives provided under the Texas Enterprise Fund. The TEF funding requires the company to get approval for a package of local incentives from El Paso, which is still in the works.

Gov. Rick Perry said that they are not just competing against other states for jobs like the ones Prudential is bringing to Texas, but also against other nations, and a win for Texas is a win for the United States.

Barbara Koster, senior vice president and CIO at Prudential, explained that the decision to locate the new business center in El Paso was influenced by the city’s “triangle of business” model of collaboration between the military, academic institutions and the Borderplex Alliance.

Koster also heads up Prudential’s Veterans Initiatives, a program to support company-wide efforts to hire and retain veterans and provide services to military families.

The Borderplex Alliance is a private economic development group which works in partnership with the City of El Paso and business leaders in the El Paso metro area.

Borderplex Alliance CEO Rolando Pablos said they worked closely on this project with Prudential and the City of El Paso, and added that Prudential’s presence in the region will enhance the financial services cluster and bring quality jobs, especially for retiring military personnel embarking on a new career.

El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser said they are proud to be a new home for Prudential, and added that the City and all their partners are committed to ensuring the success of Prudential’s expansion.

Prudential is working with HGS USA as their partner for this new business center. HGS and Prudential worked closely with the Borderplex Alliance and the University of Texas at El Paso to open the new center. Training for new employees will be provided by the University of Texas El Paso and El Paso Community College.

Ohio Approves Tax Credits for Economic Development Projects Involving 5900 Jobs

Ohio Governor John R. Kasich announced the approval of state assistance for 14 projects that will create 1,095 jobs and retain 4,823 jobs.

Ohio Development

Ohio Development (photo – development.ohio.gov)

JobsOhio, the private non-profit organization tasked with promoting Ohio economic development and job creation, submitted the proposals to the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA), which approved the 14 projects for assistance under the Job Creation Tax Credit (JCTC) program.

Together, these 14 projects are expected to spur $148.4 million in investments, and the new jobs created will add $48.9 million in new payroll.

The biggest project among the lot, in terms of job creation, is an expansion by insurance company Ohio National Financial Services, Inc. in the City of Montgomery, OH. The company is creating 270 new full-time jobs, adding another $15.7 million to its existing $64.2 million annual payroll. The TCA approved a 60 percent, seven-year JCTC for Ohio National’s expansion project.

Another big project is the establishment of a new location by automobile parts manufacturer UGN Inc. in the City of Monroe, OH. The company is creating 148 new full-time jobs that will bring $5 million in new payroll to Monroe. UGN Inc. is getting a 65 percent, nine-year JCTC for this project.

International Paper Company, which manufactures paper and packaging materials, is creating 125 new jobs as part of an expansion in the City of Kenton, OH. As a result of this expansion, the company will be adding another $4.2 million to its existing $18.4 million annual payroll. International Paper has been approved for a 60 percent, eight-year JCTC.

A key economic development project among the 14 proposals was the approval of a 45 percent, seven-year JCTC for Unique-Chardan, Inc. As a result of these incentives, the advanced auto parts manufacturer has committed to staying put in the Village of Bryan, OH.

The incentives provided to Unique-Chardan helped retain the company’s existing 52 jobs, and allowed them to expand by adding 30 new jobs that will add another $900,000 to the existing $1.2 million in annual payroll at the facility.

“Unique-Chardan is an important employer and partner in the Bryan community,” said JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer John Minor.

Minor added that they are thrilled that the company chose to expand its operations in Bryan and that 30 more jobs are on the way to Northwest Ohio.

The other economic development projects for which the Ohio TCA approved assistance are:-

Sauder Woodworking Co. – Creating 150 jobs in Village of Archbold, adding $4.8 million to $57.9 million in existing payroll; approved for 60 percent, seven-year JCTC.

Walgreen Co. – Creating 75 jobs in City of Perrysburg, adding $2.7 million to $25 million in existing payroll; approved for 60 percent, ten-year JCTC.

Process Plus Holdings, Inc. – Creating 25 jobs (location not finalized) with $2.5 million in new payroll; approved for 45 percent, six-year JCTC.

