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 Spring 2014


2014 SB&D 100 Edition

SB&D 100 Feature

Big Fish Keep Alabama's Economy Humming

Southern Economic Development Roundtable

The Best Greenfield Data Center Sites in the South

The Most Southern Place on Earth

Ensuring a resilient Delta Region by training a skilled workforce

Driving toward success in Alabama's Black Belt

Arkansas's Big River Steel has found its home in the heart of America's Delta Region

Building a healthy economy and a healthy workforce in Illinois

Innovation and collaboration are building a Work Ready Kentucky

Louisiana's industry off to a fast start

Perfected in Mississippi

Certifying Southeast Missouri and beyond

Select Tennessee sites offer competitive edge

Reshoring and its potential effect on the Mississippi River Delta region


 Ten People Who Made a Difference in the South

Top 10 Stories in the American South

Ten Exceptional Southern markets to Locate your Reshored Traditional

If you are looking to relocate your HQ to the South, here are 10 Outstanding
Cities for your Operation that might not show up on your Radar

Ten Low Cost Manufacturing Locations to Reshore your Plant near Major
Southern airports

If these Southern Market Economies were Stocks, they would be the Ten Best
to Invest in over the next Decade

Ten Highly Creative Places to Live in the South where you can Reshore your
Manufacturing Operation

Ten more Shining Examples of Economic Development that's working in the

Five Outstanding Supplier Sites for Airbus and Five for Boeing

Ten Supplier Locations in the Southern Aerospace Corridor that can serve
both Airbus and Boeing

FDI Surges in the South

Tennessee: Moving in the right direction

The Northeast Tennessee Valley Comes Back Strong

The Southern Auto Corridor

It's down to the Southern Auto Corridor and Mexico for automakers

Mississippi Enters Second Decade of Assembly

BMW in South Carolina: Two decades and thriving

Nissan and Tennessee: A 30-year partnership unlike any other in North America's automotive sector

20 years of Mercedes-Benz in Alabama: A defining moment in the Heart of Dixie

The tremendous success of the Hyundai-Kia model in the Southern Auto Corridor

Ford's resurgence in Louisville

2013 Motor Vehicle Parts Supplier Guide

Community preparedness is about vision

 Florida: A sleeping giant awakes!

2013 SB&D 100 Edition

2013 SB&D 100 Feature: Are we there yet?

Top 100 Jobs

Top 100 Investments

2013 SB&D 100 Top Deals and Hot Markets

2013 State Summary

Southern Business and Development 2013 Annual Directory

2013 Person of the Year - Nashville Mayor Karl Dean

Manufacturing Rules Again

20th Anniversary Edition

 Southern Business & Development News
June 2014

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Chester County wins big

Manufacturing's comeback adds up

Golden Dragon shines in Alabama

IBEX Global call center to add 800 more jobs in Spring Hill, Tenn.

Georgia-Pacific announces $40 million expansion in Fort Smith, Ark.

Commerce Department names “manufacturing communities”

Philip Morris building 1 million-square-foot tobacco warehouse in Chesterfield, Va.

Nashville tourism hits all-time high

975 new jobs coming to Fort Smith, Ark.

Diageo plans to build $115 million distillery in Kentucky

Survey says: Auto jobs aren't attractive to young adults

Georgia company hiring 40 for manufacturing jobs

Ingalls shipyard needs 3,000 workers

Pacific Rim Aerospace opens Charleston County office

Tennessee factory brings needed jobs

Sitel adds 1,000 new jobs in Augusta, Ga.

Hospitality hiring heats up in Baldwin County, Ala.

Reynolds American to add 200 manufacturing jobs in North Carolina

Tax Inversion

Competition Cams adding jobs in Mississippi consolidation

E&I Engineering to locate U.S. operations in Anderson County, create 250 jobs

U.S. wins WTO dispute with China over autos, parts

Auto supplier announces $65 million plant in Chattanooga, 300 new jobs

Technical fabrics manufacturer to invest $8.25 million in North Carolina

KORE Telematics expands in Alpharetta GA

Royal Building Products invests $24 million in Newbern, Tenn.

Norfolk hotel and conference center to yield 850 jobs

Cargo-by-rail pitch: Up to 5,000 jobs could be created in Port Canaveral

Pod Pack International plans $10 million expansion at Baton Rouge hub

Ag-Power breaks ground on $8.7 million facility in Higginsville, Mo.

Alliance Rubber Company expands its Hot Springs HQ

MC Assembly moving to larger center in Melbourne, Fla.

Biotest to hire 50 in new Palm Beach County center

CAMBRO Manufacturing breaks ground in Mebane, N.C.

Plastic Products Company to open new facility in Oconee Co., S.C.

Comact Equipment US to expand South Carolina facility

$50 million factory announced for Walker County, Ga.

RPA Development expands in South Carolina, adding 43 jobs

Asahi Kasei Plastics invests $30 million to open Alabama plant

Tyson Foods invests $15.5 million on Tennessee campus

ConMet to add jobs in Jackson, N.C.

