Job Creation

San Bernardino, CA Gets Another Amazon Fulfillment Center With 1000 Jobs, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) has announced plans to open yet another massive fulfillment center in San Bernardino, CA, a vote of confidence for the Inland Empire location where it launched its first Golden State fulfillment center back in 2012.


Amazon (photo – BCRP/flickr)

This new facility will be a 1.1 million-square-foot fulfillment center where Amazon employees will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.

Amazon expects to create more than 1,000 more full-time positions at this facility, which will be the third Amazon facility in San Bernardino. Amazon already employs more than 12,000 full-time hourly associates at its six existing California fulfillment centers in San Bernardino, Tracy, Patterson, Moreno Valley, Redlands and Rialto.

Back in 2012, the company chose the AllianceCalifornia 2,000-acre mixed-use development in San Bernardino as the location for its first California fulfillment center after the County agreed to provide a generous tax incentive for the project, which eventually led to the creation of over 1,400 jobs. The San Bernardino Economic Development Agency also provided Amazon with assistance in workforce recruitment and other services.

Hillwood Investments, best known for its Alliance brand of developments, was the developer for that first project, and will once again be the developer for this new fulfillment center as well.

Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations, said in a statement announcing the new fulfillment center that “San Bernardino has proven to be an important part of Amazon’s growth in California, and we are proud to continue creating jobs and helping support the economy here in the Inland Empire.”

San Bernardino Mayor R. Carey Davis responded in kind, noting that “We are excited Amazon continues to view San Bernardino as a great place to do business and we’re proud to be part of Amazon’s history and future.”

In addition to building a network of large fulfillment centers across the state that employ 12,000 full-time hourly associates and tens of thousands more seasonal jobs, Amazon has also been a good community partner for its employees and the region.

The company provides its employees with continuing education classrooms onsite, along with generous paid parental leave benefits and leadership growth. Mayor Davis added that “The company continues hosting a robust public tours program, donating needed items and volunteer hours to local charities, and supporting local businesses on a regular basis.”

Seattle, WA-based, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) is a Fortune 500 company that opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995.

Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership Secures Eckoh US Headquarters

Secure payment solutions company Eckoh has announced the selection of Omaha, NE as the location for its U.S. headquarters.


Omaha (photo – civilengtiger/flickr)

The Hertfordshire, England-based Eckoh has already taken up new office space in Westfield Office Park in the Regency-Westroads area in Omaha.

Eckoh has built its corporate presence in the U.S. over the past two years, and already has over 60 employees in the United States. Eckoh, Inc.’s official U.S. address is still listed as being in Phoenix, AZ. The company now plans to conduct an array of technology-based hiring in Omaha over the next two years.

Nancy Czarnick, president of Eckoh Secure Payments, said in a statement that “Omaha markedly stood out among many options for our U.S. Headquarters. It was an easy and natural choice in the end.”

Czarnick, who is a native of Columbus, NE, added that “The City of Omaha has welcomed Eckoh with open arms, and we couldn’t be more grateful to our colleagues at the Chamber, the Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership and the Department of Revenue that aided our selection and establishment efforts over the past 18 months.”

The company cited an attractive tax incentive program, an overall lower cost of doing business, and a central location as factors that led to their selection of Omaha and Nebraska as the location for their U.S. headquarters.

The Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership, a program of the Greater Omaha Chamber, assisted with Eckoh’s real estate search, and also served to connect the company with the Nebraska Advantage program. The Partnership works across state lines, embracing an innovative two-state, regional approach to economic development in eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa.

David G. Brown, president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber, noted that the region is home to some of the biggest success stories in the financial services industry, and Eckoh is a natural addition. “We look forward to seeing – and helping – the company thrive with our driven pool of tech talent and a business climate that encourages continued growth,” said Brown.

Eckoh has been delivering telephone-based services since its inception in 1992. In 2010, Eckoh became Level One PCI DSS compliant and diversified its service portfolio to include secure payment solutions. Eckoh now processes over $1 billion in payments for customers annually and has the capacity to handle over $16 billion.

Four Greater Cincinnati Economic Development Projects to Create, Retain Over 1600 Jobs

At its latest meeting, the Board of the Ohio Tax Credit Authority (TCA) approved state assistance for projects that are expected to create 670 jobs and retain 1,419 jobs statewide. Collectively, these projects are expected to spur approximately $134.8 million in investment across Ohio.

Ohio jobs

Ohio jobs (photo – americaspower/flickr)

One of these projects, also supported by Greater Cincinnati economic development organization REDI Cincinnati, is for an expansion by Club Chef LLC in the city of Sharonville, OH.