Graphic Packaging International, Inc. – Creating 30 jobs in City of Marion, adding $708,864 to $10.4 million in existing payroll; approved for 40 percent, six-year JCTC.

HOMAGE, LLC – Creating 28 jobs in Columbus, adding $1.7 million to $1.2 million in existing payroll; approved for 45 percent, seven-year JCTC.

Keihin Thermal Technology of America, Inc. – Creating 90 jobs in Village of Mount Sterling, adding $3 million to $9.3 million in existing payroll; approved for 45 percent, seven-year JCTC.

ReConserve of Ohio, Inc. – Creating 16 jobs in Claridon Township, adding $670,000 to $1.2 million in existing payroll; approved for 45 percent, six-year JCTC.

AdvancePierre Foods, Inc. – Creating 43 jobs in City of Blue Ash, adding $4.6 million to $7.3 million in existing payroll; approved for 55 percent, seven-year JCTC.

Interstate Warehousing of Ohio, LLC – Creating 25 jobs in City of Hamilton, adding $900,000 to $5.9 million in existing payroll; approved for 40 percent, seven-year JCTC.

Kenworth of Cincinnati, Inc. – Creating 40 jobs in City of Sharonville, adding $1.6 million to $2.2 million in existing payroll; approved for 40 percent, six-year JCTC.

Toyota Headquarters Relocation Brings 4000 Jobs to Plano, Texas

Toyota announced a plan to establish a new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas that will consolidate its currently separate corporate, manufacturing, and sales and marketing headquarters into a single state-of-the-art campus in North Dallas.

Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere annoucing Toyota headquarters relocation to Plano, TX

Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere annoucing Toyota headquarters relocation to Plano, TX (photo – Plano Mayor’s Office)

The new $300 million headquarters in Plano will house approximately 4,000 Toyota jobs that are currently located in Torrance, CA (2,000 jobs at Toyota Motor Sales); Erlanger, KY (1,000 jobs at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.); and some employees from Toyota Motor North America in New York, NY.

Furthermore, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announced that it will also be relocating to Plano in order to join the aforementioned three headquarters in Plano. TFS has approximately 1,000 employees at its Torrance, CA headquarters, all of whom will be offered relocation or retention packages.

A majority of these jobs will not be relocated until the new headquarters in Plano is complete in late 2016 or early 2017.

Texas secured the Toyota headquarters relocation by offering the company $40 million under the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF). When completed, it will be one the largest Texas economic development projects in terms of job creation.

‚ÄúWe’re proud that both the Tundra and Tacoma bear the words ‚ÄòMade in Texas,’ and we’re excited our state will be the nexus for Toyota’s North American operations moving forward,‚Äù said Texas Governor Rick Perry.

The TEF funding is subject to approval of local incentives through an economic development agreement between Toyota and the City of Plano. The Plano City Council is scheduled to meet on May 12, 2014 to discuss the incentives for Toyota.

Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere helped establish the Plano Economic Development Fund in 2005 to attract and retain business in the city. Plano has since been able to land huge corporate citizens such as FedEx, Pizza Hut, Capital One, J.C. Penney, USAA, and now Toyota.

Toyota also announced an expansion of the Toyota Technical Center (TTC) in Michigan as part of the relocation of direct procurement from Erlanger, KY to its York Township campus near Ann Arbor, MI.

“Michigan has world-class talent and Toyota’s decision to expand its York Township campus demonstrates how our expert workforce coupled with a friendly business environment can help automakers and other industries grow,” said Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

After all the jobs have been relocated, all the Toyota affiliates put together will still have around 2,300 employees in California and 8,200 employees in Kentucky. Furthermore, Toyota announced a $10 million philanthropic commitment in these two states over a five-year period starting from 2017 to support activities by community organizations and non-profits.

Los Angeles Economic Development Corp Steps in to Save Huy Fong Foods Jobs

The stand-off between the City of Irwindale and Huy Fong Foods, maker of the popular Sriracha chili sauce, has attracted nationwide attention after the company’s owner David Tran invited delegations from cities and state interested in getting Huy Fong Foods to relocate.

