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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

July 2014

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CNBC names Georgia top state for business

Infiniti-Mercedes engine plant opens in Tennessee

Over 1,400 cyber security jobs coming to San Antonio

South Carolina leads nation in tire manufacturing, exports

Houston is tops for manufacturing, Forbes says

New UpSkill Houston to fill thousands of jobs in 3 years

Texas adds most U.S. jobs in May

Hitachi completes work on third Georgia plant

GM Arlington plant runs round the clock

Maverick Arms to expand Eagle Pass campus

Milo's Tea is sweet on Alabama

Bardstown Bourbon invests $25 million in new distillery

Germany-based manufacturing comes to Dandridge, Tenn.

ForceX moving HQ to Charlotte, creating 175 jobs

CSC Sugar to open plant in Covington, Tenn.

Japanese printing company to locate in Griffin, Ga.

UPS expands Memphis facility

Volvo to invest $69 million in its Virginia truck assembly plant

Comcast expanding Center of Excellence in Fort Myers, Fla.

QuEST Global opens Houston Engineering Center

Hyundai may be ready to grow in Alabama

Expansion plans for Ryman Auditorium in Nashville

U.S. allows oil exports for first time since 1970s

United Furniture will locate plant in Winston-Salem, create 200 jobs

Vulcan Industries expands in Moody, Ala.

Coastal Logistics Group establishes Dorchester County, S.C., operations

Lancaster expects no new jobs with Duracell plant expansion

Israeli banking firm plans 100 jobs in Atlanta hub

Ayrshire Electronics is expanding in Corinth, Miss., adding 25 jobs

Global Refining Group invests $4.2 million in Lunenburg County, Va.

GT USA plans $100 million Port Canaveral container-cargo terminal

Unilever expansion adds 70 jobs in Missouri

JBE to expand into South Carolina

Shaw expanding, adding 70 Georgia jobs

Lowcountry call center to expand

Japanese auto parts manufacturer opening facility in Jackson, Tenn.

Keurig bringing 550 jobs to Douglasville, Ga.

Hatch Stamping invests $17 million in Portland, Tenn., facility

Bloomaker expands Waynesboro, Va., op center

Advance Auto Parts invests $5 million in Raleigh corporate support center

Altec Industries to add 200 jobs in Lynchburg, Va.

Columbia, Tenn., to get CLARCOR Innovation Center

British payroll company to hire 400 workers in Austin

China-based Shandong Tranlin Paper invests $2 billion in Chesterfield County, Va.

Frozen-food handler invests in Charleston. S.C.

Two tech firms creating jobs in Orlando

Dot Foods now hiring 130 in Tennessee

Quest Diagnostics to bring 350 jobs, new operations center to Tampa

Suncoast telecommunications company to add 350 Florida jobs

Major jobs on the way to Bossier City, La.

Company expansion brings 50 jobs to Richland County, S.C.

O'Donnell Industries expands manufacturing center in Piedmont, S.C.

United Technologies Corp. and Pratt & Whitney already expanding in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Virginia ships first poultry to China in seven years

Grifols opens new $370 million Clayton, N.C., plant

On the move in York County, S.C.

Alcoa to create 75 jobs in Hampton, Va.

Nashville’s United Record Pressing responds to demand

Germany-based plant science firm invests $13.7 million in St. Louis, Mo.

Canadian sock manufacturer to hire 205 in North Carolina

Solar farm to be built in Virginia by end of 2015

Amazon boosts Bradley County, Tenn.

Toyo Automotive gears up for facility expansion in Kentucky

Auto supplier in Shorter, Ala., starts third expansion

Which country announced the most investment in Alabama last year?

Amazon hiring for warehouse jobs at Florida fulfillment center

Amazon adding 100 full-time jobs in Bradley County, Tenn.

New cold storage distribution facility in North Charleston, S.C.

Kroger Company will invest $175 million in Georgia distribution center

Acoustiblok expands its Tampa manufacturing center

Alstom hiring 60 workers in Chattanooga

South Korean auto supplier plans first U.S. plant in Alabama

Southtec plans facilities expansion in Lebanon, Tenn.

GE breaks ground on Greenville, S.C. expansion

Microsoft grows again in in Mecklenburg County, Va., $346.7 million investment

Korea-based Hanil E Hwa Interior Systems plans $5.5 million expansion at LaGrange, Ga., plant

Guidepoint Systems brings manufacturing back to U.S. at Houston facility

Fox Blocks expands plants to Nixa, Mo., and Keller, Texas

What does Bonnaroo mean?

World's largest ethane export terminal coming to Houston

Engineering firm to bring HQ, 48 jobs to Pflugerville, Texas

BlueOak Arkansas to hire 75 in Osceola, Ark.

Soudal Holding NV invests $21 million in Elizabethtown, Ky., manufacturing

Microport announces $100 million expansion in Arlington, Va.

TeleTech Holdings plans Sherwood, Ark., office, 250 Jobs

Calumet investing in Southwest Louisiana plant to launch clothing manufacturing facility in Alabama

El Rey Network selects Austin for HQ

Carpet Manufacturer creates 200 jobs in Bartow County, Ga.

Red Ventures predicts 1,800 HQ employees this year

LAN CARGO plans $20 million facility at Miami airport

Shreveport company to add over 350 jobs

Georgia’s Fort Gillem remake coming soon

Railcar maintenance company to locate in Jonesboro, Ark., create 350 jobs

Cisco Systems to add 550 jobs in North Carolina’s Triangle

Chinese firm plans $8.2 million HQ in Oconee, S.C.

Poinciana Medical Center announces details of $26 million expansion

American Medical Response adds 100 workers in Hampton Roads, Va.

U.S. has regained all jobs lost in the recession

Geico to add 350 workers in Stafford, Va.

Texas electronics company to bring more jobs to Round Rock

Pasco County, Fla., adds second business incubator

Big Creek Foods to make pet treats in Gainesville, Ga.

YG-1 America invests $13.8 million to establish Charlotte manufacturing center

Pharma Tech Industries expands in Missouri, creating 20 new jobs

French firm Team Créatif bringing U.S. HQ and jobs to Charlotte, N.C.

Processed food company bringing 120 new jobs to Marion County, S.C.

Heritage Glass investing $15.8 million in Kingsport, Tenn.

Dinuba's Ruiz Food buys manufacturing plant in South Carolina

ARC Automotive to expand in Tennessee

MVP Group International expands Union City, Tenn. plant, 100 new jobs

Optimum Group-Southwind Milling plans rice mill in Arkansas

Brother Industries in Bartlett, Tenn., expands facility, adding 15 jobs

Nissan begins hiring for Murano production in Mississippi

New firm to bring more than 1,120 jobs to Clayton County, Ga.

Announcement in the Palmetto State

Manufacturer rebuilds in rural S.C.

Wood product manufacturing creating jobs in Bamberg County, S.C.

Walmart supplier locating in S.C.

Tyton BioEnergy Systems invests $36 million in North Carolina tobacco to ethanol refinery

ArcBest Corporation expands Arkansas corporate campus

Texas dominates 2014 Fortune 500 list with 52 companies

Tower expanding in Meridian, Miss.

Tissue-maker to add production line, hire 200 in Anderson County, S.C.

AB Mauri moves North American HQ into St. Louis Cortex Innovation Community

Oklahoma governor signs bill to help Tinker add jobs

AIG reportedly moving jobs to Texas



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Opportunities in the South's Rural and Urban Small Towns

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