The company expects to create 355 full-time jobs and retain five jobs as a result of this $1.75 million expansion, generating $9.1 million in new annual payroll. Covington, KY-based Club Chef is the fresh-cut processing member of the Castellini Group of Companies, and is one of the largest regional processors of fresh produce in the United States.

Club Chef is developing a business to capitalize on an industry trend with a new to market concept for fully prepared meals for the retail produce, deli and fresh foods departments. The Ohio TCA has approved a 1.214 percent, eight-year Job Creation Tax Credit (JCTC) for Club Chef’s expansion project.

Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider StandardAero Component Services, Inc. is also expanding operations in Sharonville to meet the aerospace industry’s growing demands. The company is investing $10,500,000 and expects the expansion to create 120 new jobs while retaining 465 jobs. The TCA approved a 1.260 percent, six-year JCTC for this project.

Another projected awarded a 0.576 percent, seven-year JCTC is Fairfield, OH-based Tier 1 and Tier 2 auto parts supplier Pacific Manufacturing Ohio, Inc., whose clients include Toyota, Honda and Subaru. The company is expanding to manufacture several auto parts. This $50,100,000 project is expected to create 62 new jobs and help retain 540 jobs.

Another Greater Cincinnati economic development project announced for this month is an expansion by flavor and fragrance company MANE, Inc. at its Lebanon facility to expand its dry and seasoning product line. This $34 million project is expected to create 100 new jobs and help retain 435 jobs.

The TCA also approved assistance for two northwest Ohio projects. One is for a ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods, LLC expansion in the Village of Archbold, OH. This project, which is expected to create 107 full-time jobs, has been awarded a 1.121 percent, six-year JCTC.

The Worthington Steel Company has likewise been awarded a 1.214 percent, eight-year JCTC for an expansion project in York Township, OH that is expected to create 26 full-time jobs.

Brownfield Redevelopment Plan Secures Spartan Motors Expansion in Charlotte, Michigan

Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPAR) has announced plans to build a new truck assembly plant in Charlotte, MI to produce the Isuzu F-Series truck.

Spartan Motors

Spartan Motors (photo –

On April 19, the company and leaders of Isuzu North America Corporation will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at Spartan’s headquarters in Charlotte to recognize the expanded contract between the two companies, which began in 2011 with Spartan’s assembly of Isuzu N-Series gas trucks.

To support production of the new Isuzu F-Series truck, Spartan will build and add a dedicated 85,000-square-foot plant to its Charlotte campus. Spartan worked closely on this project with both the city of Charlotte and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

Daryl Adams, President and CEO, Spartan Motors, said in a statement that “We want to thank our partners at the City of Charlotte and the MEDC for their collaboration and support. We look forward to further expansion of our manufacturing footprint and bringing additional new jobs to Michigan.”

Earlier this month, the Charlotte City Council approved a resolution authorizing the “Spartan Motors Brownfield Redevelopment Plan,” which is actually an adoption of an amendment to Spartan Motors’ existing Brownfield Plan with the City of Charlotte.

The City worked closely with the company on this plan for several months to assist Spartan’s continued redevelopment of the former Care Free Windows site in the Dean Industrial Park area.

Spartan Motors’ plan involves razing the remaining 100,000 square feet of the old Care Free building, and then building an entirely new 80,000-square-foot manufacturing plant on the site. Spartan applied for both Charlotte economic development incentives in the form of tax relief, and state assistance which ensured that Spartan would assemble the Isuzu F-Series truck in Charlotte rather than one of its other out-of-state facilities.

The project will create at least 55 new jobs at Spartan’s Charlotte campus, where the company already employs over 600 people. All told, Spartan employs approximately 1,700 associates at facilities in Michigan, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Indiana, and generated $550 million in sales last year.

Steve Guillaume, Division President, Specialty Vehicles, Spartan Motors, said that “We’re extremely pleased that Isuzu chose Spartan again, as it launches this new product line.”

The City, in consultation with Spartan, MEDC, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), and environmental consulting firm SME, identified that a new ACT 381 Brownfield TIF plan would be the best way to offer local incentives for this project.

As per the Spartan Brownfield Redevelopment Plan, the City will reimburse up to $972,550 generated through a ‘Brownfield TIF’ (tax increment financing plan) back to Spartan. Future taxes after that would be paid as normal and dispersed to the various taxing jurisdictions to which they are owed.

Spartan is seeking a total of $1.67 million in Charlotte economic development tax incentives for this project, so the City will consider an additional tax abatement later this spring to cover the remainder.

