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2010 Excellence in Manufacturing Recruitment Awards

Introduction

The last three years or so haven't been kind to some economic developers in the South or their clients: prospective industry wishing to expand and grow in the region. There have been dozens of large manufacturing projects announced in the South since the recession began in December of 2007 that have either been delayed, shelved or built, but not opened for business as of yet. 

That being the case, we wanted to show our readers that there are indeed many high-profile manufacturing projects that have been announced over the last year or so in the South that are moving forward at a rapid pace despite the economic downturn. We proudly present our 2nd annual "Excellence in Manufacturing Recruitment Awards." This recognition includes the company, location, economic impact and the economic development organizations, government agencies and individuals that helped make the projects a reality.

Project: Caterpillar
Location:  Winston-Salem, N.C.
Product:  Power train units for large mining trucks
Impact:  $426 million investment and 392 full-time jobs
Primary Recruiters:  Winston-Salem Business Inc.; North Carolina Department of Commerce; City of Winston-Salem; Forsyth County; Forsyth Technical Community College; the Winston-Salem Alliance; the North Carolina Community College System; Duke Energy.

Project: Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas (MPSA)
Location: Pooler/Chatham County, Ga.
Product: Turbines for next generation energy solutions
Impact: 500 jobs, $325 million investment
Primary Recruiters: Georgia Department of Economic Development; Savannah Economic Development Authority; Georgia Power; Savannah Tech College; Georgia Ports Authority; Georgia Central Railroad; CSX Railroad; Norfolk Southern Railway; City of Pooler and Chatham County.

Project: ConAgra Foods - Lamb Weston
Location:  Delhi, La.
Product:  Frozen sweet potato products
Impact:  900 jobs and 1,700-2,300 indirect jobs, $220 million capital investment
Primary Recruiters:  Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance; Office of the Governor; Louisiana Economic Development; local businessman, Lev Dawson of Dawson Farms, a major sweet potato grower; City of Delhi; Richland Parish Police Jury

Krefeld, Germany-based Wilh. Schulz GmbH (Schulz – the Mississippi Division will be Schulz Xtruded Products or SXP), is building a $300 million, 500-job, advanced stainless steel and alloy steel seamless pipe plant in Tunica County, Miss. Project: Wilh. Schulz GmbH (Schulz); Mississippi Division will be Schulz Xtruded Products (SXP)
Location: Tunica County, Miss.
Product: Advanced stainless steel and alloy steel seamless pipe products
Impact: $300 million; 500 jobs over five years
Primary Recruiters: Mississippi Development Authority; Tunica County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation

Project: Twin Creeks Technologies, Inc.
Location: Senatobia, Miss. (Tate County)
Product: Photovoltaic solar panels
Impact: $175 million over five years; 512 jobs in two phases over five years
Primary Recruiters: Mississippi Development Authority; City of Senatobia; Tate County; Entergy and Northwest Mississippi Community College

Project: Soladigm
Location: Olive Branch, Miss. (DeSoto County)
Product: Energy-efficient, dynamic insulated glass units
Impact: $130 million; 330 jobs
Primary Recruiters: Mississippi Development Authority; DeSoto County Economic Development Council; City of Olive Branch; Tennessee Valley Authority

Project: Proterra, Inc.
Location: Greenville County, S.C. at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU- ICAR)
Product: BE-35 fast-charge, battery-electric transit buses
Impact: $68 million and more than 1,300 jobs
Primary Recruiters: South Carolina Department of Commerce; Office of the Governor; U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham; U.S. Senator Jim DeMint; S.C. Representative Bob Inglis; Mayor Knox White; Greenville County Council Chairman H. G. “Butch” Kirven Jr; Clemson University; South Carolina Research Authority; Greenville Area Development Corporation

Project: Siemens Energy
Location: Charlotte, N.C.
Product: Gas turbines
Impact: $170 million and 825 jobs
Primary Recruiters: Charlotte Chamber; City of Charlotte; Mecklenburg County; North Carolina Department of Commerce; North Carolina Department of Transportation; North Carolina Community College System; Duke Energy

Project: The Boeing Company
Location: North Charleston, S.C.
Product: 787 Dreamliner wide-body jets
Impact: $870 million and 4,000 jobs
Primary Recruiters: South Carolina Department of Commerce; Office of the Governor; South Carolina State Senator Hugh Leatherman; U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham; Charleston County Economic Development; Charleston Regional Development Alliance.

Project: Hyundai Electric Systems Alabama, Inc. (a division of Hyundai Heavy)
Location: Montgomery, Ala.
Product: Electric transformers
Impact: $90 million and 480 jobs
Primary Recruiters: Montgomery Area Chamber and Alabama Development Office

Project: ZF Group
Location: Laurens County, S.C.
Product: Fuel-efficient automatic transmissions for the passenger car and light truck market
Impact: $350 million and 900 jobs
Primary Recruiters: South Carolina Department of Commerce; Office of the Governor; Laurens County Development Corporation

Project: Raytheon Missiles Systems
Location: Huntsville, Ala. 
Product: Standard Missile-3 & Standard Missile-6 production
Impact: $30 million and 300 jobs
Primary Recruiters: Office of Gov. Bob Riley; Alabama Development Office; Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County; City of Huntsville; Madison County Commission; North Alabama Industrial Development Association; Tennessee Valley Authority; Huntsville Utilities.

Project: Hybrid Kinetic Motors (HK Motors)
Location: Bay Minette, Ala.
Product: Natural gas powered automobiles
Impact: $4 billion and 3,000 jobs
Primary Recruiters: Baldwin County Commission; Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance; City of Bay Minette; North Baldwin Utilities; Alabama Power Company; PowerSouth Energy Cooperative; Alabama Development Office.

Project: IMO Group USA
Location: Summerville, S.C.
Product: Slew rings and slew drives for wind energy
Impact: $47 million and 190 jobs
Primary Recruiters: Dorchester County Economic Development; Charleston Regional Development Alliance; South Carolina Department of Commerce; Berkeley Electric Cooperative

Saft America’s (project “Thunderbolt”) groundbreaking in Jacksonville, Fla. Saft will produce lithium-ion batteries at its $200 million, 279-job Florida plant. Project: Saft America (project “Thunderbolt”)
Location: Jacksonville, Fla. (Duval County)
Product: Lithium-ion batteries
Impact: $200 million and 279 jobs
Primary Recruiters: Cornerstone Regional Development Partnership; Jacksonville Economic Development Commission; Enterprise Florida; WorkSource; and the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development (OTTED).

Project: First Quality Tissue SE LLC
Location: Anderson County, S.C.
Product: Tissue and towel industry products
Impact: $1 billion and 1,000 jobs
Primary Recruiters: South Carolina Department of Commerce; Office of the Governor; Anderson County

Other projects recognized in the 2010 Excellence in Manufacturing Recruitment Awards include ZF Group (Gainesville, Ga.), LG Hausys (Adairsville, Ga.), MTU Diesel (Aiken, S.C.), Confluence Solar (Clinton, Tenn.), TPS (Seguin, Tex.), MAGE Solar (Dublin, Ga.), Boomerang Tube (Liberty, Tex.), NHK Seating (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), Northrop Grumman (Newport News, Va.), Blade Dynamics (New Orleans, La.) and SNF (Iberville Parish, La.).


    
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