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center begins $45 million expansion

EFI Automotive to move North American HQ to Alabama, create 125 jobs

Korean manufacturer to open plant in Georgia

AM Agrigen Industries announces potential $1.2 billion investment In Louisiana

German auto supplier lands in Tuscaloosa Airport Industrial Park

Minneapolis awarded 2018 Super Bowl over New Orleans

Santander move bringing 1,400 jobs to downtown Dallas

BorgWarner Turbo expanding in North Carolina

Automotive eco-friendly material factory to open in Georgia

SWG Aerospace picks North Carolina for seat cover plant, 50 jobs

Ameriflight moving HQ and jobs to D/FW Airport from California

Worthington Industries adding 40 jobs at South Carolina plant

Alltech plans to build distillery and brewery in Pikeville, Ky.

ShopHQ to double operations in Bowling Green; create up to 150 jobs

AT&T’s new Cricket shifts, adds hundreds of jobs in Lindbergh, Ga.

ValueVision Media expands in Bowling Green, Ky.

Novità Technologies expands its Tennessee production center

Sitel call center in Augusta adding 200 jobs

Faneuil expands into Hampton, Va.'s Peninsula Town Center with up to 400 call center jobs

Fertilizer plant to bring new jobs to Southwest Florida

Chiquita Brands relocating shipping hub to Port of New Orleans

Air Liquide invests $230 million in facility at Houston’s Bayport Industrial District Complex

Columbus, Miss., plant produces 300th helicopter

Remington moving Bushmaster and R1 semiautomatic lines to new Alabama facility

Kemira announces $13.9 million investment at Mississippi location

Alabama's Manufacturer of the Year award winners

A 300-job comeback for Scout Boats in Dorchester County, S.C.

Southern Ionics invests $100 million in Georgia

Tesla to develop multiple sites for Gigafactory, end Toyota deal

GM Arlington Plant celebrates its 60th anniversary

New aluminum plant to be built in Kentucky, $150 million investment

USTA will combine New York and Boca Raton ops in Orlando

Electrolux invests $30 million at Anderson, S.C., campus

Company to expand Georgia glass fabrication plant

Mac maker Flextronics eyes $15 million investment, 300 new Austin jobs

GKN Driveline to create 105 jobs in Lee County, N.C.

Duke Energy to build natural-gas facility in Florida

Space Coast’s Project Magellan revealed

Ben E. Keith announces 74 jobs, $60 million investment in Arkansas facility

New manufacturer coming to Warren County, Miss.

Santa Rosa County brews up 220 Florida jobs

CGI Federal's new facility to bring 400 jobs to Lafayette, La.

New energy tech company moving to Houston

Volvo to build Mississippi distribution center, creating 250 jobs

O'Neal Manufacturing Services to invest $5 million, add 25 jobs in Birmingham

Toyota to boost Georgetown, Ky., Camry output

Florida still No. 2, but closing gap with Texas

GE announces partnership with Devon Energy at tech center in Oklahoma City, $125 million investment

Data firm Peak 10 to be sold to GI Partners, major expansion

Japanese chemical company to open U.S. HQ in Georgia

Home Instead Senior Care looking to fill 100 positions at Huntsville, Ala., office

Crawford Electric Supply relocating to Irving, Texas, adding 130 jobs

Verizon growing in the South

Company acquires southwest Louisiana site for $2.4 billion LNG plant

Billion-dollar BMW Upstate expansion plan changing Charleston marine terminal

For state workers, wage freeze thaws

Aeterna Zentaris selects Charleston County for new U.S. operations

Solar supplier KACO moves headquarters to San Antonio

Newport News robot firm hiring engineers in expansion

America’s favorite cookie plant to expand in Henrico County, Va.

Oregon company to bring 70 jobs to Charlotte for small nuclear reactor design

Northwest Medical Isotopes invests $50 million in Missouri facility

Unilever invests $99 million to expand Independence, Mo., production

AT&T hiring 225 jobs in South Florida

Peristyle to reopen 125-year-old Taylor Distillery in Woodford County, Ky.

Two coffee companies to expand in Suffolk, Va.

Trelleborg Wheel Systems to establish Spartanburg facility, create 150 jobs

Lubricant maker moves headquarters to Vicksburg, Miss.

Lexicon to expand Georgia plant, add 150 jobs

Rural Virginia cabinetmaker to create 110 jobs

Antech Diagnostics plans Southeast hub In Orlando, Fla.

Louisiana sets tourism record with 27.3 million visitors

Mortgage Contracting Services doubles size in Ruston, La.

Babcock & Wilcox Intech plans new facility in Chattanooga

 Southern Auto Corridor

Southern Auto

Steering the Automotive Industry to the World's Fourth-Largest Economy


Opportunities in the South's Rural and Urban Small Towns

Southern Business & Development Southern Auto Corridor Small Town South Randle Report