Iowa Considers Economic Development Assistance For Vspec, Prestage and Other Food Projects

At its next meeting on Tuesday, the Board of the Iowa Economic Development Authority will consider approving financial assistance awards for one project each in LeMars, Mason City, Charles City, and Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa (photo – Boston Public Library)

The latter is an expansion by Vspec, LLC. The vehicles claim specialist is expanding and renovating an old building to create more office space at its existing location in the IGD Industries headquarters campus in Cedar Rapids.

This Cedar Rapids economic development project, expected to create 30 new jobs, had earlier this month received approval for local incentives from the City Council, which also approved support for the company’s application to the IEDA for state incentives. Vspec’s expansion and applications for state and local assistance were facilitated by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.

Vspec was founded in a body shop in Rochester, NY and has since expanded into a network of collision centers to assist in providing vehicle claim services for all kinds of vehicles. IGD Industries acquired the company, then known as Fleet Priority Services, in 2005. At that time, the company shifted its corporate headquarters to IGD Industries’ headquarters in Cedar Rapids, and then changed its name last year to Vspec (Vehicle Claim Specialists) to better align its name with the business it handles today.

Another major project on the IEDA Board’s agenda is an application for state incentives by Prestage Foods of Iowa, LLC. Prestage is building a new plant for processing up to 10,000 hogs per day in Mason City with an investment of $240 million.

This Prestage Foods plant will employ up to 1,000 people initially, and may add a second shift later to increase employment at the facility to 2,000. The company is seeking up to $11,160,000 in state incentives under the High Quality Jobs Program, in addition to utility and infrastructure improvements and a 50 percent rebate on its property taxes in Mason City for a 10-year period, up to a maximum of $13,950,000.

Two other food industry projects on the IEDA Board’s agenda include an application for state assistance from Nor-Am Cold Storage, Inc. for a project in LeMars, IA and by Simply Essentials, LLC in Charles City, IA. Nor-Am is a full-service public refrigerated warehouse with plants in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Missouri. The company already has corporate facilities, a warehouse and two packing plants in LeMars, IA. Kansas-based Simply Essentials offers a USDA flaxseed-based process with a verified feeding regimen that naturally lowers the cholesterol and raises the levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in beef, poultry, pork and dairy.

Amazon Takes Over Kansas City Area’s Largest Industrial Spec Building in Edgerton, KS, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) has announced plans to open a state-of-the-art fulfillment center at Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton, KS.


Amazon (photo – BCRP/flickr)

Supported by a Kansas economic development grant for infrastructure improvements, and assistance from the Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corp, Amazon will occupy the entire 822,104-square-foot Inland Port XIV facility at Logistics Park Kansas City.

Amazon expects to create approximately 1,000 full-time hourly positions here, plus many managerial and support roles to support customer fulfillment. Employees at this fulfillment center will be picking, packing and shipping large items such as big-screen televisions, sports equipment and kayaks.

This will be Amazon’s second fulfillment center in Kansas, adding to the company’s existing 267,000-square-foot fulfillment center at the Lenexa Logistics Center in Lenexa, KS.

Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations, said in a statement that “We’re excited to bring 1,000 great full-time jobs with benefits to the Kansas City region and proud to further invest in the state with this new fulfillment center.”

Governor Sam Brownback said in the release that this is good news for Kansas. “In addition to creating 1,000 jobs, Amazon is investing in our state, workforce and the community,” said Gov. Brownback. “The quality of the Kansas workforce and our central location in the heart of the nation contributed to their decision to locate in Logistics Park Kansas City.”

Southwest Johnson County Economic Development Corp.’s Greg Martinette likewise noted that “Our residents along with our central location, squarely in the middle of the country, have given us this opportunity to partner with one of America’s best corporations.”

The state has reportedly agreed to spend up to $1.8 million for road improvements south of Inland Port XIV.

Logistics Park Kansas City is a 1,500-acre master-planned distribution and warehouse development anchored by BNSF Railway’s intermodal facility. Inland Port XIV at LPKC was developed by NorthPoint Development as the area’s largest industrial spec building.

Including a new industrial spec building currently under construction, there will be about 4.8 million square feet of new buildings at LPKC. Upon full build-out, LPKC is expected to include 17 million square feet of structures.

Edgerton Mayor Donald Roberts said that the City of Edgerton is pleased that Amazon has chosen a site at Logistics Park Kansas City, and added that “Amazon’s innovative new facility and quality job creation supports and validates the City’s continued efforts of creating global routes with local roots.”

German Agricultural Equipment Maker Krone Relocates North America Headquarters to Shelbyville, Indiana

Agricultural equipment manufacturer Krone North America has announced plans to relocate its headquarters to Shelbyville, IN, and also build a new distribution center, showroom and training facility in Shelbyville.