Sriracha sauce from Huy Fong Foods

Sriracha sauce from Huy Fong Foods (photo – huyfong.com)

The prospect of losing hundreds of jobs and a multi-million dollar manufacturing facility has led to interested stakeholders trying to mediate and work out a solution.

The Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation made it known that they are continuing to meet with both City of Irwindale officials and Huy Fong Foods to figure out a solution that addresses the concerns of both sides.

The whole kerfuffle arose out of complaints made by some residents in Irwindale about odors from the crushed peppers emanating from the Huy Fong Foods facility that was allegedly causing headaches, and irritation in the eyes and throats.

The City filed a lawsuit against Huy Fong Foods last October, resulting in a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordering the company to curb unhealthy odors emanating from the plant, but did not grant the restraining order that would have shut down the plant.

The issue came to a boil after the Irwindale City Council scheduled a resolution declaring the fumes from the Huy Fong Foods facility to be a public nuisance. This was the last straw for David Tran, who then made it known that he would relocate the facility elsewhere, and invited representatives of interested cities and states to tour the plant in person and decide for themselves whether the fumes were so bad as to be a “public nuisance.”

The company has received more than two dozen responses from communities that are interested in securing the Huy Fong Foods relocation.

The Huy Fong Foods facility is a multi-million dollar state-of-the-art plant which employs more than 90 full-time workers and another 150 seasonal workers in the fall to produce 20 million bottles of hot sauce annually.

The sad part about the current stand-off is that the City worked hard with the company and developers to turn an abandoned pit into this thriving factory. The resolution to declare the plant a public nuisance has for now been tabled to be taken up at the city council’s next meeting on May 7. If the resolution is adopted at that time, that would give Huy Fong Foods until July 22 to curb the odors.

The Los Angeles Economic Development Corp, meanwhile, is trying to save the jobs and prevent Huy Fong Foods from relocating elsewhere outside the county or state. LAEDC said in a statement that, “We will do everything that we can to ensure that Huy Fong Foods remains in Irwindale ‚Äî and in L.A. County, the #1 manufacturing capital of America.”

Square Inc East Coast Expansion Facilitated by $5M NY Economic Development Incentives

Square Inc., a startup that offers tools that enable sellers to accept payments on mobile and run and grow their business, announced that it will be opening an East Coast headquarters in New York City.

Square Inc

Square Inc

Empire State Development, the chief New York economic development agency, facilitated Square’s expansion by offering up to $5 million in Excelsior tax credits. These are performance-based incentives tied to the company’s investment and job creation commitments.

Square will be moving from their current office to the new one in SoHo later this summer. The move will allow the company to create more than 350 new jobs, in addition to their existing 35 employees in New York City.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said that Square’s decision to create a new East Coast headquarters in SoHo is the latest in a growing trend of start-up, innovative tech industry firms that have chosen New York State as the place to expand their business.

Square Inc, which was co-founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, opened its first office in New York in October 2012 after having acquired design agency 80/20. Apart from the NYC office and their headquarters in San Francisco, the company also has offices in Atlanta, Kitchener-Waterloo and Tokyo. All put together, they currently have more than 800 employees.

One of the reasons they decided to expand operations in New York City and open a new East Coast headquarters is that the New York Metropolitan area already has more than 100,000 local sellers who are accepting payments with Square. These sellers are facilitating commerce worth more than $1 billion, and helping grow the city’s economy.

Demetrios Marantis, head of international government, regulatory, and policy work at Square, said New York exerts a significant impact on global commerce, technology and art, which Marantis says is something they do every day at Square as they help local sellers grow their business.

Empire State Development President, CEO, and Commissioner Kenneth Adams said that under Gov. Coumo’s leadership, New York’s focus on economic development is leading to more private investment by industry leaders, which he said means more jobs for New Yorkers.

Adams added that by supporting Square’s new East Coast headquarters in New York, they are creating new opportunities for nearly 400 New Yorkers, and proving that the Empire State is a place where high-tech pioneers want to come to innovate and succeed.

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