Krone (photo –

Supported by state tax credits, an infrastructure assistance grant and City of Shelbyville economic development incentives, the company will invest $12.5 million to construct a 200,000-square-foot facility on 40 acres of undeveloped land.

While most of the space will be used for distribution and showroom facilities, the new facility will also house approximately 20,000 square feet of office space to accommodate Krone’s corporate headquarters team.

The project will bring 101 new high-wage jobs to Shelbyville and Indiana by 2021. These are jobs with average salaries that will be nearly double the state’s average wage. Krone will start hiring next year once they know how many of their current employees in Memphis will be relocating to Indiana.

Krone North America, which distributes German manufactured performance-engineered equipment for the hay and forage industry, is a part of Spelle, Germany-based Bernard Krone Holding GmbH & Co. KG. The company was founded in Germany in 1906, and Krone North America was established in Memphis in 1973. Still owned by the Krone family, the company now employs more than 4,500 associates globally, including 160 in the United States.

Tommy Jones, president and chief executive officer of Krone North America, said in a statement that “In our search we were very impressed with the commitment and teamwork of the community and the state in helping us make this decision.” Jones added that the culture of Krone aligns very well with that of Shelbyville.

Governor Mike Pence said in the release that “I am honored to welcome Mr. Jones and the entire Krone team to the Hoosier state, and look forward to growing the company’s future together.”

Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun highlighted the cooperation between the City, Shelby County Development Corporation and other partners that helped secure the project.

“The units of local government along with the Shelby County Development Corporation worked tirelessly to secure this opportunity and had input from a number of other agencies and organizations within the community,” said Mayor DeBaun. “Additionally, the partnerships with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and the state of Indiana were invaluable in making this a reality.”

IEDC has offered Krone North America up to $1,800,000 in conditional tax credits tied to the company’s job creation plans, and the city will additionally get up to $500,000 in infrastructure assistance from the state’s Industrial Development Grant Fund. Shelbyville economic development incentives for the project are being considered at the request of the Shelby County Development Corporation.

Arkansas Secures Bekaert and FMH Conveyors Job Creation Projects

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission has announced expansions in the state by global steel wire products manufacturer and supplier Bekaert and by FMH Conveyors, which designs and manufactures material handling products and services.


Bekaert (photo –

Bekaert is undertaking an expansion of its manufacturing operations in Rogers, AR. The Rogers plant opened in 1989 and produces steel cord for the tire industry.

The $32 million expansion will add 50 percent more production capacity to this facility. This Rogers economic development project is expected to create over 100 new jobs and bring added benefits not just for the city, but also for the entire Northwest Arkansas region.

The company already employs 1,600 people across 10 plants and offices in the U.S. and Canada. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB), headquartered in Belgium, was founded in 1880 and is now a global company with over 30,000 employees.

Governor Asa Hutchinson, who was present at the Rogers plant for the announcement, said in a statement that “The fact that we are here today celebrating this expansion displays Arkansas’s continued momentum in job creation. Bekaert’s decision to grow in the state is a recognition that Arkansas is prepared to compete and win in job creation.”

Rogers Mayor Greg Hines added that “We are very excited about Bekaert’s upcoming expansion program and the jobs it will create that benefit not just Rogers, but the entire region.”

Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Raymond Burns noted that “This is very personal to me as I worked on the project to bring Bekaert to Rogers originally. It’s great to see them having success, expanding and creating more jobs for our area.”

Meanwhile, material handling equipment company FMH Conveyors is expanding its operations in Jonesboro, AR with the addition of a new 195,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. This $12.5 million project is expected to create 110 new jobs.

FMH Conveyors, which has been manufacturing products locally in Arkansas for over 30 years, is a member of the Downers Grove, IL-based Duravant family of operating companies. Gov. Hutchinson said in a statement that FMH Conveyors is a world-class company that has had a presence in Arkansas for many years, and the fact they chose to expand their operations in Jonesboro is testament to the quality of the local, existing workforce.

“We appreciate the significant investment FMH Conveyors is making in Arkansas and look forward to the company’s continued success and growth,” said Gov. Hutchinson.

Mike Kachmer, president and CEO of Duravant, likewise added that “We are investing accordingly to ensure the highest standards of quality and delivery for our customers, and we are excited to build upon the local talent, resources and partnerships available here in Arkansas.”

Fort Worth, Texas Grants Secure Galderma Headquarters Expansion

Swiss dermatology company Galderma has announced an expansion of its to support research, development and training operations at its headquarters in Fort Worth, TX.


Cetaphil (photo – earthlydelights/flickr)

Supported by a $2.052 million Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant and Fort Worth economic development incentives, the company will invest $22 million to add a new 100,000-square-foot facility to its existing 170,000-square-foot headquarters operations.

The company expects the expansion to create 342 new jobs in Fort Worth. As part of its agreement with the City, Galderma will also retain 280 existing employees in Fort Worth. The new jobs being created are high-wage jobs with an average annual salary that will be a minimum of $110,000.

Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement that Galderma’s expansion shows the company’s commitment to serving the Fort Worth community and its workforce needs. “We are proud that Galderma has decided to continue investing in Texas and create hundreds of new jobs to support their North American operations,” said Gov. Abbott.

Galderma Laboratories, L.P. is a part of Lausanne, Switzerland-based Galderma S.A. The company, which was founded in 1981 as a joint venture between L’Oreal & Nestle, is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestle. Galderma is now present in 100 countries with an extensive product portfolio, including the Cetaphil line of skin care products, to treat a range of dermatological conditions.

The company’s association with the Dallas-Fort Worth area goes back a long way to 1961, when the Owen dermatology company was founded in Dallas. Ophthalmology specialist Alcon, headquartered in Fort Worth, acquired Owen in 1972, and Nestle in turn acquired Alcon in 1977. Nestle and L’Oreal then formed a joint venture in 1981 to create Galderma.

Galderma North America President Miles Harrison said in the release that “We are thrilled to expand our Fort Worth footprint and to see our expansion supported by a $2.052 million grant from the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF).”

Galderma will also receive economic development grants annually from the City of Fort Worth for ten years, valued at a total of around $600,000. Each of the annual grants will be equivalent to a maximum of 50 percent of the incremental real property tax revenues and personal property tax revenues generated each year by the expansion.

Apart from job creation and wage requirements, the company’s agreement with the City also requires it to hire Fort Worth certified MWBE contractors to receive at least 25 percent of the construction costs of this expansion project. Furthermore, Galderma must fill at least 25 percent of the eligible jobs with Fort Worth residents.

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana Announces $52M Expansion in Greensburg

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC has announced an expansion of its plant in Greensburg to support production startup early next year of the Honda CR-V compact SUV, and the establishment of a training center for its employees.

Honda CR-V

Honda CR-V (photo – IFCAR/wikipedia)

Supported by state tax credits and training grants, and local assistance secured with the help of the Greensburg Decatur County Economic Development Corporation, the company is investing $52 million to enhance job training and add production of the Honda CR-V.

Specifically, HMIN is investing approximately $40 million to enhance the manufacturing flexibility and production capabilities of its existing 1.3 million-square-foot plant, and will invest an additional $12.37 million toward its new 20,000-square-foot Associate Resource Center.

ARC is a Honda career development facility designed to promote the enhancement of HMIN associate manufacturing skills. HMIN will offer more than 1,000 self-guided e-learning classes that range from Honda-specific training to universal skills training.

HMIN President Bob Nelson said in a statement that “This new investment in our Indiana facility will enhance our manufacturing flexibility and better position Honda to meet customer demand for our lineup of innovative and fuel-efficient passenger cars and light trucks.”

This latest expansion will create up to 100 new jobs by the end of the year to support the production line.

HMIN, which began production of the Honda Civic Sedan in Oct 2008, was Honda’s fourth auto plant in the U.S. and its seventh in North America. The capital investment in HMIN now exceeds $900 million, and the plant provides employment for over 2,300 associates.

The facility has the capacity to produce 250,000 vehicles annually, and last year sourced more than $2.4 billion in OEM parts from 57 suppliers, including 18 in Indiana. Also notable is the fact that HMIN has one of the lowest environmental footprints of any automobile plant in Honda’s global production network. Honda operates 18 manufacturing facilities in North America alone, including eight automobile plants.

Governor Mike Pence, who joined company executives at the HMIN plant in Greensburg for the announcement, said in a statement that Honda has been a great partner to the state of Indiana from the moment the company announced plans to establish a facility in Greensburg in 2006. “I have had the pleasure of meeting with the company’s leadership here in the United States and in Japan, and I am proud that they have once again chosen Indiana for growth,” said Gov. Pence.

The Honda expansion is being supported by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation with performance-based incentives that include up to $860,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $140,000 in training grants tied to the company’s job creation plans. HMIN’s expansion project is also being supported by the City of Greensburg at the request of the Greensburg Decatur County Economic Development Corporation.

Greensburg Mayor Dan Manus added that he looks forward to Greensburg and Decatur County governments and the local economic development corporation continuing to assist Honda’s success, so this excellent company will be able to prosper and provide high-paying jobs for the community.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116  Scroll to top